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Should Covid-19 uncertainty make you delay taking on a franchise?


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Jackson Fire and Security discuss whether Covid-19 uncertainty should stop you opening a franchise in the fire industry.

For someone who aspires to be their own boss, the right franchise offers an excellent opportunity and in many ways, it’s a much safer option than choosing to start a business from scratch. You’ll be responsible for running it, but will have the support of the franchiser behind you.

You’ll also benefit from the fact that your business is already part of a well-established brand. You must however be careful about the choice of franchise and now more than ever one of the most vital criteria is finding a franchise that operates in an industry with strong demand, no matter what’s going on in the economy.

Fire and security remains a strong sector

We know that we offer a franchise that can weather tough times. In fact, our customer demand is actually increasing. Fire and security solutions will always be needed. In England and Wales, employers, owners, landlords and occupiers of business or other commercial premises are legally responsible for fire safety.

Amongst other things they must regularly complete fire risk assessments, decide on measures needed to address the risks they find, then put steps in place to reduce or eliminate those risks.

That will include installing fire alarms and fire prevention equipment such as fire extinguishers. And even once they’re installed, there’s an ongoing need for servicing and maintenance.

Aside from the very obvious potential harm that could occur if a fire broke out, if these fire safety regulations aren’t adhered to, it could mean fines and even prison sentences. So it’s rare that people with fire safety responsibilities would take a chance and disregard them.

At the same time, crime remains a challenge in many settings. That means there is an ongoing need for a variety of security solutions such as CCTV systems, intruder alarms and control systems that manage access into buildings.

Employers, owners, landlords and occupiers of business premises want a straightforward way to ensure they’re managing their risks – and an integrated solution from a trusted supplier is exactly what they’re after.

Jackson Fire and Security is an extremely well-established brand. The company started nearly thirty years ago and has gone on to become an industry leader with a superb reputation.

We’re the first fire and security company to offer franchise opportunities and those branches are now flourishing. Thanks to the combination of excellent service and a growing market, there’s constant demand and repeat business.

Take the time to do your research

For some people the pandemic, and perhaps the extra reflection time due to being furloughed, might have provided a positive opportunity to take stock of where they are now and where they want to be in the future. For others, disruption to their work and possibly even redundancy might mean they have found themselves forced to contemplate what comes next.

Whatever your circumstances, we would definitely encourage you to take your time to do your research. We are confident we offer an excellent franchise opportunity, and indeed there are many other good franchise opportunities out there. Don’t delay because of the pandemic but you must be sure that it’s a good move for you.

Think through the financial and personal commitment carefully. Find out as much information as you can about the franchise and franchising business. Scrutinise the market you will be selling into.

Talk to franchisees in the business you are interested in. Taking on a franchise is a rewarding but also significant commitment so do your research to make sure it’s the right move for you.

Would you like to know more about the Jackson Fire and Security opportunity?

We are continuing to run our discovery days on a socially distanced basis at our Head Office in North Wales. They are an excellent way to find out more about our franchise opportunity and to ask all the questions you might have. If you would like to book onto one then you can do so here or you’re welcome to give us a call on 01352 755866 to find out more information.

Blog originally posted on the Fire Safety Event website

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