Newcastle-based Terry McNamara is one of the new Affiliates who have recently joined the Auditel Cost Management Franchise. Terry was previously in the police force. He rose to Detective Inspector with Northumbria Police, working mainly in crime investigation. He spent a year in Iraq as a Police Advisor. Recently he took part in a hike to the base camp of Everest.
He recalls: “I spent thirty years in the police force before retirement. I decided that I didn’t want to sit around and do nothing. I wanted a new challenge and an additional source of income. I attended a number of franchise exhibitions and decided that a franchise requiring sales skills was the kind that I wanted. I started to look at various companies in this category and chose Auditel because of the professionalism of their organisation.”
Terry says that during his career in the police, he learnt the importance of developing a close working relationship with clients, ensuring that their needs were always the main priority. As a neighbourhood commander in Newcastle, he also developed a passion for creating the right conditions for local businesses to thrive. “Most organisations do not have the tools to benchmark costs accurately and then monitor them after implementing cost savings. As a fully independent professional consultant my role is to find the best and most cost effective services for my clients. I can then provide them with improved efficiencies, competitive advantage and accelerated performance.”
Asked about the training, Terry replied: "It has been excellent. There is an awful lot of information to take in, but it has been put across in a very clear, concise way. It included a valuable introduction on how to acquire clients. As a result, I am quite confident about the next step, when I get home to start my business. According to the 2013 NatWest/bfa Survey, franchise businesses across the UK have reported record highs in turnover and full-time employment. Since the recession in 2008, the franchise industry shows a 20% growth compared to a 2.5% contraction in the overall economy. The sector contributed some £13.7bn to the economy in the last 12 months. 92% of franchisees reported profitability. Brian Smart, director general of the British Franchise Association commented: “Each year, UK franchising offers thousands of people the opportunity to take on their own sustainable business."
Auditel’s Network Development Director, Matt Sidwell adds: “There are still opportunities to join our franchise and we shall be very happy to see you at one of our free Discovery Seminars and answer any questions about franchising and building a business as an Auditel Cost Management Consultant.”