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Snack in the Box
Snack in the Box franchise owners deliver snacks to workplaces. In association with Mars, the Snack in the Box franchise opportunity is a van-based franchise typical run by an individual or a couple.
- Minimum investment of £20K
- Van not included - we can offer suggestions as to a suitable van
Snack in the Box: The UK's Number 1 Vending Franchise:
'Everyone loves chocolate! I knew immediately that this was the right franchise for me!'
Covering a local territory of customers, you will service vending machines and snack boxes at customer sites providing them with chocolate, crisps, snacks and cold drinks. Partnered with Mars and Walkers, Snack in the Box is part of SnackTime plc, the UK's 3rd largest vending company. Snack in the Box has just under 100 franchisees and has been a full BFA member for 19 years.
Benefits of a Snack in the Box Franchise:
'I enjoy building relationships with my customers, and being my own boss really suits me'.
- Our partnership with Mars provides you with strong Mars branding across all areas of your business (van, machines, uniform etc) and the ability to stock the UK's favourite confectionery brands at preferential prices.
- 100% of your territory sited from day one - income generation from the start
- Regular weekly cash income from day one
- Fixed management services fees - not a % of your profits - to aid your cashflow planning
- Part of the Uvenco Uk vending group - providing you with vending expertise
- Full initial and ongoing training and support both in-house and in the field to keep your business performing
- Online business tracking tool to monitor how your business is performing
- Strong head office support in key areas such as IT, sales and marketing, vending expertise, vending product information and new product notifications and a dedicated Account Manager to help grow your business
- A home-based franchise with no hassles of renting separate premises to run your business
'SITB is a proven business model with a wealth of experience and support but the concept is simple which I felt would last even through a recession'.
You will be responsible for a local territory of customers which are workplaces such as offices, showrooms, factories, warehouses, retail outlets etc. Each customer has a vending or snack box on their site which you refill, ensure is presentable and working properly, and then remove the cash takings. In order to maximise your investment, you should be available to work Monday to Friday 9am till 5.00pm. Each customer is
A Typical Day:
'Customers are always pleased to see me as I am filling their chocolate vending machine!'
Four days a week, you will be out and about in your van visiting customer sites and servicing their vending machine or snack box. We offer a range of vending solutions to ensure the right vending solution for each customer site depending on their size, profile and requirements. Typically a franchisee will visit around 20 to 30 customers a day in their local area. This will be driving around in your Mars branded van stocked with confectionery, crisps, snacks and drinks. One hour a day, after your customer site visits, will be spent at home preparing stock and organising your van for the following day. You are encouraged to develop a good relationship with your customers and this will reap rewards with your revenues.
This is a home-based business where you will spend one day a week (typically Fridays) working from home completing paperwork, counting and banking cash, receiving deliveries, and analysing your customer's performance via your business tracker tool.
Stock consists of confectionery, crisps, snack and cans and bottles of drinks which is delivered direct to you. A storage facility is required such as a garage or shed to store your stock.
Would I Be Suited As A Snack in the Box Franchisee?...
We are looking for individuals who:
- Are hands-on
- Are customer-service focussed. Our best franchisees develop great relationships with their customers and enjoy providing them with a service that customers appreciate
- Able to manage their day and are self-motivated
- Not afraid to pick up a screw driver (no technical or engineering skills needed) or cleaning cloth to keep your vending machines in prime condition
- A full driving licenceUsed to being out and about
- A background in retail, field sales, delivery, confectionery corner shops, driving etc is advantageous
- Want to be your own boss and reap the rewards of your hard work
- Like any new business, you should be willing to put the hours in to really get the most of your investment
- A good level of fitness - you will spend a good proportion of your day on your feet
SNACK IN THE BOX CASE STUDY – DAVID MYHILL – READING AREA
David joined Snack in the Box in April 2016 and now services the Reading area. He has a number of Vending Boxes, Slimline Machines and Large Combination machines now sited in customer premises.
Snack in the Box asked David why he looked at us in the first place, what were his personal objectives, what it was like running the business in the ‘early days’, what are his future plans and most importantly – is he hitting the Sales Targets provided by Snack in the Box…….
SITB – “What made you first look at SITB?”
“Snack in the box was a business that I looked at along with some other franchises, it was quickly obvious that the snack route was something that seemed easy to start, was a brand that was very recognised and allowed me to sell in a product with confidence with no preparation as such involved, .i.e kitchen/cooking/etc....”
SITB – “Why did you ultimately choose a SITB Franchise?”
“Ultimately choosing snack in the box came down to the package that was on offer, along with the territory which was local, yet large enough to grow into should I wish, also a telling factor was the service provided by the SITB Sales Director, Sean Cleveland, in terms of the relaxed approach which didn’t put me under any pressure but allowed me to decide for myself. Obviously the business plan and projections were important and the field day with a franchisee and the transparency of information was a big telling factor”
SITB – “Prior to purchasing the Franchise, how detailed was the SITB ‘sales/selection’ process?”
“The sales projections were shown in simple terms with a realistic net profit being shown, the whole business was not oversold, but was described as shown with very realistic looking growth figures”
SITB – “What were your 3 key personal objectives when buying the franchise?”
“My 3 objectives when buying this franchise were to gain a work life balance that I was in control of, a business that I could grow if I chose to and something that I could operate easily required no re-training”
SITB – “How did you find the initial training – did it help you in your early days as a franchisee?”
“The whole training package was very well planned, from head office machine training day one to meeting and servicing my accounts with the existing distributor, the whole handover process was relaxed yet concise, allowing me to meet and see the vital elements of the business I was about to take on”
SITB – “In terms of the Launch Programme, did SITB deliver what was promised?”
Yes, the launch programme was structured in such a way that it allowed me a very accurate overview and timeline of my business and the tools I would need to hit the ground running from day one going live.
SITB - “What have the support levels for us been like?”
“The support to date has been very good, the whole franchise manager gives me a sounding board and a first point of contact in the event of me having any issues, and there have been a few, none of which we haven’t managed to solve with minimal fuss, I think having a franchise manager who has hands on knowledge of running a franchise is the perfect dynamic to give me a quick and accurate resolution to any issues. Engineering support is also very good and again machine issues have generally been dealt with quickly. There are things that I think could help all franchisees and take some of the pressure off this department”
SITB - “What are the 3 best things about running the business?”
The 3 best things so far are not having to answer to anybody!, managing my own day/week and the total flexibility to run a business my way, albeit under the umbrella of a tried and tested business.
SITB – “Are you hitting your sales targets?”
So far the Sales based on my territory have in my mind been very consistent, it has taken some time to establish my week in terms of which accounts to visit and how often, initially I was trying to see everybody every week, this was not unrealistic but unnecessary as my thought process has evolved and as I have got to know my customers and gain their trust I now find it much easier to know my business. The short term plan now is to grow key areas within my territory as I have more time on my hands through working smarter not harder.
SITB – “What are your mid-term and long-term goals for the business?”
There are many options going forward, the easiest one is to utilise the sales expertise within the franchise to add accounts to my business, this will replace and refresh my customer base allowing some poorer performing accounts to be removed without effecting , hopefully benefiting the turnover. There are other possibilities which I haven’t scratched the surface of as yet in terms of possibly expanding the area allowing perhaps somebody else to come on board perhaps self-employed? To operate a part of my area, but these are things that I’m unsure of logistically but will discuss going forward.
Business Type: Franchise
Minimum Investment: £20,000