The business services specialist is unique in UK franchising approaching 120 “one-stop” High Street stores across the UK and Ireland, providing a wide range of services and products to local companies and consumers. More new stores are in the pipeline.
“We are opening new stores at our highest rate for five years,” comments Chris Gillam, who heads MBE’s recruitment. “There is a constant and growing demand for our unique blend of services, particularly from the small business sector which recognises value for money and, also, sees us as the most convenient local provider. We are based in town centres and offer extended opening hours,” he continued.
MBE’s unrivalled expertise in pack and ship, which is especially successful in the antiques sector, has ensured it remains virtually unchallenged as the UK’s leading supplier, backed by 30 years’ global experience. The franchise is also enjoying rapid growth in in-store graphic design and digital print.
“All this is good news for people who want to become franchisees, who appreciate the diverse range of opportunities the business offers,” says Chris Gillam. “People of all ages join us from all walks of life and, increasingly, many established franchisees are buying second stores or even opening a third store,” he added.
Confirmation of MBE’s standing in UK franchising came with the recent announcement that Justin Brookes, Oxford franchisee with two stores, had been appointed by the bfa to join its Board. Justin is one of only two franchisees chosen from from the UK’s 35,000 franchisee community and who will have the opportunity to make a direct contribution to the work of the organisation.
MBE will be pleased to hear from people who want to join them. They do not need previous experience because MBE’s comprehensive four week training programme covers everything they need to know and equips them to be successful franchisees. It includes all aspects of running a small business, from sales and marketing and man-management to practical aspects, such as book-keeping.
“The right attitude is more important than previous career,” Chris Gillam explains. “We like new franchisees to have done a little homework before they want to meet us. We welcome applicants who are enthusiastic and open-minded, with both a willingness and ability to learn new skills and adopt a new business ethos.
“Just as with any new business, people need plenty of drive and a determination to succeed. Being your own boss is extremely worthwhile and rewarding but it requires dedication.
“Being part of such a large and dynamic international organisation brings benefits to our franchisees and their customers. The combined experience of thousands of operating centres across the world creates a wealth of shared expertise and knowledge,” he continued.