Case Studies


Signs Express, the UK’s leading signs and graphics franchise, is celebrating 25 years of franchising this year and has just welcomed their newest franchisee, Ben Walker on board. The brand-new Bristol centre opened in October and is already off to a flying start.“It’s been a busy month, getting my premises perfect for the launch of the business and I am so excited to get out in the community I love and start making connections.”Ben has a wealth of experience across many industries from diagnosti...

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Just 15 months ago, Bryan Black from Oxted, couldn’t have imagined he’d have his own online retail business that is set to make over $180,000 in sales in just 12 months of trading. But that’s his guess, and it’s a conservative one. It’s something he’s been able to achieve after joining Platinum Business Partners in April 2016 with the goal of earning an additional income. “I’d been working four days a week selling campaign management and email marketing software, but that came to an abrupt end...

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Natasha was already a successful businesswoman before joining Platinum Business Partners (PBP) in March 2016. Not only does she have her own website design and digital marketing company, she also designs and sells her own brand of tote bags. So why would she need support to build her own online retailing business? Here, Natasha shares her reasons and experience so far. Why did you decide to join Platinum Business Partners? I obviously have experience of running online businesses, social medi...

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Born and bred in Blackpool, Mark Partington is an entrepreneur through and through. He has lived and worked in The Bahamas, Holland and the USA. He’s run a French Patisserie in London and a bungee jump enterprise on the promenade at Blackpool, but these days, he has his feet firmly on the ground as a director of the hugely successful Ribby Hall Village in Lancashire. Described as the perfect holiday destination, spa retreat, wedding venue, health club or conference venue, Ribby Hall’s five sta...

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Zulfiqar Haidar and his brother Iftikhar joined Papa John’s as franchisees in 2001. Named as Papa John’s International Small Business Franchisees of the year for 2016-7, the brothers have also been Papa John’s UK Franchisees of the Year and twice winners of the Scottish Asian Business awards. They now run five Papa John’s in Scotland. “Originally, I was involved in the family retail business,” confirms Zulfiqar. “I helped my family run a convenience store. I also had a few other jobs includ...

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My decision to launch my own Drain Doctor plumbing business covering Bedford, Milton Keynes, High Wycombe and Aylesbury in 2011 was truly life-changing and joining Drain Doctor is most definitely the best thing I have ever done. I launched my franchise in January 2011, after selling up my existing conservatory business and followed in the footsteps of the success of a friend, who had been running the Luton Drain Doctor franchise for just over a year. I researched several franchises extensiv...

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Dean Goodall happily spent the last eighteen years working to build up his own successful recruitment business. However, a few years ago, his core market, being financial recruitment, was going through a period of major change which would necessitate Dean restructuring his business. Whilst fully capable of repositioning his recruitment business, Dean saw this period of change as an opportunity to take a look at other options.A visit to a franchise exhibition introduced Dean to the lawn care busi...

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Gary Hacking from Lancashire, whose previous career had been a Technical Instructor in Aircraft Engineering, recognised that he carried many of the transferable skills needed to start a Surface Medic Franchise, 6 months into the business we asked Gary some frequently asked questions. Did you enjoy franchise training? Yes! The first 4 weeks went so quick, from day one you start at the beginning with what is in essence the easiest repair and work onwards from there. Each day you build a little mo...

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After many years working as an Office Manager within an Army Career Centre, Darren Cassidy from Harrogate decided to take some of his own career advice and make the jump into self-employment. With no previous experience in surface repair, we asked Darren some questions regarding his experiences on training and life as a Surface Medic franchisee. How was the repair training? I thought the repair training was set and pitched at the right level for beginners. The level of instruction was excellen...

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For many people, managing your own department within a prestigious motor dealership would be enough, but not for David Stewart – a young man with a mission. Whilst his work was both well paid and secure, David wanted more control. Firstly, having a young family meant he wanted further control of his time. He desired the flexibility to choose when and where he worked. Secondly, he wanted more control over his financial income. He wanted to set his own income level, and not have to rely on others...

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Business owners, Renee Mackay, who runs TaxAssist Accountants in Corstorphine and Alan Johnston who runs TaxAssist Accountants in Goldenacre are together celebrating reaching well over 1,000 small business clients across the city. Their two shops, which work closely together providing tax and accountancy advice and services purely to small businesses, have each seen significant growth. Seven years since it was launched, TaxAssist Accountants in Corstorphine has secured its 1,000th client and ju...

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The nice thing with your own business is that you are in control of your success and your future. Working for yourself is safer than working for somebodyelse, as you are in control. Most customers contact you. In my experience most of my customers says yes, straight away. There is no hard sell required. If you are committed, do what you have been shown to do and put in the effort, there is no reason why you won’t be successful. Bob Pullen, Bristol Lawn care is something I looked at quite a lo...

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