Providing essential tools and equipment solutions for 30 years, long-serving franchisee Tim Tredrea shares his experience in the Australian automotive industry.
Starting out as a mechanic working in engine reconditioning at the age of 15, Tim Tredrea has always had a knack for tools. He first heard of Snap-on from a friend who had seen how the franchise worked in Canada, and it didn’t take long before the then 21-year-old was visiting Snap-on’s HQ, at the time in Brisbane, to get started.
He decided to set up the franchise in Tamworth, NSW, and 30 years later he’s still there and very much a cherished member of the community.
It wasn’t an easy start. Economic conditions weren’t favourable in the early 1990s, but the business model has stood the test of time and economic upheavals.
“Starting up then wouldn’t have been a great idea,” reflected Tim. “But I never look back. I’ve had steady growth nearly every year that I’ve been in business.”
When asked about what makes Snap-on different to other franchises, Tim shared two main points: the level of service and the product. “Regular calling makes a big difference,” he explained. “Franchisees get support from the Snap-on group, and this attention to service extends to the customer.”
Building a strong client base in the region, Tim has been able to grow the business by adding two staff members and another truck to his operations. Tim’s long-standing relationships with his customers and knowledge of Snap-on tools have helped his staff expand the service. “Everything just follows on because all the groundwork is there,” said Tim.
Recalling some of his proudest moments since joining the Snap-on family, Tim remembers the big achievements. In the mid-’90s, his franchise was recognised as number one in Australia for top sales in the year and it has remained among the top performers in the industry ever since.
Tim highlights the hard work and consistency involved in keeping the business going, while his family, with a special mention of wife Michelle, has been a pillar of support. “You’ve got to be all in with support on all fronts,” he said.
Even with the impacts of COVID-19, the business was only off the road twice for a couple weeks in the past two years.
Snap-on is a leading manufacturer of premium tool and equipment solutions. The unique franchise model transports Snapon’s tool range direct from workshop-toworkshop via dedicated franchisees like Tim Tredrea.
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