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ChipsAway Franchise

ChipsAway franchisees offer high-quality bodywork repair services for automotive scratches, minor dents and scuffs.

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At a Glance

Established: 1994

UK Presence: Over 220 franchisees

Start Up Cost: £29,995

Min personal contribution: £15,000

Development type: Single-unit franchises, multi-unit franchises

BFA Status: Full

Franchise Info

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There’s no better time to become your own boss. With market leaders ChipsAway, you can wave goodbye to working hard for someone else’s gain, control your own diary, and reap your own rewards.

By choosing ChipsAway you will benefit from:

  • A tried and tested business model
  • Over £150,000 worth of leads* generated per franchisee per year
  • National advertising including extensive TV, social media and digital campaigns
  • All the support and training you need to launch your successful business
  • An established brand – recognised by 11 times as many customers as the nearest car repair competitor – according to a recent YouGov survey.

The ChipsAway franchise is all of the above and more.

Keep reading to understand how you can create a better lifestyle for you and your family without the uncertainty that often comes with starting a business.

ChipsAway are the originators of the SMART (Small to Medium Area Repair Technology) repair process. As a FULL British Franchise Association (BFA) member with IMI, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accreditations and affiliation with 3M and BVRLA, you won’t find better quality training, products and ongoing sales and marketing support at any other franchise.

Established in the UK for over 20 years. We now have the largest network of repair specialists in the UK, who have all undergone specialist training at our bespoke IMI accredited training centre in Worcestershire.

As a ChipsAway business owner, you will visit customers locally in your mobile workshop, offering high quality, value-for-money, everyday car damage repairs, including paintwork scratches, bumper scuffs and minor dents – known in the industry as SMART repairs. With ChipsAway’s flexible business plan, some franchisees develop their business further and operate from a Car Care Centre, with or without a mobile workshop, which can increase both the potential number of repairs that can be carried out, and the average repair value.

SMART repairs are quicker, more convenient and better value than traditional body shop methods, and we pride ourselves on our 5-star Trustpilot rating awarded to us by our customers for the excellent, high quality service we provide.

A ChipsAway business package includes technical training, marketing and sales courses, ongoing business and technical support and advice, a host of marketing materials and a 24/7 Call Centre, based in the UK, ready to answer customer enquiries.

This market-leading franchise will cost £29,995 + VAT, but with our various pricing options you will only need £15,000 + VAT to get started.

Chipsaway franchisee fixing paint work on car

Why ChipsAway?

Be your own boss with a turnkey ChipsAway franchise. A FULL member of the BFA, ChipsAway guarantee all new franchisees are given all the support and training needed to start a successful paint and bodywork repair business. Plus, on average, over £150,000 worth of leads* were generated per franchisee in 2020*.

With ChipsAway, you will receive 4 weeks of expert, hands-on practical training at our bespoke facility – accredited with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) – before starting work.

But it’s not just the practical skills you need. We know that not all of you have previous experience running a business, so we also provide Business Mentoring from an experienced Franchisee, and dedicated Franchisee support team member to help you and a business plan template, which you can personalise to match your ambition. 

Unrivaled support

Beyond your initial training, we will make sure you have the network of support you need to run your business smoothly. With our ongoing technical advice, unlimited help and advice from your fellow franchisees and invitations to attend our annual Conference or Regional Meetings, our support is unrivalled.

With around 250,000 customer enquiries coming in each year – that’s £40million of enquiries – from day one we will ensure you have enough jobs available to keep you busy. It’s up to you, and your ambition, how much work you want to undertake.

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Recognised Brand

Why go it alone when you can have the backing of a nationally recognised brand leader? ChipsAway are the UK’s leading minor automotive repair franchise with 1000% higher UK brand awareness than our nearest competitor, as confirmed by a recent YouGov survey.

The ChipsAway Marketing Support team provides franchisees with extensive national advertising, including nationwide coverage on TV, and online and offline campaigns throughout the year to raise brand awareness. As a result of extensive national advertising campaigns, including our TV advertising, the average ChipsAway franchisee received over 1200 customer enquiries in 2019 via the ChipsAway Head Office.

Furthermore, to ensure you are generating interest in your territory, we will help you put together a bespoke launch and marketing plan for your business and provide all the materials you’ll need. This includes leaflets, local advertising, stationery, a personal webpage and an email address, as well as all other essentials, like your ChipsAway uniform.

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The Business Model

Our flexible business model can be tailored to suit your ambitions. Running a ChipsAway business means you decide how long you work, and how much work you undertake. As a ‘man in a van’ operation, some of our franchisees turnover in excess of £75,000 a year. If you’re interested in growing your business by taking on more staff or even expanding into multiple territories, we’ll be with you every step of the way.

As busy as you might be, with the steering wheel in your hands, you can make sure that your free time is your time – whether it’s family time, gym-time or kick-your-feet-up-and-read-the-paper time.

Open Days

Interested in becoming part of the UK’s leading automotive paintwork repair franchise? Book onto one of our regular informal Open Days to find out more detail about what it’s like to run a ChipsAway franchise or request an obligation-free prospectus using the form below.

At our Open Days you can chat to some of our current franchisees and see a hands-on demonstration of the SMART repairs you could be doing. We look forward to seeing you soon!

*The average franchisee received over 1,000 enquiries via Head Office in 2020, which at our average repair value equates to over £150,000 worth of work.

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Case Studies

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Female franchisee succeeding in automotive repair industry

Caroline Clennell is one half of the husband and wife duo who run ChipsAway Shroud and Cirencester. Caroline and Jim Clennell joined the ChipsAway network in 2016 after both deciding they were ready to start working for themselves. Jim previously worked as a Translator, whilst Caroline worked as a Studio Painter. Creatives at heart, and with a keen interest in cars, the franchise was a natural fit for the ambitious couple. Caroline is particularly keen to bring more women into the industry.  Read their story...

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Exclusive Interview: “Watching my children grow up was more important to me than my career”

Richard Dexter worked for 16 years as a Film and TV animator, which whilsy glamourous on the surface meant long hours away from his family. He lost the enjoyment from his work and was missing out on his children growing up. Richard found out about franchise opportunties with ChipsAway from his wife and the hands-on work involved meant that Richard could still use the practical skills he had learned. Learn about how Richard found a healthy work/life balance with a ChipsAway franchise which gave him the freedom of time to watch his children grow up!

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Ryan Lythe – Franchisee since November 2010

“A ChipsAway franchise gives you the opportunity to buy into a proven business model which works. This means I could change my career without having to lose earnings. When I attended the Open Day, I had the opportunity to use a spray gun to repaint an old vehicle, and that was when I realised how much I liked the idea of painting.” Learn more about franchise opportunities with ChipsAway by reading on...

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Interview with Andy Darby, ChipsAway: "The rewards are there if you're prepared to work hard!"

After 11 years in the army, Andy was concerned about the transition from military to owning his own business. Although it seemed daunting, by following the ChipsAway business model and taking advantage of the available training and support, Andy had a smooth transition. He was able to expand his business quickly and has now built up a multi-van operation and team of employees to serve his two territories.

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“I was attracted to ChipsAway in the first place because of the strength of the brand”

Hussein Hussein has been part of ChipsAway for over 8 years and demand for this automotive paintwork repair services have never been higher! Learn more about his journey with ChipsAway in this interview...

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Ryan Lathe talks about expanding his ChipsAway franchise to keep up with demand!

Ryan has never been short of work since joining the ChipsAway franchise in 2010. Ryan has taken on an employee and expanded into a Car Care centre to keep up with demand.

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ChipsAway franchisee, Andy Darby named as a winner in the first Great British Franchisee Awards

Owner of ChipsAway Cambridge, Huntingdon and St Neots, Andy Darby has been announced as a winner of the Great British Franchisee Awards hosted by Which Franchise.  The Great British Franchisee Awards focuses on the people who have made UK franchising a success.  Recognising outstanding performance of franchisees, regardless of the size of their business or the sector they work in.

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ChipsAway: The UK's Top-Rated Car and Auto Repair Franchise

ChipsAway has been ranked as the top ‘Car and Auto Repair’ franchise in Franchise Direct’s Top 100, as well as ranking as number 40 overall in the UK.

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ChipsAway celebrates record quarter and pandemic bounce back

SMART car bodywork repair network ChipsAway has reported its strongest quarter ever, with leads up almost 14 per cent compared to the same time last year.

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A comprehensive new marketing strategy following the easing of lockdown restrictions has created a surge in demand for ChipsAway’s services, with the company celebrating a record month for consumer leads generated for the UK-wide network of franchisees. In the month of July, ChipsAway, the UK’s leading SMART car body work repair network, recorded a 10 per cent increase in customer leads compared to July last year, marking its most successful month ever! Website sessions also increased 7 per cent year on year.

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ChipsAway Celebrates Renewal of 25-Year Franchisee

Steve Giles was one of ChipsAway’s first franchise partners in the UK, setting up just one year after the brand was established in 1994. Following a quarter of a century in his mobile business, which covers the Farnham, Camberley and Fleet areas, Steve, 58, has committed to another five years with ChipsAway.

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