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Minster Cleaning Services – Devon & Cornwall

Established in 1995, Minster Cleaning Services Devon and Cornwall is a successful and profitable business which has grown year on year and now has a turnover in excess of £580,000.

Client retention is excellent, and an active marketing programme is in place to win new business.

The business is located on an industrial estate with easy access to the main A38 artery which allows both counties to be serviced easily.

With the hard work and dedication of the franchisee this business now has over 100 contracts in place throughout Devon and Cornwall. This ready-made profitable business is for sale as the current owner wishes to retire.

A day in the life of a Minster Cleaning Services Franchisee

As a Minster Cleaning franchisee, no two days are the same. People management skills are essential in order to manage a large workforce of cleaning operatives, field supervisors and office staff as well as numerous office and commercial cleaning contracts.

The start to a typical day involves reviewing emails to prepare for any issues that may have arisen since the previous day. It is important to check if any cleaners haven’t turned in for any reason and then ensure that relief cover is put into place. Minster Cleaning Services branches aim to be the preferred choice for office and commercial cleaning services in the area, so it is important that clients have no reason to be dissatisfied in any way.

The next job is to deal with any outstanding quotations. Commercial cleaning is an essential business and a multi-billion-pound market in the UK. There are always prospective clients to chase up, as well as ensuring they have all the information about the service offering.

Minster has done particularly well in the healthcare sector since the requirement for all primary medical services to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) was introduced in April 2013.

Minster’s knowledge of implementing cleaning regimes and practices which comply with the CQC standards for registration has proved to be invaluable.

An important part of the working day involves visiting prospective clients to gather the information required to put together a comprehensive quotation for a commercial cleaning service tailored to their precise needs.

About Minster Cleaning Services

Minster Cleaning Services is one of the UK’s leading management franchise business opportunities.

Established in 1982, and now boasting a network of over 40 franchise branches nationwide, Minster Cleaning Services is the biggest and one of the most successful commercial cleaning franchises in the country.

With a Minster Cleaning Services franchise, you will receive exceptional support from an experienced and dedicated team, including marketing channel management and branch marketing planning, operational guidance, finance, IT and general support.

Do you need to own property to lend from a bank to buy a franchise?

Do you need to own property to lend from a bank to buy a franchise?

A question we get asked frequently from prospective franchisees seeking funding is whether or not
they will have to put their properties at risk when looking to borrow money from a bank. Banks will
refer to this as security and the level when this would be needed will vary from bank to bank.
Typically if you are looking to borrow less than £25,000 banks are happy to lend without security
being taken.

If you are looking to borrow in excess of £25,000 it is likely that the bank will require you to put up
personal assets as security for any loan agreed. This could be in the form of taking a charge against
property with sufficient equity. However, if you don’t have a property available, it doesn’t necessarily
exclude you from lending more than £25,000.

If you have a strong business plan and suitable deposit but don’t have any personal assets to support the lending, then the bank may be able to consider financing your plans using the Government-backed Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme. Sometimes referred to as EFG, the scheme is designed to provide entrepreneurs with the security needed to access greater levels of funding, as it would guarantee up to 75% of the amount you borrow from the bank. This scheme may require a slightly larger deposit and does come at a premium, as the government will charge an annual 2% fee for the guarantee. Speak to the bank’s Franchise Department for guidance as to whether you would be eligible for this scheme, as you would need to ensure that you have fully invested your available assets into the business before being eligible. This would include all of your personal savings and investments, along with any available equity in properties that you own. It is also important to remember that you would remain fully liable for the total amount being borrowed, as banks would also take guarantees from you as an individual to cover the full amount being borrowed.

It is essential to thoroughly research the opportunity and fully consider the financial implications
before buying a franchise. You are entering into a long term commitment and need to get the
funding right at the outset. Don’t try to press ahead with insufficient capital, putting unnecessary
pressure on the business from the outset, but don’t borrow more than you can comfortably afford to
repay.

Being the boss…

Since time immemorial people have been interested in running their own business, and according to The Office of National Statistics, in 2001 there were 3.3 million self-employed people in the UK (12% of the labour force) which rose to 4.8 million by 2017 (15.1% of the labour force). More and more people are looking to become their own boss and why not, the perks and flexibility are pretty great! However, there are also risks associated with being self-employed. Some of these risks can be dramatically reduced when you look into buying a Franchise, and reduced further still when you look to take on a Franchise Resale!

One of the many reasons people choose to become self-employed is the ability to be able to build up your business and then sell it on at a profit when you want to move on or retire. Depending on the type of person you are and the business sector you are in this can be achieved whether you are going it alone or becoming part of a franchise network. However, with a franchise network, you have the added security of the already proven systems in place that you can follow in order to reach your destination – selling your business as a going concern at a profit.

The benefits of buying a franchise over starting on your own include; training, established reputation, support team and the equipment & products required in order to run the business. But you also have the knowledge that someone has already done it and has been successful. However, you still need to build the business, you are starting from scratch, but with a franchise resale, the business is already there. Initially, you might have to pay more than you would for a startup, but you have the opportunity to make a profit from day one, the business is already up and running with the staff in place. What could be better?

Another fantastic reason to take the plunge and buy a franchise resale is that on top of the fact that you have a business that you can walk into, you will be trained by the Franchisor and experience of the sector is not always necessary. This means that, if you fancy a total career change there are plenty of options open to you! All without the risk of starting from scratch and going it alone.

You can eliminate the unknown. Starting a new business can be difficult as people often buy from a brand they know and can trust. Unless you already have a reputation where you plan to set up your business, you may find it difficult to find new customers and gain their trust. With a franchise resale, the business usually has a regular customer base, and you have the brand recognition to back you up as well.

According to research 8 out of 10 new businesses fail within the first year. In contrast to that according to the NatWest and British Franchise Association survey, 95% of franchisees report profitability. From a finance point of view, these statistics are very important. A start-up can be very difficult to secure funding for. However, banks do look rather more favourably on franchises as your business plan can include more accurate projections based on the franchisor’s experience. With a resale, you have the outgoing franchisees history behind you too.

The franchise sector has a fantastic array of business with proven models for success. You can become a part of this lucrative industry. A franchise resale means that you can become your own boss, walk into a business that’s already up and running with the training and support from a franchisor.

Run your own business with freedom and independence but with guidance and structure that has been proven to work many times over.

Contact us on 01522 246811 to find out more, or take a look at the franchise resales we have at www.franchiseresales.co.uk/franchises-for-resale/.

Investors in Franchising

Investors In Franchising

Franchising is changing! Up until the last few years, a Franchise business has generally been run by an owner-operator making sure that the business is performing, and that the staff are following the systems and processes set out in the Operations Manual by the franchisor.  By being close to the ground, and working in the business franchisees are the reason why franchising has always been so successful… but times they are a-changing.

For a few years now we have been seeing a slant towards Investors buying franchises and putting managers in place to run the business for them. As this practice grows, more and more investors are buying a range of franchises and building their own business portfolios.  The Entrepreneur Visa is certainly bringing more and more investors from overseas and many of these are looking to invest in a franchise.  To begin with, Franchisors were sceptical; would this work, will the business grow in the same way? I guess to a certain extent it’s being tested, as any new and innovative process should be.

With any business you need the leader to be taking the business in the right direction with the team following closely behind them so, there is an argument that this can be the franchisee or a good manager. One of the downsides to investors coming into a franchise group is that they are normally all about the bottom line! If the franchisee doesn’t have passion or enthusiasm for the business it tends not to grow to its full potential! Don’t get me wrong, it will do well but, putting the right team in place will make a difference. The question that Franchisors ask is “can investors find managers who really believe in the product or service”

We receive lots of calls from people who have invested large amounts of money in a franchise and after 6 months it’s not making them the return on investment that they want out of it! This happens for a number of reasons, poor recruitment practice being the main one! The difficulty is that when someone buys an existing business they are looking at the historical performance, not potential! If they wanted to buy on potential they would buy a cold start. Selling a franchise business with no history is very difficult unless it’s a really well-established brand with no greenfield areas available.

The Food & Beverage Sector has had multi-brand franchisee investors for some time now but, that doesn’t mean it will work with every brand. Some brands need to take a more hands-on approach to the business, which an investor would not offer.  We all know that just because they have the money and they can fog up a piece of glass doesn’t make them the perfect fit for that franchise. There are interesting times ahead and I for one am really curious to see how this will pan out…