The majority of Minster Cleaning Services’ most recent franchisees have joined through the purchase of an established branch. There is, however, much to be said for considering a management franchise in one of the office cleaning specialist’s ‘new’ territories for a fraction of the cost.
These are genuine opportunities to build large, profitable businesses and valuable, saleable assets simply by adopting Minster’s tried-and-tested business model.
Office cleaning is an essential business-to-business service with multi-sector appeal, which helps to protect franchisees from the peaks and troughs experienced by so many businesses. The size of Minster’s territories gives enterprising franchisees virtually unlimited scope for expansion. By securing contracts from just a small fraction of the market in their area, franchisees can build a highly successful business.
There are new branches still available in thriving cities, such as Cambridge, which is said to be one of the best places in England in which to live and work. Its rate of economic growth is set to outstrip the rest of the East of England and most of the UK by 2019 thanks to a combination of low inflation, rising employment and increased average earnings, driven by a booming digital economy and burgeoning science and technology activity.*
Swansea, Minster’s last remaining Welsh territory, is currently benefiting from a £1.3billion City Deal investment. This aims to deliver 11 technology, health and advanced engineering projects across the Swansea Bay City Region over 15 years and has dramatically boosted the area’s economic prospects.**
New franchise opportunities also include Doncaster, Durham, Guildford, Leicester, London, Middlesex and Peterborough.
Initial start-up cost is £28,225 plus vat, which covers licence, training, computer hardware, stationery and a marketing launch package worth £5,000. In addition, between £40,000 and £60,000 working capital will be needed – finance is available from leading banks subject to status.
Why Choose Minster?
Minster Cleaning Services began in 1982 and has been a full member of the British Franchise Association since 1992. The company has branches across the UK and employs more than 5,000 people. Annual turnover is £40million. Half of Minster’s franchisees have built up businesses with sales of more than £1million and the top branches have each achieved annual turnover in excess of £2million.
Training and support has always been crucial to the success of Minster franchisees. As well as benefitting from a highly effective marketing strategy, they get help with the transition from employment to self-employment. There is also ongoing support covering operational management, administration, bookkeeping and IT, as well as professional advice in the complex fields of employment law, health and safety and environmental legislation.
As the UK’s largest commercial cleaning franchise, Minster offers prospective franchisees with people-management skills a safe and secure future whether they buy an existing branch or choose a new area.
James Lofthouse, Sheffield franchisee since 2005, says: “I wanted success but not at the expense of personal security. With Minster, I’ve got both. My turnover is over £2million and I have a huge, exclusive territory covering Sheffield and the surrounding towns and areas.”
*Source Business Weekly