Redundancy was the chance to start a new chapter for former IT worker Derek Evans.

The 67-year-old grandfather-of-three was made redundant from his role with an IT and communications company at the beginning of 2012.

He used it as a spring-board to launch his own franchise with Voucher Packs. 

Derek, who runs Voucher Packs Preston, said: “I chose Voucher Packs because it was familiar territory in terms of dealing with the public and dealing with other businesses.

“Since then the training has been excellent and the support has always been there when I need it.
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“I had always wanted to work for myself, and from home. I’ve now converted my garage into an office so I’ve cut my morning commute down to just a few seconds!

“You’re more in control with your own destiny with your own business.

“The return you get is directly equivalent to the amount of effort you put in.

“If you are made redundant you shouldn’t let it get you down. You should look for a way of turning your life around and making things more positive. A franchise is a great way of doing that. It gives you a reason to get out of bed in the morning, and if you can make some money at the same time then all the better.”