Ableworld provides products and services for the growing elderly and disabled market through its chain of nationwide retail stores. In our large one-stop stores, well trained staff help customers to purchase items such as mobility scooters, rise-and-recline chairs, adjustable beds, wheelchairs, stairlifts and home and personal aids specially designed to help people live more comfortable and active lives.
Ableworld is a growing organisation. Found in 2001 we now have stores across the UK in England, Scotland and Wales. The company started franchising in 2008 after having developed a chain of company-owned stores. Approximately half the network is franchised and this is expected to increase over the next few years as we take advantage of the highly beneficial demographic and economic factors in this growing retail sector.
- Network Size: 26-50 units
- Franchise Type: Opportunity for both management and job
- Typical Start-up Cost: £80,000
- Minimum Personal Investment: £30,000
- Franchise Location: Retail unit
- Market: B2C
Ableworld’s comprehensive eight week training programme covers all areas of the business, It is available for one or two people and franchisees are trained on products, systems, engineering (for the stairlift side of the business) as well as internal and external aspects of running the business and a store. Wherever possible the training is conducted by experienced Ableworld managers in the real world and actual working environment.
Daily Life of a Franchisee
Franchisees run a mobility store that is open to the public during normal retail hours. The job is essentially that of a specialist retailer; helping customers find the right product for their needs. Usually a store has three people, one of them a stairlift engineer who quotes, fits and maintains stairlifts. This role can be done by the franchisor themselves or an employee, either way full training is given.