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Membership History

UK Developer
Joined 2022

Membership History

UK Developer
Joined 2022

Company Overview

3@1 Franchising was established in 1999 now with over eighty stores in five countries and growing steadily.

3@1 Business Centres are a one-stop retail franchise, offering a range of retail and online business and communication services from digital print solutions, Kodak photographic printing, courier services, internet stations and other essential services for businesses and individuals. We utilise the latest technologies to provide the highest quality material, processing, and finishing.

Franchise Overview

3@1 Business Centres are an ideal opportunity for those with entrepreneurial flare looking to be in business for themselves but not by themselves. 3@1 provides an outstanding alternative career and investment opportunity with excellent returns.

3@1 has attracted franchisees from a variety of backgrounds, from ex-farmers to recent graduates, from corporate players to housewives, all have been drawn in by the tech-savvy range of print, courier and photographic and associated services on offer in a 3@1 Business Centre as well as the support on offer from the franchise team.

Franchise partners benefit from a complete turnkey setup, support with site location and lease negotiation process; in-store training in all facets of the business; partnerships with leading brands and ongoing operational support.

3@1 continues to adapt its progressive franchise model in an ever-evolving business environment, ensuring that the concept stays fresh and relevant in the marketplace.

Training

3@1 Business Centres provides a full turnkey setup meaning that the head-office team is alongside you all the way, from the planning phase to store opening. Full training will be provided prior to store opening. Thereafter the franchise team will spend more time on site to ensure you and your staff are proficient and comfortable. Ongoing support and training is available throughout the 10 year franchise relationship, whilst we also keep the brand fresh, evolving our service offering and expanding our footprint.

Daily Life of a franchisee

The daily life of a 3@1 Business Centre owner is full of fun and excitement as they traverse the 21st Century. The business of 3@1 is helping people solve problems by harnessing the attributes of each individual to provide a fulfilling environment to thrive in. The small complement of staff makes for an intimate workplace. For over 22 years 3@1 Franchising has welcomed people with wide ranges of talents, skills and interests to our group.

The ideal franchisee must enjoy building relationships with customers. An outgoing personality and a desire to support and service business owners and consumers are also important. Some retail or management experience is an advantage but not a necessity. All 3@1 Business Centres should be owner operated.

Tania & Peter Edwards

"After an exhausting search into many franchise opportunities available to Tania and myself, we decided that the 3@1 franchise model suited both our collective career experience, and our expectations of owning our own business.

After training at an existing store, 3@1 Fourways opened its doors for trading in September 2005 in the recently refurbished and remodelled Leaping Frog Garden Centre in Fourways, Johannesburg with a 50m2 footprint.

In only 4 years our business had grown so much that we had to expand.

After what is now approaching our 18 year anniversary, the business model has proven to be a success, despite an economy that is far from galloping, the 3@1 business centre service is still growing at a good pace".

Owner operators 3@1 Fourways email: taniafourways@3at1.co.za

Mary & Ian Jones

"With my financial experience and my husband’s IT and computer experience it made sense for us to look at the kind of business offered by 3@1. Neither of us had been in retail or in the printing industry though. The big benefit to us was being offered a turnkey solution where, after training, we were able to literally walk in the door and start trading right away. We have learnt as we went along and adapted to our surroundings and customer base but the advantage of having the experience and reputation of the franchise behind us has certainly made it much easier. The franchise business partners such as DHL and Kodak also assist in establishing credibility for a new business".

Owner operator 3@1 Capricorn Park, Muizenberg email: ian.muizenberg@3at1.co.za

Carina Raats

"I have always known that I would like to be a business owner. Partially due to the fact that I would like to be of service to others, that I would like to offer a service/s that really adds value to the community and that I would also like to be financially independent. Owning a business is certainly not for everyone. One really needs to have grit and determination to succeed.

This business has allowed/given me a platform to be creative. The journey can be very fulfilling on many levels.

I am so grateful every morning when I am able to open my 3@1 Business Centre store's doors, I realize that I am privileged to work for myself. This business will certainly reward those that put in the effort.

One most certainly is able to make a success of this business if one follows the guidelines set out by Belinda and Chris' team".

Owner operator 3@1 Cosmo email: cosmo@3at1.co.za

Yolonde Overton

"I must admit, at first, I was nervous to take on such a daunting investment which meant gaining a lot of responsibility. After extensive research and investigation into businesses on the market, I decided to take the plunge! Three years down the line and I’m glad I did  but we’re ready to adapt to the changed business landscape post Covid-19.

My first challenge, which ultimately turned into an achievement was to show my employees that I am committed to the growth and expansion of the business, as well as providing them with the correct tools and equipment to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. This meant a further investment into advanced equipment and machines. Another proud moment was a 27% turnover growth within the first year of operation. Looking for ways to further grow the business, increase customer service/satisfaction and alternative marketing methods remain our constant focus.

There is a lot of responsibility on a business owner’s shoulders - employees are dependent on their job security, you need to ensure your business remains successful and ensure that you’re exceeding customer service, but it’s also rewarding to know that you are providing jobs, personal growth opportunities and a service to your community. Something I really enjoy is the interactions with customers and getting to know our regulars.

It has been a blessing having a franchisor behind my business; providing back office support, advise and negotiating supplier contracts. It is great to be part of the 3@1 family!"

Owner operator 3@1 Stellenbosch Square, Western Cape

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