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Franchise Focus Moving on


The booming rentals market means house moves still happen – as Two Men and a Truck can testify


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affected us one bit because we’re in demand through a reputation of providing great customer service,” says UK managing director Mike Harrison. “More than two million people will be on the move this year, either from homes, apartments or businesses, in a market worth £1.5 billion. We specialise in short-haul trips in a radius of around 25 miles, so we can keep our overheads down. “Couple that with a proven operating


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system, expertise gathered over 25 years and a really friendly, professional team, who’ll look after your furniture as if it were their own


t may seem an unlikely time to start a removals business, but Two Men and a Truck has defied the downturn. A trade you might expect to suffer in a housing slump is actually on the up, thanks to the flourishing lettings market.


“The downturn in house sales hasn’t £60,000


grandmother’s, and you’ve got a proven business model that’s going places.” Two Men and a Truck has been busy


expanding the franchisee stable to more than 215 franchisees and 1,200 moving trucks throughout the US, Canada and Ireland. The development strategy is to is restrict the number of UK and Ireland franchises to a maximum of 70. Mike adds: “Enquiry numbers are more than healthy. When they’re gone, the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of this highly successful business will be gone as well.” Franchisees pay an initial franchise fee of


£29,950 and will need working capital. They’ll be expected to share the company vision of building a profitable business by delivering superior customer service and to have the kind of entrepreneurial spirit that demonstrates leadership. “They won’t be expected to do any huffing and puffing because we’ve sorted that already,” says Mike. “But they must be able to manage people and develop their market.” n


TWO MEN AND A TRUCK


WEBSITE: www.twomenandatruck.co.uk EMAIL: franchise@twomenandatruck.co.uk PHONE: 0121 632 2643 CLASSIFICATION: Removals


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