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Case Studies - Franchisee showcase

At Mail Boxes Etc. we like to share franchise features and stories. The following articles provide some insight into the life and work of our franchisees.

Interview with Alex Gerardi - MBE Clifton, Bristol Franchisee

A good investmentAlex Gerardi, who recently took over the Mail Boxes Etc. franchise in Bristol, is an entrepreneur with the drive and optimism it takes to succeed. For several years he had run a thriving high street print business in Clifton and had kept an eye on the nearby MBE store. “Rather than ...

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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) ...

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What are the benefits of joining a franchise?

Opening a Mail Boxes Etc. post, parcel and print centre 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 and more than 150 stores in the UK and Ireland.But what are ...

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5 tips to a successful franchise

Making any business a success takes hard work and determination, and that is no different when owning a franchise. However, when you join a franchise, you will have their support to help you reach your full potential and avoid the mistakes that most new businesses make.Here are our top 5 tips to ...

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International Women’s Day 2021 Profile: Anne Balfour

To mark International Women’s Day this year we spoke to MBE franchisee Anne Balfour, who switched from a senior management role in the global textiles industry to local entrepreneur when she purchased her Mail Boxes Etc. store in 2013.Born in Scotland, Anne started her career in clothing manufacture ...

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International Women’s Day profile: Sandra Andrews

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day – Sunday 8 March – we talked to one of our many women franchisees, Sandra Andrews, who co-owns the MBE Chippenham store with her husband Keith. Here are Sandra’s answers to our six key questions about what it’s like to be a woman in business in 2020. What ...

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Building a successful business with Mail Boxes Etc.

Peter Lyons, Franchisee of the Year 2018, celebrates 23 years with Mail Boxes Etc.When Peter Lyons was named as Franchisee of the Year 2018 at Mail Boxes Etc. UK & Ireland’s conference this September, he was delighted.  “I really wasn’t expecting anything,” he says, “but when I heard my name ...

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International Women’s Day profile: Mehreen Amjad

Mail Boxes Etc. has many successful female entrepreneurs among its franchisees.  To celebrate International Women’s Day, we talked to Mehreen Amjad, who owns MBE Kilburn, about why she wanted to work for herself, the challenges she faced and the advice she would give to other businesswomen.Mehreen, ...

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New owner brings great service to Wimbledon store

After a career in engineering, Chetan Patel decided to turn his hand to retailing, and took over the thriving Wimbledon store on 20 November.  He is looking forward to providing customers old and new with the mix of friendly personal service and reassuring expertise that has already gained the store ...

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Thriving local business relocates to the heart of Dundee Waterfront

Enterprising Dundee businessman Grant Campbell has relocated his thriving Mail Boxes Etc. business to 10 Dock Street, Dundee – part of the iconic new £1 billion Dundee Waterfront regeneration project.  The new store, which opened on 2 October, is just a stone’s throw from the exciting new V&A Museum ...

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New store brings essential everyday services to Streatham

After a career in IT, local businessman Alister Hartman decided to turn his hand to retailing, and opened his Mail Boxes Etc. store at 10 Streatleigh Parade,Streatham, SW16 earlier this year.  The business has already proved asuccess, with plenty of demand from both passers-by and regular customers.Asked ...

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