JLJ Autorepair

Meet one of the businesses at Ards Business Hub...

Meet Josh Johnston, local man from Newtownards and founder of JLJ Autorepair, one of the exciting businesses at Ards Business Hub.


Josh embarked on his journey into the motor trade when he was just 16. He recalls, ‘I have been interested in cars and motorbikes since I was a teenager. After completing my certifications in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, I started an apprenticeship in 2014 in a local garage, Fosters Garage. I left there in 2020 and worked for a few other repair garages where I continued to develop my skills and gain more experience. I decided to set up my own business, JLJ Autorepair, at Strangford Park in January 2024.’


JLJ Autorepair offers a wide variety of services to suit all your vehicle needs, from routine maintenance to complex repairs. Josh highlights that his ‘commitment to quality and customer satisfaction’ is at the centre of everything he does and drives his business forward.


Josh states that starting his business in Ards was an easy decision, ‘As soon as I heard the unit in Strangford Park was available, I jumped at the opportunity. Being from Newtownards myself, I couldn’t have asked for a better location to set up my business, and it’s an added bonus that my unit is conveniently placed near the MOT Centre.’


Josh describes his experience as an entrepreneur, ‘My favourite thing about owning a business has probably been the flexibility and independence that comes from being my own boss. I get to decide what hours I work and can manage my time better. Plus, most of the customers I get are from Newtownards. It has been great getting to know and make connections with local people.’


Josh shares his experience since moving into his unit at Strangford Park, ‘I have really enjoyed setting up my business here at Ards Business Hub. There is a real sense of community at Strangford Park, the tenants here have been very welcoming and friendly. The team at Ards Business Hub have been great. They were so helpful during the process of moving into my unit and continue to offer support for my business.’


Based on his own experience, Josh shares his advice to anyone thinking of starting a business, ‘If I could give advice to someone thinking of starting a business, I would say don’t be afraid to take the leap and get started. Embrace the challenges and seize every opportunity that comes your way. Having my own business has been great, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for JLJ Autorepair. I am already expanding my team and have a job opportunity available for anyone thinking of working in the motor trade.’


Helen Graham, our Property and Conference Coordinator, oversaw Josh’s move into his unit in January. Helen says, ‘Josh and his business, JLJ Autorepair, have been a great asset to Strangford Park. Josh is a lovely guy and it’s wonderful to see how successful his business has been already. I can’t wait to see how his business continues to grow over time.’

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