The second Locksmith in the ‘Interview With a Locksmith’ series is Danny, the owner of Cusworth Master Locksmiths, based in Wilmslow, Cheshire. For those who missed the last interview, we are going to be asking some of our Master Locksmith Association members some general questions about themselves and their companies, all questions relating to the Locksmith industry in general. So if you are already in the industry, a outsider looking in or looking to become a locksmith, hopefully some of our members answers will provide a insight into the industry and maybe answer some questions you have had about locksmithing in general.
1. So tell us a little bit of a back story about yourself, when did you become a Locksmith and how long have been a Locksmith?
Career change in 1993, becoming an Apprentice, to Friend, Manchester Locksmith Chris Taylor.
2. How did you originally get into Locksmithing and Why?
I was working as a Lighting/ Sound Technician. This work has very unsocial hours. Talking to a longstanding acquaintance, Chris Taylor, whilst he was Stage Managing an Amateur Operatic Show in Manchester, He mentioned he was looking for an apprentice – It seemed like a good idea at the time!
3. What advice do you have for people wanting to become a locksmith?
The industry has changed in the 20 years I have been involved in it. It is increasingly difficult to find a niche, or to work independently these days. An apprenticeship would be ideal for a youngster if you can find a company who can help. I would not recommend a 2 day course from a non MLA company. Even with good training, and experience, it is very difficult to get noticed in an already crowded marketplace.
4. How has the being a member of MLA helped you as a locksmith?
I am proud to be a Company Member of the MLA – with regular meetings and a wealth of knowledge on tap if needed! The standard of entry requirements is very high, which helps us all in the MLA maintain to be the best of the best.
5. How has business been since the recession hit, hiring a locksmith is not something that cannot be avoided when you are locked out..so have people gone the locksmith way in hard times or tried to do the job themselves with a ‘custom’ locksmith job?
The market for domestic emergency locksmiths has been flooded over the last few years by maintenance companies and shady companies who flood the internet and printed media with big adverts. Companies such as Yellow pages do not help by not policing the claims made by these companies. Licensing of Locksmiths would undoubtedly help, both legitimate companies , and the end user.
6. Are there any funny stories from your time in the industry that stick out?
None I am prepared to share!
7. What are your plans for the future?
To maintain, and hopefully slowly increase turnover.