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Date Updated: 21-February-2017

Ableworld UK Franchise

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Mobility may not seem the most glamorous of retail sectors, but as far as business is concerned it is a sector with massive potential.

British Franchise AssociationOur franchisees know that they are buying a business in an industry that is predicted to grow hugely over the next 20 years. As the population ages and people live longer they often need help to continue to live independent, active lives – and that’s where our products help. Products like mobility scooters, rise-and-recline chairs, adjustable beds and hundreds of other household items specially designed to make people’s lives more comfortable.

Ableworld franchisees have two income streams – from the retail outlet and the related stairlift business. As several of our franchisees have proved, a partnership of two people, pooling their skills and experience can work very well.

Ableworld is an Associate member of the British Franchise Association (bfa).

How much does an Ableworld franchise cost?

An Ableworld Franchise can be started with as little as £75,000 for a typical retail outlet and stairlift operation.

As our franchise proposition has been approved by all the main high street banks, finance (subject to status) can be arranged for up to 70% of the total investment; you could therefore have an Ableworld Franchise for as little as £25,000 of your own money.


If you are a serious prospective business owner looking for a retail opportunity in one of the UK’s fastest growing sectors, then you’ve come to the right place!

Founded in 2001, Ableworld is the UK’s largest mobility and stairlift retailer. Selling products and services for the elderly and disabled, our aim is to help our customers enjoy greater independence and to live more comfortable and active lives.

As the population ages and lives longer, the demand for Ableworld’s products continues to increase. This is resulted in the demand for more Ableworld stores across the UK, and hence the need for the right people to join our growing network.

To get full details, why not request our FREE and non-obligatory franchise prospectus here. 

The Ableworld franchise opportunity

Ableworld offers our franchisees two complimentary income streams – a retail outlet and the stairlift business.

  • Our retail outlets offer customers a large range of mobility and homecare products at value for money prices; our products range from walking sticks to hi-spec mobility scooters. We excel and pride ourselves on the level of customer service and aftercare we offer.
  • Our stairlife business provides a complete service from initial assessment through to the fitting and maintenance of high quality reliable stairlifts.

Is this franchise right for you?

This franchise is therefore ideal for a couple/joint business owners to manage, with one person concentrating on the retail outlet, (the role is similar to that of a specialist retail manager) and one on the stairlift business.

For the stairlift business we will train you to quote, install and repair the equipment. You can either do this yourself or we can help you to recruit an engineer if you prefer to concentrate on the sales and management side of the business.

You don’t need to have prior experience as we will give you full training on all aspects of the business, though a background in light engineering or mechanics is an advantage for the stairlift side of the business.

One of the factors which sometimes comes as a surprise to franchisees is how much job satisfaction they get from helping people to live more comfortable and active lives. This is a business role that really does make a positive contribution in your local community.

How much does an Ableworld franchise cost?

Some potential franchisees can be put off investing in retail franchises because of the high levels of minimum investment required. Figures of £150K-£250K are not uncommon.

In contrast, an Ableworld Franchise can be started with as little as £75,000 for a typical-sized retail outlet and stairlift franchise.

And since our franchise proposition has been approved by all the main high street banks who specialise in franchise lending, finance (subject to status) can be arranged for up to 70% of the total investment which means that you can start an Ableworld Mobility Franchise in your area with less than £25,000 investment of your own.

Find out more today

Since our inception in 2001, we have grown each year and have ambitious plans for the future that you can now be part of.

So if you are looking for a franchise with true business potential and one which helps people in your community, then contact us today to find out more about the Ableworld franchise opportunity.

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