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From Serving Our Country To Serving Our Community - How I Became A Locksmith

Published 22/05/2019 11:40:00, by Marina Maher

At the age of 16 I joined the RN on August 2nd 1977 as a radio operator serving on shore bases, submarines and minesweepers and completed my service in February 1982.

Finding a job was a lot easier then there was plenty work and you could pick and choose what you wanted to do. So between 1982 and today Ive hardly been out of work, having jobs such as Police Constable, Security Guarding/ Management, Mental Health Nursing I even went to University twice

achieving a Law Degree & a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management. Over the years I had made money for other people and often considered starting a business for myself but didnt have the courage to take the risk. In 2009 my father died leaving me some money he had worked in the same glass making factory for over 44 years.

This spurred me on to start a business and after thinking about what I would like to do I saw an advert for Locksmith Training and that was it in Sept 2009 we set up Lockkeys Locksmith Services.

We are mobile locksmiths ( most are) who open locked doors, replace locks, upgrade locks, supply and fit locks to all types of doors and windows including upvc which now account for over 70 per cent of all doors in the UK and now also provide locksmith training.

Because there is no regulations governing locksmiths in the UK anyone can set up as a locksmith and start trading and many ex forces do so spending money on training, stock, tools, vehicle and marketing but unfortunately many also fail.

The Royal Navy helped me forge who I am today and now Im hoping to give something back by providing a free of charge introduction day to those still serving or ex forces who are considering setting up a locksmith business, we will provide you with all the pros and cons of the business what works and what doesnt work giving people a far better chance of success. To access our no obligation free of charge introduction please call us on 07961 794914 because of the nature of our business we will need confirmation of name and address and service all the best to everyone.

Derek MercerĀ 



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