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We present an exciting opportunity to acquire and exceptionally unique and well run photography and video studio.
PictureVan is a fully mobile studio in the back of a converted Luton van that is unique in the UK market, providing a fast, efficient and affordable way for clients to get professional photos and videos. The studio-in-a-van travels to a client, parks up outside and begins the shoot - all content is generated inside the van!
Founded in March 2018, the business has been set up from scratch and managed by the sole owner-director. It runs at a healthy profit (gross profit margin of 70%) and has an excellent reputation for quality and convenience.
The target market is businesses, who need professional marketing material for their websites. For example, photographs/videos of their staff/products. PictureVan's competitive advantage makes it a very attractive alternative to traditional studios, where the clients need to travel to them.
The business offers the following services to customers:
• Headshots for businesses and actors
• Product photography and video
• Talking head videos
• Photo/video editing
The business has an excellent brand, strong social media presence and elegant website for attracting customers. It also has an efficient process in place for editing and delivering files to clients by next working day. The business has a 5 star rating on Google reviews.
The current owner is now reluctantly selling the business due to family commitments.
The business would be an ideal acquisition to an existing brick-and-mortar studio looking to expand their client base and reach. Or alternatively, it would be suitable for a freelance photographer looking to set up their own studio.
Scope for improvement:
• Increase quality of portfolio and service offerings
• Multiple locations in UK
• Content marketing/blog for increased enquiries
PictureVan is currently based in Bristol, but has serviced clients across the UK, from Cornwall to Kent to Aberdeen. Relocation would be straightforward as the van is completely mobile.
There is no shop or office included with the sale of the business it is run remotely.
• 2015 LoLoader Luton Van (~65,000 miles), professionally converted inside.
• Sony a7 III mirrorless camera
• Sony 85mm f/1.8 lens
• Sony 90mm f/2.8 macro lens
• Rode NTG-3 microphone
• Tascam DR-60DMKII sound recorder
• i7 Dell laptop
• i5 Dell laptop
• Custom build LED lighting system
• Various miscellaneous camera kit (tripod, backdrop, bags, SD cards etc)
Since there are no physical premises, "opening times" are flexible. However we state that we are available for bookings between Monday - Friday 8.00 am – 6.00 pm.
The business is currently being run and managed by Liam, the sole owner and director, along with ad-hoc and part time staff when his capacity is limited.
Financials available upon request. Stated turnover is actual figure for year 1. The gross profit margin for the business is 70%.
To include the fitted van, all equipment, brand, online presence and goodwill.
If interested, please contact the seller through the form on this page.
Mobile studio - no fixed location
Given the vast number of other photographic studios in the UK, and the fact that the business has a significant competitive advantage by being mobile, the founder believes that there is room for up to 10 vans to operate in the UK, and if each were at maximum capacity this would lead to a revenue of £1-2m.
Local studios in the Bristol area that provide similar services include Lumosia, Jefferson Studios, Clifton Photographic, Jimmy Image. However none of them have a truly mobile studio. Should the business be relocated to another area, there would still be competition from other similar brick-and-mortar studios.
Monday - Friday 8am-6pm
Any prospective buyer would have up to 3 months onboarding support to learn the processes of the business. However, they would need to have good experience as a photographer already or be willing to hire someone who has that experience.
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