The Automotive Repair Market

The automotive repair market is growing within the UK. Market research shows that over 65%* of the 41 million vehicles on the UK roads have damage that could easily be repaired by the right automotive repair franchise. ChipsAway are that franchise.

With the marketplace in a state of growth, our ChipsAway franchise network can enjoy massive demand from a rapidly growing and replenishing market. It is for that reason that we are considered one of the best automotive franchising options for entrepreneurs looking for an opportunity within the franchise space. If you want to run your own business, or simply want to fix a poor work/life balance, ChipsAway could be for you.

Part of ChipsAway’s popularity rests in the fact that we are often a cheaper alternative for customers as opposed to other options for repair – such as going through insurance or visiting a traditional body shop. With research showing** that minor car repairs are now costing the UK public £1.4 billion per year, at an average bill of £2,050, it’s no wonder more customers are choosing ChipsAway as a leading automotive repair service.

Parking in a car park has led to two-thirds of motorists suffering damage to their vehicles**, with an unfortunate 31% saying they have had it happen on several occasions. No matter how a car has been damaged, it can be a stressful experience; and so we see it as our task to take the stress out of getting the car repaired.

As increasing numbers of motorists learn that the time and money-saving advantages of a ChipsAway repair service makes it the practical alternative to a body shop. With this in mind, we have no doubt that our customer base will continue to grow. As our customer base grows, so does the opportunity for our franchisees, as we continue on our path to be one of the largest automotive repair services in the UK.

*All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Research.
**Research from Accident Exchange 2016

The ChipsAway Brand

ChipsAway have been operating for over 25 years, and in that time have grown to the largest network of SMART repairers in the UK. ChipsAway, as a minor automotive repair service franchise, have been named as the most publicly recognised SMART repair brand by YouGov data, with over 11 times the recognition amongst car owners than our nearest competitor.

ChipsAway is the only franchise of its kind with regular national TV advertising campaigns, keeping us at the forefront of the industry.

ChipsAway Managing Director Tim Harris commented on the above, saying:

“YouGov is a well-respected indicator of views and attitudes across Britain, and we’re delighted to confirm that awareness of the ChipsAway brand is growing year-on-year. This is without doubt due to the combination of high profile national advertising, including digital and TV campaigns, as well as word of mouth recommendation to others from happy customers – a major source of new business leads for our franchisees.”

The ChipsAway proven tried and tested business model is easily scalable and flexible to suit the ambitions of our franchisees.

Tim Harris went on to say:

“With approximately 41 million vehicles on the road, we estimate – based on these YouGov findings – that around 26 million of these require our services. Of course, we already knew that ChipsAway enjoyed a massive, constantly replenishing pool of customers, but it’s great to have the scale of the opportunity confirmed in this way. Our focus going forward will be to continue to build up awareness of our brand and promote the service we offer, to achieve wider recognition and generate more new business leads for our network.”

There are a lot of franchise business opportunities out there, but becoming a minor automotive repairs franchise owner with brand leaders such as ChipsAway puts you at the forefront of the market. It not only means that you are joining the originators of SMART repair technology, but you will also be part of the biggest network of automotive paintwork repairers in the UK.

Owned by Franchise Brands plc

ChipsAway is owned by international franchisor Franchise Brands plc, who have a combined network of over 625 franchisees in 10 countries across 7 brands.

Franchise Brands was founded in September 2008 by Stephen Hemsley (Executive Chairman) and Nigel Wray (Non-Executive Director), who both have substantial experience in franchising and knowledge in the franchise market. As well as being a founder of Franchise Brands, Stephen Hemsley currently holds the position of Non-Executive Chairman of Domino’s Pizza. During his 20-year association with Domino’s Pizza, Stephen has taken the company from a market capitalisation of £25 million to around £1.6 billion, and from around 100 stores to over 1,000 across the UK, Ireland and Europe.


A key strength of Franchise Brands plc is our highly developed range of central support services, such as marketing and franchise support. Our franchisees benefit from proven national marketing and a comprehensive initial training program to ensure they are ready to run their own ChipsAway franchise. As well as that we ensure our franchisees have on-going support and development in order to help them grow their business.

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