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.
“We’re extremely proud of our continued growth,” says Lisa Law, National Franchise Manager. “We’ve been able to thrive for close to a century - an incredible feat. This is down to the hard work of everyone who works under the global umbrella of Snap-on Tools; from our amazing network of franchisees to our dedicated support, technical and sales teams across the world. We’re still regarded as the number one tool for the modern technician and as a proven, successful franchise opportunity too. We’re very excited to welcome our newest franchisees and look forward to helping them achieve their goals.”
Amongst the new recruits is Jody Stevens, who has now purchased the Swindon-based franchise from his own flesh and blood. After working for his brother for more than five years, Jody decided he too wanted to take control of his own destiny.
“My brother has been a franchisee for ten years, with a couple of territories in Wiltshire. I’ve been running one of his vans for five years and I’ve loved every minute! Don’t get me wrong, it’s busy and the hours are long, but as a former car sprayer, I get a real thrill out of selling the best tools in the business. I ’ve always strived towards becoming a franchisee in my own right. Jason has built a really successful business since becoming a franchisee so I guess you could say I wanted a taste of what that might feel like. I want a better future for my wife and my little boy and I’m confident that Snap-on can provide that,” said Jody.
Unlike Jody, who comes on board with real, on-the-job experience, you don’t necessarily need a background in the motor trade to run a successful franchise with Snap-on. Thanks to an award-winning training and support programme, people from all walks of life are maximising their potential through good old-fashioned hard work and the determination to succeed.
“We invest significantly into our comprehensive training programme, which sees new franchisees spending ten days at our specialist training facility in Dallas, before returning to the UK to collect their custom-built mobile store. We provide our franchisees with ongoing training and support to help them succeed. It’s all down to attitude and motivation - some of our most successful franchisees have never stepped foot in a garage, must less worked in one! We just ask for our franchisees to come to us with determination and passion – we can teach the rest,” said Lisa.
As for Jody, he’s got big plans for the future: “I’ve already been out to Dallas for the franchisee training once, back when I started working for my brother, but this time it’s all about my own future. I can’t wait to combine my background with the brand with my new skills in marketing, finance and management. My long-term goal is to take on the rest of Jason’s remaining territories when he retires in four or five years, hiring an assistant to support me with operations. I can’t wait to see where my Snap-on journey will take me. It’s certainly going to be a good Christmas this year!”
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.
The Elite Franchise Top 100 recognises franchisors for the mentoring and ongoing support of their franchisees, their position in the marketplace and future plans and strategy for the business. Judges rank the brands according to a broad range of criteria, with all components of the franchise package facing detailed scrutiny. In 2019, Snap-on invested significant resources into the continued improvement of their franchise package, development of the brand and introduced new products to market. This ongoing strategy paid dividends, as the brand jumped three places to take gold.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to have been honoured with the top spot in this year’s top 100,” explained Lisa Law, National Franchise Manager of Snap-on. “In 2018, we were ranked fourth and best overall automotive franchise opportunity but to have been recognised as the best overall franchise in the UK is absolutely incredible. This is something we’re very proud to celebrate as a network, particularly because the success of our brand is largely due to the dedication of our more than 400 franchisees.
“This year has been one of great achievements and we’re so pleased to end it on a high. One of our own, Craig Bishop, was named ‘Young Franchisee of the Year’ in the British Franchise Association (bfa) HSBC Franchise Awards. We were also awarded two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, for innovation and trade. Our network continues to strengthen and this accolade is a fantastic way to end another incredible year. Here’s to more of the same in 2020!”
This is the third consecutive year that Snap-on has finished in the top five of the franchises polled in the UK. Franchisors are judged on their franchisee support packages, charitable endeavours, contribution to the franchising industry, overall longevity and financial performance. Through their continued dedication to their franchisees around the country and commitment to innovation, Snap- on earned their year in the spotlight.
In a bid to open their award-winning franchise opportunity to a wider audience, the tool manufacturer and distributor launched a reduced entry package to their Franchise. Prospects can now invest in their own van-based franchise for less than £12k.
“We’d like to think that one of the contributing factors to our success is the innovative ways in which we encourage new talent into the network. Our tools are known as the best in the business, so we’ve often found talented prospects wanting to buy a Franchise but have not yet been able to raise all the required funds to invest. We’re all about inspiring the next generation of franchisees at Snap-on, so we launched our reduced entry package to help these entrepreneurs get out on the road,” added Lisa Law.
The brand is about to embark on their 100th year in business, having launched in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1920. And with Elite Franchise recognising them as the best franchisor that the nation has to offer, the future certainly looks bright for the world-renowned Snap-on franchise.