Beauty Salon, the first professionally driven salon business
in India, and the winner of 'Supportive Franchisor at the
IFE 2007' has followed the franchising route ever since
its inception thirty years ago. It has been continuously
innovating to evolve an effective franchising system and
become a leading player in the business of beauty.
Lakme Beauty Salons were established in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai 30 years ago. Since their inception they have provided customers with high quality beauty services and customized advice. Lakme continuously innovates to offer a wide range of high quality skin care products, colour cosmetics and beauty services. In addition to leveraging Unilever's worldwide expertise, Lakmé also partners with the trendsetters for global beauty brands, the Milan-based Intercos Italia as well as Paris-based Fiabila. Combining international cosmetics technology with an in-depth understanding of the Indian woman's needs, Lakmé offers its consumers a holistic beauty experience through its products and services at the Lakme Beauty Salons.
Franchising all along
Lakme Beauty Salons have been into franchising ever since and today the total number of franchised outlets all across the country stands at 92. Having earned years of experience as a successful franchisor, the company has laid down some ground rules for franchising. Being a franchisee for Lakme Beauty Salon is beneficial for a host of reasons. Like any other service business, it has very low product and inventory holding cost. The arrangement enables the franchisee to earn through the sales of the products and services. The franchisee has to pay Rs 6 lakh for starting a salon in a metro and Rs 5 lakh for a non-metro city. A royalty of 15 per cent is extended on the gross value towards LBS for service turnover during the life of the salon. The company does not charge any royalty on retail of products. The franchise agreement is valid for five years which can be renewed without any cost. The company provides brand saliency that customers associate with and promises a high rate of return on investment to all franchisees. The area requirement is fairly simple whereby the franchisee has to ensure that the property has to be located in a prime residential area with adequate frontage. The minimum area of the outlet has to be 800 sq ft.
The salon business is presently growing at an extremely fast pace. Lakme plans to increase the total number of salons to over 100 by the end of this financial year. All Lakme Beauty Salons offer a full range of the latest beauty and grooming services in the areas of hair care, skin care and beauty with consistent quality, competitive prices and the best trained beauty experts. Lakme Beauty Salon, the first professionally-driven salon business in India, has already established benchmarks in quality. It constantly guides and supports its franchisees with standard operating procedures, training services, IT development, equipment sourcing, supply of professional salon products, marketing and promotional activities.
Support to franchisees
The company follows 'two-way approach' when it comes to extending marketing support to the franchisee. It does pan-India marketing which benefits all its franchisees, and salon-specific marketing which benefits individual franchisees. It also undertakes extensive public relations campaigns to create awareness for its products and services. The Lakme Bridal Road Show, the Lakme Cool Colours, Hot Styles Hair Services Road Show and the Lakme Lohri Experiential are examples of such initiatives.
Lakme Beauty Salon pays a lot of attention to training. It has opened the Lakme Training Academy in Mumbai offering several courses to train beauty professionals. It also provides all the necessary IT support to the franchisees. Even the billing software is provided by the company.
But what qualifies one to be a franchisee for Lakme Beauty Salon? Before anything else, quality is the keyword for the company. Hence, before selecting a franchisee, the company makes sure that he shares Lakme's philosophy of excellent service delivery and considers the consumer as king. Apart from that, it gauges if the franchisee has a robust financial support to maintain and sustain the salon on a long-term basis. Just before the opening of a new outlet, the company ensures that the salon is situated in a prime location and is easily accessible for consumers.
The company provides intense skill development training to the franchisees. Lakme Beauty Salon believes in developing a win-win relationship. A shinning example is an innovative programme that it began to recognize operators as stakeholders of the company. It introduced this programme a year ago and it has added new growth dimensions to the business becoming a moral booster for operators across all 87 salons.
Good times ahead
Lakme Beauty Salon believes in continuous expansion
and aims to increase its presence with more than
one salon across cites like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur,
Baroda, Cochin, Pune, Panvel, Surat, Nasik, Guwahati,
Coimbatore, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Kolkata,
Delhi and Mumbai. At Lakme, they foresee that the
franchising industry is definitely on an upswing
as most consumers today are increasingly getting
accustomed to a particular line of service/ brand.
Hence, even if they travel to a particular destination
in the country they look for a similar experience.
With a thriving franchising industry and Lakme setting
an example as the franchisor, Indian market is sure
to witness interesting growth in the near future.