Darren, formerly an air conditioning engineer, said: “I’ve always travelled the length and breadth of the country for work, but I got fed up of being away from home, wanted some flexibility with my work and started looking for an opportunity to be my own boss.
“I found out about 0800 Repair from two of my friends who also have franchises – Simon Keenlyside in Teesside and Kevin Burnett in Durham – who said it was a great idea.
0800 Repair engineers specialise in repairing domestic appliances such as cookers, fridge freezers and washing machines that would otherwise be thrown out.
Darren decided on 0800 Repair as his new business because he was impressed with the record of the company and its eye-catching brand.
“The appliance repairs business really appealed to me, because it’s all about saving people money and also environmentally-friendly because it stops appliances being scrapped unnecessarily.
He starts his new business at the end of June and is raring to go.
“I’m really excited about running my own business and looking forward to being out and about in Northumberland – because I love the countryside and my hobbies include golf and fishing.
“And I’m sure I’ll soon become a familiar site in my eye-catching yellow and black van with the 7ft screwdriver on the top – there isn’t another one in Northumberland!”
0800 Repair managing director Paul Feek is delighted to have Darren on board.
“Darren’s engineering experience together with his intensive appliance repairs training certainly gives him the expertise he needs to repair all sorts of domestic appliances quickly and efficiently. People living in the Northumberland area will really benefit from his services” said Paul.