Launching a business in the time of COVID

Choosing the right franchise isn’t something that can be rushed.

Ian Scott, owner of Revive! Glasgow took eight months to look carefully at all of the franchise opportunities of interest to him before deciding that Revive! was THE one.

He said: “ From initial conversations and dialogue with Revive! I got a feel for the culture, ethos and values within the business and that really attracted me. There’s a real team there with openness, trust and transparency, and that’s what drove my decision to join the franchise.”

After a career in the food and beverage industry, Ian has spent the past ten years as business development manager for a training company. A desire to set up on his own but lacking the technical knowledge necessary to take such a big step, led him to look at a management franchise and he hasn’t looked back since.

He was impressed with comprehensive training provided by Revive! at the company’s own training academy. “It’s been full on, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Obviously due to my background I have better knowledge of some areas than others and can pick them up very quickly. The biggest thing was the technical side of it – quite a lot of jargon there to get my head around, – but the training was really detailed and far surpassed my expectations.”

Ian opened Revive! Glasgow with two vans and a team of two experienced technicians. His original plan was to set up as a family business with his son as the first technician, but with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic he chose to hit the ground running with an experienced workforce.

“With the quieter time of year approaching and the difficulties presented by Covid I made the choice to get started as soon as possible with two fully qualified technicians behind me. I am still planning to build a family business handing over to my son when the time is right but for now my aim is to have five vans on the road within three years.”

In the meantime, Ian is going to focus on building the business. “I’m going to get out there and drive the business led by two main drivers, complete quality and customer service.”

After just four weeks since opening for business, Ian’s technicians were being kept very busy, gathering five-star Trustpilot reviews from delighted customers along the way. “ It’s early days yet, but I’m delighted by the volume of quotations we are being asked for already,” said Ian.

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