Interest in Easy Living Mobility’s franchise offering has spiked since the concept’s first store launched last month, according to company bosses.
Easy Living Mobility revealed it was initiating a new mobility franchise model earlier this year and opened its debut franchise shop in Wolverhampton under business owner Tom Skelding.
Darren Legg, franchise development manager, said that Easy Living Mobility has had a number of ongoing enquiries and is confident that others will follow Skelding soon.
He said: “Since we announced Tom’s franchise we have had an increase in the number of people from within industry making contact, so I am sure they are seeing the opportunity as a way of furthering themselves but also keeping their existing industry experience and skills.”
Easy Living Mobility’s management has ambitious plans for a franchise network and believes that the industry is now ready for a mobility retail concept that is both structured and dynamic.
Legg is responsible for recruiting would-be business owners and said he expects that more industry professionals will show their interest because they can visualise the opportunity now that there is an operational franchise and someone to talk to who has already taken up the opportunity.
Legg said: “We are a very focused business and certainly have a plan based on our knowledge of areas that we know will work very well for us. Having said that, we are also a very dynamic business and will look at every franchise enquiry on its own individual merits and make a decision from there.
“Our Easy Payment Plan is making a franchise more accessible for any individuals who may have seen the initial costs of starting their own mobility business as an obstacle.”
Skelding has a background in the mobility sector, having worked for various dealers in the past.
He said that becoming Easy Living Mobility’s first franchisee was “an honour” and that running his own business is a “completely new experience”.
“I have no end of goals for my business. First off is to get my Wolverhampton store off to a fantastic start and running for the future. I want to enhance my business by being able to offer more and more complex products, firstly with support from the Easy Living Mobility specialist teams and then self-sufficiently. Finally, I’d like to own further stores.”
Legg added: “I am certain that Tom will deliver a very successful and profitable business over the coming years. In five years’, time that can be a number of things – development through more complex product offering, more stores, even both of these.”