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One year on for One Stop Franchise in Scotland

6 June 2016

From taking the first pound from a Scottish consumer in June 2015, One Stop Franchise has grown into double figures with further stores opening in the coming months and all within the first year! With the One Stop brand being new to independents and consumers in Scotland this growth is no mean feat.

The first franchisees to sign with One Stop in Scotland, Javid & Shaista Iqbal of Blackburn, were so pleased with the impact One Stop has had on their sales and performance that they opened their second store with the brand in Seafield in April 2016. Javid commented, ‘We saw our sales increase by 15% in our first full month of trading as a fully fitted One Stop.’

‘We have a better balanced product range, enhanced stock management systems and stock availability, supported by the EPoS ‘back office’ system. I now spend more time in the store instead of on the road, which has enabled us to have more customer interaction, improved product knowledge, better staff engagement; all resulting in much higher store standards!’

To top it all off Javid and Shaista were also shortlisted at the recent SLR awards for ‘Soft Drinks Retailer of the Year 2016’ and ‘Best Refit or New Store 2016’ something they had never achieved before, along with finalsists at the Scottish Grocer Awards for ‘Best Soft Drink Retailer’.

Sam Ali at George Street, Glasgow, was One Stops first award winning franchisee in Scotland, scooping ‘Food to go Retailer of the Year 2016’ at the recent SLR awards. She was also a finalist at the Scottish Grocer Awards for ‘Best City Store’. The store, operating in the centre of Glasgow next to the university offers students a tailored food to go solution underpinned by great promotions, ranging and amazing service.

Asif Mahmood a One Stop Franchise in Oakley, Fife, who used to be part of a Symbol Group, comments on how One Stop has made a difference to his life; ‘“With product volumes up by over 35% and sales up by 15-20% and rising, in the same competitive environment where sales were previously sliding, One Stop Franchise and the model they offer speaks for itself!’

‘Processes have been simplified to a level we did not think possible. Do not let the fear of losing your independence lead you to losing your business to the competition.’

Andrew King, One Stop Franchise Director comments on the past 12 months in Scotland, ‘More and more retailers in Scotland are coming to the realisation that their existing offer is not enough to move their business forward in an ever more challenging market and are looking for a proven retailer based model that can win new customers and compete successfully in the local community by focussing on customer needs. We’ve seen some great interest in the brand and we’re all really proud of the success our Franchisee’s have seen since working with us. We’re all very excited about our future in the Scottish market.’

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