WIDE SPAN SHEDS
SHEDLOAD OF OPPORTUNITY
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Wide Span Sheds is offering North Island franchises with low overheads and great margins
In 2009, Kris Robinson was looking for an additional income stream to complement his Waikato engineering business when an advert caught his eye: Become one of New Zealand’s first franchisees for Australia-developed Wide Span Sheds. In that post-recession period, it was just what he was looking for. He took up the franchise, focussed his efforts on large commercial, industrial and farm buildings and grew from a one-man band to the point where, today, he has over 30 in-house and contract staff. ‘We’re now the biggest big shed company in the North Island by far,’ says Kris, happily.
Six years later, Joe Allen found himself in a similar position. The owner of Silverdale-based Rodney Earthworks & Foundations, Joe was keen to find a suitable add-on to his business. Joe’s accountant suggested he look into Wide Span Sheds, and the idea immediately appealed. Illustrating the flexibility of the franchise, Joe’s focus is smaller builds such as garages, carports and implement sheds on lifestyle blocks, where he provides a turnkey service from earthworks through to erection.
Kris and Joe both take full advantage of Wide Span’s state-of-the-art Shed Management System. This gives them instant access to thousands of designs and variations, calculates the price with all documentation, generates an inventory of components required and even takes into account wind zones and other factors. ‘It’s all done right there in front of the customer, which really impresses them,’ Joe grins. After manufacture by exclusive supplier Metalcraft, the product itself – which uses only NZ Steel – is supplied direct to site for installation.
Wide Span Sheds is part of the family-owned Steelx Group Companies, Australasia’s fastest-growing supplier of steel building kits. ‘Our business is everything from workshops and farm buildings to warehouses and commercial premises,’ explains Peter Darnell, the company’s business development manager. ‘With clear spans of up to 27 metres and lengths in excess of 200 metres, we have consistently shown that we have the engineering, product quality, systems and services to be more than a match for any competitor.’
When Wide Span Sheds first came to New Zealand, they felt that having two franchisees in the North Island and one in the South would be enough – but they hadn’t reckoned on the appetite for their high quality product. ‘Kris and Joe are finding it impossible to keep up with demand – they have so much business close to home that customers elsewhere are missing out,’ Peter explains. ‘So together we have created the opportunity for nine new Wide Span Sheds franchises. These are:
- Bay of Plenty
- Hawkes Bay
‘This is a massive opportunity for the right people,’ says Peter. ‘They might be existing business owners looking to increase income streams, or those looking to put their business or project management background to use in their own company. They certainly need experience in sales and marketing, and are likely to have a building/trade background. They also need to be skilled in dealing with people, honest, reliable and have entrepreneurial flair.
‘The franchise fee of $95,000 +gst covers all training including flights and accommodation on the Gold Coast for the in-house training component, and includes a $28,000 +gst contribution to the set-up of high visibility premises and opening marketing programmes to showcase the product.
‘In return, franchisees enjoy a business with low overheads and great margins,’ Peter explains. There is no stockholding required, which means great cash flow, and no royalties either. A Wide Span Sheds franchise can be run as a one-person business by employing installation contractors or, as Kris has done, you can build a team of your own once established. Franchisees are free to set their own margin on sales, which allows them to achieve great rates of return.’
The company places a particular emphasis on training and support, says Peter. ‘Training begins with two weeks of on-line training designed to provide basic competency in using the design software and a good understanding of site-specific engineering. It also contains a marketing module. New franchisees then come to Australia for in-house training, including advanced use of the design software, sales and marketing training and time with our engineering and technical support teams. Finally, they spend a week with one of the existing New Zealand franchisees who will mentor them through their establishment phase and beyond. There’s also ongoing telephone and email support, as well as regular site visits and a full range of marketing tools.’
Experienced franchisee Kris Robinson says, ‘I’d be very surprised if a new franchisee doesn’t fully recover their fee and other costs within the first year. There’s a lot of business out there and if you have the skills and apply the system, you can do very well indeed with Wide Span Sheds.’
Peter Darnell is ready to hear from potential North Island franchisees right now. ‘Wide Span Sheds has just nine excellent territories available. Contact me and find out if this could be the opportunity you are looking for.’
See this advertorial on page 19 of Franchise New Zealand magazine Year 26 Issue 2
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