Pirtek offers a unique product in the African hydraulic and industrial hose market, that is, being a service-orientated company. Productivity levels are increasingly becoming more and more demanding, thus reflecting on the cost of goods being produced. As Pirtek can readily supply and distribute a substantial quantity of goods and services, it makes them an ideal supplier to many different customers, with varied requirements. Pirtek’s products are supplied exclusively by International Manufacturers, names which are synonymous with the highest quality. Combining Pirtek’s extensive product range, and franchise infrastructure makes purchasing a Pirtek Franchise an ideal opportunity for people wanting to own their own business. Pirtek operates as a well-supported business format, together with Franchisees who acquire the rights to own and operate a Pirtek Franchise, throughout Africa. Centres are predominantly “owner operated”, however there is also the option of employing an operations manager to assist the business on a different level. The business formula applied has been successful not only in South Africa, but throughout Europe, the UK, Australia, China, Canada, South East Asia, USA, and New Zealand. The background of Franchisees varies, from Industrial Managers to Financial Managers. Having an industrial background is not essential, although it would be beneficial. A bonus of becoming part of the Pirtek Network is exposure to the franchise infrastructure, which has been in operation for over 30 years worldwide. Franchise customers can range from businesses that require emergency breakdown work, to businesses where bulk supply is necessary. Included in the setup costs are two fully equipped Mobile Service Workshops, relevant machinery and tools including hose crimpers, cut-off saws, skiving machines, computer hardware and software, stock, premises, and office/administration equipment. The set-up cost is dependant on area. A smaller region would start with less capital and stock, therefore would cost significantly less. Pirtek Southern Africa provides assistance to franchises via Sales & Marketing support, Operational support, Training & Technical advice, Administration and Financial Management. If you are interested, Pirtek’s Franchise manager would be happy to meet you and go through this in much more detail. Within South Africa primary the remaining franchise territories include Richards Bay, Bloemfontien, George/Knysna, Vaal Triangle, Boland and East London. This list represents the main areas that Pirtek Southern Africa still has available for franchise opportunities. The list is not finite, and there are other territories available for development. Re-sale of existing franchises also happens periodically. Within the greater African region area there are numerous opportunities available.