33-year-old, dad-to-be, Jim Harbridge has stepped into a new life. One made up of vans, veg boxes and organic food.
Just three weeks into his â€˜fledglingâ€™ business (a fully developed franchise bought from his predecessors), he has to complete no less than 13 delivery rounds in a week, learn the names of streets he never knew existed, and greet hundreds of people heâ€™s never met before â€“ his customers.
â€œItâ€™s a big change from working in marketing and PR, and certainly hectic at the moment,â€ says Jim. â€œBut it wonâ€™t always be like this. Itâ€™s just that all of my drivers decided to go on holiday at the same timeâ€¦just when I started! The great thing is, Iâ€™m getting to know the rounds. And although that means working from dawn to dusk, Iâ€™m out and about and learning fast.â€
Jim, who has never run his own business before, and who didnâ€™t know anything about franchising either, considered buying the Riverford Organic Portsmouth territory when he heard that the previous franchisees were ready to sell. Full story.