September 17, 2010 (Newswire.com) -
BERKELEY, Calif-Smallprint www.smallprint.com today announces the opening of its new U.S. office to expand its international franchise operation and launch the first Smallprint franchisee in California. Smallprint's new office here establishes the company's 116th franchisee and brings the original silver fingerprint jewelry concept to the U.S., generating new home-based franchisee opportunities across the country. Smallprint which has operated since 2004 in Bristol, U.K. is owned and operated by husband and wife, Oliver and Maija Pykett
"Smallprint jewelry is unlike any other, because the silver jewelry pieces display imprints of a child's, fingers, hands and feet. Each fingerprint piece is personally touched by the child creating a particularly special quality that is unmatched in the commercial jewelry industry," said Maija. "Many new moms or entrepreneurs searching for a sustainable business opportunity, perhaps something very different from what they did before, will find that a Smallprint franchise is an ideal business for them."
Specifically the jewelry takes a personal imprint of babies' fingers, hands or feet onto precious metal clay, a combination of silver particles and organic material which when fired in a kiln produces fine silver. Smallprint jewelry range includes its High Fives and Little Kickers which takes actual imprints from children's hand and feet; Mini Masters which takes replicas of a child's work of art, and Little Letters which takes a child's first wrtings, all ranges are beautifully produced and customized onto polished silver. Silver pieces available for purchase are key rings, necklaces, bracelets,, cufflinks and many other items are available through Smallprint's jewelry line. Smallprint franchisees skip retail establishment in place of Tupperware-style parties and in home shows to sell the pieces. With more than 116 franchise business worldwide, Smallprint is making a significant foray into the 'personal touch' jewelry market.
Smallprint's launch plans include hosting a booth at the West Coast Franchise Expo held November 5-7, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, in Los Angeles. Oliver and Maija will have a variety of their fingerprint silver jewlery pieces on display, provide demonstrations, and discuss how aspiring franchisees can launch their own fingerprint jewelery business. l
"After four years operating Smallprint from the UK and launching numerous successful franchises worldwide, we're confident that we'll bring similar success and business opportunities to the US, "said owner Oliver Pykett.
After establishing Smallprint www.smallprint.com in 2004, Oliver and Maija Pykett were overwhelmed with inquiries to franchise the concept in the UK. The first four franchises were launched in September 2006 with much success and continue to grow. At this time, Smallprint has grown to 65 franchises in the U.K. and 35 in Australia with initial franchises in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Bangkok, Dubai, Germany, Hong Kong, Kuwait, New Zealand, Singapore, and the U.S. The Smallprint franchise model is a blend of creating hand crafted quality silver keepsakes along with the commitment to market the product line through interacting with customers, many of which are children. Smallprint prides itself on professionalism and quality and selecting franchisees that are both driven and enthusiastic to grow our system throughout the U.S.