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About Families Magazine
Families Magazine is a free magazine for parents that lists hundreds of local activities, family-friendly events, services and resources.
With a varied team of writers who produce sparkling copy and useful features for parents, the magazine has become the go-to guide for parents wanting to get the best out of their local area.
First published in 1992, Families Magazine began franchising in 1995 with a trial in London and after a successful period of operation the magazine franchise began to expand rapidly.
There are now 41 editions of Families Magazine published across the UK, with more than four million copies of the magazine published and distributed to local parents every year.
Recently, the company’s website had a revamp to enhance the reader experience, so it is now even easier for parents to see what’s on and where.
How does the Families Magazine franchise model work?
Owning a Families Magazine franchise allows individuals to work flexibly from home, deciding on their own hours of working.
Individuals do not need prior publishing experience, as they are buying into a tried-and-tested system and a comprehensive package of resources that have been designed to enable franchisees to run the business efficiently.
Having said that, this franchise is popular among people with an interest in the media, as writing or running a team of writers and speaking to advertisers forms the basis of
the franchise. Individuals who are sales and target driven, who enjoy building relationships and like the satisfaction of producing a high-quality magazine for the local community are very well suited to this franchise.
What’s on listings and things to do, the big topics of the day, plus solid advice on parenting, health and childcare are all found in one easy reference publication. The
magazine is often a voice for important issues such as children’s nutrition, education policies and the environment.
Running a Families Magazine franchise allows individuals to be their own boss, building an asset they can then sell in the future when the time is right. The franchise
has a proven history and track record dating back 27 years and offers access to extensive training, back up and support from an experienced head office team.
What locations or territories is Families Magazine looking to operate in?
The company has opportunities available throughout the country and is currently looking to establish franchises in Bristol, Essex, Durham, Sheffield, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Norfolk, Leicestershire and Rutland, Wiltshire and East London.
Families Magazine has established franchises for sale in East Kent, London/Kent Borders, Glasgow, Manchester, Cheshire, West London and Hereford and Worcester.
Why is Families Magazine a good investment?
The franchise has a low-cost entry level and as it can be run from home overheads are also low.
The magazine is aimed at ABC1 parents with children between 0-12 and with parents always wanting the best for their children’s future it’s a sector that is recession resistant.
Advertisers that buy space in Families Magazine soon see the benefits of local promotion and, according to the company, rebook on a regular basis.
Families Magazine offers the opportunity to achieve the perfect work/life balance, allowing quality time with your own children. The support of a friendly and supportive community of editors and writers and the chance to build an asset to sell in the future are all reasons to invest in this vibrant, fun network.
Where in the UK is the Families Magazine franchise based?
Families Magazine head office is in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire.
What support and training do Families Magazine franchisees receive?
As you would expect from a brand that’s been established for nearly 30 years, full training is provided, along with ongoing back up and support.
Initial sales training to ensure franchisees are confident dealing with advertisers of all sizes is followed by access to regular training days, business growth workshops and in-house support.
Also included in the franchise package is the Families Magazine bespoke software package, which contains every tool needed to run the business. Database software training is provided as part of the induction and general training so that franchisees can get up and running with the software as soon as possible.
National and regional sales bookings also come via the dedicated franchisor sales team and there are often cross sales from within the group, with all franchisees able to contact each other for support.
What skills do you need to become a Families Magazine franchisee?
The company seeks commercially aware, motivated, target driven individuals, preferably with some sales experience, although not necessarily in media sales.
Franchisees must also possess good written and verbal communication skills.
How in demand are family event services and publications right now?
The demand for information about good quality childcare provision and services and knowledge about a wide variety of family-friendly events is a crucial element of any community.
Parents who are working to support their families need the information to help them do the best job they can of raising their children and parents who stay at home with young children always welcome advice and resources to support their child raising.
Resources such as Families Magazine can help to improve children’s lives, as the publication is packed with inspirational ideas to keep children and young people happy, tips and advice from parents and professionals, news, reviews, event listings and more.
How can I get started on setting up my own business?
Complete the short enquiry form on this page. A member of the Families Magazine franchise recruitment team will then be in touch for a no obligation chat about the opportunity and to answer any questions you may have.
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A free magazine for parents that lists hundreds of local activities,...£12,500 Minimum Investment