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“We only sell used records that are in great condition”

“We only sell used records that are in great condition”

Revolution Records is redefining the music retail landscape

Owning a small business or launching a start-up has always had its challenges. But never has there been so many unpredictable highs and lows and constant changes.

The owners of Revolution Records, Luke Hannington and Brian Keay, have taken the business from a small shop in Stevenage Old Town to larger premises and have shown increased sales year on year, thanks to a return customer rate of over 30 per cent and a huge rise in online sales.

Brian explains: “We only sell used records that are in great condition and our regular shop customers don’t even check the quality because they know we don’t sell records with marks and scratches. We even clean all our used CD stock on a cleaning machine to ensure they play perfectly. This attention to detail is at the core of our success and something that we feel strongly about. We also sell new re-issues of what we describe as quality classic vinyl that continue to sell even decades after the original release.”

Record levels of interest

According to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), more than five million vinyl albums have been bought in the U.K. over the past 12 months, up eight per cent in sales from the previous years and the 14th consecutive year of growth since 2007.

For small business owners, franchising is a way to expand more quickly and cost-effectively than opening further company outlets. By allowing franchisees the right to run their own business under your brand and systems, you can transform your own business and grow your brand.

In the U.K., there is an appreciation for franchising; being in business for yourself, but not by yourself, has resonated now more than ever. A perfect example of a business that didn’t let the ups and downs over the last few years stop its growth was Revolution Records, which launched in 2016 and franchised in 2020 with the help of Franchise My Business.

The brand is a well-known and respected record retail shop and has already generated a huge amount of interest from potential franchisees with new franchisees recently signed up and working on a development plan.

Optimal time to join

There has never been a better time to consider owning your own Revolution Records Franchise. Sales of vinyl records in the U.K. this year are the highest since the early ’90s. Having proven the business model and ensured consistent and robust levels of supply and demand, Revolution Records is now seeking to share its success story and offer passionate vinyl collectors a lifestyle business where they can share their enthusiasm and talk all things vinyl, but also a simple, profitable model with limited staffing and running costs and a proven success story.

The brand will provide comprehensive training to guide you through every stage of owning a store. It will advise on what sells well and what doesn’t. It will also help you find the perfect premises and advise on fit out. If you are interested and would like to find out further information, send an enquiry and Revolution Records will be in touch!

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Selby, Stevenage, Royston, Penge

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