George Cusack became a project management franchisee with Aspray in November 2018. After a long and successful career in the motor trade working in various management roles, George wanted to work for himself.
A year later we caught up with George to see how he found the Aspray recruitment process, what he has learned and his plans for the future.
A: The application process was extremely thorough and well thought out. It was a two-way process whereby they took the time to get to know all about my financial and non-financial motivators.
I was supported with completing a guided due diligence project and business plan specific to my chosen territory, this was invaluable in providing me with a good insight into not only the business, but also the insurance sector in which I would be operating.
A: The first claim I project managed was a fire claim for £35,000. The fire had started in one flat and had spread to the adjoining flat and the staircase.
I felt extremely satisfied once the reinstatement works were completed and, like anything you do for the first time, it was a learning curve.
A: There have been occasions where some insurance companies’ representatives have been difficult to deal with at times, although others have been helpful and friendly.
A: Working with contractors who you can rely upon to complete quality repairs is the key to success. In the early months, this was the biggest challenge I had to overcome.
A: I love the fact that every day is varied. I get to help people at what can often be an emotional and stressful time. I find it personally rewarding to see the home or business owner’s response and relief once the repairs are completed.
A: I would definitely do it again!
A: For me, it’s all about continuing to build a good team of contractors. As I continue to grow the business, the plan is to employ another person to support me with the day to day project management of my property damage claims.
Colin also plays a very important role within the Aspray network, offering mentoring and speaking to interested candidates on his experiences as an Aspray franchisee.
Sara Holmes runs her Aspray franchise in Sunderland.
Sara Holmes took up the franchise opportunity with Aspray and became a loss assessor.
Jack Connor was an approved contractor for Aspray and he is now a successful Aspray franchisee himself.
Director of Aspray Luton, Barry Thurston, hosted a very successful launch event for the opening of his new local business.
Clive and Nathalie Hawkesley joined the Aspray network in September 2013.
I have loved every minute of my journey since joining the network and I can honestly say that my investment has been worth every penny! I'm looking forward to growing my business with the help of the team from Director down and can't wait to see what the next 12 months hold.Phil Reynolds
The whole Aspray Management team are amazing & I have found the value of the franchise fee to be worth every penny. If you are hardworking, committed and prepared to put in the hours and apply the advice given to make your business work then Aspray will support and nurture you every step of the way.Jaynie Ross