CAFE2U BLOG

What Makes A Great Franchisee?

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Perhaps you’ve stumbled upon us because you’re looking for coffee vans for sale or perhaps you have seen our franchise model in action and want to know if you can get involved. So what does it take to be a great franchisee? It’s a question we get asked often, and it can be difficult to pin down because the people who keep the Cafe2U franchise alive are incredibly diverse in many ways.

If you’ve been looking into coffee vans for sale  in order to kick start a new business venture you’ll probably be interested to see how you’d do in that industry. To give you an idea, we look at the qualities of our top notch franchisees, with a focus on recent signups and proud Cafe2U van owner Helen, who runs her van in Coleraine and Portrush.

What have Cafe2U franchisees done in the past?

They have had a vast range of careers in the past, with everything from ex-hotel managers to satellite engineers, business development managers to sales people. Those who tend to be most successful have been involved in the sales and service industries. Anything customer facing will give you some of the skills that you’ll need in order to attract repeat business. Of course, there is no hard and fast rules. If you’ve mainly been working in the private sector there’s no need to worry. These are skills which can be learnt, and if you have a naturally amicable personality, you’ll find it comes surprisingly easily.

Until she joined Cafe2U, Helen worked in learning and development for a number of years. When she was younger she worked in the hospitality industry, so it feels something like coming home!


How involved in the community are franchisees?

You don’t need to have a great deal to do with you community in order to be successful – although it can help. In fact, on sign up lots of our franchisees haven’t had much to do with their community in the past, but they’d like to. In some industries you’ll just be too busy to get as involved as you’d like to, but when you run a coffee van in your local area you can be as involved as you like. You’ll be out and about in the local area, and if you want to, you can provide high quality espresso based drinks to events as well.

What motivates and inspires franchisees?

Helen is one of those who is planning on getting involved: “I aim to attend and support many local events, providing an essential Cafe2U Service.” This sort of attitude is key – it will help make a name for yourself locally, and provide additional income as well.

To run your own small business you’ll need to be motivated. It will require early starts and working on your feet, and if you are the sort of person who needs someone breathing down your neck in order to reach productivity, it is almost definitely not the right career path for you.

Our franchisee then, are motivated and inspired, often by sports people. Interestingly, asked when the inspiration people tended not to be members of a team, but individuals. Whether golfers or darts players, they were self-motivators (just like our franchisees!).

Another common trait was inspirational members of the family. For Helen, this was her parents. They instilled a strong work ethic within her which has driven her to the point she’s at today. This is a great way of coming into business. If your parents were hard workers who showed you the value of money and the rewards of going the extra mile, you’re likely to strive to do the same, and be able to pass on those same values to your children as well.

Helen is one of the new members of the team, and has started her journey into the world of Cafe2U.

There are lots of different qualities which go into a great member of the Cafe2U family, but motivation and a willingness to get involved stand out above most other things. Whatever roles you’ve performed in the past, there is nothing to say you can’t be your own boss in the near future. And you can stop your search for coffee vans for sale, because our state of the art converted Mercedes vehicles are all part and package of the franchise agreement.

If you think you’re made of the right stuff, contact our dedicated team today for more information and to get onto the path of a brand new career.

How A Professional Mobile Coffee Service Can Help Your event

Saturday, March 01, 2014

When you are organising an outdoors event in your area, you’ll need to think about catering. Whether it’s a bike race or a village fete, a fund raiser or a fireworks show, when there’s crowds of people there also needs to be refreshments. Sometimes you might want a selection of food outlets on hand, but a majority of the time a mobile coffee franchise will be the perfect solution.  

What should you look for?

There are many static coffee shops with the skills to cater for events, but because they don’t have the necessary equipment for service on the go they might need to hire specialist equipment which can raise costs considerably.

There are certain factors you’ll want to consider when looking for someone to provide coffee for your events.

  • Are they local?

  • Do they have a good reputation?

  • Are they fully insured and trained?

  • Can they provide hygiene certificates?

  • Will they attend large and small events?

  • How experienced are they?

Mobile coffee franchises such as Cafe2U are prepared for this kind of event at any time – which means if you need coffee provided on short notice, our professionally trained baristas will be happy to oblige. Cafe2U is a nationwide network of mobile Cafes. We have taken all the equipment, products and facilities from the gourmet coffee shop and put it into the back of our state of the art converted Mercedes vans. This means we can take the cafe to the customer, serving gourmet coffee, tea, hot chocolate and light snacks in any location, anywhere, any time!

Augusta of the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice was let down just two days before her event. She contacted Cafe2U, and was we were quickly able to help her out of a tight spot. ‘I was very impressed with the quick and efficient response from Cafe2U. They found me an operator within hours.’

Why should you choose Cafe2U?

 

Our mobile coffee franchises are a popular choice at events up and down the country. All our lovely baristas bring our own supply of water, power and products, meaning the event organisers don’t have to worry about anything more than organising a Cafe2U van. It also means we can keep running even if there is a power failure elsewhere. Once the event has finished we simply pack everything back up and drive off on our way. It’s a fuss and mess free system which means that that event organisers can be sure that their visitors are getting a high quality service.


Cafe2U’s mobile coffee franchises fulfil all the criteria you might have. We’re really experienced, and often attend events of all sizes all over the country. Keep an eye open and you’re bound to see our one of our red Mercedes vans. With more than 50 outlets, there is bound to be a franchise near you. Local knowledge can be really helpful, as visitors to events might not know the area, so our coffee franchises can also double as mobile tourist information points!

If you chose a Cafe2U van for your event, you will be assigned a dedicated event coordinator who will help ensure that everything runs smoothly. With our proven track record and our food safety, electrical conformity, insurance and barista certificates, you can’t go wrong. We pride ourselves on our coffee. We’re sure you’ve been to events in the past where you receive poor quality instant coffee and watery tea at over inflated prices. Our award winning service guarantees that you’ll get the same quality of coffee as you would in a gourmet coffee shop – the perfect thing to warm you up at a chilly outside event!

We wouldn’t expect you just to take our word for it of course, recommendations with any sort of catering is vital. Richard held a successful supercar event at his De Vere venue: ‘After being recommended by a colleague, I got in touch with Cafe2U to arrange their visit. From initial contact to departure, they provided a friendly, efficient and high quality service.’

To book one of our vans for your event, fill in our online enquiry form. For more information or to have Cafe2U service any of your 2014 events please don’t hesitate to contact us on events@uk.cafe2u.com or call 08456 444 708.

Interview with a franchisee: Trevor Fleming

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

If you’re interested in running your own small business, a franchised model can be a good way to go. Your passions might have helped you choose an industry, and if yours is coffee you might have looked at shops, coffee vans for sale as well as vans to lease. Going into a new business alone can be tough, as support will be limited and it’s down to you to build your own brand. You won’t need to look for coffee vans for sale as Cafe2U provide their franchisees with a state of the art Mercedes-Benz Vito van fully equipped with everything you need to get started. Combined with our training scheme, it will take just four weeks for you to be ready to run your new franchise solo.

Our training involves perfecting Cafe2U’s signature drinks, as well as undertaking a course in mobile catering hygiene, and picking up some business basics. You don’t need to have any prior industry knowledge, so it can be perfect if you’re looking for a career change. Another benefit is how fast you can begin to turn a profit; our acceleration package will guarantee you an income for your first two weeks of business. Once you’ve completed your training, you’ll have all the skills you need to run your own successful mobile coffee van.

Cafe2U prides itself on building excellent relationships with its franchisees. We start this early on in the process by getting to know each franchisee as an individual. We like to check back in with our new starters after they have completed their training to find out how they’re getting on.

Trevor Fleming started running Cafe2U in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland in January of this year, and since then he’s taken to the system like a duck to water. We caught up with him to ask him a few questions about how he’s getting on, and why he picked Cafe2U.

What do you love about being on the Cafe2U team?

Support in the early stages of your business are so important. Lots of companies promise it but few will actually provide. Cafe2U goes above and beyond to provide everything you need.  
 

What did you do before Cafe2U?

I’ve worked in audiology, self-drive hire, and commercial insurance. I suppose that my main experience has been in people and service.
 

What's your favourite Cafe2U moment?

I loved my first day of training and getting started on this new adventure. 
     

What's your favourite Cafe2U drink?

Americano with hot milk. It’s just what you need on those cold mornings!
 

What do you do to be involved in your local community?

I attend lots of local events and fundraisers.
      

What is your motto?

The situation doesn't change, only how we see it through our eyes. I always try and put a positive spin on things by asking 'where's the good in this?’
 

Who or what are you most inspired by?

Had to get golf in here somewhere!!  Nick Faldo has always been an inspiration. He constantly tries to improve through hard work and the determination to succeed.

If you’re looking for coffee vans for sale or coffee franchise opportunities, why not combine the two by becoming part of our tried and tested franchise model. We offer all the support you need, and treat our franchisees as individuals.

Our training programme has been perfected, and you can expect the following training and support during your initial four week acceleration package.

One week of classroom training, incorporating:

  • Professional barista training

  • Safe food handling (HACCP Certification)

  • Food management systems

  • Franchise Partner training manuals

  • Business operations manuals

  • Business development manual

  • Launch promotional pack

  • Business management training

One week where the Franchise Partner works in their new territory under the supervision of the Franchise Development Manager.

Two weeks working closely alongside the Franchise Development Manager to fast track the development of the business.

As an added incentive, our Franchise Partner Revenue Guarantee ensures that you’ll take home £250 per day.

For more information, please feel free to contact us, and you can soon be on the road to business success.