We’ve kept our process as clear and simple as we can and we know that what we’re offering is great value.
- Apply using the form available here
- Application screening
- Sign non-disclosure document
- Face to face interview
- Deposit paid – Receive Franchise Agreement
- CRB/Background Check
- Write Business Plan – setting your own targets (we try to use a Third Party company to help you do this so that you’re getting impartial advice. They can also help you gain financial help as it’s common for people buying a franchise to require this)
- Approval in principle
- Accepted – sign Franchise Agreement
- Application Successful – Balance paid
This takes about 2-3 months, but can take less if you want to move fast.
The entry points to join Stopcocks Women Plumbers Business Incubator have been kept low and we have different options to meet your need see this page.
In addition our business has been verified by the British Franchise Association as a well run and ethical business and our business systems are verified by them. Because of this we can point potential franchisees to gain financial assistance of up to 100% of the whole fee plus some initial working capital to make buying a Stopcocks franchise even more affordable.
We have a relationship with Outset Finance who are one of the government’s approved Start Up Loans providers; – of loans at very low interest. When you speak to us we can connect you with them. Outset Finance already understand our business and how we work, which will save you time. The loans through them are low interest and especially easy to apply for.
There is a lot of information but the process is streamlined, we intend it to feel quite friendly and informal as you go through it. We see this as a learning process for you and for us. It’s vital we’re a good fit for each other, and won’t proceed if this isn’t right. You won’t be pushed or ‘sold to’ at any point.
If there are problems or issues we will bring them to your attention and you will have an opportunity to address them. At the same time we welcome questions so we can answer them for you.
You may be aware of Stopcocks Women Plumbers through meeting us (for example at an event or at one of our Discovery Sessions when we meet several women plumbers/heating engineers, answer your questions and tell you all about Stopcocks) in this case you will have already had plenty of opportunity to ask questions and get to know us and about the company. Alternatively you may phone us as first contact or fill out a form on the website.
In most cases you will have spoken to us quite extensively before we reach the face-to-face interview, if you are at any stage of this process and we’re running a Discovery Session you will be encouraged to attend it so that you can find out what you need to know in person.