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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!

Looking to the future - Mail Boxes Etc. (UK) Limited becomes part of the MBE Worldwide community

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MBE UK & Ireland, which has 153 stores, will join Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Poland, Portugal, US, Canada, Australia and The Netherlands – making up the 1,667 MBE branded locations, of the group’s 2,800 global service centres in 53 countries worldwide.

MBE UK & Ireland will retain its current management team and its headquarters will remain in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.

Simon Cowie, chairman of Mail Boxes Etc. (UK) Limited, believes this is an exciting development for the MBE UK & Ireland franchise system:

“Combining forces with MBE Worldwide creates unique opportunities for synergy with our colleagues, harnessing their strong franchise-based experience to support our franchise network and grow our business in the UK and Ireland.”

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Francis Laryea, managing director of Mail Boxes Etc. (UK) Limited said:

“This acquisition demonstrates the MBE Worldwide commitment to growing the Mail Boxes Etc. brand and network of post, parcel and print centres across core European markets, at a time of trade disruption caused by the impact of Brexit, as well as the global Covid-19 pandemic.”

The acquisition is an attractive proposition from MBE Worldwide’s point of view too:

“MBE UK & Ireland is an excellent addition to our directly operated countries because of its entrepreneur‐driven, people‐centric, customer‐first business model, which embodies our MBE business and culture. We welcome and are excited to work even closer with the team, to provide high‐value solutions to our business and consumer customers in the UK & Ireland market.”

Paolo Fiorelli, Chairman and CEO, MBE Worldwide

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The change is good news for prospective franchisees, says MBE UK’s franchising manager, Heather Hannant:

“This is a great time to join the MBE network in the UK or Ireland - entrepreneurs will be reassured by the size, strength and expertise brought by MBE Worldwide.”

MBE Worldwide is a leading third-party provider of shipping, fulfilment, print and marketing solutions and operates under different complementary brands: Mail Boxes Etc. (except the US & Canada), AlphaGraphics, PostNet,, Print Speak, Pack & Send and Multicopy.

MBE UK & Ireland, founded in 1993 and based in Oxfordshire, is a well-established company with robust long-term plans operating in retail shipping, print and mailbox services, with 153 service centres providing strong added value to its customers - primarily businesses (small‐ and medium‐sized enterprises), as well as consumers.

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