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Innovating
since 1920

Snap-on Tools was established in the US in 1920. We have a vast heritage that we’re extremely proud of!

Snap-on launched in the UK in 1965 with its first office in Kettering, Northamptonshire. A little over a decade later, we had 100 UK franchisees operating from four branches. By the late 1980s we had expanded to seven branches.

Inspiration and
Innovation

Today, we have over 430 franchisees operating territories in the UK and Ireland. Globally, our franchise network is made up of more than 4,300 franchises. Our exciting franchise offers you the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits and freedom of being your own boss whilst safe in the knowledge that you have the back-up and support of our global support network behind you.

Snap-on also derives income from various financing programs to facilitate the sales of its products and support its franchise business. Products and services are sold through the company’s franchisee, company-direct, distributor and internet channels. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $3.7 billion, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Our head office in Kettering is where you’ll meet the staff who will support you on a daily basis and collect your very own custom-built mobile store. Our facility is BIG! There are over 200 staff here working to make your business a success, from our marketing, finance and customer service departments to the guys and girls who keep our state-of-the-art repair centre and Torque lab running like clockwork. They’re all part of your team now! Confident, knowledgeable and inspired, it’s then time for you to hit the road… but don’t worry. We’ll be with you every step of the way!

INSPIRATION AND INNOVATION
our mission

Our
Mission

Our aim is simple: to empower you with the tools for success.

Our behaviours define our success:

  • We demonstrate Integrity
  • We tell the Truth
  • We respect the Individual
  • We promote Teamwork
  • We Listen
our mission

We get this
Done

Whatever the end-game, we’re committed to growing our network of successful franchise owners.

There’s no limit to what you can achieve as a Snap-on franchisee. Whether you want to be a one-man van operation or you want to develop a multi-van, multi-territory operation, we’re here to give you all the support and guidance you need to achieve your goals.

Support and camaraderie

It’s the magic of our network… your team includes head office, our support team and your fellow franchisees alike

Support and camaraderie

Support and camaraderie

Honesty and openness

From the moment you first contact us throughout your business, we promise to operate with integrity and transparency

Honesty and openness

Honesty and openness

Training and education

By constantly learning we can all grow and be more profitable

Training and education

Training and education

Quality and service

You receive the very best from us and give the best to your customers

Quality and service

Quality and service

Inspiration and innovation

It’s what makes our products, our support systems and our franchise the best!

Inspiration and innovation

Inspiration and innovation

What our Franchisees
have to say

The Snap-on programme is brilliant. The training gives you everything you need and there’s always someone on the end of the phone if you have problems. They’ve got the whole business concept down to a tee, from how to market tools and attract customers to ongoing support. I’m living proof that you don’t have to be an experienced business professional to own a profitable franchise.

Craig Bishop

Craig Bishop

South West

I’m over the moon to have joined Snap-on. It’s one of the most recognisable brands in the world, and as former workshop technician, I can really vouch for the fact that they’re the best tools in the business. I’ve always been quite entrepreneurially minded, so when the territory near me became available, I jumped at the chance.

Tim Ismet

Tim Ismet

South East

One of the best things about being part of the Snap-on franchise network is that you’re offered unlimited support, which is so important if, like me, you haven’t owned a business before. Sometimes I don’t know what I would do without them.

James Dainton

James Dainton

North West

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