Mike Lane runs his Suit the City franchise in Bath.
I was the managing director of a multimillion pound packaging business for 8 years which was profitable but mostly routine. When we sold our business, I wanted to start a business that played to my individual strengths and my love of sartorial elegance.
I’ve always enjoyed beautiful clothes, especially suits, and I especially wanted a franchise that was people focussed. After much research, Suit the City ticked all the boxes for me. Because our clothing is bespoke and offers a multitude of choices, there are plenty of professional clients who appreciate our five-star service.
The social side of business is one of the key points for me, I’ve always enjoyed being in the company of a diverse range of people, and by socialising I bring in clients for my business. As you might have surmised, I’m a consultant, not a tailor. That means the franchise is open to everyone who enjoys meeting people and selling.
When I moved from London to Somerset, I wanted a business that I could run locally but also make the most of my London contacts. I have a small studio in Bath city centre which is convenient for my local clients, but unlike most franchises which limit you by area, my Suit the City franchise allows me to work anywhere through my network. So, wherever I am, when I am introduced to a new prospective client, I can offer my service to them.
The beauty of this franchise is that there is so much you can learn and the potential to earn is enormous.
A week in the (early) life of a Suit the City franchisee Mike Lane in Bath.
For Tony Carr, there are times when his Suit the City business feels far from hard work!
I am very much a trusted advisor for my clients. They love our consultative approach, the bespoke fit of the garments and Savile Row fabrics. The relationships we forge result in a long-term income stream through referrals and recommendations. It’s a rewarding business from so many perspectives…Tony Carr, Franchisee, Guildford