We started our Tubz business last year after visiting the new headquarters in Sittingbourne. Paul, our New Business Manager showed us around the very impressive facilities including the Tubz sweetie production line, dispatch, Sales and and new product development.
We were so impressed, that we immediately decided to invest in a bundle of Tubz Towers.
Everything we needed to start our business, arrived at our house within 24 hours. The Tubz towers are extremely well made. Most importantly though the Tubz sweets are of very high quality, they taste great!
Our Tubz towers were sited very efficiently by our business manager and the Telesales Team. Any questions we had were dealt with immediately by our business manager, giving us the confidence we needed to get the business up and running.
We have established good relationships with our customers, with Towers in Hair Salons, Care Homes, Department Stores and Family Pubs. We try to pick the best mix of Tubz sweets to meet their requirements. We found the business exciting and rewarding especially when a percentage of the sales goes to worthwhile Charities.
Although we have been in business less than 12 months, our sales are higher than we expected, luckily re-ordering stock is very straightforward.
With Tubz there is no monthly fee or ongoing costs, Tubz provide extensive training and ongoing support. This is a real bonus to rookies like us.
We’re Debbie and Peter Evans, based in South Lincolnshire. We first looked at a Tubz franchise about three years ago, but for various reasons decided not to go ahead at the time.
However, situations change and we decided to visit Tubz premises for a second time and deciding to jump in this time. A low cost start up and no recurring fees – you can’t get better than that!
We started small with just ten towers, sites for which were found very quickly, given that the sales team were working around our schedule. These were all up and running by the end of September and early indications are very promising.
We love everything about our business: the eye-catching towers, the quality and range of products to put in them, the simple system to make it work and being out on the road. Everyone at Tubz HQ is great too, nothing is too much trouble and there’s always a friendly voice at the end of the line whether you’re placing an order or need some advice. Expansion is definitely on the cards for us!
In April we placed an order for 25 units and the sites soon started to come through. We have a wide variety of sites including pubs, social clubs, leisure centres, shopping malls, children’s play centres, civic centres etc. A couple of sites were not producing the level of sales needed and these have now been re-sited elsewhere. The key is to monitor sales of each product and swop out a line of sweets that don’t sell well in a particular site. We will soon be ready to order our next batch of towers and are looking forward to expanding our sales. If you are looking for the chance to have your own business with flexible hours to suit then Tubz could be the right choice for you.
Our oldest son Logan loves putting his Tubz work t-shirt on to go to work with dad to re-stock machines he has his own little basket to help. This franchise can definitely be a family run business for any age. Thank you for showing us this opportunity Tubz, you have a great team.
Im Nigel Pearce, from North Shropshire, about 16 months ago after 18 years in the food retail sector I was faced with redundancy, so I decided it was time for a change in my life and so after some long hard searching over different ideas/business models I phoned Tubz to discuss its operation.
From the first phone call I felt at ease there was no pressure to commit and every question I had was answered with professional commitment. After talking to other existing operators I started out with a 25 confectionary tower bundle at the end of Nov 2012, within days the stock arrived and the sites started coming through, daily phone calls from Tubz to sense check how my day had gone and once again any issues were dealt with although I must say they were few.
I really enjoy lifestyle now and working alongside Tubz Team, in Jan 2013 I invested in a further 50 Units to build my business up, once again it was effortless everything arrived on time the units were all sited and installed within weeks and I knew I had made the right choice by joining the Tubz Brand.
My sites have become family now with great communication between all and I have a lifestyle that suits me working when I want.
To top it all I really enjoy the fact that with it all I am helping out with charity fund raising which is a great result for all involved.
So what next for me the intention is to continue to drive my existing sites sales with the new products that keep coming along from Tubz and I am confident enough to say I will look at further investment in more towers next year.
I went down and met Jonathan. He showed me around and explained what products were available. I went away to make consider the options and rang back a few days later.
I initially started with 50 machines. I then added more and in fact have bought some rounds off others.
It can be very rewarding. Not just financial but it gets you out and about. Plus you meet some interesting people. I have places that I end up having a little chat.
My advice is don’t expect to be up and running with every site will being a goldmine. Firstly it takes time for people to notice your machine is there. Change your product lines if you have slow movement. It is not always that the product is no good full stop. People in different areas like different products. I went for sweets and Pringles straight away. Why go for one machine if you can have 2?. I currently have one site with 5 machines in it.
Final piece of advise. If a site is consistently not working take the machine out. Firstly you don’t visit so often and then in the long run it costs you money with wasted stock.
Tubz are a very professional company to work with. And that is the key work with them. It is mutually beneficial.
Good luck if you choose to take up the venture!
In 2014 I took early retirement but very quickly wondered what would I do! I did not fancy tending to the garden or washing the cars therefore, started looking at a ‘Mini Supermarket’. This was going to involve a significant investment and working 24/7. I spoke to several different accountants and they all suggested the same, leave well alone!
Then I stumbled on Tubz! First impressions always count and I thought, this is a slick operation. We spent a month looking at forums, reviews, talking to people and evaluated the cost. It was certainly cheaper than a supermarket, provided a return and most importantly, gave us the freedom to travel far and wide.
We thought we would give it a try and invested with 25 machines plus stock. We became hooked! We kept ploughing all profits back into the business purchasing 25 machines plus associated stock and, kept the process going. To-date we have over 400 machines and two vans. The vans are essential if you have a large number of machines and want to go full time, as you need to have several machines available to expand or indeed, repair any unserviceable sites.
To suggest that this is an easy business would be wrong, you have to work at it, keep the customers happy therefore, you really need to have a positive attitude and a good sense of humour. And most of all, have a supplier such as Tubz , who can provide you with everything you need at very short notice. Paul Somerset at Tubz knows exactly how we operate and has, since we first started, provided first class support. He has an excellent manner, knows the vending industry inside out and can answer any query very quickly. Good customer relations is King! You need a supplier who can deliver what you require quickly and efficiently, we cannot fault Tubz, and foresee this relationship lasting a long time.
We operate large and small confectionary machines, savoury machines and large toy machines. For the right person it is a very rewarding business! We cannot overemphasise the need to have someone to talk to, or get advice from, Tubz have been operating a long time and consequently, have the knowledge to keep your business on track. We would always endorse taking their advice no matter what level or stage you are at.
Hi my name is Liam Hart. I am based in the central belt of Scotland and I have been building up my vending business with Tubz since the end of 2016. I started with 50 machines which Tubz helped me site and since then the business has grown steadily. I hope to have 130 machines installed by the end of year and I expect to take this up to 200+ machines by the end of the following year.
Like any new venture the products and support from the franchise head office must be good in order for it all to come together and work for you. Tubz and my account manager, Mark Williams, certainly meet this criteria. They have great products and Mark is always there to help with any questions I may have.
If you like being your own boss, out on the road, meeting a wide and diverse range of people then this is the best job I have come across. As Mark has said, the more effort you put in the better the rewards, this could not be more true. If you visit your machines regularly (some once a week, some once a fortnight depending on how quickly they empty), keep the towers clean and the labels fresh, have a smile and smart appearance then you will quickly build a profitable business.
This is a simple business model that requires only minor tweaking on a semi-regular basis. I am glad I got involved and I can see a profitable.
I am a mother of three, wife and part time teacher. I found that full time teaching was taking me away from my family too much , so dropped my hours when I heard about Tubz Vending. I decided to make the long journey from Somerset to Kent to see what Tubz was all about.
I was very impressed with the Company. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and I was shown around the headquarters and even given some samples to go home with!!
I was informed about everything I needed to know and they have always been on the end of the phone if I’m ever concerned about anything or needed answers! My business account manager Mark Williams is always a great help, offering support and advice when needed.
I started my business a few years ago with just 10 machines. I wanted to start small so I could get a feel for the way it would run. In my package I was given my first 10 sites .
I was initially attracted to the low cost start up fee and no monthly costs to pay.
I have moved a couple of my machines that weren’t really performing how I hoped they would and have found a few sites by word of mouth .
I now have 30 machines, so have built up very steadily over the 3 years.
I live in Somerset, near the sea, so I have one site that is very seasonal. Every March I take 5 machines to a local holiday resort and have to visit twice a week in the July and August to restock, right up until the October half term. I also have some sites that tick over steadily all year round and others that sell better in the winter time , depending on where they are. My Rugby club does extremely well in the season, especially junior training and home games and my Equestrian Centres do well all year round.
If you’re looking for flexibility in your work hours, then I would highly recommend it!!
The final thought is the charity, it makes it all seem so worthwhile, raising money for Starlight Children’s Foundation
We started our Tubz journey this year, having visited the branch before purchasing the franchise. We started with 25 machines and have increased them to up to 35, which we now run alongside our recently-opened sandwich shop and busy family life.
The Pringles machines are very popular in our area now, and the most important thing is to keep a close eye on which products are selling best in each site. If the site doesn’t work out, just find a new site and increase the sales. We are happy with the franchise and we are very happy with our manager Mark Williams, always helpful. I would recommend Tubz brands to everyone.
We are a family of 3 generations building a tubz business.
It all started in March 2014 when I was looking for a second income. Being a single parent at the time it needed to be flexible and child friendly. I talked it over with my brother, who was also thinking about looking into finding a second income. We are all fulltime taxi drivers, and we liked the tubz business because we can build it in our spare time, alongside our existing jobs.
We bought a bundle of 10 towers in March 2014, to try out the franchise and ensure tubz was all it claimed to be.
The 10 machines were quickly installed in local sites. My dad then decided to come on board too. We have bought 3 bundles the last few years and we have 70 machines now. We’re looking to buy another bundle of 50 very soon.
We’re looking forward to a future where tubz will be our only source of income, while enjoying the challenge of building our business.
Prior to 2012, I was miserable stuck in the 9-5 rat race and one day decided to explore options to set my own business up. After countless hours of research, I came across Tubz Brands and spoke to Paul Somerset who is still my account manager today. In these six years, Paul has helped me expand my business year on year by acquiring new sites to place the growing range of Tubz Towers.
Paul always keeps me up to date with the best selling lines to maximise my sales and he is great support when you need it. I would recommend a Tubz franchise to anyone wanted to set their own business up full time or part time, it is probably the most flexible business out there to run with the added benefit of very low start up costs.
After a good look around, Paul Somerset, my Account Manager, went through everything with me. There was no pressure to sign up and part with my money there and then! I made the decision to start off with 10 machines to see if I was happy with everything – I now have 52 machines which suits my work life balance just right at the moment. Sales were not my thing but fortunately Tubz found all the sites for me as part of the package so this has not been a problem.
Paul has been there at the end of the phone whenever I have needed advice or support. Ordering stock is quick and easy and deliveries reliable and the whole setting up process was really easy and well managed. I’m hoping in future to expand this to be a family business. If you are looking for your own flexible business – large or small – I would recommend. Plus it raises money for Starlight Children’s Foundation which is a bonus!
Now over a year later we have close on one hundred towers with a mix of toy, sweet and Pringle machines in a variety of outlets ranging from pubs and social clubs to sports venues and child play centres & cafes some sourced by Tubz and some by ourselves.
We both believe if you put in the effort and determination this will work for you backed by the knowledge and sound advice from the company. Paul Somerset our accounts manager has always been on the end of the phone and given us the support that has put us where we are today.
Together we only work approximately sixteen hours per week and although we live in Torquay which plays host to a large number of holiday makers we actually have a lot of sites which perform better in winter than in summer.
Joining Tubz was one of the best decisions we made and having a large percentage of towers which contribute to the Starlight Charity makes it even more worthwhile.
We found the start-up costs to be too prohibitive until we discovered Tubz towers. There is a low start-up cost and everything you need is included with no ongoing fees etc. what more could we ask for. We bought our first initial start-up of ten towers to test the waters and with Jonathan’s help we were soon up and running.
We are having fun whist helping to raise money for the Starlight Charity organisation and also making a modest living so much so we bought our second package of towers and now have a grand total of twenty .We have had a few little hiccups along the way which were seamlessly sorted out by Jonathan and are now happily looking forward to growing and nurturing our little fledgling business with the possibility of further expansion in the future. Thank you to Tubz for being so affordable and fun.
One of the things I love is that I have built a good rapport with all of my customers…and have even gained a few extra sites through their recommendations and word of mouth.
I am currently working on a part time basis but am hoping to increase my number of towers to enable me to become full time by the end of the year.
The ongoing support from the Tubz team has been brilliant as always and I am looking forward to another successful year.
We now have a business plan in place for the next 10 years which will not only be profitable but enjoyable at the same time. The only negative is that I keep nibbling at the sweets.
I have been with Tubz just over a year now and find them very helpful, they are always there with good back up and support. The ordering of new stock is never a problem and all stock is always available, Kris has never let me down. I have added more towers since I first started and hope to add more soon.
The sites can vary, but you can take the ones out that don’t do so well and re-site them yourself, there is still a market out there for cold calling, and that’s what I do to help boost sales ,along with changing stock round and trying new products.
Tubz is a great product and it works, and having Starlight children foundation the nominated charity running alongside it’s a great way to raise money for a very worthy cause.
Having read other testimonials I thought I would make this a little different and put down some do’s and don’ts which I have followed and have in turn contributed to turnover in excess of £100K in year 2.
Visit your customer regularly. Nothing will generate more leads and surprises are kept to a minimum.
Make sure your customers have your contact details. If for any reason a Tower fails or is suddenly emptied (happy days) you want to know ASAP and get it fixed.
Keep towers clean and well labelled. Dirty and unkempt towers will not sell product.
Keep good records. A simple spreadsheet will do but this is an invaluable source of business information, you will not grow the business if you do not know where each products are working.
Keep Selling. Over 70 percent of my customers have more than one Tower and its common sense but parking in one place and emptying 2/3/4/5/6 towers is always going to be more valuable than emptying 1, sound common sense but really vital.
Keep evolving. Last year customer commissions were cash in brown envelopes today we have customer Bank details and customer commissions take around 1 hour at month end.
Think out the box. Some of my most profitable sites may not be the most obvious and over the months I have tried, Prison visiting rooms, Tyre and Exhaust centres, Care homes, Stables and equestrian centres to name a few. Some haven’t worked but I have also got some real gems from these.
Ask plenty, Speak to Tubz, run you’re ideas by them the chances are someone has previously asked and they will give you the answer(s), better than spending a lot of your time trying to solve.
Lose your enthusiasm. You want your customer to care about the Towers and if you’re not enthusiastic they won’t be either.
Just turn up at customers. Have a set route and if you tell customer X you’ll be there Monday AM then do this, I have found this the best way to build good customer relations.
Be afraid to ask. 90 percent of my new business has come from existing customer referrals
Leave unprofitable towers. If a tower is not working, then speak to the customer and move them. The quicker you do this and I give a new site 6 weeks then the less chance these site have of damaging your Turnover.
Tubz is a very good product and with Starlight the nominated charity, it’s a nice way to raise money for a worthy cause.
Hopefully with the ongoing support of Tubz, I will soon be ordering my next 25.
So after a short call to Tubz I found out that they actually source and secure the sites for you!! I knew then I was onto a winner.
I was comfortable starting out with the 10 bundle but after working with Kris Whiteley and experiencing how quickly TUBZ delivered my vending machines, stock and found my 10 sites close to home, it was a no brainer to scale the business up. I currently have 34 sites and some very exciting goals for 2014.
The product choices available continually improve with new product lines regularly becoming available keeping the towers up to date with trends and ahead of the competition. Overall we are delighted with how this works for us and have been well supported by the staff and our account manager at Tubz Brands.
I was always trying to shift swap or trying to book” holiday” and feeling disappointed when I was told” this week is unavailable”. There had to be an alternative.
My Husband suggested a Tubz vending franchise. There was no experience required, A choice of bundles to suit your pocket, Site finding included with every bundle, stock, stickers and all of your advertising merchandise but most importantly ongoing support free of charge for as long as you felt you needed it, Perfect !!
I am now my own boss, I work flexible hours to suit, and the highlight is that even when I’m not working, my Machines are still vending so I’m still earning money!!
We were confident Tubz could be our solution. So after careful consideration, I think it took us approximately 8 weeks to pluck up the courage! We went for it and purchased a 100 tower package. It has been almost six months since we started and we have not been disappointed. The first few weeks were a bit hectic, simply because it was all new to us, but it soon all fell into place and now ticks along nicely. We have since added a few Pringle machines.
We highly recommend this franchise to anyone who is looking for a lifestyle change. As with any business it has its ups and downs, but most of the downs are easily rectified without the stress or sleepless nights which normally go cap in hand with running your own business. The challenges actually make it more fun!
The only experience required is common sense, and good people skills. I have met some fantastic people in some of my sites, and we are actually enjoying going to work again.
It is a big step initially to invest in a package. If it is 10 or 100 towers, it is daunting. But your Account Manager will gently guide you through the process, Our Account Manager is Paul Somerset, his help and advice has been paramount to our success. He is just a phone call away if we need help or encouragement.
Tubz has given us the flexibility and freedom to enjoy a better quality of life. The concept works. It is interesting, rewarding, and fun.
The fundraising association with Tubz, and The Starlight Children’s Foundation is very rewarding. It is exciting to be issued with a fundraising certificate every three months, so we can all see how much has been raised collectively, it gives you a real boost. It is fantastic charity and we are proud to be associated with the fundraising.
We have no regrets and we are looking forward to a prosperous future with Tubz.
I then had a chance to recently purchase 10 sweet machines from someone who was selling their round and Kris was able to help me with this also.
I am loving this fantastic opportunity, working when I want and meeting some interesting people.
I don’t want to sit still and cannot wait to expand my business with many more machines as quickly as possible.
I currently have 22 machines and I do find it hard to sleep sometimes thinking of the endless possibilities for my business and I have never been happier !!
Paul my account manager is always at the end of the phone and happy to help with next day orders and Site finding. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them and look forward to a prosperous and exciting future working with them.
I work a maximum of 30 hours per week and enjoy travelling round meeting different people each week.
As a company Tubz have a help and support team which is only a phone call away, lots of branded products in their range.
Tubz as a company are involved in charity fundraising with Starlight, a charity which raises money for terminally ill children.
Joining Tubz was a really good move for me and I’ve never looked back.
Why don’t you make the change?
After nearly three years I can honestly say that I am happy with my decision to be associated with Tubz and because of the contacts that I have made within the vending industry I have expanded my business to include snack vending, Pringles, coffee machines and toy capsule machines .
I jumped on a plane and met the guys, saw the set up at Sittingbourne and realised there is no catch. I signed up that day. I liked the low entry cost, some franchises want £50k up front! With Tubz I started with ten Towers- less than £3k. I knew nothing about vending or sweets, except eating them, but the guys at Tubz patiently answered my questions. I liked it, so I bought another ten towers, then another ten and so on. I now have just about two hundred vending towers.
Thanks to Tubz I now have a “no hassle” business backed by a professional organisation, the support I get from Tubz is first class.
I thoroughly recommend it.
I have now been a Tubz Operative for just over 15 months. I cover a variety of sites ranging from pubs, social clubs to hotels and community centres – wherever people congregate. The sites are also dispersed over a wide area covering Leicestershire and much of the northern part of Northamptonshire.
I chose Tubz for a variety of reasons but mainly so that I could be my own boss, “work” at my own pace and to have the support and expertise already possessed by Tubz. I started off with a bundle of 50 towers and now have built this up to just over 100. The logic behind this is that the more you have the more you can possibly earn and also it’s a manageable number for one person to look after.
Like most businesses mine has its ups and downs but on the whole I am very pleased with it. I am my own boss with my own working hours. I meet many different sorts of people, earn a decent living (my accountant will shortly correct me if I am right or wrong), and above all, of also having the bonus and the opportunity of helping out someone less fortunate than myself – namely Starlight in this instance, and also, other worthwhile causes that my customers may have of their own.
I currently spend 3 days a week servicing the machines on a 4 week cycle.
I Find Tubz products to be of highest quality and they’re a great company to deal with.
We still make use of their site finding service as locating (and keeping) good sites is vital to making money from our vending business. If we have any problems we can turn to our customer manager (Kris!) and bend his ear about it, so there is always a way to sort things out to our satisfaction.
It’s been a long and successful business relationship between us and Tubz and we hope to continue it for as long as we want to keep and grow our own business.