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Chemex Franchise

Chemex supplies businesses (including restaurants, care homes, pubs, gyms, hotels, bars and the emergency services sector) with specialised cleaning, hygiene and infection control products. Scalable opportunity.

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At a Glance

Established: Over 30 years

UK Presence: Franchises throughout UK

Start Up Cost: £23,500

Min personal contribution: £23,500

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

BFA Status: Full

Franchise Info

Chemex franchisee in front of van

Be part of an industry-leading and award-winning franchise, achieving a turnover of £300,000 in one year!

Chemex is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and supplier of innovative cleaning and hygiene control systems. With a 35-year history in franchising, we have the solution to support your desired lifestyle, earnings and business aspirations.

We are a well-established and award-winning franchise operating across 73 territories in the UK and 6 locations internationally but more importantly with a desire to continue that growth.

We are FULL accredited members of the British Franchise Association and have developed a time proven business model that has won British Franchise Association Franchisor of the Year twice.

As one of UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of innovative cleaning and hygiene control systems, we are the experts at what we do, supplying market-leading, multipurpose and highly concentrated products. We offer a unique and unmatched service, separating our franchisees from the competition in a growing £7 billion market. 

How the pandemic has highlighted 3 keys to success with Chemex

For 35 years Chemex has supplied hygiene, cleaning and infection control products to hotels, restaurants, pubs and care homes, but now EVERY business needs to protect their customers and staff:

  • Every business is now highly aware of the importance of sanistisation and hygiene
  • Every business is driven either by law or their reputation to buy the range of products you supply
  • Every business needs your “necessity” products and purchase them on a repeat order basis

It’s a vast marketplace, within a 10 mile radius of your home are thousands of businesses that you can supply quickly, building a profitable business. Each customer will respect your advice and love your service.

Chemex franchisee in front of van

What does being a Chemex Franchisee look like? Grow your income

From an investment of £23,500, you can achieve a turnover of £300,000 through a single van operation with a royalty level of just 6% - that’s one of the lowest in the business! With a multiple van operation, you can achieve even more; your business growth is up to you.

By creating a repeat order business to business franchise, you can generate your required income from as few as 40 customer but much more importantly we keep our customers for far longer than the industry average by providing the Chemex service and our industry leading range of environmentally friendly products. Operating through a low-cost van based structure our franchise base supplies market-leading products at value for money prices.

With a large and exclusive territory you can build a business where you protect the reputation of your customers and in doing so create your own reputation for service and excellence which in years to come will provide referrals and further business opportunity.

You don’t have to be an expert. Our successful franchisees have come from all backgrounds including farming, mining and hotel management with some having enjoyed 20 years of more in the business.

Why choose Chemex

Our products will always be in demand! Based on the simple fact that all businesses are driven by legislation and reputation to use cleaning, hygiene or infection control products throughout the year we know that our marketplace will still be here in another 35 years.

Unlike other van-based operations, your customers are your own. There are no 24-hour callouts, no minimum product orders and no forced supply to national accounts at poor margins.

You are in control of your daily and weekly schedule but much more importantly you control which customers you want to deal with. You run all aspects of your business and through your own personality deploy the Chemex service with people who want to deal with you.

How we support our franchisees

As a Chemex Franchise owner, you will get industry leading training and support which includes:

  • Sales and marketing support - through our marketing and sales expertise we hand hold our partners through the crucial early months of business development.
  • Technical support - supported by our experts in chemistry and microbiology we provide technical back up and support.
  • Business critical equipment – this includes a tablet, PC, software, tools and uniform
  • Financial guidance – we’ll help you find a suitable finance. Working with our partner we have access to specialist franchise finance agreements.
  • Field-based support - to help you acquire new customers and identify new opportunities
  • Expert training that includes hands on, interactive sessions - we understand that one style of learning does not suit everyone and that’s why we have invested time in tailoring our training programme to ensure that we help you build the knowledge you need quickly.

Chemex Franchisee selling products to customer

What our franchisees say

Here Stephen Crinks, an existing Chemex franchisee explains what it’s like to run a Chemex franchise:

“When buying a Chemex Franchise you are taking up an opportunity to grow a business based upon your own self-employed efforts but with the additional benefit of the support provided by a well-established Franchisor as well as that of the existing Franchise network.

Chemex products are not luxury items but necessities, needing to be replenished on a regular basis. Everyone needs what we sell in order to keep their own businesses running successfully but unlike the majority of our competitors we provide a unique level of service and support.

Ongoing, the Chemex Franchisor provides training and support across the network in varying degrees based upon individual Franchisee needs to help you grow a successful and profitable business.

Running a Chemex Franchised business is hard work, always challenging, but immensely rewarding. No two days are ever the same. You have the satisfaction of helping your customers run their own businesses to the highest standard, being compliant with ever changing legislation as well as getting to know them and their needs and establishing working relationships that last for many years.

Franchising has been good to us and we would recommend it to anybody. We could not have achieved what we have as an independent business and a nice bonus is that many of our customers are now good friends too.”

Next steps

If you think that Chemex would be the right route for you, simply fill out the contact form and we will send you a Franchise information pack. If you are still interested and keen to know more, we then arrange for a one to one telephone chat followed by an invite for you to find out more at one of our Discovery days.

Chemex Franchise owner in his van with range of products

Michael Graham Chemex

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Case Studies

Case Study
Buying a Chemex resale was a "no brainer"

Having worked for many years in ancillary sales Matt Proud realised that the time had come to run his own business. It quickly became obvious to him that Chemex as a leading supplier of cleaning and hygiene products blended perfectly with his original business ideas and at the same time expanded the opportunity that he could see in the region.

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Starting a business in a pandemic

Little did Martin Winfield know that when he decided to start is own business, a pandemic was just round the corner!  Fed up with the long commutes, Martin had decided the time was right to start his own business and take control of his life.

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Chemex franchisee passes three decades with latest renewal!

With the average span of time spent in a franchise across the industry being 8.5 years, Chemex International will be celebrating one franchisee’s journey of a lifetime through three decades from the late Eighties to his contract renewal this month.Charles Williams has been a Chemex franchisee since 1989, and has no intention to stop any time soon! Learn more about Charles franchising journey with Chemex here...

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Exclusive Interview with Chemex Franchisees Margaret and Stephen Crinks

Stephen Crinks and his wife Margaret from Berkshire decided to buy into their Chemex cleaning, hygiene and infection control franchise. They gave up the security of their jobs, Stephen as a hotel manager and Margaret as a PA and after thoroughly researching the franchise market decided to opt for Chemex. Now, 25 years later, the couple have built up a highly successful business with a workforce of four and huge expansion since first starting. Since joining Chemex they have made the finals of the Franchisee of the Year Award run by the British Franchise Association and they were the first Chemex UK franchise to turnover £300,000 from a single van and have grown significantly since.

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Case Study
New Year and new start for Chemex franchisee

A Portsmouth man’s New Year’s resolution is to make a new start, launching a cleaning and hygiene supplies business in the Chichester area.

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New limits with Chemex franchising

After a successful career in farm management, John Bennett has just made a complete, mid-life switch. John, 41, has invested in a franchise with Chemex International covering South Nottinghamshire, including Nottingham city centre, Southwell, Grantham, Long Eaton, Bingham and Radcliffe-on-Trent.

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Franchisor Interview
35 years of successful franchising: Interview with Chemex franchisor Michael Graham

Michael Graham has been in franchising for over 35 years. In that time he has been lucky to be part of some of the UK’s most successful franchises, Safeclean, Pitman Training and now Chemex. In this interview we talk to Michael about his franchising journey, why Chemex went down the franchise route, achievements to date, biggest challenges including COVID pandemic, why Chemex stands out from the competition and their plans for the future. 

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Taylor Made Franchising acquires Chemex International

Taylor Made Franchising has acquired Chemex International for an undisclosed sum, adding it to its existing nine franchise brands: Stump Busters, PVC Vendo, Wilkins Chimney Sweep, Thomas Cleaning Franchise, Iconic Window Cleaning, Mister Tacho, Broadway Wine, Women In Business Network (WIBN) and Wagging Tails. The acquisition will bring the annual network turnover to 32 million with approximately 100 franchisees across ten brands.

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Chemex welcomes new franchisee in North Lancashire

Andrew King is the latest franchisee to join Chemex.  He is an ex-engineer who took the chance of redundancy to help fund his own business. The decision to look at Chemex came after discussions with his uncle who had operated a van-based franchise before and so was able to highlight the low-cost benefits of such an operation.

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Chemex International announce Managing Director elected as Full Board member of the BFA!

Chemex International are delighted to announce that Michael Graham, Managing Director, has been elected as a Full Board Member of the British Franchise Association.

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Chemex Launch The £10k Multiplier!

Following two years of research and development new Chemex franchisees can now look forward to a financial boost when starting their business!

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Chemex is a van-based business, distributing cleaning and hygiene products to the b2b industry.

This video gives an insight into Stephen Crinks, the Chemex franchisee for Andover.

Stephen has run his Chemex franchise with his wife Margaret for the past 15 years. After Margaret gave birth to their baby daughter, they decided it was time to “stop and think about us as a family”. Deciding to set up their own business, Stephen left his job in the hotel industry and started to research a number of opportunities; both franchise and non-franchise. They liked Chemex as it provided an opportunity “to take nothing and develop something”.

As Stephen describes in the video, a plus point of Chemex for him is the franchisor’s ability and desire to work with their franchisees. If anyone has a new initiative, whether corporate led or from an individual, and it can be adopted into the network, it is.

80% of Stephen’s new business comes from existing clients. “We must be doing something right,” said Stephen. “The key to what we do is customer loyalty. We not only deliver products, but provide support, help and advice.”

This video was Stephen’s entry for the bfa “Franchisee of the Year” 2007 awards, of which he was short listed.

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