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Apollo Blinds 2020 Vision

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

 

We’ve got big plans for the Apollo Blinds franchise business this year, as we go from strength to strength. We want to attract more brilliant franchisee owners to join our network to meet soaring consumer demand for our products across the UK.

 

THE BUSINESS

Apollo Blinds was established in 1972 and is the UK’s biggest franchise network selling made-to-measure blinds, shutters and awnings.

As a business, we consistently rank in the Elite Franchise 100 Top UK Franchises table, and last year we  grew sales by 6% – our ambition is to take this to  10% in 2020 as we look to increase our franchise network from 51 territories to 60 in 2020, to meet the increasing customer demand for our products and services.

As part of the biggest global name in blinds, the Hunter Douglas Group, the Apollo Blinds brand is synonymous with quality and fantastic products, and we are able to offer the largest collection of products in the UK.

But it’s not just our extensive range of products that are driving our success, it’s our franchisees’ passion for customer service that enables us to grow our market share in this highly competitive sector. Our bespoke, at-home service model revolutionised the sector early on, and it’s what we have become renowned for. That existing demand for our products has been a key factor for a lot of our franchisees in opting to become an Apollo Blinds business owner.

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

What’s interesting about our business network is the diversity of our franchisees’ career backgrounds. Some franchisees joined us with no previous experience in the interiors retail market, or of sales at all; conversely we have some partners who have taken the step to move from employment to becoming their own boss.

The variety of previous experience is testament to the business support we’re able to give to franchisees – something that we’re continually improving and adapting to make working with us better every year.

We have a highly experienced team who provide support across sales and marketing, product development, installation and operations to help each of our franchise partners make the most out of their business.

This year, we want to capitalise on the demand for our products. With increasing competition in our industry, it’s not enough to just have the right products anymore – the customer experience is what matters, and our offer of convenience, professionalism and quality makes Apollo stand out from the rest.

We want to partner with new franchisees to help service the demand and join us in our success, to become part of the next stage of our growth.

 

A UNIQUE MODEL

Our franchise model is like no other – it offers huge scope, offering ‘buy in’ to an established operations model, a familiar brand and a network of other like-minded individuals for support and guidance, not to mention untapped opportunity in a lucrative market – 30% of our franchisees generate a turnover in excess of £250K a year.

Apollo is a national brand, but a local business for our customers, and that personal touch, with professional advice supporting a huge product range, sets us apart.

If you are interested in finding out more about the business opportunity an Apollo Blinds franchise offers, visit www.apolloblindsfranchise.co.uk or call 0800 852 7400.

Marketing a franchise business

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

We saw this and wondered if we should do the same?

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Nah, we don’t think so either. But you might enjoy our franchise website instead.

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

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.