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FRANCHISE HEROES


BONO


TOMMY COOPER


PAUL WELLER


ALBERT EINSTEIN


MATT'S DREAM DINNER GUESTS


JESUS FRANCHISE HEROES Five minutes with...


Matt O’Neil, head of franchise recruitment at Expense Reduction Analysts


PLAY UP, POMPEY!


MATT'S A PORTSMOUTH FAN


How did you get involved in franchising? After 15 years in the plastics industry, I took voluntary redundancy and sought my next career move. A friend of mine had just started Snack in the Box (SITB) and I went along to help as sales director, recruiting franchisees. Long story short, I ended up co-owning SITB with two others… we had a lot of fun and later sold the business. I was then invited to join ERA UK to help recruit franchisees – which is where I am now.


What was your childhood dream job? To play in a band and make money from writing music – it’s still my dream job!


MAKE IT RED: HE LIKES A TIPPLE


Tell us a little-known fact about you… I once played in front of 125,000 people. When Portsmouth won the FA Cup in 2008 my band was asked to play at the victory parade the next day. We had no idea 125,000 people would turn up! That’s 50,000 more than the Wembley crowd for Live Aid! We were the main band and we played for two hours… amazing experience.


What's your drink of choice? Red wine – rioja. Irish whiskey.


MATT ❤s ROCK N ROLL


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Dream dinner party guest(s)? Bono, John Lennon, Paul Weller, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Jesus Christ and Tommy Cooper.


Who’s providing the dinner-party soundtrack? Norah Jones


Where do you go to get away from it all? Italy, Menorca, New York.


What team do you follow? Portsmouth FC. My grandfather was a season-ticket holder and went even when he was ill. It was a real honour for us to play the victory parade gig and celebrate their FA Cup win.


What advice would you give to anyone starting out in business and what philosophy do you live by? Don’t think too much of yourself, remain humble and grounded. No one is better than anyone else, we just had different opportunities. Be kind to everyone, of all sorts – you will meet the same people on the way back down as you did on the way up.


How would you like to be remembered? For being honest, for my music and my sense of humour and for my love of life and family.


For more insights from the Franchise Heroes go to businessfranchise.com


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