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About the Cafe2U Mobile Coffee Franchise - the story so far...

Cafe2U is proud to be the pioneer of the mobile coffee industry. Cafe2U launched its first prototype mobile cafe van in 2000 on Sydney's northern beaches. In 2004 a strategy was implemented to fully franchise the business. 

Cafe2U was launched in the UK by managing director Tom Acland. Tom first experienced Cafe2U when he was working in Australia between 2000 and 2004, and became a customer of one of the very first Cafe2U vans. The thing that struck Tom about his experience as a customer was not only the quality of the coffee that he was able to enjoy every day, but also the convenience of having it made fresh, outside his office! The UK pilot operation was launched in 2004 in Leeds. The model worked well as in Australia, and the business has since grown and grown.


Cafe2U UK recruited its first franchisee in early 2006, which is when a dedicated Franchise Development Manager was appointed to train and support mobile coffee franchisees in their businesses.

In 2009 Cafe2U was listed in the Business Review Weekly Fastest 100 franchise systems, as well as being featured for the second time on BBC2’s Working Lunch business program, whilst seeing strong demand for the franchise both in Australia and the UK. By mid-2009 Cafe2U had launched its proof of concept into California, USA, and had 20 outlets in the UK.

In 2009, Cafe2U won the first of many awards with the UK Beverage Standards Association, for the quality of its coffee and customer service.

In December 2009, and 2010, Cafe2U was awarded the ‘Best Value Franchise System’ by AFR’s Smart Investor Magazine, out of more than 1000 contenders.

2011,12,13 – Cafe2U repeatedly received top honours at the BSA awards, and scooped the Best Cappuccino award in 2013.

2011 – Cafe2U strengthened its executive team with the appointment of Will Vernon to Operations Director, and David Downie as non-executive chairman. Both Will and David have blue chip experience in senior leadership roles and will support the growth of Cafe2U as one of the leading UK coffee shop chains.

2012 - Cafe2U were awarded the HSBC/Daily Express Brand Builder of the Year award at the annual industry British Franchise awards, and focused on reviewing operational practices, training and support processes. Cafe2U UK invested in the business with David Downie joining as Non-Exec Chairman, bringing board level experience from companies like ASDA, Phones4U, and HSS Hire.


2014 – Cafe2U celebrated the opening of its 60th Cafe2U in the UK in Aberdeen, in August.

2015 - Cafe2U was a finalist of prestigious BFA HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards in the "Franchisee recruitment" category.

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