The Clothes Aid Franchise is one of the biggest Clothes Aid Franchisees in the UK. They are an organisation that raises over £1 million a year for British charities. As the doorstep collection market has grown and developed Clothes Aid have expanded their operations. They now have contracts with many national and regional charities who rely upon them for the support.
The Clothes Aid Franchise offers you the opportunity to build your own Charity Bag Collection Business backed up with the help and support of an experienced and substantial organisation. Not only can your business produce good income and profits, but you will be part of a unique network that has huge social benefits.
The business model is very simple - Clothes Aid Franchisees run a team or teams carrying out the distribution and collection of charity bags to targeted areas and households within their franchise area.
Each team needs a van with the capacity to carry at least one tonne of clothing.
The clothing collected is bought by weight, and sold to third parties, generating an income with a proportion of Clothes Aid funds going to nominated British charities.
As a new franchisee, you’ll need access to a van with the capacity to carry at least one tonne of clothing. Each team will also need a household collection licence, or a national exemption certificate. As your main support, this is part of Clothes Aid's role; every year they obtain hundreds of licences from local authorities on behalf of their franchisees.
As a franchisee with Clothes Aid you can either be a single van franchisee (where you carry out the bag distribution and collection work with a small team) or you can build the business into a multi-van franchise (operating out of an industrial unit) where you eventually take on the role of the business manager.
Both options have significant financial potential in relation to the income and profit that the business can generate and the money raised to support charity partners.
The Clothes Aid network collects over 50,000 clothing bags per week within the UK, creating potential for predictable and dependable supply of revenue. Earning potential for your first year is £25,000-£45,000, subject to response.
With Clothes Aid's comprehensive support, franchisees can generate income within the first two to three weeks of starting the business.
If you have got a suitable van that can be used your start-up costs will be around £6,200 + VAT. The costs of signwriting the van, uniforms for a 3-person distribution team, induction training and initial supply of bags are included in the franchise fee.
If you do not have a suitable van the initial start-up costs and working capital requirement for the business is around £11,200 + VAT. This value includes the cost of a second-hand van at £5,000.
To build a successful Clothes Aid Franchise, you must be willing and able to work hard and get actively involved in the business. Once established, you can employ team leaders to run the distribution and collection teams but in the beginning there is no substitute for leading from the front.
You’ll need to learn the ropes as far as distributing and collecting bags is concerned, so you’ll also need to be reasonably fit.
You will also need to be able to be very organised, or have an organised partner who can be involved actively in the business.
The business system uses simple software packages so you (or your partner) will need to have reasonable IT skills. To maximise your tonnage returns you must operate the business according to the Clothes Aid Model.
Clothes Aid are only interested in taking on franchisees who are entirely committed to building a successful business and with whom they can work closely to make this happen.
Ongoing continuous income from customers
Unique franchise with social benefits
Profitable and easy to manage