NORTHERN IRELAND OVERVIEW

Pitman Training has an outstanding opportunity available for an ambitious individual or business in the highly sought after territory of Northern Ireland. This rare opportunity provides a potential franchisee with an area of a population of around 1.8 million, to launch a Pitman Training Centre in any of Northern Ireland's major cities and towns, with additional future development possible with the opening of satellite centres across the region.

Northern Ireland is recognised as one of the best places in the United Kingdom to start and grow a business, with an investment commitment from the government and its agencies geared towards enterprises, from initial start-up through to growth. Northern Ireland is a fantastic place to start and develop a business, with lower overheads than other areas of the UK and the great potential for the provision of vocational training products and services across the area, to both privately funded individuals and corporate clients alike.

Pitman Training are looking for motivated and commercially minded individuals or businesses to extend the reach of the world-renowned UK Business Superbrand™ throughout Northern Ireland. Highly desirable attributes of potential franchisees include a personable approach with an excellent knowledge of the area, outstanding sales skills and an eagerness to succeed.

The territory covers Northern Ireland in its entirety, including the major cities of Belfast, Derry, Lisburn and Newtownabbey, and all other areas within postcodes BT1 - BT49; BT51 - BT57; BT60 - BT71; BT74 - BT82; BT92 - BT94 inclusive. This franchise territory has a population of approximately 1,787,267 (2011 census).

AREA OPPORTUNITIES

Northern Ireland is traditionally renowned for heavy-industries including ship-building and aero-space manufacturing and additionally for many consumer-orientated businesses such as food processing, textile and paper manufacturing. In keeping with developed economies, the more historical industries have been replaced with the professional services industry, which now accounts for approximately 70% of Northern Ireland's economic output and almost 80% of all employees.

Northern Ireland continues to build on its first-class reputation for the supply of professional services across a number of sectors including financial services, legal services and information technology. Major employers throughout Northern Ireland are the Nordic universal bank Dankse Bank, Schrader Electronics, First Trust bank, N.I's energy supplier Viridian Group, Capita IT Solutions, the French business processes company Teleperformance and American multinational company Citigroup.

Boasting a number of internationally recognised academic universities, Northern Ireland caters well for academic learning and attracts many overseas students, also attracted in part by the friendly people, hospitality and sights. With major cities and coastal towns attracting many tourists year visiting all year round, Northern Ireland has something for everyone as the area satisfies a wide range of tastes. There are a wide variety of cultural and historical attractions comprising of castles, theatres, museums, geological areas of interest and many other interesting places to visit.

With the main focus of Northern Ireland's industry being in the services industry, this is the perfect environment for a Pitman Training Centre to flourish. With a wide range of Courses and Diplomas to offer learners in areas which are applicable across a variety of sectors, Pitman Training are seeking  talented, business minded individuals or organisation to grow the brand in this exciting new territory.

KEY STATS

Franchise Type: New

Cost of Investment: £40,000*

Average Total Investment: £60,000 – £100,000 (varies based on start-up costs)

Estimated Turnover: £POA

Population: 1.8 million*

Capture Areas:

  • Belfast
  • Ballymena
  • Bangor
  • Coleraine
  • Craigavon
  • Derry
  • Dungannon
  • Lisburn
  • Newry
  • Omagh

The sale includes:

  • A 5 year franchise agreement.
  • An extensive territory in which to develop your own Pitman Training business.
  • Full training on all aspects of owning a Pitman Training Centre, including sales, marketing, day to day operations and the product.
  • Access to an allocated Franchise Development Manager to provide support and throughout the lifecycle of the franchise term.
  • Pitman Training Northern Ireland microsite on the highly successful Pitman Training website.
  • A centre start up pack.
  • A continuing business support programme.
  • Access to all Pitman Training courses and products.

*Approx. figures - franchise fees are determined by population in postcode areas so postcode area can be negotiable.