BB's Coffee and Muffins seeks franchisees

BB's Coffee and Muffins is keen to continue its Irish expansion and is looking for prospective franchisees to operate franchises in Galway, Kilkenny, Clonmel, Killarney and Belfast. Franchisees must be customer focused, be commercially aware and have a strong ambition to be their own boss.

General Manager for Ireland David O'Connor feels BB's success in Ireland is due to the quality of its food and beverages. He says: 'Everything is baked freshly mixed and baked muffins and pastries, sandwiches and baguettes and fresh espresso-based coffee drinks, made to order.

'Capitalising on current trends, we also serve smoothies and juices, all at value-for-money prices. Our guaranteed fresh produce is what attracts franchisees, who understand that, because everything is baked on site, their profit margins are better.'

One of BB's newest franchisees, Robert O'Donoghue purchased existing company-owned outlets at Douglas Court Shopping Centre and Ballincollig Shopping Centre. He decided to invest in the brand following his experience as a customer.

'It was recommended to me by a friend,' reflects Robert. 'I had often eaten at BB's and liked the food and thought its coffee was the best available. So it appealed to me.

'I attended the BB's training academy full-time for two weeks, and received excellent training. We had two trainers and shared the training time with two franchisees from England. We got on really well with them and have stayed in touch, which is great because we can share knowledge.

'BB's genuinely provide an excellent back-up service and, in my experience, key staff are always available to offer advice and support. When a business is your own, you are willing to put in hard work and long hours, which I certainly did for the first two months, sometimes working an 80-hour week. But now I am happy that my staff are motivated and operate to the same high standards as myself, I have begun to ease back on the amount of time I spend on-site and am enjoying the success to date.'