London House: Suited to your investment level...
A specialist in financial and commercial investigation, London House was established 11 years ago and now spans a network of 39 franchised offices nationwide. Franchisees provide a range of specialist services to blue chip clients such as Barclays Bank, HSBC Group and Dixons Stores Group, including...
- Asset tracing
- Company searches
- Witness statements
- Pre-employment screening for drugs & alcohol
- Status reports
Get Results...as a Professional InvestigatorThe Franchise Package:
London House has developed a turnkey franchise package which includes:
- Comprehensive training
- Ongoing support and backup
- Franchisee Help Desk
- Full marketing launch programme including press releases, local market research, articles & mailshots
- Introductions to known clients
- Recommendations on local networking events
- Exclusive territory: Standard or Premium
Standard or Premium?
London House is opening up new territories across the UK with the introduction of two investment levels:
Town sized population centres such as Plymouth, Gloucester, Stoke or Aberdeen.
Premium: From £17,500
Regional territories combining a number of population centres.
Both packages provide the same level of training, launch and ongoing support to ensure you maximise the business potential of your investment.
'London House offers an all-round professional investigations service. Products include tracing debtors and debt recovery which can be financially rewarding. Because of the diversity no two days are the same - it is a very stimulating business.'
Phil Tebb, franchisee
'As I approached my mid-50s I was looking for a new challenge, and at the same time, I recognised that, at this age, I was becoming a less attractive employment prospect. I'd not built up a big pension pot and I felt I had to really go for it on my own, aiming to get in a good 10 years of driving my own business, so I began looking for an opportunity where my age would be an asset and I could utilise the people skills I have built. To set up on my own with no support and not knowing the ropes was daunting, so I thought franchising would be a good avenue to explore. I found London House in The Franchise Magazine and recognised that it offered a white collar opportunity that wouldn't require the hard sell. London House is an all-round business, where you sell the service then provide it to the highest standards.
'I launched my business in September 2002 and there was an immediate stream of revenue coming in from jobs provided by London House. I have enjoyed a very steady growth of 20-30 per cent per annum, and the hard work I put in early on with potential clients has now come to fruition. I'm now 60 and am selling up to pursue my great love as an entertainer on the corporate cabaret and after-dinner circuits. I advised London House that I wished to sell the business on and head office put a lot of effort into locating a buyer for me. The terms are almost agreed and I should make a healthy premium for handing over a growing business that is already generating good income.'
'I have the scope to organise the business around my own personal objectives, and in the future I can employ somebody to keep the business running - it's got a lot of potential.'
Alfred Eccles, franchisee
'As soon as I saw the London House paperwork I realised that these were people working to proper ethical standards. It is a company that deals with you on a personal level and is very straightforward. I wanted a franchise where you're provided with assignments in the early days to get you going - while I was on the training course London House was winning business for me and I started in August with nine assignments booked.
'Some of the procedures have to be totally accurate - there can be no mistakes. That is where the support of the head office comes in: I made a couple of blunders in the first few weeks and they sorted it all out, and provided additional training to make sure I understood the business. If needed, they continue to visit to go over any difficulties I have.
'In my first month I obtained 57 assignments. It's early days yet but I'm already taking a salary. I want to develop the private sector side of the business, and have already sent out five targeted mailings to promote the business and offer my services.'
'Being a London House franchisee is working from home in a fast moving white collar business in which no two working days are ever the same.'
Sikander Sleemy, franchisee
'Our core strengths are the professionalism, skills and experience of the management team and our recognition within the credit industry - the fact that London House Managing Director Godfrey Lancashire is also the President of the Credit Services Association is a major plus point for potential clients and a great selling point for franchisees.
'Most businesses that you start up have an income of zero from day one and you have to build on that, but London house is different. You can start with an income almost straight away, as a lot of blue chip companies and clients are already on their books. My business launched last November and so far the majority of work has been provided by London House, but the knowledge I have gained in this brief period has instilled within me the confidence to approach other clients and sell our services. My business is growing month on month and I hope to achieve an income of around £25,000 in the first year.
'It is hard going in the first year and you do have to be prepared to work hard. However, if I manage my time properly and market my business correctly there is only one direction the business can take, and that is up. I just wish I had started sooner...'