Mail Boxes Etc. announces 100th centre

Specialist business service franchise Mail Boxes Etc. (MBE) has opened its 100th centre in the UK and Ireland, following rapid growth over the past two years.

A Full Member of the British Franchise Association (BFA), MBE has a nationwide network of high street one-stop-shops offering a wide range of convenient, fast and cost-effective business services to the general public and local companies. The franchise began in 1980 in the USA and has almost 5,500 outlets worldwide.

UPS, the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain services, acquired Mail Boxes Etc. in 2001, combining the strength of the two brands.

Announcing the 100th UK centre, Managing Director Chris Gillam says: 'This is a great day for MBE. We are now represented in many major towns and cities across the UK and Ireland, but there remains considerable scope for future expansion.

"We are regarded increasingly as the most convenient business services provider because our outlets are based in town centres. We offer extended business hours and our services are reliable.'

BFA Director-General Brian Smart observes: 'Since the new management team took over two years ago, under the direction of Simon Cowie and Chris Gillam there have been many welcome changes in the business and the creation of a truly cohesive franchise. MBE has been rewarded with one of the fastest growing networks of well motivated franchisees in the UK today.'