A Suitable Future?
Business & Professional Services, Services, High Street Retail
The secret of Suit the City’s success is the company’s unique business model, which enables you to set up a profitable and successful tailoring franchise. You do not need to be a tailor to be part of Suit the City’s growth in the UK, but you do need ambition and a good work ethic.
From their Buckinghamshire base, entrepreneurs Carol Rawson and Sallie Belton have built a successful business offering an exclusive personal tailoring service. They provide beautiful, affordable, made-to-measure suits and separates using the best fabrics available to Savile Row tailors - unusually the service is for both women and men.
Sallie Belton is the director in charge of all things technical and she highlights the rationale behind starting the business in 2007: “Suit the City was set up to provide the solution for anyone who is time poor but wants to look their best, giving them the image they want and putting the client back in control. Many clients arrive having simply given up on the high street or been disappointed with cheaper ‘bespoke’ suit services that didn’t deliver on their promises.”
Managing director Carol Rawson adds: “Downturn, what downturn? Suit the City has found the formula that works for both clients and franchisees, with exemplary service and low overheads. You too can build a profitable business without the enormous risks associated with starting your own retail business.”
Investing in a franchise from Suit the City is a low cost, low risk business opportunity offering the potential for excellent financial rewards. The initial three-month training programme is comprehensive and covers all you need to know to measure and advise your clients. Once you understand how to measure, the role is predominantly one of marketing your business and offering excellent customer service. Recommendations and referrals will allow you to grow your business and your income in line with your expectations.
Suit the City has recruited its first two franchisees and has big plans for at least 50 franchises across the UK. Nicola Manze is in Oxfordshire and Tracey Holloway covers Bristol and Bath.
“I am delighted to be the owner of a Suit the City franchise,” says Tracey. “I had been looking for an opportunity to work for myself for some time, but was seeking something different; a business model which allowed me to use my creativity alongside my business experience.”
Suit the City proved to be the answer. The passion that Carol and Sallie have for this business model and its products is not only infectious, but highly motivating. The training and support has been wonderful, with a real team spirit. If you are interested in being part of something different, I would urge you to find out more.
Nicola says: “At this stage of my life, I wanted a change from the daily grind of working for someone else. Becoming a Suit the City franchisee has given me a great opportunity to be my own boss, but with the fantastic training and ongoing support of the Suit the City team I do not feel like I am going it alone. The products are beautiful and the fact you get to help people look and feel their best is such a bonus. Job satisfaction definitely comes as standard.”
Suit the City provide high quality made to measure suits and separates for men and women. Now is the time to join Suit the City at the start of a very exciting expansion programme across the U.K. We use Savile Row fabrics combined with the latest pattern cutting and manufacturing technology to supply clients with the best in made to measure. Everything is trainable, you do not need to know how to sew!
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