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Marla Custom Blinds (MCB) has promised a reduced franchise fee for the first five individuals to be successfully accepted into its franchise network. The company has decided to waive the licence fee and only seek to recoup its cost for the initial two-week training course and launch marketing, along with promotional materials, tools and equipment. The cut means that its franchise start-up costs have been reduced to under £10,000.

"We're looking for franchise owners to help us expand outside of the Portsmouth and Southampton areas," says founder and Managing Director Martin Froud (pictured with fellow Director Angela Froud). "The reduced entry cost gives an added incentive to potential franchise owners we meet and might make the difference to someone who has ambition and vision, but is being held back by a lack of investment capital."

MCB has been manufacturing and supplying blinds in Hampshire and throughout the South West for almost 15 years, with customers including large institutions such as Portsmouth City Council, BBC South and the Beaulieu Estate.


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