Ambience Venue Styling is the UK’s leading Wedding Franchise! Imagine owning a wedding styling business with a catalogue of over 200 lavish hire items. Imagine having a virtual assistant that handles all of your bridal enquiries, bookings and stock management. Imagine saving hours of tedious office work with a suite of professionally-designed marketing templates. Imagine being able to focus 100% on the needs of your couples. Imagine running a local business with the backing of a national reputation and extensive support from Ambience Head Office. All of the above could be at your fingertips if you become an Ambience franchisee, and we’d love to welcome you on board! Why choose Ambience Venue Styling? Ambience Venue Styling was established in 2006 and over the past 12 years we’ve built a fantastic industry reputation across the UK, we are a progressive network and have seen great success since our launch. We are proud to have 31 stylists now operating across the United Kingdom, bringing their couples dreams to life and giving them the reassurance that they are working with a reputable and reliable company that they can trust. Our customer care is outstanding; our stylists are friendly and helpful and genuinely care about what they do as well as being passionate about delivering exceptional customer service. We have a page on our website dedicated to our Ambience Promises, all our venue stylist live by these promises and always go the extra mile where needed. We know the administration side of running a business can be daunting and time consuming which is why we developed AMBA, your own virtual assistant. AMBA handles all of your enquiries, stock requests, bookings and invoices so that you can focus on delivering a world-class service. As an independent local business, all of your administration would need to be handled by you – if you join Ambience, AMBA takes the strain. What support is provided by Head Office? The Ambience Head Office team have an extensive knowledge base when it comes to running a small business. We will spend time getting to know you as an individual, allowing them to assess, create and deliver the most effective tools to increase your confidence and talents to allow you to fulfil your dream of running a successful business. We are approachable, friendly and more importantly with you every step of the way to help you overcome any challenges that you may experience as a business owner. Whether you need help managing your finances, juggling a hectic workload or investing in new stock, the Head Office team will be there to support you and provide advice. Will I be able to balance running and Ambience business around my family or other commitments? The Ambience franchise model works well for parents of young families. One of our most successful stylists still has the time to take her two children to school every day. Since joining Ambience over 7 years ago, she’s living proof that you can run a successful business and manage a busy household using the Ambience franchise model. If you don’t have a family, you can use the flexible hours to give yourself a better work life balance and allow you to concentrate on other things that are important to you. Could you be our next Ambience Venue Stylist? If you’ve never been in business for yourself before, you might have some doubts about going it alone. We know exactly how you feel – everyone in the Ambience family has been there. All we can let you know is that the decision to step into self-employment is often the hardest part but we are here to help you take that step. If you would like to receive more information about the Ambience Venue Styling franchise opportunity, fill out the enquiry form and we’ll be in touch asap.
Buying an Ambience franchise was the best thing I’ve ever done. I had the regular concerns that all people considering buying into a franchise would have as well as the fear of the self-employed world but after going across to Head Office and meeting the team there, I quickly began to realise that I had stumbled across something amazing! Laura Clark – York Franchisee I have owned the Leeds area of Ambience for over seven years now and I’m delighted with how the business has grown. Our Head Office has been a huge support during that time including last minute stock requests, advice on business growth, new product development and motivation at our annual conference. Lindsay Chalfont – Leeds Franchisee I love being a venue stylist! What other jobs allow you to be involved with clients on the most happy of occasions. It is an honour to be a part of couple’s special day and play a part in making it perfect for them! The best bit is the feedback and hearing the most wonderful comments about your input into the day and what a difference the styling made! Working on a shoot means you can let the creative juices flow with no limit on colour schemes or products! It’s lots of fun being able to work on amazing ideas with your peers in the industry and allows you to make great connections. It’s also a fantastic way to inspire creativity in your couples. The most valuable thing is being able to connect with other suppliers to grow a tribe and contacts in your area as well as getting quality photos for your portfolio. Donna Wojtas – Bradford & Halifax Franchisee Ambience Venue Styling has afforded both my husband and I the change of lifestyle we were both looking for. Back in 2008 I was ready for a fresh challenge and my husband, Gareth, was disillusioned with his current employment. By being a franchisee we are able to structure our time according to the demands of both the business and our personal life which in turn has enabled us to spend more time with our son. Although we are independent franchisees we have found that each of us brings something different to the business which has enabled us to compensate for each other’s weaknesses whilst exploiting the other’s strengths. Over the course of the last ten years we have visited some truly stunning venues and been fortunate to work with some wonderful people. We enjoy the variety of events we are involved in from weddings and anniversaries to baby naming ceremonies and prom nights. Both of us have found it to be extremely rewarding and the feedback we receive makes it all worthwhile. Sandie Edgar – Edinburgh Franchisee I have always been employed in creative jobs but wanted to do something different, something that allowed me to use my creative skills and something that was rewarding. I thought about setting up on my own as a venue stylist, but where would I start? I believed joining a franchise would give me the support of an established company and varying levels of experience within the network. Because the network was well established and had many stylists, it gave me more confidence to join. I had no doubts about how hard I would have to work to build my business, but I know the rewards will come later. I had regular contact with head office over several months and asked lots of questions, there was so much I wanted to know before I came to my decision! Studying my area gave me a better understanding of what was being offered in styling. I spoke to several stylists about how being part of the franchise worked for them. They were all very friendly and gave me more of an insight as to what’s involved in the wedding sector. Everyone was honest about how much hard work there would be, but also how rewarding running your own business is. Once I had made my decision to join, I had a long list to work through for setting up my business. It was all the basics that needed to be in place before my area/region went live. I’m so glad it was done before I started! I have been so busy since my start date; I would have struggled to get everything done. Head office have been supportive throughout and are always at the end of the telephone if I need any help. Tina Smith – Suffolk Franchisee Starting a business can be a very daunting experience and to know that we were joining a well-established and proven national network made our decision a lot easier. It’s comforting to know you have support from the very start, not only from Head Office but from other stylists too. Nothing is too much for Head Office; they help you with any aspect of starting up your business and getting it established. I would work long hours in my previous employment and could not see the benefits. Now, we can be our own boss and know that all the work we put in is going to benefit ourselves. Working from home means we also get to spend more time with each other. Right from the very first enquiry we made Head Office were really helpful, sending us as much information as they can to help us make a decision on whether to go ahead. It was clear from this that nothing was too much trouble. They immediately came across very friendly. When we offered to meet them at Head Office they were so friendly and made us feel at ease straight away. The buying journey was painless and effortless. They could not have given us any more information and could not have been more helpful. They even sent us statements from other stylists on why they made the decision. So far it is has been everything we had imagined and more. Especially learning new things about our business and how to make it grow. We can see our business growing more and more each day which is very rewarding. The support from Head Office is impeccable. I never thought that being a part of a network would be so supportive and beneficial. Everyone is happy to help each other, offer advice and celebrate each other’s successes. If you don’t know something, just ask. Nothing is ever too silly and there will always be someone who knows the answer or who can help - both Head Office and Stylists. It’s like a little Ambience family. Emma Pearson & Adam Richmond – Teesside Franchisee
Our Hertfordshire stylists 2 years on! We caught up with Laura & Hannah from Ambience Hertfordshire as they approach their 2 year Ambience anniversary! The lovely ladies joined us as stylists for Hertfordshire back in October 2016. A lot has happened since Hannah and Laura joined us back in October 2016 including one of the sisters having a baby in July 2017! So we caught up with the ladies to see how things are going… “Being self-employed is a 100% the best decision we made in order to juggle a young family. With being our own boss, there’s no pressure of reporting in to someone therefore allowing you to do “mummy jobs” (i.e. school runs) around meeting clients. If you’re clever with your time, you will be able to spend quality time with your family whilst running your business. Being a new mum is testing however if you plan your days around naps etc, it’s amazing how much you get done! Looking back to our first booking it was a very small one. They only wanted a few things from us however this seemed to ease us in gently. It was a great experience and we had such positive feedback which filled us with confidence for our next one.” We asked the ladies what the most important lesson is that they have learnt so far in the wedding industry and where they see their business in 3 years time… “There’s soooo many!! The biggest one is not to be afraid to charge a client for what they’re asking, as well as your time! It’s so tempting to undercut yourselves because you’re so desperate for the booking and you don’t want to scare them off. We have to keep reminding ourselves that we are offering quality products with outstanding service and for this there is a cost. The reason we took the plunge and committed to Ambience was for us to experience a better work life balance. If in three years we had a full stock bank that will allow us to achieve as near to 100% profit as possible, with 2 weddings a month, we’d be happy. Any more then that would be amazing!” Laura and Hannah tell us the dream wedding venue that they would love to work at… “We are fortunate to have some of the best wedding venues in the UK right on our doorstep but if we could choose it would probably be an unknown forest somewhere or maybe a gorgeous outdoor venue in Monaco or the Amalfi Coast!”
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