Lawrence Romburgh has spent most of his working life under lock and key, and has loved every minute of it! His grandfather started Northern Keys Locksmiths way back in 1958, and he has been involved with the business from very young age, so it is no surprise that he is very passionate not only about the growth of the industry, but most especially about the quality thereof. He points out that there are only 28 locksmiths in the Western Cape registered with the industry’s representative bodies, compared to 96 that are not. This means that these unregistered players are able to undercut both on price and quality, which ultimately gives the whole industry a bad reputation.Lawrence therefore aims to launch a franchise model to take the business to the next level. He says that there is a clear gap in the market, as highly qualified locksmiths do not want to work for an employer, where salaries tend to be too low. He also hopes to launch mobile units in key areas of the province and assist in upskilling the currently unregistered locksmiths.His other big plans include building better relationships with real estate letting agents in the commercial, industrial and resedential areas; communicating with car delaerships around the company’s unique service with regard to key coding; and hopefully working with a business mentor to learn from, obtain advice from and generally build the business further.Success, he says, is all about ensuring you are passionate about the business you start, as it takes hard work, time and patience. However, as long as you love what you do, then you’ll have no problem working 24/7. Lawrence adds that his love for the industry will also stand him in good stead when he begins expanding his business to encompass other security aspects, such as CCTV, burglar bars and access control.