Mail Boxes Etc. - Communication Services Franchise
This High Street chain franchise offers local companies & consumers business services from parcel delivery to mail box rental in one place.Watch Video
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- Finance requirements
- Initial Franchise Fee: £19,500
- Total Investment: £60,000
- Available areas
- Opportunities are available throughout the UK.
Be your own boss – join one of the world’s most
successful non-food franchise groups!
Mail Boxes Etc. is one of the world’s largest non-food retail franchises with over 1,600 stores in ﬁve continents, including more than 160 in the UK and Ireland.
We are the only high-street chain that provides consumers and local companies with a truly comprehensive range of everyday and business support services. Our one-stop-shop concept oﬀers a mix of mailbox and virtual office, post and parcel logistics, design, print and copy services.
Our experience and expertise in bespoke packing and shipping is unrivalled and we offer the widest choice of leading carriers. Specialist services range from printing student dissertations to bespoke collection, packing and delivery for the antiques and auction house sector.
As a successful global brand, we’ve learned what it takes to keep ahead in the retail space, and we’re sharing this knowledge with each and every one of our franchisees.
Our franchisees beneﬁt from being part of a trusted high-street brand that has dominated in its marketplace for over 35 years. Multiple revenue streams mean minimal impact on your business during market fluctuations – there is always demand for our services!
We are full members of the British Franchise Association, promoting ethical franchising, and we’re the only national network of full service Pack & Ship stores approved by UPS, Parcelforce Worldwide and FedEx.
How much does a Mail Boxes Etc. franchise cost?
In order to open a Mail Boxes Etc. you will need to make an initial, up-front investment of around £60,000. With up to 70% of this potentially being funded by a high-street bank, the initial personal investment will be around £25,000.
As a Mail Boxes Etc. franchise owner you will beneﬁt from:
- Established, growing network with a proven system
- Comprehensive start-up and initial training
- Continual operational and business development support
- Multiple revenue streams
- The only business to oﬀer worldwide pack & ship, design, digital print & copy, mailbox rental and business services all under one roof
What do I get for my investment?
When you join Mail Boxes Etc., not only do you align yourself with a globally successful business concept and established brand, you also beneﬁt from a proven business model with a comprehensive induction and training system from day one.
Our head oﬃce, local area franchisee and operations team will ensure that you get all the help and back-up you need to set you on the road to success.
Our support package includes:
- Pre-opening, site location and lease negotiation – we’ll help you ﬁnd the right location for your new MBE store and negotiate favourable lease terms
- Finance assistance and business planning – we’ll advise on the ﬁnancial undertaking required to get your business oﬀ the ground, help with introductions to the leading high-street banks for start- up funding and provide templates for business modelling
- Area operational support – our experienced area franchisee and Network Support team will be there to ensure you have all the help and guidance you need
- Training – our comprehensive training programme covers every aspect of the business in a combination of in-depth seminars and lectures, coupled with hands-on training in-store
- National marketing support – our head oﬃce team masterminds a mix of traditional and digital/online marketing activities designed to drive customers to your store and increase sales, supported by a range of promotional materials that you can use for local campaigns
"I’m really happy and feel as though my business is ticking along very well. I’m conﬁdent in what I’m doing and I haven’t felt I’ve needed too much support, but it’s always there. It’s good to have someone on the other end of the phone and I would imagine that the monthly visits from area franchisees are extremely useful for those who may not be as conﬁdent."
Tim Blackbourn, Mail Boxes Etc. Norwich.
Are we right for each other?
Our franchisees come from all walks of life and a range of professional backgrounds.
However, they are all independent, committed, positive- minded people who want to make a success of their business. They enjoy the variety of the business and the way it ﬁts into their lives. So, whatever your previous experience, we will give you all the training, set-up support and ongoing back-up you need to get your business going and make a success of it.
You don’t need to have experience in any of our services, because we oﬀer full training and support to bring you up to speed in a short space of time.
Open a Mail Boxes Etc. store and become your community’s local post, parcel & print centre.
Interested and want to know more?
- Mail Boxes Etc. - your local post, parcel & print centre
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- Some advice for prospective franchisees - Greg, Tunbridge Wells
- We ask Greg Milton, owner of Mail Boxes Etc. Tunbridge Wells, what advice he would give to prospective MBE franchisees.
- MoneyGram rewards sterling performance at Mail Boxes Etc. Chichester
- 23 April 2018
- There’s cause for celebration at Mail Boxes Etc. Chichester this spring. The team recently won the best-performing agent award in the South East from global money transfer service MoneyGram. The award recognises the MoneyGram agents with the highest increase in transaction throughput in any parti...
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- 19 February 2018
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- A masterstroke for Mail Boxes Etc. franchisees
- 09 October 2017
- UK franchise network, Mail Boxes Etc., continues its annual arts collaboration, with the world’s first fully painted feature film Throughout the autumn, Mail Boxes Etc. has a beautiful new display to show-off, promoting the critically acclaimed art-house film, Loving Vincent. Following the success...
- New store brings essential everyday services to Streatham
- 23 August 2017
- A new store in Streatham is offering customers a wide range of Royal Mail postal services, as well as parcel shipping, design and print. After a career in IT, local businessman Alister Hartman decided to turn his hand to retailing, and opened his Mail Boxes Etc. store at 10 Streatleigh Parade, Stre...
- Leeds business team wins Franchisee of the Year Award
- 08 August 2017
- Clive and Ruth Thorn, who set up their Mail Boxes Etc. business at 33 Great George Street, Leeds, 15 years ago, were delighted to receive UK Franchisee of the Year Award at the firm’s recent conference. The husband and wife team both left the corporate world with the aim of starting their own busi...
- Local businesswoman brings new services to Tooting
- 17 July 2017
- After an early career in accounting, Maria Beltran has realised her dream of starting her own business and having more face-to-face contact with customers. Earlier this month, she opened a new Mail Boxes Etc. store at 52 Upper Tooting Road, SW17, offering post, parcel and print services to the loca...
- Despatched by Mail Boxes Etc. Delivered by Storks
- 13 October 2016
- A collaboration between Mail Boxes Etc. and one of Hollywood’s leading film studios has just raised the bar for non-food franchise marketing. When James Simmons, marketing manager for Mail Boxes Etc. UK & Ireland, received a call from Warner Bros.’ UK agency earlier this year, he spotted an opportu...
- Mail Boxes Etc. Earn Global Accolade
- 16 August 2016
- Mail Boxes Etc. UK & Ireland has just earned the top accolade in the in the Global MBE Master Licensee Excellence Awards which is judged amongst 32 countries worldwide. The MBE Worldwide network recognised that the UK Head Office team invest considerable time analysing market demands in order to s...
- A Business with Recognised Success
- 09 August 2016
- Many business owners dream of running their own business and having their brand become a household name. However, in reality, there are very few brands that we love and recognise on a national and global scale. Opening a retail business is a large investment and it can often be difficult to establ...
- Beating the High Street Odds
- 04 July 2016
- Why are so many large brands falling away from the UK’s high streets? Even with the economy experiencing a recovery, many high street stores have dropped away from local high streets. So, how do Mail Boxes Etc. stay in business despite fluctuations in the economy and changes in customer behaviour?Ma...
- Staying Ahead in an Ever Changing Sector
- 13 June 2016
- Mail Boxes Etc. have introduced two brand new services to their stores to help franchisees remain ahead of their competition. Auction Logistics and OneDrop Click and Collect have been introduced as part of Mail Boxes Etc.’s desire to develop innovative ways of working and provide additional income s...
- Success in the North for Mail Boxes Etc.
- 11 May 2016
- Mail Boxes Etc. recently held their Northern Discovery Day in Manchester, which was a very informative day for those who attended. The event gave those interested in investing in a Mail Boxes Etc. franchise an opportunity to discover more about the franchise and to speak with a financial expert wh...
- Mail Boxes Etc. Showcase Success and Look for Growth in the North
- 24 March 2016
- Mail Boxes Etc. recently attended The British and International Franchise Exhibition at Olympia where they spoke to people looking to change their careers and start a business for themselves. The team at MBE were pleased to meet so many people interested in changing their futures and starting an exc...
- Marketing excellence at Mail Boxes Etc.
- 18 November 2015
- Mail Boxes Etc. have just been awarded the Marketing Excellence Award at the Mail Boxes Etc. Worldwide conference. This is a great achievement and is testament to the hard work and effort that Mail Boxes Etc. put into their marketing campaigns to promote their brand and services across the UK to ben...
- Mail Boxes Etc. innovate to stay ahead
- 26 October 2015
- Mail Boxes Etc. have expanded their business offering in order to support franchisee sales across the network. The brand new Business Hub provides small businesses and SMEs with the services they need all in one place. By grouping everything into the business hub, businesses are more likely to fi...
- Mail Boxes Etc. franchisees reach new heights
- 24 August 2015
- Mail Boxes Etc. Edinburgh has just celebrated their 10,000th antique shipment. The item was collected, packed and shipped safely to a very happy buyer in America. Mail Boxes Etc. Edinburgh were recommended to the buyer by the auctioneer for their safe and efficient service. The item was even shipped...
- Mail Boxes Etc. go the extra mile
- 19 June 2015
- Mail Boxes Etc. recently held their annual franchisee conference near their headquarters in Oxford. The event was a massive success with around 100 franchisees & their staff in attendance. Named ‘Changes, challenges and profitable growth’, the conference allowed franchisees to come together to ce...
- Mail Boxes Etc. witness history in the making
- 15 May 2015
- Mail Boxes Etc. (MBE) Stratford-upon-Avon recently had the opportunity to witness history in the making. Cynneth Bonanos’ store partnered with West Midlands auction house, Cuttlestones, to provide pack and ship services for a very interesting one-off auction. MBE is one of the world’s largest non-...
- A hat trick for Mail Boxes Etc.
- 10 April 2015
- Mail Boxes Etc. have scored a hat trick this month. Not just one but three new franchisees have opened their own Mail Boxes Etc. stores this month. Imran Naveed, Ahmad Nawaz and Louis Owens are all proud new owners of their very own businesses in London – Stratford, Welwyn Garden City and Lewisha...
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- 25 September 2014
- This is your chance to find out how a busy, successful Mail Boxes Etc. franchise operates. We can tell you all about it, but there’s nothing like experiencing it for yourself. Our Discovery Days are a great opportunity to learn about the day-to-day operation of an MBE store and see how each as...
- PIONEERING FRANCHISEE CELEBRATES 21ST ANNIVERSARY
- Girvin Vincent is celebrating 21 years as a Mail Boxes Etc. franchisee. He was the first person to join the network, starting his business in 1993 in Store Street, London. The franchise pilot store in Marylebone High Street had been operating for a year at that time. Girvin was already familia...
- Mail Boxes Etc. is shortlisted for top franchise award
- 20 May 2014
- Mail Boxes Etc. is excited to be a finalist in the prestigious 2014 bfa (British Franchising Association) Franchisor of the Year Awards. Now in its 25th year, the awards celebrate the country’s most exceptional franchisors, who are driving business growth and development through their strength of ...
- LOCAL BUSINESSMAN RECEIVES NATIONAL ACCOLADE
- 31 July 2013
- Daniel Scott, who owns the Mail Boxes Etc. store in St Albans Road, Watford has received a national award, chosen from 135 stores in the network across the UK. He opened his store when he was just 27. He had always wanted to have his own business and was delighted to find that owning a Mail Boxes...
- LOCAL BUSINESSMEN RECEIVE NATIONAL ACCOLADE
- 31 July 2013
- Business partners and brothers-in-law Murli Mulchandani and Rikesh Nichani, who both live in Ealing, have been chosen as winners of Mail Boxes Etc.’s “Franchisee of the year”. They have received the award in recognition of their business acumen and success, as well as the significant contributio...
- Record results and confidence in the future are spurs for growth
- 07 February 2013
- Mail Boxes Etc. (UK) Ltd is celebrating the recent renewal of its master licence for the UK and Ireland after two decades of sustained growth. The franchise is looking to the future with confidence. Unique in UK franchising with its network of “one-stop” High Street stores, Mail Boxes Etc. ...
- Book a Discovery Day
- 24 January 2013
- Our Discovery Days are a fantastic opportunity to find out everything you need to know to be your own boss and have your own franchise with Mail Boxes Etc. A chance to ask any questions that you may have, hear about the history of the company, and get in depth knowledge on its services and customers...
- Not Necessarily on the High Street
- 10 January 2012
- Following the success of the recently opened store on the Reading University campus, business services franchise Mail Boxes Etc is considering more stores in alternative locations, building on its reputation for reliability and service and as the most convenient supplier to local people and comp...
- Mail Boxes Etc. 2011 Franchisees of the Year continue to expand
- 29 September 2011
- Mail Boxes Etc. (MBE) continues to capitalise on its bumper year success by sharing good news about franchisee expansion. Increasingly, many established franchisees are buying second or even third stores, such as the current “Franchisees of the year” Faraz Ahmad and Osman Ahmed. ...
- Business is booming for Mail Boxes Etc.
- 29 September 2011
- 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. ...
- Mail Boxes Etc. Opens 1,000th Franchise Worldwide
- 26 July 2011
- Mail Boxes Etc. UK Ltd. part of the global franchise Mail Boxes Etc. Worldwide, is proud to announce the opening of the 1,000th store in Europe under the Worldwide brand. The courier franchise store in Fulham, South West London, is owned by 28-year-old Vladimira Ondruskova, w...
- Mail Boxes Etc Franchisees Win Award
- 21 July 2011
- Friends, former colleagues and now business partners, Faraz Ahmad and Osman Ahmed have scooped the coveted “Franchisee of the year award for 2010” from their franchisor, Mail Boxes Etc.Still in their 20s and franchisees for less than two years, Faraz and Osman already own five central Lon...
- Mail Boxes Etc. franchisee seeks longevity
- Abbas Saremi became the owner of his Mail Boxes Etc. store in April 2015 after buying the store from the previous owners who were looking to retire. With a varied background in retail, sales marketing and banking, Abbas knew that he had a broad enough range of skills to take on the challenge along w...
- YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL TURN UP!
- Steve Sleigh, FranchiseeMail Boxes Etc, Colchester and Ipswich Colchester-based businessman Steve Sleigh opened his first Mail Boxes Etc. store in Colchester in 2000 and now has a second store in Ipswich. He is very proactive within the franchise network and is well known in his home town where h...
- YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD TO LEARN!
- 28 January 2014
- Author, academic and former head teacher John Shipley wanted to start a new venture to keep him occupied when he retired from teaching. He had enjoyed an extremely varied career that took him on educational exchanges with the USA and appearances on their NBC and ABC television channels, as well...
- Husband-Wife Team; Successful Franchisees
- 21 July 2011
- Martin Roberts, former CEO of a worldwide transportation company, and his wife Carole have been Mail Boxes Etc. franchisees for almost nine years, during which time their business has grown significantly. Based at their Plymouth distribution franchise store, they serve a large ...
- Case Study: Delivery Franchise Owner
- 21 July 2011
- “I love the variety of my business and every day is different,” says Justin Brookes, who owns two Mail Boxes Etc. delivery franchise stores in Oxford. “My working day begins with a pleasant drive with my wife from the pretty Cotswold village where we live to the middle of Oxford ...
- Women in Franchising: Mail Boxes Etc.
- 19 July 2011
- Laura Mills had many years’ experience of dealing with people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life when she decided to realise a long-held ambition to be her own boss and chose a retail franchise Mail Boxes Etc. to start a new career as a franchisee.After almost 20 years as a woman police ...
- Case Study: Courier Franchise Owner
- 14 April 2011
- “Leave no stone unturned” might have been coined exclusively for Steve Kennedy, the energetic and imaginative Mail Boxes Etc franchisee in Wilmslow, Cheshire who is always keen to explore new ideas and exploit new opportunities. Before he joined the courier franchise Steve worked...