We’re officially a nation of coffee lovers. In fact, we even have a UK Coffee Week which has taken place this year between 16th and 22nd April.
UK Coffee Week is a celebration of all things coffee while raising funds for a worthwhile cause. All money raised goes directly to Project Waterfall which helps to ensure that the communities that grow our coffee all over the world have access to clean water and sanitation.
More people are enjoying coffee than ever before but why has our tea-loving country switched over to the dark side? Is it the taste, the range of different coffees available, or the energy boost that a cup of coffee can give you first thing in the morning? Whatever the reason, the results of this latest survey will be music to the ears of coffee shop franchise owners up and down the country.
For many, buying a cup of coffee on the daily commute has become a habit for workers from Cardiff to Carlisle. And to be fair, we’re spoilt for choice. Research by Allegra Strategies found that there were 24,061 coffee shops in the UK in 2017, and this number is expected to rise to 31,400 by 2022.
Unsurprisingly, two of the most prominent franchises are responsible for the largest number of outlets in both the UK and America. Starbucks is number one in the US with over 13,500 outlets while Costa Coffee is the largest brand in Europe, with 2,755 coffee shops, followed closely by Starbucks with 2,406.
So, with the different types of coffee you can purchase in your local café increasing all the time, what is the nation’s favourite way to enjoy their coffee? Well, perhaps because of our traditional love of tea with milk, we also seem to prefer our coffees milk-based too.
According to market researcher Kantar Worldpanel, an incredible 930 million lattes were sold in the UK last year. Cappuccinos came in as a respectable runner-up with 800 million sold. These sales have contributed to the £6.3bn that Brits spent on coffee in 2017, compared to just £1.5bn that was spent on tea over the same period.
Great news if you own a coffee shop franchise or you’re considering setting up a franchise within the coffee industry; it looks as though the UK’s vibrant coffee culture is here to stay. Here is some information about the top coffee shop franchise opportunities available for investment right now.
Coffee shop franchise opportunities
So, if coffee is your cup of tea but you don’t want to start your own business from scratch, setting up a franchise could be for you. From the biggest franchises in the coffee shop industry to smaller mobile opportunities, there’s bound to be a franchise that suits your ambitions and your budget.
Established back in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts has grown from a small coffee shop in Boston to become one of the biggest franchises with more than 11,000 restaurants in 33 countries.
Only the most ambitious of entrepreneurs should apply to become a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. This exciting brand is looking for prospective franchisees who have a desire to develop a minimum of 20 restaurants over an agreed period.
From a financial perspective, you’ll need access to liquid assets amounting to approximately £1.2m and a net worth of around £2.3m. Due to the size of the investment and requirement to open multiple units, Dunkin’ Donuts would prefer franchisees to have experience in the foodservice industry, have excellent negotiation skills to secure sought after locations, and a long-term commitment to the brand.
In 1933, two Canadian coffee lovers opened their first café in Vancouver. Fast forward to 2000, and the Esquires Coffee brand was introduced to the UK. Now with over 30 outlets across the country, this is a growing brand that focuses on providing customers with ethically sourced, delicious coffee.
There are three different options for prospective Esquires Coffee franchisees to choose from.
- Single store franchise: Perfect for first-time franchisees, Esquires Coffee, takes care of everything you need to start your business. They’ll find the ideal location for your coffee shop, design the interior and exterior, fit it out, and then fully train you and your staff. You just need to have the motivation and determination to make your new franchise a success.
- Multi-store franchise: Similar to the single store franchise, Esquires Coffee will find, design and fit out your franchises for you. However, this option is intended for franchisees who have a desire to build and grow their business portfolio by agreeing to open an agreed number of units within a specific time frame.
- Master licence franchise: A unique opportunity for UK franchisees only, this is the chance for suitably qualified individuals and businesses to own and develop a specific area or territory. You’ll be responsible for developing a profitable network of coffee shops while benefiting from the advice and guidance of the Esquires Coffee support team.
The set-up costs depend on the option chosen but is typically £230,000 - £270,000, and you'll require liquid assets in the region of £85,000.
Setting up a franchise within the coffee industry doesn’t have to come with a big price tag. Cafe2U is a mobile coffee van franchise which is committed to delivering fresh and tasty coffee and snacks to customers all over the country.
The concept of a mobile coffee shop was launched in Australia in 2000 and then brought to the UK in 2004. Now with over 250 vans on the road up and down the country, it’s an idea that’s obviously popular with franchisees too.
For a franchise fee of just £26,650 plus VAT, and the cost of your fully equipped Cafe2U van which can be purchased on finance, you’ll be ready to cater to your customer’s coffee needs. And to make sure that your business gets off to the best possible start, Cafe2U provides an income guarantee for your first two weeks of trading.
The Editorial Team, Point Franchise ©