March 2018 will be year in business for the first Prokil franchisees, hear about how they have found being part of the Prokil team.
After an initial conversation regarding the business structure, Prokil ticked a lot of the boxes we were looking for. A business that had a proven track record, passionate owners and a successful brand in their current regions, all wrapped up in a business that had huge profit potential.
The growth and profit margins in this business were the main factors which made this more appealing as we ventured further in to the viability and validity of the business. After speaking with Carlo (MD of Prokil) in particular, the passion behind his ambition and drive to make the franchise a success, gave us the confidence that the support network would be in place and their ambitions matched exactly what we were looking for.
We had a few informal conversations in the first instance and this then led to more formal business meetings and sharing some financial figures to back up what was being told to us. With each conversation and meeting, this led us further to the belief that this would work and would be a business and franchise worth investing in.
We had a couple of trips down to the Bournemouth office to meet the team, directors and franchise manager Alex. It was at these meeting we discussed how they would see the franchise working, what they expected from us and in turn, what we would want from them. After exploring the business model and plan they had in place and looking at the projections and profitability of the model, it reinforced what had been discussed in the early days.
Having a look at the office set up, also reassured us that there were people in place to support, guide and share ideas with in the early days to get the business up and running.
The training that was carried out with our surveyor was very beneficial and the feedback from this was positive. The ways of working, knowledge, exposure to what the job would entail was very pragmatic and provided him with the skills and knowledge to transfer this in to our own franchise.
We have had a very successful first 12 months and in essence we have achieved more than we expected and the business is developing and growing in a way that has exceeded our expectations. We have found a consistent customer base and built good relationships with local business and forged excellent connections and referrals to support our growth and provide a stable platform to build for the long term.
Structuring the business in a manner which delivers what we envisioned has been key, in growing in the right way and delivering a consistent service level to reinforce everything we want to achieve.
The support has been what we expected and has never fallen short of what was discussed in the early meetings. As mentioned, the passion shown in ensuring the success of our franchise has not fallen away and this has helped us achieve what we have so far.
There are learnings from all parties as we are the first franchisees and I believe the structure and relationships between the franchise and franchisor will change and adapt with the growth of our business and expansion on the franchise network.
The motivation, support, passion and belief from the franchisors is there and it is building a structure for expansion and growth of the franchise network which needs establishing as the branches grow.
It is a very viable business and one with excellent growth potential, margin, profit and expansion in to other areas. We have not looked back since joining the Prokil network and I would encourage others to explore this further.
As with any business, having a clear structure from day one is integral and ensuring that the milestones and targets set are achievable is key.
Grow the business in the right way, take time to find the right people to carry out the works and ensure jobs are completed right first time.
We want to continue to grow and have everyone come to the business in Brighton for all the damp proofing needs. Being known for the workmanship, service, standard of work and overall customer satisfaction is what will drive our business.
To grow the business, increase turnover and to enable us to create a business that is fruitful and fuels our ambitions is what keeps us going on a day to day basis.