When experienced business owner Neil Rice began looking for a new career opportunity he opted to become a franchise owner by opening a BCR Associates office.

Rice said: “Myself and my business partner ran an independent financial advice practice when the Government announced it would be making changes to the regulatory system. We both felt the new Financial Service Authority (FSA) regulations, due by the end of 2012, would impact adversely on our incomes so we decided to look into different career options.

“We both wanted a career which was rewarding but equally wanted the right work/life balance as we both have children. The BCR Associates franchise opportunity instantly attracted us because, unlike many franchises, we are not tied down to one specific territory. So we can take advantage of our existing business contacts all over the UK while still spending time with our family.”

BCR Associates franchise owners provide a cost reduction advice service for small to medium-sized businesses. As part of its franchise package BCR Associates offers full training and ongoing support. Rice added: “For us, the company’s pre-launch training programme was excellent. The training manual we were supplied with is a fabulous reference tool and the ongoing support services from head office really are second-to-none. We know there is an expert a phone call away whenever we need guidance.”

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