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Agency Express Franchise

Agency Express is the UK’s largest provider of professional estate agency board services. Van-based franchise. 2023 BFA HSBC Franchisor of the Year.

Ben Brookes Agency Express

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At a Glance

Established: 1998

UK Presence: 117 franchisees

Average start up cost: £25,000

Min personal contribution: £12,500

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

Franchise Membership: bfa Established

Franchise Info

Agency Express gold award winners

The award-winning van-based franchise...

2023 BFA HSBC British Franchisor of the Year Winner

Multi award winning Agency Express was established in 1998 to offer a nationwide professional board service to both corporate and independent estate agencies.

Via a network of 117 successful franchise operators, Agency Express erects and services over 60% of all estate agency boards in the UK, and their market share continues to grow.

Agency Express benefits from being virtually unaffected by the ups and downs of the property market and today as a reflection of their ongoing success, their franchisees conduct over 5000 individual board movements each working day, making over 100,000 property visits every month. 

As an award winning franchise and market leader, franchisees also benefit from Agency Express’ nationally recognised brand, established reputation, a comprehensive franchise package and high levels of support.

The unique Agency Express franchise package requires an investment of £24,500 plus fully claimable VAT and has been carefully designed to get your business up and running straight away.

If you are looking for a van-based opportunity with unrivalled rates of success, then Agency Express has excellent greenfield and resale opportunities available.

Unique benefits

  • A low-cost, low-overhead business
  • Excellent earning potential
  • Comprehensive training & ongoing support
  • Valuable national & corporate accounts
  • Industry leading technology
  • Simple to operate
  • Head office invoicing and payments system
  • Minimal administration
Agency Express van

What do you get for your investment?

The Agency Express franchise package includes:

  • Territory licence -  A 10-year renewable franchise agreement to trade as Agency Express within your own exclusive territory
  • Fully sign written van - Discounted rates on a new VW Transporter van, supplied complete with Agency Express graphics, removable racking, and satellite navigation system.

  • Comprehensive training - A total of eight days training coving all aspects of our business and a business launch in your own territory.
  • Business launch and ongoing support - Including extensive territory research, customer database creation and mailshot campaigns
  • Specialist tools and equipment - All tools and equipment are provided for you to get your business up and running. Included in our comprehensive package is an Android smart phone, a specialist vinyl printer, together with supplies of vinyl, 4mm ‘correx’, compact ladders and a variety of other bespoke tools.
  • Access to SignMaster3 - A 10-year licence to access SignMaster3, the Agency Express online board management system. SignMaster3 and the Signmaster3 Franchisee App enables you to seamlessly manage all work on a daily basis.
  • Corporate clothing - An all-weather range of high quality banded corporate clothing and essential day to day safety wear.
  • Stationery and marketing literature - All the start-up corporate stationery supplies, business cards and marketing literature you will require
  • Public liability insurance - The premium paid on your first 12 months’ public liability insurance, covering you for £5,000,000
  • Operations manual - A comprehensive Franchise Procedure and Operations Manual covering all aspects of the business

Agency Express franchisees standing in from of a house

Ongoing training and support

Agency Express franchisees are never alone in their journey as the head office team are only a phone call or email away with help and advice.

Furthermore, Agency Express unique SignMaster3 on-line board ordering system supports you by reducing your administration to a minimum and their centralised accounts department takes care of all invoicing for you.

The ideal Agency Express franchisee

As a van-based business, Agency Express looking for franchisees who are hands-on, motivated, and energetic.

You do not need previous experience or business qualifications, as their training will fully prepare you for running your own business.

You will be allocated an exclusive territory in which you operate. This will provide you with the optimum chance of reaping high rewards with your work habits determining the rate of your success.

Awards winners

At Agency Express are passionate about the services we provide, the foundations of our successes and of our franchisees are built on excellent customer service and unrivalled solutions. This is why Agency Express are multiple Gold award winners in the HSBC bfa Franchisor of the Year Awards, The Negotiator, The ESTAS and The Sunday Times ‘Supplier of the Year’ awards.

Agency Express van outside house
Agency Express awards

Ben Brookes Agency Express

Interested in Agency Express?

Contact Ben Brookes

Managing Director - For insight into Agency Express opportunity

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Agency Express Franchise Resales

Success Stories

Success Story
Taking control of his future with Agency Express franchise

Richard Jones became an Agency Express Franchisee during the 2020 COVID pandemic. Previously a manager within transport optimisation departments for logistics companies, Richard decided that it was time to take control of his future and fixed his sights on owning a franchise business.

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Success Story
Finding Dymonds in the COVID Economy

Following a diverse career ranging from a Business Analyst for a FTSE 250 company to a local courier driver, Paul was ready for a new challenge and set his sights on becoming his own boss. He like many others, Paul had begun his journey in to franchising when the COVID-19 lockdown began, but confident in his decision to buy a franchise business and undeterred he continued on his path.

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Success Story
Interview: "The Agency Express training program is well-structured and very helpful."

Following a 15-year career in the supply and maintenance of fitness equipment, Bert decided that it was time for a new challenge and a change in his work-life balance. An opportunity to purchase his local established Agency Express franchise from the exisiting franchisee became available and Bert seized his chance! Learn how Agency Express' training support has helped Bert hit the ground running in his franchise!

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Success Story
Interview: Agency Express gave me flexibility and security for my family!

The ability to provide flexibility and security for her young family was what drew Gemma Vettranio, a Human Resources manager for 15 years, into becoming an Agency Express franchisee. Learn about her complete change of career direction as an opportunity to venture into franchising presented itself, and how she has never looked back!

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Success Story
Agency Express gave John Burke the opportunity to become his own boss!

John Burke has run a successful Agency Express franchise since 2004. Previous to this he had worked for 15 years as a long-distance lorry driver, which meant spending long hours away from home. This was the driving factor in wanting to change his career and become his own boss.

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Success Story
Agency Express was the change of direction Neil Chapman needed!

Neil Chapman became an Agency Express franchisee in November 2012. Previously a Hackney Proprietor based in Oldham, Neil was ready for a new challenge and a change of direction. Being self employed for many years Neil knew of the uncertainties that starting a new business could bring. This is why a franchise opportunity appealed to him, because of the high levels of support and the increased rates of success.

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Franchisor Interview
Interview with Ben Brookes, Managing Director, Agency Express

Since starting his Agency Express journey, Ben Brookes has helped to grow the company to over 110 franchisees.   In this article, Ben talks about why the need for a single solution for the thousands of for sale and to let boards erected daily, led to the formation of Agency Express in 1998.  And why franchising was the preferred choice for expanding the service nationwide. Ben also talks about the company’s successes and achievements to date, as well as overcoming the recent challenges of Covid-19, and ultimately why Agency Express is one of the leading franchises in the UK today. 

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Agency Express wins Franchisor of the Year - Gold in the 2023 BFA HSBC British Franchise Awards

Agency Express, the largest provider of professional estate agency board services in the UK has won the Franchisor of the Year – Gold award at the 2023 BFA HSBC British Franchise Awards. Commenting on their win managing director Ben Brookes said: “To win this award means absolutely everything to us. The culmination of the tireless hard work from the Agency Express network and HQ team, we are truly overwhelmed to be recognised by the BFA as the best in the business.”

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Agency Express ranked top 50 in the prestigious Elite Franchise 100

Agency Express are delighted to announce that we have once again been recognised as one of the UK’s top franchise opportunities, raking within the Top 50 of the Elite Franchise Top 100.

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Agency Express make ESTAS 'Supplier of the Year' shortlist for a 7th consecutive year

Agency Express are delighted to announce that they have once again been shortlisted in the ESTAS estate agency ‘Supplier of the Year’ awards.

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Agency Express announce new Managing Director appointment

Agency Express, the UK’s largest provider of professional estate agency board services are delighted to announce the promotion of Ben Brookes, Director of Franchising to Managing Director and equity shareholder in Agency Express Ltd. Agency Express founder Stephen Watson will now assume the position of Chairman, alongside his continued role as a board member of the British Franchise Association.

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Agency Express wins a supplier award at the 2019 ESTAS

Agency Express are delighted to announce that they have once again been recognised for their outstanding customer service to clients, by the largest and longest running award scheme in the UK residential property industry.  The ESTAS determines the best suppliers in the industry based purely on feedback from estate and letting agents who are asked a series of questions about the service they have received. 

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Agency Express make ESTAS shortlist for the 6th consecutive year

After several months of collecting customer votes we are thrilled to announce that Agency Express has for a sixth consecutive year been recognised for its outstanding customer service to its clients by The ESTAS, the biggest award scheme in the UK residential property industry.

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