After 16 years’ hard labour in the prison service, Mark Jones (38) has a new career as boss of his own locksmith franchise.
Mark runs LockRite from his home in Moulton, providing a lock fitting, repair and replacement service across an 80-mile radius of eastern England.
He believes the experience of dealing with some of the country’s most dangerous criminals, including murderers and rapists, is serving him well in his new job of helping people get into their homes.
Mark said: “I went into prison work because my dad did it and my main job was locking doors to make sure prisoners couldn’t get out.
“Now it’s about helping people get into places they were unable to get into before and I love it.
“I’ve met some very interesting people, young and old, who’ve all had very interesting stories to tell and my quality of life is much, much better than it has ever been before.”
Mark took early redundancy from the prison service in June and spent time weighing up his future career options before deciding on a new occupation with his own LockRite franchise.
He said: “I looked at various franchises, but LockRite was the one that took my fancy the most.
“After a month’s training, I was able to start fitting locks of all different types and I’ve had some excellent feedback from customers who’ve said that I’m friendly, helpful and someone they can talk to.
“I feel that stems from my previous career in the prison service, but I’ve since decided to take my life back and I’m working for myself now.”