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What is a franchise?

The definition of a franchise is authorisation granted by a company to an individual to enable them to carry out specified commercial activities, such as providing a service or selling a product on behalf of the company.

This licence grants a franchisee access to the franchisor’s (the company’s) proprietary business knowledge, processes, trademarks and brand, so the franchisee can sell a product or service under the franchisor’s business name.

In exchange the franchisee pays the franchisor an initial start-up fee and then recurring monthly or annual licensing fees. The franchisee then manages and operates the locations that serve consumers the products and services on a day-to-day basis. Serving the consumer is the role and responsibility of the franchisee, and any employees they decided to hire.

This is beneficial to franchisees as they get to own a store or be a part of a recognised and well-known brand that already has a large customer base. Having the opportunity to trade under a well-established name gives the franchisee a head start. They will also benefit from any advertising or marketing efforts the franchisor may currently be operating and sharing with its franchisees.

The franchisee benefits from a proven business model, dedicated support, training and ongoing advice from the franchisor, not to mention reduced buying costs or increased funding options due to the power of the brand, which makes the business opportunity highly lucrative.

Mail Boxes Etc. has more than 150 stores in the UK and Ireland and offers you the chance to be part of one of the world’s largest non-food retail franchises. This global reach makes ours a widely recognised brand with a 1,600-strong growing network.

If you would like to join a dynamic, thriving network with a flexible business model, visit For more information about our shipping and distribution franchise, call us on 01608 647044 or email

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