Join one of the country's largest mobility retailers and stair lift providers. A profitable business in a growing sector

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Ableworld are the largest mobility retailer in the UK, providing quality products and services to the ever-growing elderly and disabled market

Valued at around £1.5 billion annually, the mobility retail sector is set to expand dramatically as UK’s population is living longer and demanding a greater quality of life.

An Ableworld franchise gives you two complimentary income streams:

  1. The retail outlet - a mobility superstore which sells a comprehensive range of quality products to help the elderly and disabled in their homes and outdoors.
  2. The stairlift business which, using only high-quality branded equipment provides homeowners with a variety of life-changing options.

Ableworld was recently ranked in the Elite Franchise Top 50 for 2021 which celebrates franchise business around the UK who are working hard to support and grow their network of franchises. As well as appearing in the Top 50 businesses list, Ableworld featured as the No.3 bricks and mortar retail franchise in the UK!

Ableworld in detail:

If you are looking for a rewarding franchise you need look no further than Ableworld. A trusted brand with a proven business model, Ableworld (a member of the British Franchise Association) is expanding across the UK and is looking for franchise partners who wish to run an ethical retail business in a growing sector.

A franchise in a Growing Market

Ableworld is at the heart of one of the fastest growing markets in the UK. The government predicts that in just over ten years’ time nearly 25% of the population will be over the age of 65. Products such as mobility scooters, stairlifts, adjustable beds, wheelchairs and home aids will continue to increase in demand.

The Ableworld Franchise Package

An Ableworld Franchise gives you two viable, complimentary income streams.

Firstly there is the Retail Outlet - a mobility retail store which sells everything to help the elderly and disabled. Secondly there is the Stairlift business which, using only high quality branded equipment provides homeowners with a variety of stairlift options.

Other highlights of the package include:

  • Comprehensive training and support
  • Exclusive use of the Ableworld brand within a generous exclusive territory
  • Lower than average franchise fees
  • Help in negotiating the best property deal
  • Substantial marketing launch pack
  • Help in arranging finance and more.

Ableworld has experienced support managers who visit stores on a regular basis to help with ongoing training, brand adherence, coaching, and marketing support. This, together with the sort of head office support you would expect from a national retail chain, means that help is never very far away.

Ableworld’s strategy from the beginning was to build a trustworthy brand and it has grown significantly, opening company stores and franchise stores. Going forward the main engine of growth will be via the franchise model. Ableworld are targeting a national coverage of 60-70 stores in five years’ time with at least 60% of the total being franchise-owned outlets.

Ableworld’s longer term aim is to have a mobility superstore within easy reach of every major population centre in the UK. Your franchise could be the next step in that journey.

Benefits of Joining Ableworld

  • You are joining the UK’s largest mobility retail chain
  • Nearly 20 years’ experience of successfully running mobility stores
  • Unrivalled support for franchisees from experienced retail professionals
  • Financial and personal rewards associated with a successful franchise
  • Best-in-class training programme
  • Access to Ableworld’s formidable buying power
  • An exclusive, generous franchise territory 
  • Licence to use the Ableworld brand, logo, and trademark 
  • The back-up of a professional head office
  • Fitting out your new store and help in recruiting staff
  • Access to our all-encompassing till and CRM system
  • First rate marketing support including social media

Ableworld is unique among mobility retailers in being the only member of the British Franchise Association in their field.

"We're proud to be a member of the BFA and to have created a trusted brand that takes providing an ethical service very seriously. We are approved by a number of professional bodies including the National Association of Equipment Providers.”

The Investment

An Ableworld Franchise package is £29,950 and your business can be started with £75K. This can be financed by up to 70%* so you will need a minimum of £25,000 - £30,000 liquid funds available.

*We have affiliations with the main UK Banks who have specific lending packages available for Ableworld Franchisees (subject to their lending and security requirements).

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The retail franchise giant, Ableworld are extremely proud to have been voted the winner of the Dealer of the Year UK at the 2019 Access & Mobility Professional Awards.  Ableworld are the leading mobility and stairlift retailer in the UK and this prestigious accolade was awarded for their continued dedication to helping our ageing population and people living with disabilities.Ableworld are the largest mobility retailer in the UK, providing quality products and services to the ever-growing e...

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It’s a year since Donna Wilson and her team took over Ableworld in Newark, and since then her business gone from strength to strength.Donna Wilson joined the Ableworld franchise team as the director of Newark store in October 2014, and has had great success in offering quality mobility products at fantastic prices in the Newark area. She now provides the same support and help in Lincoln. Her Lincoln Mobility store opened in May this year and stocks a wide range of mobility items from toileting a...

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