Huw James, owner of Revive! Reading set up the mobile bodyshop business two and a half years ago, repairing scuffs and scrapes to vehicle paint work and alloy wheels. Takings during June were up almost 20% compared to the same period last year making it his record month so far.
Repairs are usually carried out in the open air, either at the customer’s home or workplace, but last year Huw wisely decided to rent a small workshop in Nettlebed – so when the rain comes down he can carry on under cover.
Demand is high for top quality mobile repairs. Costing far less than the average insurance policy excess, work is carried out at a time and place to suit the customer, taking away the hassle and inconvenience of having to take the vehicle to a bodyshop for repair.
Said the 48 year old father of two from Lower Shiplake, Henley on Thames: “Revive! has an excellent reputation in the industry for carrying out top quality work. Most of my business comes as a result of word of mouth – customers are so pleased with the finished result that they recommend me to friends and colleagues and I am just getting busier and busier.
“The weather has been horrendous, but because of my unit I can still offer a full mobile service – I go to the customer in my spare car, pick up their vehicle and then take it back to the workshop where I can work away happily out of the rain and then drop it back to them when it is finished.
“Had it not been for the weather I would probably have added another van to the fleet by now, but I can’t complain – June was my best month so far.”
Revive! Reading was set up in 2010. The former logistics manager had always wanted to be his own boss, and after thorough research he decided to buy the Revive! franchise for his area.
After just twelve months the workload had increased to the point where Huw needed to take on another person and add another van to meet the demand. Former mechanic Dan Webb, also from Henley, welcomed the opportunity to join the thriving company last year and turnover has since doubled as a result.
Added Huw: “I like the fact that I am part of a network of people, all supported by head office but still running our own businesses. The training we receive is second to none and our own local workloads are supplemented by national account work sourced for us by Head office.”
Revive! has one of the largest networks of technicians across the UK and is the preferred supplier of SMART repairs to major car dealerships and fleet operators. Customers include Alfa Romeo Fiat, Lex Autolease and Mercedes.