Altan Kargaci, who launched the Gatwick-based franchise, initially trained in precision engineering before deciding that it was time for a change, he says: 'After I had finished at school I went straight into an apprenticeship but I soon decided that I wanted to work for myself and start my own business.'
Altan began researching many different ways in which he could become his own boss, before deciding a franchise would offer him the best security and return for his investment. After looking at all the possible options he narrowed down his selection to an air conditioning franchise.
He continues: 'It was only when I began researching the different types of franchises that are around I realised that being a franchisee allows you to become a part of pretty much any sector from dog washing to children's parties. But I knew I wanted to do something that allowed me to use my technical background and engineering skills so working in the air conditioning, heating and refrigeration franchise seems like the best route for me.'
After setting up several interviews with prospective firms, he saw national contracting firm, Aire Serv, which operates over 15 franchises across the UK. That was just over a year ago and since then he has developed successfully in a number of markets.
Altan explains: 'When I met with Aire Serv, I liked the company straight away. They encouraged me to think as an independent business but gave me enough support to get the venture off the ground.
'The last few months have been really busy - not only have I been getting up to speed with the fact that I am in control of my own business, I have also been securing new business and visiting sites all across the area.
'The support has been amazing, everyone including local businesses both large and small have been behind me 100 per cent. I am hopeful that in a few months time I can recruit an additional technician to work alongside me.'
Clive Houlston, Managing Director of Aire Serv UK, says: 'Altan is one of many young professionals who are looking to become their own boss and we are really pleased to welcome him on board. His engineering experience will no doubt help him to establish his business in no time at all.'
Published: 3 December 2008
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