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Mail Boxes Etc.

Mail Boxes Etc.

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Mail Boxes Etc. - Because Starting your own business doesn’t have to be complicated.

Mail Boxes Etc. was founded in California in 1980 and is one of the world's largest non-food retail franchises, and part of a global business network of:

  • Over 2,900* Retail Service Centres in 50+ Countries *including those trading under our sister brands
  • Over 1,700 MBE Franchised Service Centres, Worldwide
  • 150+ MBE Franchised Service Centres in UK & IE

We're seeking dynamic, motivated individuals, couples or business partners, to join our network of high-street stores, offering a mix of services targeting both businesses and consumers, including parcel logistics, postal, print and copy services.

There’s never been greater demand for our services

With over 250,000 regular customers, worldwide, we’ve become the go-to, one-stop-shop for essential services, small and medium businesses, and the general public, are looking for.

The Mail Boxes Etc. franchise is the perfect opportunity for you if you are looking for greater independence in your future; even if you are a self-employed business owner wanting to diversify your business.

We know what it takes to thrive in an ever-changing marketplace, and our willingness to adapt to modern demands, means we’re still ahead of the game, more than 40 years later.

The Benefits of Owning a Mail Boxes Etc. Franchise:

As a Mail Boxes Etc. franchise owner, you’ll become part of a network of businesses dedicated to fulfilling the demand for a superior service, locally. With our backing and support, you’ll bring high-quality offerings, and excellent in-store customer service, to the heart of your business community.

Mail Boxes Etc. are fully invested in our people, and are proud of our commitment to empowering people just like you to build a better future for themselves.

Through your Mail Boxes Etc. centre, you’ll provide a range of business solutions, including:
  • Packing & shipping letters and parcels all over the world
  • Logistics solutions for business
  • Mailbox and virtual address solutions
  • Printing and copying
  • Graphic Design & marketing services

Has COVID-19 had an effect on the Mail Boxes Etc. Network?

During the COVID-19 emergency, MBE centres never stopped working, guaranteeing continuity of service for our customers. The resilient spirit of our business owners and all MBE staff has highlighted their ability to adapt and react to constantly shifting consumer needs. Digital training, constant communication and support technology are the three pillars that sustained MBE during the peak of the Covid-19 emergency, emphasising the values that distinguish the brand.

Your business, our support:

Mail Boxes Etc. believe in the power of togetherness, so as a franchisee, you will benefit from:
  • The power of the network
  • Multiple revenue streams
  • Business planning and sales coaching

At Mail Boxes Etc. we put our people at the heart of what we do, so you’ll benefit from the guidance and support of people who want to watch you grow. Our training and support package, has been designed to maximise your potential, and includes:

  • Pre-opening & site location
  • Area operational support
  • Pre-launch, & ongoing comprehensive training including On-site training in some of our most successful stores.
  • Extensive national marketing support

What’s my Investment?

Your initial personal investment could be as little as £25,000, with the full, initial investment being between £60,000 and £70,000. Up to 70% of this cost can be funded by a loan from a high-street bank (subject to status). Mail Boxes Etc. also work with finance houses and enterprise finance schemes to help you secure funding for your business.

And, what’s more…

If you are already running a business, and are looking for the right kind of ‘bolt-on’ to enhance your services, and help you grow, Mail Boxes Etc. could be exactly what you need.

Your Next Steps:

Don’t let the Mail Boxes Etc. opportunity pass you by! Just fill in the form below to request more information, today!

Interview with Alex Gerardi - MBE Clifton, Bristol Franchisee

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For several years he had run a thriving high street print business in Clifton and had kept an eye on the nearby MBE store. “Rather than being hard-nosed competitors, I got to know Steve [the former owner of the MBE Clifton store] quite well and we actually supported each other,” explains Alex.

“I asked him to let me know when he was ready to retire because I liked the look of the business – particularly the fact that it had several profit centres, so you don’t have all your eggs in one basket.”

The ability to spread the business risk across a number of income streams really came into its own during lockdown. “Our print shop was bigger than MBE prior to Covid but our turnover dropped by about 75% last year. Luckily we had some cash reserves and were able to survive, but the MBE store suffered much less because it had a range of services to offer – printing, shipping, mailbox rental etc. I was already interested before Covid, and this just helped confirm my belief that an MBE franchise was a good investment.”

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Prime location

Alex also has a portfolio of commercial and residential properties in Bristol and it’s perhaps partly due to his experience in this field that he took the decision to move the MBE Clifton store from its original location to his much larger store in Clifton Triangle after the acquisition.

“Originally I wasn’t intending to brand the entire shop Mail Boxes Etc. – I was going to keep the print shop separate – but now we’re completely MBE branded and we have a huge illuminated sign that lets everyone know we’re very much open for business. All our previous Clifton Print Services customers can continue to order their print online or pop into the store, and the huge shop front helps attract customers for the post, shipping and mailbox rental elements of the business.”

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Alex and his team have already grown the business in the three months since it opened, cross-selling services to existing customers as well as attracting new ones. “If someone asks us to print a banner, for example, we’ll get chatting to them about where they’re planning to use it. That might naturally lead to a conversation about the exhibition they’re about to attend, and we can ask if they need flyers or business cards for that. We’ll also offer to ship everything to wherever the event might be,” he says. “It’s a great way of letting people know about our other services. I’m a big believer in encouraging our staff to build relationships with customers and find out more about how we can help them.” Alex hopes his team will embrace this new way of interacting with customers in a way that benefits everyone.

Mail Boxes Etc. Success Stories

Interview with Anil Shani – make way for the new

July 19, 2023
Anil Shani, owner of Mail Boxes Etc. in Worcester, is the embodiment of the new wave of MBE franchisees.

Handle with Care: Interview with an Art Shipper

May 12, 2022
From antiques and fine art to covetable rare pieces, if you’re looking to ship something precious, you want to do it with care. That’s where the experts come in.
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