Archive for the ‘Discovery Day’ Category

Up close and personal with the Apollo team

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Our new Meet The Team page is now live at www.apolloblindsfranchise.co.uk. You can meet all of our team and see for yourself how they are helping to take Apollo Blinds forward.

Also, have a look at this….it’s from our latest photoshoot

Invite into the Dragons’ Den

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Our newest franchise owner got a taste of what it must be like for the stars of the TV show Dragons’ Den this week.

 

Paul T, who is planning to launch a new business in West Yorkshire in the New Year, invited all the main local advertisers to come in and meet him at our head office in Liversedge. Paul, along with our communications manager Paul Kirby, listened to pitches of the different representatives from local radio, newspapers and other media to find out how they could help him promote his new business.

As you can imagine each advertiser had compelling reasons why he should spend the lion’s share of his launch budget advertising with them. They were all focused on helping raise the profile of Paul’s new business and get the phones ringing with new customers wanting to make appointments to see his new collections of window blinds, awnings and shutters.

Paul is a lovely chap so he isn’t as bullish as Dragons such as Duncan Bannatyne so he didn’t utter those famous words ‘I’m in’ or ‘I’m out’ on the spot. Instead he has sensibly opted to study each proposal in more detail over the next week or so. And, with guidance from the Apollo team, a plan will be drawn up which is right for him, his business and his franchise area.

Apollo has big hitter appeal

Friday, November 12th, 2010

It’s always fascinating to spend time talking to the people who attend our Discovery Days and find out why they are considering becoming part of our franchise network.

We thought we’d heard everything in meetings with people from all walks of life but one fella we met on Tuesday stood out.

To say this guy’s CV was impressive is an understatement. He has been a big hitter in corporate telecoms and has set up huge operations in Europe, Asia and America.

So it did rather beg the question why Apollo Blinds? He said he was coming back to the UK to be with family and saw the way the wind was blowing with the UK economy and realised window blinds was his opportunity. This, he explained, was because whatever the state of the housing market homeowners will always need blinds. If homeowners don’t move they improve and if they do they make their new home their own.

He also explained that the strength of the brand and the quality of the products (see pics) was what sets Apollo Blinds from national and local competitors. And that’s why he was talking to us.

Apollo Blinds garden roomApollo Blinds lounge

We can’t deny it was music to our ears but we also saw it as a huge compliment to our network of Apollo people all over the UK. Our teams have already recognised the opportunity to build prosperous businesses with us to help homeowners right across the UK make their homes beautiful with affordable window blinds from Apollo.

With a little help from our friends

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

“Do Apollo Blinds franchise owners work together and support each other?” This is one of the most common FAQs asked of us by people thinking of becoming part of our network when they attend our Discovery Days.

The answer is a big fat yes.

We have a bag full of examples of our franchise owners collaborating, passing each other business and keeping in constant touch with one another on a daily basis.

Only this week George Stewart (pictured picking up his recent awards from Apollo Blinds Hamilton spent six hours working with Liz Ritchie from Apollo Blinds Bishopbriggs showing her how to use social media to market her business.

George Stewart - Finalist (Stage)

The same day Liz @apollobbriggs began tweeting to George @ApolloHamilton and the rest of the world. And she’s not looked back since, tweeting about all sorts of things including posting pictures of her lovely new van. George and Liz also have a great banter with lots of other franchise owners on Facebook as well.

So when we are asked if our franchise owners get on well, we also say get online and see for yourself.

Join the Apollo revolution

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

It’s a lot easier to make a good living if you are selling the best products available. It also helps if you are representing one of the most high profile brands in its sector.

All of our Apollo Blinds franchise owners who attended the launch of our stunning collections know just what that means. They were the first people in the UK to see our stunning new Roller and Verticals collections and every last one of them loved them. We’re also basking in the glory of all the great comments from independent commentators who have described the collection as the most exciting, vibrant and contemporary they have ever seen.

In the week since the launch, sales have really taken off. And, as a result, we at Apollo Blinds are more optimistic about 2011 than most other businesses we know.

Which is why we have a very special Discovery Day lined up for 26th October because there’s never been a better time for people to join the Apollo network and sell the best blinds in the UK.

Find out more about our Discovery Day and then give our Recruitment Manager, Steve Ryan, a call on 07971 675647 to book your place.

And when you do, Steve will tell you about an incredible offer we have for anyone who can begin training prior to Christmas and be ready to start building their business from 1st January 2011.

BFA Franchise Bible

Friday, July 16th, 2010

We’ve just submitted an article towards the British Franchise Association’s new book the Franchise Bible which will hit the bookshelves later on this year.

Our article encapsulates who we are, what we look for in new franchisees joining our network and the different aspects of support they get to help their businesses get off to a flying start as part of a plan to make them a prosperous and profitable.

We’ve posted an extract of the article below

Apollo Blinds sells stunning blinds that make homes beautiful.

We’re at the forefront of the home improvement market which has consistently grown in both good times and bad because people have an overwhelming desire to make the most of their surroundings.

The UK window coverings industry is currently worth around £1.34 billion and this is set to rise to £1.48 billion by 2012 according to a recent AMA Research report.

The study found that 68% of homeowners buy made-to-measure blinds and that fashion is likely to remain the key driver for window coverings purchases in a market which is expected to grow by at least four per cent in each of the next two years .

All this bodes well for a company which is already Britain’s biggest blinds store chain and has ambitious plans to increase the size of its franchise network which already stands at more than 70 franchises in the UK and Ireland. And all this is backed by Apollo’s owners Hunter Douglas, which is the world’s largest manufacturer of window blinds.

What’s in it for you?

You’ll become part of a company which has more than 35 years’ franchising experience and a proven business model, market-leading products, a robust supply chain and an excellent support structure in place to enable committed and determined individuals to make a success of their franchise from day one.

Using an established and trusted brand we continually encourage our franchise owners to maximise every opportunity within their business. Through dedicated training and one-to-one support we cover everything from selling and fitting high value items with confidence to using smart marketing to keep your Apollo Blinds franchise at the forefront of consumers’ minds. This is all backed up by an astute programme of seasonal promotions to offer consumers just the right window blinds solutions, just when they need them – a great example is that we always have a promotion on blackout blinds when the nights draw out in spring.

All of the above is designed to help you make the most of your business – which is ultimately judged by the income generated, profits made and the value of your business when you eventually come to sell it on.

Making your Apollo business a success

We have a tried and trusted programme of training and support from day one which is designed to give new franchise owners the best possible start and show an early return on investment.

Launch a new franchise

Our dedicated sales and marketing expert works alongside new franchise owners to create a launch plan specifically for their area. It focuses on raising awareness and generating enquiries as quickly as possible by advertising across a variety of media including radio, newspapers, magazines and direct mail. It also harnesses the power of the Internet – especially social networking which has become increasingly important and influential.

Product and installation training

Having one of the UK’s most extensive collections of window blinds, awnings and plantation shutters may seem a little daunting at first but franchise owners soon become familiar with our collections. That familiarity soon helps them to identify exactly the right shading solution for any window in any house or commercial premises.

Practice makes perfect-fitting blinds and our installation specialist is with you every step of the way and for as long as you need until you can confidently fit everything from a roller blind in a single window to pleated blinds in the roof and sides of a conservatory. Oh, by the way, we have existing franchise owners who are specialists in particular products and share their knowledge with the rest of the network by running advanced training courses.

Sales, marketing and business training

We have honed a simple but effective process to demonstrate and sell our range of products. Following this process significantly improves sales conversion rates and our expert sales training will work alongside you until it becomes second nature.

Similarly, our marketing, design and PR team is at your disposal to help you manage local campaigns which focus on maintaining continued awareness of your brand and promotional offers to keep those enquiry levels high. Your local activity is also backed up nationally as Apollo promotes the brand to consumers across the UK.

But the single most important aspect of our mentoring programme is helping with the nuts and bolts of running a business. As little or as much help is on tap from the entire Apollo team on a whole range of issues related to running a successful business.

So that’s us. What about you?

In our experience we have found that the most successful franchise owners have one or more of the following key attributes needed to run a successful Apollo Blinds business:

You will be practical and good with people and have the drive, dedication and commitment to both us and our brand values. As a sales-oriented individual, you will be self-motivated and have a commitment to delivering exceptional customer service.

Having a creative flair is also advantageous because the ability to provide a consultative role in advising customers about which blinds will transform their homes and make them beautiful is vital.

Discover Apollo Blinds

If you like what you’ve seen so far and want to know more then just visit www.apolloblindsfranchise.co.uk. And if you want to take the next step you can also sign up to attend one of our Discovery Days that we host monthly where you can come and meet the team and see for yourself why we are an expanding franchise network in a growth industry.

Apollo launches new recruitment website

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

We’ve launched a brand new website specifically for people who want to know more about owning their own Apollo Blinds franchise.

www.apolloblindsfranchise.co.uk is crammed full of information about what’s involved in running a franchise with Apollo Blinds. There are pages about the company, the brand, the marketplace and the different mobile and retail franchise business models.

We answer questions such as why franchise with Apollo, how much it costs and how much you can earn.

You can also find out how Apollo will help you run your business with details of the product & fitting training, sales training, marketing training and vital information of your induction and how we will launch your business.

But probably the best part of the new website for anyone thinking of becoming part of the Apollo Blinds network are a series of videos from exiting franchise owners who talk candidly about their experiences.

Have a look at it and tell us what you think.

Discovery Day at Apollo today

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

It’s that time of the month again. It’s best bib and tucker time as we welcome more prospective franchisees to Apollo HQ for our Discovery Day.

It’s an opportunity for potential investors to learn more about Apollo, our business model and what it takes to run a successful franchise as part of Britain’s biggest blinds store chain.

As well as a tour of our manufacturing facilities, we run through the products, how to sell them, how we’ll launch a new business and the marketing support that’s available help every business. And of course we go through the financials in fine detail.

But the highlight of the day has to be the lunch which is served by the Apollo Angels.

If you want to attend the next Discovery Day on 25th May then get in touch with the Apollo Angels at newfranchise@apollo-blinds.co.uk or by calling 0845 123 6030.