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Venture Studios - Photography Franchise

The UK’s leading portrait photographers who offer a proven franchise model for driven individuals.

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Do you want to join an exciting creative business, offering consumers a personal and bespoke experience, resulting in happy customers and generating excellent earning potential?

Venture Studios is the UK’s leading portrait photographers and offers a proven franchise model for driven individuals with a desire to run their own business, regardless of their background.


As a Venture Studios franchisee, you will have the opportunity to make an average annual turnover of £440,000.

The Venture model is designed to generate earnings for our franchisees of 10 -15% of turnover, in addition to a salary of approximately £25,000. In fact, our top performing studios generate sales over £700 000.

Consequently, the earning potential of a Venture Studio is comparable with many much larger franchises on the market, However, with start-up costs starting at just £70,000, (compared to three times this number for other franchise opportunities) the potential return on investment with Venture studios is exceptional. And you would only need 50% of this figure as liquid cash.


According to the BFA 2018 survey, the average turnover of franchises providing personal services was £345,000. But with the average Venture studio turning over £440,000, this puts the company in the top third of its sector.

Your earning potential is supported by our cost-effective franchise fee. The overall on going fee charged is 7.5% of turnover, broken down into 5% franchise fee and 2.5% marketing fee.


Venture has operated its franchise model for the last 20 years, and in this time has established itself as the premium market leader in the photography market. It is the only nationally recognised brand in its sector, making it truly distinct as a franchise concept.

And with our exceptional training programme, we have taken a non-photographer to a franchise turnover of £500,000 within their first year of trading.

Venture now operates its franchise model across three continents, with 16 studios in the UK, as well as studios in Asia and the USA. And at the heart of the business is photography innovation and customer expe­rience. We are constantly pushing the bounda­ries of style, presentation and client value.

This focus creates both an experience and a product which is full of emotional value for the client, which in turn leads to an average spend per customer which is unrivalled in other photography franchises and the portrait market generally.


Venture is currently recruiting for new franchisees across the country, with the key target areas listed below. There are also resale opportunities in Glasgow and Leeds.

  • Belfast
  • Aberdeen
  • Newcastle
  • Watford
  • Cambridge
  • Oxford
  • Nottingham
  • Sheffield
  • Maidstone
  • York
  • Colchester/Ipswich
  • Brighton
  • Plymouth
  • London – within the M25


Glasgow – resale opportunity


Venture Studios celebrates it’s ‘Coming of Age’  at fantastic annual Awards ceremony!
Venture Studios celebrates it’s ‘Coming of Age’ at fantastic annual Awards ceremony!
21 May 2019
Venture Studios celebrated its 21st birthday in style this year in an exciting awards ceremony held at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. Venture is the UK’s largest portrait photographers and operates in the UK and also in the USA and Hong Kong. Every year, it holds a ...
Case Studies
05 February 2019
Tahir Chowdry opened Venture in Fulham in 2017, having had previous experience as a franchisee with Prontaprint. “Despite not being from a photography background, I’d been considering opening my own photography studio for some time, as I knew there was a strong market for it in and around ...
05 February 2019
Chris Barber who is the franchisee in Leamington Spa, opened a second studio on the outskirts of Birmingham city centre in June 2017, and added a third to his portfolio opening in Leicester in February 2019 Having traded in Leamington for nearly 10 years, Chris saw the opportunity of ...
Venture’s Eton studio was bought by Jonny Foster in 2012 from the existing franchisee. Prior to purchasing the studio Jonny had worked in Venture as a photographer, but he had always wanted to own and run his own studio.  “I’ve built Venture Eton up since I purchased the business, the ...
Martin and Michelle Hillman joined the Venture brand in 2011, opening their studio on London Road, Southampton in January 2012. “We had looked at several franchise opportunities in the market, as had considered working for ourselves for some time, we were open minded about what type of ...
Meet a Venture Studios franchisee
Meet a Venture Studios franchisee
Jonny Foster runs Venture studios Eton, and is one of our most successful franchisees. He tells us how he has grown the business since he took over the photography franchise 10 years ago. Under his leadership his team has won multiple photography awards, brought happiness to thousands of families, ...
Venture Photography Awards - 2019
Venture Photography Awards - 2019
Venture Photography Awards professional video from the night - 2019
Venture Awards 2019
Venture Awards 2019
Behind the scenes of our special guest judges, judging Venture's photographers images, for the Awards Ceremony 2019.
Venture Studios "The Experience"
Venture Studios "The Experience"
The Venture Studios journey from start to finish, follow the video to gain inspiration for your own bespoke Venture Studios Experience.

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