About Us

Founded in 2006, Waves has a national network of more than 280 hand car washes operating in the car parks of various retailers across the UK and we are the biggest hand car wash franchise provider in the UK.

Owning a franchise is a great way to take control of a business while avoiding many of the risks associated with starting up your own. The success of your car wash will come down to you, but that doesn’t mean you’ll go it alone. Our excellent training, together with guidance from Waves’ know-how and brand name will give you all the relevant tools to help build your business and become a successful Waves franchise partner.

We strive to be the “Best in Class” and the Waves team works tirelessly to deliver our vision of “Working together to make our customers smile” across the business and network down to individual site-level teams.

Why franchise with Waves?

Car owners need to have their cars cleaned but are often too busy or simply cannot wash their own cars outside their houses. The simple remedy is to provide a high-quality hand car wash service to customers in a convenient wash-while-you-shop business model; this also provides an exciting and profitable business opportunity for our operators (franchisees).

  • A proven business model with great ongoing training and support.
  • Full initial start-up pack and a turn-key business provided.
  • Great technology – improve efficiency, manage your business, lower your risk and improve profitability.
  • We ensure that all our sites are compliant for environmental, H&S and planning requirements.

Commercial overview

We have a variety of franchise opportunities for you, either taking on a new five-year franchise or a resale opportunity where you take on an existing business.

Our standard commercial terms for a new five-year franchise are:

Initial franchise set-up fees for new build sites start from £65,000 plus VAT (re-sale opportunities can start from less). This includes the full site set-up, providing you with a turn-key business (packages vary depending upon site; the photo shown is a typical hand car wash full valet site build).

There are two models for the ongoing monthly fees:

  • Fixed monthly fees range from £900-£3,000 plus VAT.
  • Transactional monthly fees have a base fee of £300-£1,400 plus VAT plus £1 plus VAT per car washed.

All monthly fees exclude insurance, water, electricity, broadband, use of the Waves IT systems and business rates for the hand car wash.

Do you have what it takes?

What we look for:

  • Customer-focused: Focusing on our Waves vision and values.
  • Communication skills: Verbal and written skills – our clients look for high customer service levels from our franchise partners, therefore communication skills are vital.
  • Business savvy: Having the right business mindset to create a good environment for yourself.
  • Leadership: Recruiting and retaining staff is one of the greatest challenges in the car wash industry.
  • Finances: Making sure you are financially viable to operate your Waves franchise.
  • Car Washes Given Kitemark Scheme

    Car Washes Given Kitemark Scheme

    15th November 2018

    The Responsible Car Wash Scheme is launching to crack down on a lack of compliance within the hand car washing industry. The scheme will target labour abuse and lack of adherence to regulations, as well as tackling environmental waste and pollution caused by c...

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  • Responsible Car Wash Scheme

    Responsible Car Wash Scheme

    9th November 2018

    The responsible car wash scheme launched at the House of Lords on Monday 22/10/2018, with support from the Bishops of Derby and Salisbury, the GLAA and major supermarkets including Sainsburys, Tesco, Waitrose, Morrisons and Asda. The scheme will help consumers...

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  • "I had my own independent car wash located in Kensington Homebase and when I found out Homebase had sold the building and I would need to move out, I started looking for other opportunities with greater security; that’s when I decided to start working with Wa..." Read More...

    Kamel Youssef

    Kamel Youssef

  • "I have been running a car wash in Tesco for 13 years and have been a Waves Franchise Partner for 7 of those. Before that I was working in the first job in my life (not professional hand car wash) and the next step was thinking what I should do! Having seen how..." Read More...

    Sabri Shahini

    Sabri Shahini

  • "We have worked with Waves since December 2015 and have three sites between us; we used to have an independent car wash but it was the end of the contract and so we decided to get a Waves car wash. Waves support us in any situation; when we opened a new site, W..." Read More...

    Afrim Ujka and Renata Codreanu

    Afrim Ujka and Renata Codreanu

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