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- Home Based
- Home Improvement
- B2B, B2C
Shuttercraft supply and fit premium internal Window Shutters and Blinds through our national management franchise network. As a management franchise, you would not necessarily be fitting shutters but rather growing an exceptional shutter business. Our shutters are 100% bespoke and we can fit our shutters into any shape, colour or size windows including Velux, Conservatories, Room Dividers and exceptional blackout shutters.
There are currently 25 active Shuttercraft territories across the UK with scope for at least a further 50 in the UK. We are the consumer facing division of S:CRAFT which is the largest independent shutter wholesaler in the UK. We have been operating for over 7 years and have successfully transformed our “owner operator” franchise into a very successful “Management Franchise”.
We are heavily investing in the future and are continually developing new and innovative ways to strengthen our consumer offering via our franchise network.
Our training is exceptional. We cover all technical and business training incl.
• Product Knowledge
• Extensive Marketing training
• Full Sales Training
• Startup Support
• Multi-Level business training
• Ongoing training
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 account manager and the support team at the office and answer any questions the factory might have about your order.
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.”
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.”