Billy Makepeace always wanted to run his own business but lacked the sales and marketing skillset, but with a franchisor by his side, opening Access4Lofts Eastbourne was a "no brainer"
Billy Makepeace has an HND in mechanical engineering and spent 10 years in the plastic injection moulding industry. He finished off managing a factory with 10 machines before emigrating from South Africa to the UK.
The next 19 years saw him employed in the construction industry as a quantity surveyor working on major projects like Heathrow Terminal 5, London Olympic Park, numerous Heathrow refurbishment projects and large residential projects in London.
So, why did Billy decide to join Access4Lofts? “I’ve always wanted to run my own business,” he says, “but I seriously lack sales and marketing skills. A franchisor would normally have done a lot of the groundwork required to get a business up and running, so it is a no brainer.”
Billy heard about Access4Lofts through a friend and spent a few days with an existing franchisee to understand the trade. “I was confident I could do the practical work and was impressed that Access4Lofts provided so much assistance with all aspects of the business,” he says.
And what does he think of Access4Lofts’ franchisee training programme and support? “Access4Lofts have taken most of the ‘ground work’ out of setting up and running a business and provided a business opportunity you can just run with.
“All the systems implemented by the franchisor have been developed with the intention of minimising the administration tasks for the new business owner. They have achieved this objective very effectively. It’s reassuring to know that by following their proven system, you’ll be a success!” says Billy.
Finally, he shares this piece of advice to anyone considering investing in an Access4Lofts franchise: “Just do it, you won’t regret it.”