Cafe2U franchise

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Cafe2U franchise

The UK’s Premier Mobile Coffee Franchise

The Cafe2U business model is based on weekday success, with our franchise partners able to increase this regular revenue through event and function work, so you can balance your lifestyle and business goals. Whether your aspirations are to operate a single van or to build a multi-van business, Cafe2U have the proven formula to help you achieve your goals.

Minimum investment

Funding support
Third Party

Total investment

Franchise fees

Business type

Expected revenue after 2 years

Minimum investment

  • Operating fee:
    Fixed weekly fee/No % Royalty Fee
  • Advertising fee:
  • Royalty fee:
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About Cafe2U

The UK’s Number One Mobile Coffee Franchise

Cafe2U is the UK’s leading mobile coffee franchise system delivering fresh espresso based coffee and great food to businesses, events and functions. Cafe2U is a member of the British Franchise Association and has over 90 franchisees in the UK.

Since launching in 2004, Cafe2U continues to lead the mobile coffee sector, our focus is helping our franchise network grow their businesses with innovative solutions.

Despite being the UK’s first mobile coffee franchise, Cafe2U continues to lead the mobile coffee sector as ranked by Allegra World Coffee Portal and the EF100 Top Franchises in the UK.

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Why choose Cafe2U?

  • Quality - Quality coffee, Quality service, Quality of training
  • Care and support - We really care about the wellbeing of our franchise network, as people and their business
  • Training & development - we don’t just teach you how to make premium espresso coffee, we help develop your business. We share knowledge, coach and mentor you to become successful business owners who can drive their business forward, learning how to adapt and succeed.
  • People - this business is about people and will help you get what you want and need; whether it’s for specific work-life balance and flexibility of hours or just the freedom from a corporate lifestyle - our people enjoy their work!
  • Flexible - we will work with you and your specific circumstances to ensure that not only are you the right fit for us but we are the right fit for you.

Financial Information

Our franchise fee (excluding your vehicle) starts from just £20,950 plus vat; which includes your exclusive territory licence, training, launch and marketing pack.

Your Cafe2U all-electric mobile café and all your equipment is £49,950, and can be funded over 3, 4 or 5 years. We can assist you in arranging finance and your personal investment can be as low as £15,000 (all subject to finance approval).

You could even qualify for a Government backed Business Start-Up Scheme which would allow you to borrow up to £25,000 without investing any money of your own. This figure doubles, if the business has two Directors. We are more than happy to discuss this option in more detail with you.

It’s a people business

Our business is about people. Helping people to become the best version of themselves, help run their own business without any previous experience and, irrespective of background, become their own boss.

You can balance your lifestyle and business goals. Whether your aspirations are to operate a single van or to build a multi-van business, Cafe2U has the proven formula to help you achieve your goals.

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With over 250 franchisees worldwide, Cafe2U is the UK’s (and the World’s) leading mobile coffee franchise system, delivering fresh espresso coffee and great food to businesses, events and functions.In the fast-growing coffee industry, Cafe2U offers opportunities for small business entrepreneurs to own their successful mobile coffee business without the hassles of landlords, rent or staff.With over ten years operating experience and over 85 UK based franchise partners, our expertise is both extensive and proven.

The Cafe2U business model is based on weekday success, with our franchise partners able to increase this regular revenue through event and function work, so you can balance your lifestyle and business goals. Whether your aspirations are to operate a single van or to build a multi-van business, Cafe2U have the proven formula to help you achieve your goals. Each Cafe2U franchise owner is equipped with a state-of-the-art all-electric mobile café fully compliant with all Food Safety and Local Government requirements.

Cafe2U's exclusive coffee blend is roasted to a unique recipe that uses only the finest beans. All Cafe2U branded products are made with only top quality ingredients to ensure that the food and beverages served are of the highest standard.

Training and support provided

At Cafe2U our training and support is second to none. We make sure you have the tools for success. In March 2009, the Cafe2U Acceleration Package was launched. This four-week training and support program for all new Cafe2U Franchise Partners ensures that your business gets off to a flying start.

Cafe2U Franchise Training

The Cafe2U Acceleration Training and Launch Programme provides new Franchise Partners with:

1 week of classroom training, incorporating:

  • Professional barista training
  • Safe food handling (HACCP Certification)
  • Food management systems
  • Franchise Partner training manuals
  • Business operations manuals
  • Business development manual
  • Launch promotional pack
  • Business management training
  • Local area market training

1 week Franchise Partner (in territory) pre-work conducted under supervision of the Franchise Development Manager (FDM) – a personal coach and mentor to help you get up and running.

2 weeks in territory launch program with a Franchise Development Manager to fast track the development of the business.

2 weeks of minimum £275 per day Franchise Partner Revenue Guarantee.

Best of all, your till will be ringing and your customer base will start to build!

The FDM is always available for help and visits each Franchise Partner quarterly to document success and plan improvements and growth. Franchise Partners are supplied with a local area marketing toolkit and in January/ February Cafe2U holds its Annual Conference where Franchise Partners from around the UK and Ireland gather for a motivating weekend of learning and networking.


The ideal Cafe2U franchisee

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Whilst we don't require candidates to have prior business experience, we do require them to assess how committed they are to running a mobile café and to have a strong desire to succeed in the industry. Overall, we are simply looking for goal-oriented individuals to join us in our mission to continue being the best in the industry.

The Benefits of being a Cafe2U Franchise Partner

  • No % royalty – Fixed weekly fee.
  • Low initial investment.
  • No prior experience necessary.
  • Booming industry – according to the British Coffee Association; in the UK, we now drink approximately 98 million cups of coffee per day.
  • High profit margins.
  • High level of daily repeat business.
  • ndustry leading 4 week training, including Acceleration Package and income guarantee.
  • Ongoing support and training.

Take the next step – discover more about running your own Cafe2U Mobile Coffee Business

If you want to take control of your work-life balance and realize your business ownership aspirations with the nation’s fastest growing mobile coffee franchise, join us for a discovery session by clicking on the link below. We will discuss training and support, launching your business and the less exciting practical aspects of running your mobile coffee business. We will also discuss the investment needed from yourself and the funding options available through third parties, as well as disclosing the turnover you can generate from running your own Cafe2U Franchise!

Cafe2U's history

Cafe2U UK founder Tom Acland started operating in 2004 in Leeds. Tom first experienced Cafe2U during his stay in Australia; he immediately fell in love with idea and wanted to share it with UK. The first prototype mobile café van was launched in 2000 in Sydney, Australia.

Case studies

Maulik’s working day starts approx. 7:45 and finishes 3:30 and post lockdown his round is performing better than ever before.

His overriding philosophy with his business is not to give his customers excuses to go elsewhere, so he ensures his coffee is always excellent, with lots of products on board, and he likes to have something new to tempt his customers and try. Also key to Maulik, is providing that perfect excuse for his customers to leave their ‘work’ for 5 mins, to be appreciated and have some fun and laughter with a barista at the back of a cafe2U van!

He acknowledges that post lockdown his blue-collar stops are performing better, so he is concentrating on looking for more opportunities in these kinds of businesses. He feels in office environments if workers are not working from home they may be more restricted on leaving the office or may be more cautious. In some offices, cafes have closed, so looking for opportunities he has managed to pick up a stop where this has happened which provides 10-15 cups a day.

Maulik believes people are now more supportive of local businesses, rather than going to chains and his existing customers come out and support him more than ever. He was certainly appreciated especially as he out serving key workers when it was safe to do so during the lockdown. For the future, if Maulik's franchise continues to perform at his current level, next year he is hoping to get married and find a place suitable to live for him and his wife.