Unfastening a new franchise opportunity

The Zip Yard is one of the most successful and fastest growing garments alteration franchises in the UK and Ireland.

Success has been built on the back of quality, speed, convenience and value - together with a network of hard-working franchise owners.

The market potential is huge and we expect all our centres to be profitable in the first year - and interestingly the clothing alteration business is not economy driven!

When times are good, more and more people buy new clothes that need altering to size.

When times are less good people get clothes altered or repaired to last a little longer.

People no longer have the time nor the skills to tackle even the simplest of hems, let alone risk damaging a favourite or expensive garment.


At The Zip Yard we have taken a different approach to the garments alteration business.

Our highly visible, strong, bold branding separates us from our competitors and helps us to dominate in the high street.

All our centres are finished to the highest of standards and include 'state of the art' machinery, computer systems and in most cases our seamstresses work in full view of the public so customers can see for themselves the high standards of workmanship.

"I am extremely grateful to the team for all the help that they gave me. It was very daunting giving up my job to open my own business but they have helped me in every aspect of setting things up. Without their assistance I couldn't have taken this step."

Franchise owner

Your Centre

Corporate Image

The Zip Yard Centres are finished to a distinctive specification. Experience to date suggests that a unit of approximately 750sq ft costs in the region of £20,000* to fit out, which will include:

  • 2 industrial sewing machines
  • 1 blind hemme
  • 1 over locker
  • 1 button holer
  • 1 ironing station
  • 1 computer
  • Bespoke till and software package
  • Shop fit out; external and internal signage/fitting room/counters/flooring/fixtures and fittings
  • Opening starting stock
  • Corporate branding
  • the exact cost will be determined by the size and standard of the premises.

    Your investment presents you with a fully operational and fully supported business, with trained staff and comprehensive marketing activity from day one!


    It is you who make the major decisions in your business, but you are not on your own because we are always on hand with help and advice, marketing support, on-going training, product development and much more.

    The Team

    The business is owned and operated by a very experienced franchise team, which also run Recognition Express (30+ years in business and bfa Franchise of the Year winners) and ComputerXplorers (one of the world's largest education franchises).


    All franchise owners have a two-week comprehensive induction programme covering business practices, computer systems, running a centre, marketing and promotions, recruitment, counter sales etc.

    Training is part classroom based (at head office) and part in-centre - for a true hands-on experience.

    Who Are We Looking For?

    We are looking for prospective franchise owners who will be as dedicated, passionate, focused and hard working as we are.

    You do not need to be familiar with repairs or alternations and we're not looking for tailors.

    Successful franchise owners will be ambitious to run their own business, customer driven, well organised and keen to follow a proven business system.

    "Being your own boss is hard work but very gratifying. Having the opportunity to make your own decisions is very satisfying but knowing you can rely on the franchise group gives you the confidence to approach situations with ease and a shared experience."
    Franchise owner

    What's The Total Cost?
  • One-off Licence Fee - £15,000
  • Franchise Package - £20,000
    • to include
    • Shop fit* - external and internal signage; fitting room; counters; flooring; fixtures and fittings
    • Corporate branding literature; stationery; carrier bags; marketing collateral
    • Opening stock
    • Bespoke electronic point of sale package and software
    • Computer
    • Production equipment - two industrial sewing machines; one blind hemmer; one over locker; one button holer; one ironing station
  • Training and Project Management - £5,000
  • Two weeks on-site training; assistance in staff recruitment; management of shop fit; training reviews
  • exact cost will be determined by the size and standard of the premises

    Your Return

    You are partnering with a successful company with a proven business model in a growing sector. You will enjoy being your own boss yet you will have all the support of The Zip Yard management team.

    You do not need to have a background in the garment alterations industry as full training will be provided. Furthermore, we will assist with finding the right premises in the best location, recruiting and training staff.

    Our business ethos is based on the principles of excellent and responsive customer service, speedy turn around, quality materials and staff loyalty augmented by efficient and proven business systems, marketing and promotional collateral and on-going in-centre support from the whole Zip Yard team.

    Total Cost: Approx. £40,000
    Type: Retail