Meet Our Franchisees – Paul Shipp

Today, we’re talking to Paul Shipp – the owner and operator of The Leather Doctor Fremantle in Western Australia. We sat down and had a chat to him about why he joined The Leather Doctor and what he loves about running his own business. Here’s what he had to say:

How long have I been a Leather Doctor?
I’ve been with The Leather Doctor for 9 years in February

What was it that attracted you to join The Leather Doctor business?
The variety in work, from cleaning to repairing and re-colouring leather and vinyl furniture, cars, boats, jacket, handbags… the list goes on!

What did you do prior to becoming a Leather Doctor?
I’ve been a courier, a bus driver, a service advisor, warranty clark, workshop controller, limo driver, tour bus driver, qualified heavy vehicle brake mechanic and much more.

What Leather Doctor territory do you operate?
I own The Leather Doctor Fremantle, which is in Perth, Western Australia.

What have you been able to achieve via your time as A Leather Doctor?
I’ve achieved satisfaction in working for myself but with the support of Leather Doctor.  I’m skilled in cleaning and repairing leather and vinyl, whether it be on cars, boats, furniture, clothing and handbags and because I also own a Fabric Doctor license, I can also clean and remove stains from fabric lounges.

What advice would you give to someone looking to purchase a franchise/operate a franchise?
My advice when looking to purchase a franchise is do your due diligence – ask as many questions as you can and go out with a Leather Doctor for a few days to see the type of work that they do.

What’s the most interesting job you’ve worked on to date?
I had the pleasure of working on the largest trimaran super yacht in the world that was built here in Western Australia. At 84 metres long, and at a cost of over $180 million dollars, the White Rabbit Golf was amazing to work on.

What do you love most about being a Leather Doctor?
I love the independence of working for myself and the variety of work – no two days are the same!

Tell us one interesting fact about yourself?
I have a commercial drone pilots license.

Describe your ideal weekend?
Well it’s simple really… I take the dogs down to the beach just after sunrise, and have a swim. Then I have all the family over for bbq for lots of eating, drinking and laughing1

What are your goals for 2019?
To increase my turnover by at least 15%, which means getting lots of new customers and making more people aware of my skills and services!

If you’re in need of Paul’s assistance for a Leather or Vinyl clean, maintenance, repairs or re-colouring, please contact him today:

Phone –  0402 415 862

Email –

You can also follow Paul on Facebook

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  • Great guy and great service. I recommend Paul Shipp, the leather Doctor to anyone wanting the best in leather maintenance, cleaning and repairs.


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