Freedom rather than work stress Local man John Fretwell has decided that running his own business is a better option than looking for another job.  Supported by the Work for Yourself programme funded by Chesterfield Borough Council, he took a new direction in life when he recently launched Fretwell Carpets & Flooring. “I have been in carpets since starting as a 16 year old trainee fitter and ended up as the Regional Manager for a national chain of carpet shops with over 30 years knowledge of the trade," John commented.  "Having developed a health problem, I wasn't able to work full time but as I gradually improved I was determined that I could do something.  Then, having supplied and fitted a few carpets for my family, I knew I could go back to the industry and use my considerable knowledge and expertise." Talking about why he chose not to get another management job, John explained, "Having my own business gives me freedom and flexibility for my family life - I may not have the big salary and company car but I also don't have the stresses and strains of corporate life.  Instead, I get to see more of my young son and now have an excellent work/life balance.  It's also exciting to make all the decisions and it's up to me as to how successful the business will become." Getting carpets and flooring right takes more professional skill than just a tape measure and book of samples as John explained, "Most people know that there are different grades of carpets but perhaps don't realise that you need certain fibre types for stain-resistance or that comfort levels are mainly due to the choice of underlay.  It can be easy to think that thickness of vinyl is important but it is the durability of the surface wearlayer that makes the difference and a flat sub-floor surface is crucial.”  John offers hundreds of samples of carpets and vinyl plus a range of laminates but uses his expertise to recommend a selection that best matches his customers' budget and flooring needs.  “My clients like to see the different samples in their own home to ensure a perfect match with their furniture and décor - and they avoid the stress of traipsing around the shops, saving time and money!  I offer a personal, end-to-end service – from taking the initial call, through to the fitting of the floor.  I can even uplift your old carpets and move furniture; it is all part of the service!  Working from home keeps my overheads down which means my customers get ‘Affordable Quality Floor coverings’ with the very best personal service available.” 
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