Service is king for newly-launched firm

A pair of pals who started lockdown without a job are now flying round the Blackmore Vale rescuing domestic appliances after getting their heads together to launch a business.

Darren Blake, 53, had been made redundant twice in three years through no fault of his own and Jason Bryan, 51, had lost his job due to covid when they came up with the idea of a mobile repairs service which also offers replacements if the appliance has had its chips. The pair hail from Salisbury, but say most of their work so far has been in the Vale – and they love the area so much they look forward to jobs here more than most.

Jason said: “Every time we get a job in the Blackmore Vale we have a smile on our faces. It’s so beautiful that we usually post a landscape picture on our Facebook page. And everyone is so friendly in this area. We always get a cup of tea. Sometimes we even get cake!”

Darren has been fixing appliances 20 years, which is what made them think up the idea of Double King last year. It took them a while to organise all the things they needed, but they got started in November, with the USP that while around 80 per cent of their work is repairs they always carry new appliances in their large van, so that if an appliance is beyond repair they can offer the customer a new one (the callout fee is then taken off the price).

Jason said: “Because we are mobile we are usually much quicker than other services and our overheads are low, so we can pass on those savings. We take calls on the go and can be there quickly.”

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