March 13, 2008 // Franchising.com // - TeamLogic IT, a nationwide network of computer consultation, maintenance and repair businesses, announces its first international expansion with the recent award of a master franchise agreement for the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The agreement was awarded to Michael Osborne and Allister Crawford, both of Belfast. Their first TeamLogic IT location has officially opened in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The master franchise agreement calls for Osborne and Crawford to own and operate a minimum of one company-owned location and to then build a franchise network that will consist of a minimum of 25 locations throughout Ireland and the U.K. in the next five years.
"We were impressed with TeamLogic IT from the start," said Osborne. "The company offers strong corporate support in marketing, sales, business planning and training and we're very excited to bring their business processes and technology to Ireland and the U.K."
Allister Crawford has owned and operated a company in Belfast called User2 Computers. A portion of the User2 business is to provide IT services to small businesses throughout the Belfast market. This services business was spun off to build the first TeamLogic IT business. "We could clearly see that the growth area of our User2 business was in services and not in selling product," said Crawford. "We are excited to fuel this growth by following the proven operating systems from TeamLogic IT and to start offering their SystemWatch managed services solution which will really differentiate us from all local competition in this market area."
According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Irish report, one in ten of the adult population in Ireland is either actively planning to set up a new business or has recently done so. This level of entrepreneurial activity ranks Ireland fifth of the twenty-five OECD countries that participated in the GEM project. 1
"With Ireland's high rate of new business start-ups, we are confident that we can grow our franchise network quickly," continued Osborne. "And, since more than 97 percent of businesses operating in Ireland today are small businesses, we see a huge opportunity for our technology services to support them."
TeamLogic IT provides a wide array of maintenance and managed services for small- to medium-sized businesses. Most companies today are extremely reliant on computers, software and networks for daily operations but are challenged with maintaining these systems that have become crucial to their organization. TeamLogic IT's unique, proactive managed services offering, SystemWatch IT, provides affordable enterprise-level support to the small business community. Currently, TeamLogic IT is the only company providing this sophisticated level of managed IT services to small businesses on a national scale.
"We are pleased that Michael and Allister will be representing our brand in Ireland and the U.K," said Chuck Lennon, president of TeamLogic, Inc. "At TeamLogic IT we are committed to providing outstanding service with skilled and knowledgeable technicians. I am confident that Michael and Allister, with their combined experience in business development and technology will continue and build upon our mission."
Since its launch in 2004, TeamLogic IT has grown to more than fifty franchise locations. The company is strategically focused on developing its network throughout the U.S. as well as internationally. TeamLogic IT is uniquely positioned to benefit from both the growth in small business and the widespread dependency and use of computer networks and systems by organizations seeking to compete in today's global economy.
TeamLogic IT is a nationwide network of computer consultation, maintenance and repair businesses providing outsourced IT services to thousands of businesses. The company addresses the needs of most computer networks and systems and becomes the "IT Partner"for their small and medium-sized business customers.
TeamLogic IT is a "Franchise 50 Award winner"a distinction given to franchisors that receive high owner satisfaction ratings. The company also ranked number 21 on the 2008 Franchise Times Fast 55, a report that recognizes the fastest growing franchise companies.
Based in Mission Viejo, California, TeamLogic IT is owned by Franchise Services, Inc., a management company that owns the franchise brands Sir Speedy, PIP Printing & Document Services, and MultiCopy. FSI's brands have received numerous awards and recognition including, Franchise Times Top 200, Entrepreneur Franchise 500, and the Franchise 50 Award.