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About The Christmas Decorators
The Christmas Decorators was established in the USA by a British couple in 1999. In 2005, they moved and introduced the business to the UK. The concept and services met with as much success in the UK as they had in the US, and in 2007 the franchise programme was rolled out. The company has been experiencing growth ever since.
The Christmas Decorators franchise provides expertise in the design and installation of Christmas lighting and decorations for the inside and outside of homes and businesses. The service also involves the maintenance and takedown of those decorations, giving the customer the opportunity to focus on other activities. The franchise deals with the creation of special “winter wonderland” weddings and Christmas parties with particular themes.
The Christmas decorations (including new technology LED Christmas lights) are sourced in both the United Kingdom and the far east. The success of the company is reflected in the many prestigious clients that the Christmas Decorators franchise has managed to attract over recent years. They include leading hotel chains, restaurants, top venues and retail outlets (for example Harrods, The Ritz, The Natural History Museum, o2 retail stores, Boots, Grosvenor Casinos), as well as some of the country’s most prestigious residences.
The Christmas Decorators franchise is unique in the UK as a provider of this type of service and the company has a presence in most of the country’s major towns and cities. Christmas Decorator teams are professional and committed to excellent standards of service.
How does The Christmas Decorators franchise model work?
The Christmas Decorators franchisee will fulfil different roles at different times in the year. Over the spring and summer, you will work on the marketing of your new franchise, attending events to network and start to make appointments and sales.
In September, you will begin to plan your jobs for all your clients by checking and testing all the stock and making new orders as required. By October you will begin to do some commercial installations.
Unsurprisingly, the Christmas Decorators franchise work becomes intense over November and December because you will need to work long hours and perhaps seven days a week to ensure that the installations are completed to the necessary standard. The work will continue into early January when you will have to take the installations down and pack everything away until the next year.
How much does a The Christmas Decorators franchise cost?
The typical start-up cost will be £20,450 (Minimum Personal Investment: £6,000). This cost includes a protected territory; training; managerial and head office support to help you launch and grow and be available for ongoing support; a comprehensive operations manual; marketing materials and business cards; branded clothing; a laptop with access to a stock system; your own website and help with social media and customer relations, among other benefits. In the early years, you will be home-based, saving you a lot of money. You will have to pay a management service fee which will be based on your turnover.
Do franchisees have to pay anything monthly?
There is a 10 per cent management service fee on net sales turnover and is taken as one annual payment after each Christmas along with a 2 per cent contribution towards national marketing.
Can The Christmas Decorators franchisees expect initial financial support?
Yes, there are options to finance your new venture through our franchise partners, spreading the cost over a five-year period.
What do franchisees get for their investment?
The Christmas Decorators invests in its franchisees as your success is good for the brand as well as you. As a new franchise owner, you will receive:
- Training: Training is both theoretical and practical, beginning with five days that cover the business processes, systems and stock and continuing with a further two days learning about making wreaths and garlands, dressing trees, and interior decorating. In addition, two days of hands-on exterior decorating are provided. There are additional, optional courses available all year
- Support: You have ongoing access to the head office should you require advice or guidance. There is also an Annual Conference for all franchisees
- Marketing assistance: Part of the launch pack you will receive will include a complete sales and marketing program, PR programs, promotional materials, and your own website
- Technical support: Franchise owners can access technical assistance 365 days a year and 24 hours a day
- Access to products: As a franchisee you will have access to exclusive products and a 24/7 online ordering facility
Do franchisees need prior experience?
No, you don’t need industry specific experience. However, there are certain things that the company looks for in prospective franchisees:
- Passion for Christmas and the brand
- The ability to market and sell services and products without over promising
- Drive to work as hard as the business requires and to be successful
- Leadership and organisational skills
- The ability to deal with customers, build strong relationships, and exceed expectations
- An artistic or creative flair
- An eye for, and attention to, detail
- A team player who can also work independently and knows how to have fun
Will franchisees need an accountant to run the business?
Yes, it is likely that you will have to hire an accountant for the business.
Do The Christmas Decorators franchisees do their own marketing?
Each franchise owner is responsible for marketing in their territory. Although you do have the support of the company’s marketing efforts, you need to make use of the sales and marketing program, PR programs, promotional materials, and the website you are provided with.
You will have to network and market actively to residential and commercial customers. Word-of-mouth is an excellent source of marketing so ensuring all your clients are happy is a very important and valuable in terms of both retaining current business and securing new business.
Where does The Christmas Decorators operate?
There are currently over 40 franchised areas across the UK and Ireland.
Do franchisees get to choose the area
The company is keen to have franchise owners throughout the UK. Complete the form on this page to enquire about a specific location.
Why choose a The Christmas Decorators franchise?
The Christmas Decorators has a national presence in almost every corner of the United Kingdom, which ensures that clients have a first-class customer experience from the installation through to the takedown of the decorations. This local angle is one of the most distinctive aspects of the business.
An office in China ensures a strong relationship with one of the key manufacturing sources and this helps to ensure outstanding quality. All the items are manufactured exclusively for the company which has very exacting requirements. In fact, much of the décor is handcrafted by company staff using handmade products from workshops in Europe.
The company differs from other Christmas decorators in that its staff are dedicated professionals to this particular area of endeavour whereas other businesses may be generalists who provide a range of other services without the specialist touch. Christmas Decorators has particular strengths, including the expert decoration of trees.
When might the franchise return a profit?
The Christmas Decorators suggest the following projection for a moderate level of investment and time:
Year 1 turnover in sales £40,000
Year 2 turnover in sales £80,000 which is £40,000 re-installs from year 1 and £40,000 new sales
Year 3 turnover in sales £140,000 which is £80,00 in reinstalls from years 1 and 2 plus £60,000 new sales
For those willing to work more hours the returns will be even better.
How do I apply
If you believe that a The Christmas Decorators franchise is the right fit for you, complete the form on this page.
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The Christmas Decorators
The Christmas Decorators franchise provides expertise in the design and installation...£20,450 Minimum Investment