Snap-on Tools

Company Overview

Snap-on Tools is a division of Snap-on Tools Incorporated, which is a $2.9 billion global company. Founded in 1920 with a simple idea that “five would do the work of fifty”, Snap-on expanded to the UK in 1965. Today Snap-on is a global innovator, manufacturer and distributor of tools, diagnostics and equipment solutions for the professional technician. Product lines include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostic software, information and management systems and workshop equipment.

Franchise Overview

Snap-on Tools has over 4,500 franchisees worldwide with over 400 operating within the UK and Ireland. Our territories are geographically drawn giving each franchisee around 300 potential buying customers who are identified and routed into a weekly round before a franchisee starts. This means our franchisees don’t have to cold call. The Snap-on franchise is a simple model which enables ordinary people to take charge of their own destiny and then through their own efforts go on to be successful and fulfil their dreams.


Snap-on franchisees are assigned a dedicated franchise developer for their first twelve months in business. After two weeks classroom training at our dedicated training school in Dallas, the franchise developer will initially spend 17 days in the first 5 weeks on your mobile store putting the theory into practice. They will then work with you to build and establish your business until such time a sales developer takes over, focusing on long-term business growth and profitability.

Daily Life of a Franchisee

A typical day starts at 8am and you will see around 40-50 customers a day; the number of stops will depend on the types of calls you have that day. You will drive your custom-built mobile store to your customers, on the same day, at the same time each week and service their tool requirements. Typically the last call would be at 6pm when the franchisee would go home and finalise the day’s paperwork.

Full Description

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Snap-on is the world’s number one professional tool brand. We are the leading global manufacturer and distributor of tools for the professional technician. Our franchisees deliver gold-standard, premium products to technicians up and down the country. Our fantastic business offers you the chance to be your own boss whilst being supported by an elite team of industry specialists.


Founded in 1920, our business model has been refined for over 90 years and we are now one of the most respected franchise systems in the world. We have been trading in the UK since 1965 and now have over 430 franchisees based in the UK and Ireland.

EXCLUSIVE TERRITORY: Fully surveyed territory with at least 300 potential professional tool users before you even turn on the engine.
MOBILE STORE: No rent or rates PLUS go directly to your customers, who are waiting for you!
BRAND LEADER: Snap-on is the most in-demand product in its category.
GREAT FAMILY BUSINESS: Spouses and family are often a part of the business.
GLOBAL FRANCHISE SUPPORT: We have a staff ratio of 2:1 to every franchisee.
GROWTH POTENTIAL: Expansion is welcomed and encouraged. Own multiple territories.
Snap-on Tools Franchisee
“The Snap-on Franchise has changed my life quite considerably. I feel like I am in charge of my own destiny now, rather than working for somebody doing the same thing Monday to Friday, 9 to 5. I am now driving my own business forward, being able to create my own goals, and achieve my own achievements.” Nick Allen, franchisee.


Welcome to Snap-on Finance, our own in-house bank. We believe everyone has the right to achieve the dream of being their own boss so Snap-on Finance are able to offer business loans to fund the purchase of your franchise*.

The total cost of the franchise is £72,655 and includes:

  • All starter stock.
  • Dallas training week.
  • UK head office training programme.
  • Dedicated support team.
  • Exclusive, protected territory.
  • Operations manuals.
  • Advanced sales and stock IT system.
  • Continuous training and support including monthly franchisee forums, annual conferences and workshops.

Snap-on Tools Franchisee and WifeWith Snap-on Finance, you pay just £17,355 and we will then fund the remaining monies on a six-year interest bearing loan. Fixed, regular repayments mean you can manage your cash flow and always know exactly where you are with your finances. We’ll even offer you a payment break for your first three months in order for you to get your business up and running.

We want what you want: a successful, profitable future.


Snap-on is a real, honest business. So it’s no surprise that our training is no-nonsense. For your initial week we will fly you to our dedicated training school in Dallas and teach you everything you will need to know about running a Snap-on franchise:

  • Snap-on Tools franchisee trainingProduct knowledge and application.
  • Salesmanship and credit selling.
  • Customer service and management.
  • Business administration.
  • Basic accounts – collection and banking etc.
  • Computer training for your state-of-the-art sales and stock systems.

Confident, knowledgeable and inspired, you will then come to our headquarters to tour the facility, meet the staff and collect your very own mobile store!

“After my initial training in Dallas and Kettering, I had someone with me for six weeks in my van. I can’t fault the training at all, you really are given everything you need and there’s always someone on the other end of the phone if you need anything at all.” Scott Walters, Abergalby franchisee. 


Here at Snap-on, there’s no such thing as a ‘man in a van’: when you join us you’re part of a team. Our network is our family. As a Snap-on franchisee, you are matched to one of our Franchise Performance Teams who each have clearly defined roles in order to support you in all essential areas of your business.

Our continuous support programme is designed to maximise all of your opportunities, making your business a success from day one:

  • Dedicated Franchise Developer for your first 12 months.
  • Five full days of on-van support immediately after launch.
  • A further 12 days of on-van support within your first five weeks.
  • Monthly franchisee forums for training, new product launches and sharing ideas.
  • National marketing strategy and promotional materials delivered fortnightly.
  • Head office telephone support line.

After your first year with us, a specialist Sales Developer will be assigned to you for the duration of your Snap-on franchise. Their role is to help you improve and hone your sales strategy and techniques so that you can maximise your profits long-term.

“After my launch I had 17 days with my Franchise Developer over a three month period. My Franchise Developer spent time with me out in my van and is always on the other end of the phone for support when I need it. There are also other franchisees to call so you’re never on your own, everyone helps each other out.” Jonathan Campbell, Bradford franchisee.


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In Summary:

Snap-on is one of the worlds leading manufacturer and distributor of professional tools and equipment. Its franchisees get an exclusive territory with an existing, surveyed client base. Snap-on UK gives full training and support. Snap-on Tools was voted Franchisor of the Year in 2007.
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