ChipsAway: Flying the flag for franchising

ChipsAway is expanding its European Network into the untapped Eastern Bloc.

ChipsAway International, world leading SMART repair specialist and one of the fastest growing franchise operations in Europe, is charting unknown territory in pioneering the concept of franchising within the newly independent republics of Eastern Europe, says Executive Chairman Roger Wild.

The company has just signed a Master Franchise agreement for the Ukraine and has its sights firmly set on, among others, the Czech Republic, Estonia and Lithuania. 'These rapidly emerging Eastern European economies offer massive potential for growth, and further extend our network across the continent,' Roger comments.

The Ukrainian partners Oleg Shcherbakov, Oleg Anoshin and Yevgen Yarovvy will first launch and establish their ChipsAway franchise in Kiev, before rolling out the concept across the rest of the country.

Speaking on behalf of the Ukrainian team Oleg Shcherbakov explains: 'Ukraine has a population of around 50 million, with new car sales growing at a rate of 10-15 per cent year-on-year. There is nothing at all like the ChipsAway SMART repair concept in the marketplace, and already the traditional body shops are inundated with demand for their services and are quite incapable of coping with the volume of work.

'In short, the existing infrastructure is inadequate in the face of rocketing demand for car paintwork repairs - the market is crying out for a service such as this, and so we are very confident that this will be a highly successful venture for us.'

The three men spent over a year researching the market and investigating the potential business opportunities available to them, but became interested in ChipsAway when they first saw the operation in Russia.

Subsequently they contacted ChipsAway International in the UK, which arranged for them to visit Theo Sarantaris, ChipsAway's highly successful Master Franchisee in Greece, in operation since 2003. The trip convinced them that ChipsAway had an excellent business model, a unique system and a proven track record of success in several countries.

'We believe that there is no need to reinvent the wheel,' says Oleg. 'Our opportunity is to introduce an established concept into a brand new, receptive marketplace, with the experience and strong support of the ChipsAway team behind us!'

The unique ChipsAway SMART (Small and Medium Area Repair Technology) repair system, which was developed 16 years ago in the United States by ChipsAway Inc., enables automotive paintwork to be repaired by a trained technician to factory finish standard, in a fraction of the time taken by a traditional body shop, and often at around half the price.

The launch of ChipsAway International, eleven years ago, introduced the concept of SMART repairs to the UK marketplace, creating a new market sector in this country and establishing a franchise opportunity with massive potential.

Today, ChipsAway International remains the dominant brand in SMART repairs, with over 350 successful franchisees operating nationwide, and 11 master franchises across the world.

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