Key Cutting Franchise Opportunities
A reliable, quick and good-quality key cutting service is something we’ll all need to access at some point in our lives. Whether it’s getting a key cut to celebrate a partner moving in, presenting a house key to a teenager to mark their growing independence or simply keeping a few spares around for those keys that always seem to get lost, key cutting is a big industry. Many franchises either specialise in key cutting or cut keys alongside a whole range of other services from locksmithing and home security to shoe repair and photo printing. It’s also a great industry to invest in, as it’s something that will never go out of business - having a safe and secure home or commercial premises is a priority to us all.
Many people will set up a small stall in their local shopping mall and try to provide key cutting services this way. However, without a recognisable name and brand reputation behind you, it might be difficult to gain customers’ trust with something as sensitive as their house keys and it can be tough to find success in the key cutting and locksmithing sector as an individual. But, if you choose to become a franchisee for a well-known, trusted and established franchise that provides expert key cutting and other services, you could see quick profits and run your very own business with the support of a team that will do everything they can to ensure your success. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
So, let’s take a look at some of the opportunities that are on offer to people looking to start their very own key cutting franchise.
Key Cutting London
If you’re thinking about setting up your own business in the capital that provides an expert key-cutting service, along with security solutions and trusted locksmithing, Lockforce could be the franchise for you. Despite being a relatively young company, Lockforce comes from the highly respected Forces Group of franchises and is seeking budding entrepreneurs to take its business model across the country.
Servicing everyone from domestic customers and letting agents to schools, care homes and even commercial businesses and retailers, Lockforce is versatile and provides the highest-quality locks, security solutions and key cutting services around. It’s also a franchise with a big heart, as it supports a number of charities, including Help For Heroes on behalf of the ex-Military members of the franchise family, Rainforest Concern, which fights deforestation and Prostate Cancer UK.
With 10 franchises already serving customers across the country, Lockforce is looking to make an even bigger impact of the UK. Each franchisee will benefit from a fully-equipped tool kit, stock and uniforms for their staff, as well as support in all areas including marketing, contract management, business development and technical training.
Key Cutting Franchise
Timpson Group is one of the UK’s largest and best-known names in key cutting and shoe repair. The company was set up way back in 1865 by shoemaker William Timpson and has branched into everything from engraving and dry cleaning to watch repairs and key cutting over the years. The prestigious company has welcomed more than 110 franchisees into the business, yet remains highly selective about the calibre of individual it accepts as a franchisee, in order to preserve its reputation and brand image. However, Timpson still welcomes enquiries from budding business people looking to join the classic British brand.
To make the cut, you’ll need to meet its specific criteria. If you’re an individual who wants to play an active role in their community and has fantastic leadership and people management skills, as well as good business and financial acumen and the ability to learn quickly, you could be the right candidate to open your own Timpson franchise. Each new franchisee will be mentored by an Area Development Manager throughout their training, as well as undergoing weekly training sessions and attending an in-depth two-day residential training course at a company facility in Wythenshawe, Manchester.
If you’re interested in owning a business that provides key cutting services but feel that you’d like to diversify into offering the full range of locksmith services, a locksmith franchise could be the right place for you to invest your time and hard-earned cash.
LockRite Locksmiths was set up back in 2007 and has grown into one of the UK’s largest locksmith franchises, with over 59 franchisees spanning the country. Its locksmiths are available 24/7 to deal with any emergencies and never charge a callout fee, no matter when you need them. All of the franchise’s mobile locksmiths carry a comprehensive selection of the most common household locks, meaning they can carry out most lock replacements and locksmith services in just one visit, leaving customers safe and secure once again.
In addition to its expert locksmith services, LockRite provides affordable and speedy key cutting services, repairs to doors and windows following burglaries and a wide range of home security solutions. The franchise works in partnership with leading door security firm Yale, providing its trusted range of products including traditional locks and a wide range of innovative smart locking solutions. All of its locksmiths are fully DBS checked and vetted before joining a franchise.
Anyone can become a LockRite Locksmiths franchisee, as previous experience in the locksmith sector is not essential. The franchise is looking for individuals who are self-motivated and passionate about owning their own key cutting and locksmith business, who are also willing to put in the hours needed to make their business a success. Following a comprehensive 4.5 week in-house training course ensuring each franchisee is ready to run their own branch, refresher and upgrade training will be available to franchisees as often as they need it, at absolutely no cost to them.
Sophie Cole, Point Franchise ©
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