Ibby Hussain – ex franchisee CHIPS Stockton

Why I chose franchising?

One of the main reasons was support. As a sole trader I would have struggled to buy stock and wouldn’t have received support from publishers with promotions and Point of Sale, so to be a part of a group has paid huge dividends.

What I did before taking up franchising?

I actually worked for the CHIPS for about 17 yrs as sales assistant then climbed to manager then operations manager. I opened a number of franchises for CHIPS and soon realised that I could open my own.

How I raised the finance:

My father helped me out and I also have a bank loan.

The training and support I received from CHIPS:

The training was not necessary as I was a CHIPS trainer myself but the support was a great help.

The challenges I have faced:

Being my own boss is a dream come true. I did find the accounts a nightmare at the start but I am now getting the hang of it. As with everything else it’s becoming second nature.

My advice to someone thinking of buying their first franchise:

Be prepared to put a lot of hours and hard work in. It’s not just about running a store day-to-day but running it efficiently and effectively.

My plans for the future:

If things go smoothly I hope to run this store for three to four years and then look into expanding with a second. It could happen even earlier if things work out well.

Update

Following discussions Ibby was asked  to leave the CHIPS franchise system and CHIPS Stockton has reopened as a company store

We would like to welcome customers old and new back to CHIPS Stockton and can assure that the CHIPS ethos of service and fair prices that customers loved is back

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