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Work from home and run your own business with Snack-in-the-Box, the UK’s number 1 vending franchise...

If you are looking for a business opportunity that will allow you to be your own boss whilst benefitting from the support and group buying power of a successful company with over 16 years of experience, then a Snack-in-the-Box franchise could be the right choice for you.

'Everyone loves chocolate; I knew immediately that this was the right franchise for me!'

Becoming a Snack-in-the-Box representative means that you will be joining a team almost 100 franchisees across the UK and Ireland, delivering snack products and drinks to small and medium businesses, whilst servicing your own exclusive territory. 

Partnered with Mars, Walkers and Britvic, Snack-in-the-Box franchisees are able to offer a wide selection of the nation’s favourite crisps, drinks and confectionery products. Snack-in-the-Box is a part of SnackTime plc, the UK’s 3rd largest vending company, and has been a full member of the British Franchise Association (BFA) for 16 years.

Benefits of a Snack-in-the-Box Franchise:

'I enjoy building relationships with my customers, and being my own boss really suits me'.

  • Strong brand partners: All Snack-in-the-Box franchisees benefit from prominent Mars branding across all areas of their business (van, machines, uniform, etc) and have the opportunity to stock the UK's favourite confectionery brands at preferential prices.
  • 75% of your territory sited from day one: Our experienced canvassers will work closely with you to ensure that you have an immediate source of income and you are confident to canvass for yourself moving forwards.
  • Regular weekly cash income: You will service your territory regularly to generate a weekly source of income and replenish customer stock.
  • Fixed management services fees: To aid your cash flow planning we work on fixed management fees, not a percentage of your profits.  
  • Part of the SnackTime plc vending group:  Providing you with vending expertise, experience and group buying power.
  • Full initial and ongoing training and support: We provide our franchisees with both in-house and in the field training, to help you to build and run your business successfully.
  • Online business tracking tool: Effectively monitor how your business is performing.
  • Strong head office support: The Snack-in-the-Box head office is available to offer support in key areas such as IT, sales and marketing, vending expertise, vending product information and new product notifications. Franchisees also benefit from a dedicated Account Manager.
  • A home-based franchise: Minimum hassle and very low overheads make a home-based franchise such as Snack-in-the-Box a great choice.

What's Involved?

'SITB is a proven business model with a wealth of experience and support but the concept is simple’.

Snack-in-the-Box franchisees are responsible for a unique local territory of customers which are comprised of small to medium workplaces such as offices, showrooms, factories, warehouses, retail outlets etc. Each customer has a vending machine or honesty snack box on their site which franchisees will refill, ensure is presentable and working properly, and then remove the cash takings. It’s as simple as that.

In order to grow their business within their territory franchisees will also need to dedicate a portion of their time to canvassing new businesses. Snack-in-the-Box will provide you with all of the tools you need to begin canvassing sites, from in-house and on-site training, to marketing materials and support. Even if you have absolutely no previous sales experience you will soon find yourself placing boxes and machines with ease.  

All of the Snack-in-the-Box products, from vending machines to boxes, are presented to customer sites free of charge, there is absolutely no setup cost and no contract to sign, they simply pay for what they eat and drink. This means that franchisees are able to promote a service rather than try to sell a product.

A Typical Week:

'Customers are always pleased to see me as I am filling their chocolate vending machine!'

In order to maximise your investment, franchisees should be available and committed to work Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm.

Four days a week you will be out and about in your van visiting customer sites and servicing their vending machine or snack box and collecting the cash. Franchisees are able to offer a range of vending solutions to ensure the best fit for each customer site depending on their size, profile and requirements. Typically a franchisee will visit around 20 customers a day in their local area. This will involve driving around in your Mars branded van stocked with confectionery, crisps, snacks and drinks.

One hour a day, after your customer site visits, will be spent at home preparing stock and organising your van for the following day. Franchisees are encouraged to develop good relationships with their customers as this has been proven to reap rewards when it comes to revenues and ensuring there are no cash shortages.

One day per week (typically Fridays) will be spent working from home completing paperwork, counting and banking cash, receiving deliveries, and analysing your customers’ performance via your business tracker tool.  

Stock consists of confectionery, crisps, snacks and drinks which you order from approved suppliers, many of which offer preferential pricing and free delivery, and is then delivered direct to you. Sufficient storage space such as a garage is required to hold your stock and prepare your deliveries.

Am I suited to becoming a Snack-in-the-Box Franchisee?

We are looking for individuals who:

  • Are hands-on
  • Are customer-service focussed. Our best franchisees develop great relationships with their customers and enjoy providing them with a popular service
  • Are able to manage their day and are self-motivated
  • Are not afraid to pick up a screwdriver (no technical or engineering skills needed) or cleaning cloth to keep your vending machines in prime condition
  • Hold a full driving licence
  • Have a background in retail, field sales, delivery, confectionery, newsagents, driving etc. This is not a requirement but may be advantageous.
  • Want to be their own boss and reap the rewards of hard work
  • Are willing to put the hours in to really get the most of their investment
  • Have a good level of fitness – Franchisees will spend a good proportion of the day on their feet


  • Minimum investment of £20K
  • Flexible mix and match franchise packages available
  • Franchisees should have a further £5K available for additional start-up costs such as buying the first batch of stock
  • A van is not included within the franchise cost, however we will install the appropriate racking and your vehicle will be fully branded. Our team are happy to offer suggestions as to a suitable van

Territories Available:

Snack-in-the-Box owns a highly developed database of all the businesses in the UK that fall into the correct profile for our type of vending solution. Using our territory-mapping programme we then create franchise territories that have enough growth potential and enough existing business to sustain a manageable yet local territory for you. We currently have numerous territories available across the UK ranging from completely untapped areas to existing businesses for sale. 

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Read recent testimonials from Snack in the Box Franchisees

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Snack in the Box Successful Franchises
 What Our Franchisees Say... 

 'I was able to earn an income from Day One of starting running my franchise with Snack in the Box. This really helped my cashflow.' David, Scotland. 

'I only started trading in August but my SITB business has already exceeded my expectations.' Ian, Teeside. ...Read more...

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Franchise Couple Case Study - Ruth and Phil 

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Recent Franchise News Articles from Snack in the Box

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Snack in the Box in The Franchise Magazine
9-Nov-2012 -  Snack in the Box and vending franchising was featured in the Oct/Nov edition of the Franchise Magazine. Please see below a summary of the article:  Of those who responded to a survey conducted in the UK by the Automatic Vending Association, 99% of all UK inhabitants said they 'like' chocolate. Moreover, 66% of all chocolate is consu...Read more...

UK Snack in the Box
30-Oct-2012 -  Franchising opportunities with Snack in the Box vending franchise company proved to be a great interest at the National Franchise Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham. With vending machines and vending boxes on the stand, visitors were able to see the benefits of an SITB vending machine franchise.  Clive Smith, MD of Snack in the Box...Read more...

Clive Smith Joins Snack in the Box UK Snack in the Box
29-Oct-2012 -  Vending franchise company Snack in the Box is welcoming a new member to its team. Clive Smith joins the franchise company as its new Managing Director. Clive has a strong background in franchising, in particular owner-operated businesses similar to Snack in the Box. He brings a wealth of skills and experience to further strengthen Snack in th...Read more...

Snack in the Box to attend Lloyds TSB franchise seminars
16-Oct-2012 -  Vending franchise company Snack in the Box, which offers franchise businesses for sale across the UK, will be attending a series of Lloyds TSB Franchise seminars. The seminars are free to anyone interested in buying a franchise and hosted by a small selection of franchise companies carefully selected by Lloyds.   Dates and Venue...Read more...

Snack in the Box join forces with Dennis and Turnbull
1-Oct-2012 -  Snack in the Box, the UK's number one vending franchise, have joined forces with the UK's leading franchise network accountants, Dennis and Turnbull, to offer an easy-to-use, online accounting system for their vending franchise owners.  Helen Taylor, Marketing Manager at Snack in the Box, explained, 'The accounting system we are abl...Read more...

Vending franchise company Snack in the Box has launched a facebook page UK Snack in the Box
30-Oct-2012 -  Vending franchise company Snack in the Box has launched a facebook page as part of its bid to incresae the awareness of its franchises across different media methods. The company sells Mars vending franchises businesses across the UK.   The Facebook page enables Snack in the Box to communicate with franchisees, potential franchi...Read more...

Vending franchise company Snack in the Box has launched a new training programme for all new franchisees
1-Aug-2012 -

Vending franchise company Snack in the Box has launched a new training programme for all new franchisees.  

The vending franchise company has traditionally been very proud of its thorough, one to one training for all of its vending franchisees who join. However, the company has recognised that especially in...Read more...

Snack in the Box moves to HQ UK Snack in the Box Franchise
1-Jul-2012 -

Vending franchise company Snack in the Box recently announced that it is building closer bonds with its parent company SnackTime plc, the UK's 3rd largest vending operator, to cement its standing as the expert in vending franchising. As part of this move, Snack in the Box are now based from the group's head office in Wokingham.&n...Read more...

Videos about Snack in the Box

What Makes Snack In The Box a Different Franchise

 Snack in the Box: The UK's Number 1 Vending Franchise:   Here Clive Smith of the Snack In The Box (SITB) franchise talks about their franchise opportunity and what makes them proud to operate the system. Clive discusses what makes the system attractive to potential franchisees and some of the things that make them a unique franc

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Snack in the Box Franchise Video

 Snack in the Box is the UK's number 1 vending franchise covering a local territory of customers. Day to day tasks include servicing vending machines and snack boxes at customer sites providing them with chocolate, crisps, snacks and cold drinks. Partnered with Mars and Walkers, Snack in the Box is part of SnackTime plc, the UK's 3rd largest v

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Franchise Events and Discovery Days information on Snack in the Box

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Snack in the Box Franchise Promotional Events
 Snack in the Box would be delighted to meet potential franchisees looking for franchising opportunities in the vending franchise sector at the following events:  Lloyds TSB Franchise Seminars   When: 18th Oct 2012, 6.30pm.  Where: Leeds, at Holiday Inn Express Leeds City, Cavendish S...Read more...

Franchise Resales for Snack in the Box

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Franchise Resales Snack in the Box
 We currently have resales available in the following territories: Blackpool and PrestonAberdeen and InvernessExeterWolverhamptonCoventry Snack in the Box: The UK's Number 1 Vending Franchise:   'Everyone loves chocolate! I knew immediately that this was the right franchise for me!'  Cover...Read more...

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