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The area covers all the Durham, Tees, and Darlington postcodes, providing a mix of large towns and cities alongside some beautiful villages and countryside. This area is well spread geographically and demographically so it provides a very stable base and despite the recent recession sales have remained steady.
This territory is priced at £45,080 (inventory/stock included)
Comment from exiting franchisee
"I first bought the area in 2004 and it has been great to be able to have the flexibility to help my children through their schooling whilst still able to run my own business. I didn't have previous experience in this type of work but the training at Head Office and continued support from my Business Development Manager has helped me tremendously.
The range of cards we have to sell have been expanded over the years I have run this franchise and we now can offer an excellent range of cards for all tastes, plus the added opportunities from the recent range of gift wrap and bags. Variety has also been added to with seasonal cards providing the opportunity to increase sales further.
The number of retailers I already sell to is a solid base to build on, but there are plenty of untapped outlets who could take the increasing range of OPC cards. The quality is always a winner, and when they find they only pay for cards after they have sold them they see how easy it is to take a stand. OPC have also worked to increase their exposure to national accounts and although I have some of these, the lists provided show how many there are still out there.
My aim has been to just maintain the number of outlets that I have to service. Inevitably some are lost but I just work to replace them with another. Someone who wants to expand the area could easily put time into gaining new sites using the national lists or their own call lists. When the area is sold I will help the new owners and introduce them to all the businesses they will call on. After that I'm hoping it's time for me to put my feet up and retire at last".
Malcolm & Jill Massey, OPC Franchisees (Teeside Durham)
About The Original Poster Company
The Original Poster Company (OPC) is the world’s leading greeting card distribution franchise, operating in an industry worth over £1.4 billion just in the UK. Established in 1991, OPC’s franchise network has had complete UK coverage for over 20 years and is a full member of the British Franchise Association. Some franchisees are now selling their existing territories as they retire or move on to new business opportunities, creating huge potential for new owners to step in!
Start a franchise with an income from day one
These franchise resale territories are already established, so you start with an existing profitable business, including stock, cash flow and customers. So, our extensive range of high quality products brings you an income from day one.
“I had previously owned my own shop – a 7 ‘til 11 and I decided to sell that on, stop working so many hours and spend more time with my family. My advice to others looking at buying a franchise is to have a go, I did and I love it! I’ve had a lot of support from the OPC Business Development Managers and even though I started in 2001 with my OPC resale territory, I am still growing the business!”
John Thompson, OPC Derby & Tamworth
Training and support
All new franchise owners follow an initial comprehensive training programme with regular on-going field support from a dedicated Business Development Manager. This provides you with all the support you need to grow your sales and keep overheads low, whilst achieving great profit margins.
“There was good initial training from our Business Development Manager (BDM) – formal training followed up by time out in the field merchandising with us. There is also on-going training at our regular meetings with our BDM.”
Jim Brady, OPC West Yorkshire & OPC North Yorkshire
In the UK, OPC is a great franchise for those with strong management and customer service skills. Over 90% of our franchisees surveyed agree that OPC’s home-based system gives them the flexibility to enjoy family life.
We look for people:
“I began looking in to franchising when I was made redundant and I started to realise that there were a lot of good franchises out there which had excellent business models in place. Franchises offer you a safety net and a degree of support so you can get help and support from the franchisor that you simply wouldn’t have if you started up a new business on your own.”
Mark & Tracey Sheldrake, OPC Croydon & South East London
Each of our resale territories has a different cost based on size of territory and current business assets but we are happy to provide you with a breakdown of financial information on application. The franchise licence fee is just £3,000 + VAT for a 5-year term and our resale territory prices start from £20,000 including stock.
Within this package you will receive all the great support you would expect with a franchise but you also benefit from an income right from day one.
Our franchisees don't even request upfront payment for our greeting cards and because it is all based on sale or return – the retailer simply pays for what they sell.
If you enjoy interacting with people, are enthusiastic, and would like to know more about how to join our greetings card franchise network, then OPC would love to talk to you.
Derrick Simpson can help those looking to buy a franchise resale or sell their existing franchise.
Cathryn Hayes is able to answer any finance related questions you have.
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