“Joblessness is mounting more quickly among professionals as the recession drives hundreds of thousands onto the dole,” according to the Financial Times .
However, a survey by networking site LinkedIn indicated that nearly half of those made redundant intended to use their redundancy pay-offs to go it alone.
Many have already moved on to run their own franchised businesses.
Established in 1994, they have built a network of over 130 highly skilled cost and purchase management specialists, widely regarded as being the best in the business.
Head of marketing Laurence Knott reveals that a record number of professional men and women have become franchisees since January – many of whom had faced redundancy.
“Having a home-based business but being in contact with so many likeminded colleagues really appeals,” he says.
“Although most markets are suffering, cost management is booming as companies look to manage their expenditures more effectively – so much so, that more than one in five of our franchisees are currently earning in excess of £100k.”
Among the newcomers who experienced redundancy were Richard Grant and Martin Duhig.
Richard, who held senior IT roles before he was laid off, says:
“The Auditel business model is very robust but flexible enough to accommodate my personality and aspirations.”
Ex-banker Martin says:
“I had been searching for the right home-based franchise for five years without ever finding something that excited me or matched my skills.
“On happening upon Auditel I knew my search was over.
“In my opinion, there is nothing else to match their professionalism, dynamism and the sheer opportunity to build a very profitable business of my own.”
Claire Power-Browne, who worked for various local charities and is married with three children, is now in partnership with Steve Ray who joined Auditel in 2007.
She is enthused about the training.
“I loved it. There is so much information and all of it pertinent and incredibly valuable.
“Thank you, sincerely, for all the help that has been offered!”
To meet the demand, Auditel have introduced a regular programme of Free Discovery Seminars.
Laurence Knott says:
“They are designed to give an insight into how we work.
“Visitors can find out at first hand the benefits of becoming an Auditel Consultant, meet our Support Team and ask as many questions as they like.
“You will be very welcome. There is no hard sell and nothing to pay.”
For the latest Discovery Seminar dates, please visit www.auditelfranchise.co.uk or call 0800 383 3355.