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Business Doctors franchisees can build a substantial income


INVESTMENT LEVEL: FROM £25,000


eing part of the Business Doctors network allows me to punch above my weight,” said Cheshire franchisee, Kevin Cook.


“And this is just one of the reasons I’m renewing my franchise agreement. “Without the power behind the brand and the collective wisdom and experience of other Business Doctors, I would just be a very small fi sh in a gigantic pond, full to the brim with other management consultants.”


Business Doctors’ own brand of small business support has always aimed to be aff ordable and jargon free. “We put MBA theory into the kind of language everyone can understand,” said founder Rod Davies. When Rod launched Business Doctors in 2004, along with business partner Matt Levington, they had big aspirations. With over 40 years of managing director level experience between them, the pair promised to make management consultancy accessible to small businesses. And, as their international network grows towards 50 UK franchisees, as well as territories sold in India and South Africa, it seemed small businesses were crying out for their style of no-nonsense help including sales planning, performance management, recruitment, fundraising and team building.


Rod Davies and Matt Levington


Kevin, a former managing director of a retail chain, has found that by working as a team with other franchisees, he has successfully tendered for much larger contracts than an individual would be able to take on. In 2014, Kevin headed up a group of Business Doctors franchisees who won a £100,000 contract with Liverpool Vision to deliver fully funded


“But I realised that even fi ve years in,


there were still many benefi ts in staying part of the network. Like Kevin, I work closely with other franchisees, sharing skills and ideas.


“I’ve had much success selling my own tailored versions of Business Doctors’ special programmes for SMEs, including the Learning and Development Academy. Leaving would mean I no longer had access to these.


“Also, I’ve watched the brand grow and mature over the years and feel it has now got real clout and is a highly respected brand in the industry.


“I’m now coming up to my eighth year as a Business Doctor and have worked with over 90 SMEs. Being part of a franchise defi nitely supported me as I was starting up and I still feel its benefi t every day.”


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www. businessdoctors-franchise.co.uk/ events


Martin Vessey 94 | BusinessFranchise.com | June 2016 Kevin Cook


rod@businessdoctors.co.uk 07795 430 981


support to 101 local businesses. “Without the Business Doctors’ brand


and reputation, and the combined expertise of the other franchisees, my tender would never have been taken seriously,” Kevin said. “Together we are stronger.” Kevin’s consortium of North West franchisees has done it again and in March their team work landed them the role of specialist business advisors for Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub.


Former IT industry managing director Martin Vessey owns the Business Doctors Thames Valley territory, covering Bedfordshire, Berkshire, some of Oxon and the City of London. The longest serving franchisee said: “When my contract came up for renewal after fi ve years, I will admit that I considered going it alone. Being part of a franchise got me up-and-running much faster than I could have been on my own, and it was reassuring in the early days to have someone to talk to.


“I’ve had much success selling my own tailored versions of Business Doctors’ special


programmes for SMEs...”


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