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Are you:

  • Interested in a retail business?
  • Looking for a business that’s fun and profitable?
  • Prepared to work hard?
  • Able to invest around £30,000?

THEN you could soon join the exciting world of video games and run your own CHIPS store.

CHIPS, which has celebrated its 25th birthday, was the first to franchise its highly successful formula across the country and now you have the chance to grab your very own shop-in-a-box.

CHIPS started in the mid-1980s at the birth of the video games industry and now has seven company-owned stores, an award-winning e-commerce site and 9franchised outlets in Stafford; Hartlepool; Arnold;  Yeovil; Guisborough; Chorlton;  Stockton; Newcastle-Under-Lyme & Market Harborough.

CHIPS Chorlton: Franchisee Faisal Ali

CHIPS Chorlton: Franchisee Faisal Ali

Each of CHIPS own company stores and franchise outlets buys, sells and trades all leading brands of consoles, games, accessories and DVDs.

The video games industry has entered a new era with the launch of the next generation of consoles. Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Sony’s Playstation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii are all vying for top slot and with a host of exciting new games, business is booming.

In 2008 the PC and video games market was worth approximately £4bn in the UK, significantly bigger than either the music or film markets.

Far from slowing down, the market is forecast to continue growing into the next decade with a very strong schedule of software releases across all formats planned. Historically, popular new software releases also drive the sale of hardware and you could be part of the action.


  • Assistance with site acquisition
  • Expert retail design and shop fit
  • Opening stock
  • Fully integrated stock control system, updated daily from HQ
  • Sale or return terms on second-hand goods
  • Full pre and post-opening training
  • Ongoing business support (book-keeping, VAT, PAYE, marketing, business development etc.)
  • Access to suppliers and preferential buying terms
  • A comprehensive training service
  • Direct link to all company expertise
  • CHIPS Operations Manual


In total a fully-fitted, fully stocked store will cost in the region of £70,000, inclusive of VAT, depending on location. CHIPS does not charge a licence fee so in essence you are investing that money in yourself and your business. Bank finance is available (subject to status).


Like many franchisors our income is related to the success of our franchisees and this is calculated as a percentage of sales. CHIPS charges a management services fee of 6%, a marketing fee of 1% of sales and a 1% stock distribution contribution.

The management services fee covers the cost of providing ongoing support services whilst the marketing fees are paid into a separate bank account and used to fund marketing and promotional activity for the benefit of the whole network. The Stock Distribution Contribution contributes towards the cost of distribution and returning stock.


A top established franchise can turnover more than £270,000 with an average gross profit of around 30%.


We are looking for franchisees who are able to give a full-time commitment to the business and work in it hands on.

CHIPS Market Harborough: Franchisee Andrew Colclough

CHIPS Market Harborough: Franchisee Andrew Colclough

You don’t have to be young or a computer whiz but you or family members will probably have an interest in computers and the video games market.

You must be prepared to follow our tried-and-tested business format – but we are always looking for improvement and new ideas.

You need to have a positive attitude and be enthusiastic about running your own business.

As a retailer you must have good interpersonal skills, be prepared to work hard and have lots of commonsense.

You need to be able to raise the necessary capital and you must have some cash of your own to put into the business.


Click on the link below to discover more details in depth.


Download our inquiry form and send it to us at CHIPS Franchise Ltd, Unit 17, Collingwood Court, Riverside Park, Middlesbrough,  TS2 1RP.

Franchise Inquiry Form 1

Franchise Inquiry Form 2

You will be invited to visit our stores for an in-depth discussion.

Please feel free to contact Joint Managing Directors Don McCabe and Nik Agar or Debra McCabe for an informal chat on 01642 227348or visit any of our stores to talk to the managers or franchisees. CHIPS believes you should have access to everyone within the company.

You must be right for us and we must be right for you!

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