Ex-army Red Cap Chris Mark is used to following an ordered system and put this training to good use when he bought a Cornish Oggy Oggy Pasty Company franchise.
Chris said: Ã¢Â€ÂœAfter 22 years in the army I was on paid leave and a friend gave me a free ticket to the London franchise exhibition. When I got to the Oggy Oggy stand, I knew right away it was for me. I love Cornish pasties! IÃ¢Â€Â™m from that part of the world and IÃ¢Â€Â™ve eaten every type there is. So IÃ¢Â€Â™m not just saying this because IÃ¢Â€Â™m a franchisee now Ã¢Â€Â“ Oggy OggyÃ¢Â€Â™s pasties are the best.Ã¢Â€?
In October 2004 Chris opened an Oggy Oggy outlet in Colchester and then another one in Ipswich a few months later!
Chris explained how different his life is now: Ã¢Â€ÂœI was a bodyguard for people like the Queen, ambassadors and other famous people. ThereÃ¢Â€Â™s a lot of danger and your life is always in other peopleÃ¢Â€Â™s hands. I definitely prefer what IÃ¢Â€Â™m doing now because IÃ¢Â€Â™m my own boss. With Oggy Oggy I know what IÃ¢Â€Â™ll be doing this time next week, whereas in the army I didnÃ¢Â€Â™t.Ã¢Â€?
Although he now runs two outlets, Chris still has a lot of time for himself and his family as he has employed managers to run both stores. Ã¢Â€ÂœThis means I can keep my options open and focus on further expansion. I definitely want to take on more stores and IÃ¢Â€Â™d have no problems going to Europe if the company ever took things that far. As long as I can get to one of my operations in a couple of hours, thatÃ¢Â€Â™s fine by me.Ã¢Â€?