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RUGBY, Railway Terrace, 4 Central Buildings
LEICESTER, 23 East Bond St
Running our own business isn’t new to us – as well as VITAMIN-SHOP®s, we’ve had two grocery stores for around 5 years. It all started withsmall stocks of TREC NUTRITION products, which we sold in our shops.We noticed out customers taking an interest, and we also started usingthe supplements as part of our own exercise regimes. The eff ectswere excellent, and we became increasingly involved in dietetics, supplementsand leading a healthy lifestyle. And so we decided to combinebusiness with pleasure, and make the most of the potential ofthis fast-growing industry. We joined the VITAMIN-SHOP® network, becausethe clearly-defi ned franchise system means that our work is easierand we earn more. We currently run two VITAMIN-SHOP®s; we recentlyopened a new shop in Leicester, and the shop in Rugby – which I previouslyran myself – is now managed by my wife Izabela. We haven’t hadto employ anyone else yet, because we’re managing well on our own.VITAMIN-SHOP® is a good business, and if you get involved in it, you canhave very good profi ts.
IZA AND JAMIE DOMANSKY - OWNERS OF THE VITAMIN-SHOP®S IN LEICESTER AND RUGBY
LONDON, 4–6 High Road, Plaza Market Wood Green
Before I opened my VITAMIN-SHOP®, like many of my compatriots in theUK I worked in the building trade. It was a diffi cult and demanding job,and so as time went on, I decided I needed something more. My adventurewith supplements started 16 years ago: I experienced their powermyself when I fi rst started using amino acids, gainers and creatine. Startingmy own business was a very daunting prospect in the Polish climate,so I decided to move abroad. Running my fi rst shop was a hugechallenge, because I had no experience in sales, but I managed to fi ndpremises within a week, and opened my own VITAMIN-SHOP®. The principlesof cooperation were so clear, I got my head round them straightaway. I enjoy my work, and get a lot of satisfaction from my job. I chosethe VITAMIN-SHOP® network because of the professionalism of the peoplewho work there, and the brand’s strong position across Europe.The supplement industry is growing all the time and obtaining higher profits,which I can see in my shop every day.
MAREK MACIEJEWSKI - OWNER OF THE VITAMIN-SHOP® IN LONDON
SOUTHAMPTON, 399 Shirley Road
Sport has been an integral part of my life ever since I can remember. Although I didn’t become a professional footballer or a star martialarts performer, VITAMIN-SHOP® allows me to remain active. I’vebeen training in various disciplines over the years, so my understandingof supplements is enhanced by essential practical experience.I worked in one of the fi rst VITAMIN-SHOP®s, where I learned how totalk to customers and how to manage a business. Finally I decidedto open my own shop in this fast-growing network, because I knewit was a solid, stable and profi table business. I never imagined thatI would run my own company, and that I would enjoy it so much.It was worth it though! I also think it’s just the beginning: as a network,VITAMIN-SHOP® off ers excellent franchise terms and real support in termsof advertising and promotion. It’s also a great team of genuinely motivatedand supportive people. I recommend it 100%!
RAFAŁ PASZKOWSKI - OWNER OF THE VITAMIN-SHOP® IN SOUTHAMPTON
WATFORD, 177 St. Albans Road
When I fi rst moved to the UK, I worked as an HGV driver. Although it wasan interesting and well-paid job, I didn’t really feel fulfi lled, so I took mattersin my own hands and decided to open my own business. I chose towork with the VITAMIN-SHOP® network. I’m still an active athlete, and I’vealways been fascinated by physiology, anatomy and health. I tried variousdisciplines, but whether it was karate, football or grappling, I can sayone thing – it’s diffi cult to get real results without supplements. I believethat the supplement industry is one of the fastest growing areas of businessaround the world. In recent years, we’ve seen huge growth and developmentof supplement brands, such as TREC NUTRITION. I’ve alwaystrusted their products and I would recommend them to everyone. Workingat the VITAMIN-SHOP® allows me to improve my knowledge and adviseother athletes and physically active people every day. And of course it’s anexcellent way of building a profi table business.
RAFAŁ CEJROWSKI - OWNER OF THE VITAMIN-SHOP® IN WATFORD
Darlington, 72 Skinnergate
Middlesbrough, 2 Newport Crescent
Before starting my own VITAMIN-SHOP® I used to work in the telecommunicationssector for a Binatone company in the UK. I was pretty satisfi ed with my work butI have always wanted to do something else as I like great challenges. I have hadnearly 13-year long practical experience in supplements and fi tness training. Since2005 (except for some minor breaks) I worked as a shop assistant in one of PolishVITAMIN-SHOP® network shops in Kielce, the one belonging to Piotr Kotwica.I knew that was a good way to earn money so when I arrived in the UK I decided tojoin the well-known European chain. Today, my wife and I run two shops, namelyin Darlington and Middlesbrough. The fact that I decided to start my own businessand chose VITAMIN-SHOP® gives me a lot of satisfaction as the network attracts great people to co-operate. Additionally, the network off ers any necessary selling and marketing support from the very beginning. I owe much to the above mentioned Piotr Kotwica who has introduced me into the world of VITAMIN-SHOP® and in practice taught me everything. This sector requires vast knowledge and an individual approach to each client therefore a shop assistant has to be communicative and be a specialist in the fi eld of supplements.
SŁAWEK AND ASIA KOCHAN - OWNERS OF THE VITAMIN-SHOP®’S IN DARLINGTON AND MIDDLESBROUGH
LONDON, 197 Uxbridge Road
Having arrived in the UK I started work for a big telecommunications company.The work enabled me to learn the British culture and traditions. After a 3-year long stayI got acquainted with Robert Rzeźniczak, a manager at the VITAMIN SHOP® networkwho won my heart with his enthusiasm and friendly approach. It didn’t take him muchtime to make me start my own VITAMIN SHOP® network shop in Ealing. That was thesecond shop of that brand in the UK. Now, after four years of running my own businessI have to say the decision was the best I could make. Thanks to professional trainingsessions arranged by the network I have broadened my knowledge of sports nutrientsand supplements. Also I have learnt the most important rules of organising and managingone’s own business. If you like sport and are ready for challenges I can heartilyrecommend co-operation with the VITAMIN SHOP® network as they are professionalsand enthusiasts of a healthy and sporty life style. VITAMIN SHOP® is a network of shopsdeserving complete trust.
MICHAL RAJCZAK - OWNER OF THE VITAMIN-SHOP® IN LONDON