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Expanding with Autovaletdirect franchise

Shaun Kinsell             

Stourbridge, West Midlands



Why I chose franchising

I liked the concept of franchising and realised its potential as a route into business start-up for me. The main elements I identified as being beneficial were - proven sales, tried & tested work ethics, and the support & back up. 

What I did before taking up a franchise

Before buying my franchise I was a HGV Lorry Driver / Shunter Tug Driver. 

How I raised the finance

I raised the finance from an investment I had made when I was younger, with the remaining balance coming from a business loan. 

The training and support I receive from my franchisor

  • I have received excellent training and support. This has included:
  • One week field training with an established franchisee
  • Meeting of suppliers face to face
  • Full explanation of operations manual
  • 4 days personal support within area of franchise
  • Data base from Autovaletdirect & suppliers
  • 24 hour contact numbers & 24 hour manned call centre
  • Day-to-day contact
  • Good achievable business plan 

The challenges I have faced

The biggest challenge for me was breaking away from the mundane Friday afternoon payslip, and the learning process required to start my own franchise. Paper chain delays from the Bank (they honoured all agreements) were also challenging. 

My advice to someone thinking of buying their first franchise                

  • Do thorough research
  • Get full backing from family
  • Make sure it’s what you want to do
  • Get reports on contract from a franchise solicitor
  • Check they are BFA members
  • Can you fund the project & how
  • Go into the venture with a clear head
  • Good achievable business plans 

My plans for the future

I plan to expand my territory to become a multi-franchise operator for Autovaletdirect.


Six years on...

Third Franchise renewal in 2013 for Shaun Kinsell 

We are delighted to announce Shaun Kinsell, (Autovaletdirect  franchisee for Stourbridge, West Midlands) has renewed his franchise term for another six years underlying his confidence in a strong and profitable future. 






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