Supported by my franchisor - Chemex

After a career in the sports retail sector, Paul Torrent was getting frustrated at the long hours, high mileage lifestyle his work was giving him, and wanted to work for himself. After studying the franchise sector of business, Paul decided that he wanted a business that dealt in repeat order, consumable products in a secure and stable market sector.

Paul also found that Chemex have a very good working relationship with all the major banks, so when he couldn't get an appointment quickly enough, one phone call from them in the right direction produced results. Paul started out with Chemex in mid-November 2004 and joined two new starters on the eight-day residential induction course. He says: 'We had really individual attention from all the Chemex personnel. There was a lot of information and training to take in, but it was put across very professionally. Everybody at Chemex was so helpful...and still is!'

Paul has grown his Middlesex business month on month since he started. 'Chemex helped me write a business plan with some realistic, achievable targets to attain to grow my business,' he adds. 'I have achieved every target through the first year, putting me on course to achieve the net income I require. I still have lots of prospective customers to visit, so I'm not short of future potential. As a franchisee, the best thing is that I'm reaping the rewards of my own efforts!'