An Introduction to Really Awesome Coffee

Since the first mobile café launched in Coventry in 2010, Really Awesome Coffee has grown to become a market leader with a network of over 50 franchisees. We are proud to be the fastest-growing mobile coffee franchise in the UK.

The Concept – it’s simple; take advantage of the huge demand in the ever-expanding UK coffee market but avoid the fierce competition on the high street by taking the coffee shop directly to customers in our unique mobile café vans.

What’s Involved In Running A Mobile Café?

The business is built around a daily coffee round that we help you establish, with the mobile café visiting local businesses at agreed times each day to serve a full range of gourmet coffees, frappes & smoothies as well as hot and chilled food options – everything you would expect in a top quality high street café. There is usually a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere at the van with your day being made up of other people’s breaks from work.

A large portion of franchise partners also make significant additional income from optional weekend ‘events’ work.

How does the Really Awesome Coffee franchise model work?

The business model is built around the Monday to Friday daily coffee round, during which time franchisees visit a number of businesses at pre-arranged times to serve their regular customers a full range of gourmet coffees, frappes and smoothies, as well as hot and chilled food options – everything you would expect in a top-quality high street cafe.

The mobile coffee van itself is a Mercedes Vito conversion, which has been designed for efficiency and ease of use. Every van is converted by the company at its head office workshop. The van is usually purchased using a hire purchase agreement over a five-year term.

How Much Do I Need To Invest?

You can be on the road and running your mobile café business from just under £10,000. This is the lowest initial investment level you need to contribute and includes the deposit on your Mercedes coffee van as well as our comprehensive Fast-Track Training & Launch Program, the Premium Start-up Pack valued at over £5,000 and some initial working capital.

If you have more capital to invest this will of course reduce your monthly finance payments over the initial franchise term.

How Much Is The Franchise?

Our competitive franchise package is £19,950+VAT meaning you are now part of the Really Awesome Coffee family, fully supported by a team of professionals in business management, sales and marketing. You will instantly profit from our brand awareness and intellectual property and be confident that your business has the best possible chance of success and will be a business you could either sell or pass on to your children in the future.

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    Henrik Jespersen – Leicester West

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    Ray Holland – Ballymena & Antrim

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    Andy Barr – Really Awesome Coffee Renfrewshire

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    Elvis Carvalho – Portsmouth

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    Really Awesome Coffee Harrogate – David Wright

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  • Javed Zaidi – Weybridge

    Javed Zaidi – Weybridge

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    Jason Simmons – Really Awesome Coffee Tamworth

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    Phil Short – Birmingham South

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    Steve Silver – Coventry North

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    Mike Wood – Axminster

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    Really Awesome Coffee Nottingham South – David Barnes

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    Really Awesome Coffee Bridgwater – Chris Kamin

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    Karl Webster

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    Interview with Philip Short, Birmingham Franchisee

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    Adrian Sharp – Chesterfield

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    Andy Baxter – Norwich

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    Help us celebrate 100 coffee vans!

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    Best Technology and Innovation – VFA 2021

    16th February 2021

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    2020 and beyond – a great start to 2021

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    Really Awesome Coffee Strikes Deal with Mercedes

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    10th August 2015

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    Suzy Ward brings experience to Really Awesome Coffee

    25th June 2015

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    Portsmouth Franchisee Smashes Sales Targets

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Key Facts:

Opportunities:
Available across the UK
Business Type:
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Minimum Investment:
£6,500
Training Provided:
Yes
Home-based:
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