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'Redundancy was the start of running my own business'.

TONY WHILES visited the Cardiff Franchise Exhibition back in 2011 having just been being made redundant from his sales manager role.

Having hit a brick wall with numerous job applications, Tony came along to the show just to browse and get some ideas - and two months later had set up his own caravan bodywork repair business with Caravan Medic.

Tony's franchise fee included training at Caravan Medics' head office in Bedfordshire, plus he was given full product training, marketing ideas and tools to launch his business and find local users for his service.

Now over two years in, business is going well.

"I was a reluctant person to enter self employment. It was a case of 'needs must' as I needed to find work but it was tough just to get an interview. Buying a franchise has ended up being a great new career though.

'Redundancy was the start of running my own business'. And I'd fully recommend franchising as a means of running your own business. There's always a helping hand available from head office - a bit like having a permanent business mentor to see you through the early days - and I can't recommend self employment enough. Go for it."

Anyone currently looking for a career change can visit and meet more than 30 exhibitors on show at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday, January 31.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 29, 2014
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