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Description: MBE is unique in UK franchising. We are the only High Street chain offering local companies and consumers a diverse range of business services in one location – everything from international parcel delivery to mail box rental. Opportunities: Opportunities available across the UK and Republic of Ireland Business Type: Franchise. Minimum Investment: £60,000. Financing Assistance: Yes, through a third party. Training Provided: Yes. Part-time: Yes. BFA Full Member: Yes.


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Case Study: Steve Sleigh, franchisee for Colchester and Ipswich

You never know what will turn up!

Colchester-basedMail-Boxes-Etc-01.jpg businessman Steve Sleigh opened his first Mail Boxes Etc. store in Colchester in 2000 and now has a second store in Ipswich. He is very proactive within the franchise network and is well known in his home town where he has received several local business awards. He has also received MBE’s own accolade of “Franchisee of the Year” for his outstanding achievements and his contribution to the success of the MBE network as a whole.

Steve had been thinking about changing his working life but was not sure what to do next. He was driving through heavy London traffic when he heard something on the radio that instantly grabbed his attention: an interview on a business programme about global franchise MBE and its wide range of business, postal and communications services.

He said, “I had become disenchanted with my job as a sales rep for printing companies and wanted to do something different, preferably working for myself. I was cautious because past experience of two small businesses I’d set up meant I was well aware of the pitfalls of being my own boss. In both cases, the market place was crowded and the margins were small, there was plenty of hard work and lots of headaches – with no-one to share them with.

“I’d read about franchising and particularly liked the idea of working for myself but with the back-up and support that comes from being part of a bigger organisation.

“Hearing that radio broadcast was a lucky break for me,” Steve says enthusiastically. “MBE matched exactly what I’d been looking for and I’m thrilled to say that things are going really well. I believe MBE’s strength is in its ability to adapt to constantly changing demands as business methods change and by tailoring services to suit the local market place to ensure we provide what customers want.”

He splits his time between his two stores, concentrating on marketing and developing the business while his staff of seven people look after the day to day running.

Steve says, “It works well because I have very capable and reliable people working for me. They know the business inside out and use their initiative, so I don’t have to worry. If they have a genuine concern or need a prompt decision, I am only ever a phone call away.”


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