#Mail Boxes Etc. Names its `Franchisee of the Year`

The winner of the Mail Boxes Etc. ‘Franchisee of the Year’ award has been announced.  Dave Tester, franchise owner of Mail Boxes Etc. Brighton, was named the ‘Franchisee of the Year’ at a recent franchise conference held by the company.  Dave was awarded the title in recognition of his outstanding success and many achievements since launching his franchise in January 2006 and for the rapid progress he has made in developing his business.

As well as this the award recognises the huge contribution Dave has made to the Mail Boxes Etc. UK franchise network.  He is part of the franchise’s consultative Marketing Group and shares best practice with others in the network.  He has introduced new products and services and, also, identified new opportunities for his centre, which have been adopted by other franchise owners.

Chris Gillam, Mail Boxes Etc. Recruitment Consultant, congratulated Dave on his success, he said:  “We’re delighted to announce this award.  Dave’s personal success is well deserved and he has made a big contribution to Mail Boxes Etc. demonstrating his commitment to his own business and to the network as a whole.”

Mail Boxes Etc. is a one-stop business service centre and has a network of over 100 high street locations in the UK and Ireland.  Each store offers a wide range of quick, easy and cost-effective business services that include specialist packing and parcel delivery all over the world, mailbox rental, digital colour copying, professional lithographic printing, document finishing services, stationery, office supplies and postal services.  The company was originally founded in the USA and has a global network of over 6,000 outlets.

Before joining Mail Boxes Etc. Dave had a varied career that saw him working in the Middle East, USA and the West Indies.  He began looking into franchising when he sold his business selling insurance products to ex-pats around the world.  Dave said:  “I went to a franchise exhibition and met some franchisors, although none of the businesses held significant appeal until I went onto the Mail Boxes Etc. stand.  I already knew Mail Boxes Etc. from my time in the USA.  It seemed to offer great variety and I could see the potential for making a sound business out of the Mail Boxes Etc. franchise.  In the past, I had worked for an auction house on Bond Street, so I had some experience of this sector and realised how important a reliable pack and ship service is.

“I understood the value of the other Mail Boxes Etc. services and how they meet the genuine needs of local businesses.  Since opening three years ago, I’ve discovered that the demand is escalating, especially for courier services and mailbox rental and, recently for our Ordnance Survey-approved mapping and data service.”

Speaking about the award, Dave added:  “I am delighted to receive this award and give thanks to my staff and to my partner Sachiko without whose help, patience and hard work it wouldn’t have been possible.”