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Your Success is our success
Running your own business can be a big step.
Having a trusted and experienced successful partner will make all the difference.
Join the United Carpets and Beds story and be part of its established network in the UK. We are always looking for motivated and ambitious people to be part of our exciting expansion plans through our franchise partnerships. With support geared towards helping our franchisees operate profitable and successful stores, this really is a golden opportunity.
So make the leap and be part of a growing business.
Be a part of this unique concept in carpet retail
United Carpets is one of the largest retailer of floor covering in the UK. Allowing thousands of people a week to buy great quality carpet, vinyl, laminate flooring and even beds at great prices. We strive to ensure that the promise of great value is always backed up by fantastic service. And we continue to invent and innovate new ways to attract customers and help them transform their homes.
Every year, new stores and new additions to our network make the brand stronger than ever. Today, United Carpets and Beds still offer something unique in the marketplace, and our stores, wherever they are, continue to build brand recognition. Our franchise proposition has been developed and refined since 1997 and today it represents a gateway to building a profitable, stable and viable franchise opportunity, across different formats.
From luxurious wool carpets to the latest in stain resistant and bleach cleanable synthetics, we sell a huge choice of carpets. And with our group buying power, we make sure you can offer them to your customers at prices they will love. A lot of time is spent on analysing market trends to ensure we have the best selling ranges on offer.
Wood Floors & Laminates
Hard floor sales have taken off in the last few years and because we are never one to miss an opportunity, we stock a wide range of real wood and laminates to cater for every taste and budget.
Ever popular and always a good seller, vinyl flooring remains a favourite of many households across the UK. We stock a wide range from budget collections to high quality cushioned vinyl.
The latest trend in flooring ‘Luxury Vinyl Tile’ is forecast to enter the market in a big way in years to come. United have invested in its infancy to ensure it doesn’t get left behind.
The perfect accompaniment to hard floors, rugs are always in demand. That’s why our stores have a selection of carefully chosen rugs selected to offer the customer a quality design at a reasonable price.
Underlay and Accessories
At United Carpets we believe that every new carpet deserves new underlay. So it’s no surprise to find a range of premium quality underlay in all our stores.
Due to United Carpets and Beds large range of roll stock we generate a significant number of roll-ends. Therefore, we always have sizes and colour to suit all tastes and budgets. And usually at bargain prices.
United Carpets and Beds began trading in 1997 and just one year later the first full franchised store opened. The group currently has a growing number of stores in the North West, Yorkshire, East and West Midlands. We became a quoted company in February 2005.
The company’s founders, Chief Executive Paul Eyre and Commercial Director Debbie Grayson started as traditional carpet retailers. With over 65 years experience in this market between them, they continue to guide the business, providing hands-on direction on a daily basis.
Paul has a wealth of experience with suppliers, knows the network of stores intimately and is always watching the competition closely. Responsible for managing the business, he leads a dedicated team and firmly believes that hard work and constant innovation are the keys to success.
“Even after 35 years I love the challenge, the speed and the excitement of carpet retailing. I can’t imagine ever doing anything else.”
Debbie supports Paul in managing the business and is responsible for buying for the Group using her excellent links to the supplier network. Debbie has also held the specific role of setting up, developing and managing the bed division, since its inception in 1999.
“Seeing how our network of stores has grown, hearing the success stories from our franchisees, and of course, our growing bed offering, gives me a real sense of pride in all our achievements.”
Ian Bowness is the Group’s Financial Director and brings years of valuable retail experience to United Carpets and Beds. A qualified Chartered Accountant he was Group Financial Controller of Sears plc, and Finance Director at DFS before joining United Carpets and Beds.
It all adds up
A United Carpets and Beds franchise not only provides a potentially profitable business opportunity, but with full accountancy support always there when you need it, it’s easy to see how it all adds up.
Full Accountancy Support
The United Carpets accountancy team is always on hand to offer advice and guide you through all aspects of your franchise and its business operation. Plus each month, every franchisee receives detailed management accounts prepared by our experienced accountancy team.
The team also handles a wide range of financial matters, so you can concentrate on making your store a success. The services include:
- VAT returns
- Payroll and PAYE
- Cash flows
- Company sales and purchase ledger
You're never on your own
Your Dedicated Operations Team
Paul Newton, Retail Operations Director, has over 30 years industry experience, attaining a very senior position within well-known carpet and flooring retailers.
“Most of United Carpets stores are operated by franchisees which gives them a vested interest in the store performance, making them highly motivated and involved. The operations team aim to harness that self-motivation and provide professional direction to assist the franchisees to maximise their potential.”
Paul was previously Retail Operations Director/Partner within one of the UK’s best recognised retail carpet environments.
Full marketing support
We work hard to make sure the United Carpets and Beds brand is synonymous with great value and excellent service.
The Group continues to carry out significant, high profile advertising, particularly via regional TV in our most densely populated trading areas. We have invested in this approach and increasingly our focus has extended to the analysis of the impact marketing can have on increasing footfall, conversion and average transaction value in our stores.
Marketing your store
The whole of the store network benefits from the heavy investment we have already put into raising awareness of the United Carpets and Beds brand. We plan to keep this up by continuing to offer each and every store high frequency marketing, designed to drive footfall and increase sales.
We produce weekly high urgency promotional campaigns across all forms of media. All our campaigns are supported in store with dedicated point of sale, designed to make the store look and feel exciting and welcoming. Initial local networking support will help you drive footfall at your new store. This support will continue throughout your franchise career.
Your marketing team
All United Carpets and Beds marketing is handled by our in house marketers. Will Hickman, Marketing Manager, draws from his “grass roots” experience in retail and his degree in business and management to ensure all media types are targeted to the maximum footfall as the end goal. Controlling all creative and bookings at United Carpets, he has a firm grasp on our “core customer” and targets all spend to have maximum impact, across all broadcast, print and in-store mediums
Will is very approachable and has a real passion for the business “most guys dream about scoring the winning goal at the World Cup. I dream about flooring and how best to grab people’s attention and shout about our great product mix, unbeatable prices and premier service.
As a brand we are always creating new events, promotional campaigns and innovative ways to encourage people to our stores. We work hard to make sure the public know about us and our value added services such as free fitting, the free measuring service and our latest offer ‘Interest Free Credit’ point of sale”.
10 Great reasons to choose a United Carpets & Beds Franchise
- Excellent potential to return on investment
- Successful franchisees earning in excess of £80k p.a.
- Stock available on excellent supplier credit terms
- United Carpets Group plc quoted company (AIM) since February 2005
- Minimum cash requirement of only £30,000 with a varying full investment
- Full support with your business plan
- Fast track start up programme with ongoing operational support
- Price includes £10,000 worth of advertising to launch the store
- Full marketing support, including TV and radio advertising and local store marketing
- We take care of payroll, VAT returns, monthly management accounts, all within the costs of the franchise.
Welcome to United Carpets and Beds. We aim to give you the best possible prices, with a friendly, local, personalised feel. We are here to help and advise you on any aspect of your flooring or bed purchase. We care about each and every customers experience and strive to deliver the best quality, price and service.