Mac Tools expands into Ireland
Stephen McKnight with his family
Mac Tools has launched in Ireland, the fifth country in the company’s international footprint, and announced plans to create new businesses and jobs across the country.
Stephen McKnight has opened the first Irish Mac Tools franchise, his mobile showroom travelling to mechanics from Bailieborough to Dundalk and further south to beyond Dunleer. McKnight, aged 30, has already seen success with his family-run business based in Newry.
He said: “It’s a big step coming into the south for the first time and a really exciting one. It was too good an opportunity not to take. Lots of mechanics in the area were interested, I had the trucks and the knowhow, and we’ve just taken on our third employee so the time was right for us to expand.
“There’s strong competition but it’s been a very positive experience, the model really works. Brand recognition is increasing and the customer reaction has been great. It’s an honour to be the first to trade in Ireland, the support from Mac has been excellent. I have a daughter and another baby on the way and I’m building something for my family’s future that I couldn’t dream of as an employee.”
Mac Tools franchise manager Lesley Cobb said: “Ireland’s an important market for us and in Stephen we’ve got the perfect partner to take our first step. We plan to create around 30 new businesses across the country which are owned and run by franchisees, which in turn will provide local jobs in communities throughout Ireland.
“We work tirelessly to support our franchisees, so that they can provide outstanding service and products locally. Stephen is a perfect example of how well that approach works, we’re thrilled to see the family business thriving and growing. Both he and I are looking forward to welcoming others who are ambitious to replicate his success.”
Mac Tools operates in the USA, Canada, Japan and the UK through a network of more than 1,800 franchisees. The brand is part of Stanley Black & Decker, the world’s largest tools manufacturer, and has won multiple franchising awards in the UK in recent years.