Loft Lad's steps to success
A LOFT ladder business is looking to expand its operations nationwide via a franchise scheme which is particularly based on creating jobs for ex-service personnel.
The Loft Lad venture has been designed and built by Tim and Lindsay Brown, seven years after starting their Plympton-based firm Access4Lofts.
With more people looking to improve their homes and make better use of space, the couple have seen a significant increase in business.
But because they didn't want to give up their Devon lifestyle they looked for a way to expand without spending time working up and down the country.
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They came up with a "business in a box" concept called the Loft Lad which gives budding business owners the tools to run an operation, such as business stationery, a website, training days and a quoting and marketing system.
With the Ministry of Defence due to cut 25,000 armed forces personnel and 29,000 civilian staff by 2015, Mr and Mrs Brown say the venture could be a way of helping them integrate back into civilian life.
Mr Brown said: "Setting up your business allows you to work to your own rules and timetable, but it can be daunting to go it alone.
"What's more, with the constant talk of military cuts we thought the Loft Lad business would be a great way for service personnel to go straight into work in the civilian world, while keeping to their own structured routines.
"Individuals can buy a particular postcode area and own the exclusive rights to the Loft Lad business in that vicinity.
"They then are trained and helped to set up their own business, benefiting from our experience."