Mail Boxes Etc.

About the Franchise

  • Est. 1980
  • £70,000
  • Est. time to break even: 12 months
  • No. of Franchises: 155

Key details

Franchise: Mail Boxes Etc.
Established: 1980
No. of franchises: 155

Become a global leader

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Mail Boxes Etc. is one of the world’s largest non-food retail franchises with over 1,600 stores in five continents including over 150 in the UK and Ireland. We are the only high-street chain that offers consumers and local companies a truly comprehensive range of business services. Mail Boxes Etc.’s high street, one-stop-shop concept offers a mix of profit centres including well-known couriers, print & copy services and mailbox rental to help meet the everyday needs of our customers.

Our franchise opportunity gives you the chance to open and build a successful and profitable business. We are a trusted high-street brand and you will be supported by a large team of experts and, of course, the rest of your franchise network. You don’t have to have specialised in any of our services before because we offer you full training and support to bring you up to speed in a short space of time.

We chose to franchise with Mail Boxes Etc. because it’s like three businesses in one. We’re very conscious that if you only offer one product and the market falls out, you’re left with a shop that you can’t do much with. It’s good to have a few options and your shop is a lot of things to a lot of people rather than just focused at one specific market.

Naz Celebioglu and Bridget Maendle, Mail Boxes Etc. London Bridge and Waterloo.

The package deal

In order to open a Mail Boxes Etc. you will need to make an initial, up-front investment of around £60,000. With up to 70% of this being funded by a high-street bank, the initial personal investment will be around £20,000. As a Mail Boxes Etc. franchise owner you will benefit from:

  • Established, growing network with proven system
  • Comprehensive start-up and initial training
  • Continual operational business development support
  • Multiple revenue streams
  • The only business to offer worldwide pack & ship, digital print & copy, mailbox rental and business services all under one roof.

As a successful global brand, we’ve learned what it takes to keep ahead in the retail sector and we’re sharing this knowledge with each and every one of our franchisees. With multiple revenue streams, which are ever evolving to meet customer demands, our franchisees benefit from a trsuted high-street brand that has dominated in its marketplace for 35 years and the longest serving franchisee in our network has just celebrated 21 years! Mail Boxes Etc. is the ideal investment for anyone with the determination and drive to build a successful business for themselves.

Mail Boxes Etc. was a great business venture for me. I knew I wanted to set up my own business but I didn’t know what I’d do from scratch. With a franchise, there’s a much better chance of success because you’ve got backing and the support of a well-known brand. I liked the diversity of Mail Boxes Etc. and all its different aspects.

Mark Hoyles, Mail Boxes Etc. Swansea.

Supporting you to be successful

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When you join Mail Boxes Etc., not only do you align yourself with a globally successful business concept and established brand, you also benefit from a proven business model with a comprehensive induction and training system from day one. Our head office, local area franchisee and operations team will ensure that you will get all the help and back-up you need to set you on the road to success.

Our support package includes:

  • Pre-opening, site location and lease negotiation – we’ll help you find the right location for your new MBE store and negotiate favourable lease terms
  • Finance assistance and business planning – we’ll advise on the financial undertaking required to get your business off the ground, help with introductions to the leading high-street banks for start-up funding and provide templates for business modelling
  • Area operational support – our experienced area franchisee and operations team will be there to ensure you have all the help and guidance you need
  • Training – our comprehensive training programme covers every aspect of the business in a combination of in-depth seminars and lectures coupled with hands-on training in-store
  • National marketing support – our head office team masterminds a mix of traditional and new media marketing activities designed to drive customers to your store and increase sales, supported by a range of promotional materials that you can use for local campaigns.

Our experience and expertise in bespoke packing and shipping is unrivalled and we assist key clients such as world-renowned auction house Sotheby’s and, working together with Nike, we assisted in increasing their in-store sales of Nike id by 80% through offering a click, design and ship service worldwide. We are full members of the British Franchise Association, promoting ethical franchising and we’re the only national network of full service Pack & Ship stores approved by UPS, Parcelforce Worldwide and FedEx.

“I’m really happy and feel as though my business is ticking along very well. I’m confident in what I’m doing and I haven’t felt I’ve needed too much support but it’s always there. It’s good to have someone on the other end of the phone and I would imagine that the monthly visits from area franchisees are extremely useful for those who may not be as confident,”

Tim Blackbourn, Mail Boxes Etc. Norwich.

Honing your skills

Our franchisees come from all walks of life and a range of backgrounds. However, they are all independent, committed, positive-minded people who want to make a success of their business. They enjoy the variety of the business and the way it fits into their lives. So, whatever your previous experience, we will give you all the training, set-up support and ongoing back-up you need to get your business going and make a success of it.

Our ideal profile is someone with good business acumen, is customer-focused and enjoys developing business relationships with SMEs as they become a business hub in their locality.

Having been involved in a business venture before, I understand how difficult and complicated it can be to set up your own business. This time I was looking for something with a brand, structure and organisation behind it. I liked the idea of working in partnership and developing a business through franchising. I decided that Mail Boxes Etc. would fit with my existing skillset and I liked the idea of the different services they provide.

Karl Lowe, Mail Boxes Etc. Shirley.

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