A white collar business with invaluable support

A new vigour for life and invaluable support are just two of the benefits franchisee David Lewis is enjoying since the launch of his Cargocall franchise last June

For serial entrepreneur David Lewis the decision to invest in freight forwarding franchise Cargocall provided the ideal antidote for retirement boredom. 'Just 18 months into my early retirement I became bored with my new sedate lifestyle and realised I missed the challenges and stimulation of running my own business,' he reflects.

David was keen to invest in a new business venture, where he could continue to be his own boss, but wanted to avoid the large overheads and staffing costs of the retail sector. 'Throughout my working life I had bought and sold a range of retail businesses,' he continues. 'The last business I owned and built up was a plumbers merchants wholesale outlet, which I decided to sell in order to release funds for my early retirement.'

He began to explore opportunities where he could manage a small team in an office-based environment and Cargocall caught his eye in The Franchise Magazine. 'Investing in a franchise was an attractive route back into business for me,' says David. 'This is because it is a safer way to become self employed as you have access to a tried and tested business model and an ongoing training and support package, which was appealing considering I was looking to branch into a new business sector.'

Established in 1997 by Gary Clere, Cargocall is an international, one-stop freight forwarding company. Cargocall offers a white-collar management franchise opportunity that can be based at a home office or commercial premises. The role of the Cargocall franchisee is to organise and manage the safe and efficient transportation of goods by road, rail, sea or air to destinations worldwide.

'Cargocall appealed because not only did it have low overheads, it also presented a new challenge,' enthuses David. 'I was excited by the prospect of working in international business with its different time zones and having to work towards deadlines. I felt the opportunity would give me the stimulation I craved. After a meeting with Gary at Cargocall head office I decided to invest and launched my franchise in South Wales last June.'

As part of the franchise package all Cargocall franchisees are put on a comprehensive two-week training course. This covers the basics of freight forwarding, sales, marketing and management. David reports: 'The training course was very useful, because of my experience in sales, marketing and management from my previous occupations, I focused mainly on the basics of freight forwarding. The support has been invaluable - because I am building a business in a new sector it has been comforting to know if I need any advice or have a question all I need to do is call or email Gary for help.'

David is pleased he took the leap and invested in the Cargocall franchise. Since becoming a franchisee he has regained his enthusiasm for life, finds the work satisfying and is looking forward to the future.

Interview by Jess Sturman