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“I have worked in the security industry, in a number of roles, for the last twenty years. For the last ten years I was employed by a large multi-national security company as Operations Director for the south of the UK.

Having been a very keen amateur photographer I first looked seriously at Barrett & Coe in 2010. I did some research and then attended the National Franchise Exhibition where Barrett & Coe were exhibiting. By this time I had decided that the only way to succeed in what is a very competitive industry was to obtain the support and guidance that a franchise provides. I was however, quite wary of committing to this.

My first contact with Barrett & Coe was at a Franchise Exhibition and I was immediately impressed as they obviously knew what they were talking about. I was also impressed with the lack of the hard sales approach that I was expecting.

Being a rather ambitious individual my aim is to hit the top of the franchisee sales lists but equally important is the freedom of owning your own business.

Following the initial contact with Barrett & Coe I attended a one-day seminar with them and at that point decided to commence training. I took the wedding course first which was immediately followed by the portrait course. Both were excellent, fun to do and very informative. I obtained a Grade 1 pass on both courses and this gave me the confidence to take the plunge, leave my job and sign up.

I have attended five days of induction; both photography and business based, and the support and assistance to date have been great. The information sharing and communication with all of the other franchisees is excellent and I already feel part of the family!

Being a rather ambitious individual my aim is to hit the top of the franchisee sales lists but equally important is the freedom of owning your own business. Having said that, the discipline of reporting in to a large franchise organisation is also a massive plus as it will instil the discipline necessary not to let things slip!

I am delighted to have joined Barrett & Coe and look forward to a long future with them.”

To view Andrew’s work please visit www.barrettandcoe.co.uk/leightonbuzzard

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