Snap-on Tools

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Lisa Law QFP
Snap-on Tools  
01536 413800
The Distribution Centre, Telford Way, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN16 8SN, UK

About Snap-on Tools

Snap-on ToolsCompany Overview

Snap-on Tools is a division of Snap-on Tools Incorporated, which is a $2.9 billion global company. Founded in 1920 with a simple idea that “five would do the work of fifty”, Snap-on expanded to the UK in 1965.

Today Snap-on is a global innovator, manufacturer and distributor of tools, diagnostics and equipment solutions for the professional technician. Product lines include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostic software, information and management systems and workshop equipment.

Franchise Overview

Snap-on Tools has over 4,500 franchisees worldwide with over 400 operating within the UK and Ireland. Our territories are geographically drawn giving each franchisee around 220 potential buying customers who are identified and routed into a weekly round before a franchisee starts. This means our franchisees don’t have to cold call.

The Snap-on franchise is a simple model which enables ordinary people to take charge of their own destiny and then through their own efforts go on to be successful and fulfil their dreams.

Snap-on ToolsKey Information

  • Network Size: Over 100 units
  • Franchise Type: Job
  • Typical Start-up Cost: £16,045
  • Minimum Personal Investment: £5,000
  • Franchise Location: Van-based
  • Market: B2B and B2C

To understand exactly what is, and what is not, included in this financial information, click here (opens in a new window).


Snap-on ToolsSnap-on franchisees are assigned a dedicated franchise developer for their first twelve months in business. After two weeks classroom training at our dedicated training school in Dallas, the franchise developer will initially spend 17 days in the first 5 weeks on your mobile store putting the theory into practice. They will then work with you to build and establish your business until such time a sales developer takes over, focusing on long-term business growth and profitability.

Daily Life of a Franchisee

A typical day starts at 8am and you will see around 40-50 customers a day; the number of stops will depend on the types of calls you have that day. You will drive your custom-built mobile store to your customers, on the same day, at the same time each week and service their tool requirements. Typically the last call would be at 6pm when the franchisee would go home and finalise the day’s paperwork.

Snap-on Tools Case studies

  • Neill Ives

    Snap-on Tools: Neill Ives

    After more than 10 years in the motor trade, Neill seized the chance to fulfill a long-held ambition of running his own business - and with hard work, he had an exceptional first year with another territory already planned.

  • Mark Houston

    Snap-on Tools: Mark Houston

    Mark Houston is a man dedicated to his business. He has owned a Snap-on franchise for two years. However he started with the company as an employee of another franchisee...

  • Simon Stack

    Snap-on Tools: Simon Stack

    I left school at 15 to start my apprenticeship as a garage mechanic. In those days the government paid apprentices up until your 21st birthday, so about three months before that I was told that I would be laid off as soon as my apprenticeship finished...

  • Matt Carson

    Snap-on Tools: Matt Carson

    Snap-on Tools franchisee Matt Carson was a 22 year old motorcycle mechanic when injury forced him to rethink his career. “After smashing my hand, working on bikes became very difficult and riding them was impossible. I had always wanted to start my own bike business eventually, but I thought that was the end of that.”

  • Jay Tomkins

    Snap-on Tools: Jay Tomkins

    Jay joined Snap-on with limited capital but has managed to buy his business in record time through sheer hard work. Turnover in his first full year exceeded £260,000 – more than two-and-a-half times the average for mobile franchises, according to the authoritative NatWest/bfa survey.

  • Tim Adkin

    Snap-on Tools: Tim Adkin

    You don’t need to know much about the product to start a Snap-on franchise. Improbable? In reality this was a positive advantage for Scarborough based franchisee Tim Adkin when he started with Snap-on 11 years ago...

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