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Description: Shuttercraft is one of the UK's leading retailers of quality shutters and blinds, and is offering you the opportunity to run a lucrative franchise in your area. Opportunities: Franchise opportunities available across the UK Business Type: Franchise. Minimum Investment: £25,000. Financing Assistance: Yes, through a third party. Training Provided: Yes. Home-based: Yes. BFA Associate Member: Yes.

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Martin’s ‘Blinding’ Success!

Martin Burge, shuttercraft’s franchisee in Bristol, is already experiencing ‘blinding’ success by surpassing the shuttercraft yearly targets that the financials were based on before the end of his first year.

Shuttercraft Franchise Opportunity

Martin was working as a photocopy engineer, but after 10 years with no pay rise, and only 18 years until he reached retirement age, he started to seriously reconsider his future and his possible options.

Martin’s wife, Sue, formerly a nursing assistant, had started up a dog grooming business 2 years previously, which has been successful and this, more than anything, gave him the push to try working for himself too.

When he pictured the type of business he could see himself being happy running it was ideally DIY based, local and flexible but Martin also appreciated that having always been an employee he would need some practical re-training, as well as marketing and business support for his new venture.

Martin discovered franchising by attending a BFA seminar which helped him greatly when it came to investigating exactly what he needed from his franchisor and Shuttercraft provided him with all key answers he needed to make an informed decision.

Franchising appealed to him as not only would he be running his own business under the umbrella of an established brand, he would get the much needed training in his new career he wanted, he would also get the marketing and business support he knew he was going to need.

For Martin the shuttercraft franchise stood out head and shoulders above the rest because he had the backup of the leading shutter distributor in the UK that had not only developed some of the largest independent shutter retailers in the UK but also had account managers in the field that would provide help and support in developing local retail partnerships for him.

Martin has been impressed with the training and support he has received, saying:
“I have learnt how to measure and fit shutters in a very short time by being trained by some of the best fitters in the country.

The company started investing in me before I had even started setting up my web site and SEO-ing it, so that by the time I had completed my first month I already ranked number 1 for Google in my area. We have worked very hard on bringing in business and the beauty is that, because consumers pay a 50% deposit upon placing their order, this is a cash positive business from the day the first order is received.”

 

Martin has received all the training and support needed to set-up and run his shuttercraft business locally and this has included:

  • Training in shuttercraft's tried and tested consumer sales processes, resulting in a higher percentage of sale conversions
  • Access to shuttercraft's bespoke quoting and invoicing software which includes image rendering software that illustrates the shutter installation for the consumer
  • Comprehensive on the job product training with some of the best surveyors and fitters in the country to enable him to survey and fit shutters professionally
  • In the field support via business development managers who have developed many of the UK's leading independent retailers
  • Marketing and Sales training
  • Access to administration systems & their proceduresMarketing support to help him target prospects, push sales and achieve referrals

When Martin thinks back on how bleak his future was looking he says that “I wanted a good pension and a business I could build upon and ultimately sell as a great going concern. Buying my shuttercraft franchised business is, without doubt, the best thing I have ever done! I love being his own boss and the potential income is very attractive – everyone should do it!

As a shuttercraft franchise owner your role is to effectively manage the business on a day to day basis. This includes the sales promotion and business development; quoting for new work; surveying and installing the shuttercraft product range; building relationships with clients, to encourage repeat business; and growing the franchise, eventually recruiting and training new staff.

To succeed with shuttercraft you need an eye for detail and a passion for excellent service. You must be a people person with good empathy towards clients as well as having the inherent potential to become a quality craftsman. Additional skills such as training, sales or marketing would also be an asset but shuttercraft have all the expertise in house to provide franchisees with the support they need.

Type of Franchise: Retail, Home Improvement, interior Decor

The Investment: Start Up Costs £16,900 VAT (20%) £3,380
Total Start Up (exc. working capital) £20,280

Benefits of the Shuttercraft Franchise

A shuttercraft franchise provides you with access to the UK’s most comprehensive range of high quality window shutter products and the S:CRAFT PURE Wood range of wood slat venetian blinds.

All shuttercraft products are marketed under the S:CRAFT brand and utilising their extensive market knowledge you will be provided with the highest levels of support, including an on-going marketing programme.

Continuing market research and investment in product development will ensure the best product range is available to meet today’s market.

The shuttercraft franchise package includes all the training and support needed to set-up and run the business locally. The set-up costs are relatively low with the potential to generate £64k trading profit in year two, with further potential for those with even higher ambitions.

The start-up cost is £16,900 exc VAT and the working capital the franchisee may need. Each franchisee gets a protected geographic area benchmarked against key indicators that ensure the territory is viable.

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