Ableworld Colchester and Ableworld Bridgend were the two main winners at the Ableworld Franchise of the Year Awards Dinner in March. The Awards Dinner was the high point of Ableworld’s two day Annual Franchise Conference held at Wychwood Park Hotel and Golf Club, Crewe. There were speakers from the industry as well as internal presentations from key Ableworld personnel. Ableworld has recently been awarded the prestigious Which Trusted Traders endorsement and representatives from Which wer...Read More
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What we do
Through its chain of mobility superstores, Ableworld, the UK’s largest mobility retailer, sells a wide range of products for the elderly and disabled. Products such as mobility aids like walking sticks, wheelchairs, scooters and stairlifts; other household items like specialist chairs and adjustable beds; and products for the bathroom and kitchen. An Ableworld Franchise consists of a retail outlet and a stairlift business. For the retail side you can think of the job as similar to a specialist retail manager. Firstly, you have to understand the needs of the customer and then match the correct product to those needs. Building trusted relationships and giving high levels of customer service before, during and after the sale are paramount. This relationship building is something which our franchisees take very seriously and find very rewarding. The rewards from owning an Ableworld mobility franchise are not just financial. There is a strong sense among Ableworld franchisees of contributing to their local community; of helping people whose lives you can make easier and more comfortable by providing them with affordable and effective solutions to their needs.
Training and Support
Ableworld’s franchise fee is £29,950. The total cost of setting up the franchise fee is circa £75,000. Finance of up to 70% is available (subject to status).
"When we joined the British Franchise Association in 2010 they told us not to try and make a profit from the initial franchise fee and so we have been very careful to make sure that the initial fee is used to help make sure that new franchises have the best possible start to their business. We offer a full training package, an effective launch programme including several thousand pounds worth of marketing support and many valuable extras which gives franchisees a very good platform for starting a new business".
Paul Boniface, Franchise Director Ableworld
One of the duties of a franchisor is to offer support and guidance to franchisees especially in the early stages of what usually is a new business area for them. As well as a comprehensive training programme, experienced Ableworld trainers are on hand during your opening and during the critical first couple of weeks when the store is stocked and opened to the public. Once up-and-running, franchisees are supported by a Head Office staffed with experts in finance, marketing, buying, engineering and general retail operations. In addition to this a Franchise Support manager visits the franchises every few weeks and continual training is offered on all aspects of the franchise.
It’s the difference between a poor quality of life, and a good quality of life. Safety, independence, mobility , and nobody knows how much that means than Donna Wilson. The owner of one of Ableworld’s 32 franchises, operating in the franchise territory of Lincoln and Newark, Donna has first hand experience of life as a carer in her personal life, looking after her son and brother. “My own experience was that living aids were expensive and difficult to come by. That’s why I wanted to se...Read More
When is a good time to go into business for yourself? When is the timing just right for a new franchise business? Both of these questions are important considerations for someone thinking of buying a franchise. The answer to the first question is, of course, a personal one and varies from individual to individual. It may be that you’re at a point in your life where you need a fresh challenge. Or owning your own franchise business may have been a long held ambition and you don’t want to feel you...Read More
Paul Boniface, Franchise Director of Ableworld the leading mobility retailer talks us through what you must do in order to assess whether or not your chosen franchise territory is suitable for the franchise you're interested in. Paul Comments, Check how your franchisor has drawn up their territory map. Have they used a reputable mapping company? Ableworld used Atlas Mapping to map the country into territories based on the actual performance of its existing franchise network. Demographical...Read More
Ableworld, one of the country’s largest mobility retailer, just held its fourth annual franchise conference in March and was pleased to announce Ableworld Southampton as their Emerging Franchise of the Year. Being part of, and making a difference in the local community is a big part of what makes a successful Ableworld franchisee. Ableworld’s mission objective is to help customers with issues on mobility and health and age related conditions. Jeff Newman, who accepted the award on behalf of Ab...Read More
SINCE Ableworld was founded in 2001 by Mike Williams, the company has grown rapidly into a highly successful nationwide firm with 32 stores and plans to expand across the country in the next few years. Ableworld’s recent growth model of opening stores under its franchise has resulted in retail units being opened from franchise territories in Inverness in the north to Southampton in the south, Colchester in the east to Cardiff in the west. This year Ableworld decided to turn its attention to the...Read More
It’s a year since Donna Wilson and her team took over Ableworld in Newark, and since then her business gone from strength to strength.Donna Wilson joined the Ableworld franchise team as the director of Newark store in October 2014, and has had great success in offering quality mobility products at fantastic prices in the Newark area. She now provides the same support and help in Lincoln. Her Lincoln Mobility store opened in May this year and stocks a wide range of mobility items from toileting a...Read More