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luci_sprocket
06-12-2004, 11:52 PM
Hey. i was hoping somebody on here could help me.
i am trying to find information on obtaining a license to rent films out. i have searched and searched and cannot find anything.
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks in advance.
Luci

BEN
07-12-2004, 06:25 AM
Hi,

I would suggest finding a small local DVD/video shop in a non-competing area and a) getting a job therer to see what happens on the inside or b) just asking them for help & assistance.

Good luck!
Ben.

Martin
07-12-2004, 06:57 AM
Hi,

Have you contacted the Film Distribution companys?

Icon - http://www.iconmovies.com

New Line Cinema - http://www.newline.com

Its worth asking about their distribution channels, rental system etc and maybe they will let you in on a secret :)

All the best

Martin

Ian J
07-12-2004, 10:12 AM
Originally posted by BEN
I would suggest finding a small local DVD/video shop in a non-competing area and a) getting a job therer to see what happens on the inside or b) just asking them for help & assistance.


That seems rather a longwinded way to find out about licencing requirements, especially if it means giving up a current job.

It might be easier to contact a DVD rental wholesaler like Palmer & Harvey and ask them. Website details are here (http://www.palmerharvey.co.uk/MarketReview/HOME%20ENTERTAINMENT.pdf) which includes a contact telephone number

luci_sprocket
07-12-2004, 01:24 PM
Thank you for all of your advice.
i have emailed alot of companies, dreamworks, etc and DVD Wholesalers and have recieved nothing back at all.
I've also searched all over the local council website for anything about Rental Licensing and hit a dead end again.
I'll keep ploughing through.
Thank you.

Statler
07-12-2004, 01:34 PM
Hi Luci,

Trading Standards at your local council will be able to tell you about licensing. The content on local authority websites tends to vary greatly from one to the next, so it's always best to ring them for more information.

BEN
08-12-2004, 09:58 AM
Originally posted by Ian J
That seems rather a longwinded way to find out about licencing requirements, especially if it means giving up a current job.


Purely offering my advice Ian................I'm sure that finding a weekend/evening job to gain inside info wouldnt be a hard and neither would this:

Originally posted by BEN
Hi,
b) just asking them for help & assistance.

Good luck!
Ben.

People like to talk about their business, and if you are in a non-competing area I'm sure a friendly small outlet would be more than happy to help out.

Ben.

master-de-bater
08-12-2004, 03:06 PM
why don't you contact BusinessLink

http://www.businesslink.gov.uk

luci_sprocket
09-12-2004, 01:37 PM
Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for your tips and ideas.
i have now found out that i can't get a Rental Licence, i have to register my premises as being used for that purpose.

Thank you again for your assistance.

Luci

concho
09-12-2004, 08:18 PM
Hi, you may want to look into franchising, there is an online rental company that offers franchising called view plus:

View Plus franchising page (http://www.viewplus.co.uk/index.php?page=franchising)

You might be able to get some info from them if you don't want to be a franchisee.

totallydavid
10-12-2004, 06:30 PM
Firstly hello to everyone, I haven't posted on the forum for sometime as I am extremely busy with stuff personally.

I thought I should reply to this as I have worked previously in the video trade.

You do not need a licence to rent films out, I would advise if you are looking into this sector two things;-

a) Contact the Video Standards Council who for around 25 a year provide you with the required assistance in the field, and in some ways provide a "licence"

b) Get some experience or have an interest in this sector. Like any business experience and or knowledge of the sector is useful, but most importantly customers will look to you for advice on films, and banks will look to see you have some experience in what is somewhat of a dying business.

Do not contact distributors direct, they will only deal on a large basis. Try companies like Changeover Video Ltd in London, and look for others.

It is an extremely difficult business to succeed in, and you really need to know exactly what you are doing - if you don't I wouldn't suggest this as a business.
Although if you do decide to carry on, let me know and I may be able to guide you further ... email me: david.godwin (at) seven3nine.com

Thanks and good luck!