Jackson Fire and Security is a management company that offers franchising opportunities across the UK. The franchise helps business and property owners to protect their workforces by complying with health and safety regulations in their premises. Jackson Fire and Security organises the installation of fire alarms, intruder alarms, CCTV surveillance and access control systems. Established in 1991 the franchise now operates across the UK in locations including Liverpool, Manchester, Cambridge, Guildford and North Wales.
Franchisees will need to make a total investment of £69,500, which includes a working capital provision of £30,000 and a franchise fee of £39,500 plus VAT. In return for this fee, investors are given the best possible start in the business, and will receive their licence, stock, equipment, accreditations, a marketing campaign, and a liveried and ply-lined vehicle. Franchisees will also benefit from an extensive training programme and support with a number of processes.
There is no doubt that Jackson Fire and Security offers a reliable and profitable franchise model, but here are five things you probably didn’t know about the business:
1. It is part of a huge industry
Because inadequate or absent safety precautions can result in loss of life, the consumer base in the health and safety industry is relatively large compared to other sectors, where consumers can decide whether or not to purchase a business’ products. In the UK, all business and government buildings must be fitted with fire safety equipment and warning systems, in accordance with British Standards. There are over two million such buildings, and what’s more, a growing percentage of the UK’s commercial market are also choosing to safeguard their company.
Not only will many of these premises opt to invest in a selection of safety precautions in the interest of its workforce, but much of the equipment provided will also need regular servicing, providing the sellers with a means of securing ongoing profits.
As a result, £3 billion is currently spent every year on fire safety and security products.
2. It has Gold standard third party industry accreditations
Jackson Fire and Security has a loyal customer base who feel they can rely on its services as a result of its various industry-recognised awards. With proven excellence in health and safety, the company’s certificates include Gold Approval from the National Security Inspectorate (NSI). This assures that the company complies with industry regulations and works within the limits of a Quality Management System. The NSI carries out audits, which demand full compliance with many standards that are simply ‘recommended’ measures. As a result, customers can put their trust in businesses with this certificate.
Jackson Fire and Security is also accredited members of the British Franchise Association and has developed long-standing partnerships with mainstream industry leaders, such as Siemens, Honeywell and Bosch. As well as offering clients products from these companies, Jackson Fire and Safety goes a step further, and produces its own exclusive selection of fire extinguishers, meaning that clients can make their preferred selection from a range of excellent products.
3. You don’t need industry experience to join
In the interest of welcoming intelligent and passionate franchisees from all walks of life, Jackson Fire and Security is not looking for investors with experience in the industry. Despite this, a sales or managerial background will be beneficial to those joining the business, as well as strong communication skills and an entrepreneurial spirit.
Those that choose to join Jackson Fire and Security will be fully trained in all aspects of the business. A 30-day training programme at the company’s national training centre will help franchisees attain accredited fire and security status. Attendees will benefit from both theoretical and practical IFEDA fire safety training, security system training and practical business training.
Franchisees will also receive a launch package which offers guidance on (tele) marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click advertising and PR. And if that is not enough, Jackson Fire and Security also provides access to its online operations, which is regularly updated with new information.
4. It offers flexibility
Another benefit of joining the Jackson Fire and Security is that it offers very flexible working conditions, with minimal expenses.
Franchisees can avoid precious time and costly expenses. Franchisees can start their business from the comfort of their own home, and it is necessary to use a small business.
In return, franchisees are asked to register as a 'Private Limited Company' and acquire a virtual address that enables customers to contact you through a professional-looking business address.
Jackson Fire and Security's allocated franchise territories give immediate access to more than 20,000 businesses, in addition to public sector and local government opportunities.
5. You can book a Discovery Day
Jackson Fire and Security is excited to welcome you as much as you can, and runs a dedicated ' Discovery Day ' to give potential investors an in-depth introduction to the business. This is a free, no-obligation meeting with the company's team and existing franchisees, in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Here, franchisees will have the chance to learn more about the franchising process, meet the team and ask any questions. The franchise will also provide information about the fire and security industry, the franchisee's role and responsibilities, industry competition, the profitability of the franchise and the training and support on offer.
It is recommended that you talk to existing franchisees to find out more about their experiences in the business. The days take place at the company's offices just outside Chester and run from 10am to 2:30 pm, with lunch provided. By the end of the day, expected to have a clear idea of whether or not they are franchising with Jackson Fire and Security.
If expected they like, they have the option of spending some time with the business and shadowing an engineer for the better understanding of the company.
Alice Tuffery, Point Franchise ©