David's Smart Decision
Here The Franchise Magazine talks to one franchise owner, David Newbold, about his experience of running his own branch of the award winning smart repair franchise, Revive!, in the Colchester area, offering a loyal client base mobile bodywork repair solutions.
David Newbold invested in his large territory with Revive! after being made redundant from his position in 2008 as a designer for Siemens Healthcare, which he had held for 20 years. David dabbled in consultancy work for the next two years but struggled to obtain the necessary work to suit his ambitions during a difficult time economically, and so sought out a new challenge.
One morning when David was reading The Daily Mail he stumbled across an article about franchising, which was of particular interest. He had considered the idea previously, but the article answered a lot of questions he had about the industry.
He decided to go for the tried and tested option rather than the more risky alternative of setting up on his own company. David believed that franchising would provide the best of both worlds: he could be his own boss and benefit from the training and support of the franchisor at the same time. David always had a keen interest in cars and during his franchise research, he discovered that SMART repair looked like a sound business concept to get involved in – this was David’s opportunity to turn his hobby into a career. After contacting dozens of franchises in this field of work, to David, Revive! stood head and shoulders above the rest. It offered everything he was after, including support from the franchisor. He particularly valued Revive!’s ethos of attention to detail and quality. David already had the right skillset for the job after his 20 years of experience as a designer, so joining Revive! was the perfect fit.
Thanks to Revive!’s dedicated training and support, David has been able to develop an excellent business – within David’s first year at Revive!, business was growing so fast that he acquired another van and employed a full-time member of staff to keep up with the workload. One of the best aspects of his business, for David, is that Revive! maintains an interest in innovating the SMART repair method to keep ahead of the competition. As SMART Repair comes on leaps and bounds, the Revive! accreditation centre enables franchise owners to operate at the forefront of the bodywork repair industry.
When asked whether he would recommend the award winning Revive! to investors looking for a franchise, his enthusiasm was unmistakable: “If you have no experience in this area and need the backup of a large organisation, Revive! offers you a lot of support and training. Like everything in life, you only achieve success if you are prepared to work hard – you get out what you put in.” For David, having a truly enjoyable lifestyle is no longer a dream. He travels around meeting new customers and no two days are ever the same. Although the hours are long, during our conversation, he reiterates his firmly held belief that Revive! is an easy-going way to earn a good living. Being his own boss gives him the flexibility he needs to spend time with his wife Debbie and his teenage daughters, which, for David, is the richest reward imaginable.