Light up your life with The Christmas Decorators

Trevor Grinsted enjoyed a phenomenal first year, including providing decorations for a McDonald's festive TV advertising campaign.

Former retail Store Manager, Trevor Grinsted, was looking at investing in a franchise as a new challenge, when he discovered The Christmas Decorators last year. After realising the huge potential it had to offer, he signed up to purchase the Essex regional territory and, a year later, it is proving to be one of the best decisions he has ever made.

Why did you choose a franchise with The Christmas Decorators

I am highly ambitious and saw the potential in the industry and, above all, love Christmas. I am not afraid of hard work and it was made clear that I wasn’t entering a get rich quick scheme. However, when I compared what I was earning in retail in 12 months with what I could earn in three months as a The Christmas Decorators’ franchise owner – there was no contest. The team at head office, along with existing franchise owners, hold a passion for Christmas that becomes infectious and now I am in the position that I am reciprocating this for the franchise owners this year. You only have to ask and help is at hand.

What challenges did you face in your early days?

I was suddenly thrust into a new world. How many lights do I need to light a 40ft oak tree? How do I use access equipment safely and effectively without spending over the odds? It was a lot to take in. However, I am glad I joined in May, which gave me time to learn. I couldn’t have survived without a good team, which is where my managerial experience came to the fore. One of my staff members is so enamoured with the company he has recently secured a franchise of his own!

How has being your own boss changed your life

I am motivated and have a great sense of achievement. Everything I do is my decision, I believe it’s the right thing to do and I have the flexibility to suit myself. Since everyone in The Christmas Decorators is their own boss and we have compatible goals, the franchise team works in a collaborative and supportive way, which is really refreshing and different from other experiences I have had in the past.

What are you plans for your business?

Last Christmas was amazing. We secured a national television campaign with McDonald’s, helped 20 clients and exceeded my turnover target. This coming Christmas we will be better prepared with a larger, fully trained team to help between 40 and 50 clients. The last year has been analysed, a steep learning curve has been taken and changes have been made so the business can be run more smoothly and with a higher profit margin. For the other nine months, I am looking for opportunities to help pubs with roof-lighting and work with weddings, and I also feel that there will be opportunities around the Olympics to take advantage of.