Dewsbury born Zak Patel will feature on a Panel Q&A session at Kirklees Business Conference next week.
Dubbed ‘The Kirklees Masterplan’, the Q&A session will bring together key business leaders to create a live forum where Kirklees businesses can debate what the future holds for Kirklees from a business perspective, based on what has happened both positive and negative.
Zak, is a natural entrepreneur and opportunist and heads up the UK’s most successful mobile franchise, turning over in excess of £20m.
He oversees sixteen O2 stores and even has a call centre to service his database of customers. Further growth is on the cards and Zak admits it is this ever-changing nature of the mobile industry that keeps him hungry for more.
He got into the mobile industry when his convenience stores began selling pre-pay ‘top up’ cards and through a promotion, its first handset. This handset sold immediately and Zak realised that he would have to sell a massive amount of Mars Bars to make the same profit.
This lead to a string of independent mobile shops across Yorkshire which in turn led to Zak gaining a tip off that O2 was looking to roll out the franchise model they successfully used in Germany into the UK. After a long application process, Zak was named the UK’s first O2 franchise owner and opened Talk Direct Leeds Ltd in Leeds Merrion Centre.
Within the next 18 months Talk Direct expanded by opening three more O2 stores in Dewsbury, Leeds Crossgates and Bridlington. The stores have been greatly successful offering great communication solutions with a second to none service to all which has always been the foundation of Talk Direct Leeds Ltd.
In 2012 Talk Direct grew by acquiring 4 more O2 Franchise stores in South Yorkshire. Within a matter of weeks the stores under Zak’s ownership, guidance, sales philosophy and strategy had a whopping 300% increase in turnover, something unheard of in the retail world in the economic climate of 2012.
He will speak as part of Kirklees Business Week at the main event, Kirklees Business Conference, which takes place at the John Smith’s Stadium on Wednesday 16th October. All delegate places are free and can be booked at on the website.