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Membership History

Full Member
Joined 2012

Membership History

Full Member
Joined 2012

Company Overview

The UK’s largest distributor of interior plantation shutters

The Shuttercraft franchise is not just about supplying quality interior plantation shutters, it’s about building a business that you can manage, develop and grow. With a low-risk strategy and no previous experience required, a shutter franchise is the perfect option if you are looking for a business with fantastic growth opportunities in an ever-expanding market.

What is Shuttercraft?

Shuttercraft have been in the shutter industry since 2002 and understand the market like no one else. As the UK’s largest distributor of interior plantation shutters, we know that quality speaks for itself. After many years of successfully supplying shutters to our trade partners, we decided, in 2012 to launch the Shuttercraft Franchise. Since then, we have placed over 20k orders totalling nearly £10.5M in trade value and covering 84k sqm.

Franchise Overview

We are the largest independent supplier of shutters in the UK but we’re constantly looking for ways to improve our products which is why we invest in new technology and have just launched our fully automated shutters to the market. If you are interested, click request information and submit your details to find out more today.

Is it for me?

At Shuttercraft we’re looking for Franchise Partners who are interested in building their business from the ground up. By first learning all about shutters and how to measure, quote and fit you’ll soon move into the next phase of running your own business. Being a management business, we expect that you’ll quickly look to build your own team and become the master of your business.

Our existing Partner network have come from a variety of business backgrounds but one thing they all have in common is the desire to sell quality products without massive stock holdings and the ambition to grow into a multi-faceted business owner.

Training

What do I get?

The following sections are included within the training programme:

  • Company set up and business management – we’ll help set you up with the most efficient business structure that is easy to manage.
  • Branding – we’ll work with you to build your brand using the quality mark of Shuttercraft products.
  • Marketing & Sales – We’ll set you up with territory analysis, identifying the best prospect areas for you, an online campaign for Pay per Click, and Google AdWords so you will have the best possible start for your business.
  • Product and technical training – Providing you with everything you need to know – how to measure, how to fit and how to order your products, we’ll be by your side at every step of the way.
  • Administration systems and procedures – Whatever your personal business skills, we’ll make sure that you know how to manage your business effectively and efficiently.

Shuttercraft’s award-winning training covers all aspects of running your business but we’ll tailor it to your individual skills and knowledge. Not only that but we’ll allocate a local mentor who is an existing franchise partner to work alongside you to guide you, and a business adviser to help you understand, evaluate and develop your management franchise.

Daily Life of a franchisee

As a management franchise partner, you will be responsible for marketing, sales and the operational workings of your business.

On a typical day you be out visiting clients, checking on your fitters, sending out quotes, processing orders and managing your marketing. You will also become an active member of the community, which will include networking, developing business relationships and identifying potential business opportunities. You will interact with your Business Development Manager and the Technical Support Team at the office and answer any questions the factory might have about your order.

From Royal Navy Diver to Business Driver...

 

After 11 years in the Royal Navy - Nigel was ready to own something for himself where he could maximise his own potential and enjoy being his own boss around his young family.

“I felt very comfortable at the outset. I believe the shutter market has a huge potential and is still very much in its infancy within the UK, so plenty of room for growth.”

“Training has been really good. Shuttercraft are well organised and the much-needed support is there for me to utilise, as and when I need to. Starting any new business is a huge challenge and, in all honesty, all of it has been a challenge. I’m still in the throes of establishing elements of the business, but the right support is always available.

“I raised the finances via my own personal savings and a bank loan, but I’ve also secured an overdraft facility with NatWest to ensure a very healthy, and positive, cash flow.”

Like any business you will experience highs and lows: “Just seeing all of the elements starting to come together, from the initial setup, to where I am now has been incredible. We still have a way to go, but the initial signs are good - plus I have already hit my half-year sales forecast within four months!”

“I would like to expand on what’s been initially achieved and drive my part of this business forward.” If you are considering buying a franchise, Nigel suggests you do thorough research “Do what I did and research, research, research. Most people have transferable skills so you don’t necessarily have to look within your comfort zone/background.”

From Franchise Marketeer to Shutter Pioneer...

 

After 19 years spent in a variety of Sales & Marketing roles and having held Board level positions at two large franchise organisations, Charlie joined the franchising world as Shuttercraft Nottingham.

“Franchising offered me a fast-track back into self-employment, accelerating my learning as I entered a new sector and providing an established brand to build on.”

“The meetings with Shuttercraft head office gave me confidence that the market was there to build a successful business and that the support network would ensure I could deliver market-leading levels of service and value in my area. I was also going to be part of Shuttercraft’s pioneering management franchise model which is a first in this sector. This appealed greatly as it offered me the ability to scale the business quickly and efficiently.”

“I had the funds to finance the franchise personally, but I chose to use a business loan for approximately 40% of the initial set-up costs and cash-flow requirements so that my personal finances remained in good shape. This approach has been a good one as it reduces the financial stress levels knowing that there is a safety fund there if needed.”

You can be your own boss with the support of an established franchisor like Charlie has discovered: “My biggest ‘highs’ are definitely on the day of fitting when the customer sees the shutters in place for the first time – I have already had several customers shed tears of joy! I have fitters working for me, but the plan is to employ additional salespeople and surveyors too so that we can grow the business and give the people of Nottingham the beautiful shutters they deserve.”

If you are considering buying a franchise, Charlie suggests you do thorough research: “Research, motivation, dedication and more research. There are free resources to help you understand more about your options and to match your skill sets to different opportunities. Take your time to make the right decision as it is an important one.”

Resales

Northampton/Kettering Areas

Active since 2013, the Northampton/Kettering territory area is well established with over half its household demographics in the ABC1 social grade*, the most suitable for shutter sales. From Oakham through to Brackley, and covering the popular Market Harborough area, the territory is based on household volume to allow for growth and development within the territory via building a strong team to cover the key areas.

Price given upon enquiry (**recently reduced**).

Contact us to find out more >> https://www.shuttercraft-franchise.co.uk/contact-us/

*Correct at time of publishing

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