Ad­vice ser­vice moves into Lightwater

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Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - NEWS -

LIGHTWATER has be­come the re­gional base for an ad­vice ser­vice that helps peo­ple to find fran­chis­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Man­agers of Mr Fran­chise chose the vil­lage as the lo­ca­tion for their first of­fice in the south east of Eng­land, serv­ing the Thames Val­ley and west Sur­rey area.

The com­pany – which al­ready has of­fices in Lan­cashire, the West Mid­lands and Cheshire – says it plans to cre­ate 5,000 new UK busi­ness own­ers over the next five years.

It matches clients fran­chises that match with their skills, life­style, am­bi­tions and in­vest­ment ca­pa­bil­ity, so they can join the 620,000 peo­ple em­ployed in the sec­tor in the UK.

The new of­fice will be run by Mike Do­herty, who has 30 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the cor­po­rate world.

He said: “I was look­ing to do some­thing dif­fer­ent and this is an op­por­tu­nity for me to help peo­ple be­come their own boss.

“The peo­ple who come to us for ad­vice are in­ter­ested in be­com­ing small busi­ness own­ers and may have ac­cess to fund­ing to in­vest, but they don’t nec­es­sar­ily have a clear view of what type of busi­ness they want to op­er­ate.

“We work with them to find the right op­por­tu­nity, look­ing at their skills and ex­pe­ri­ence, what in­ter­ests or ex­cites them.”

Mr Fran­chise co- founder Iain Martin said: “Our client base is grow­ing, the fran­chise sec­tor in the UK is in good health and we be­lieve there’s a good op­por­tu­nity for Mr Fran­chise op­er­a­tions to suc­ceed in all parts of the coun­try.”

For more de­tails about the Mr Fran­chise or­gan­i­sa­tion, visit the web­site www. mr­fran­chise. co. uk.

Melanie Ja­cobs ( left), man­ager of Gracewell care home in Haw­ley, presents the pro­ceeds of its fundrais­ing com­mu­nity bar­be­cue to Charli from Phyl­lis Tuck­well Hos­pice

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