'Demand for our Service is Growing Every Day'

Pentagon franchise owners have helped thousands of individuals and families reclaim their financial control through its debt management services. Growing demand has prompted further expansion and the company is looking for suitable candidates to grow its network

Demand for our services is growing every day and we are looking for people with good communication and organisational skills to join us,' invites Graham Dennis, Pentagon Franchise Executive. 'There is huge potential for debt management companies in the UK. Through franchising our aim is to expand our services to new regions.'

Tempted by credit card, store card and loan offers from banks, shops and even supermarkets, an estimated six million people in the UK have fallen into the debt trap. Pentagon and its 80-strong network of franchise owners provide manageable solutions, understanding and support. 'More than a business, debt management is a mission,' states Graham. 'It is a tool to help people get rid of their burdens. Whatever the problem, we provide understanding and support as well as helping clients to find manageable solutions without the need to borrow more money or put their home at risk. In the short term we release them from creditor pressure and in the long term we save our clients money.'

Debt can bring potentially devastating consequences to families through stress, repossession and foreclosure. 'Most of the victims of the credit culture are seeking the support of professional debt management companies like Pentagon,' comments Graham. 'Franchise owners can easily establish themselves in a short time.'

Helping people turn their lives around is 'the best job in the world', asserts Brian Bird from Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire. Previously a self-employed print broker, Brian (pictured) turned his own life around by becoming a Pentagon franchise owner in October 2003. 'I wanted to do something a bit different with the added security and support of a franchise,' Brian recalls. 'I also really wanted a business where I would be helping people - Pentagon fitted the bill perfectly. I was impressed by the history of the company and their experience in the marketplace.

'The initial training was excellent and has been ongoing ever since. I can't fault the support - Pentagon provides good head office support in terms of administration, stationery and appointments and a supervisor is always available to make visits or give advice.'

Utilising previous office space and equipment, and with a steady flow of appointments generated by Pentagon's central telecanvassing team, Brian got his business off to a racing start meeting targets set for month two and earning a return on his investment within five. He now reports having helped around 200 people and is exceeding his business plan with a good profit margin. He anticipates growing the business further by generating more customers through his own marketing efforts and head office telecanvassing, and employing more advisors.

'You have to be able to empathise and communicate with people,' Brian explains. 'It does take time and effort to develop a Pentagon franchise so you have to be prepared to put in the hard work, but it's worth it in the end. This franchise is both financially and personally rewarding.'

For franchise owners, Pentagon presents a business opportunity where the rewards are personal as well as financial. Pentagon is looking for professional, personable people who are prepared to ease their clients' financial burdens and build their own thriving businesses.

Text: Pentagon (UK)'Ltd