Right at Home on a roll with four more award nominations

March 31, 2019

Home care provider Right at Home has received four nominations in the 2019 Natwest Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Awards.

The company’s director of operations, Lucy Campbell, is shortlisted in the Woman Franchisor of the Year category; franchise owners Karen Myres (Preston) and Amy Popat (Solent) are both shortlisted for Woman Franchisee of the Year; and Helen Garland (Right at Home Bournemouth and Poole) is a finalist in the Woman Franchise Employee of the Year category.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in central London on May 1, 2019.

Speaking on the nominations, Right at Home CEO Ken Deary said: “To be represented at these awards at franchisor, franchisee and employee level, reflects the fantastic support provided by National Office and the quality of franchise owners and employees that we have across our network. I wish our four finalists the very best of luck.”

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This is the latest in a string of award nominations for Right at Home in recent months.

The company is also shortlisted for the Leadership and Culture accolade and Customer Engagement Award at the 2019 bfa HSBC Franchise Awards, and for Domiciliary Care Provider of the Year at the annual HealthInvestor Awards, both taking place in June.

By SARAH CLARKE

Source: Home Care Insight

Skin-care brand This Works expands beyond sleep-focused products

March 31, 2019

This Works, the U.K. skin-care brand founded in 2003, launched a new category of products this month called Morning Expert to build out a strategy of serving customers 24 hours a day.

The new collection, which consists of five products including a serum, an eye cream and an aromatherapy oil, is being positioned as a new chapter for the business, as This Works is best-known for its sleep- and evening-focused products. To create buzz around the line, the brand has developed a new partnership with fitness retailer Sweaty Betty in the U.K., is offering full-size product giveaways in Europe through Sephora’s subscription box, Sephora Play!, and is engaging with wellness influencers in the U.S.

“We may have focused on sleep in the past, but this wake-up [range] is now the priority of the business, because it’s the right time for the brand to be talking further about the 24-hour [story], “ said Anna Persaud, This Works CEO.

The brand declined to share Morning Expert sales expectations or current annual sales, but it shared that, overall, it experienced a 46 percent year-over-year growth in 2018 and that retail sales grew by 83 percent last year in the U.S. This Works is sold in 35 countries. For the Morning Expert line, outside of the U.K., it is targeting the Australia, Russia, Canada, the U.S. and China. The U.K. makes up 60 percent of total sales, while international markets comprise 40 percent.

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At Sweaty Betty, This Works is participating in the retailer’s Wellness Wednesdays, which host health, fitness and beauty experts — most recently. Persaud made a speaking appearance at the London location on March 5. In April, This Works will begin providing samples of the brand’s aromatheapy oil to Sweaty Betty customers in all 21 London stores. In Europe, the brand is also planning on providing its full-size eye product to Sephora’s subscription box consumers in April.

In the U.S., the brand worked with wellness influencer Lauren Zoeller (@laurenzoeller; 17,800 followers) for a satellite media tour around “Waking Up Well” on March 15, where she made various local and national television news appearances. The earned media value of the campaign was around $1 million, according to This Works, but it estimated that Zoeller reached an audience of 287 million and that the ROI on the campaign was 1,100 percent.

This Works is not the only brand creating and selling products tailored for evening and morning usage. Goop, for example, offers a supplement called Morning Skin Superpowder, Clinique sells a Pep-Start Your Morning skin-care kit, and Origins has its own set, the Morning to Night Skin Care Trio. Customers are becoming more cognizant of the sleep-skin connection, said Persaud.

Despite the competition, This Works expects the morning category to become a hero part of the business, which also includes franchises focusing on evening care, on-the-go products, sleep and anti-aging, among others.

“We expect this to be the No. 2 franchise for this year, and we will continue to invest in it,” said Persaid. “I’m hopeful this franchise will herald a new era for This Works.”

By EMMA SANDLER

Source: Glossy

Famous New York street food company heading to London

March 30, 2019

Halal Guys UK – Food enthusiasts with a particular love for hot, steaming platters of chicken, beef, falafel over rice are in for a treat.

Those who have visited New York will recognise the bright yellow design of the franchise, and will perhaps remember seeing winding queues for travellers all waiting for a taste of Halal Guys.

Founded in 1990 by three Egyptian immigrants, Mohammed Abouelenein, Ahmed Elsaka and Abedelbaset Elsayed – Halal Guys has grown in popularity and recognition.

After taking over the streets of New York, the brand is bringing is mouth watering cuisine to a shop front in Leicester Square, London.

With it’s grand opening set for 11am on Saturday, March 30, the group will be giving a free main and drink to the first 125 people in line who ‘pay’ with a follow or like on social media and a post about The Halal Guys with the hashtag #platterthatmatters.

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This opening marks the brands first location to open in Europe, with two more set to open in London in the year.

The idea which started as a hot dog cart on the streets of the Big Apple transformed to 450 sites across six countries serving fast, authentic halal food.

The menu boasts a delicious offering of sandwiches and platters over flowing with chicken, beef gyro and vegan-friendly falafel, with platters also available with salad, pita and rice.

Related: Fast Food Franchises in the UK – 10 Things Every Would-Be Franchisee Must Know

As well as the dishes, the group are known for their famous sauces! According to the New York Times “It’s the white sauce, always the white sauce, that
draws everybody in, from uniformed cops to dainty girls whose palates otherwise incline to macarons.”

But those with a liking of spice and heat may be brave enough to try the hot sauce with a Scoville rating of 130,000!

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Located in Irving Street, London WC2H 7AU – you won’t miss the bright yellow shop front – which is also currently offering a free trip to New York for one lucky winner.

To find out more about the competition and the opening visit their Facebook Page.

By Khadija Taboada

Source: In Your Area

Southampton mobility store Ableworld takes top franchise award

March 30, 2019

THE Southampton branch of Ableworld has been named the company’s ‘Franchise of the Year 2019’.

Run by director and store manager Jeff Newman and his son director and stairlift and engineering manager, Steven Newman, the Southampton store is Ableworld’s most successful franchise to date and has ambitions to become one of the largest mobility retailers on the south coast.

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In the past six months, the store in Portsmouth Road, Woolston, has added new training facilities on the top floor aimed at offering regular free training to all healthcare professionals.

Last year the Southampton shop expanded to include a stairlift showroom featuring more than 10 fully operational stairlifts. More recently a Stiltz ‘Homelift’ has been installed allowing customers to travel between floors.

By Andrew Ross

Source: Daily Echo

Right at Home shortlisted for national Customer Engagement Award

March 29, 2019

Home care provider Right at Home Solent has been shortlisted for the Customer Engagement Award at the bfa HSBC Franchise Awards.

Right at Home Solent, which covers Southampton, Fareham, Gosport and New Forest East, is run by husband and wife duo, Kev and Amy Popat (pictured centre-left and centre).

As well as offering services including companionship, personal care, medication reminders and live-in care, the provider places emphasis on improving quality of life and organises a range of stimulating activities, giving clients the opportunity to get out into the local community and socialise.

Kev and Amy attributed their success to their dedicated team of CareGivers and office support staff.

They said: “We are delighted and humbled to be shortlisted for this award. As a team we have faced many challenges, but through sheer determination and hard work have managed to come out of the other side much stronger. We are very proud to be able to offer a service that is rated as “Outstanding” by our regulatory body the CQC, putting us in the top 2% of care companies nationally. We are extremely proud of our amazing office and CareGiving team – this one is for them!”

Related: Merseyside Headquartered Homecare Company Scoops National Franchise Award For Third Consecutive Year

The annual bfa awards is the flagship event in the franchising calendar and getting a nomination is a major achievement.

Pip Wilkins, CEO of the bfa, commented on Amy and Kev’s shortlisting: “Although young in years, Amy & Kev are very experienced in franchising, and work incredibly hard with the CareGivers at Right at Home to ensure those receiving care get the best attention.

“Through personal experience, they know how essential excellent care is; not only to offer practical help to the most vulnerable in society but to help them to become empowered and increase their confidence.”

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Andrew Brattesani, Head of Franchising at HSBC, added: “Kev and Amy have seen first-hand how care should not be given to those in need, so every day they keep this in the front of their minds, to ensure those that need help the most get the best care and attention.”

The shortlisting follows Right at Home Solent achieving an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission back in September.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on June 27, 2019.

By SARAH CLARKE

Source: Home Care Insight

Education Franchise UK – Should You Buy UK Education Franchises?

March 29, 2019

Education Franchise UK – the TOP 10 MUST KNOWS about finding and running successful UK Education Franchises.

If you’ve got the right skill set, buying and running an education franchise UK could be a fruitful investment – both financially and personally.

Education is among the most important pillars of a society. A society’s worth is determined just as emphatically by how educated its members are, as it is by its economic power. In fact, without strengthening the education sector, there’s no hope for a society progress – especially in this day and age. Much the reason why, UNESCO has long deemed education to be a basic human right.

Thankfully, Britain has always been a global leader when it comes to providing quality education to its residents. Despite this, there remains a significant room for improvement – a space that schools and colleges just can’t fill. This is where private ventures in the education sector come to the fore.

By offering highly specific tutoring services (among others), these businesses not only have carved a niche for themselves, but they also have managed to address some of the grassroot-reach issues of our education system – a certain win-win, if there was one.

Buying and running an education franchise UK will help you enter and operate in an industry that has a lot to offer in terms of financial returns, job satisfaction and enjoyment. Things, however, are never straightforward, especially when you’re franchising for the first time. In this article, we’ll discuss what education franchises UK are, how much it costs to buy one, when you can expect to break even and what skills you need to possess in order to succeed.

Before You Buy An Education Franchise UK – Some Important Stats

The UK education industry, from one end to another, has excelled in terms of quality, vision and reach. Before you decide to invest your money in an education franchise UK, it’s important to have some understanding of the industry.

Since UK education franchises operate chiefly in the private tutor sector of the education industry, we will keep the discussion limited to cover for that aspect.

  • The private tutoring industry is much larger than most people imagine it to be. At over £6 bn, the annual turnovers of this segment have comfortably overtaken many standalone industries in the last few years.
  • The demand forces for private tutors are larger today than ever. Nearly 27% of school-going children are estimated to hire the services of private tutors for at least one subject (2018). For reference, this percentage was only 18% in 2005.
  • This percentage rises dramatically in urban and metropolitan areas. In London, for example, the same percentage is reported to be as high as 44% (2016).
  • Private tutoring businesses have consistently posted high YoY growth in the last ten years. Some start-ups have gone on to register 500% growth points in a single year.
  • Private tutoring usually yields decent hourly rates for tutors. Language classes, for example, are estimated to earn the tutor an average of £20-25 per hour. Sports tutors, at the same time, earn significantly higher – £35-40 per hour, on average.
  • The distribution of subjects in terms of demand makes for a curious case when we discuss the economic feasibility of education franchises UK. Maths, English and Sciences is the ongoing order of preference for most children. 77% of these children are estimated to receive private tuitions in maths. Nearly 30% of kids receive private tuitions during the holiday period.
  • In continuation of the last point, it’s important to note that the summer months account for a great deal of activity on the private tutors’ circuit in the UK. A combination of factors – GCSE and A-level preparations and year-end entrance exams, to name a few – mean that parents are eager to hire private tutors during these months for their children.

Sources: TutorHunt, The Tutor Website, Superprof, The Guardian, The Independent

The bottom line is, buying an education franchise UK lets you enter an industry segment that is profitable and enjoyable. The upward moving trajectory of the segment holds enormous promise over the next 10 years for education franchises UK. You can also expect to achieve a decent resale value when you decide to sell your franchise.

Why Are UK Education Franchises Needed?

Many critics bemoan the very need of having private tutors teach children – some even see these needs as a certain failure of the education infrastructure at large.

Despite these contrarian views, it should be safe and fair to say that every education franchise UK carries a great deal of importance in the larger scheme of things. Many parents and children can vouch for the fact private tuitions – when done right – can be immensely helpful.

UK education franchises, in most cases, offer an assortment of specialty tuitions that are aimed at smaller, more definable demographics. This micro-targetting ensures that such franchises can offer better quality services, justifying the need for their existence.

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How Much Does An Education Franchise UK Cost?

Education franchises UK are through and through service provider businesses.

This, however, doesn’t mean that these franchise businesses work like other service sector businesses. The main reason for this is the way education franchises are run. We will get to that point in the next part of this post.

“Franchisees should note that a typical education franchise UK – operated locally, with an exclusive territory and a proven business model – will cost you anywhere between £8,000 and £20,000.”

The good news is, education franchises UK cost much less than some of the other franchise opportunities out there. This also means that scalability and marketing bottlenecks prevent such businesses from taking off locally. Even when you earn profits, they will always be limited and predictable.

If you’re looking for a franchise opportunity that’s rewarding, enjoyable, affordable and returns decent profits, education franchises deserve a place on your shortlist.

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Do You Need To Be A Qualified Teacher To Run An Education Franchise UK?

The short answer is – no, not necessarily.

We do come across this question very often, and we try to answer it just as matter-of-factly in our franchising blogs.

This is one of the most prominent benefits of franchising – you don’t always need to have relevant industry experience to buy or run your franchise. This holds true for UK education franchises, as well.

To understand why, it’s necessary to understand how an education franchise UK functions.

Here’s the blueprint followed by almost all franchisors:

  1. The franchisor develops a successful business model.
  2. Franchisees buy franchise units.
  3. Each franchisee is assigned a dedicated and exclusive territory to operate in.
  4. The franchisee hires qualified tutors (usually in consultation with the franchisor).
  5. The franchisee oversees the local operations, including marketing, coordination, administration and finances.
  6. The franchisor is paid royalties/commission as specified in the franchise agreement.

Essentially, your role as a franchisee will largely be limited to ‘running’ the business. Quite naturally, the eventual profitability hinges on you being able to hire competent tutors – a bottleneck that we referred to earlier. This process can be quite tricky, especially since you’ll need to be extremely meticulous in running background checks and vetting applicants.

Are Niche Markets The Way To Go For UK Education Franchises?

Going after niche markets is usually a good idea for service providers because if there’s enough demand, one can quickly establish authority and build the business up on that foundation.

The same principle can be applied to education franchises.

You’ll never see a franchise opportunity that targets a large, non-specific market in this segment. A business that is able to cater to such widespread demands is usually also able to expand organically. In short, businesses that cater to a niche market are in the best position to franchise – the reason why going niche is the way going forward.

You’ll often see examples of this all around you. From programming tutors for children to guitar tutors for all age groups – niche businesses have already left a mark on the private tutoring sector in the UK.

Top Education Franchises UK

If you’re looking to invest in an education franchise UK, our shortlist of some of the most popular options will give you a fair idea of what to expect from the franchisor in terms of training, marketing, territorial rights, support and more.

1. Mother Nature Science

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £10,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Interactive science education for children (aged 5-12)
  • Get started right away, with affordable initial investment
  • Low overheads, low operational costs
  • Home-based franchise opportunity
  • Ideal for qualified teachers
  • A range of products, programmes and classes
  • High profit margins, fast returns
  • Provisional BFA Member

2. Les Puces

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £10,000+ (plus VAT)
  • USP: Early years French classes
  • Affordable franchise fees, low overheads
  • No French language proficiency required
  • Employ and operate a team of French language tutors in your area
  • High margins
  • Reputed brand name

3. MagiKats

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £12,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Maths and English tuitions for children
  • Popular, renowned brand name
  • Flexibility, can be run from a home-office
  • Full training and support
  • No prior experience required
  • Marketing support
  • Can be run part-time depending on your other commitments

4. UK Pianos

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £15,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Leading piano instructor and classes
  • In business for 2 decades
  • Full training provided for your tutors
  • Bespoke piano teaching programmes and books
  • Opportunity to boost your income with piano sales commissions

5. Razzmatazz

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £9,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Fun-filled performing arts, theatre and dance classes for kids
  • Highly rewarding business experience
  • Unique, proven business model
  • Can be run part-time
  • 100% ongoing business support
  • Associate BFA Member 

6. International Coaching Academy

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £19,500 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Build your own coaching business
  • Proven business model
  • Fully-optimised launch programme
  • Full training provided
  • Exclusive territories allocated to franchisees
  • Fully functional website and lead generation mechanism
  • Marketing and social media support

UK Education Franchises – The Takeaways

  • Focus on niche markets. If you can’t afford to run the business full-time, choose a flexible education franchise UK opportunity that gives you more balance.
  • While you don’t need experience to run an education franchise, it’s always beneficial to have an innate understanding of how you can provide the best services to your customers.
  • Franchise market research, as is always the case, is extremely important before you invest.
  • Most education franchises can be run from home. So, make sure you are doing your best to minimise other overheads.
  • Hire your employees with extreme caution and care.

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New Noodle bar to create 15 jobs in Nottingham

March 28, 2019

Oodles Chinese UK – Some 15 jobs are set to be created in Nottingham after a fast casual dining brand revealed it is to open in the city.

Oodles Chinese, which already has six branches in the UK, will officially opened its doors on Mansfield Road, on Saturday March 30th.

The opening is part of an ambitious growth strategy for the brand targeting 10 more openings by 2020 creating over 200 new jobs. In the next few months, it will open stores in Coventry, Leeds, London, Blackburn and Preston. Earlier this month it opened its first store in the North West in Bolton and first store in the South at Luton.

Mohammed Umar, director, said: “We are delighted to open our first store in Nottingham which is well overdue and definitely due to demand.

“We chose Mansfield Road specifically due to the high footfall in the area and we already have a large fan base here in the city.

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“We genuinely believe our concept of fresh and unique tasting food is something Nottingham has never experienced before.

“We have created a warm authentic, inviting design in this store especially with a live cooking element so customers feel closer to the Oodles Chinese experience of freshly prepared food as soon as they walk into the new restaurant.

“Our aim now going forward is to really drive our expansion and want this Mansfield Road store to be the first of a long chain in the region creating jobs for the locality.”

“We are now actively looking for new sites and franchise partners in the region and across the UK to help us achieve our expansion plans.”

By Sam Metcalf

Source: The Business Desk

How Orangetheory Fitness built a $1,000,000,000 empire

March 28, 2019

Yahoo Finance sat down with CEO of Orangetheory, Dave Long, to find out how a boutique fitness studio became a behemoth with $1 billion in sales in 2018.

“Orangetheory has always been a science-backed workout.” Long said. “The classes are about an hour long, but within that hour, we’re monitoring your heart rate and we’re looking to help push our members to get that twelve or more minutes in what we call the orange zone.

“That’s 84% of your maximum heart rate or more.”

Orangetheory’s classes offer various forms of unique high-intensity interval training (HIIT) developed by Ellen Latham, who founded the company in 2010.

Long highlighted how humans beginning a day with a good workout can have positive effects throughout the day.

“They get an endorphin release,” he said. “A lot of times that will lead to them making other good lifestyle choices.”

It turns out appealing to clients of all abilities is good business: Orangetheory has nearly 800,000 members who work out at more than 1,100 locations across 49 states and 20 countries. And each Orangetheory franchise hosts, on average, more than 5,000 workouts per month. That’s approximately 66 million classes a year.

Related: Fitness Franchises – Should You Buy a UK Fitness Franchise?

Orangetheory was recently listed as No. 25 on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500. Long expects the rapid growth to continue. He’s forecasting 2,500 studios and 2.5 million members worldwide in the next 5 years.

‘Fitness, for me, provides two huge benefits: the energy and also the calming effect’

As of March 2019, the total investment necessary to begin operating an Orangetheory studio can range from $563,529 to $999,121. The disparity is determined in part by location, square footage, and amenities.

So, with so many franchises and so much money, how does Long manage the stress of running a ‘boutique’ billion-dollar fitness company?

“Fitness, for me, provides two huge benefits: the energy and also the calming effect,” Long said amid the various workouts around him and bubblegum-pop remixes pumping out of carefully hidden speakers.

Source: Yahoo News

Home Instead Senior Care managing director appointed to The Silver Line board of trustees

March 27, 2019

The Silver Line, the charity founded by Dame Esther Rantzen DBE, has appointed Martin Jones, managing director of Warrington-based home care company, Home Instead Senior Care, as a member of their board of trustees.

The Silver Line is the UK’s only confidential, free helpline for older people. Home Instead Senior Care is a home care franchise business which pioneered companionship-based care in the UK and supports older people wishing to remain in their own homes.

Speaking about his appointment, Jones said, “Our mission is to ‘change the face of ageing’ and everything that we do is focused on this. Our care service allows older people to remain living at home and stay connected with their local community, where they feel valued and can continue to make a contribution.

Related: THE BIG INTERVIEW: Martin Jones, Managing Director, Home Instead Senior Care

“The Silver Line provides an invaluable support service, so our two organisations are well-aligned.

“My involvement with them will allow me to help shape some of the charity’s initiatives, perhaps most importantly those that help to combat loneliness amongst older people.”

Jones is also a trustee of the Care Workers Charity, sits on the Age at Work Leadership Team for Business in the Community (BITC) and is also the Champion for Older Workers for BITC. He also sits on the board of TSA, the industry body for technology enabled care.

Related: Senior Care Franchise UK – Should You Buy UK Senior Care Franchises?

Jones was one of four new Trustees for The Silver Line.

Sophie Andrews, Chief Executive of The Silver Line, added: “The new Trustees bring a wealth of relevant experience to our Board and join us at an important time in our short history. They have already demonstrated a passion for the cause and have some great ideas about how we secure longer term income to ensure we are sustainable for the future.”

Source: BDaily

Vending Franchise UK – Should You Invest In Vending Machine Franchises UK?

March 26, 2019

Vending Franchise UK – the TOP 10 MUST KNOWS about finding and running successful UK Vending Franchises.

Vending franchises UK present ideal starting points for franchisees looking to run a business on a budget. Here’s what you need to know before buying a vending franchise UK.

At franchise4u, we get dozens of enquiries every week from would-be franchisees. These include anything and everything franchising – from raising money to buy a franchise to selling a franchise profitably. Among these, one question stands out almost inevitably – What’s the best and cheapest way to get into a franchise business?

As is the case with most franchising topics, there are no straightforward and universal answers here. However, if you’re on a tight budget and you don’t really have any experience of managing a business, buying a vending franchise UK can be an option worth considering seriously.

In this post, we’ll discuss why vending machine businesses carry a lot more weight than meets the eye, how much it costs to buy a vending franchise UK and what potential risks there are to such investments.

Buying A Vending Franchise UK? Invest Some Time In Learning About The Industry!

Our series of franchising blogs covers nearly every major franchising industry and sector in the UK. If you have been following this series, you’d know that we always encourage would-be franchisees to educate themselves about the industry they want to operate in.

In case of vending machine franchises UK, this can be a challenging task, simply because there’s little information available that can help us gauge the size of the industry, average profitability and market penetration. So, we’ll do our best to draw actionable conclusions by analysing some interesting industry trends.

Looking Eastward – How Japan’s Vending Industry Is An Exemplary Study For UK Businesses

Before we get around to discussing how the market and the industry shape up for a typical vending franchise UK, let’s take a quick detour to the Japanese vending machine industry.

Vending machines are, quite literally, everywhere in Japan – from airports and train stations to public restrooms and libraries. For the 127 million strong Japanese population, there are close to 6 million vending machines in operation. In other words, there’s nearly one vending machine for every 25 citizens – the highest ratio of such kind in the world.

Vending machine franchises UK have a lot of heart to take from this fact. Vending machines are already projected by many experts as the next mainstream retail disruptor – one that’s all set to make redundant many of our shopping and consumption habits.

The State Of The UK Vending Industry

The history of the UK vending industry is as old as the very concept of automated vending – after all it was in London that the first ever coin operated vending machine was installed. Despite the huge potential for growth, one cannot afford to miss the fact that the UK vending industry is still among the largest of its kind in the world.

Here are some relevant numbers in this regard:

  • The UK vending industry generates annual turnover in excess of £1.6 bn.
  • Over 6 billion products – across categories and brands – are dispensed each year by vending machines installed across the UK.
  • There are approximately 360,000 vending machines in operation.
  • In other words, there’s 1 vending machine for every 140 UK residents. When we compare this ratio to the 1:25 ratio posed by the Japanese vending industry, the huge room for growth, innovation and franchising becomes apparent.
  • The UK vending industry is thought to employ 15,000 people.
  • Britons love getting their daily fix of tea and coffee from vending machines. Each year, vending machines across the UK dispense 2 million cups of tea and 8 million cups of coffee.

Source: The Automatic Vending Association

These numbers adequately convey the fact that running a vending machine franchise UK ensures that you won’t be swimming against market currents. In 2017 alone, the UK vending machine businesses imported vending machines worth close to £70 mn. Despite a slight drop from the previous year, this shows that more and more businesses are looking to expand their vending operations.

As a vending franchise UK, this might well be the biggest positive to take from this discussion.

Why UK Vending Machine Franchises Are Good Entry Points

A typical vending franchise UK combines multiple reasons in a unique mix that no other franchise business can offer. Here are some points that make UK vending franchises great entry points for franchisees:

1. The Entry Costs Aren’t Prohibitive.

Vending machine franchises UK make for some of the most affordable franchise opportunities out there. Considering the fact that you don’t have to shell out thousands of pounds (and raise matching finance) just to pay for franchise fees is a fact franchisees cannot underestimate.

2. Running A Vending Franchise UK Is Relatively Easier.

Most franchisors – across industries and sectors – assert that you don’t need to possess any industry experience to get started. At the same time, it’s a well-known fact that franchisors prefer to work with franchisees who can bring on board some prior experience in business management and sales.

As far as vending franchises UK go, this isn’t the case. Running a vending machine business is a relatively easier task, even for rookies. Here’s more about what it takes to ensure that the franchisor chooses you.

3. The Scalability Is Usually Linear.

Businesses with exponential scalability usually turn into giant corporations. Vending machine franchises don’t have this luxury because their scalability is linear – the more machines you have, the more business you get. There are no other ways of growing.

This, however, is best considered as an advantage, and not a handicap. For franchisees, linear scalability means a simpler, easier way of managing things, without worrying too much about marketing or pricing.

4. You Don’t Need To Work Five Days A Week.

This is another advantage of running a vending machine franchise UK.

Routine business operations include sourcing items, restocking/maintaining machines and collecting sales proceeds. Additionally, you’ll need to spend a few hours every week making phone calls or meeting people in order to finalise new locations. That’s pretty much all about it. It’s possible to take good care of your vending machine business by investing no more than a few hours every week.

5. Vending Machines Franchises UK Can Be Run From Your Home.

Running home-based franchises saves franchisees a great deal of money. UK vending franchises are just about the best candidates for this.

Most franchise units operate 5-10 vending machines. The inventory required for these can be easily stored in your garage. You can also hire third-party stockists (if the franchisor allows) to deliver inventory on an as-needed basis.

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How Much Does A Vending Franchise UK Cost?

Buying a vending franchise UK will never require you to raise third party finance or put all of your savings on the line.

Our survey indicates that a typical vending machine franchise UK requires franchisees to invest less than £5,000 in minimum initial investment. Considering the deposits for locations and inventory, it’s possible to get your vending machine business off the ground with a working capital of £10,000.

How To Find Lucrative Locations For Your Vending Machine Franchise UK?

While discussing retail franchises UK, we mentioned that much of the success of such businesses is directly proportional to how good a location they operate from is.

This hold even truer for vending machine franchises UK. If you set up your vending machine in a location that receives high footfall, you can afford to take profits for granted.

The question is – what makes a good vending location?

Here are some factors to consider:

  1. The location you finalise has to be a public place frequented by your target demographic. If you’re setting up a vending machine for soft toys, make sure you set it up in a large mall that many families visit regularly. A vending machine for tea and coffee works fabulously well in a busy business district or at a train station.
  2. It has to be affordable. This is where your business plan kicks in. There’s no point of spending a ton of money on rent for a machine that generates only a fraction in return.
  3. The visibility needs to be high. Corner spots, entry/exit spots and proximity to benches/seating arrangements make for great vending locations.

Top Vending Machine Franchises UK

We have rounded up some of the most popular vending franchises UK here to give our readers a good idea of the costs and features:

1. Tubz Vending Franchise

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £2,995 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Leading tower franchise in Europe
  • Over 300 franchise units in operation
  • Ideal home-based franchising opportunity
  • Low entry cost
  • No recurring fees
  • 2-year guarantee on new equipment
  • Maintenance and technical support
  • Extensive network of locations and vendors
  • Full training provided

2. With Thanks Vending Franchise

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £1,666 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Confectionary vending
  • Get started on a budget
  • Can be run from home
  • Complete management and maintenance support
  • Full training on offer

3. Sweets And Treats Vending Machine Franchise

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £9,950 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Sweets vending
  • Reputable brand name
  • Full training provided
  • Initial stock
  • State of the art vending machines
  • Customised stationary and admin support

4. Hurley’s Foods UK

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £2,250 (plus VAT)
  • USP: UK’s leading vending machine business
  • Very low entry costs
  • 5-year warranty on all new machines
  • Technical and admin support
  • Full training
  • Agreed-on sites
  • Free delivery

UK Vending Franchises – The Takeaways

  • Vending machine franchises UK are perfect for you if you are looking for an investment opportunity that’s light on capital and doesn’t require your full attention.
  • You can run a vending franchise UK from you home – even part time.
  • Most franchisees can get started without external funding.
  • Get your business up and running within a week.
  • Choose your locations carefully.

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