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Cafe2U is the world's premier mobile coffee franchise. We offer franchisees the opportunity to take control of their lives!

Join the UK’s Number One Mobile Coffee Franchise

Cafe2U is the UK’s leading mobile coffee franchise system, delivering fresh espresso coffee and great food to businesses, events and functions. Cafe2U is a member of the British Franchise Association and has over 85 franchisees in the UK.

Cafe2U… The UK’s Leading Mobile Coffee Franchise

With over 250 franchisees worldwide, Cafe2U is the UK’s (and the world’s) leading mobile coffee franchise system, delivering fresh espresso coffee and great food to businesses, events and functions. In the fast-growing coffee industry, Cafe2U offers opportunities for small business entrepreneurs to own their successful mobile coffee business without the hassles of landlords, rent or staff. With over ten years' operating experience and over 85 UK-based franchise partners, our expertise is both extensive and proven.

The Cafe2U business model is based on weekday success, with our franchise partners able to increase this regular revenue through event and function work, so you can balance your lifestyle and business goals. Whether your aspirations are to operate a single van or to build a multi-van business, Cafe2U have the proven formula to help you achieve your goals.

Each Cafe2U franchise owner is equipped with a state-of-the-art all-electric mobile café fully compliant with all Food Safety and Local Government requirements.

Cafe2U's exclusive coffee blend is roasted to a unique recipe that uses only the finest beans. All Cafe2U branded products are made with only top-quality ingredients to ensure that the food and beverages served are of the highest standard. 

Training and Support

At Cafe2U our training and support is second to none. We make sure you have the tools for success. In March 2009, the Cafe2U Acceleration Package was launched. This four-week training and support program for all new Cafe2U Franchise Partners ensures that your business gets off to a flying start.

The Cafe2U Acceleration Training and Launch Programme provides new Franchise Partners with:   

1 week of classroom training, incorporating:

  • Professional barista training
  • Safe food handling (HACCP Certification)
  • Food management systems
  • Franchise Partner training manuals
  • Business operations manuals
  • Business development manual
  • Launch promotional pack
  • Business management training
  • Local area market training 

1 week Franchise Partner (in territory) pre-work conducted under supervision of the Franchise Development Manager (FDM) – a personal coach and mentor to help you get up and running

2 weeks in territory launch program with a Franchise Development Manager to fast track the development of the business

2 weeks of minimum £275 per day Franchise Partner Revenue Guarantee.

Best of all, your till will be ringing and your customer base will start to build!

The FDM is always available for help and visits each Franchise Partner quarterly to document success and plan improvements and growth. Franchise Partners are supplied with a local area marketing toolkit and in January/ February Cafe2U holds its Annual Conference where Franchise Partners from around the UK and Ireland gather for a motivating weekend of learning and networking.

Financial Information

Our franchise fee (excluding your vehicle) starts from just £20,950 plus vat; which includes your exclusive territory licence, training, launch and marketing pack.

Your Cafe2U all-electric mobile café and all your equipment is £49,950, and can be funded over 3, 4 or 5 years. We can assist you in arranging finance (subject to finance approval) even if your personal investment is just £20,000.

You could even qualify for a Government backed Business Start-Up Scheme which would allow you to borrow up to £25,000 without investing any money of your own. This figure doubles, if the business has two Directors. We are more than happy to discuss this option in more detail with you.

Some of the Benefits of being a Cafe2U Franchise Partner

  • No % royalty –Fixed weekly fee
  • Low initial investment
  • No prior experience necessary
  • Booming industry – according to the British Coffee Association; in the UK, we now drink approximately 98 million cups of coffee per day.
  • High profit margins
  • High level of daily repeat business.
  • Industry leading 4-week training, including Acceleration Package and income guarantee
  • Ongoing support and training

What we look for in a Cafe2U Franchise Owner

Like any business, owning and operating a successful Cafe2U franchise requires 100% commitment. With this in mind we encourage you to carefully consider the following important points whilst you conduct your due diligence:

  • Determine your motivation for wanting to join the Cafe2U team 
  • Assess any lifestyle and income implications of owning and operating your own Cafe2U franchise
  • Determine if your financial situation supports the establishment of a Cafe2U franchise.
  • Ensure you have the desire to be the very best in mobile coffee.

Franchise Territories

We have a unique territory-mapping program based on a sample of existing territories. This allows us to provide you with an exclusive Cafe2U territory, which we know will provide a customer base sufficient for the needs of a successful franchise.

Exclusive territories allow you to choose your area and never compete with other Cafe2U Franchise Partners. With Cafe2U, your neighbours are your teammates, not your competition.

Prime territories are available across the UK.

Cafe2U’s Franchisees Serve up Record Sales, Despite the Pandemic

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When the first lockdown hit in March 2020 the company’s sales initially plummeted, however, their savvy entrepreneurs were able to keep their business ticking over by pivoting their business model to unlock new channels of trade.

Seeing their regular customers at office blocks disappear overnight, Cafe2U’s mobile coffee vans began servicing key workers through lockdown. This saw high demand from NHS sites, police, building sites and garages. Many of its franchisees also started branching out into supplying the demand for those having to work at home.

The success seen by Cafe2U’s franchisees has also been due in part to a number of emerging trends with coffee and mobile catering across the pandemic:

  • With at home workers now becoming ‘at home baristas’ consumers are demanding higher quality in all areas, from the grade of coffee beans to the craftsmanship of the overall drink.
  • Home delivery has been a good business model, with customers valuing not just the coffee but the social interaction with their baristas.
  • 2020 saw a surge of independent coffee roasters now offering retail coffee subscriptions through the post catering to the more demanding consumer.
  • Sustainability remains a key focus, with consumers highlighting the importance of purchasing from responsible suppliers. Many have also become very conscious of supporting their local businesses and giving back to their local communities through the pandemic.

In addition to this, convenience has still proven to be a growing factor in coffee drinkers’ habits - a trend Cafe2U had previously identified pre-pandemic.

As such, online ordering has been very popular and Cafe2U’s franchisees were able to smartly capitalise on this with the launch of the Cafe2U app. Its functionality includes online ordering, allowing customers to track their barista to the door and enjoy a safe and contactless experience.

The app was rolled out in 2020, a move that some may have seen as risky in the initial lockdown uncertainty, but one which has ultimately paid off for its franchisees.

Martyn Ward, CEO at Cafe2U offered his thoughts on the effects the pandemic has had on the industry:

“The lasting legacy of the impact the coronavirus has had on the coffee-to-go industry will be positive for consumers and small coffee companies alike with superior quality and growing demand for convenience.”

This year Cafe2U will continue to push its franchise recruitment and is aiming to grow on the success of 2020 and make 2021 even better. Hopefully this will also set a positive example for others that businesses can still survive and flourish in these unprecedented times.

Cafe2U Success Stories

Cafe2U Through it, Stronger with Amanda & Steve Lawrence

October 28, 2022
Despite the challenges faced during the last year, Cafe2U and our franchisees have come through it stronger. Here, we take a look at some of the individual Cafe2U success stories from recent times.

Abi Ward – Cafe2U - Case Study

July 18, 2022
Despite the challenges faced during the pandemic, Cafe2U and our franchisees have come through it, stronger. Here, we take a look at some of the individual Cafe2U success stories from recent times.

Cafe2U: Through It, Stronger with Alan Fulton

July 11, 2022
With financial support from family, Alan Fulton was able to get back in control of his work life and set up his Cafe2U franchise in August 2014.
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