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Snap-on Tools Franchise

Snap-on is the world’s number one professional tool brand. Our franchisees take their mobile tool showroom to customers.

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At a Glance

Established: 1920 in the US and 1965 in the UK

UK Presence: 400+

Start Up Cost: £11,588

Min personal contribution: £11,588

International Presence Over 4300 franchisees globally

Development type: single unit franchisees and/or multi-unit franchisees

BFA Status: Full

Franchise Info

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Join one of the UK’s most established, largest and recognisable franchise brands…Snap-on Tools

Snap-on Tools is the world’s number one professional tool brand, we’re the industry specialists of choice for the modern mechanic – a badge we’ve worn proudly for over 100 years!  As well as designing and manufacturing great tools, we are also a great franchise business opportunity.

Snap-on franchisees sell our world-famous branded tools via their high-tech mobile tool showroom. They bring a complete retail shopping environment to customers at their workplace.  And a major benefit of being mobile is not having the high overheads such as rent, rates, utilities, that most other retail businesses will have.

“Snap-on is the perfect retail model. You take the best products and sell them to the people who need them.”
Scott Walters, Conwy franchisee

Today, we have over 430 franchisees operating territories in the UK and Ireland. Globally, our franchise network is made up of more than 4,300 franchises.

There’s no limit to what you can achieve as a Snap-on franchisee. Whether you want to be a “one-man van” operation or you want to develop a multi-van, multi-territory operation, we’re here to give you all the support and guidance you need to achieve your goals.

snap-on franchisee in his mobile showroom

Why choose a Snap-on franchise

“The Snap-on franchise has changed my life. I feel like I’m in charge of my own destiny now. Rather than working for somebody doing the same thing Monday to Friday 9–5, I’m now driving my own business forward, being able to create my own goals, and achieve my own dreams.”
Nick Allen, Shrewsbury franchisee

Here are just a few reasons why, when you choose Snap-on, you choose one of the UK’s number one franchises:

  • We find your customers, you build the relationship
  • You keep 100% of your profits - unlike many other franchisors, with Snap-on, there are no percentage-based royalties to pay 
  • 165+ UK-based head office support staff dedicated to your success
  • Six-month onboarding programme designed to get you up-to-speed, fast!
  • Average franchisee sales of over £6k per week
  • Multi-territory and multi-store options encouraged and supported
  • Family business – spouses and family often involved
  • Snap-on help to buy scheme available
  • Exceptional training and comprehensive ongoing support
  • Proven franchise model, refined for over 100 years

snap-on franchisee with customer

How we support you

Once you are up and running, Snap-on franchisees are matched to one of our Franchise Performance Teams who support you in all areas of your business – that means always knowing who’s going to be on the other end of the phone or visiting you in person.  Other support benefits include:

  • Dedicated Franchise Developer for your first four weeks
  • An additional 31 days of on-van support
  • 51 support days within your first six months
  • Dedicated Sales Developer for life
  • Head office telephone support line through to all departments
  • Monthly franchisee forums for training, new product launches and sharing ideas
  • Annual conference and Tool Show – training, networking and entertainment for you and your family
  • National marketing strategy and promotional materials delivered fortnightly
  • National Franchisee Advisory Council – have your say on important topics

“Snap-on is the best company I’ve ever worked with. I don’t feel like I’m on my own even though I’m out running the business on my own day-to-day. I enjoy working with Snap-on and they’re a great team of people,”
Adam Callis, Snap-on Cornwall

snap-on franchisee standing next to van

Our training

Training starts with ten days of classroom-style training where you will learn how to run a successful Snap-on franchise:

  • Product knowledge and application: getting comfortable with our most popular tools
  • Marketing and merchandising: how to build great deals and showcase your stock
  • Salesmanship: we work on a proven ‘features and benefits’ approach to sales
  • Credit selling: helping your customer structure their purchases for long term benefits
  • Customer service and management: how to create and keep happy customers
  • Business administration: behind the scenes work that keeps the wheels turning!
  • Basic accounts: cash collection and banking processes that are as easy as 1, 2, 3
  • Computer training: getting you up to speed on your sales and stock systems

Then, it’s over to our UK head office in Kettering where you’ll meet the staff who will support you daily and where you collect your very own custom-built mobile store. 

“I’ve been a franchisee since 1997 but I still get training! We get updates and meetings to attend but mostly you are constantly gaining experience in selling and how to deal with customers on a day to day basis.”
Elio Auletta, Sutton franchisee

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How much does a Snap-on Tools franchise cost?

With our exclusive Jump Start package, you only need £11,588 and Snap-on will fund the remaining investment on a ten-year interest-bearing loan (subject to personal status).

 Fixed, regular payments mean you can manage your cash flow and always know exactly where you are with your finances. 

“I took out a loan from Snap-on to help fund the purchase of my franchise. I paid that off, in full, 10 months into my franchise. I have £60,000 worth of tools in my van and they’re all mine. I can’t tell you what that feels like, it’s just brilliant.

“I looked into a couple of other franchises but Snap-on are really transparent and up-front about the business, what it entails, costs etc. and the best thing is, compared to some other franchises they don’t constantly dip into your business for fees!”
William Hurt, East Dereham franchisee

“I’m expanding in to a second territory and have funded that through Snap-on Finance again. I feel the commitment to repay a loan is a great driver and it helps me to focus and accelerate the business launch and grow sales more rapidly. My target is to repay the new loan in 2 years or less!”
Richard Swayne, Dartford franchisee

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Case Studies

Case Study
“I finally feel part of something worthwhile and exciting!”

38-year-old dad – and step-dad – of five, Dean Giles, has always worked in the motor trade in one form or another. For over twenty years, the experienced mechanic worked for some of the most renowned car manufacturers in the world, remaining close to home in West Kent. Since leaving school aged 16 and starting as an apprentice with Vauxhall, two things have remained constant in his life; his goal to have a great career and his love of Snap-on Tools. Now, he’s combined his two passions, by investing in his own Snap-on franchise in Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks.

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Never a dull moment with Snap-on Tools!

Alun Jones, 39, wanted to do one of two things when he ‘grew up’ – work in Motorsport or be Snap-on man. Unlike many who are quick to disregard their childhood dreams, he’s managed to achieve both! His varied career has indeed involved a stint working for Motorsport teams across Europe. But it is his role as a Snap-on franchisee in West Wales that has brought him the career satisfaction he so desperately yearned for. And he’s got big plans in mind for the future. Learn what attracted Alun to running his own Snap-On Tools franchise and his plans for the future here...

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Family man turned Snap-on man!

Three things motivate 26-year-old dad of one and Snap-on man, Lajwer Khattak – known as ‘Laj’ by his family, friends and customers – to succeed. His desire to earn a good living for his wife and young son, his dream to stay out from behind a desk and his passion for the Snap-on brand. And the former workshop technician knows exactly where he’d like to be in five years’ time. Learn more about Laj's journey into franchising with Snap-On Tools here...

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HSBC commend Snap-on for exceptional performance - again!

After being named the UK’s top automotive franchise and number two opportunity in the country overall for 2022, Snap-on Tools now has another award under its belt. The ‘HSBC Elite Franchise Exceptional Performance Award’ was presented to Snap-on Tools for the second consecutive year at a lavish ceremony at the Hilton London Kensington in March.

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Busting common myths about van franchising

With over 400 franchisees in the UK and Ireland, Snap-on Tools is one of the largest and most easily recognisable van franchises in the country. National Franchise Manager, Lisa Law, discusses five of the most common myths surrounding the concept of van franchising.

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HSBC commend Snap-on for exceptional performance

Already named as the UK’s number one automotive franchise and sixth best opportunity overall for 2021, Snap-on Tools now adds another award to its already impressive collection. The ‘HSBC Elite Franchise Exceptional Performance Award 2021’ was presented at a virtual ceremony in March.

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Snap-on reflects on recent success and welcomes 12 new recruits

Snap-on Tools welcomed an incredible 12 new franchisees to their 400+ strong nationwide network in the last three months. As the global tool giant approaches its 100th year in business, the brand looks excitedly to the future with its new cohort of franchisees.

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Snap-on tops the polls as number one franchise in the UK!

Snap-on Tools has been named the number one franchise opportunity in the UK. The nationwide franchisor has topped the polls in the annual Elite Franchise Top 100, fighting off competition from hundreds of other industry leaders to secure first place. This is the fourth national accolade of 2019 for the Snap-on Franchise – something the brand is proud to celebrate as a network.

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