Like many people Ian Sheard dreamed of being his own boss. Unlike so many, he has made it a reality after being fed-up working long hours for somebody else with little return. With a life ‘on the spanners’, Ian had never been behind a business and decided to make the move by buying Moor Test Centre. Using his extensive knowledge of the motor industry, he was able to ‘lift the bonnet’ of many businesses to identify whether they were the right fit for him.
After looking round extensively, Ian spotted a garage for sale through Hilton Smythe and quickly progressed to exchanging contracts and being the proud owner of his new venture. With Moor Test Centre already having a sound reputation, Ian was ready to meet the challenge of not only being his own boss but keeping up the high level of service customers were accustomed to. Like any business owner, Ian is now getting used to continuously developing and improving the business.
Incentivised by making money for himself
This has meant getting to grips with paperwork and following business processes. Despite having his work/life balance tested during the initial first months, he’s incentivised with the knowledge he’s making money for himself and no-one else. He adds: “I wish I’d done this a lot sooner. It’s so daunting at first and to be honest, working for someone else can be a comfort blanket. I’m not saying being a business owner is necessarily tough but the rewards are outweighing both the personal and financial investment I’ve made.”
Since taking over the business, Ian’s begun to bring the paperwork up to modern standards and is currently investing in a computerised database to ensure customer profiles can be created and he can keep in touch with them as well as advertising for future discounts and offers.
Ian comments further: “I really would recommend Hilton Smythe to anyone looking for a new business. I felt their team were very attentive in helping me obtain my new business. It was pretty much flawless to be honest.”
Moor Test Centre is based near Stoke on Trent, offering a wide range of repairs, general servicing and MOTs.
It can be found at: 5 Rudyard Rd, Biddulph Moor, Stoke-on-Trent ST8 7JD