After researching available franchise opportunities via a range of specialist websites, Bert made the decision to pursue a career in franchising, and found that the Agency Express was most suited to his mixed managerial and manual skill set. So, when an established Agency Express franchise became available within Bert’s area he seized the opportunity of becoming a franchisee.
"The simplicity of the work and the ongoing support is what first and foremost attracted me to the franchise. It was something I could easily apply my skills and experience to. From the very beginning Agency Express were open and forthcoming with information regarding the business that was for sale, and to this day they continue to be supportive and helpful. I would recommend Agency Express to any interested parties."
After successfully completing a comprehensive five-day training course at Agency Express Head Office, Bert was provided guidance and support throughout the handover of his new business. This included a three-day programme of visits to estate agencies in his local area enabling him to introduce himself to new and existing customers.
"I found the Agency Express training program well-structured and the hand over from the existing franchisee was very helpful. He assisted me in completing instructions in the first week and was always at the end of the phone if I needed help for several weeks later. This was extremely helpful."
Throughout the first 6 months Bert’s business and service delivery continued to grow from strength to strength. His professional, approachable manner enabled him to win new business and his high standard of work has safeguarded him a busy first year.
"It was scary at the start because running a business was completely new to me, although some of my experiences helped. Working for myself and having a better work life balance has been one of the biggest rewards so far. On a daily basis I like to leave home at about 7.00am to begin my rounds. During the day I check to see if any new jobs have come in via the SignMaster App and I add them to my job list if it’s practical to carry them out. Throughout the day I periodically check emails and deal with any incoming calls. I generally get back around 3pm to do admin and prepare for next day’s work. I have really enjoyed the experience so far and I enjoy keeping my customers happy."
Venturing into the world of franchising at the age of 24 Riccardo Mudrak is among Agency Express’ youngest franchisees.
Previously a Human Resources Manager of 15 years Gemma Vettraino felt it was time for a complete change of direction.
Steve Macqueen runs his Agency Express franchise in Yeovil and Dorchester.
James Tipton's professional, approachable manner enabled him to win new business and his high standard of work safeguarded him a busy first year with Agency Express.
After extensive online investigation Alex Sunjich decided that the Agency Express franchise opportunity met all his requirements.
Peter Waters runs his Agency Express franchise in Reading and has developed a solid client base.
John Burke has grown his Agency Express business and moved from a single van operation to multiple vans and in 2016.
Neil Chapman chose Agency Express as he was ready for a new challenge and a change of direction.
Previously a HGV driver of 18 years Phil found the transition to becoming an Agency Express franchisee a natural and progressive step.
Steve Warren has run his Agency Express franchise in Chelmsford since 2013.
After much research Paul Jenkinson choose the Agency Express franchise opportunity as the most suitable route to take.
During the last two and a half years, the business has grown to a point where I’m working at full capacity with one van. I really enjoy the freedom of being able to choose the hours I work, and I particularly appreciate being able to work from home.John Burke, Agency Express Colchester
I was filled with confidence from the professional way my enquiries were dealt with by the Agency Express Team. The strength of the franchise package, the impressive growth of the business in the last 12 years and over 100 franchisees proves that the model clearly works.Martin Shuker, Agency Express Lancaster
A big factor was the relatively low start-up cost of the Agency Express franchise. However, the clincher for me was the people when I visited head office in Norwich. I felt a connection, everyone was very friendly and helpful but also professional. I thought to myself I could work with these people.Kevin Keeler, Agency Express Cheltenham and Gloucester
The deposit paid on a new Renault Master van, complete with Agency Express graphics, SatNav and removable racking
Family friendly working hours
A van based business