Swansea, Meet Your New Favourite Mobile Coffee Service
Coffee Blue is venturing into Eastern Swansea. Jon will be unleashing not one, but two mobile coffee vans in the Eastern Swansea area throughout July 2020.
Jon comes from an extensive background in self-employment, particularly within the parcel industry.
In this blog, we’ll be sitting down with Jon to find out more on what made him pursue franchising – and how he ended up at Coffee Blue.
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Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Jon Britton, I’m 46 years-old. Married. One child, one grandchild – and one very spoilt West Island Terrier *laughs*.
What sort of jobs have you had previously?
I was self-employed before and I wanted to go back into it.
I enjoyed being self-employed. Not for the fact that, you know, you could finish whenever you wanted, but at the time I was involved in the parcel industry and it was good.
After that, I went back into employment – didn’t really enjoy it.
That’s why I’m going to start again through this franchise.
What do you like to get up to in your spare time?
In my spare time, I like all things general fitness. Going for a run, going to the gym, walking the dog, all sorts.
I also like meeting up with family, having a beer – the usual sort of stuff, really.
What made you want to start your own franchise?
I looked at different franchises, went up to Birmingham a few times for the franchise shows.
Then, one day, I saw a Coffee Blue van from one of the other franchisees and thought it looked really nice.
I went on the website then and took it from there.
Why Coffee Blue?
The guys have been fantastic to me – really good. Martin and Sean, when I came for a Discovery Day, were really accommodating.
We looked at other franchising opportunities. Gyms, pizza takeaways, even some other mobile coffee franchises.
I spoke to one franchise in particular but they never really sold it to me the way Coffee Blue did. The van, for start, is far better.
And the support side of it was far, far better. That’s why I chose to go down the franchise route.
I really took to the guys at the Discovery Day. They’re all really nice people.
What’s the response been like from friends and family?
The reception from friends and family has been different because I’ll be starting again on my own as self-employed.
But, obviously, the wife is on board because she’ll be running the second van herself.
She currently works in the NHS and had enough of it. Not necessarily because of the current situation, but she’s been there 18 years so it was time.
Then, when the second van became available, it was perfect. So she’s going to run van number two now.
Within a two-week period, there’s going to be two vans on the drive.
What advice would you give to those interested in joining Coffee Blue?
For anyone interested, it’s always about looking. You know, curiosity killed the cat and that. For me, it was intrigue. It was what I really wanted and that’s why we decided to take the plunge.
So I’d say to anyone interested that it’s always worth a look.
Review it really well, do your homework and if it’s a product you believe you can sell – go for it.
What’s your favourite coffee to make and drink?
Latte to make, I’ve always had a thing for lattes. To drink, Americano – precarious amounts of Americano. It’s so easy.
I drink a lot of coffee when we go on holiday. When we went to the Dominican Republic, my wife would also lose me and end up finding me sitting down with a coffee.
Mind you, the Dominican Republic probably has the best coffee setup of any country I’ve been to. Jamaica was nice, but the Dominican was another level.
What are your hopes for the future?
Keep the vans going as long as possible so I can leave something for the Grandson. Possibly, we’d like to move into a Coffee Blue coffee shop but that’s further down the line.
That would be ideal; to have both vans on the go and a Coffee Blue coffee shop in the Mumbles.