The courier industry is an extremely lucrative industry. With the astronomic rise in online shopping especially during this coronavirus global lockdown, the domestic parcel industry alone is worth £4.4 billion. This industry continues to expand rapidly as the need for delivery services has increased dramatically too.

Statistics show that about a billion parcels are sent in the UK each year, and this rapidly-growing £70bn logistics industry generates around 5 percent of the GDP. If you are exploring various ways of entering this market, we urge you to consider the truly global and personal advantages of buying a franchise.

The truth is that franchising gives you the best of both worlds: the freedom to be your own boss, with the back-end systems, and support of a trusted brand. There’s never been a better time to invest in this industry and if you are looking towards starting a courier services business in the UK, here are some of the best courier services franchises to buy.

10 Profitable Courier Franchise Opportunities in UK and Their Cost

  1. DOR-2-DOR: £9950 + VAT (finance available)

Start a lucrative leaflet distribution management franchise business with the industry leader and offer a full local marketing service helping local businesses and organizations find more customers. DOR-2-DOR is UK’s leading local leaflet distribution company with a successful track record of over 30 years including establishing local franchised outlets since 2001.

DOR-2-DOR is a management franchise, utilizing a highly professional business model, marketing local businesses to consumers through their letterbox. The DOR-2-DOR brand is well known in the industry and ranks number one on Google for national and local searches.

The brand is perpetuated continually by the franchisee posting DOR-2-DOR leaflets, with the clients material through householders letterboxes, thus promoting the business to local business owners and to individuals seeking work as Post-People™

Financial Requirement

  • Minimum Investment: £9950 + VAT (finance available)
  1. Oakhouse Foods Franchise

The Oakhouse Foods franchise is one of the leading providers of quality frozen meals; delivering direct to the customers’ homes; primarily serving the elderly, and has a potential turnover of £1million per franchise territory. Oakhouse Foods has been established for over 25 years and operates a proven franchise business model which is loved by customers for its extensive range of quality food and friendly, personal service.

Now owned by the global Kerry Group, a leader in the global food industry with a turnover in excess of €6bn, Oakhouse Foods is benefitting from an increase in investment, expertise and support from a global taste & nutrition expert.

Financial Requirements

  • Franchise/License Fee: £29,750.00
  • Working Capital: £17,000.00
  • Total Investment: £96,750.00 (plus any applicable customer base)
  • Franchise Set-Up Costs: £50,000.00*
  • Term of License: 5 years, renewable (Financial assistance is offered via third parties)
  • Minimum Investment: £60,000 + VAT
  1. World Options – £9950 + VAT

World Options provide business clients a first class, online parcel delivery service. Franchisees benefit from 100 percent Residual income. Flexible hours. Work from home, no office, no vans. World-class software. With over 78 franchises, World Options is one of the most successful franchise opportunities in the UK.

World Options offers small to medium businesses a world-class parcel delivery service through their online shipping portal, which saves customers time and money. The World Options franchise provides everything you need to launch, build and manage client’s courier and shipping needs for UK or International shipments by Road, Rail, Sea, or Air.

Financial Requirement

  • Minimum Investment: £9950 + VAT
  1. PACK & SEND – £29,500

PACK & SEND is a unique proposition that can pack and deliver any item to any location. The internationally renowned franchise, launched in Australia over 25 years ago, is available to entrepreneurs looking to get more out of working life.

The initial part of your PACK & SEND journey will involve an eight-week training programme supporting you through your first year of business. The franchise package consists of 21 key components to make your business a success, including an exclusive trading territory, your store fit-out and equipment, marketing resources, financial management and freight warranty policies.

Financial Requirements

  • Initial franchise fee – £29,500
  • Total budget required – £100,000 to 120,000
  • liquid capital – £50,000 to £60,000
  1. Agency Express – £24,500 + VAT

Agency Express is the UK’s largest and only national estate agency board company with a network of over 115 franchisees. Multi award winning Agency Express was established in 1998 to offer a nationwide professional board service to both corporate and independent estate agencies.

Today, via a network of 115 successful franchise operators Agency Express erects, services and maintains over 60 percent of all estate agency boards in the UK. As a market leader and an award winning franchise, franchisees benefit from a nationally recognised brand, established reputation, comprehensive franchise package and proven business formulas.

Financial Requirement

  • Minimum Investment: £24,500 + VAT
  1. InXpress – £35,000 (+ £1,000 for events)

Founded in 1999 and with annual system revenues in excess of $165 million in 2018, the company has a long history in managing successful businesses around the world. This is combined with the facilities and know how to train and support franchisees in running a sales and business management franchise.

Now located in 14 countries, with over 350 franchisees, the multi award-winning business has its global headquarters in Manchester, UK. InXpress has its origins in the world’s largest business management franchise in the transportation industry.

Financial Requirement

  • Minimum Investment: £35,000 (+ £1,000 for events)
  1. The Speedy Freight Management – £38,500

The Speedy Freight Management Franchise Opportunity gives you the chance to run a highly profitable business within the lucrative same day and express freight industry. Their tried and tested business model is structured to achieve the maximum level of profit with the minimum overhead costs.

Speedy Freight are a provider of dedicated same-day couriers, with vehicles ranging from small vans up to and including Artics and everything in between. You don’t do the driving; you simply manage the job from start to finish.

Financial Requirement

  • Minimum Investment: £38,500
  1. Mail Boxes Etc – £60,000 to £70,000

Mail Boxes Etc. is one of the world’s largest non-food retail franchises, part of a global network of over 2,500 business service centers and over 150 in the UK and Ireland. They are looking for dynamic, motivated entrepreneurs to join their network of high-street stores, offering a mix of services targeting both businesses and consumers, including parcel logistics, postal, print and copy services.

Mail Boxes Etc. is much more rewarding than a simple retail franchise because they are about so much more than serving one-off customers at the till. A successful MBE franchise is achieved by developing strong relationships with your local business community, establishing a reputation for quality and personal service, networking and winning repeat business.

Financial Requirements

Franchise cost – £60,000 to £70,000

Minimum personal investment – £25,000

  1. Tan & Deliver – £15,000

As a Tan & Deliver Franchisee, you will run your business using their brand, systems, support and proven model. You will receive personal, experienced guidance every step of the way, from the day you start and as you continue to grow.

You will deliver what they consider to be the best home hire sunbeds on the market to local customers within your dedicated territory. Operating with a branded uniform and fully equipped tool kit, you will be part of a well-known National brand, while enjoying the benefits of being your own boss. As a Franchisee of Tan & Deliver you will be providing a unique and desired service in your chosen territory.

Financial Requirement

  • Minimum Investment: £15,000
  1. Sure2Door – £8,000

Sure2Door is a fully established business started in Milton Keynes in 2011, and now expanded and developed to cover a wide area of Bedfordshire, North Buckinghamshire and parts of Herts and Oxon. As well as three Delivery Offices of their own, they have two franchisees. One is based in Brighton, and the other is a new area being developed in Dunstable and Luton.

They have a well-developed business plan and method of operation. Key to this is a bespoke Order Management System, which is a shared access computer application that contains and controls data including your clients, your Distributors and all your delivery areas. It is used to create Delivery Instructions for the Distributors, allow Managers to add and control client orders, it records completed round information, and outputs payroll data for the staff.

At an early stage, when a potential franchisee comes forward, they would identify the location and size of territory that would be appointed. Any territory would need to contain at least 80,000 homes, and no more than 120,000 homes, to provide ample scope for development and allowing a successful business to be built. Currently there are three territories with around 110,000 homes, which lead to businesses with a turnover of £250,000 – £300,000.

Financial Requirement

  • Minimum Investment: £8,000
Ajaero Tony Martins