Celebrating 5 Years in Business!
It's hard to believe that 5 years ago today I was opening the doors of Keyishoes for the first time, apprehensively wondering whether I had made the right decision!
My vision was that we could offer a shoe repair & key cutting service in the north of Carlisle. A service that had been missing for sometime. In addition, bringing the business model up to date we planned to offer a new service, supply & programming new electronic car keys using the latest in key programming technology. To that end prior to opening shop I spent a week in Spain on a specialist Auto-Locksmith course. Not a bad location to do training! A remote workshop in the hills above Seville where I received training from an experienced auto-locksmith!
Having resigned from a full-time position with local accountant David Allen and invested a great deal in our new business venture, no wonder I was apprehensive! We hadn't managed to secure a prime location for our mobile trailer shop at the time and so located ourselves in the truck park (now closed) on Millbrook Road in Kingstown. We opened the doors and waited...
Our first week was not exactly a resounding success! I think we took about £60, but it was early days. We distributed leaflets by hand to all the businesses in Kingstown, starting for about an hour each day before we opened shop. Over time, business soon came in. It wasn't long before we got the good news that we could move into the Currys PC World & Homebase car park which was much more visible and convenient for parking.
Over the last 5 years we have added lots of additional services including: Dry Cleaning as agents of Johnsons, Sharpening Services, Watch Batteries & Repairs, Shoe Care and now we have a comprehensive engraving service too!
On the car key side, we now have a computerised cut to code key machine meaning that we can do much more on the car key front including a more speedy service for lost car keys, which we can now replace by obtaining the key code for most vehicles. We have also invested in better key programming for various vehicles such as Renault, Nissan & Ford. Further we now refurbish worn or damaged remote keys saving £££'s on new remote keys.
All in all, we are so pleased with our decision to open Keyishoes and we hope you are too! We would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and help in making Keyishoes the success it has become!