"I was an independent for a year before realising that I had to change something. I approached No Gears simply because my ADI instructor gave them a glowing reference. It seemed to me that manual cars will eventually be phased out so I did not see much long term prospect in pursuing a manual career. Also the advantage of going automatic is that it is less stressfull, less wear and tear due to not having a clutch, and with the hybrid option much better fuel economy. It wont be long before petrol and diesel only engines will be phased out anyway.
The franchise subsidy was very important as it allowed me to build up savings so I didnt feel like my head was constantly only just above the waterline. No Gears are always able to provide me with new pupils when required which for me is the most important aspect. If I have to rely on finding my own pupils, I may as well choose a different career! Since I joined No Gears business has been booming - simple as that.