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Cafe2U Franchise

Cafe2U is the world's largest mobile coffee franchise delivering gourmet coffee, hot chocolate and great tasting food direct to works, events and functions.

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At a Glance

Established: Established in Australia in 2000 and the UK in 2004.

UK Presence: Over 85 franchisees

Start Up Cost: £20,950

Min personal contribution: £10,000

BFA Status: Associate

Franchise Info

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Established in Australia in 2000, Café2U is proud to be the pioneer of the mobile café franchise.

Launched in the UK in 2004, Cafe2U has grown to become the largest mobile coffee franchise in the country with over 85 franchisees.

We provide top-quality coffee, hot chocolate and hot and cold food directly to our customers wherever they are, be it at their office or at private and corporate events.

Cafe2U is a multi-award winner in the national awards conducted by the Beverage Standards Association (BSA), and this is down to the ongoing success of the people who join Cafe2U, the training we provide, and the fantastic products we use.  We would love to continue this success with the further recruitment of Cafe2U franchise owners across the UK.

Cafe2U franchisee serving from back of their van

The Cafe2U franchise model

Cafe2U franchise owners are successfully running their own mobile coffee business using Cafe2U’s mobile coffee franchise system without the hassles of landlords, staff or rent.

Our model is based around a 5 day working week, with franchisees enjoying the freedom to work to a schedule that suits them, and so attending events and functions at the weekend offers additional earning potential.

A Cafe2U Franchise Partner receives an exclusive territory license, full training program, accelerated launch package and marketing pack. Your Cafe2U van will be available on a lease scheme or can be purchased outright, depending on your capital position.

The renowned Cafe2U ‘Acceleration Package’ provides a £275 per day revenue guarantee to ensure early momentum in your business. And so, whilst most of our franchise partners do successfully run just one van in one territory, our ‘Acceleration Package’ enables business owners to reach an initial level of sales that previously took at least three months to achieve from which you can build on to whatever level you desire; from single unit operator to a multi-unit franchisee. 

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The cost of a Cafe2U franchise

You will be provided with the tools to calculate your own earnings potential, but with a typical Gross Profit of between 65 – 75%, from an initial franchise fee investment of £20,950+VAT, the potential returns are as exciting as the coffee!

How we train and support you

Each Cafe2U Franchise Partner receives a comprehensive 4 week training package, at the Cafe2U Academy in Yorkshire, which we have named the Acceleration Package. Why? Because we have proved that this training and launch program propels a new franchise partners revenue and skill sets to a level that previously took at least three months to achieve.

  • 1 week of classroom training
  • 1 week Franchise Partner (in territory) pre-work conducted under supervision of the Franchise Development Manager
  • 2 weeks in territory launch program with a Franchise Partner Development Manager to fast track the development of the business, find customers, and help you please them!
  • Franchise Partner Revenue Guarantee of £275 per day!

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Case Studies

Case Study
Cafe2U franchisee's working day

Iain and wife Jenny started their Café2U franchise in Chelmsford in 2013.  “I had come across the notion of franchising about 15 years ago during a discussion with friends and understood that many large chains like McDonald’s were actually franchises. I liked the idea of the central support that being part of a franchise offered, and so when the time came for me to start my own busine,ss I knew that buying a franchise would be my best option.

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A day in the life of Kent franchisee Paul Newman

Paul Newman joined Cafe2U in November 2011 after spending 30 years working for McDonald's, 7 years of which involved being a Business Manager and running his own branch. After all that time, Paul decided he was ready for a change and following a chance finding on the internet, Paul discovered Cafe2U and the franchises they offered.

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Cafe2U the obvious choice for a hospitality manager

With financial support from family, Alan Fulton was able to get back in control of his work life and set up his Cafe2U franchise in Aberdeen South in August 2014. When he decided to start looking for a business Alan was no stranger to franchising as his father had bought a Chips Away franchise previously. However, he was looking for a beverage based franchise so he could utilise his previous experience but without the unsociable hours, therefore, Cafe2U seemed the perfect option for him.

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Confidence in the franchise model with Cafe2U

Jeff Peters launched his Cafe2U franchise in Belfast Harbour and enjoys the benefits of being part of the franchise system.

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Cafe2u barista confirms that it is worth waiting for the right franchise

Jon Hinde joined Cafe2U in August 2012, five years after his first enquiry. After just those few months, Jon has really got to grips with his Cafe2U franchise business in Preston and has already scooped up Cafe2U’s Supreme Bean Award at their Annual National Leadership Conference in March 2013.

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From Business Franchise Manager to Cafe2U franchisee

Faye Cochrane was the Business Franchise Manager of BeanScene, the number one coffee house focusing on music and atmosphere in Scotland.  

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Cafe2u sets out 2020 vision

2019 marked an important year for Cafe2U. Not only were we officially recognised as the UK’s number one mobile coffee franchise, we were also listed in the country’s top 20 franchises overall. However, 2020 is set to take things to a whole new level.

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Cafe2u franchisee diversifies through Covid-19 pandemic

Alan Fulton runs his mobile coffee van franchise Cafe2U in Cove and the surrounding business parks. However, since the Covid-19 outbreak, the business owner experienced a harrowing dip in trade. Refusing to let this dampen his spirits, and with Government guidelines allowing him to continue trading, he has done everything in his power to avoid closing by making “sweeping changes” to his services.

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Cafe2U is a mobile coffee franchise system, delivering fresh espresso coffee and great food to businesses, events and functions. The business model is based on weekday success, with franchise partners able to increase this regular revenue through event and function work.

It is a great opportunity for small business entrepreneurs to own their successful mobile coffee business without the hassles of landlords, rent or staff.

Equipped with a state of the art Mercedes-Benz Vito van fully compliant with all regulations and Cafe2U branded products made with only top quality ingredients, you are guaranteed to serve food and beverages of the highest standard.

If you are ready to give the high level of commitment expected, enjoy being out and about and in contact with people, Cafe2U definitely is a franchise for you!

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