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Travail Franchise

Recruitment is an established and flourishing market sector. According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation the market has an annual turnover of £26 billion.

Flexible working practices, ongoing skills shortages, fluctuations in output, seasonal demands and legislative burden all contribute to the countless opportunities to supply temporary staff, both in volume and as one off arrangement, and source suitable candidates for permanent roles. Indeed recruitment consultancies play a vital role in providing flexibility, efficient and cost effective access to candidates and specialist market knowledge. 

Founded in 1977 Travail's National Network consists of both franchised and wholly owned branches. Not only do we offer a franchise business model but we run it too. Our first franchise office opened in 1985 and since that time we have built an enviable reputation in supporting our franchise partners to run their own recruitment business with the security of a market leader in our industry.

Because we're recognised and established in the market as experts, we attract high calibre individuals to work for us, and through our prime locations, on-line media and effective sales and marketing initiatives, we generate a national database of candidates and clients.

We are members of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

We are also proud winners of Franchise Marketing Awards, Best Marketing Support 2009.

A Travail franchise offers you the opportunity to build a lucrative and sustainable business. Turnover can be high, with profit margins that are the envy of our industry. Our business extends across countless industry sectors with numerous operating divisions. Our strength comes from being locally owned and locally managed giving us the ability to work with companies at a local level and truly understand their working culture and business environment. With comprehensive, ongoing training, you are able to develop your business to complement not only your previous experience but also to maximise the opportunities predominant within your geographical territory.

As a Travail franchise partner, not only will you have the opportunity to integrate into a nationwide network, you will be granted an exclusive territory with multi branch potential. Working to a proven business system, utilising the Travail name, branding and materials allows you the opportunity to become quickly operational.

Further benefits of Travail's established model include:

  • Proven quality systems
  • Operating Methods
  • Head Office support
  • Corporate Learning Centre
  • Dedicated temporaries payroll and client invoicing
  • Travail Website

In addition you will benefit from:

  • Dedicated Franchise Support
  • Corporate Learning Centre Training programs
  • Bespoke Training and Coaching
  • Combined knowledge of your fellow franchisors at a quarterly Franchise Forum
  • Annual Awards Dinner
  • Commitment to the belief that your success is our success

Franchise Territories

Our franchise offices supply temporary and permanent staff to companies within a protected territory. Each territory has a geographical area large enough to incorporate a multi site network allowing you and your business the opportunity to grow. Each franchise is its own local recruitment business and uses the strength of our prestigious national brand to build its reputation.

Territories are carefully selected to ensure that there is sufficient potential to develop a strong, viable business. You will be the only Travail office trading in your territory, whilst also having the having the opportunity and support to develop relationships with neighbouring offices and enhance business opportunities.

Your office will usually employ two or three staff during the start up phase, increasing for mature offices. All offices operate from town or city locations approved by us, in line with corporate standards. All offices use the same proven quality accredited systems and have access to a comprehensive range of head office, payroll and field support functions.

We consider applications for all areas in the United Kingdom where we are not already represented. We are particularly interested in the following locations:

  • North East - including Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Washington, Gateshead, Durham
  • North West -including Blackburn, Burnley, Bolton, Preston, Wigan
  • Oxfordshire - including Oxford, Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Didcot, Henley-on Thames, Thame, Witney
  • Berkshire - including, Ascot, Bracknell, Reading
  • Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
  • Bedfordshire - Luton
  • Hertfordshire - Stevenage, Hitchin
  • M25 orbital/corridor - all areas
  • Hampshire - including Southampton and Portsmouth

Investment and Rewards

The total investment requirement, including initial set-up costs and provision for working capital, will typically be in the range of approximately £30,000, including a working capital of approximately £15,000 if you choose to factor your business. If you choose not to factor your business, your cash-flow needs will be considerably higher and this reflects in the working capital requirement. We will be happy to discuss options available to you at the time of meeting, including the Enterprise Finance Guarantee.

The initial franchise fee is £12,000, which includes a stationery and marketing pack worth approximately £1500.

Growth and speed of payback will depend on many factors, not least amongst which will be access to working capital and the level of investment that is devoted to staff headcount, training and development. Whether investment in headcount is carried out straight away or as the office develops over time, we have found a direct causal link between the number and quality of recruitment consultants working in an office, whether company or franchise owned, and the results of that office.

Our successful franchisees are a cross section of those with recruitment experience and those with no previous experience of the industry - a great testimonial to our dedicated support and proven formula for success.

Dedicated Support

Both Travail Employment Group and your dedicated Area Franchise Manager have a wealth of experience, and specialist knowledge, of both the recruitment industry and business management. We pride ourselves on the level of training and marketing support we offer. This coupled with our corporate head office training is one of the reasons why our franchisees are so successful. Some of the support that a Travail franchisee will benefit from is:

Operating Methods Manuals - All franchisees are provided with copies of these comprehensive Manuals, which detail policies, philosophies and day-to-day systems and procedures. The Manuals are updated regularly to keep you abreast of legislation, market changes and ways of exploiting new business opportunities.

Pre-Opening - Having worked with you to identify a viable territory, we will help you to prepare a detailed business development plan, assist in the selection and refurbishment of premises, signage, and staff selection. We will also help you to identify potential client companies, and collate information on competitors. We will also assist in introducing you to banks with specialist Franchise and Factor Units.

Office Launch - Your Franchise Manager will be working with you and your staff, helping to establish a client base, and structure your day to day activities. They are committed to supporting you through all stages of business development, ensuring you and your team have the knowledge and training to secure face to face appointments with potential clients. Other in-house staff provide specialist input and assistance as required, including preparation of a detailed marketing plan to launch your business. Our franchise fee includes a comprehensive selection of marketing and stationery materials, worth approximately £1500, to support your local opening launch.

Ongoing Field Support - The Franchise Team is available to continue working with your operation on a regular basis. This allows you to commit to the continued motivation and development of you and your branch staff, their skills and the strategy and offer of your recruitment business to the local market.

Formal Training - Our Corporate Learning Centre carries out comprehensive courses ranging from the essential "basics" of the recruitment industry through to advanced sales and management techniques. These courses are held throughout the year. We have two purpose designed and fully equipped training suites, one at our head office in Gloucester and a second at our Loughborough offices. Courses are open to administrators, consultants, branch managers and indeed franchisees. As a Travail Employment Group franchisee, not only will you be adopting a proven business formula, our support services will help you to develop your own successful venture in one of the most exciting and profitable industries in the UK.

Payroll and Sales Ledger Services - Undoubtedly one of the most notable support features for Travail franchisees, particularly as the cost of the software is included in our franchise royalty. We provide the temporary staff payroll data, client invoices and all the financial information needed to run your office efficiently and cost effectively. Thus giving you the freedom to concentrate on expanding and developing your business.

Insurances - Individual policies for Public and Employer, and Professional Liability are arranged by us at preferential premiums.

Market Research - Our ability to identify and respond to trends in a constantly changing employment market has been, and still is, a cornerstone of Travail's success. Our business format is constantly updated to meet the changing requirements in the market place.

Committee Forum - As a franchisee you will be invited to attend quarterly franchise committee meetings, established to facilitate discussions aimed at furthering Travail's national operation and success.

Awards Dinner - At the Travail Employment Group Awards Dinner you and your staff will celebrate the success of all the Travail offices, and have the opportunity to compare your experiences, share your success and frustrations (!) and forge closer working relationships with others in the network.

Marketing and Communications

  • Brand reputation and development
  • Websites - providing free promotion of all open vacancies
  • Sales literature, printed stationery, corporate gifts
  • Advice on local marketing and communications activity
  • Client development support materials
  • Corporate exhibition stands


  • Media advice, templates and job board agreements
  • PR and corporate profiling
  • Candidate care and attraction programme
  • Preferential rates negotiated on all major job advertising websites


  • Temporaries payroll system
  • Invoice preparation and distribution
  • Established working relationships with High Street banks to assist you with smooth, predictable cash flow
  • Management reports and statements


  • Provision of template contracts, letters and Staff Handbook to cover HR issues
  • Advice, support and guidance on Personnel, Health and Safety, Quality and Procedure aspects
  • Notification of relevant changes in Employment Law
  • In-house Management training courses

Discovery Days

We understand deciding to run your own business is a big decision. You need to be able to make an informed choice.

With this in mind, we would welcome the opportunity of inviting you to our Head Office based in Gloucester to see, first hand, the strength of support available to you through the term of our partnership, and to be able to see a Travail branch in operation.

This is an informal day, where our teams are happy to share their various job functions with you and discuss exactly how they help and support you in building a strong viable business.

This will also be the opportunity to meet your Travail Franchise Manager who will assist you with business and finance planning, introduce you to franchise experts within major banking organisations and will be on hand throughout the process to ensure your new business opens smoothly and to plan.


Experience of the recruitment industry is not a prerequisite - but we would expect you to have the ability to develop long-term customer relationships. Ideally you will have strong communication skills and the ability to motivate your team. These are just some of the attributes needed to succeed.

If you have a commercial background, ideally with sales and people skills, are enterprising and prepared to take an active role in the business, we can provide you with all the tools you will need to run your own successful recruitment business

Ultimately you can make the profits with our support. Our successful franchisees are a cross section of those with recruitment experience and those with no previous experience of the industry - a great testimonial to our dedicated support and proven formula for success.

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