Over half of adults in the UK own a pet, bringing the total number of animal companions across Britain up to 22 million. It’s no surprise pet food businesses are bustling, as the vast majority of owners are committed to making sure they buy high-quality products. Here, we’re finding out whether there are any OSCAR franchise opportunities.
OSCAR is one of the UK’s market leaders in the pet food home delivery sector. Customers can order their supplies and enjoy the convenience of seeing them arrive at their doorstep. There are over 16 million cats and dogs in the UK, and a further three million smaller pets, so investing in a pet food franchise could be a fantastic choice.
But does OSCAR franchise across the UK?
Does OSCAR franchise?
Yes! The OSCAR franchise model allows investors to run a van-based enterprise and provide a high-quality service to like-minded pet lovers. The brand’s extensive support and training opportunities will give you everything you need to get your franchise unit off the ground.
History of OSCAR
OSCAR began as a family-run business in 1990 and grew to become one of the top pet food franchises in the UK.
The brand earns customer trust with its reliable and convenient delivery service, as well as its top quality products. OSCAR franchisees also provide free nutritional advice to help customers select the best food for their pet, depending on its size, breed and lifestyle.
Today, OSCAR is a full member of the British Franchise Association (BFA) and the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA).
Plus, OSCAR has developed its own Honest Label Policy for its entire range of nutritious pet food options. Every item is made in the UK without the use of artificial flavours, colourings or preservatives. In fact, OSCAR is so confident in its products, it offers customers a 28-day money back guarantee.
Our customers love the local, family business concept… We have found the benefits of our OSCAR business perfect; having the flexibility of working from home we are able to accommodate family life with our customers’ needs.
—Rachel Jackson, OSCAR franchisee for Mid Herts
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Starting your own OSCAR franchise unit
The OSCAR franchise is a proven system with two decades of industry experience behind it. Thanks to the business’s high level of expertise, the leadership team can provide comprehensive training for every investor, so you don’t need any experience to run an OSCAR franchise unit.
If you’re ready to become your own boss and OSCAR feels like the right fit for you, the franchise team will support your transformation into a profitable partner. All you need is commitment to the brand and the dedication to develop a successful business. As with any franchise opportunity, you must be prepared to work hard to reach your goals.
Becoming an OSCAR franchisee:
To start the franchise investment process, you should get in touch with OSCAR through the brand’s website. Then, the business will send you a free e-book with extra information.
You also have the chance to attend an OSCAR discovery day, an informal meeting to help potential investors get a better understanding of the franchise and its requirements. The relaxed environment makes it easy to ask all your questions and receive valuable, first-hand accounts from other successful franchise owners.
If you’d like to continue with the investment process, the next step is to register your interest on the franchise’s website.
I could relate to the OSCAR brand, and further investigation led me to find it a believable product, a tried and tested system, but with the flexibility to adapt the business to suit my style.
—Amy Seward, OSCAR franchisee for Walsall
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How much you need to invest:
OSCAR’s initial franchise package comes at a value of £8,995 plus VAT, and you can add optional extras to tailor it to your specifications. There are no ongoing royalty payments; instead, franchisees are asked to contribute a fixed monthly fee to cover the support provided by the franchise team.
The pet food franchise has established relationships with several high street banks, so you should be able to access business loans if you can’t finance a unit yourself.
What you get for your investment:
The OSCAR franchise package includes training, mentoring and ongoing business support. Every investor gets their own exclusive territory, as well as access to the brand’s online marketing tools and PR system.
The training programme is spread over nine months, which means investors only have to commit to four hours of study per week to develop the knowledge they need. The course covers a range of topics, including pet diets and feeding regimes, as well as diseases and animal behaviour.
At the end of the training scheme, you’ll have the chance to gain a formal nutritional qualification, a certificate recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation Ofqual.
What’s more, every franchisee can benefit from regular area meetings, which are organised to build on the business’s performance and marketing strategies, and focus on personal development.
Running your own business with a pet franchise
OSCAR offers a fantastic opportunity to start a business in the pet food sector. As a franchisee, you would have the chance to interact with customers and make a real difference to the lives of their pets.
But if the franchise doesn’t quite fit your requirements, there’s no need to worry. There are lots of alternative investment opportunities out there, with everything from dog-sitting companies to grooming firms. View our full selection of pet franchises to see your options.
Alice Tuffery, Point Franchise ©