#Mail Boxes Etc To Exhibit At NFE

Mail Boxes Etc (MBE) is continuing its franchise owner recruitment campaign by exhibiting at this year’s National Franchise Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham (2-3rd October).  The company, which provides a diverse range of business services to local companies and consumers, currently has over 100 high street stores in the UK and Ireland and is seeking franchise owners to expand the brand and meet increasing demand.

Chris Gilliam, Head of MBE’s recruitment programme in the UK, said:  “Demand for our service remains steady and continues to grow, despite the downturn and, increasingly, we are regarded as the most convenient local business services provider, not least because our outlets are based in town centres and offer extended opening hours.  We can cater for a wide range of needs at the same time and in one location.

“In addition, in some areas we are directly benefiting from the recent closures of Post Offices as customers find they can buy from us many of the goods and services that post offices used to offer.

“Our number one service, the safe and secure packaging and despatch of parcels all over the world, has grown significantly across our network in the last year.  We pack and ship anything and everything across the globe – from valuable antiques to overseas students’ possessions and holiday makers’ luggage.”

MBE franchise owners offer a range of print and copying services, design business stationery and corporate marketing materials, and look after customers’ post in secure personal post boxes.  The franchisor constantly monitors new products and services and trials them before introducing new ideas and refinements to the network.

Although MBE is represented in many major towns and cities across the UK and Ireland there is still considerable scope for expansion.  Franchise owners do not need previous experience because MBE’s comprehensive four-week training programme covers everything they need to know and equips them to be successful business people.  It includes all aspects of running a small business, from sales, marketing and man-management to practical aspects, such as bookkeeping.

Chris commented:  “The right attitude is more important than previous career.  We like new franchise owners to be interested enough to have done some homework before they want to meet us.  We welcome applicants who are enthusiastic and open-minded, with both a willingness and ability to learn new skills and adopt a new business ethos.

“Just as with any new business, people need plenty of drive and a determination to succeed.  Being your own boss is extremely worthwhile and rewarding but it requires dedication.

“Being part of such a large and dynamic international organisation brings benefits to our franchise owners and their customers.  The combined experience of thousands of operating centres across the world creates a wealth of shared expertise and knowledge.”