Mail Boxes Etc. (MBE) the business services franchise, continues to grow rapidly as group sales across the 125-strong network increase.
MBE offers local companies and consumers a unique range of services from its “one-stop” High Street stores across the UK and Ireland.
The B2B franchise enjoys a reputation for offering customers reliability, value for money and convenience.
It has unrivalled experience and expertise in bespoke packing and shipping and is especially successful in the antiques sector, recognised as the UK’s leading supplier, backed by 30 years’ global experience.
Those with more unusual backgrounds include Laura Mills, previously a Woman Police Officer for 20 years, and before that a Superintendent Registrar. Laura was the youngest Woman Superintendent Registrar in the country when she was appointed aged just 31.
Laura said: “Franchising offers so many advantages over starting a new venture on your own, not least the franchisor’s comprehensive training and also knowing there is always help available when you need it.”
Husband and wife partnerships are very successful, for example Martin Roberts, former CEO of a worldwide transportation company, and his wife Carole. Franchisees for almost nine years, their Plymouth-based business has grown significantly. They said: “Neither of us would ever want to work for anyone else or rejoin the rat race again.”
Mail Boxes Etc. is seeking more people to join them. No previous experience is required because MBE’s comprehensive four week training programme covers everything they need to know. It includes all aspects of running a small business, from sales and marketing and man-management to practical aspects, such as book-keeping.
The training and support package includes site selection and design, shop fitting, equipment and initial local marketing. Typically, the investment starts from around £60,000 of which up to about 70% can usually be financed (subject to status) by one of the leading banks, all of whom have excellent working relationships with MBE.
Chris Gillam commented: “Previous career is less important than the right attitude. We seek people who are enthusiastic, energetic and open-minded. They need drive and the determination to succeed.”