ChipsAway: The family friendly franchise!

Colin Blunt purchased a ChipsAway franchise in 2001. His sudden death a few months later left his son David on the back foot, unsure of what to do for the best, or what direction to take for the future. As it turned out, his ChipsAway franchise has proved the best possible legacy Colin could have left for his son.

ChipsAway's unique SMART (Small and Medium Area Repair Technology) system enables franchisees to make invisible repairs to minor car bodywork damage, quickly and cost-effectively, restoring paintwork in a matter of hours.

Franchisees operate either from ChipsAway CarCare Centres or from fully equipped mobile workshops. The quality, value and convenience of the ChipsAway SMART repair service has made the company number one in the marketplace, with well over 300 franchisees across the UK and a network of Master Franchisors worldwide.

'I know Dad thought ChipsAway offered a fantastic business opportunity, and he purchased the franchise with the idea that one day I would join him in the business,' David explains. 'Sadly, he'd hardly had the chance to get things underway, and when he died I was faced with some hard decisions.'

At that time, David was working long hours in an office-based job, which he didn't really enjoy. 'I'm a hands-on sort of a chap really, so I knew the job was only going to be a stop gap,' he says. 'On the other hand, when you've lost a family member it's not necessarily the best time to be contemplating a significant life change like leaving your job and becoming self-employed.'

He recalls that ChipsAway understood the difficulty of his situation, and were exceptionally supportive of him, letting him take his time to decide whether he wished to take on the franchise. To help him make that choice, David arranged to attend a ChipsAway Open Day, along with other would-be franchisees.

'I was impressed by what I saw and could clearly see the business potential that had convinced my Dad,' he comments. David officially took over the franchise in July 2002 and says he has never looked back. 'It was definitely the right thing to do,' he confirms. 'It's wonderful to be your own boss. It took me a while to get the business established and to get my name out there, but nobody ever suggested that running your own business would be an easy option. To put it simply, I was prepared to work hard and stick at it, and now I'm reaping the benefits.'

Since starting his business, David has had his share of ups and downs. He and his wife lost their first baby, but subsequently have had two children - a little girl of two and baby boy now five months old. 'Throughout it all, it was fantastic to have the flexibility to be around to support my wife - thanks to my ChipsAway franchise - and now of course it allows me time to fully enjoy being a Dad,' he reflects. 'I definitely have the 'life/work balance' sorted out. I'm earning about 25 per cent more than I did as an employee, but work significantly fewer hours, which means I can spend plenty of time with my family. Taking on the ChipsAway franchise was the best decision I ever made - and I owe it all to the foresight of my Dad!'

With some 30 million cars on the road in the UK and around 15 million repair opportunities every year, clearly ChipsAway has hardly 'scratched the surface' of this £5.5 billion marketplace.

What makes the ChipsAway franchise different from others?

ChipsAway International is the world's leading SMART (Small and Medium Area Repair Technology) repair specialist, providing perfect repairs to car paintwork on a same-day basis and at around half the price of a traditional body shop.

So, with almost 30 million cars on the road in the UK and rapidly rising demand for repairs to minor bumps, scuffs and scratches, it's no wonder ChipsAway franchisees have full order books for weeks ahead and start to make money from week one.

  • Unique paint repair system
  • World leading brand
  • Proven unfulfilled demand
  • Massive market potential - 30 million vehicles
  • Personalised training and support package
  • Unlimited earning potential
  • Rapid return on investment

ChipsAway - not your normal 9-5

At ChipsAway International, we believe that life's too short to be miserable. Our franchisees think so too.They've left the world of nine-to-five, have the freedom to live life to the max, and are earning great money doing something they love.

Our customers love ChipsAway too.That's why they recommend us to their friends, and why ChipsAway franchisees are never short of work.

If you like the good things in life, you'll love ChipsAway. Find out more at one of our free no-obligation Open Days.

Reported by Megan Dunmore