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Recognition Express
The Recognition Express Franchise is the UK's market leading Promotional Product Business. They are offering an excellent franchise opportunity with an established and growing market worth in excess of £3 billion per annum.
Franchise Information
  • BFA Membership StatusAward Winner
  • UK Years Established39 years
  • Current UK Coverage40%
  • Franchisee Support Staff10
  • Personal Investment Req.£15,000
  • Total Startup Cost£35,000
  • Home-based business locationYes
  • Territory-based business locationYes
  • Business to business servicesYes
  • Franchisee employs staffYes
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Recognition Express Franchise
Promotional Product Business

Recognition Express is a Promotional Product Business. They are a long established (1979) award-winning and strictly a business 2 business franchise specialising in corporate branded merchandise.

Recognition Express Franchise | Promotional Product BusinessRecognition Express supply branded business gifts, promotional products, personalised name badges and a full range of clothing to businesses, schools and organisations in the UK.

This is a 'relationship' business where customer contact and communication is vital to growing and developing the business.

To this end, the business suits a 'people' person who is comfortable communicating at all levels with customers and prospects.

The business can be run from home to save on initial costs though most franchisees do in fact operate out of a small business unit.

Recognition Express is a full member of the British Franchise Association.

The benefits of a Recognition Express Franchise:

This is an excellent franchise opportunity with an established and growing market worth in excess of £3 billion per annum. Recognition Express has been a full member of the bfa since 1980, and is a past winner of the bfa Franchisor of the Year award. They will show you how to maximise the opportunity and minimise the risk.  

Recognition Express Franchise | Promotional Product BusinessYou will also benefit from:

  • Centralised marketing programmes
  • Integrated business planning
  • On-going training and support
  • In-house procurement services
  • Number of proven income streams
  • Website
  • Sage Accounting Software
  • Extensive Marketing Collateral and tools

Plus, their extensive marketing experience in the business to business field.

As a Recognition Express Franchise owner:

Recognition Express Franchise | Promotional Product Business

As a franchise owner you will supply branded products to businesses, schools and organisations in the UK, across a broad range:

  • Branded clothing
  • Personal name badges
  • Promotional products
  • Staff awards
  • Posters and banners
  • Business gifts

Recognition Express will install equipment, directly into your home or business unit. This will assist you with meeting customer orders from day one and you will receive a comprehensive stock package.

Many products are held in stock by RETRADE, their own warehouse and distribution service. This ensures immediate dispatch and to allow you to respond to customers - 'on-demand'.

Recognition Express Franchise | Promotional Product Business

You will receive all of the following support and much more!..

  • Business planning
  • Centralised marketing programmes
  • Ongoing training
  • Financial planning
  • Extensive marketing collateral
  • Monthly newsletters
  • Dedicated extranet for the network
  • Help and advice lines
  • Franchisee website
  • Annual symposium

Is a Recognition Express for you?

Recognition Express will provide you with everything you need to ensure a successful start to your Promotional Product Business. Their philosophy is quite simple; "They want the best".

There is no 'ideal' profile. Existing Recognition Express franchise owners come from a variety of backgrounds, all with their own specific skills, including company directors, an airline flight attendant, sales executives and marketing managers.

However, there are three qualities that are a must:

  • You must be a 'people person' – comfortable sitting in front of, talking to and befriending people
  • You must be willing to follow a system
  • You must be prepared to work hard

The franchise package:

The initial franchise package includes:

  • Recognition Express Franchise | Promotional Product Business3 weeks training
  • Centralised marketing launch programme
  • Appointment generating system
  • Contact management system
  • Own web site
  • Extensive marketing collateral
  • 250 Recognition Express product catalogues
  • Sage Accounting software
  • Ongoing training, business reviews and network meetings
  • Immediate installation at your home or office

The Investment:

Total package, including their franchise fee is £35,000 plus VAT (VAT reclaimable in your first trading quarter).

A typical bank loan at 70% is just over £24,000 so your investment is £11,000 + VAT. (Note: The percentage may depend on your financial criteria).


"Having now been a Franchise owner with Recognition Express for some 31 years I have seen many changes in the structure of the business. Over the years the network has grown and with it the Franchisor has equally grown adding great expertise in staffing and becoming very adept in seeking out new marketing opportunities for the Franchise and Franchisees to prosper in today’s growing market.

Recognition Express Franchise | Promotional Product BusinessWith this impressive structure in place I would have no hesitation in recommending franchising as a solid platform to start a business and Recognition Express to be that way forward." Dennis D’Arcy – Recognition Express, North Scotland

“It’s the best thing we have ever done in 25 years of marriage. Our skills complement each other very well and we have grown the business to such a point that we have more than trebled the business from when we started in 2003.” Stephen and Ciorsden Price – Recognition Express, West Scotland

“You get what you are promised. The training is excellent and afterwards there is always someone on the end of a phone to help you get to grips with everything. Nigel himself still visits me regularly and is particularly helpful at business strategies.Stuart Fisher, Recognition Express, Harrow

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What Our Franchisees Say

Having been away from the workplace for 18 years, I was apprehensive about starting my own business. The support I have received from Recognition Express has been exceptional. The business is going extremely well and the economic climate has not affected my business at all. In fact, people are very aware of the need to promote the business and keep their name out there.Jan Chidley, Recognition Express Hull and East Riding

The ongoing support from the franchisor is very comprehensive. Good initiatives and brochures are widely available to help you promote the business. New ideas and promotions are always changing to keep pace with the marketplace. It's this approach of constantly reassessing the marketplace that helps us maintain our position.Kevin Andrews, Recognition Express Taunton

Why Choose Us

Huge Marketplace

Multiple Income Streams

Centralised Marketing Programmes

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