Franchise FAQs

When considering an SP Screens franchise, you will undoubtedly have many questions. Here, we answer some of the most common questions we receive regarding our franchise opportunity.

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What locations are we seeking franchises in?

NSW
Sydney metro: Sutherland Shire, Northern Beaches, Hills Disctrict, Campbelltown, Castle Hill, and Penrith, to expand our Sydney presence
Regional NSW: Albury / Wodonga area, Bowral / Mittagong area, Ballina / Byron / Lismore area, Dubbo, Gateshead, Maitland – Lower Hunter, Nelson Bay, Nowra / Bomaderry area, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong

VIC
Melbourne metro: Dandenong, Essendon, Nunawading, Melton
Regional Victoria: Ballarat, Bendigo, Wodonga / Albury area, Geelong, Mildura / Wentworth area, Traralgon / Morwell area, Warragul / Drouin area

QLD
Brisbane and Gold Coast Region: Ipswich area to expand our presence across the Brisbane region.
Regional Qld: Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone / Tannum Sands area, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Toowoomba, Mackay

Do I need previous business experience to become a franchise partner?

It’s not essential to have experience running a business, because we’ll be with you every step of the way. To be a successful business owner, it’s important to be self motivated, have excellent customer service and rapport building skills, and sales skills for lead generation, conversion and quote follow up.

Should I become a franchisee?

Owning a franchise is often a simpler and cost efficient way of opening your own business. There are numerous benefits to owning a franchise such as leveraging off the franchisor brand, however, being a franchisee is not for everyone.

Are you ready to manage a team?
You may initially start off as a one person operation, however as you build a scalable business, you may find that you need additional employees to staff the showroom, provide measure and quotes &/or install.

Are you motivated to work for yourself?
Sure, to some degree you will have flexibility with your hours, however it takes motivation and dedication to run a successful and profitable business.

Can you to work as part of a team?
Being a Franchisee means you will need to follow an established process outlined in the operations manual.

Do you have financial stability for start up and ongoing cashflow?
We recommend having 6 months worth of cashflow in savings to protect your family’s wellbeing during the start up process.

What ongoing support will I get from SP Screens?

In addition to initial professional sales and installation training, our franchisee’s receive all the ongoing support they need to build and maintain a successful business, including:

  • Access to a dedicated Franchise Support Manager
  • Showroom design and vehicle wrapping artwork
  • Marketing support – national strategy and implementation, collateral, and help with preparing additional local targeted marketing campaigns
  • Call centre services and sales lead referrals – booking consultations for measure and quotes, booking installations, and processing deposits
  • Access to a leading edge, best quality product range
  • Supply chain management including negotiated wholesale pricing for a leading edge, best quality product range
  • Ongoing research and development
  • Access to the company’s technology, know-how and systems
  • Central bookkeeping and administration services
  • Access to business management advice and support
  • Networking and peer support opportunities with other franchisees.

How long is an SP Screens Franchise Agreement?

The term of the Franchise Agreements are 5 years, with an ongoing 5 year renewal option at the end of each term.

Do I need to find a location for the showroom?

We will work with you to find the most suitable location for the showroom.

Do you train me?

We will provide initial training and assistance with start-up. You will spend time on the road with our Sales Representatives and our Installers to gain on the job experience.

How do I start the application process?

To start the process, just complete the online enquiry form on the website. Our Franchise Development Manager will call you to further discuss the opportunity and provide you with more information so that you can make an informed decision to progress to the next stage of the application process if you mutually agree.

How much does an SP Screens franchise cost?

An SP Screens franchise costs between $30,000 to $60,000 + GST (with additional working capital of $30,000 to $50,000 also required) depending on the size of the market in the franchise region ie. Metro franchise regions cost more than regional franchise areas.

What costs does my working capital cover?

Setup costs

In addition to the upfront franchise fee, you will need to budget for:

  • Rental bonds & rent
  • Tools
  • Showroom stock & signage
  • Business equipment
  • Uniforms & stationery
  • Initial local marketing

How much money will the bank lend me?

Banks typically lend approximately 50% of the purchase price. Each bank will have their own criteria for business loans and we recommend you speak to your bank or mortgage broker before proceeding with an application.

What kind of returns can I expect from running an SP Screens franchise?

There are a number variables such as business location and market size. Once you have completed the Confidentiality Agreement, we can discuss projected returns based on historical sales figures within our branch network.

Before you sign the contract, it is essential that you complete your own due diligence and seek independent financial advice.

Do I need to work in the business full-time or can I run my franchise under management?

We think it is essential within our industry, to work in your business as an owner operator.

What security checks and licences are required in each state?

SP Screens requires all franchisees to pass a police check as part of our due diligence process. This table outlines the licensing requirements in each state and territory:

QLD
Building Licensing Body: QLD Building & Construction Commission
Security Licensing Body: N/A

NSW
Building Licensing Body: N/A if only doing work under your licence
Security Licensing Body: NSW Police

ACT
Building Licensing Body: N/A
Security Licensing Body: Access Canberra

VIC
Building Licensing Body: Victorian Building Authority
Security Licensing Body: N/A

WA
Building Licensing Body: N/A
Security Licensing Body: WA Police

TAS
Building Licensing Body: N/A
Security Licensing Body: N/A

SA
Building Licensing Body: Consumer and Business Services
Security Licensing Body: N/A

NT
Building Licensing Body: N/A
Security Licensing Body: N/A

NSW
There are two licences required in NSW at different levels within the franchise.

Security Licence
NSW Security Licences are required for both the franchise and individuals who sell and install our products. Some convictions will automatically exclude you from gaining a Security Licence and from working in the security industry. NSW Police are the industry regulators for security licences within New South Wales. The police regulate licensing under the Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate (SLED).

Each franchise will need a Master (Business) Licence unique to their ABN.

All Sales Representatives and Installers are required to have an Operative Licence. The class of licence will depend on the staff member selling only or selling and installing.

ACT
Access Canberra is responsible for industry licensing in the ACT under the Security Industry Act 2003.

Master Licences
A security master licence authorises the licencee to employ or provide people to carry on a security activity. This licence does not authorise the holder to also carry out security activities unless they themselves have an employee security licence.

Employee Licences
Employee licences are only valid whilst the applicant is employed by an ACT company holding a security master licence. A security employee licence authorises the licencee to:

  1. sell security equipment (2B)
  2. carry out surveys and inspections of security equipment (2C)
  3. give advice about security equipment (2D)
  4. install, maintain, monitor, repair or service security equipment (2E)

Additional training and temporary licences may apply.

WA
There are three licences required in WA at different levels within the franchise.
Franchises in WA will need a Security Agent licence to advertise and supply.
Sales representatives consulting and advising on security door and window security screens will need a Non-Agent Licence – Security Consultant Licence, Class 3
All installers are required to have a Non-Agent Licence – Security Installer Licence, Class 3

QLD
In Queensland, all SP Screens installers are required to have a QBCC Carpentry Contractor licence. To qualify and apply for this licence there are qualification & financial requirements along with a short managerial course to complete.

SA
All SP Screens installers in SA are required to have a building licence (regulated by the Consumer and Business Services) to install security screens. You will need to meet licensing criteria and provide a copy of a national police check by the South Australian Police. While a security licence does not apply, a security check is required during the building licence application.

Do I have to be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia to franchise with SP Screens?

Yes, you will need to be either an Australian Citizen or hold a Permanent Residency to purchase an SP Screens franchise.

What are my legal rights & responsibilities as a franchisee?

The Australian Consumer & Competition Commission has put together a Franchising Code of Conduct which outlines franchisee & franchisor rights & responsibilities.

Let’s Get Started

Call Sarah Lamb on 0448 440 567 or simply fill in your details below to receive our Franchisee Brochure.

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