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Ambience Venue Styling Case Study
We caught up with Laura and Hannah from Ambience Hertfordshire as they approach their two year Ambience anniversary! The lovely ladies joined Ambience as stylists for Hertfordshire back in October 2016.
Franchise Information
  • BFA Membership Status-
  • UK Years Established12 years
  • Current UK Coverage40%
  • Franchisee Support Staff3
  • Personal Investment Req.£7,500
  • Total Startup Cost£14,994
  • Home-based business locationYes
  • Territory-based business locationYes
  • Business to consumer servicesYes
  • Franchisee operates individuallyYes
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Ambience Hertfordshire stylists Two Years On!

A lot has happened since Hannah and Laura joined Ambience back in October 2016 including one of the sisters having a baby in July 2017! So we caught up with the ladies to see how things are going…

Ambience | Laura and Hannah"Being self-employed is a 100% the best decision we made in order to juggle a young family. With being our own boss, there’s no pressure of reporting in to someone therefore allowing you to do 'mummy jobs' (i.e. school runs) around meeting clients. If you’re clever with your time, you will be able to spend quality time with your family whilst running your business. Being a new mum is testing however if you plan your days around naps etc, it’s amazing how much you get done!

Looking back to our first booking it was a very small one. They only wanted a few things from us however this seemed to ease us in gently. It was a great experience and we had such positive feedback which filled us with confidence for our next one."

We asked the ladies what the most important lesson is that they have learnt so far in the wedding industry and where they see their business in 3 years time…

"There’s soooo many!! The biggest one is not to be afraid to charge a client for what they’re asking, as well as your time! It’s so tempting to undercut yourselves because you’re so desperate for the booking and you don’t want to scare them off. We have to keep reminding ourselves that we are offering quality products with outstanding service and for this there is a cost.

The reason we took the plunge and committed to Ambience was for us to experience a better work life balance. If in three years we had a full stock bank that will allow us to achieve as near to 100% profit as possible, with 2 weddings a month, we’d be happy. Any more then that would be amazing!"

Laura and Hannah tell us the dream wedding venue that they would love to work at…

"We are fortunate to have some of the best wedding venues in the UK right on our doorstep but if we could choose it would probably be an unknown forest somewhere or maybe a gorgeous outdoor venue in Monaco or the Amalfi Coast!"

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Hana came from working in retail for over 13 years and she joined Ambience as a stylist in January 2016.

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What Our Franchisees Say

Joining Ambience has allowed my husband and I the change in lifestyle we were searching for. Back in 2008 I was ready for a fresh challenge and my husband, Gareth, was disillusioned with his current employment. Each of us brings something different to the business which has enabled us to compensate for each other’s weaknesses whilst exploiting the other’s strengths.Sandie Edgar - Edinburgh Franchisee


I love being a venue stylist! What other jobs allow you to be involved with clients on the most happy of occasions. It is an honour to be a part of couple’s special day and play a part in making it perfect for them! The best bit is the feedback and hearing the most wonderful comments about your input into the day and what a difference the styling made!Donna Wojtas - Bradford & Halifax Franchisee


Starting a business can be very daunting, to know that we were joining a well-established national network made our decision a lot easier. Now, we can be our own boss and know that all the work we put in is going to benefit ourselves. Nothing is ever too silly and there will always be someone who knows the answer or who can help - both Head Office and Stylists. It’s like a little Ambience family.Emma Pearson & Adam Richmond - Teesside Franchisees


Why Choose Us

Minimal business administration with AMBA, your own virtual assistant. AMBA handles all of your enquiries, stock requests, bookings and invoices so that you can focus on delivering a world-class service.

Offer your clients an unbeatable selection with the UK's largest wedding styling library, which puts 100s of hire items at your fingertips.

Look professional at all times with your own Ambience website, 0800 phone number, and branded clothing available in a range of styles.

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