Burton businessman holds key to multi-million-pound franchise business

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An East Midlands businessman who founded a local locksmith firm in 2018 is planning to add another 30 franchisees to his expanding business empire before the end of the year.

Kevin Russell, a serial entrepreneur, established LockFit in the summer of 2018 – and less than three years later, he has expanded his firm’s network to encompass 45 franchisees throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

While it’s natural to imagine that Covid might have impeded LockFit’s expansion, Kevin believes the firm has actually been assisted by the pandemic.

He said: “During lockdown, a lot of people sat at home, addressing the uncertainty by thinking about their careers and looking for opportunities, so Covid saw us expand our franchising network at a more prolific rate than we were expecting.

“As we expanded, demand for our work also proved very resilient. We cater for the emergency services, for estate agents and for private homeowners, who often invest in upgrading security when times are tough – so if ever there was a sector that could be described as recession-proof, the locksmith industry is it.”

As for the future, Kevin is content that the outlook for his business is better than ever.

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