Jason Dowle had spent 23 years in the Royal Army Medical Corps working his way up the chain of command to Warrant Officer Class One Regimental Sergeant Major, so starting a new career with Mac Tools in July 2011 was quite a change of scenery. His keen interest in motorcycle racing meant that Jason had always been aware of the leading tool manufacturers, so when he also learnt that they offered franchises, it offered an ideal opportunity to put his tool knowledge into practice.
“I had known for a while that I wanted to work for myself or work within sales, but I wasn’t sure about the direction I wanted to take. After leaving the Army and spending some time lecturing and designing course programmes with another company, it then took me about 4 months to make the decision to sign-up with Mac Tools.
“Thankfully my family were behind me all the way – this is a factor I would strongly recommend everyone to consider when buying a franchise. I knew there was going to be a lot of work involved on my part, but I also needed to be happy that the effort wouldn’t impact on my family in a negative way, especially after spending so much of my life away from them already.
“It was also much easier to get bank funding for a franchise than creating a business from scratch – there is often less risk involved which strengthens the business plan you present. Likewise, I had the added security of having a large company brand behind me that was already well-renowned in the industry.”
Mac Tools is part of Stanley Black & Decker, a £7+ billion global organisation employing over 30,000 people worldwide and owner of the world famous brands such as DeWALT, Facom and Britool Expert. Over the last three years Mac Tools have achieved 25% year-on-year growth in what is considered to be a flat market.
“This new career is very, very different to what I have been used to before and a completely new challenge in its own way. However, I am feeling really confident about running my own business because the Army teaches you how to think dynamically and deal quickly and effectively with problems as and when they occur.
“I would recommend that someone with an interest in starting their first franchise should talk to at least two existing franchisees, preferably someone who has just recently started and someone who has been in the business for a long time. Make sure this is what you want to do and that you are prepared for the work that you will have to put in to make it a success.
“I’m enjoying the fact that I only really work a 5 day week. This means that I am able to spend much more time with my family. Although I often miss the action and adventure I had in the Army, the response from the local motor trade has been terrific and I’m kept really busy raising awareness of Mac Tools. It’s definitely an encouraging start.”
To find out how you can make the most of your military background call Mac Tools on 08450 6000 60 or email firstname.lastname@example.org