ChipsAway celebrates International Women’s Day

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ChipsAway celebrated International Women’s Day by shining a light on one of its newest female franchisees. 

Despite being a van-based franchise in the male-dominated automotive industry, ChipsAway is proud to welcome investors from all walks of life. Carolyn Kett invested in the franchise at the start of the year after spending five years working in logistics for car manufacturer Lotus. 

Carolyn explained,

“I’ve had an interest in cars since being young – the way the parts work together and how they can be used to create so many different-looking vehicles. I like working with my hands and I’m more productive in an active job, but I also had a dream of being my own boss.” 

Carolyn was first introduced to ChipsAway several years ago when she used the brand as a customer. Speaking to the person who carried out the work, she became interested in pursuing it as an investment opportunity. 

“Since working in the automotive sector, I hadn’t been customer-facing but I did have experience in retail, so I knew I’d be great with customers. Plus, I’m a patient, methodical person – skills I knew would be relevant being a ChipsAway engineer.” 

Within a couple of weeks of getting in touch with the brand, Carolyn began her training with people who were also new to franchising. 

“We got on really well and still keep in touch now, supporting each other as our businesses grow.” 

Carolyn added,

“The automotive industry is stereotypically associated with men, but improvements have been made when it comes to equality in the sector, and there is no reason why more women shouldn’t get involved. The skills required to do a good job aren’t just possessed by men – women have exactly the same qualities, and are just as able to be successful in this field. 

“In my short time working with ChipsAway, it’s become immediately clear it’s an organisation which welcomes men and women alike. No matter who you are, your background or your ambition, you’re given everything you need to make your franchise a success.”

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