Demand for London House's services continues to grow

With the UK's personal debt reaching £770 billion, demand for the services of financial and commercial investigators London House International has never been higher.

To meet demands from its clients for new ways to improve their profits and cut unnecessary losses, London House is constantly improving the services it provides.

The company's latest development has seen London House forge a new partnership with Concateno, the UK's largest and best-known company providing drug and alcohol screening, laboratory testing and expertise, and winner of the Queen's Award for Innovation in this field.

The new partnership will help London House's clients combat the increasing cases of theft, fraud and accidents in the workplace and one of the underlying reasons is drug and alcohol misuse by staff. However drug and alcohol screening is just one of the many professional services that London House can provide to its clients to reduce risk, save money and give its client's businesses an even further competitive edge.

Managing Director Godfrey Lancashire who co-founded London House International in 1995 with Brian Hughes, adds:

"Our reputation is unparalleled in our market place and we have a very stable franchise owner base with our longest serving franchise owner remaining with us for 14 years and many more well into their second term of five years."

All London House Managers are trained to give corporate clients best advice in the following areas:

Trace Enquiries
This involves finding debtors, tenants, individuals and businesses, which have "disappeared" owing clients' money.

Commercial Debt Collection
The collection of outstanding debts from evasive customers.

Process Serving Legal Documents
Serving legal orders throughout the country.

Discreet enquiries
Evaluating information that is not available on databases.

Surveillance Operations
Observing and reporting on certain activities.

Fraud Investigations
Providing clients with preventative consultancy to reduce the risk of fraud.

Internal theft and undercover staff investigations
Gathering evidence before taking action.

Statement taking
Providing an experienced investigator to take statements.

Mystery shopper
Monitoring customer service levels and staff integrity.

Credit Control
Help with cashflow, as a sale is not concluded until payment is received.

Tenant screening
Cutting risks with checks on credit, employment, County Court Judgements and previous landlord reports.

Franchise owner testimonials
Keith Palmer
"The company's level of expertise is unsurpassed. The network really works as a team - always willing to share advice and experience to help."

Ray Bushell
"I liked the fact that London House had a good business model in place - tried, tested and proven to be a success and they provide very good training and support."

Jim Davis
"The support has been great - if there is anything you need they are there. I'm still expanding from my current turnover of £70,000."

David Degiorgio
"I felt comfortable working with the head office team, who I found reassuring."

John Whitewood
"My business has developed more quickly than I expected. By following my Business Plan I expect my London House franchise to experience controlled growth over the next five years."

Ideal London House franchise owner
London House is looking for franchise owners with a professional background - they don't have to come from a related sector, so they don't have to be police or investigators, as London House provides two weeks' residential training at its Milton Keynes head office.

The company is looking for people with very good interpersonal skills and, like a lot of franchises, London House is very keen that they have an enthusiasm to build their own business.

"Prospective franchise owners don't need direct technical experience but it is helpful if they have some understanding of finance, have a little bit of street sense and common sense," explains London House Managing Director Godfrey Lancashire. "However, our training is a very professional programme in which they are provided with the technical guidance that they need."

Ideal London House franchise owner
London House is looking for franchise owners with a professional background - they don't have to come from a related sector, so they don't have to be police or investigators, as London House provides two weeks' residential training at its Milton Keynes head office.

The company is looking for people with very good interpersonal skills and, like a lot of franchises, London House is very keen that they have an enthusiasm to build their own business.

"Prospective franchise owners don't need direct technical experience but it is helpful if they have some understanding of finance, have a little bit of street sense and common sense," explains London House Managing Director Godfrey Lancashire. "However, our training is a very professional programme in which they are provided with the technical guidance that they need."

Franchise Package
London House offers two investment level options for aspiring franchise owners. Its Standard package provides a town-sized exclusive territory and can be secured for £10,750 + VAT, while its Premium package covers a larger, regional territory combining a number of population centres for an investment starting at £19,750 + VAT.

Both packages include the same level of comprehensive training, ongoing support, full marketing launch programme and access to a Franchise Help Desk, plus introductions to known clients and recommendations about local networking events.

Key Benefits

  • Brand reputation and credibility
  • Some client business referred from head office
  • Established for some 15 plus years
  • A portfolio of blue-chip client companies
  • Professional white collar operation
  • No money invested in stock
  • Can satisfactorily work from a home office
  • Great lifestyle of variety
  • Flexible hours of work
  • Minimal overheads

Summary of Operation
London House is a financial and commercial investigation franchise. As a London House franchise owner you will be a banking, legal and insurance consultant and investigator, providing a range of services to banks, finance houses, law firms, insurance companies and the rest of the credit industry. As a commercial investigator, your core business will be gathering information to advise clients on the prevention and recovery of loss caused by fraud and bad debt.