Venture provides premium portrait services and products from its network of photography studios across the UK and internationally. Venture Studios has been established for 15 years, and has redefined the category of family portrait photography.
Min Investment: £20,000
No. Of Franchisees: 16
Since its inception in 2000 Venture has established itself as the premium market-leading brand in the photography market, with an award winning franchise model. It is the only nationally recognised brand in its sector, making it truly distinct as a franchise concept.
Venture operates worldwide, with 16 studios in the UK, as well as studios in Hong Kong and the USA. We pride ourselves on the combination of world-class customer service, market-leading standards of photography and a unique and contemporary range of products. Photography innovation and customer experience is at the heart of Venture’s business, and we are constantly pushing the boundaries of style, presentation and client value.
All Venture photographers and studio staff are trained to the highest standard ensuring they produce the work and experience that is synonymous with the Venture brand.
Martin and Michelle Hillman joined the Venture brand in 2011, opening their studio on London Road, Southampton in January 2012.
“We had looked at several franchise opportunities in the market, as had considered working for ourselves for some time, we were open minded about what type of business we wanted to get involved in, but the more that we looked at the Venture Model it became more appealing over others that we had looked at given that Venture provide a unique experience, which creates a product full of emotional value to the customer.”
The opening of the Venture Southampton studio followed a well-defined end to end process, which is fully supported by the Venture team. This begins with locating a suitable property, helping on presenting business plans to the bank to raise funding, through to full training for the franchisees and recruitment and training of the studio team.
“We worked with Venture extremely closely for a full 6 months prior to opening the studio, a key part of the opening process was obviously both me and Michelle being trained on how to operate the venture model, and we spent time in other studios to observe the model in operation. As you can imagine it was an incredibly busy time in the run up to opening the studio! Key to a successful opening was making sure that we had an effective marketing plan in place in the 8 weeks prior to launch, which subsequently would ensure that we opened on day 1 with a diary full of customer appointments. It obviously worked as we turned over £100K in our first two full months of being open!”
The Southampton studio continues to be one of the most successful studios in the Venture network, and has turned over an average of £600K over the last three years.
“Being completely honest the first two years were a very steep learning curve, and it’s been hard work, however that hard work has paid off and the financial returns of the business have exceeded our expectations. Coupled with this it has been really satisfying to be involved in such a unique and powerful brand, every day we see how thrilled customers are when they see the amazing photographs that we take of their families. We’ve just resigned a new 3 year franchise agreement with Venture, and are looking forward to continuing to build the business.”
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