Richard and Diane felt that after years of working for large organisations, they would like to set up on their own realising they had a good cross-section of skills between them. However, having no experience in running a business, they wanted to buy into a tried and tested formula, which lead them to investigate franchise opportunities.
After visiting the franchise exhibition they highlighted three potential businesses that they felt would bring in a sufficient family income while interesting them both. Researching the possibilities further, they visited the in-toto head office that Diane recalls vividly.
"We had a really positive and informative day discussing the business potential with the directors and other staff. We left feeling very excited, and as we got into the car home at the end of the day we looked at each other and knew we had found our business!"
Their instinct was right, assisted by in-toto's support, Diane and Richard built a very successful business in Leamington Spa for over 20 years. In 2012 Richard & Diane decided to sell the business in order to enjoy their retirement. With the help of the franchise team they completed the sale of their business in February 2013 and are now enjoying time spent with their adult children, who are both currently living overseas - in fact Diane had the rewarding challenge of planning a wedding in Africa and they have recently celebrated the birth of their first grandchild.
We have really enjoyed being part of the in-toto family. It is so challenging and rewarding to plan such an important part of our clients' homes.
Richard and Diane Gee