Three stores joining Vodafone franchise programme

March 3, 2020

Three stores across Somerset are set to become the latest additions to Vodafone’s franchise partner programme.

 
Local businessperson David Harris-Heffer recently took over the reins at the Vodafone Taunton and Yeovil stores, and the Vodafone Street store in Clarks Village is due to come under his management from the beginning of March.

In addition to creating new roles in the three stores, Vodafone says the move reflects its ongoing investment in the UK high street.

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David Harris-Heffer said: “I am incredibly excited and privileged to become a Vodafone Partner for my local area.

“Having lived and worked in the South West for over 20 years, I have a true understanding of how vital the high street is to local communities and to people of all ages.

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“We already have great team members in our stores, all locally based. But, we are also in the process of recruiting within each local community.

“These are exciting times for Vodafone and the people of Somerset, I am sure the best is yet to come.”

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Established in 2017, Vodafone’s franchise programme offers local entrepreneurs the chance to run up to three stores.

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Jobs boost for Sutton as Vodafone opens in Idlewells with flash dance

November 1, 2019

An impromptu flash mob descended on the Idlewells Shopping Centre to mark the opening of Vodafone’s newest store.

The new retail outlet is the latest addition to Vodafone’s successful franchise partner programme, which aims to at least transform vacant retail stores throughout the UK by the end of 2019.

 
The store, which is in a unit formerly used by Greggs until the baking giants moved to a larger shop, opened under the leadership of Louise Buxton, an experienced retailer who has devoted more than 20 years of her career to the telecoms industry.

It is the third partnership she has developed with Vodafone and business partner James Lambert, following successful Vodafone franchise openings in Retford and Rotherham.

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The new store will create a further five full-time jobs in the town.

For the store opening, visitors to the Idlewells Shopping Centre were treated to an impromptu performance by a flash mob, as well as a range of sweet treats supplied by nearby bakery Birds, whilst anyone visiting the store before October 31 will be given the chance to enter a prize draw to win Love2Shop gift vouchers worth £150.

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Louise Buxton said; “I’ve worked in the phones sector for much of my career, supporting a range of stores throughout the UK, however, I’ve always liked the idea of running my own business. Opening the new store in Sutton means new jobs in the local community and a chance for people living in the town to access advice and support on their doorstep.”

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Jay Lambert said: “We’re keen to play our part in supporting the local community. All the members of staff we’ve recruited, including our store manager Leeza Rossouw are based in the town and bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience. I feel proud that with the opening of our store in Sutton.”

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New St Austell Vodafone store opens in scheme to fill empty high streets

September 30, 2019

Vodafone has opened a new shop in St Austell as part of a scheme to buck the downbeat high street trend.

The mobile phone giant said it will take on the premises for at least 24 new shops as part of its franchise programme, as it ploughs investment into boosting its retail presence.

 
The new franchise stores will lead to at least 100 jobs and will involve an investment of approximately £5.5 million, Vodafone said.

Vodafone said it hopes the new stores, the first two of which opened this month in Morecambe, Lancashire and St Austell, will help to “breathe life” into ailing high streets by taking on vacant premises.

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It is hoped the new stores will help customers interested in new services such as 5G, and provide support and advice.

The company has more than 400 retail stores across the UK and has already added more than 50 new sites to its portfolio so far in 2019 as part of its major expansion plan.

It said it aims to open another 50 similar stores next year and is currently looking at suitable premises on the high street.

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This is the first time the mobile operator has extended its franchise to include empty shops, meaning there is no upfront cost to franchisees.

Nick Jeffery, UK chief executive of Vodafone, said: “As a business with its roots in the UK, we are keen to do what we can to help local communities, whether that is giving local entrepreneurs the opportunity to be their own boss of a retail store or extending our network to remote areas.

“New services have helped us become the fastest-growing home broadband provider this year and attract thousands of new mobile customers every week.

“With this momentum, we are looking to extend our high street presence so that we can provide face-to-face advice and support to even more customers.”

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Vodafone recently reported sliding first quarter revenues, driven by poor exchange rates, and revealed plans to spin off and potentially list its mobile towers business.

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Vodafone to open 24 new stores in franchise expansion

September 19, 2019

Vodafone plans to expand its retail presence with the opening of 24 new high street stores in premises that were previously vacant.

The Newbury-based operator is expanding its franchise programme, inviting local entrepreneurs to manage stores with no up-front costs involved. Franchisees will be provided with devices to sell and will earn commission on sales.

 
More than a third of Vodafone’s existing 400 stores are franchises, with 50 added this year alone. The first two stores to open through this expansion are in Morecambe, Lancashire, and St Austell, Cornwall.

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The expansion has two aims. The first is to strengthen Vodafone’s multi-channel approach by allowing customers who want in-person advice on a new contract or device to visit a physical location.

Although customers are able to research products and gain support online, Vodafone stores still attract 20 million visits a year and account for 70 per cent of pay-monthly sales.

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The second aim is to “bring life” to high streets across the UK following a wave of closures.

“As a business with its roots in the UK, we are keen to do what we can to help local communities, whether that is giving local entrepreneurs the opportunity to be their own boss of a retail store or extending our network to remote areas,” said Vodafone UK CEO Nick Jeffrey.

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“New services have helped us become the fastest growing home broadband provider this year and attract thousands of new mobile customers every week. With this momentum, we are looking to extend our high street presence so that we can provide face-to-face advice and support to even more customers.”

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