Online merchants offer franchises

Online merchant Building Supplies R Us (BSRUS), have launched a new franchise business with a van-based, on site, online facility for the building and construction trade.

Online merchants offer franchises

The company is inviting potential UK franchisees to take on a business, which involves the supply of building materials to site. BSRUS believes it is an ideal opportunity for those currently working in building and construction or even on the trade counter within a more traditional builders merchant outlet.

Franchisees will be provided with a van, which will be fully stocked with consumables, such as screws and power tools, boots and hard hats and other health and safety equipment. Each van also includes an online ordering facility whereby customers can order building supplies such bricks, timber, cement and even order a skip along with beam and block floors, roof trusses and ready mixed concrete.

BSRUS is looking to recruit 50 franchisees in the next two years, each of whom get a van, with an initial stock of consumables, a full training programme at the company’s headquarters and a designated postcode area to operate in. Each franchise costs £25,000. Franchisees also receive commission on all Internet sales. BSRUS expects each business to become profitable within 12 months and is looking to recruit 50 over the next two years.

BSRUS md Frank Kelly said: “We believe this new service is the first of its kind for the UK and a fantastic opportunity for those working in the building trade who are keen to run their own business. Via the franchise we are taking the builders merchant out to the customer, rather than the other way around.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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