Invitation to tender for the BPA Shop franchise

Posted on 23 January 2015

Invitation to tender for the BPA Shop franchise

The BPA Shop franchise is available to be re-let initially for a 3 year period and applications are invited by the Development Committee. The Committee is looking for submission of a business plan by applicant franchisees. Click on the more button below for details. Senders of any outline proposals shortlisted by the BPA Development Committee (which will be no more than three) will be invited to work up their proposals into a bid. Please send outline proposals to skydive[at]bpa.org.uk by no later than 30 March 2015.

The franchisee will own the stock and operate the BPA Shop selling clothing and parachute ancillary equipment (BPA does not permit it to sell parachute equipment), with 10% of gross profit from sales of BPA branded items and £15 per skydiving voucher sold. 

The BPA Shop was online  but was hardly trading and needs a re-launch with an investment of capital by the new franchisee. We believe that use of the BPA brand is a valuable asset and the right commercial approach could turn the BPA Shop into a win-win-win for BPA members, the franchisee and BPA as the franchisor. For the list of items the BPA Shop is and is not permitted to sell, please see below. 

It is a crowded market, and there is lots of competition. BPA is looking for a sound, costed business case, backed by investment, to make the BPA Shop an asset. If that may be you or your organisation, we’d like to receive an outline proposal (in no more than 1000 words) from you. Senders of any outline proposals shortlisted by the BPA Development Committee (which will be no more than three) will be invited to work up their proposals into a bid. Please send outline proposals to skydive[at]bpa.org.uk by no later than 30 March 2015. Informed opinions about the market are welcome too, to help the Development Committee to decide what’s best for the future.

BPA Shop - conditions

Because of its unique position as the National Governing Body for Sport Parachuting, and its responsibilities for safe operation of the sport under the BPA Exposition and Schedule of Approval with BPA, the BPA Shop has always, and will continue to, have restrictions on the types of items that it can offer for sale.

Items the BPA Shop is NOT authorised to sell

The BPA Shop shall NOT sell parachute equipment, which for the purposes of the invitation to tender, is defined as:

  1. Main Parachutes
  2. Reserve Parachutes
  3. Harnesses or component parts
  4. Container assemblies
  5. AADs.

Items the BPA Shop is authorised to sell

In addition to jump gift vouchers for tandem, static line and AFF jumps, the BPA Shop WILL be permitted sell parachute ancillary equipment, which for the purpose of the invitation to tender, is defined as:

  1. Altimeters, to include audible altimeters
  2. Gloves
  3. Hook knives
  4. Goggles.

And other similar ancillary equipment as may from time to time be authorised by BPA. Books, clothing (t-shirts, hoodies, etc), logbooks, magazines etc may also be sold.

The franchise may (or may not, according to the wish of the bidder) include supply of national delegation uniform to the British team at international events, subject to BPA’s specification from time to time of the technical and design requirements of such clothing. Supply means direct to individual competitors, not in bulk to the BPA Office or other central distribution point).

Use of BPA name and logo

For all items that display the BPA name and/or logo sold by the BPA Shop: BPA will grant the franchisee a licence to use the BPA logo in connection with normal commercial activities the BPA Shop franchise for the duration of the franchise and that BPA shall retain absolute right to determine where its logo shall and shall not appear and that any designs based on the BPA logo, or adaptation thereof, shall be subject to BPA agreement. This is to avoid reputational damage to BPA by assuring the integrity of its brand and corporate image.


Updated 23 May 2016

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