Prior to becoming a ChipsAway franchisee Ryan worked in construction, but he wanted a career that gave him more satisfaction. Ryan joined the network in 2011, and 6 years later has been named ChipsAway 'Newcomer of the Year 2012' and ‘Marketer of the Year 2016’ at the ChipsAway Annual Conference and Awards Dinner.
Having faced redundancy twice in three years after a seasoned career as a Sales and Marketing Director, in 2011 Andy decided that he wanted a complete change of direction. He had always wanted to own his own business, so the proven business model of ChipsAway appeared to be the perfect option. 5 years down the line, Andy Cornell has been crowned third time Business Mentor of the Year and Franchisee of the Year 2016 at ChipsAway’s annual conference.
After 11 years in the army, Andy was concerned about the transition from military to owning his own business. Although it seemed daunting, by following the tried-and-tested ChipsAway business model and taking advantage of the available training and support, Andy had a smooth transition. He was able to expand his business quickly and has now built up a multi-van operation and team of employees to serve his three territories.
Dan Siseman worked as a HGV driver for nearly 10 years, until an industrial accident left him re-thinking his career path. Although he fortunately recovered from his injuries, Dan lost his passion for his work and the long hours also made it difficult to see his newly-born daughter. Dan decided it was time for a change and decided to invest in a ChipsAway franchisee with his wife, Debra.
Richard Dexter originally had a seasoned career as a Film and TV animator where he worked on films such as Lord of the Rings and Avatar. However, after 16 years in the industry, he decided he wanted a better work-life balance. Now he gets to take his 2 dogs to work with him each day, take his young children to school and watch them grow up.
Keith McGowan has been a ChipsAway franchisee for over 16 years, and in that time has developed a 3rd generation workshop, occupies the largest ChipsAway Car Care Centre in the UK and is turning over a very impressive £1million per year.
After being a Royal Marine Commando for 25 years, Andy decided that he wanted a fresh, new challenge. He wanted the freedom to be his own boss and make his own decisions, and the ChipsAway’s tried and tested business model was the perfect fit!
Following years of determination and hard work, Ali Hoy now owns his own Car Care centre in central Cardiff, where he manages multiple employees and upholds an excellent reputation in the city. He tells us more about his ChipsAway experience.