In the fast lane of franchising. From Formula One to the FiltaFry Plus franchise
Swapping the glamour of the F1 circuit with the rewards of building his own business, Peter Neale is enjoying the freedom to set his own hours
Tired with life quite literally in the fast lane, Logistics Manager for Formula One team McLaren Peter Neale began looking for a move into self-employment that would give him more time to spend with his family - time which his career and its constant globe-trotting excluded.
Franchising appealed as a route into owning a business without necessarily possesing previous experience of the industry. "The fact that with FiltaFry Plus you work on a weekly repeat business basis really appealed to me," Peter remarks. "Also by using FiltaFry Plus my customers are able to save money, which helps to attract business while the economy is weak."
When Peter launched his business in August he was the 10th new FiltaFry Plus franchise owner to launch this year. "I had a week's training at head office and an extra week of field training, where I went out with another franchise owner," he reveals. "When I launched my franchise a FiltaFry Plus Business Development Manager came to my territory to assist and head office has been in regular contact. Furthermore, all administration is centralised, which is a big help!
"When I first started trading I was able to hit the ground running as there were already FiltaFry Plus customers in my territory. From then on I have built up a customer base through recommendations and knocking on doors. My business works on a regular repeat customer basis, which I really enjoy as I am able to build up a good rapport with my clients.
"One of the main benefits of running my FiltaFry Plus franchise is that I am now able to work from home and in control of my work/life balance. I am currently focused on building a solid business that will provide a good level of income for myself and I'm confident that once it's established I will be earning the same as in my previous job in Formula One, if not more!"