Geography graduate Stuart Yorston little suspected that straight out of university he would be running his own highly successful business. Like most students, Stuart had assumed that once he completed his degree, he would settle into employment, following a career related to his subject.
However, in common with so many other graduates, Stuart found himself in that familiar catch 22 of not being able to secure a job without experience, but couldn’t gain the necessary experience without a job.
Eventually, having got nowhere with job hunting, Stuart decided to look at franchising.
I am a practical, hands-on person and definitely didn’t want an office based nine-to-five sort of a business" Stuart says, "and job satisfaction was incredibly important."
Stuart began researching the various opportunities available, discarding most as being unsuitable, until he came across ChipsAway, the market leading minor automotive paintwork repair specialists, and decided that this was definitely the way forward for him.
"I am more than happy with my decision, particularly as the jobs market in the recent climate has become tougher than ever" he confirms.
"The recession hasn’t touched my business at all. If anything I’m seeing a positive effect as customers decide to spend money on their existing cars rather than buying a new one" he concludes. "I get great job satisfaction and have plenty of money in my pocket"
"Although franchising is not an option many graduates consider, I would recommend it to anyone looking to take control of their career and build their own successful business. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to become a ChipsAway franchisee - I get great job satisfaction and even earn more than my university mates.”
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Ian Moyle joined the ChipsAway network five years ago and he couldn't be happier with how things are going!
Chris Spencer began his journey with ChipsAway in the summer of 2015 and just six months into his business he is hitting quarterly targets more in line with a second year of trading.
High flying ChipsAway franchisee Paul Fabian has built an impressive management franchise business.
Michelle Clark was looking for a practical, hands-on business backed by expertise and support and started with ChipsAway in 2004.
Steve and Anne Martin decided to change direction completely in 2009 and invested in a ChipsAway franchise.
Paul Clift joined ChipsAway three years ago and within twelve months his son Robert joined him.
Ryan Lythe is still amazed by the runaway success of his ChipsAway business.
I’m absolutely thrilled with the way my business is going. I wanted something flexible, that was not massively expensive and which had the potential for growth. ChipsAway fit the bill and has proved to be everything I’d hoped for. ‘It does what it says on the tin’, and if you follow the business model you can’t go wrong!Andy Cornell, franchisee since 2011
I could see the flexibility of ChipsAway’s business model would work for me. Working for myself as a franchisee is a world away from my life before.Neil Dobson, franchisee since 2013
Brand Leader - ChipsAway is the UK's leading minor automotive paintwork repair brand
Fantastic earnings potential - Many franchisees achieving in excess of £80,000 pa, some turning over £300,000 pa