A massive potential market combined with large, exclusive territories means that all Minster Cleaning Services' franchisees can build large, valuable businesses. Average annual branch turnover is over £800,000 and many franchisees have achieved annual sales of over £1million. Minster Cleaning Services was established in 1982 and has been a bfa Full Member since 1992. Turnover for the group is £35million. As the country’s biggest and one of the most successful commercial cleaning franchises, it offers prospective franchisees a safe and secure future, whether they buy an established branch or choose a new area.
Leicestershire is one of a number of new franchise areas available and, according to managing director Mike Parker, would be an ideal place to start a Minster branch: “Leicester is the largest city in the East Midlands and the urban area had the fourth fastest rate of population growth of any city area between 2002 and 2012. It has been voted as one of the best UK cities in which to do business and, with a low cost of living, Leicestershire ranks top amongst Britain’s best areas for bringing up a family.
“The Leicestershire economy is estimated to be worth £19billion and the regeneration of former industrial areas and development of infrastructure is creating the right conditions for economic growth. There is a workforce of over one million within a 45-minute radius, and over 2.4 million economically active people living within an hour’s drive time.
“The area is home to an abundance of knowledge and expertise in science, technology, the creative industries and business. Key sectors include financial and business services, tourism and hospitality, food and drink manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, creative industries, logistics and space and aerospace. As an essential commercial service, office cleaning can attract clients from all these areas.”
Franchisees at Minster Cleaning Services come from a wide range of professions, but all have people-management abilities, commercial awareness and determination in common – essential attributes for a management franchise.
Sophisticated systems take care of many of the routine day-to-day business activities such as operations, accounts and marketing. Outside professionals advise on employment law, health and safety and environmental legislation leaving franchisees free to build thriving businesses and valuable, saleable assets.
Franchisees also benefit from a highly professional marketing strategy together with Minster’s expertise in providing specialist cleaning services for particular sectors such as healthcare. By delivering a cleaning strategy that covers all key elements and functional areas, franchisees can help NHS practices in their area to combat healthcare-acquired infections whilst fully complying with Care Quality Commission (CQC) requirements.
In addition to Leicestershire, new franchise opportunities include Cambridge, Doncaster, Durham, London, Middlesex, Guildford, Peterborough and Swansea. Initial start up cost is £28,225 plus vat which covers licence, training, computer software and hardware, stationery, machinery, equipment and materials. In addition, between £40,000 and £60,000 working capital will be needed – finance is available from leading banks subject to status.
On average, Minster franchisees have been with the company for 12 years and some longer serving franchisees are planning their retirement. As a result, there are high quality, established branches for resale in Bristol, Dundee, Hertfordshire and Liverpool. These franchises are available at a fee of £10,000 plus vat in addition to the purchase price of the business.