Perhaps you are about to join Bill Plant and you are wondering if this is the right franchise for you .
Well let me tell you my experience with Bill Plant.
After being an independent Driving Instructor for more then 2 years , I decided (after work was really quiet) to give Bill Plant a go, thinking that I am going to save my self from paying insurance premiums , advertising + car costs. I gave Bill Plant a call and all good, Jake call me back and told me that my area is really busy and they need Instructors. The forms come through the post quick and I had to pay one week franchise fee as deposit . My date to go and collect the car it was in 3 weeks time, and I wouldn’t have to pay any franchise for the first 2 weeks plus I had a 15 pupils quarantee. If in the first 2 weeks I wouldn’t have 15 pupils then I wouldn’t pay any franchise until 15- so that’s 15 pupils. They open my diary 2 weeks before I had to go and collect the car, and i had about 6 pupils in all this time , all booked in the office .
Time came to go and pick up the car all away to Harrogate . I had to be there at 10am, so I had to leave house about 5 o’clock in the morning going from Birmingham. Once there we had an Induction Course with Paul the manager , wich to be honest was really boring and a lot of advice and how to do our job. My feeling from all that induction was that they were a big bunch of cowboys, telling us that they are financially strong and the third driving school in the uk. Anyway at 5 o’clock time came to get our cars and we were repeatably told that if we had any problems with the car not to call Sue- the fleet manager- as we had all the numbers we need in our packs.So don’t call Sue – ok no problem then don’t mention her.
I left and on monday I started my new job with Bill Plant. In the next 2 days I had 9 pupils coming from I don’t know were, so basically I now had 15 pupils and I was due to pay franchise as a text message from the office was telling me. But 5 of these pupils never even had the first lesson with was free. I rang the office to explain and they said that they gave me 15 leads so the franchise is payable. I clearly said that from leads I won’t make any money to pay the franchise but they didn’t wanna know. So I was doing 5 lessons for 56 and running all over Birmingham as i was covering the whole Birmingham, spending lots on petrol and doing 10 lessons a week and I had to start paying the franchise- wich I didn’t and simply return the car back and done.
So 15 pupils quarantee is 15 enquires from wich you should pay your franchise.
I have just had an email from Bill Plant now to say that I must pay £2700 as I didn’t give 3 months notice and therefor I have to pay 3 months worth of franchise. How good is it to have a driving school . Easy money. This is the email
REF: Outstanding Balance £2,702.00
As you are no longer a Franchisee of Bill Plant Ltd, we would appreciate settlement of the attached invoice within 14 days.
If you would like to discuss a payment plan please call the Bill Plant Accounts office on 01765 643375 or 01765 643377.
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.