Jackson Fire & Security Franchisee

Franchisee Focus: Jackson Fire & Security franchisee Tom Fletcher

Jackson Fire & Security, has been operating successfully for 25 years.

Franchising since 2013, there are now four franchisees with businesses across the UK.

We met with Jackson Fire & Security franchisee Tom Fletcher at the British and International Franchise Exhibition (March 11). He shares his story:

About Jackson Fire & Security

We help our customers apply fire and safety legislation and deal with their security challenges primarily through the installation and maintenance of fire extinguishers, alarm systems and CCTV.

From the Royal Air Force to Jackson Fire & Security franchisee

‘I’m an ex-officer in the Royal Air Force. I worked for seven years, straight after leaving university and I have got no prior business experience. I really wanted to start my own business but I thought it would make a lot more sense to invest in a franchise and use their support, than it would be trying to open a business by myself.’

Funding the franchise business

‘It was funded with a mixture of savings that I had from work and a loan from the Start Up Loans company. I was helped by Jackson Fire & Security to write a business plan to secure that funding.’

Transitioning from employee to the boss

‘The big difficulty for me was transitioning from a big organisation with lots of structure and processes to working for myself with a small team that I employed.

That was a challenge for me personally, to get my head around how differently things work in the private sector compared with the public sector.

Jackson Fire & Security were really supportive in helping me with that transition.’

Best things about the franchise

  1. ‘You can call [head office] any time and get advice. If I was going to do this by myself, I wouldn’t know who to turn to and I would have been stuck a couple of times.
  2. Leveraging the credibility that comes with an existing brand. I know when I go to bigger prospective clients I can say that we’ve been trading for 25 years, we know what we’re doing and I think that if it were just my company I would really struggle.’

Advice to future Jackson Fire & Security franchisees

‘The biggest piece of advice I could give to people is that this is not going to be easy, you’ve got to go out and sell the business and you’ve got to keep organised. If you’re not prepared to do that, then you are far better off staying in employment.

This is a big undertaking, if you can make it work, the rewards are fantastic.’

Do you think that you could be the next Jackson Fire & Security franchisee? Take a look at their franchise on Reed Commercial now.

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Sandy Purewal

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