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Specialist retailer grows UK shop chain

Specialist retailer grows UK shop chain

Ableworld is to open three new franchisee owned mobility outlets by the autumn

Ableworld is committed to helping as many people as possible remain independent in their homes with the aid of its affordable mobility equipment, so the company is delighted to announce the opening of three new franchisee owned mobility stores by autumn 2020.

Ableworld’s Southampton franchisee is expanding with a new store in Blackfield, just across the water, that will stock the company’s entire mobility range, as well as being able to install, service and repair stairlifts and home lifts.

As well as a new store in the south, Ableworld is also opening another store on the outskirts of Manchester - in Hyde. This store is with one of the company’s longest partnership franchisees, who is adding a sixth Ableworld store to his existing five in St Helens, Salford, Wigan, Wavertree and Southport.

Ableworld is also especially pleased to be welcoming a brand new franchise partner to its network, who is currently completing on a property in London that will be home to the brand’s first store in the capital.

Ageing population

There are currently 15.3 million people aged over 60 in the UK today and the government predicts that in just over 10 years’ time nearly 25 per cent of the population will be over 65.

Valued at around £1.5 billion annually, the mobility sector is set to expand dramatically over the next few years, with products such as mobility scooters, stairlifts, adjustable beds, wheelchairs and home aids becoming essential purchases for many people.

In addition, since many people in this age group have generous pensions and significant property equity, they have the resources to purchase this much needed equipment. Ableworld’s mission is to help these customers live more comfortable and active lives as they get older.

With an investment of £75,000- £80,000 - finance is available from UK banks for up to 70 per cent of this, subject to status - you could have a business of your own in a sector that has been flourishing and growing year on year. Ableworld’s proven franchise model means hard working franchisees can build a £2 million-plus turnover business with full training and ongoing support from the market leader.

Income streams

An Ableworld franchise gives you two complementary income streams: the retail outlet, a mobility superstore that sells a comprehensive range of quality products to help the elderly and disabled in their homes and outdoors, and a stairlift business which, using only high quality branded equipment, provides homeowners with a variety of life changing options.

Franchisees come from a wide variety of backgrounds, such as sales, retail, construction, the armed forces, teaching and health care. No previous experience of the mobility industry is needed, as the company has a comprehensive training programme.

Successful franchisees combine a desire to help others with their personal skills and the proven Ableworld franchise system to create a business that makes a difference in their community.

Ableworld is extremely proud to have been voted the winner of the Dealer of the Year UK at the 2019 Access & Mobility Professional Awards for its continued dedication to helping our ageing population and people living with disabilities.

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