WPA Franchise

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WPA Franchise  
01823 625120
Rivergate House, Blackbrook Park, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2PE, UK

About WPA Franchise

Company Overview

Western Provident Association (WPA) is a not-for-profit private medical insurer with a heritage of over 110 years. We provide health insurance to individuals and companies of all sizes throughout the UK. Currently we look after some 250,000+ customers.WPA stock image

Franchise Overview

The WPA opportunity is to become a partner in the WPA Healthcare Practice.  It started in 2006 and covers the whole of the UK, including Northern Ireland.

Each partner would have their own territory and this would be used for networking, marketing purposes and for promoting themselves as the local representative of WPA. Activity is not restricted to the territory and certain routes to market can be UK-wide. 

There are currently around 100 partners UK-wide, with vacant territories and some existing territories available for resale.

Key Information

  • Network Size: 51-100 units
  • Franchise Type: Job
  • Typical Start-up Cost: £7,667 + £2,500 fidelity bond
  • Minimum Personal Investment: £11,700
  • Franchise Location: Home/Office-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).


WPAOur initial training course is a 5-day residential course held at WPA´s head office in Taunton, Somerset. The cost of this is included in the franchise fee. The course involves a combination of classroom-based learning, online courses and external training.

Following the initial training there is a 2-day follow up course.

A mentor will be assigned to each new partner for the first 2 years.

Daily Life of a Franchisee

WPA stock imageA typical day might involve a breakfast networking meeting, followed by visiting existing customers or potential customers. 

A partner may one day be presenting to a company at the inception of a policy; on other days it could be a choice of prospecting for new customers, meetings with introducers or servicing the medical brokers within their local area.

A small amount of time is spent on administration tasks, making follow-up calls, replying to emails and servicing customers. 

WPA Franchise Case studies

  • Wendy Pake

    WPA Franchise: Wendy Pake

    Wendy Pake knew she had the people skills to succeed as a franchisee, even though she didn't have a lot of experience in the industry she chose.

  • Dan Wade

    WPA Franchise: Dan Wade

    Customer care makes Dan the best in the business - in January 2012 he was named WPA's Franchisee of the Year at the age of just 24.

  • Robert Westhorp

    WPA Franchise: Robert Westhorp

    When Robert Westhorp set off for The British Franchise Exhibition six years ago, he had no idea that he would meet a former supplier and eventually join the company.

  • Robert Brown

    WPA Franchise: Robert Brown

    Robert Brown bought the WPA private health insurance franchise for Derbyshire in spring 2012. Here he discusses his experiences as a franchisee so far.

  • Uel Campbell

    WPA Franchise: Uel Campbell

    A former banker and financial advisor, Uel had confidence in the policies of WPA - and he's been proved right, with a thriving business and having taken home the title of WPA UK Franchisee of the Year.

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