Agency Express Nominated For Major Franchising Award

July 28, 2020

Agency Express has been shortlisted for the Franchisor of the Year accolade at the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards, to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on November 30.

 
Founded in Norwich during 1998, Agency Express carry out the erection, maintenance and management of ‘For Sale’ and ‘To Let’ boards for estate agencies throughout the UK.

Support and innovation are the two values at the very core of the business, believing that a well-supported network, with a healthy work-life balance breeds happy, successful franchisee.

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Managing director, Ben Brookes commented:

“Agency Express are delighted to be announced as a finalist in the 2020 ‘bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year’ awards. The revered award showcases the UK’s most exceptional franchisors, and achieving a place in the final selection illustrates our ongoing commitment to our franchisees, their success and welfare.

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“To be recognised as ‘Franchisor of the Year’ is truly the kitemark of franchise excellence and something every franchise should aspire to. The awards evening is the flagship event in the franchising calendar and getting a nomination in itself is an achievement, proving the business works ethically and in the best interests of franchisees and staff, beating many other franchise systems who also entered.”

Pip Wilkins QFP, CEO of the British Franchising Association, congratulated the board services company:

“The vision of the business to increase client growth by 20 per cent, among other objectives, has seen the franchise flourish. Franchisee fleets have grown, and new client companies have grown by 23 per cent in the past 12 months.

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“Furthermore, a recent sole supplier agreement with a leading estate agent has generated an extra 750k for Agency Express franchisees.”

Andrew Brattesani, Head of franchising, HSBC, said:

“As well as the numbers speaking for themselves, Agency Express has implemented numerous technological advancements to remain ahead, including the Agency Express app, route optimisation services and a direct system integration.”

Agency Express will go head-to-head against five other franchise brands in November.

By Georgie Duffield

Source: BDaily

Minuteman Press Launches Free COVID-19 Resource Bounce Back UK to Support Local Business

June 16, 2020

Minuteman Press International has launched a new initiative, Bounce Back UK, to help give back to businesses in local communities that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative is available right now, free to business owners at https://BounceBack-UK.com.

 
“Bounce Back UK™ offers two free services to help support all of our neighbouring businesses as we find a way to work together through these unprecedented times. First, we are distributing COVID-19 awareness and prevention posters at no charge to any business in our service areas. Second, we are providing free local advertising on this site to stimulate business and help all of our neighbours overcome the tremendous economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We truly believe that a rising tide will lift all ships, and we want to make sure our communities stay afloat,” says Nick Titus, President, Minuteman Press International.

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How It Works:

Visit https://BounceBack-UK.com.

Select your location and then click on your local office.

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Fill out the form at the bottom of the page to submit your company’s special offer or supportive message for publishing on our site at no charge. Just upload your logo and the message or offer, and we’ll publish your message in the appropriate category.

Your listing will be published for free and you can order your posters via safe delivery if you like. In the event local delivery of posters is not possible, a small shipping charge may apply, but the posters will be free.

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Join the coalition now to show your support and solidarity with the business community in your neighbourhood! Visit BounceBack-UK.com to get started.

Spread The Word: Share Bounce Back UK with any business owners who may be interested and help support local business today.

Source: What They Think

Countrywide Signs Partnership with SPE Property Signs

June 10, 2020

Countrywide Signs, the UK’s leading sign management specialist, has recently partnered with SPE Property Signs, based in Holmfirth, bringing an unrivalled level of industry experience, service and quality to West and South Yorkshire.

 
Announcing the partnership, Justin Pearce, Director of Countrywide Signs, commented:

‘This new partnership marks a great opportunity for both businesses to ensure all property agents across Yorkshire benefit from the national brand of Countrywide Signs and the local quality service and expertise of the team at SPE Property Signs.’

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Having over 20 years’ experience means that SPE Property Signs are firmly established as one of the region’s leading signage companies, specialising in residential estate agency for sale signs and commercial and agricultural property – they can truly cater for all parts of the industry.


 
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With a team of dedicated professionals and a fleet of vehicles covering all parts of West and South Yorkshire, SPE’s scale of operation complements the ambition of Countrywide Signs in providing nationwide expertise in board management, whilst helping local estate and letting agents to benefit from their team of property signage experts.

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Countrywide Signs evolving during COVID-19

May 19, 2020

We have all had to change the way we work and live under the COVID-19 lock-down, none more so than companies that work in a sectors which appear not to be able to profitably function at this time. However, it is not all doom and gloom for Countrywide Signs who have seen their busiest recruitment period for quite a while.

 
When speaking to their prospective franchisees they have discovered that people are using this ‘enforced’ downtime to re-evaluate their work-life balance; deciding what is most important to them and, for some, choosing to move to self-employment from employment. Those looking for a fresh start, a new challenge & the freedom to take the direction they want are finding that Countrywide Signs is perfect franchise. The full support and training; working in the fresh air; physical work and freedom to expand where possible is really fitting the bill.

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Some of their new prospective franchisees had looked into the franchise previously but never made that leap of faith – but now they appear to have a new perspective… and here’s why:

  • UK property market is continually playing catch up regarding supply & demand – therefore whatever dip the market may have taken, we would expect a bounce back and industry articles seem to back this up e.g.

Estate Agent Today states the following on their website:

  • House sales edged down only slightly in March compared with February according to HM revenue & Customs, despite the lockdown in the final week of the month.
  • Across the UK, 99,440 residential property sales took place in March – that was 0.2 per cent down on February but 0.3 per cent higher than the same month a year earlier.
  • Agents are taking an optimistic assessment of the figures, indicating how strong the market may well be when the lockdown finally ends.

Property Industry Eye also reports that:

  • London agent Chestertons reports that it has kept busy over the lock-down period and has registered 2,369 new tenants needing to move, conducted 3,432 virtual viewings, received 396 offers and agreed 199 new tenancy agreements over the past four weeks.
  • In the same period, it has also conducted well over 500 video market appraisals for landlords and brought nearly 800 properties to the market for rent.
  • The company hasn’t carried out any physical viewings or market appraisals since the 23rd March, when the Government announced the lock-down rules, but prepared for the lock-down by getting video tours of around 50% of its properties before the restrictions were put in place and was quick to introduce virtual market appraisals, which it has been relying on since.

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The estate agency and property industry are proactively reacting to this changing world with innovations that will undoubtedly continue after lockdown is lifted as they remain efficient while employing different ways of doing business.

As a franchisee with Countrywide Signs you can grow your own sign management business with the training and support of an experienced franchise network so why not look into the Countrywide Signs opportunity today?

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A new printing and design business has opened in Hilsea

May 10, 2020

Minuteman Press Portsmouth opened its doors with a number of aims and missions, which include making print sustainable, working with the community and helping businesses to succeed utilising effective marketing and messaging – an area where the team feels it can contribute to business growth.

 
Owner Derek Vidgen, who decided to set up the branch of the franchise a month before lockdown measures were put in place, said that he has experienced a tough few months both to keep positive in deciding to keep moving forward, as well as working with limited availability on all the equipment and expertise that is required to achieve an opening.

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Derek wants to promote a message of positivity around launching businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

He said: ‘Over the years I have researched and discussed with colleagues when is the best time to start a business.

‘One decision scenario that was not examined was “why don’t you start one month before a pandemic which causes the temporary closure of 50 per cent of businesses and the lockdown of another 20 to 30 per cent with only the critically important key workers still working?”

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‘But there’s three things – one, I am in the fortunate position to be able to start a business, two, others are also making critical decisions some of which are life or death, and three, all business owners need to cope with the hand they are dealt then adapt and change to produce success. I have already seen evidence of others doing this and the challenge for all of us is to find our own, new way forward.

‘New businesses can succeed at this time, hopefully myself and others in the same situation will prove this.’

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The firm is also supporting the city’s post-lockdown recovery by offering free advertising and free posters for businesses in Portsmouth.

The initiative, BounceBack UK is a website where business owners can promote their businesses and offer promotions.

By Hope Mckellar

Source: Portsmouth

Minuteman Press Expands Conversion Program Helping Independent Print Shops Sell a Printing Business

March 22, 2020

Minuteman Press International, the world’s leading design, marketing, and printing franchise, has continued to see high interest from independent print shop owners who are looking to sell a printing business. As a result, Minuteman Press is expanding its conversion program that helps independent printers sell their printing business and secure an exit strategy. Over the past 36 months, Minuteman Press has assisted over 150 independent print center owners sell their business.

 

How the Minuteman Press Program Works

With over 45 years of experience in the printing industry, Minuteman Press International has the unique ability to sell independent print shops to a wider pool of qualified buyers. The Minuteman Press team will market independent print centers, qualify potential prospects by educating them on both the industry and the business, assist in obtaining financing, and provide training and continued onsite support to the new owner. Qualifying independent print shops will not be charged a fee or commission on the sale.

Minuteman Press International remains at the forefront of the modern printing industry and the franchisor offers the proper business model that successfully addresses the above key points. “At Minuteman Press, our goal is to help our franchisees thrive as business owners by helping them leverage our knowledge (through comprehensive training and ongoing support) as well as our business model, branding, mass purchasing power, software, and research and development capabilities,” says Bob Titus, Minuteman Press International CEO.

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Win-Win Market for Business Buyers and Sellers

Domenic Tassielli was looking for help in selling his independent printing business Digital Print Services in Kent, Washington. Domenic took advantage of Minuteman Press International’s conversion program and was able to sell his business to Dawn and Jeff Brown, who now own their full-service Minuteman Press design, marketing, and printing franchise in Kent.

Domenic says, “I met with Regional Vice President Chris Jutt after answering a letter Minuteman Press had sent me. Approximately 12 months later, they helped me successfully sell my store at a fair market price. I would recommend Minuteman Press to anyone who might be considering selling their printing business to meet with them to see what they might be able to do for you.”

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For the buyers Dawn and Jeff Brown, buying their Minuteman Press franchise in Kent simply made sense. Dawn says, “We chose Minuteman Press International for a few reasons. The first was that their core values aligned with our own. Minuteman is still a family-owned franchise business and that appealed to us. It had that small-town feel, but with the resources of an international company. We also liked how as franchisees we had a full support system behind us as owners.”

Chris Jutt is Minuteman Press International Regional Vice President for the Pacific Northwest. Chris and the team at Minuteman Press were instrumental in finding a qualified buyer for Domenic and then helping Dawn and Jeff transition to business ownership. This created a win-win situation for both the seller and buyer.

Chris says, “At Minuteman, our focus is to help put aspiring entrepreneurs like Dawn and Jeff Brown into business and provide them with full training and ongoing support. With our conversion program, we are able to assist independent printers like Domenic who are looking to sell a printing business find qualified buyers like Dawn and Jeff.”

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Minuteman is a Viable Option for Print Shop Owners Who Want to Secure an Exit Strategy

For qualifying independent print shop owners, Minuteman Press will:

1) Attract potential buyers through local and national marketing campaigns

2) Qualify prospects and assist in obtaining financing

3) Assist in coordinating the sale and transition to a new owner

4) Provide training to the new owner and support them in business

5) Ensure the legacy of your business by continuing a high level of quality and service all for 0% commission

Mutually Beneficial Transition

Jack Panzer, Regional Vice President in Arizona, is pleased to be part of a mutually beneficial transition that allows the independent print shop owner and the new franchisee to meet their respective goals. Jack says, “It is personally satisfying to have helped numerous independent printers sell a printing business over the years and convert those businesses to Minuteman Press franchises after the sale. This can be tremendously beneficial to the outgoing owner because we have seen that most independent printers don’t have an exit strategy as they approach retirement age or are simply looking for the best way to sell and enter that next stage of their lives. They haven’t thought about how they will find a qualified buyer, what it will cost them to find the buyer, and how they will train the buyer. That is where we come in because Minuteman Press International can do all of this for the seller while also helping the buyer make a smooth transition to business ownership regardless of their level of experience.”

Source: Business Wire

Minuteman Press Printing Franchise in Manchester City Centre Grows Through Product Expansion and Customer Service

January 13, 2020

Working as a graphic designer and photographer with a commercial photography studio, Russ Cowper reached a crossroads and was ready to become his own boss. He has taken over the established Minuteman Press design, marketing, and printing franchise in Manchester City Centre and has a simple yet effective message for his numerous B2B clients: “We print anything. If you can print it, we can do it.”

 
Russ further explains why now was the time to transition to business ownership as well as why the Minuteman Press franchise system was right for him. He says, “The commercial photography industry was becoming more competitive and slowing down. With social media and everyone having camera phones, there wasn’t enough trade. I’ve always loved printing and design and I came across the Minuteman Press franchise for sale in Manchester City Centre. It was obvious to me that joining an established and reputable franchise was better than opening a fresh business on my own.”

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One of the biggest benefits of franchising especially with Minuteman Press is the ongoing local support that is provided to franchisees. Russ says, “The support from Minuteman Press International here in the United Kingdom has been great. My Area Manager Mark Heath and the local support team help us out quite a lot with recruiting, marketing, and overall printing knowledge and capabilities.”

Russ continues by outlining two additional key reasons why he specifically chose to buy his Minuteman Press franchise. “First, Minuteman Press offers their own comprehensive FLEX software for quoting and marketing. Software is essential for any small business and FLEX keeps me up to date with the workflow and financial accounts. Second, Minuteman Press provided a ‘ready-made’ business model with over 40 years of industry experience backing me up. That’s an incredible asset to have.”

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Since taking over the business, Russ has found to experience several rewards as well as sales growth. He says, “There is never a dull moment, and customer satisfaction is paramount to everything we do at Minuteman Press Manchester City Centre. We keep our clients happy and our philosophy is to never let a job sit. You just never know what is going to come next and so we are always ready. That philosophy has helped us grow our business.”

In addition to personalised customer service, Russ and his team have really made it a point to market the business and expand their product lines.

“It’s all about production and customer service. We do all kinds of printing and finishing, posters, signage, banners, and promotional items. We are so busy with printing and most of our customers expect fast turnaround and we deliver. Same-day, next-day, we can do that for them. We are right in the centre of Manchester and our marketing efforts are working. We also do Minuteman Press International’s internet marketing program and we keep getting leads from that as well.”

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Mark Heath adds, “Russ is doing a fantastic job since joining the Minuteman Press franchise family. I am excited to see him expand and grow and look forward to continuing to support him with his printing business.”

When asked what he loves most about his business, Russ answers, “I enjoy running my own business and that every client and every job is different. I have developed different skills that enable me to take a customer’s brief and requirements and then actually produce the finished product. I take great satisfaction in completing those jobs and exceeding expectations.”

As for his future plans, Russ exclaims, “Once my plans for this centre are near complete, I will be looking to open another branch locally and continue to build my business.”

Source: Globe News Wire

Minuteman Press Printing Franchise in Epsom Nominated for Best New Business and Customer Service Awards

November 11, 2019

The Minuteman Press marketing and printing franchise in Epsom has been nominated for Best New Business and Best Business for Customer Service for the Epsom & Ewell Business Awards. These awards recognise excellence for local businesses across all different industries.

For Best New Business, the criteria for this award is being a new business that demonstrates potential for future significant growth. Other factors are innovation, filling a gap in the market, or offering an established product with a twist. Minuteman Press Epsom is one of three businesses nominated.

 
For Best Business in Customer Service, the criteria here is the ability to go above and beyond to attract and retain customers as well as demonstrating how customer service has benefited the business. Minuteman Press Epsom is also one of three nominees shortlisted for this award.

Minuteman Press Epsom is an independently owned and operated local design, marketing, and printing franchise. Products and services offered include customised printing essentials, promotional products, apparel, graphic design, wide format printing, and more.

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Owners Jonnie Conibeer and Margaux Evans are seasoned business professionals who pride themselves on helping other businesses grow. Together, along with their Designer and Production Manager Lili Hernandez, they bring stellar customer service to their B2B clients. Margaux says, “We are friendly, respectful, honest and always offering a fair deal. We treat every customer (no matter how big or small) and every order they place as if they are our most important customer. We want to see them back in our centre.”

Because they care about their community, non-for-profit organisations feel at home trusting Minuteman Press in Epsom. They design and print quarterly booklets, newsletters, workbooks and flyers for one in particular. “Our current top clients are non-for-profit organisations – we work with our local Residents Association, the local branch of The Samaritans, and a neighbouring Parish Council.”

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There is depth to the statements Jonnie and Margaux make about customer care and leading with the truth is their first rule. Margaux says, “We’ll always be upfront and honest about managing expectations, but once we’ve committed to a job we do whatever it takes to get it over the line, to meet deadlines and quoted cost, no matter what.” Jonnie adds, “It can’t always be about profit, if it’s just about the bottom line our customers go shop online. What they’re looking for is a local business, the personal support, advice and quality they get at a price suited to their budget.”

Prior to partnering up together with Minuteman Press in Epsom, Jonnie earned his degree in Graphic Design and Video at Farnham University for the Creative Arts and worked for the BBC in post-production for six years. Margaux came to the UK from South Africa fifteen years ago and worked for a FTSE 60 property developer in Central London as an HR Business Partner for ten years.

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“The beauty of running a Minuteman Press franchise is that you have all the support and structure you need whilst being able to make the business suit you and your style of working,” according to Jonnie. Margaux adds, “There is a lot of flexibility to work within the structure of a franchise and still feel like my store is unique from every other Minuteman Press even though it has the same integral building blocks and commitment to quality.”

“I’d like to congratulate Margaux and Jonnie as well as Lili for being nominated for Best New Business and Best Business for Customer Service,” says Mark Jones, Minuteman Press International Area Manager, UK North. He adds, “They form a great partnership with skill sets that really complement each other.”

Source: Globe Newswire

Signarama partners with Sign Association of Canada

July 27, 2019

Signarama Canada has joined forces with the Sign Association of Canada.

 
“This was a natural progression for us as one of the leading sign franchises in Canada,” said Signarama’s U.K. and Canada master franchisor and chief operating officer Anas Saltaji. “Our goal is to ensure our sign companies are one of the most successful and professional franchisees in Canada. Sign Association membership adds value to our large portfolio franchise.”

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The Sign Association of Canada’s chief staff officer Erin Roberts added: “We are delighted to welcome Signarama Canada companies into our membership, and we value Signarama’s leadership in taking this step. The industry is evolving rapidly and our members are one of many to lead the evolution.”

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Source: Sign Media

New Kall Kwik franchisee restores brand to the City

June 11, 2019

Kall Kwik has its youngest centre director, 29-year-old George Rumball, who has become the new franchisee restoring the brand to businesses in the City of London.

Rumball’s one-stop shop for design, print and online services, Kall Kwik City, has already seen an investment of over £10,000 in signage and digital equipment for the premises that previously operated as an unbranded stationery store for the territory of Bishopsgate.

Kall Kwik said that Rumball knew about the commercial potential of the brand after working as account manager for Kall Kwik St James almost 10 years ago, after beginning his career on the production side with JP Morgan. From there his career progressed with experience in print sales, marketing and communications.

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Having kept in touch with the St. James’ centre, he learnt that the Bishopsgate outlet was for sale and seeing the store’s potential he decided to buy the franchise. The outlet was subsequently renamed Kall Kwik City with Rumball’s father, Simon, joining the business as print manager.

George said: “I have always been ambitious and love selling. Print is in my blood from the early days of working in the JP Morgan print room to trailblazing personalisation of print at Inc Direct. I have always hit my targets and enjoy networking so setting up my own business was the logical next step.

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“It is such a great location with premises just around the corner from Liverpool Street. It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to be able to inject a new lease of life into the centre and bring the full range of Kall Kwik services to local businesses.”

New generation of owners
Nigel Toplis, Kall Kwik’s managing director, commented: “Kall Kwik has reached an exciting phase in its 40-year life as a new generation of owners begin to join the network. George was an outstanding member of the St James’ team and I am sure he will be an outstanding centre owner as he follows his ambitious business plan. We wish him every success and welcome him to the family.”

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Kall Kwik is part of The Bardon Group (TBG), a specialist franchise operator with multiple franchise brands within its portfolio. Starting life as Recognition Express over 30 years ago, TBG now also includes ComputerXplorers and Techclean.

Source: Franchise World