"Becoming an NBC franchise owner is the best decision I have ever made"

Redundancy gave Jon Bailey the opportunity to become his own boss and operate an NBC Bird and Pest Solutions franchise

After spending the majority of his working life sitting in a boardroom watching PowerPoint presentations and going "quietly insane", working outdoors as an NBC Bird & Pest Solutions franchise owner has given Jon Bailey a new lease of life. "Before NBC, I worked as a Group Sales and Marketing Manager within the telecommunications industry," recalls Jon. "When I was made redundant in October 2008, I seized the opportunity to start a new career in a different industry.

"I wanted to work for myself and knew that in order to succeed in a new line of work I would need support. I attended a franchise exhibition and, when I spotted NBC's Managing Director John Dickson on his stand with a Harris Hawk on his arm, was instantly intrigued by the franchise."

Although Jon did not intend to invest in a pest orientated franchise, once he had discussed the investment opportunity at length he was eager to visit the head office. He continues: "I liked the variety of work and the thought of having access to a comprehensive support and training package. I have always had a keen interest in nature and the outdoors so my wife and I arranged to visit the NBC head office in Norfolk to meet the support team and see them in action. We had a positive experience so I decided to invest and launched my franchise in January 2009."

Jon attended a comprehensive four week training course which involved all aspects of falconry and working with birds of prey, surveying of property, bird proofing using a variety of installation methods and the fundamentals of pest control including achieving the British Pest Control Association accreditation.

"While the last year has been a vertical learning curve, becoming an NBC franchise owner is the best decision I have ever made," enthuses Jon. "The support from NBC has been brilliant. Also, the website has a franchise owner forum where we are able to discuss problems and share advice and if you ever need any help someone is always on the other end of the phone. The marketing side is also outstanding and generates numerous leads direct to my mobile phone.

"I really enjoy running my business because every day is different and I am outside 90 per cent of the time. My area covers Coventry and Northampton and is vibrant, so I am ahead of target and anticipate making a return on my investment within the next four months. Over the next three years, my aim is to build up my business to a £500,000 turnover and have several staff in place so that I can take a managerial role. I would definitely recommend NBC Bird and Pest Solutions to prospective franchise owners because it offers a great opportunity to build a scalable business."

Interview by Jess Sturman


  • Nationwide recognition as the UK's market leader
  • Proven track record
  • Fast growing market place with outstanding potential
  • Great buying power
  • Challenging, varied and rewarding career
  • Unrivalled range of service to customers
  • Comprehensive training schedule
  • Specialist support from team of experts
  • Centralised credit control and invoicing
  • National marketing and lead generation

Investment Requirement
The total investment of £37,650 includes full, comprehensive training and support together with everything required to start your business, including working capital.

No previous experience is necessary as NBC recognises individual ambition and offers unique opportunities for the right people. If you are self-motivated and have the drive and determination to succeed, combining an interest in a healthy outdoor lifestyle, this franchise opportunity offers you outstanding potential.