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Date Updated: 29-November-2016

The ZipYard UK Franchise

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The ZipYard is an award-winning franchise business which offers clothing alterations, dress restyling, tailoring and a repair service.

British Franchise AssociationFranchisees are responsible for developing the business and managing the staff who undertake the clothing alterations or repairs.

The ZipYard is an Associate member of the British Franchise Association.

How much does a The ZipYard franchise cost?

Total cost of a ZipYard franchise is approximately £38,500 + VAT* plus shop fit.

*Major banks can fund up to 70% - dependent upon your financial history.


The Zipyard franchise business opportunity for sale tailoring clothing alterations repairs

Buy into a professional tailoring and garment alteration franchise…The ZipYard

The ZipYard is an award-winning franchise business which was first launched in Ireland in 2005 and expanded into the UK from 2011. We now have 56 stores throughout the UK and Ireland.

Our business concept is simple: we provide a range of high-quality tailoring and repair services and one-hour express repairs for minor alterations.

With our striking and bold branding, The Zip Yard is a distinctive clothing alteration boutique which stands out from the competition both in appearance and in the services we deliver. Indeed, we offer quality tailoring and clothing alterations quickly from high street locations, with affordable prices guaranteed.

Meanwhile, customers also enjoy our spacious and modern stores, as well as the convenient computerised system which tracks orders and informs customers about collection times. Our open plan layout also means customers can see our seamstresses at work.

As the only garment alterations and repair franchise in the UK, partnering with The ZipYard offers a unique opportunity to become part of a successful brand that’s still growing.

The Zipyard franchise business opportunity for sale tailoring clothing alterations repairs

Role of the franchisee

At The ZipYard we’re looking for business owners not tailors, dress makers or seamstresses. You need a passion for business not a passion for sewing – we are looking for people keen to take responsibility for managing and developing a successful business.

Cost of the franchise

The total cost of a ZipYard franchise is £38,500 plus VAT and Shop fit.

The £38,500 is broken down as follows:

There is a one-off licence fee of £15,000.

We charge £5,000 for training, project management (of the shop fit), initial staff recruitment and your marketing launch programme.

The final £18,500 covers all your equipment, the computer system, pre-start merchandising, marketing collateral and opening stock.

The very good news is that the major banks can fund up to 70% - dependent upon your financial history.

The ZipYard franchise package

Your investment delivers a fully operational and fully supported business, with trained staff and comprehensive marketing from day on. Plus … all the ZipYard Centres are finished to a distinctive design specification which is customer friendly, highly branded and very visible.

You will also receive:

  • Licence to trade
  • Training in the knowhow and operation of the business
  • Comprehensive Marketing Launch programme
  • Merchandising of the Centre
  • Extensive marketing collateral
  • The ZipYard Internet
  • Services of an experienced shop fitting team to customise your premises into a ZipYard business
  • Equipment, merchandise and furniture necessary for the business.
  • Operating manuals
  • Access to The ZipYard Intranet
  • Hardware and software for sales, pricing and accounts reports – with technical support.
  • Marketing plan and comprehensive range of marketing collateral
  • Staff recruitment

“After meeting the franchisor, Nigel Toplis, we were very impressed by the professionalism of the franchise. Since opening the reaction from customers has been amazing and business is going so well that we have opened a second Centre.”
Richard McConnell, The ZipYard Altrincham and Wilmslow

How we train and support you

The Zipyard franchise business opportunity for sale tailoring clothing alterations repairs

As part of your investment, you will receive the full backing, training and support of a management team with over 70 years combined experience in franchising, and are specialists in their business fields.

We are always on hand with help, advice, marketing support, on-going training, product development and much more.

To ensure you are up-to-date with best practices and all necessary information, we have Network Meetings throughout the year adding new marketing collateral to the ‘bank’.

Training is part classroom based (at Head Office) and part in-centre – for true hands on experience. All Franchise Owners undergo a two-week comprehensive induction programme, covering business practices, computer systems, running a centre, marketing and promotions, recruitment, counter sales etc.

Are we the right fit?

You do not need to have a background in the garment alterations industry as full training will be provided. Furthermore, we will assist with finding the right premises in the best location, and recruiting and training staff.

We would expect a new Franchise Owner to at least meet – if not surpass – our benchmark of £100,000 turnover in their first year and to have the ambition to drive onto £250,000 by the end of year three.

We look for Franchise Owners who will be as dedicated, passionate, focused and hard working as we are.Successful Franchise Owners will be ambitious to run their own business, customer driven, well-organised and keen to follow a proven business system.

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The Zipyard franchise business opportunity for sale tailoring clothing alterations repairs

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