We have listed below various questions you may have and given short answers to each. We will be happy to answer these in greater detail if you so wish, along with any other questions you may have.
Q. How can I finance the C2 Safety Franchise?
Most of the major clearing Banks also have specialist franchise departments as they view franchising as a safer way to start a new business. In this regard, managers will usually provide good terms and a higher lending proportion of the required start-up capital than might otherwise be available.
Q. Can I run another business in addition to the C2 Safety Franchise?
For your Franchise to be a success you will need to commit all of your time to the business and any distraction from this could seriously damage your prospects. The C2 Safety Franchise Agreement therefore specifically calls for your undivided attention in this regard.
Q. How important is brand image?
Image will be vital to the identity of the C2 Safety network as a whole and the successful development of all our Franchisees. Branding will be national; C2 Safety and all Franchisees will need to play their part in supporting this.
Q. Will I need to prepare a business plan?
Yes, as we will need to satisfy ourselves that what you project in your business plan is both realistic and achievable. We are happy to help you prepare this but cannot construct it for you. You will also require this for your own planning and for raising any additional funding required to start your business.
Q. Is franchising the best option for me?
Assuming you have made the decision to run your own business, franchising may be your best option as it offers many clear advantages over creating a new business from scratch. You will be able to use an existing business format which we have created. This reduces the risk of starting up a completely new business or working a new area. Our business methodology is already developed and tested in the market. You will have much more credibility with your customers, who will see you as part of a larger national organisation. You can focus on growing your business, in the knowledge that we are with you all the way.
Q. On what basis do you select your Franchisees?
We want our Franchisees to succeed and on that basis, we will be very selective. Broadly, we want ambitious people with a background in management, preferably with knowledge of the safety industry. You will be able to absorb procedures and systems with ease, be disciplined, capable and have a positive outlook. Above all we look for happy and pleasant individuals with a passion for delivering high standards and communicating this to their staff and clients.
Q. How will territories be protected?
You will be awarded sole rights to operate a C2 Safety franchise in your territory which will be predetermined in the Franchise Agreement. The Franchise Agreement will contain a clause that provides you with more than adequate protection.
Q. Can I trade in empty territories or buy further territory.
Your main priority is to trade in and develop your own territory but we recognise that you may have enquiries or existing contacts in empty territories. You may develop business with these, but when we sell that territory you will be required to sell those clients to the in-coming Franchisee for a sum equivalent to 50% of the annual turnover. You may not actively prospect for business in another Franchisee’s territory, and must pass all leads to the incumbent Franchisee. After one year of successful trading you may apply to buy a further territory if that territory is available.
Q. What skills do I need?
We are looking for people who have experience of safety management, preferably in a customer facing role, and have the energy and motivation to create a strong customer base in a short period of time. As a minimum qualification you must hold the NEBOSH National General Certificate. You must be keen to run your own business, manage your staff, focus on success and be prepared to put in the necessary time to make it happen. You must also have an interest in and affinity with what we do. It is not necessary for you to have all the skills to operate the C2 Safety Franchise system, as you will be provided with the necessary knowledge during training on our system (SALUS). Franchisees are responsible for their own NEBOSH / Safety certifications.
Q. Is my success guaranteed?
The simple answer to this question is no. As with any business, it requires hard work and a strong desire to succeed. We will be there to help you all the way so, with your commitment and the C2 Safety Franchise method, everything is in place for a successful future.
Q. What is the renewal franchise fee?
You may renew the Franchise Agreement after the 5 year term for a further 5 years. We charge no renewal fee but you will need to pay our reasonable costs.
Q. Can I sell my Franchise?
Yes. One of the benefits of owning a business is the ability to sell on that business and receive the benefit of the capital appreciation you have built up over time. Obviously, we will want to first approve the new owner prior to issuing a new Franchise Agreement, just as we will with you prior to your acceptance to the C2 Safety Franchise.