Loft boarding firm launches franchise network

May 1, 2019

An Accrington-based loft boarding specialist has signed up its first franchisee in a plan which will see the company expand nationwide.

Loft Boarding NW has renamed itself UK Loft Boarding to reflect its new ambitions and intended growth.

The North West region is overseen by the original team, which began in 2010 as a husband and wife operation with a van, a selection of tools and a couple of hundred pounds to invest.

Loft Boarding NW grew from a back bedroom to 4,500 sq ft offices and warehouse now employing 22 staff in Clayton le Moors.

And now its first franchise is up and running, with Gavin and Carol Hutchinson launching the Halifax-based Yorkshire Loft Boarding. Also beginning as a husband-and-wife business, the franchise has now grown to a team of four.

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Home Improvement Franchises in the UK

Managing director Andy Greenhalgh said: “Due to the huge success of our first franchise launch we are now focusing on two further franchises in 2019. They are to cover Cumbria and the North East of England and then plans for several more in the UK in 2020.

None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for our excellent dedicated staff

“Gavin is doing exceptionally well. With our guidance and administrative help he can concentrate on running and building his business. None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for the excellent dedicated staff we have.”

Source: Lancashire Business View

Trend Transformations rebrands again and pushes eco message

April 17, 2019

Kitchen and bathroom makeover franchise Trend Transformations has rebranded again while the business moves its existing Granite estate to the new Trend brand.

In 2017, the business, which has more than 20 showrooms in the UK, rebranded to Trend Transformations, but two years later most of its showrooms remain Granite Transformations.

At the start of this year, the business took the decision to call themselves Granite and Trend Transformations until the new store brand rollout programme is complete – a five-year process.

Granite and Trend Transformations said it was looking to add new franchises and the new stores will be kitted out in the new brand and called Trend Transformations.


The business is keen to push its environmental credentials, offering worktops made from up to 72% of recycled glass from used beer, wine and mineral water bottles.

It said it was aiming at the “eco chic” marketplace, with designs featuring glass fragments bonded together with a clear polymer resin, for aesthetically beautiful, tough and scratch-resistant surfaces.

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Home Improvement Franchises in the UK

“Long before it became fashionable, Granite and Trend Transformations declared a commitment to implementing processes that protect and preserve the planet’s resources,” the firm said.

“Key to the company’s direction was the belief that great style and beauty did not have to be sacrificed in the pursuit of corporate responsibility. Products are designed specifically to consume fewer raw materials and extend durability.”

The firm said its engineered surfaces require 60% fewer raw materials and incorporate both geologic waste and recycled glass that would otherwise end up in landfills.

The firm said it collaborates with the world’s leading environmental organisations, architects and designers to incorporate sustainable practices in its operations, while promoting green building practices in the wider industry.

Source: KBB Review

Neighborly adds Dream Doors to its home service brands

April 7, 2019

Neighborly, one of the world’s largest companies of home service brands has announced the acquisition of the UK franchise, Dream Doors.

The first acquisition this year for Neighborly now brings its total number of service brands to 22 with nearly 3,700 franchisees and over 850 colleagues across nine countries.

The Dream Doors deal includes 91 locally-owned and operated franchise showrooms located across the UK, which specialise in fully-fitted kitchen makeovers, replacement doors and countertops and the installation of new appliances.

Mike Bidwell, president and chief executive of Neighborly, said: “Dream Doors has delivered on its promise of ‘new life for old kitchens and bedrooms’ for the past 20 years, making the brand a perfect complement to Neighborly Brands’ community of premium home services.

“This brand furthers our expertise for Neighborly in today’s home improvement industry and accelerates the franchise’s growth of in-demand home services throughout the UK.”

Jeff Meyers, vice-president of international operations for Neighborly, commented: “The successful acquisition of this value-add new brand builds on our position as a UK leader in the services, helping people to repair, maintain and enhance their homes and businesses.

“We are always looking to strengthen and grow our portfolio of brands in the UK and Europe and establish new strategic partnerships to help us maximise the breadth and value of our franchise opportunities. We are really excited to have Dream Doors on board and welcome them to our neighbourhood.”

Awards pedigree
Dream Doors, based in Portsmouth, Hampshire, was founded on providing kitchen makeovers and expanded to offer custom wardrobes. As a result of its proven business model and innovations, the company has received numerous franchise accolades and awards for excellent service and satisfaction over the years.

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Home Improvement Franchises in the UK

The awards include winning the Best Franchisee Marketing Support title three times in the Franchise Marketing Awards organised by the Venture Marketing Group and winning the Best Kitchen Supplier and Best Money Saving Product in the inaugural Express Home and Living Awards 2017 organised by the Daily Express newspaper.

Troy Tappenden, Dream Doors founder and chairman who established the business in 1999, will step down and depart from the company. Philip Carr, Dream Doors managing director, who has been instrumental in implementing the brand’s long-term expansion strategy since 2017 will continue to oversee the network.

Carr said: “By joining the world’s largest franchisor of home services, Dream Doors will gain new vendor relationships, a powerful peer group of other Neighborly service brands and more. Supported by Neighborly’s expertise moving forward, I look forward to this new phase of growth for our brand.”

In the UK Neighborly now operates six brands, Aire Serv, Bright & Beautiful, Countrywide Grounds Maintenance, Drain Doctor, Mr. Electric and Dream Doors, and has three support offices in Banbury, Manchester and Portsmouth.

Source: Franchise World

Neighborly Acquires the U.K.’s Dream Doors, Its 22nd Service Brand

March 15, 2019

Neighborly, formerly Dwyer Group, has been on a buying spree since being acquired in mid-2018 by Harvest Partners, a New York-based private equity firm.

The latest acquisition is Dream Doors, which has 91 locally owned and operated franchise showrooms in the U.K. Dream Doors specializes in fully fitted kitchen makeovers, bedroom wardrobes, replacement doors and countertops, and installing new appliances.

The acquisition brings Neighborly’s brands to a total of 8 brands and four campuses based in Europe. Globally, the deal increases the number of Neighborly’s brands to 22, with $2 billion in annual system-wide revenue and nearly 3,700 franchisees.

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Home Improvement Franchises in the UK

“Dream Doors has delivered on its promise of ‘new life for old kitchens and bedrooms’ for the past 20 years, making the brand a perfect complement to Neighborly Brands’ community of premium home services,” said Mike Bidwell, president and CEO of Neighborly in a press release.

Based in Portsmouth in the south of England, Dream Doors was founded to provide kitchen makeovers, and expanded to offer custom wardrobes in bedrooms. Following the acquisition, founder and Chairman Troy Tappenden will be stepping down and departing the company. Dream Doors will continue to be overseen by Managing Director Philip Carr, who has been instrumental in implementing the brand’s long-term expansion strategy since 2017.

By: Eddy Goldberg

Source: Franchising

Lytham lofts firm earns national nomination

March 6, 2019

Lytham-based Access4Lofts has been shortlisted for the Emerging Franchisor of the Year Award at the bfa HSBC Franchise Awards, to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on June 27.

The company installs loft hatches, loft ladders, boarding, lighting and insulation so that customers can utilise their loft space for storage, without the vast expense of a loft conversion.

They began franchising in 2015. Chief executive Graham Ormesher said: “We learnt a lot from our pilot operation and we knew some significant improvements were in order.

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Home Improvement Franchises in the UK

“Our original marketing and admin system were not robust enough to cope with the growth we had planned. As we had all been involved in running an Access4Lofts business in the past, we had experienced first-hand the stresses and strains that running your own business brings.”

The company decided to tackle all the ‘pains’ a potential franchisee could face and implement a solution to each. Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchising Association said: “Access4Lofts presented an exceptionally strong business model and growth plan.”

Source: Blackpool Gazette

US firm cuts deal for kitchen makeover franchise group

March 3, 2019

A premium kitchen makeover and bedroom wardrobe franchiser with more than 90 showrooms across the UK has been acquired by US-headquartered Neighborly.

Dream Doors was founded on providing kitchen makeovers and recently expanded to offer custom wardrobes in bedrooms.

Founder and chairman Troy Tappenden will be stepping down and departing from the company. The Dream Doors network will continue to be overseen by managing director Philip Carr who has been instrumental in implementing the brand’s long-term expansion strategy since 2017.

The deal includes 91 locally-owned and operated franchise showrooms of Dream Doors across the UK.

The acquisition is Neighborly’s first of 2019 and means the business now has a total of 22 service brands, nearly 3,700 franchise owners and more than 850 associates across nine countries.

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Home Improvement Franchises in the UK

“By joining the world’s largest franchisor of home services, Dream Doors will gain new vendor relationships, a powerful peer group of other Neighborly service brands and more,” said Dream Doors’ Philip Carr. “Supported by Neighborly’s expertise moving forward, I look forward to this new phase of growth for our brand.”

Mike Bidwell, president and chief executive of Neighborly added: “Dream Doors has delivered on its promise of ‘new life for old kitchens and bedrooms’ for the past 20 years, making the brand a perfect complement to Neighborly Brands’ community of premium home services.”

Dream Doors is headquartered in Portsmouth.

Source: Insider Media

Dream Doors franchisees achieve impressive results

February 7, 2019

Dream Doors, the UK’s No. 1 kitchen makeover company, is set to have its best year ever, with a projected annual turnover of £50m and a new product range going on sale.

Newcomers to the business in 2019 will have the potential to earn a six-figure salary quickly, and benefit from joining one of the nation’s leading home-improvement brands.

Last year, Dream Doors’ franchisees generated over £44million in sales – making it a record year for the company and a strong foundation for future growth.

Part of that growth will come from Dream Doors’ brand new range of bedroom furniture, which is being promoted on a dedicated new website and provides increased earning potential.

For most people, that potential to make great money is the main draw of franchising. So, what can Dream Doors offer you?

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Home Improvement Franchises in the UK

High earners
Among the highest earners in the network in 2018 were Angela and Clive Coldwell of Poole, who generated over £1.3m in sales.

Clive said the Dream Doors model has proved to be ‘far more lucrative’ than either he or his wife ever imagined. He added: “When you buy into a Dream Doors franchise, you buy into the knowledge and expertise that comes with it.

“Most franchises are about being a one-man band with a van – that’s not what we wanted. We wanted to grow more than that.

“Dream Doors struck us as one that we could grow the most with and achieve the most with.”

Clive and Angela’s business certainly has grown, with them making over £8million worth of sales since their showroom launched just a few years ago.

Perhaps you’re drawn to the idea of franchising as a way to restore some work/life balance and to spend more time with your family while still earning great money.

Related: Join Dream Doors, the UK’s biggest name in kitchen facelifts

You don’t need any sales or business management experience to make a Dream Doors showroom a success – all you need is £35,000, with the opportunity to borrow the remaining start-up requirements through bank funding, and the ability to follow a tried and tested business model.

Comprehensive training
New starters go through a comprehensive three-week training course after which they begin making sales and earning good money immediately.

Dream Doors’ dedicated business development managers help new franchisees set up their showroom and hold a grand opening which always generates great publicity.

Business development managers support Dream Doors’ franchisees throughout their trading lifecycles as do the company’s award-winning marketing and sales support departments.

So, with the potential to earn £150,000 a year, for modest start-up costs AND regaining control of your work/life balance as part of a market-leading brand – why wouldn’t you want to be part of Dream Doors’ success story?

There are just 19 new franchise territories available nationwide, particularly in the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Scotland.

We also have some highly lucrative showroom resale opportunities available following the early retirement of some very successful franchisees.

Source: Franchise World

Oltco launches its first franchise in Blackpool

December 26, 2018

Oltco, the resin bound driveway and flooring company, has launched its franchise model and opened its first franchise in Blackpool, Lancashire.

Established in Cornwall as a family business 15 years ago, the business provides driveways and flooring for both domestic and commercial clients. Oltco says it has worked for a number of national clients and is renowned for its expertise, premium products, quality installation and outstanding customer service.

Oltco explains its dedication to excellence can be found throughout every aspect of the business, from staff wellbeing to product innovation and sees its franchise opportunity as the next phase of growth so that its success can be mirrored across the UK.

Johnny Pearce, director at Oltco comments: “By becoming a franchisee of Oltco and being your own boss, you remove the trepidation of setting out into the unknown unsupported. We are proud of our success and want to harness this and share it with others, together we can grow our business and help others.

“We are not looking for experts in resin, but for hard-working individuals who are committed to ensuring the success of the company. We are currently in the process of becoming a member of the BFA and we are delighted to have our first franchisee on board.”

The Blackpool franchisees Alex Hoskisson and Jonathan Stringer, from Lytham St. Annes and Blackpool respectively, had in-depth training at Oltco’s head office in Newquay prior to opening the franchise. The training enabled the pair to develop extensive knowledge about the company’s range of products and gain specialist installation skills.

On becoming the first franchisee, Stringer said: “Establishing our Oltco franchise was a no brainer for Alex and I. The company offers an outstanding business model, fantastic ongoing training and a positive ethos, which is reflected in everything Oltco does. We knew we wanted to be part of this and build our own successful business.

“We have received an incredible amount of support from the team at head office which has been invaluable to help us meet our targets. Since establishing the franchise, I have been able to create my own work schedule and achieve the lifestyle I have always wanted. We’re incredibly proud of our success to date and our franchise is forecast to grow over the next year.”

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Home Improvement Franchises in the UK

Funding support
The average investment for an Oltco franchise is £15,000, plus £5,000 for a marketing launch campaign (figures exclude VAT). The company adds that it expects working capital of £25,000 to be considered for additional funding for vans, initial products, wages and additional marketing. The company says it can offer support with this due to its partnership with NatWest.

To ensure each franchisee joining the company embraces Oltco’s core values, which it says forms the foundation of the company’s success, both franchisees and employees will receive full training and ongoing support.

Oltco’s offers a range of flooring treatments including self-levelling screeds, non-slip flooring, decorative resin, polyurethane resin screeds and rubber playground flooring.

Source: Franchise World

Dream Doors’ £750,000 investment in training centre

December 24, 2018

Dream Doors, the kitchen makeover retailer, has invested £750,000 in a new state-of-the-art training centre, featuring a range of the company’s products alongside the latest appliances from brands Blanco, Franke, Karndean and Samsung.

Based in the grounds of the Grade II listed Cams Hall Estate in Fareham, Hampshire, Dream Doors said that this new facility was a major milestone in the company’s development, adding the infrastructure required to support 100 franchisees by the end of next year.

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Home Improvement Franchises in the UK

Dream Doors was recently able to run its largest ever franchisee training course at the site, taking seven new business owners and their partners through a comprehensive three-week programme.

The company explains that new franchisees in training who won’t have had any previous kitchen industry experience learn how to deal with customers, how to find and recruit staff, how to survey kitchens and how to order parts.

Dream Doors says that its 84 existing franchisees will also benefit from the new centre, with continuous training and development undertaken at the site.

Ed Brewer, director of UK sales, said: “We offer industry leading and award-winning training and support. So investing in this new training centre is fitting for the size and status our company has grown to enjoy.

“It was high time to move into a state-of-the-art, purpose-built training centre. It lets us replicate what our business owners will have to do in customers’ homes in a controlled learning environment.

Related: Join Dream Doors, the UK’s biggest name in kitchen facelifts

“For existing franchisees, we will also be rolling out a series of workshops and courses designed to cater to those who are at a more advanced stage of their Dream Doors career. This is all part of our ethos of continual professional development.

“Dream Doors is continuously reinvesting in training and support for its new and existing franchisees. In short, while the training centre looks fantastic, it’s not there to be pretty, it’s to help all of our franchisees accelerate their businesses.”

Dream Doors has 19 remaining territories available in the UK and is particularly looking to recruit franchisees for the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Scotland.

Source: Franchise World

Home Improvement Franchises UK – Should You Buy A UK Home Improvement Franchise?

November 21, 2018

Home Improvement Franchises UK – the TOP 10 MUST KNOWS about finding and running a successful UK Home Improvement Franchise.

There’s a constant growth in demand for domestic needs businesses in the UK. Can you leverage this demand with a home improvement franchise?

Through our ongoing blog series, we have tried to discuss various types of franchises and the pros and cons associated with them. There has been a recurring theme to all these blogs – the business sectors discussed were required you to have little industry experience to get started.

In this post, we are going to stray off the course – just a little bit. Home improvement franchises require you to invest a considerable sum of money with equivalent industry experience to go with it. This may sound like a bad starter, but that’s not the case. The high barrier to entry means there are more opportunities and more room to grow your business.

We will discuss the market demand for home improvement and repair franchises in the UK, the economics of how it all works and what you need to know before you invest your hard-earned money in such opportunities.

Are Home Improvement Businesses Really Needed?

The short answer is – yes, they are. Today more, than ever.

There’s no better way to justify this claim than to look within. An average homeowner in the UK has to take on major home improvements once every three years. The minor repairs, refurbishments and value-additions keep happening multiple times every year.

“Every major home improvement projects costs the homeowner an average of £23,000 (or more). This number sharply jumps to over £42,000 for improvements in recently purchased properties.”

This wasn’t always the case. The domestic housing and real estate market was the first to bear the brunt of the 2008 downturn. The strange chain of events set in motion by the recession actually ended up helping the home improvement market, as homeowners stopped investing in new real estate and started, instead, adding more value to their properties.

Of all home improvement projects in the UK, 32% are devoted to bedroom improvements, 29% to bathrooms and 28% to kitchen. Outdoors and extensions account for the rest of the pie.

It’s clear that homeowners and landlords are willing to invest in home improvements and repairs – and the reason is simple. An average home improvement job provides an ROI of 300% in the long run through property value and increased rents.

Buying and running a home improvement franchise is all about making the most of the homeowners’ willingness to invest.

Data Source: Foxtons

How Much Do You Need to Buy a UK Home Improvement Franchise?

Unlike the franchise ideas we have discussed so far, home improvement and repair franchises have more types, and hence, a wider range of options.

“While service and repair franchise will cost you around £20,000 to £40,000 in minimum initial investment, the larger, more robust construction and improvement franchises will need you to invest £60,000 to £140,000 to get started.”

This is, of course, just the capital you need to buy the franchise and the knowhow. It also usually includes training, territory rights, necessary equipment and inventory (if applicable) for the first few months. You will, however, need to take into account other expenses like office/warehouse rent, staff salaries, mobile vans for the staff, marketing budget, insurance, utilities and other operational overheads.

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How Home Improvement Franchises Make Money

There are multiple revenue models used by home improvement and repair franchises in the UK. The most common model that runs across the board is the as-needed service model.

You get a call from your customer, you provide them a quote for the home improvement job they need done, you complete the project and you get paid – simple as that. The simplicity comes at a cost – more than 70% of domestic service businesses have to rely on new customers. As you know, acquiring customers always eats into the profit margins, steadily affecting the bottom line of your business.

Many home improvement franchise get around this problem by going ‘industrially domestic’. This is a new model that’s been gaining a lot of traction, especially in districts where renting a house is more affordable than owning one.

The idea here is straightforward – you work with landlords and businesses like hotels, lodges, dorms and hospitals to establish ongoing retainer contracts for improvements and repairs. This not only creates a steady stream of revenue, it opens the door for many such opportunities through business networking.

These are just the two most common ways for home improvement and repair franchises to generate revenue. Based on the specifics of business, you can certainly come up with new models that work for you.

The Importance of Territory Allocation for Home Improvement Franchises

We had a short discussion about the importance of business location in various articles on our blog. This concept needs to be looked at from a slightly different point of view for home improvement franchises.

The good news is, you don’t need to invest in a high-street, retail location to run your business. You can easily rent an affordable location to house your office and equipment. What’s more important to consider here is the value of the territory.

The reason home improvement franchises are expensive is that they offer you a ready-to-service territory that has been thoroughly studied for its business potential. For other businesses, it’s rather difficult to arrive at a number of potential buyers, but for domestic service franchises, the number of households gives you a clear idea of your target demographic.

In that sense, it becomes important to choose the territory wisely. The best business practices suggest that you should stay away from the spectrum extremes – virgin, uncharted, untested territories as well as oversaturated markets with stiff competition.

Once you have the territory problem sorted in your favour, you will have less to worry about in terms of short-term competition.

Types of Home Improvement Franchises

There are dozens of types of home improvement franchises that cover the entire range of home services – from appliances to gardening and flooring to furniture. We will restrict ourselves to the most popular types here.

Kitchen Improvement Franchises

Almost every house needs kitchen improvements from time to time. On an average, a UK homeowner spends a minimum of £2,500 on kitchen improvements each year. Kitchen improvement franchises aim to cater to these needs in their allocated territory.

Typical kitchen improvements include installation of appliances, redesign, refurbishments, modular conversions and utilities.

Furniture Franchises

Traditionally, furniture businesses haven’t really been looked at as a part of the home improvement sector. Now, with the advent of the rent-it-all lifestyle, it’s safe to include these here.

Typical furniture franchises have two USPs – buying and selling furniture to homeowners and repairing existing furniture. While the potential of furniture repair industry isn’t quite appealing, there’s certainly enough room in the buying, selling and renting space.

An important task while running any furniture business is to strike the perfect balance between logistics, market trends and local interests. If you get this right, this type of home improvement franchises can be as lucrative as any.

Landscaping Franchises

Running a landscaping franchise is all about bringing experience and specific expertise on board. Be warned – landscaping franchises will cost you much more than most other home improvement franchises.

The reason for these high – at times, prohibitive – levels of investment is the nature of the job you will be expected to do. You will need to get on board trained and certified design professionals and, quite possibly, hire the services of architects and planners. These top-of-the-line professionals will, quite obviously, cost a lot.

But it’s not all bad. Landscaping can be a hugely profitable business if you operate in a high-income territory.

Gardening Franchises

Gardening franchises are slightly different. These are thoroughly service-oriented franchises that aim to acquire regular, returning customers (unlike landscaping franchises).

Utility and Repair Franchises

Domestic services have long been scattered. Utility and repair franchises aim to resolve this problem by clubbing multiple services like plumbing and roofing together. This is again a relatively novel business idea that has, so far, been fairly successful in urban areas.

Property Maintenance Franchises

Property maintenance franchises use a theme similar to utility franchises. The biggest positive for such franchises over other types is the loyalty-based revenue model. Once you have a customer on board and you provide good services to them, you can rest assured that you will form a long-running business relationship with them.

Property maintenance franchises largely cater to landlords who have multiple properties under their hold.

Renewable Energy and Air Quality Franchises

Renewable energy has forever been a fringe concept – but this is changing. More and more households in the UK are willing to invest in renewable energy to benefit from various allowances and play their part in a greener future. Solar power franchises are the best exponents of this idea.

Air quality franchises are an extension of utility franchises, and aim to provide cleaner, healthier air to houses and places of business.

Flooring and Roofing Franchises

Flooring and roofing are among the most requested home improvement services. Many homeowners hire roofing and flooring experts every two years to keep their properties in good health – and in this lies the real business potential for flooring and roofing franchises.

Premium Services and Value Addition Franchises

These franchises cater to the high-end homes that have premium requirements. This niche can be tough to crack, but equally profitable once you get in.

A great example of this are swimming pool franchises. While the demand may not be as widespread as other services, swimming pool franchises can turn over a sizeable revenue with only a handful of clients. The downside is that such services are overly dependant on the disposable income of their target customer base.

Should You Buy a Home Improvement Franchise?

Buying a home improvement franchise – or any franchise, for that matter – can be a difficult decision to make. At franchise4u, we receive countless questions from people who want to buy a franchise, but they aren’t sure-footed. Before we go any further, we would urge you to read through our free franchising guides to know what it really takes to run a successful franchise business.

As far as home improvement franchises go, the first consideration should always be your ability to invest. Since these franchises will cost you a significant sum of money, make sure that you know the risks associated with the business. Preparing a contingency-proofed business plan can paint a clear picture of risks and opportunities.

The second consideration should be the expertise and experience that you bring on board in your personal capacity. Prior experience in the given field will always come in handy, and you won’t have to learn ‘on the job’.

Lastly, you should be able to carry out a thorough, on-field and fact-based market research that is customised for the territories you may have shortlisted. It will tell you in no uncertain terms what the potential of a franchising opportunity is.

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Top Home Improvement and Repair Franchises in the UK

Let’s take a quick look at some of the most popular and innovative home improvement and repair franchises in the UK.

Value Doors

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £10,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: High-quality, low-maintenance external doors
  • Low/no royalties
  • Thorough support
  • Staff training
  • Start on a budget
  • Associate BFA Member

Surface Medic

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £25,500 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Sophisticated surface repair
  • Relatively untapped market
  • Novel services that are gaining in popularity
  • Extensive training and support
  • Assistance with marketing

Apollo Blinds

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £17,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Specialty blinds, curtains and awnings for domestic and commercial clients
  • Exclusive distribution rights for major brands
  • Staff training and business support
  • Associate BFA Member

Pro-Tect Alarms

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £25,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: State-of-the-art home security solutions
  • 12+ years in operation
  • Exclusive territory rights
  • Funding support
  • Training and marketing assistance
  • Valuable and popular brand name

Gautier Furniture

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £250,000 (approx.)
  • USP: High-end furniture
  • Available in 65 countries
  • A popular brand name with hundreds of high-street locations in operation
  • Funding support may be available
  • Ideal for urban territories


  • Minimum Initial Investment: £19,950 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Sustainable, efficient ventilation solutions
  • Exclusive territory rights (400,000 homes)
  • Extensive business support
  • Consistent knowledge transfer
  • Full BFA Member

The Takeaways

  • Choose your franchisor based on your industry experience.
  • Be prepared to make a large upfront investment.
  • Home improvement franchises require you to invest in your staff.
  • Choose your territory only after conducting a thorough market research.

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