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Summary
MBE is unique in UK franchising. We are the only high street chain offering local companies and consumers a diverse range of business services in one location – everything from international parcel delivery to mail box rental.

Mail Boxes Etc.

  Opportunities:
In the UK
  Business Type:
Franchise
  Minimum Investment:
£25,000
  Training Provided:
Yes
  Home-based:
Yes
  Part time:
Yes
  BFA Membership:
Member - Full

Full Description


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 over 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

Im 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? Submit an enquiry form below!

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Full Legal Company Name
Mail Boxes Etc.
BFA Membership
Member - Full
Business Type
Franchise
Home Based
Yes
Training Provided
Yes
Min Investment
25000
Part Time
Yes
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