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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!

Mail Boxes Etc. News

MBE store 5 Star Reviews

We have a number of MBE stores who receive on a weekly basis 5-star reviews from customers. Please see below examples of internal comms that we have sent out to our network to celebrate our franchise Partners.

MBE Worldwide acquires World Options

Worldwide S.p.A. (“MBE”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of a majority ownership share of World Options, a UK-based provider of shipping, delivery and logistics services with more than 120 franchisees and agents across the UK, USA, Australia, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Looking to the future

Mail Boxes Etc. (UK) Limited becomes part of the MBE Worldwide community.

MBE and PrestaShop join forces to become a leading global commerce platform to power business growth

MBE Worldwide (“MBE”) is pleased to announce the full acquisition of PrestaShop, a leading e-commerce platform in Europe and Latin America.

Interview with Alex Gerardi - MBE Clifton, Bristol Franchisee

Alex Gerardi, who recently took over the Mail Boxes Etc. franchise in Bristol, is an entrepreneur with the drive and optimism it takes to succeed.

Interview with Chun Tsang - MBE Sheffield Franchisee

Qualified accountant Chun Tsang, who has just taken over the Mail Boxes Etc. franchise in Sheffield, is excited about growing business at his already-thriving centre and embracing the opportunities that come with being your own boss.

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

Mail Boxes Etc. (UK) is now part of the MBE Worldwide network, in a move that adds the UK and Republic of Ireland to the existing community of countries whose networks are directly operated by the global master licensor.

International Women’s Day 2021 Profile: Anne Balfour

To mark International Women’s Day this year we spoke to MBE franchisee Anne Balfour, who switched from a senior management role in the global textiles industry to local entrepreneur when she purchased her Mail Boxes Etc. store in 2013.

Interview with Anil Shani – make way for the new

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The 31-year-old, who speaks five languages, graduated from Hull university in supply chain and logistics management in 2015, and “found his lane” in travel, trade and transportation.

His first business was a taxi service, after experience taught him that taxis in Hull were difficult to come by – particularly for students. By 2017 he had returned to the midlands, where he grew up, and there followed stints as a planning co-ordinator and product buyer. He also enrolled in postgraduate study with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Chain at Dudley College, which is when he began to get a better picture of how he wanted his career to develop.

Never one to stand still, though, he set up a vending business in 2017 and built the franchise from ten machines to 120 sites across the West Midlands. “My experience as a buyer really helped here,” he says, “and I was interested to see how franchising worked.” By 2020, he was looking to invest in another business and opened a laundry and dry-cleaning store. Then, in 2021, he spotted the MBE Worcester business on the market.
“I had always been interested in MBE – I think it’s a brilliant concept, and this meant I could build on my experience of buying, retail and franchising. So I decided to purchase the Worcester store and took it over from the beginning of 2022.”

Adding value

Like many who are attracted to the MBE business model, Anil likes the fact that there are several key revenue streams, and he has big plans to bring in new services and attract new customers by flexing these to add value.

“I want to bring in a web developer and a graphic designer, and I’m also keen to grow the Auction Logistics side of the business,” he explains. “I did a bit of buying and selling online to help me through my studies, and at one point I was attending sales at auction houses around the country. It’s an interesting sector, and our bespoke delivery service is ripe for continued growth as online sales become the norm.”

Ani’s approach to the business embraces his love of the supply chain: “I like the thought of going from an idea to the finished product. I understand how manufacturers work and of course I can bring my knowledge of logistics to the pack and ship side of the business.”

Growth opportunities

How does he find the current state of the business, as we start to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic? “The high street is changing, and this brings its own opportunities. A lot of print shops have gone out of business recently, but we are still here. Our is a hybrid business model – online and in-person. I want to grow footfall in the store, becoming a destination shop, and that means growing brand awareness among our target audiences so that everyone knows what we do and what we stand for.”

More customers in-store means more opportunities to upsell and cross-sell, building lasting relationships that will pay dividends both in repeat business and in growing the store’s reputation within the local community. The central location, with a cinema just next door, lends itself to attracting passing trade, and Anil plans to introduce new product lines, including greetings cards and printed T-shirts, over the coming months.

Whole-life approach

Anil’s vision for the B2B market is to take a ‘whole life’ approach to the customer journey by making sure he can offer them everything they need as they grow. “Someone might come in with a brochure they’d like us to print, but they will need a website, SEO, social media accounts; they might need shipping and in time they may also want an end-to-end fulfilment service, with us managing their logistics. The last mile of your branding is logistics. It is all part of good customer service and it’s often neglected. I want to be able to offer customers all that and more.”

He has plans to open a warehouse eventually, with pallet storage for fulfilment services and large format print. “I also intend to bring in other partners for collaboration. I want MBE to see how much I’m going to transform my store.” With his global perspective on business (not only is he multilingual but he also has family around the world), it’s a vision that unites his love of travel, trade and transportation and his experience of retail services.

A true entrepreneur, Anil still has his vending and laundry businesses and looks forward with huge enthusiasm to his journey with MBE. “I want to come on board and have people say: ‘Anil came in and brought things that no-one had even considered before.’ I’m looking to bring in more added-value services, change the way things are done, get involved with the Worcester community and be known as the number one for all the services we offer.”

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