Clip ‘n Climb, an international leader in the fun climbing market, is looking to launch its first-ever franchise centres, with a commitment to open 100 new UK venues.
Clip ‘n Climb UK has announced that it will be rolling out its successful model by launching nationwide franchise locations and concessions. To begin this project, it is looking to launch a new centre in Manchester. This follows a surge in popularity for indoor climbing.
The company has operated in the UK since 2011 and is part of Entre-Prises UK Ltd, a subsidiary of the ABEO group. It already operates over 80 centres around the country and has a cumulative yearly turnover of around £25 million. Now, it will license the brand to independent operators as part of an expansion project.
Complete turnkey leisure business model
These franchises will include a complete turnkey leisure business model, with design and installation for over 40 climbing challenges, catering to visitors of all ages. For operators who share similar core value, this is an opportunity to benefit from a full training and support programme. This features insights and tips on business planning, finance and safety.
Franchise centres will also be able to take advantage of discounts on equipment, maintenance checks, further training, upgrades, marketing support and additional booking system features. Customers will enjoy a range of quality climbing activities, with Clip ‘n Climb’s auto belay devices. The centres will also have a branded cafe, party rooms and soft play.
Vicky Coupe, Clip ‘n Climb franchise manager, says: “Clip ‘n Climb has revolutionised indoor climbing. The theme park meets climbing wall concept offers a thrill and challenge to people of four years of age all the way up to 80+.
“We’ve seen leisure climbing grow in popularity since we installed the first Clip ‘n Climb centre in the UK and industry insights report a 40-50 per cent increase of indoor climbers in the last two years alone. With the news that sport climbing will make its Olympic debut at the games in Japan 2020 its popularity is set to soar and so it’s the perfect time to look for the right people in the right locations to share in our success.”
“Launching the franchise model marks a major milestone and cements our ambition to give even more people in the UK, especially in Manchester access to fun, safe, indoor climbing.”
Clip ‘n Climb will also be heading to the 20th IAAPI Expo in Mumbai, India, from 26 – 28 February 2020. The team will be showcasing the company’s full range of products and services at the show.
By Charlotte Coates