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The Franchise Show

City trader makes a big change by starting a tutoring business

07 February 2017 14:53


Having spent over 25 years trading bonds and interest rates in the City of London, 48-year-old father of two, Tim Whipman, was ready for a new challenge, and a rewarding one at that. With a growing desire to add value to the important education industry, Tim started his Tutor Doctor business in Chiswick.

Tim has been at the helm of his Tutor Doctor business for just over 5 months but has already helped local families’ children to succeed and fulfil their potential. Not to mention being well on his way to reaching his targeted turnover of £250,000 by the end of his first year.

Like many successful white-collar professionals, having reached the pinnacle of his career, Tim had grown weary of the corporate grind. He was ready to embrace a new challenge and do something he felt made more of a worthwhile impact in his local community.

“Where I was very specialised and focused before, when you are setting up a new business, there’s an opportunity to be involved with the marketing, the accounting, the legal side and the one-to-one interactions with various families and people in the community locally, which really appealed to me.”

With 17,000 tutors in 15 different countries, Tutor Doctor operates at the heart of their local communities and have been transforming the lives of primary school pupils through to university students since 2003. But with such a different remit to his background in finance, what encouraged Tim to take the leap and become a business owner?

“Whilst looking for inspiration, I visited The Franchise Show at Excel in London. I was attracted to the education industry because I think it’s such a fundamental component of the whole economy, and yet, it’s an area that has been very fragmented and underfunded in recent years. With my experience at management level, I felt sure that a management franchise was something where I could utilise my existing skillsets. All of this led me to stop and talk to the team at the Tutor Doctor stand.

In a matter of months, Tim had signed up to the Tutor Doctor franchise and after seven weeks of home-based online training, joined other franchisees-to-be and travelled to the head office in Canada in August 2016.

“The week in Toronto was excellent. I thought the quality of the training and the technical knowledge that was given to us as new franchisees was exceptional. It was far better than all the training that I had received in my previous jobs in finance. I’ve been on many different management courses, specialist technical courses and personal development courses and I think the one at Tutor Doctor was as good, if not better than all of those, so I was very impressed.”

Keen to put all that he had learned into practice, Tim wasted no time. He landed back in the UK from Toronto and launched his business the very next day!

“The whole training process, both online and in Toronto, was designed to get you up and running as soon as you landed in your local area. To get my first clients I did a lot of online PPC campaigns, which was probably the most important. I did a lot of distribution of flyers, held local events in sports centres, supermarkets and local fayres. Plus, I’d drive around in a wrapped Smart Car with the Tutor Doctor brand on it.”

Less than six months after first meeting the Tutor Doctor team at The Franchise Show, Tim is now making a real difference in his local community and has enjoyed seeing genuine success with students, “I find the work so rewarding! With West London being so multicultural, I’ve given a lot of support in terms of English tuition to individuals and families where the child was required to have better reading, writing and vocabulary. Not just to help them academically but to help them integrate into their local schools better too – that actually makes a difference to their whole life! I’ve put some intensive training in place for several students who were preparing for the 11+ exams in January. With their exams sat only recently, it's too early to know their results but I’m hugely optimistic that they will receive higher pass rates than they otherwise would have achieved.”

The fastest growing in-home tutoring franchise in the world, Tim has firm plans to be part of the future of his Tutor Doctor business, “I’m planning on expanding the businesses geographically and turnover wise; I expect to increase turnover by at least 40% to 50% per year hereon. I want to really support a wider audience in the community and work a lot closer with some of my local schools.

“I find it so rewarding supporting the local community and helping local families’ children to succeed and fulfill their potential. I think if you step back, education is key to so many things. If you look at any sort of economic situation, then education is vital to improving lives.”

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Editor’s notes:
For more information or to speak to Tim, please contact Rev PR
07887 495198

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London's premier event showcasing franchise opportunities and all the support services needed to choose, start and run a franchise. Next year's event runs from Friday 16th February to Saturday 17th February 2018 at London's ExCel, Docklands.

Entry to this event is free by visiting to pre-register or you can register on the door.

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