TESTIMONIALS

Testimonials from some of our franchisees

I am already earning £35K per year and I only joined the Snack Aid team about 8 months ago! From the start and right throughout it has been an exciting and a great joy to be a franchisee. I have no regrets or doubts that I made the right choice picking Snack Aid over other similar franchises out there. They have a great range but also on top of the great selling sweets and cake bars, other products like children's activity packs and crisps make it even easier to raise sales more per site, and gives you the added ability to get boxes out at places that can't have or don't always want sweets for sale like dentists and cafes etc. All the products are of great quality which really is essential for repeat sales month after month and making this a long standing business model that works. I have never done anything like this before, but after meeting Jim the owner, and the siting team who help get people started by getting there first boxes out, they filled me with confidence that this is something I could do with ease, work the hours I wished each week, and earn a good honest wage. Everyone at Snack Aid were very friendly open and honest with everything involved running the business. They also told me about potential pitfalls and ways to avoid and resolve the issues, have been there and easily contactable for any advice i have needed, and have an in depth knowledge on all aspects of the business. They want you to exceed just as much as you do. I got my first 300 boxes out in under 2 weeks, most places are very accepting of taking boxes in as they benefit their staff and customers, whilst raise money for such a great cause. 8 months later I now have 600 boxes out and managing them all is a breeze thanks to the great database provided. Thank you Jim and the team, for all your support and advice, and providing such a great franchise model
Jason
I transferred over to Snack Aid in 2017 after originally working with another charity sweet franchise for 15 months. My decision to join Snack Aid was based on a call I received from Jim a couple of months prior to joining. I had originally approached Jim before joining my original franchise but my area was not available with Snack Aid then. He called to ask me how things were going as the area was about to become available due to health reasons of the existing franchise. At the particular time I was losing customers hand over fist due to some poor siting work by the company I was with at that time. I was at a low period and questioning whether I wanted to continue when Jim called me. He reconfirmed to me that this business does work and that I just needed good people around me, offering better support, better products and the tools to do it. With the excellent support I have received from him , I have now established myself as a viable business with a very good income for the hours worked. The difference in communication has been the major factor , regularly receiving calls , e-mails to get me through any issues I might have. Also the fact that , as franchisees, we are encouraged to add our input on how to improve sales , what stock lines work and methods on how to generate more sales , not just with new sites but existing customers by way of the introduction of healthy snacks and activity packs which enable us to target different sites as well as increase sales with our current database. One of the major plus points is the exceptional quality siting that Snack Aid offers with their in-house team, to find new customers for me and this is available whenever I need it. This has been a major influence on my business and the days out siting are relaxed and very enjoyable. The siting team have a desire for us to succeed and give us the confidence to recruit new sites ourselves. Obviously the flexibility of this business is a massive bonus as long as you remain disciplined in obtaining what you want out of it. I am currently working between 3-5 days per week depending on the call cycle . I usually set out around 9am and am back home by 3-3.30pm so avoiding the rush hour. I do all the money counting , decanting and restocking in the comfort of my own home at a pace that suits me.If you are looking for a well paid business opportunity from a decent company then I recommend you take a look at this business.I am always happy to talk to anyone to discuss in further if so required. All the best
Dave
As someone who has worked in management in the service sector, including 5 star hotels, embassies, corporate banks, etc. for most of my 40 plus working years, I can honestly say I have seen my fair share of the different sides of humanity (good and downright unbelievable) and the stresses involved. I took a huge risk in 2017, having never worked for myself before, and decided to look into investing in a franchise on a full time basis. Having then done a huge amount of research and looking into the pros and cons of the multitude out there, I decided on Snack Aid as the simplest, most straightforward, good value and ethical one, which supports a truly worthwhile cause. After my initial contact with Jim, who was extremely informative, straightforward and honest, I decided this was the only franchise worth investing in. I can honestly say I have made the right decision. With the tremendous support and guidance from Jim, together with a fantastic start-up package (including database which does everything for you), this is the most rewarding and stress-free work I have ever done. All my concerns of making an income from it have dissolved. Now my days consist of choosing when I want to work, customers who are delighted to see me coming, no complaints (just phone calls to top up boxes with more sweets and cakes) and the knowledge that I have contributed to a hugely beneficial cause. I think it's what they call a "no brainer" really.

UPDATE 2019: My franchise has gone from strength to strength especially with the healthy crisps and activity packs added to the range. Even some of our competitors are transferring over to Snack Aid now. That says it all really!
Graham
When I came upon this opportunity I was already working as a full time taxi driver and initially thought this was the perfect flexible job for my wife. After researching the market thoroughly, it became obvious to me that it was very important to have a good children's charity displayed on the snack boxes. The Snack Aid franchise met this requirement and was the only one to meet all my other requirements too. Ironically, not long after meeting Jim and the Snack Aid team, I was doing this as a flexible job myself, together with my wife and eventually ended up packing in the taxi job and doing this on a full time basis with her. The job itself is quite addictive and challenging, and Jim is always there to help for he has managed to create a fine piece of science from such an initially rather simple-looking business. Getting away from the taxi business means I no longer have to work unsociable hours!
Plamen
I feel like I have bought into the John Lewis of franchises, without the expensive price tag. I started my franchise journey over three years ago after working as a manager in the telecoms business for 19 years. With a young family and increasing pressure to meet ever-increasing targets with reducing resources at work, I felt that there had to be something else I could be doing. I wanted something with flexible hours, a simple, scalable business model and reasonable buy-in costs. Snack Aid on paper ticked all the boxes and with an initial meeting with the business owner and my due diligence, I decided to take the plunge. I haven't regretted my decision. I found the no ongoing franchise fees attractive and support from the centre has been exceptional. Jim is passionate about seeing his franchisees succeed and is always available for help and advice. My only regret is I didn't start sooner.
Mark
My husband and I previously worked with another charity sweet franchise doing similar work but we decided to leave that company as we were not happy with the quality of the products nor the display boxes. We had come across the Snack Aid products and Make A Wish boxes whilst travelling and were impressed. We contacted Snack Aid and met to discuss moving our existing customer base across to their franchise, which we have now done. What a difference this has made to our sales. Jim, the owner, is so hands on if you are struggling with anything, all you have to do is phone him and he is there to help out. We now have over 520 customers, who are very satisfied with the quality of the stock and the cake bars are a great seller
John & Bev
Before we started with Snack Aid we had a small part time vending towers business. However we soon closed this down because of the cost of the machines and the difficulty in finding new sites as the market is saturated. So, summer 2019 saw us looking again and this time we came across Snack Aid. We immediately liked what we saw online, made an appointment to go and visit Jim Lawlor the franchisor at his premises in Milton Keynes and spent a very enjoyable day there learning how Snack Aid operates. We really liked the choice and quality of the products, the eye catching display boxes and the fact that you are supporting a very worthwhile cause as well, “Make A Wish” charity. By the end of the day we were convinced that this was our future. Snack Aid comes with a very low start up cost, indeed all you are paying for is stock and a siting service if you want it. No franchise or any other ongoing fees .Customers readily accept our boxes in to their sites meaning you can quickly get the numbers you need to reach a full time income. It's easy to run, using the fantastic database that Jim provides as part of the package. In addition, Jim is totally committed to the success of each of his franchisees and is very hands-on, so if you have any queries or issues these are quickly resolved. All in all, if you are looking for a stress free, honest and ethical business opportunity – you have just found it!
Debbie and Brian
We ran a greeting card franchise for 12 years. Being our own bosses we wanted another franchise that would bring us in a good income but would not involve working really long hours. Snack Aid gave us this with a great product and packaging which has enabled us to continue running our own business and also support a great children's charity. People are very receptive to taking in boxes and compliment us on the quality of the snacks. Sometimes people ring us up for refills because the snacks have gone well. To ensure the business runs smoothly we use the very good and easy database supplied by Snack Aid which puts the customers into 1,2 or 3 weekly call backs. The support from Snack Aid is excellent, plenty of guidance in the early days and quick to respond to any query.

UPDATE 2019: Its 6 years since we started and we are still really happy with everything.
Martin & Jane
My husband and I were looking for a franchise that would give us the freedom to work the hours and days that we wanted and Snack Aid has given us just that. Initially we paid to have 300 boxes sited for us, a service provided by the Franchisor, and since then we have increased our number of boxes quite easily. Most offices are very happy to take the box as it is linked to Make A Wish Foundation, which everyone knows is a beautiful charity. The variety of sweets, flapjacks and chips are the best that we have seen in this market and they are all very good value to the consumer compared to the competition. There are also various themed colouring books which are very welcomed by pubs, hotels and coffee houses. The business has been quite lucrative for us already and we plan to expand even more as there is always an untapped area of businesses to explore. The Franchisor is always available to assist in any matter and is constantly offering us new items in order to keep the boxes fresh which gives a good boost to the sales. We are extremely happy to have taken on this franchise which is not only lucrative to us but which helps Make A Wish raise much needed money. It's a feel good franchise.
Kim & Joe
Earlier this year I came across Snack Aid. This Franchise seemed very interesting, very ethical & also relatively inexpensive. I then contacted Jim Lawlor who sent me details of this franchise. What I liked about this was that the business model supported a wonderful Charity 'Make A Wish'. Also, unlike most franchises , there were no upfront fees & we did not have to pay a percentage to the Franchisor. I then visited Jim Lawlor, and his team, at the office in Milton Keynes. Jim was very upfront with what I could achieve with this franchise and also what the potential pitfalls might be. I came back from this meeting thinking that This was a very clean, ethical business run by an efficient and ethical person. After some thought I decided to take up this franchise & after 3 months in this business I can honestly say that I have no regrets and Jim has been a rock solid support throughout & has helped me out numerous times. He is indeed a Friend firstly & business man secondly ! Snack Aid provided me with a good Data Base, which removes the headache of manually working out your weekly rounds as it just prints them off automatically, Hey, if you are looking for a low cost Profitable Franchise , minimal overheads, Tension free & Clean Franchise then I would without any hesitation recommend Snack Aid!
Harinder
In September 2018 I was diagnosed with a life changing neurological condition and I was off work for 3 months. I soon realised that I would not be able to continue with the work I was doing and needed something more flexible and less stressful. I have owned a franchises in the past and ran non franchised businesses so it made sense to start looking at franchises again. However I was not prepared to spend £10,000's on one. That's when I came across Snack Aid and Jim. It ticked all my boxes.

So after a few telephone calls and me visiting Snack Aid offices I decided to join and put my first boxes out in January 2019. Things were running smoothly for the first few months and I had built up a call list of 250 boxes out and being serviced. Unfortunately I had a relapse with the neurological condition in August 2019 and couldn't work for 5 weeks. But, that's the beauty of this work it is totally flexible and I was able to cope with the 5 week break without some boss breathing down my neck.

I returned to work part time working 3 days spread over 5 days, so basically doing half days and cut my calls down to 150 of the better venues. I'm now increasing my calls again as I feel stronger and able again to increase my hours.

If you're looking for a home based, simple, flexible and stress free business then I recommend Snack Aid. I also love representing Make A Wish, people know and love the charity and are very welcoming because of that. I'm certainly very happy doing this role.
John
I first came across Snack-Aid Ltd in January 2018, after looking for a low cost franchise opportunity working from home. I had had enough of working in a dead end job making other people lots of money and barely getting by myself. I was attracted to the simplicity of the business model the charity aspect and of course to low cost start up. I exchanged a few emails with Jim Lawlor the owner of Snack-Aid Ltd then had a lengthy conversion on the phone. He came across so genuine and we were talking for over an hour before I felt so confident with the idea that I was ready to pay there an then and get started asap. Jim Insisted that i did not part with any money until I had met with him personally at there office in Milton Keynes. This was arranged a few days later. After a lengthy meeting with Jim where everything about the business was explained in detail. I made the decision and payed the money the next day and a few days later the stock and display boxes arrived. I was very excited and keen to get out there. Jim even arranged for the boxes to be sited for me. A few sites didn't work out but again this is explained to me at the the start and i expected 20% to fail but in fact it was only around 10% half the number. After my first month of running my business I had a good full time income working about 40 hours per week and the best part is having the weekends off. I would recommend this franchise to anyone looking for a low cost business that can be operated from home with some storage space for stock etc. Jim is always at the other end of the phone for support. Its a low risk business with most of the outlay on stock which is consumable and easy to sell.
Jason
Three years ago I was made redundant. I wanted a complete change in career and a change in direction. That’s when a friend introduced me to Snack Aid as he had already joined following his redundancy. What I love the most about Snack Aid is the flexibility it brings. You can have an amazing work life balance, working your own hours, all the while working for such a worthy charity that helps so many children. The support I’ve received from the beginning from Snack Aid has been brilliant and on going throughout my time with them. Jim Lawlor and his team are only a phone call if ever I need it. You get out what you put in with this business and I’ve never looked back since joining Snack Aid.
Dean
Hello, my name is Holly and iv worked with Snack Aid for nearly 3 years now. It is perfect for me as I compete around the world on my horses and this job gives me the flexibility to work part time around that. Its comforting knowing I have a wage to rely on when I’m away competing. I’m so proud to tell others the fantastic charity I work for and they are always so interested and want to know more on what I do. I’m a very outgoing person so this job is wonderful, I get to meet new people regular and have built strong bonds with the people who kindly have my boxes in their hairdressers/pubs/children areas and so on. I’m so thankful for finding this great opportunity and I am proud and honoured to be associated with such a wonderful charity!
Holly
Wanting a change of job, I come across Snack Aid and after only a few emails from Jim Lawlor the franchisor, I arranged a visit to the Snack Aid office in Milton Keynes. I spent a full day with Jim, including going out on the road visiting some sites, and got a good feel of what it would be like to be a franchisee. I also liked the failsafe that I could easily recoup my entire investment if I decided this business wasn't for me, by simply selling off my stock, as there are no fees or restrictions on closing the business, all very fair and comforting. I'm only a couple of months into the business but things are going great! To get the ball rolling Jim sent up the siting team who done a fantastic job of placing my initial snack boxes and this really helped to get me on the front foot. The customers have been brilliant, they are so happy with the quality of the sweets and flapjacks. In fact since we have placed our Make A Wish snack boxes in a few locations where there was already a competitors snack box, they have since removed their box because they just can't compete with the quality of our sweets! Snack Aid are fanatical about getting the products just right and it has paid off. I'm making a good living now, but my aim over the next few months is to grow the number of boxes placed to around 400/500 and using the support from Jim and the great database tool this will be easy and stress free to do, It really is a fun and enjoyable job and it feels great being able to work while raising money for this charity. If you are thinking of becoming a franchisee, my advise is to just go for it, you've nothing to lose and everything to gain
Jordan

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