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Description: We will show you how to maximise the opportunity and minimise the risk with Recognition Express, winner of the British Franchise Association's Franchisor of the Year Award. Opportunities: Franchises available in all areas of the UK only. Business Type: Franchise. Minimum Investment: £15,000. Financing Assistance: Yes, through a third party. Training Provided: Yes. Home-based: Yes.


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About Us

Recognition Express - British Franchise
Association's Franchise of the Year 2003

Royal Bank of Scotland

Recognition Express has been successfully operating franchises in corporate recognition and promotional products since 1979.  Recognition Express is the most successful franchise network for the sector in the UK, with over 45 franchisees in the UK and Europe.
Supplying branded business gifts and personalised promotional products, name badges, staff awards, posters and signs plus a full range of branded clothing to businesses, schools and organisations in the UK.  The opportunity is huge with an established and growing market worth in excess of £3 billion per annum
Recognition Express is the UK’s market leader with over 30 years of experience in the business. Franchisees that are hard working, ambitious and driven, with good ‘people skills’ are well suited to the ethos of the company.
As a successful company operating in the business to business sector Recognition Express has been a full member of the bfa since 1980, and is a past winner of the bfa Franchisor of the Year  award. 

Walk around your local area and see the opportunities everywhere for signs, badges, clothing, large format colour posters, promotional products, corporate gifts and awards. The market is massive, and the good news is that the majority of the business is repeat business.
Recognition Express Franchise Owners pride themselves on the excellent long-term relationships, even friendships, which they build in their everyday working lives.

Training and Support - How We Support You 

It’s you who makes the key decisions in your franchise business, but you are not on your own because we are always on hand with help and advice, business planning, financial planning, marketing programmes, training and much more.
As part of the largest franchise network for corporate merchandise and recognition products you benefit from our considerable purchasing power. We get the very best products from the very best suppliers, keeping you one step ahead of the competition.

Key chain

Recognition Express franchisees benefit from:  

  • Extensive marketing support 
  • Centralised marketing programmes
  • Integrated business planning 
  • On-going training and support 
  • In-house procurement services 
  • A range of equipment 

Franchise Training 

The training is comprehensive and extensive.  Your three week training will cover all the key business areas – marketing, sales, finance, business planning, production, products, pricing etc.

What our franchisees say

“Having been away from the workplace for 18 years, I was apprehensive about starting my own business. The support I have received from Recognition Express has been exceptional, so much so that at the end of my first year I achieved all my financial targets and have made the transition to business owner. The business is going extremely well and the economic climate has not affected my business at all. In fact, people are very aware of the need to promote the business and keep their name out there.”

Jan Chidley, Recognition Express Hull and East Riding
“The support has been first class with excellent material and an ever-improving range of centralised marketing programmes. I can see significant growth and am aiming to take the business to the next level over the next 12 months.”
Sally Findlay, Recognition Express Mid Surrey
 “The ongoing support from the franchisor is very comprehensive. Good initiatives and brochures are widely available to help you promote the business. New ideas and promotions are always changing to keep pace with the marketplace. It’s this approach of constantly reassessing the marketplace that helps us maintain our position.”
Kevin Andrews, Recognition Express Taunton

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Equipment is installed directly into your home or business unit to help you meet customer orders from day one, you will receive a comprehensive stock package.

Additionally many products are held in stock by RE distribution, our own warehouse and distribution service to ensure immediate dispatch and to allow you to respond to customers - ‘on-demand’.


Recognition Express has extensive marketing experience in the business to business field, and also internally retains the services of a Marketing Agency to work with our Head of Marketing to co-ordinate activities.

Centrally designed, managed and implemented direct marketing programmes form the backbone of the Recognition Express marketing system. These are augmented by high quality literature, marketing tools and ongoing training designed to drive business growth, client contact and brand awareness.

Constantly on the lookout for new exciting products and innovations, we invest both the time and money in on-going new product development programmes and in constant R&D, across the whole product range. 

Recognition Express Franchise Opportunity_1Support Across The Business

Support includes:

  • Business planning
  • Centralised marketing programmes
  • On going training
  • Financial planning
  • ‘Fastrak’ market launch
  • Regional meetings
  • Weekly newsletters
  • Monthly marketing and product bulletins
  • Dedicated extranet for the network
  • Help and advice lines
  • Franchisee websites
  • Specific new owner’s meetings
  • Company conference
  • And more…

Financial Information

What does a Recognition Express franchise cost?
Total package, including our franchise fee - £35,000 plus vat (vat reclaimable in your first trading quarter)
A typical bank loan is £20,000
Your investment is therefore
only £15,000

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Initial franchise package includes: 

  • 3 Weeks Training
  • Centralised Marketing for 21 months
  • Appointment Generating System
  • Contact Management System
  • Own Web Site
  • Extensive marketing collateral
  • 250 Recognition Express Product Catalogues
  • Sage Accounting Software
  • Ongoing training; business reviews and network meetings
  • Immediate installation at your home or office

Who's Ideal for Us

We want the best

Recognition Express will provide you with everything you need to ensure a successful start to your franchise business. Our philosophy is quite simple; “We want the best”.


In the Recognition Express nationwide network of franchise areas, there are numerous vacancies covering most parts of the UK. In addition there are Master Franchise opportunities available in France and the Benelux countries. Franchise resale possibilities are also open to offers from time to time so if you have any interest then please make contact, outlining your particular area of interest.


Who is Recognition Express looking for?

There is no ideal franchisee profile. Existing Recognition Express franchise owners come from a variety of backgrounds, all with their own specific skills, including company directors, nurses, an airline flight attendant, sales executives and marketing managers.

However, there are three qualities that are a must:

  • You must be a ‘people person’ – comfortable sitting in front of, talking to and befriending people. 
  • You must be willing to follow a system. 
  • You must be prepared to work hard.


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