Getting You Started

Helping New ATB Owners

There are a number of business models used by an Approved Training Body (ATB). They vary from being owned outright, a franchise model or somewhere in between. There are pros and cons for each and depending on what you want depends on the type opt for.

It's All You

The route to opening an Approved Training Body is different for every ATB Owner. It really does depend on what you personally want from your business to how you set it up.

There are many things to consider when setting up an ATB, there is a guide written by the DVSA that will help you start the process. This is just the first step, you should not start this process without serious consideration.

Owning Your Own Business

Business Ownership refers to the control over an enterprise, providing the power to dictate the operations and functions, you make all the decisions and the buck stops with you.

Types of structure that exist are:

Sole Trader
 

Partnership
 

Limited Company

Sole Trader

The individual is the exclusive owner of a business, entitled to keep all profits after tax has been paid but is also liable for all losses that occur. This can be a lonely place to be with the weight of the world on your shoulders when things are not going well. You may feel better with a mentor or a person to act as a bouncing board if you need any advice.

Partnership

A partnership is a form of business where two or more people share ownership, as well as the responsibility for managing the company and the income or losses the business generates. You should fully trust anyone you enter into a partnership with and have a strong focus on the business direction. A legal contract is advised in the event of any future conflict.

Limited Company

A partnership is a form of business where two or more people share ownership, as well as the responsibility for managing the company and the income or losses the business generates. You should fully trust anyone you enter into a partnership with and have a strong focus on the business direction. A legal contract is advised in the event of any future conflict.

The Franchise Model

Third Party Operation

A franchise arrangement legally states that the owner of a business (the franchisor) permits a third party (the franchisee) to operate a business and distribute goods and/or services using their business's name and systems in return for a fee.

Pay to Join

This route is not for everyone as you pay to join a franchise and then make regular payments to stay part of that franchise. It may be a route into a business that creates the feeling of security but in the motorcycle training sector profits are not abundant.

Not for Profit or Charity Status

There are a number of hops to jump through to create one of these organisations.

Not-For-Profit

A not-for-profit organisation is a business that aims to do something other than to make a profit for the owners, such as providing a public service or helping people. It needs to make enough money to cover its costs, but any surplus is reinvested into the business or used in other ways.

Public Benefit

A charity is an organisation with specific purposes defined in law to be charitable – and is exclusively for public benefit. This means a charity has to fall into one of a number of categories defined as charitable, such as prevention or poverty relief.
 

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