Andrew Thorpe – Glasgow East
Night school sign-posts the way to self-employment!
With a 20 year background in logistics, everything from freight forwarding, operations to roles in management and sales, Andrew Thorpe felt he was ready to take control of his own future. Already interested in owning his own business, Andrew was completing a Business Management degree at evening classes whilst exploring options for his new venture.
Through his search, Andrew found Countrywide Signs and liked the business model. “I had never considered this sort of business as a market before.” says Andrew, “As I looked into it more and more, everything just made sense. The market is there, the business model works and although the agents may change, the need to have visible advertising at the property isn’t going to change. I explored the systems and marketing at Countrywide Signs, and they seemed to put Countrywide Signs ahead of the competition.”
Andrew contacted Countrywide Signs, and after a couple of phone conversations, and more research about his local market, Andrew went down to meet the team at Countrywide Signs Head Office in Newmarket. Andrew as taken through the full business model and how it could work in his Glasgow East territory. He was also introduced to the systems and technology that will help him in running the business.
Andrew was then able to contact a couple of the existing Countrywide Signs franchise owners to speak to them about their experiences running a franchise. Everything he heard confirmed his own impressions, that this was a business he could run successfully. “No one said it would be easy, neither Martin at head office or the franchise owners I spoke to. This reassured me that I wasn’t looking at it through rose-tinted glasses but a realistic business with a sound business footing.”
Starting with agents with over 70 agents as prospects, Andrew has plenty of room to grow the business and keen to get things moving! Andrew says: "I was ready to take responsibility for my own future and Countrywide Signs seemed to be the perfect business to support me in doing that. I am looking forward to the hard work I will need to put, and reaping the rewards of providing a fantastic service to my customeers.