British Blinds launches new franchise concept

A new van-based sales and installation franchise is preparing to launch in the UK under the British Blinds brand. The company, which manufactures quality made-to-measure window blinds, is owned by Karen Hudson and Paul Lister, who have run their own store in Halifax since 2000.

'Our retail customers have always valued the quality of the materials and products that we supply in our shop, so we were quite frustrated when our blinds suppliers let us down on the quality of blinds we bought in,' explains Karen.

'Paul has worked in wholesale and knew the manufacturing process, so we took the plunge and opened a factory producing blinds under our own British Blinds label. The results have been fabulous and, as well as a superior quality product, we are now able to offer our customers a fantastic range of designer fabrics and accessories that add a more stylish, luxury element to their window coverings.'

Having established the production facility, Paul and Karen's next challenge was to identify the best distribution method for their brand and they called upon Tony Urwin of Franchise Development Services to design a market leading franchise system.

'Karen and Paul have established an excellent manufacturing business and understand the UK blinds market very well,' says Tony. 'We have put together an attractive franchise package that will allow franchisees to offer the British Blinds service to customers in an exclusive territory as mobile sales and installation experts. This is the ideal opportunity for anyone with an outgoing personality who's looking to escape from a static nine to five existence.'