Coffee Republic Franchise Opportunities in the UK
There’s something remarkably comforting about socialising with friends over a cup of coffee in a cosy coffee shop. For this reason - and our general love for coffee, cake and hot beverages of all sorts - the number and variety of coffee shops popping up on our highstreets is on the up. And with Brits drinking a staggering 70 million cups of coffee and 165 million cups of tea a day (Gimoka), there is plenty of scope for lucrative business opportunities in the sector.
Franchise vs Independent Start-up
As fast as another coffee shop opens, another one closes, so it’s important to work out what consumers want and construct a business model accordingly. For this reason, choosing to invest in an existing coffee franchise, which has a well-known brand name and trusted customer base is a less risky move. Running a business, especially in the food and beverage sector, is demanding and challenging. The franchise will already have a marketing strategy and everything from product supplies to staff training to food hygiene regulations already in place. Franchisees will also benefit from preferential rates for equipment and goods, which should mean you see profits much sooner.
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Founded in 1995, Coffee Republic is a UK-based coffee bar and deli franchise with over 23 years of industry experience. When you step foot in one of the UK’s leading coffee chains, you can expect to be greeted with the welcoming smell of fresh Italian coffee, the sound of happy chit-chat and helpful staff serving customers.
There is a large range of hot beverages and iced drinks on offer, including a variety of teas, hot chocolate, chia latte, iced tea, fruit freezers, milkshakes and, of course, coffee! There is also a diverse food offering, including hot breakfasts, yoghurt pots, pastries, sandwiches, baguettes, toasties, paninis, salads and an array of tempting baked goods for those with a sweet tooth. Food is made fresh on-site every day, which ensures that not only are customers guaranteed great customer service, but also good value food that doesn’t compromise on taste. The brand promises to offer a space where customers can relax and take a break from life’s stresses. There is a team of highly-skilled and knowledgeable baristas behind every piping hot cup.
The company operates from 30 high street coffee bars in the UK and has even seen great success internationally, with shops in countries including Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and many Spanish airports. UK locations cover the length and breadth of the UK, from Glasgow to Cornwall Airport, and there are more bars in development as we speak.
Coffee Republic Franchise
With the coffee shop industry set to be worth £13 billion by 2022 (Allegra World Coffee Portal) it is set to be one of the UK’s strongest performing sectors. It is also thought that coffee shops are going to outnumber pubs in the UK by 2030, with the public favouring a coffee shop to socialise in. With this in mind, investing in a Coffee Republic franchise is likely to be a prosperous business opportunity.
Coffee Republic is on the lookout for savvy entrepreneurs who are passionate about the brand and wish to operate a single or multi-site model. If you have a positive attitude and are dedicated to the success of the business, then the company encourages you to apply even if you don’t have any industry experience.
Benefits of Investing in a Coffee Republic Franchise
When you decide to become a Coffee Republic franchisee, you will be provided with ongoing support and training by experts in the sector. Training will cover customer service, profit management, sales analysis, becoming a barista, best use of Point of Sale and promotions. Also, as Coffee Republic is an established brand with major banks as partners, you can receive financial assistance when you need it most. And because the brand is also partnered with many real estate experts, you will have help sourcing the perfect location for your very own bar. There is also PR and marketing support in the form of promotional initiatives that promote the brand and entice new customers. What’s more, the tried and tested business model means it’s been a great success so far, even though it was the first major coffee brand to franchise in the UK.
The franchise holds frequent ‘Franchise Discovery Events’ at its London Head Office, where you can meet the Head of Franchising and discover the brand in more depth, in particular the investment costs and potential earnings.
Coffee Republic Franchise Cost
There isn’t any information on its website about the franchise costs and fees. However, other online information suggests that the minimum investment is £80,000, the maximum investment is £250,000 and the franchise fee is £17,500. Head to the Coffee Republic website for further information or to make an online franchise enquiry.
Esquires coffee prides itself on the being the most rapidly expanding ethical coffee franchise in the UK. The coffee brand was established in Canada in 1993, and by 1999 it had opened 37 shops in the Greater Vancouver area. It reached the UK in 2000 through master license partnerships and has since established itself as one of the leading UK coffee brands. There are 43 coffee shops in the UK.
Every cup of coffee is crafted with care and is ethical too - being fair-trade, sustainably sourced and organic. And it doesn’t stop there; cup lids are compostable and the plastics are recyclable. This is supported by the brand winning the UK’s Leading Ethical Coffee Brands award in 2018. The brand also strives to have a personal connection with every customer. Therefore, it avoids writing names on cups and instead calls customers by their names. This helps the brand get familiar with the local community and create a welcoming experience for all customers.
Esquires offers a comprehensive training programme that includes help with site selection, store design and marketing – and ongoing, 24/7 support is also provided.
Interested applicants need to make a minimum investment of £85,000 and a total investment of £250,000. The franchise fees are £22,500.
Becky Martin, Point Franchise ©
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