ChipsAway franchiseChipsAway are the originators of the SMART (Small to Medium Area Repair Technology) repair process.
Be your own boss with a turn-key ChipsAway franchise. ChipsAway guarantee that all new franchisees will receive a minimum of £80,000 worth of customer enquiries* in their first year and are given all the support and training needed to start a successful paint and bodywork repair business.
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Are you looking for an opportunity to start a business of your own, but worry about stepping into the unknown and not having enough work to keep you busy? Then a complete package from ChipsAway could be the answer.
ChipsAway guarantee that all new franchisees will receive a minimum of £80,000 of prospective work enquiries in their first year*. Our market-leading franchise has been developed to make it as easy as possible for you to start your own business. You don’t need any experience; we’ll provide all the support you need to make your business a success.
What is ChipsAway?
ChipsAway are the originators of the SMART (Small to Medium Area Repair Technology) repair process. As a full British Franchise Association (BFA) member with IMI, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accreditations and affiliation with 3M and BVRLA, you won’t find better quality training, products and ongoing sales and marketing support at any other franchise.
Established in the UK for over twenty years. We now have the largest network of repair specialists in the UK, who have all undergone specialist training at our bespoke IMI accredited training centre in Worcestershire.
As a ChipsAway business owner, you will visit customers locally in your mobile workshop, offering high quality, value-for-money, everyday car damage repairs, including paintwork scratches, bumper scuffs and minor dents – known in the industry as SMART repairs. With ChipsAway’s flexible business plan, some franchisees develop their business further and operate from a Car Care Centre, with or without a mobile workshop, which can increase both the potential number of repairs that can be carried out, and the average repair value.
SMART repairs are quicker, more convenient and better value than traditional body shop methods, and we pride ourselves on our five-star TrustPilot rating awarded to us by our customers for the excellent, high quality service we provide. A ChipsAway business package includes technical training, marketing and sales courses, ongoing business and technical support and advice, a host of marketing materials and a 24/7 Call Centre, based in the UK, ready to answer customer enquiries. This market-leading franchise will cost £29,995+VAT, but with our various pricing options you will only need £15,000+VAT to get started.
Be your own boss with a turn-key ChipsAway franchise. A full member of the BFA, ChipsAway guarantee that all new franchisees will receive a minimum of £80,000 worth of customer enquiries* in their first year and are given all the support and training needed to start a successful paint and bodywork repair business.
With ChipsAway, you will receive four weeks of expert, hands-on practical training at our bespoke facility – accredited with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) – before starting work.
But it’s not just the practical skills you need. We know that not all of you have previous experience running a business, so we also provide Business Mentoring from an experienced Franchisee, and dedicated Franchisee support team member to help you and a business plan template, which you can personalise to match your ambition. In 2019, the average ChipsAway franchisee received between £80,000-£100,000 worth of customer enquiries via the ChipsAway Head Office.
Why go it alone when you can have the backing of a nationally recognised brand leader? ChipsAway are the UK’s leading minor automotive repair franchise with 1000% higher UK brand awareness than our nearest competitor, as confirmed by a recent YouGov survey.
The ChipsAway Marketing Support team provides franchisees with extensive national advertising, including nationwide coverage on TV, and online and offline campaigns throughout the year to raise brand awareness. As a result of extensive national advertising campaigns, including our TV advertising, the average ChipsAway franchisee received over 1000 customer enquiries in 2019, via the ChipsAway Head Office.
Furthermore, to ensure you are generating interest in your territory, we will help you put together a bespoke launch and marketing plan for your business and provide all the materials you’ll need. This includes leaflets, local advertising, stationery, a personal webpage and an email address, as well as all other essentials, like your ChipsAway uniform.
The Business Model
Our flexible business model can be tailored to suit your ambitions. Running a ChipsAway business means you decide how long you work, and how much work you undertake. As a ‘man in a van’ operation, some of our franchisees turnover in excess of £75,000 a year. If you’re interested in growing your business by taking on more staff or even expanding into multiple territories, we’ll be with you every step of the way.
As busy as you might be, with the steering wheel in your hands, you can make sure that your free time is your time – whether it’s family time, gym-time or kick-your-feet-up-and-read-the-paper time.
A Quality Investment
“If you start up on your own you have nothing. When you start with ChipsAway you have everything – customers, training, and work from day one so you can start immediately!” Warren Wood, Franchisee since May 2017.
We support, so that you can succeed. This market-leading franchise will cost £29,995+VAT, but with our various pricing options you will only need £15,000+VAT to get started.
*The average franchisee received over 1,000 enquiries via Head Office in 2019, which at our average repair value equates to over £80,000
Training and support provided
Beyond your initial training, we will make sure you have the network of support you need to run your business smoothly. With our ongoing technical advice, unlimited help and advice from your fellow franchisees and invitations to attend our annual Conference or Regional Meetings, our support is unrivalled.
With around 250,000 customer enquiries coming in each year – that’s £40million of enquiries – from day one we will ensure you have enough jobs available to keep you busy. It’s up to you, and your ambition, how much work you want to undertake.
Andy Hodges – Portsmouth
Prior to owning a ChipsAway franchise, Andy ran a small car leasing business, but soon became bored of the 9-5 routine, and wanted a new challenge. When he began thinking of a career move, Andy knew he still wanted to be his own boss, but this time he wanted the support of a franchise behind him.
How has becoming a ChipsAway franchisee changed your life?
“Becoming a franchisee has changed my life. It’s given me the freedom and time to do other things I enjoy outside of work and manage my time the way I want to. I leave the house at around 7.30am and my day consists of doing estimates, booking in customers, marketing, and visiting my 2 employees to check everything is going okay. I’m then home for around 3pm where I follow up on leads.”
Richard Dexter – Herefordshire
Back in 2011 Richard had a career as an experienced Film and TV animator, where he worked on films such as Lord of the Rings and Avatar. Whilst glamourous on the surface, this role came with long hours, and a lifestyle which left Richard spending less and less time with his children; it even began to affect his health.
Why did you choose franchising with ChipsAway over setting up alone?
“I couldn’t have started this type of business without the training, support and backing of an established company behind me. Whether I’ve had a personal issue or work-related concerns, the team at ChipsAway have always been there to help me.”
Andy Darby – Car Care Centre in Cambridge and Huntingdon
What made you choose a franchising path and why did you decide on the car repair industry?
“Whilst I had been very self-assured in the army, I knew that running a business was going to be a completely different challenge” Andy said. “I have always been passionate about cars, so ChipsAway seemed like a business that I would enjoy running.
ChipsAway offered everything that I wanted - a great product, excellent training and support along with the potential to grow and expand. It was also important to me to get out and start earning from the moment I finished training and with ChipsAway I was able to do that.”
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