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DE Photo

The UK and Ireland’s largest school, sport, corporate and events photography company
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About DE Photo

DE Photo is the UK and Ireland’s largest school, sport, corporate and events photography company.

On-site photography services are provided from a fully self-contained unit, providing an additional attraction at a wide variety of events.

Founded in 2002, DE Photo now photographs more than 50 different sports and has worked with more than 700 schools. The business also covers the burgeoning corporate events sector, as well as a wide range of non-sporting competitions and other events.

Over the years, DE Photo photographers have captured the best pictures from more than 40,000 school, sporting and corporate events through its 45 branches.

The company’s chosen charity is the NSPCC.

How does the DE Photo franchise model work?


A DE Photo franchise provides investors with a complete and proven sports and event operation. Essentially, a DE Photo franchise offers all the essential elements for a keen photographer to launch and develop their own DE Photo business in an exclusive territory.

A franchisee’s role is to photograph events. They are equipped with all the gear needed to photograph, print and sell their images on the day. A motivated event photographer can often take between 500 and 2,000 photos, which are displayed during the event as proof sheets on a computer or plasma screen for people to browse throughout the day.

As well as providing high-quality prints, photographs can also be turned into wall art, or a range of personalised gifts, such as keyrings, fridge magnets, placemats, mugs
and pencil cases.

The total cost of the franchise includes instruction in setting up the business, comprehensive training and a substantial stock of consumables. Franchisees will need their own professional camera, lenses and photographic and processing equipment, which usually costs around £23,000, plus a vehicle, for which they need to earmark around £10,000.

Finance is available from major lenders, subject to status. 

What locations or territories is DE Photo looking to operate in?

Some of the current areas where DE Photo is looking for franchisees include London and surrounds, Brighton, Cambridge, East Anglia, Wales, the north of England, Scotland, Northern and southern Ireland and the Midlands.


Why is DE Photo a good investment?

For a start, not many people are lucky enough to earn a living doing something they love. With the advances in digital technology, photography provides a way of creating
a connection with people - fast. Many DE Photo franchisees say they look forward to going to work because they spend their days with people who have smiles on their faces.

One of the many benefits for franchisees who are not keen on selling is that the product does that all by itself. Customers are genuinely happy to be able to purchase high-quality photographs of their family or themselves at their favourite events and often the photographer is an integral part of the day.

DE Photo carries out continuous upgrading of its systems and website to ensure customers are always catered for. Other reasons to invest in this lucrative and flourishing marketplace include:

• The company has covered more than 40,000 school, sports, corporate and other events and covers more than 50 different sports.

• DE Photo is the official event photographer to British Gymnastics.

• A number of celebrities have purchased photos from DE Photo - including royalty.

• More than 50 million photos are available to order on the DE Photo website.

• The franchise has low overheads and, according to DE Photo, significant profit potential.

• Franchisees benefit from repeat business year after year.


Where in the UK is the DE Photo franchise based?

De Photo is located in South Godstone, Surrey.


What support and training do DE Photo franchisees receive?

The company prefers to take on franchisees who have a love of photography.

However, individuals do not need any previous experience in the sports and event industry, as DE Photo provides a comprehensive training course, covering all the skills required to run and operate a professional photography business.

Franchise trainers will help develop business skills to get new franchisees up and running and provide ongoing support, so that those new to the network will feel confident they can contact head office any time.

How in demand are photography services right now?

The number of events that take place around the UK and Ireland continues to grow.

Whether it’s Morris dancing or a street dance competition, a Taekwondo tournament or a rowing race, a summer fete or a sporting event, many need the services of a professional photographer.

According to the Eventbrite Pulse Report 2018, more and more people are hosting events, with a sense of “bringing people together” and networking among the main drivers.

Meanwhile, the new Events are GREAT Britain report from the Business Visits & Events Partnership values the UK events industry at around £39.1 billion, and says events now account for over 30 per cent of the whole UK visitor economy. 


How can I get started on setting up my own DE Photo franchise?

By clicking on the button below your initial enquiry will be dealt with quickly by someone from the De Photo franchise support team, who will call you for a no obligation chat.

At this point, you are encouraged to ask any questions you like about the company and how the franchise may work for you. Following an initial telephone conversation, you
will be invited to meet the head office team and only after a decision has been made as to whether you are the right person to join the DE Photo network will a franchise
agreement be drawn up.

You are advised to do your own research into the market before investing, as with any franchise.

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