Phil looks to the future after successful first year

A year after becoming an All Trades Network franchisee, Leicestershire-based Phil Makins says he is looking forward to doubling his turnover in 2008 with the help of a supportive team at head office

Prior to becoming an All Trades Network franchisee I worked for a company of insurance brokers for around five years. Although I enjoyed the work I felt that the time was right to launch my own business and decided that franchising would be the best way forward.

Before taking the plunge I did a lot of research - vital for anyone thinking of launching their own business or buying a franchise - and I was immediately impressed by the professional yet friendly approach of everyone at All Trades. The company's business model was also impressive and the training was exceptionally thorough. What's more the ongoing support has been fantastic with directors Keith Roberts and Cliff Whitehead always available at the other end of the telephone to provide support and advice.

Although things were tough at first, as I put together a team of tradesmen I could trust and rely on, the hard work soon paid off. After just a couple of months work starting to come in thick and fast - I even started to worry that I wouldn't be able to cope with the workload. Once again Keith and Cliff were on hand to provide the support I needed and now there's no looking back. In fact in 2008 I'm hoping to double my first year turnover to around £250,000.

As well as the financial rewards, the nature of what we do at All Trades Network gives me a lot of satisfaction. Only recently we completely restored a homeowner's kitchen after it was wrecked by water from a burst pipe. When we completed the restoration work the family were delighted - you get a great feeling when you see the work carried out to the highest standards by your team. My territory also covers a wide geographical area that includes the whole of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, together with parts of Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire, so I also get out and about quite a lot and meet a lot of interesting people from a wide range of backgrounds.

I'm really confident about the future. I'm also getting more proactive when it comes to finding new business myself and so these are very exciting times and I know that the support I need will always be there from Keith, Cliff and the rest of the All Trades Network team.

Text: Phil Makins


'Since joining All Trades Network the training I have received has been excellent and the support from the company's head office in Blackburn has been superb.'
All Trades Network Cheshire franchisee Alan Hobson

We have all the tools to build you a successful business

We also help franchisees to a share of estimated £74million* a day paid out by the UK insurance industry.

This exciting franchise is a genuine management business format and has become one of the most attractive franchise opportunities to be offered in the business service sector for many years.

We provide our franchisees with:

  • Works generated through our Head Office
  • Comprehensive training and support
  • Full technical support
  • Bespoke IT system supplied
  • On-site support
  • Insurance approved building contractor
  • Head Office central invoicing
  • Head Office credit control
  • Source: Association of British Insurers