The Social Group
Franchise & Investment
LOOKING FOR WORK?
We are seeking partners to run a branch of The Social Group!
UK * AMERICA * AUSTRALIA * EUROPE * WORLDWIDE
INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
We are interested in talking to any potential investors keen to back us in expanding and taking The Social Group brand to a global market.
FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
We are interested in talking to anyone interested in becoming a franchise partner and running a branch of THE SOCIAL GROUP in their area.
THE SOCIAL GROUP
The Social Group is looking for committed individuals who will bring our already successful brand to a wider population. We are seeking people to run a branch of The Social Group in your area!
The Social Group is a way for people to connect, enabling people to meet up, network, make friends, socialise, have fun, and enjoy a great social life!
A whole range of social events!
Including dining out at restaurants, drinks evenings, parties, dinner dances, black tie balls, entertainment, nightlife, themed events, quiz evenings, theatre, cinema, concerts, barbecues, etc.
A whole range of outdoor activities, days out, and adventure sports!
Including archery, clay shooting, paintball, laser combat, canoeing, river rafting, boat trips, jet ski, snorkelling, scuba diving, skiing, caving, climbing, abseiling, high ropes, quad biking, karting, tank driving, segway, cycling, gliding, flying lesson, parachute jumps, bowling, golf, falconry, camel riding, horse riding, elephant trekking, visits to attractions, visits to theme parks, walks, etc.
Worldwide travel and vacations with Social Group Holidays!
Organised tours with the "group of friends". Destinations around the world.
The Social Group was started in 1997 by Andrew Haglington, the man who invented social networking. No-one knows the social sector of the economy better than we do ...because we invented it!
When we started this groundbreaking new project, no-one else had ever done anything like this before, not specifically running a large programme of social events in this way.
Social networking is our idea.
If it's referred to as "social" in the modern context, that's probably referring to The Social Group.
The Social Group is "The Social Network". Everyone else copied our use of this name.
Our vision of social networking was not only to enable people to connect, but to provide a ready-made "group of friends" for people to go out and socialise with.
By the end of the 1990's, this was already a massive success, and over the years since, we have raised money for numerous charities and good causes, as well as helping many thousands of people to make friends and enjoy a great social life!
Parent company Social Group Enterprises Ltd. was set up in the UK in 2003. Registered Number 4690215. Directors are husband and wife team Andrew Haglington B.A. (Hons) and Catherine Haglington.
The Social Group is based in the UK.
The Social Group currently operates as a full franchise in five UK geographical areas in the South West of England -
- Devon South
- Devon North
The same format can be just as successful in other areas.
We are seeking franchise business partners to run a branch of The Social Group in other areas of the UK, plus USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and around the world.
All enquiries welcome.
With a large number of customers, there is huge potential here for investors, and we are keen to take The Social Group brand to a global market to make this an even more attractive investment.
Every year we get enquiries from all over the world - people asking to join a local branch of The Social Group in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles...
We know there is demand for our services. We are looking for business partners to make this happen!
LOOKING FOR WORK?
We have work available for people looking for a career in social networking. You can run your own franchise branch of The Social Group with our backing - it's the easy way to start your own business, with experts to help you make you a success!
The rewards are undoubtedly there for the earning. For the right people, this has the potential to be a very good career - one that you will really enjoy! Running your own branch of The Social Group is likely to be lots of fun, as well as being rewarding and worthwhile, giving you the opportunity to make life better for large numbers of people in your community. You have the option of working from home (with no commuting), working your own hours, gaining greater independence, increasing your sense of self-worth, and achieving a better work-life balance for yourself, with much more control over your own life. You’ll also get to meet lots of really great people and have lots of fun along the way.
Our brand started social networking and many of the terms commonly in use today using the word 'social' were either thought up or applied or developed by us. The Social Group, the home of social networking, is now looking to be available to everyone.
We will franchise to individuals, couples, partners, or friends. The franchise business partners we are looking for may wish to operate a branch of The Social Group part-time in a smaller area as a useful second income, or operate The Social Group for a larger population as a major business run by their own full-time team. Subject to availability, various options are available. As a Social Group franchisee, you will be able run your own business in the same way we have already established, with our guidance, training, support, and assistance. All franchises must be run in a similar way to what was originally established with Devon Social Group http://www.devonsocialgroup.com. We will show you how to do everything, help you avoid making costly mistakes, and teach you all you need to know to be able to run a successful branch of The Social Group. An event organiser background is not necessary, nor is a large amount of capital. Although you will need to make an investment in the business, you should soon be able to recoup your outlay. Prices start at a very modest and affordable start up fee, with various options available, depending on how much is to be included and done for you.
We hope you will join us soon!
LATEST FRANCHISE NEWS
The Social Group UK franchsies currently available include:
Brighton Social Group
London Social Group
Cardiff Social Group
Birmingham Social Group
Nottingham Social Group
Sheffield Social Group
Manchester Social Group
Liverpool Social Group
Newcastle Social Group
(Some work has already been done to get these off the ground, but we are looking for organisers to operate them.)
Recent international franchise enquiries have been from Boston, New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Vancouver, and Sydney areas.
Looking for a career in social networking? Give us a call!
Franchise business opportunities are available around the world. All enquiries welcome.
NORTH AMERICA FRANCHISES
For your low cost investment, we will help you set up a branch of The Social Group as your own franchise business in your own city / region of the United States or Canada.
For your low cost investment, we will help you set up a branch of The Social Group as your own franchise business in your own city / region of Australia or New Zealand.
For your low cost investment, we will help you set up a branch of The Social Group as your own franchise business in your own city / region of Europe.
For your low cost investment, we will help you set up a branch of The Social Group as your own franchise business in your own city / region of the United Kingdom.
Franchise licences to run a branch of The Social Group are very affordable and start from as little as just £750 for a basic package, subject to availability.
Franchise basic package - approximate guide prices:
Social Group low cost franchise opportunities enable you to be a success in running your own business operating a range of enjoyable social events, activities, and parties under The Social Group brand name! Start your own Social Group franchise business with our help and expertise today!
Size 1 - e.g. LUTON SOCIAL GROUP
Town of Luton UK & surrounding local area (pop 200,000)
UK £750, US $1125, EU 825E
Size 2 - e.g. SHEFFIELD SOCIAL GROUP
City of Sheffield UK & surrounding urban area (pop 750,000)
UK £1500, US $2250, EU 1650E
Size 3 - e.g. KENT SOCIAL GROUP
County of Kent region UK (pop 1,500,000)
UK £2000, US $3000, EU 2200E
Size 4 - e.g. BIRMINGHAM SOCIAL GROUP
Birmingham UK, West Midlands conurbation (pop 2,500,000)
UK £3000, US $4500, EU 3300E
Size 5 - e.g. LONDON SOCIAL GROUP
Greater London UK, metropolitan area (pop 12,500,000)
UK £5,000, US $7500, EU 5500E
These are approximate prices, based on recent average currency exchange rates. Please contact us for a current quote for the area you are interested in.
You will only need to attract a relatively modest number of members to be able to get your investment back and be able to start making a profit. With our help and guidance, you should be able to achieve this and more.
The basic franchise package covers a term of 5 years, during which you will have exclusivity within your territory. The franchise term will normally start from the date the franchise fee and bond are paid in full, unless different arrangements are agreed to defer the commencement date for up to six months, which may be necessary if the franchisee needs additional time to get organised. The franchise fee is non-refundable 7 days after the franchise fee has been paid.
The main investment is paid before you begin. In subsequent years, there is a small annual franchise fee to pay, usually 10% of the original franchise fee, plus any fees required to cover the costs of url domain names, web sites, social media marketing services, email addresses, dedicated telephone numbers, etc. or any other bespoke work or services we are supplying to you, which will be individually costed.
At the outset, we also request a bond, usually 20% of the original franchise fee, fully refundable at the conclusion of the franchise period assuming everything has gone to plan, but which is forfeit if franchisees renege upon the terms and conditions of the franchise agreement, or bring The Social Group into disrepute in any way, or cease trading during the franchise term. It is expected for franchisees to honour the franchise agreement.
The basic franchise package we offer includes a detailed and informative series of data discs, help to get things up and running, help with advertising and marketing, as well as showing you how to make your new business viable and sustainable, with us giving you lots of back-up and help, and the benefit of our many years of our experience as market leaders in this field, making things as easy as possible for you.
The basic cost is extremely good value, and this includes permission to use the established brand name "The Social Group", permission to use our recognised logo, unique admin systems that are tried and tested, copies of office stationery which you will need for admin and which will make the job much easier for you, access to our huge database of photographs, copies of our previous programmes of events for you to be able to adapt and utilise, typed out event templates for hundreds of events, and much more.
Also included, is the set up a dedicated Twitter page to help your franchise get started, with us putting our extensive and unique network of web content and social media to use iin helping promote your franchise. This 'Twitter For Business' service can make a huge difference in raising your profile and bringing more customers to view your website and the services you offer. In effect, you become part of the extended network of Social Group online content and benefit from all the exposure that gives you.
The exact cost of each franchise will reflect how much additional involvement you want from us and what if any other services you wish us to provide (which is likely to largely depend upon how much business experience you have), and also, how large a geographical area you intend to be your own exclusive territory. We are happy to tailor each franchise to suit your own individual preferences.
As a Social Group franchisee, your income will be derived from annual membership fees, from charges made to take part on individual events, from corporate event organising opportunities, commissions on holiday sales, and from merchandising and advertising revenue possibilities.
No-one knows the hospitality sector better than we do. Social Networking was originally our own idea, dating back to 1997, which was 7 years before Facebook and 10 years before Twitter. Ours is the organisation that started social networking. Therefore you have a unique selling point, certain to interest the local press, helping you attract numerous initial customers, and adding weight to you being able to get your local area branch of The Social Group off the ground. You can only do this as an official franchise business partner of The Social Group!
We have all kinds of expertise in how to run a branch of The Social Group. We have researched, organised, and hosted thousands of social events. We have helped thousands of people come together, enjoy good times, have fun, make friends, and be less lonely. We've been invited to numerous weddings of people who met through The Social Group. We've made a lot of people very happy. Being involved in this does give you a sense of doing something really worthwhile.
Additional optional costs you might wish to consider include us setting up a low cost web site for as little as £79, us arranging for you to have an email account, and us arranging to provide your franchise with a low cost dedicated telephone number. Also, we can offer you an option on an extended social media marketing package to help you get your franchise off the ground and advise on what sort of advertising is likely to be most effective. Also, if you want us to come onboard as your business mentors and consultants, helping you more hands-on in an ongoing capacity.
As another optional extra, we also offer a personal in depth 1-2-1 training course, where you will learn how to become a successful Social Group franchisee. We’ll personally train you, show you what works best, help you learn all our systems, and enable you to practise every skill you will need, helping you avoid many of the pitfalls of running your own business. The course will include the basics of admin, accounts, taking payments, booking events, handling enquiries, telephone manner, preparing newsletter magazines from our templates, planning an event programme, making new member welcome packs, establishing credibility and trust, sales, marketing, development, hosting events, and all the rest. Invaluable first-hand expertise, especially if you are new to running your own business. Training afternoons for franchisees 2pm - 6pm are usually charged at the nominal fee of just £50pp per session. Training can only begin after the franchise fee and bond is paid in full and after all the paperwork is signed. Training normally takes place in Devon, England. We recommend all UK franchisees take up this option, as it should prove invaluable.
For further information, please contact Social Group Enterprises Ltd. :
EMAIL : EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
UK TELEPHONE :
08456 121 770 (charged at low cost local rates from any UK landline)
TELEPHONE FROM COUNTRIES OUTSIDE THE UK :
011 44 1822 810120
THE SOCIAL GROUP - WEB SITES
THE SOCIAL GROUP UK http://www.thesocialgroup.uk.com
HOLIDAYS / VACATIONS http://www.socialgroupholidays.com
BRISTOL SOCIAL GROUP http://www.bristolsocialgroup.com
SOMERSET SOCIAL GROUP http://www.somersetsocialgroup.com
DEVON SOCIAL GROUP http://www.devonsocialgroup.com
CORNWALL SOCIAL GROUP http://www.cornwallsocialgroup.com
THE SOCIAL GROUP - TWITTER
THE SOCIAL GROUP http://twitter.com/The_SocialGroup
THE SOCIAL GROUP UK http://twitter.com/SocialGroupUK
THE SOCIAL GROUP Ireland http://twitter.com/Ireland_SG
THE SOCIAL GROUP Europe http://twitter.com/SocialGroupEU
THE SOCIAL GROUP USA http://twitter.com/SocialGroupUSA
THE SOCIAL GROUP Canada http://twitter.com/SocialGroupCan
THE SOCIAL GROUP Australia http://twitter.com/SocialGroupAus
THE SOCIAL GROUP New Zealand http://twitter.com/SocialGroupNZ
SG HOLIDAYS http://twitter.com/SG_Holidays
SG CRUISE HOLIDAYS http://twitter.com/SG_Cruises
SG SKIING HOLIDAYS http://twitter.com/SG_Ski
SG LAS VEGAS HOLIDAYS http://twitter.com/SGVegasHolidays
SG CRETE HOLIDAYS http://twitter.com/SGCreteHolidays
BRISTOL SOCIAL GROUP http://twitter.com/Bristol_SG
SOMERSET SOCIAL GROUP http://twitter.com/SomersetSG
DEVON SOCIAL GROUP http://twitter.com/DevonSG
CORNWALL SOCIAL GROUP http://twitter.com/CornwallSG
DIRECTORS OF THE SOCIAL GROUP
ANDREW HAGLINGTON http://twitter.com/AHaglington
CATHY HAGLINGTON http://twitter.com/CathyHaglington
Social Group Enterprises Ltd.
The Social Group - Independent Social Enterprise.
Harscombe House, 1 Darklake View, Plymouth, Devon PL6 7TL, England, UK.
Postal Address :
Social Group Office, “Revelstone”, Mary Tavy, Dartmoor, Devon PL19 9PF, England, UK.