Photo-Me acquires the UK Photo Division of Asda Stores Limited

Photo-Me, the instant-service equipment group, is pleased to announce that it has agreed to buy Asda Stores Limited’s Photo Division which is operated in Asda stores in the UK.

The Photo Division consists of 191 photo centres, as well as 172 self-service kiosk sites located in Asda stores. These businesses will be managed by Photo-Me under a ten-year concession. Besides those in-store locations, Photo-Me will also operate the Asda-branded online photo-processing offering for a minimum of 2.5 years.

This transaction strategically expands Photo-Me’s estate in attractive locations offering convenience and high footfall, and enhances its online photo-processing offering. Photo-Me believes that it can increase its market share in the attractive digital photo-printing and consumer photo-merchandise markets. In addition, Photo-Me believes that under its management, the performance of the business could be significantly enhanced in the medium term.

The consideration for the Photo Division is £3.35 million, subject to downward adjustment in certain circumstances. Photo-Me has also agreed to buy the inventory available at each photo centre at the date of Completion, as well as central consignment stock, estimated at £2 million. The total consideration to be paid is currently estimated at £5.35 million and is capped at a maximum of £6 million.

Under the arrangements, Photo-Me will also pay Asda periodic commission payments, negotiated on commercial terms, based on the turnover, as well as business rates and costs of utilities.

In the calendar year 2015, the Photo Division generated unaudited sales of circa £19.3 million and made an unaudited loss of £3.4 million. The Group considers that the turnover can be raised materially by having a specialist like Photo-Me running the business, with its proven operational excellence and understanding of consumer needs in relation to instant services. The Group also expects that a combination of reconfiguration of layouts, upgrading of equipment, as well as the introduction of innovative concepts and designs into the sites will add to the appeal for customers and expand the profit performance going forward.

Commenting on the Acquisition, Serge Crasnianski, Chief Executive of Photo-Me, said:
“This is an interesting opportunity to significantly expand our UK business in a strong set of locations and increase our market share in the digital photo printing market, which we believe has growth potential in the digital age. Photo-Me is the leader in its field with a wide range of attractive and innovative products which we plan to introduce into the Asda stores as soon as possible, and we believe will improve the level of trading and overall performance over the next two years and beyond.”


Photo-Me is excited to announce that its subsidiary Jolly Roger Amusement Rides will be unveiling new and exciting products at EAS Barcelona in September 2016. Please contact us today if you wish to make an appointment so we can give you a dedicated time slot for a full demonstration.

For more information about the exhibitions and our locations, please see below.





EAS (Euro Attractions Show)

Dates – 20th-22nd September 2016

Location – Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain

Stand 2022




The LIFE kiosk was exhibited at The Photography Show 2016 and is also featured in the April issue of the British Photographic Industry News magazine. To read the full BPI article, click HERE and go to page 10.

The aim of the LIFE kiosk is to meet the key demands consumers place on photographic retailers. The kiosk and software are designed to deliver multiple print sizes and formats, whilst being very user friendly.

“Many consumers use smartphones and tablets,” reasons Photo-Me Marketing Manager François De Freitas. “So in order to make the client more comfortable with this new kiosk, the LIFE software took inspiration from smartphones and tactile PC interfaces. It’s immediately approachable and the user interface is very intuitive to use.”

The print options are chosen via the 23″ multi-touch screen. With the all-in-one kiosk also featuring media readers and computer, customers can transfer their photos from smartphones and tablets, as well as USB cards and memory sticks. The screen boasts a Full HD resolution and can be tilted or even placed horizontally. Users are able to tap and drag or pinch images, just as they are able to do on their smartphone or tablet PC.

For customers, the LIFE kiosk is a powerful display tool allowing them to choose the size of previewed photos, thus facilitating navigation. For the retailer, thanks to the software configuration menu, the kiosk enables them to choose which products are available and define several parameters in order to adapt the kiosk to their customers’ wishes.

“The positive reaction at The Photography Show was incredible,” enthuses Photo-Me’s François De Freitas. “Consumers are naturally drawn to the screen and just want to touch and try – which was exactly what we were looking for them to do, in order to truly get to grips with our latest concept! Of course, if customers are attracted by the kiosk when placed in a retail environment, it’s a no brainer that an increase in the volume of print orders will naturally follow for the retailer…”

Contact us today to find out more about the LIFE kiosk.



Hello Card

To enter the competition, recipients of the Hello Cards were required to fill in a short form and return it using a pre-paid service. The competition entry allowed us to update our records and ensure that we are communicating with customers as effectively as possible.

The winner of the competition was Rob Crates from Highcliffe Post Office in Dorset.

Highcliffe PO iPad winner


Look out for the next round of ‘Hello Cards’ and your opportunity to enter our prize draw.


The British Photographic Industry News September 2015 focused on the new Speedlab By Starck kiosk. Read the full BPI issue here

With sleek design immediately grabbing the attention like anything else from the mind of world famous product designer Philippe Starck, the ‘Speedlab by Starck’ Bio & Cube kiosks are sure to make your customers want to instantly touch and try – and just as swiftly place a print order

Resembling a console at first glance more at home on the bridge of the Star-ship Enterprise than the floor of your typical photo retailer or mini lab, the ‘Speedlab by Starck’ Bio kiosk is boldly going where no rival has gone before. Slightly more conventional looking, but nonetheless still striking is the second innovation in the Speedlab by Starck Cube.

Speedlab Cube

“The design and performance are certainly out of this world,” agrees Photo-Me’s Head of Marketing François De Freitas. “And the Bio is also light years ahead of drab looking rivals that focus purely on function, whilst perhaps forgetting about form.”

There is already shared history between Starck and Photo-Me: we featured the ‘Photo-Me by Starck’ photo booth in the May 2012 edition of BPI News.
“Philippe Starck never ceases to challenge the conventional boundaries and criteria of contemporary design,” François continues. “Starck has always designed objects that demand the most from the least, taking a functional object and transforming it into a work of art.”

A work of art fit for business

Naturally the upright ‘Cube’ kiosk is just as eye catching as the earlier Starck-designed photo booth, the two being very much ‘of a pair’ and making for, Photo-Me believes, a very distinctive and attractive unit when combined at retail. It will certainly make your business look a cut above the rest and very much focused on the future.

Photo-Me describes the design of second new product in the Bio kiosk meanwhile as ‘avant-garde’, with its curving lines enhanced by a symphony of sparkling colours that are sure to turn customers’ heads and demand their immediate attention.

Speedlab Bio

Both the Cube and the Bio are furthermore fitted with a multi-touch 27-inch screen, which boasts a modern and user-friendly interface. Its intuitive features have been designed to make it easy to navigate, complete with built-in editing tools to enhance or personalise the photographs.

Customers will be able to print 4×6 or 12×8-inch photographs instantly by using memory cards or USB; accessing their social media photo gallery; or transferring photos from smartphones and tablets via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth – with a dedicated Photo-Me phone app available for download.

Secondly, there is the photo gift option. Thanks to its connectivity features, customers can also order a wide range of products, including posters, canvas prints, T-shirts, mugs and many more items that will be made available for collection in-store, or delivery to a UK address within a few days.

“Photo-Me is again revolutionising the photographic industry with the launch of the ‘Speedlab by Starck’ kiosks,” concludes François. “It’s an unparalleled combination of aesthetically-pleasing design with a retail photographic offer at its best. Not only will users be fascinated by the advances in automated self-service technology delivered by the kiosks, but Photo-Me believes they will also appreciate the inviting interface and customer experience.”

To request a brochure on the Speedlab by Stark Bio kiosk now, simply email In response you’ll not only get the information you’re after but will also be automatically entered into a competition to win a 32GB Apple iPad Mini with Retina display.


Photo-Me is delighted to unveil its new and exclusive wallpaper printing kiosk: Wall ‘n Go.

Customise your own wallpaper in just a few minutes with Wall’n go. Your customers can instantly create a 100% personalised strip of wallpaper. Choose one or several images from your media storage device or our image library, define the height and number of strips, design your wallpaper and print in store in just a few minutes.

There are several options to fully customise your wallpaper:
▶︎ 3 product choices : 1 strip of wallpaper, 1 horizontal banner or photo wall (made up of several strips)
▶︎ Possibility to insert one or several pictures
▶︎ Photo enhance options (black & white, sepia, zoom, cropping)
▶︎ Collage function

Our Wall’n go kiosk offers a choice of two applications:
▶ A pre-pasted wallpaper to simply wet and
apply to the wall. Your customers do not need to be equipped with glue, glue brush or wallpaper pasting table.
▶︎ A self-adhesive vinyl sticker: ideal for one strip of wallpaper. You just have to peel off the backing and apply it to the wall.

Our Wall’n go kiosk produces high quality photographic prints using only the best materials:
▶︎ 200g pre-pasted paper
▶︎ 6 colour pigmented inks
▶︎ 300 dpi printing

No marks or stains on the wall when you remove the wallpaper strip, as it will not tear off the paint. The wall stays intact, ready for your next customised feature wall!

Photo-Me is again revolutionising the photographic industry with the launch of the Wall’n go kiosk: an unparalleled combination of a unique aesthetically-pleasing design with a retail photographic offer at its best. Not only will users be fascinated by the advances in automated self-service technology from the kiosks, but they will also appreciate the inviting interface and customer experience.


Photo-Me is delighted to unveil its new and exclusive range of digital photo kiosks created by world-acclaimed designer Philippe Starck.

Following the creation of the “Photo-Me by Starck” Photobooth in 2011, the company has again commissioned the artist to design the modern and elegant “Speedlab by Starck” kiosks. Philippe Starck never ceases to challenge the conventional boundaries and criteria of contemporary design. Starck has always designed objects that demand the most from the least, taking a functional object and transforming it into a work of art.

The “Speedlab by Starck” Cube is a perfect complement for the shapes and contours of the timeless photobooth “Photo-Me by Starck” and makes for a very distinctive and attractive combined unit. Read more here

Speedlab Cube

The “Speedlab by Starck” Bio is a smaller option with an avant-garde style of curving lines combined with a symphony of sparkling colours. Read more here

Speedlab Bio

Both versions are fitted with a multi-touch 27” screen which has a modern and user-friendly interface. The intuitive features have been designed to make it easy to navigate, with editing tools to enhance or personalise the photographs.

The user can print 4×6” or 12×8”photographs instantly by:
– using memory cards or USB;
– accessing their social media photo gallery; or
– transferring photos from smartphones and tablets via WIFI or Bluetooth.


Thanks to its connectivity, customers can also order a wide range of photo-gifts such as posters, canvas prints, tee-shirts, mugs and many more items that will be made available for collection in-store or delivery to a UK address within a few days.


Photo-Me is again revolutionising the photographic industry with the launch of the “Speedlab by Starck” kiosks: an unparalleled combination of a unique aesthetically-pleasing design with a retail photographic offer at its best. Not only will users be fascinated by the advances in automated self-service technology from the kiosks, but they will also appreciate the inviting interface and customer experience.



Is it possible to print a 3D figurine from a photo taken in a Photo-Me photobooth? Now it is a reality thanks to new revolutionary technology!
The new 3D-Me photobooth from Photo-Me offers a unique digital 3D service which enables you to create a personalised 3D life-like figurine from a photo taken in the photobooth

Produced in high quality resin, these figurines are very real. They are available in 3 different sizes and you can select many body model/outfits (sport, chic, smart/casual, women or men)
Once the customer has taken their photo, they enter their contact details using the photobooth touch screen and the figurine will be dispatched to their home address within 10 working days.


Where is it available?

This new 3D figurine service is now available from our photobooths located in:





We are excited to unveil The Speedlab® Case Kiosk, a brand-new photo lead product made especially to drive more customers to your store. With the Speedlab® Case kiosk, your customers can personalise their smartphone case in an instant!

Creating a phone case is so easy!


How does it work?

Simply select your smartphone model, transfer your photos using WiFi or Bluetooth via the Photo-Me app (or from another media) and collect your pre-cut photo and your transparent case. Two options are available: case & photo or photo only. These stunning cases are available for iphone, Samsung phones and many more for customers to choose from. Customers photos are printed on high quality photographic paper which can then be inserted into the transparent cases.


François De Freitas, Head Of Marketing, highlights

“The first Speedlab Case kiosks have now been installed at the Churchill Square Shopping Centre Brighton, Cascades Shopping Centre Portsmouth and The Oracle Reading. The response from our customers have been extremely positive and many are now sharing their new creations on Social Media! This is an exciting and affordable product dispensed from a user-friendly kiosk that smartphone owners will visit time and time again. The customisation concept is based on the printing of a photo transferred to the kiosk from your phone or tablet. This pre-cut print fits perfectly into the selected transparent case and can be changed frequently with ease”.


Photo-Me International plc – Interim results announcement

Excellent first half performance

Photo-Me International plc (‘Photo-Me” or “the Group”), the instant service equipment group, announces its results for the six-month period ended 31 October 2014.

Please visit for the full report

Financial Highlights

Turnover returned to growth of 0.9% on a constant currency basis.
Underlying pre-tax profits up 10% to a record £25.3m; up 17.3% in constant currency.
Underlying turnover and pretax growth restrained by a further decline in minilab business – effect expected to be much smaller going forward.
Net cash position of £64.7 million, despite increased capex and combined tax and dividend payments of £14.5m (net of sale of land).
Interim dividend increased by 30% to 2.34p in line with the Group’s commitment.

Operational highlights

Photobooth estate growth of 5.2% year-on-year, with growth above 5% in all major operating territories.
744 Revolution laundry units deployed at end-October – 374 retained operating units performing well.
Laundry manufacturing expansion remains on track.
Promising new product pipeline including new digital printing kiosk and supermarket carwash.

John Lewis, Non-executive Chairman, said:

“Against a global economic background which remains uncertain, and despite large adverse movements in our major trading currencies, the Group has produced another very strong performance and delivered another record profit.

Significantly, after a number of years of declining turnover due to the rapid downturn of the minilab business, this half-year saw a return to underlying top-line growth. This was principally due to a 5% expansion in photobooth numbers and also our still small – but rapidly growing – laundry business, which at the half-year comprised some 3% of Group turnover.

Our profits once again moved ahead strongly. Our estate enjoys high operational gearing and as previously described, we have made good progress on costs especially in reducing significantly the manufacturing costs of both our photobooths and laundry units, by outsourcing to China and Hungary respectively.

Our cash generation remains a key strength and the net cash position at the end of October 2014 was £64.7 million, an increase of some £1.6 million since the end of April 2014 after financing (net of sale of land) tax and dividends of £14.5 million and increased capital expenditure. We are therefore increasing the interim dividend by 30%, in line with the commitment that we made at the time of our preliminary results.

The momentum in the business is good and it is performing very much in line with the Board’s expectations. The Board remains confident for the outlook of the business over the rest of the year and remains optimistic about future prospects especially in relation to the opportunities for our laundry business supported by our new product development.”

Headline turnover declined by 4.9%, again principally due to the adverse impact of exchange rates and to the continuing decline in minilab sales, but on a constant currency basis rose by 0.9%, helped by a particularly strong performance from our Japanese business. The increase in underlying turnover is the first the Group has recorded for some time and the Board is confident this can be maintained going forward as the Group expands its laundry business in particular, which contributed £2.9 million of turnover in the half year.

Profits rose strongly – up on a reported basis by 10.0% to £25.3 million – and this was after adverse currency movements against the euro and yen amounting to £1.7 million. Underlying profits thus rose by 17.3% helped by the operational gearing inherent in the business as lower manufacturing and corporate costs continued to feed through.


Our strategy is focused on the development of new complementary products that build upon the strength of the ID photobooth business and offer diversified revenue and profit streams for the future. This has produced the Philippe Starck-designed photobooth and the Revolution laundry units in the recent past and our new product pipeline, detailed below, is looking promising.

We have also sought to reduce our costs progressively to improve margins and cashflow. We have made strong progress on this in 2014 following the outsourcing of manufacturing of our Revolution laundry units and photobooths to Hungary and China respectively.

We are now focusing on rolling out our Revolution laundry product aggressively and will increasingly focus on developing new markets for the photobooths, facilitated by the reduction in manufacturing costs.


In line with the commitment that we made at the time of our preliminary results in June 2014, the Board is declaring an interim dividend of 2.34 pence per share, an increase of 30% over the interim dividend of 1.8 pence per share paid last year.

The interim dividend will be paid on 14 May 2015 to shareholders on the register on 7 April 2015, with an ex-dividend date of 2 April 2015.


The momentum in the business is good and it is performing very much in line with the Board’s expectations. The Board remains confident for the outlook of the business over the rest of the year and remains excited about future prospects especially in relation to the opportunities for our laundry business supported by our new product development”.

John Lewis
Non-Executive Chairman



Photo-Me’s principal activity is the operation of unattended vending equipment, primarily photo booths and laundry units, and also digital printing kiosks, photobook makers and amusement machines. At the end of October 2014 the Group’s estate comprised 44,306 units (2013: 43,404) of which photobooths comprised 60%. Growth in the overall estate was 2.1% with the Group continuing to reduce its number of bouly machines in the UK (which produce minimal revenue), but growth in the photobooth estate overall was 5.2%.

The business is international in its reach and focused on three main geographic regions at present: Continental Europe, UK & Republic of Ireland, and Asia & Rest of World.


This division contributed 56% (2013: 58%) of Group revenue and 73% (2013:79%) of operating profit. At the end of October 2014, 49.5% (2013: 48.0%) of the Group’s estate was sited in Continental Europe. There were 21,914 (2013: 20,863) units in total of which 12,280 (2013: 11,691) were photobooths. The Group operates in nine countries, with the latest addition being Poland.

Reported revenue was 7.8% lower, but on a constant currency basis declined by 1.7%. Stripping out the effects of the continuing decline in the minilab business (previously reported under “Sales and Servicing”) underlying revenue grew by 1.0%. Operating profits fell by 1.2% on a reported basis but rose by 5.5% on a constant currency basis.

The European photobooth estate increased by 5% year-on-year with the main areas for growth being France, Germany and Switzerland. The Group continues its rollout of higher-margin Starck booths and there are now 2,118 deployed across Europe.

The roll-out of the Group’s laundry product – branded Revolution – predominantly utilising the same sites as the photobooth estate, continues to progress well. At the end of the half-year, cumulatively (across the Group) Photo-Me had sold 370 of these units (53 during the period) and operated 374 (an increase of 172 during the period). Going forward, it remains the Group’s intention to move the operating/sale ratio towards 80/20.

The results from the units in operation in France and Belgium remain extremely encouraging with monthly takings averaging €1,500 during the period across the operating estate and the more established machines seeing takings increase by some 22% year-on-year. In the six-month period ended 31 October 2014, the turnover of the laundry business units was £2.9m (2013: £1.6m) and represented 7% of total turnover in France and 10% in Belgium.

The Group now has laundry units in nine countries, with the most significant exposure being in France and Belgium. The Group continues to be encouraged by potential demand in other locations like campsites, riding stables, universities and military barracks, all of which have demand for heavy-duty laundry, and considers that prospects for the product in Portugal and Ireland are good. For example, since introducing the product in Portugal earlier in 2014 laundry revenues have grown rapidly to represent 19.1% of total Portuguese revenues currently. While the country is small in overall terms for Photo-Me it demonstrates the transforming potential of the product.

The manufacturing facilities for the laundry business are in Hungary and the gradual planned expansion of capacity is proceeding according to plan.

The Group continues to operate in Europe over 4,700 digital printing kiosks- primarily in France and Switzerland. The Group is currently upgrading the estate to the latest technology to accept all models of memory cards and other media. A brand new and very modern Starck-designed kiosk has also recently been unveiled at the photo fair in Paris. This is a new generation of kiosk with no real comparator and the Group considers the potential worldwide to be very promising; the Group’s target is to launch this product in the next fiscal year.

Europe remains the centre of the Group’s R&D efforts and new product development. Aside from the new digital printing kiosk (see above), a new chrome finished Starck photobooth has been developed for higher-end locations and the Group continues to develop other models, occasionally in conjunction with major brands like Evian. Work continues on the 3D figurine photobooth as well as an upgraded poster machine.

The Group is also trialing a carwash concept, targeted initially at the main supermarket chain in France, which would have some overlap in terms of location as the standalone Revolution units and utilize the same fleet of engineers. Early results are encouraging and Photo-Me is optimistic that the concept can be rolled out, but will report further on its plans for this concept in 2015.


This division contributed 20% (2013: 19%) of Group revenue and 14% (2013: 10%) of operating profit. At the end of October 2014, 18.2% (2013: 17.7%) of the Group’s estate was sited in Asia & ROW. There were 9,707 (2013: 9.399) units in total of which 8,066 (2013: 7,683) were photobooths. The Group operates in eight countries, with the latest additions being Vietnam and the USA. The Group is still testing in Thailand.

The largest territory by far is Japan where performance was outstanding in the first half. Revenues were up by 6.5% (at CC) with profits (at CC) over 50% higher. The medium-term outlook for Japan is good with the Government introducing new e-ID cards (with facial photo) for every resident in Japan from 2016 to be used primarily for tax and social security purposes.

Asia is seen as a promising market for the laundry product in the medium-term and the Group plans to trial two units in Japan in early 2015.

Gradual progress continues to be made in China where turnover rose by 40% (at CC). The Group has deliberately slowed down its rollout in the last few months to concentrate on a programme of resiting unprofitable units into better locations. As a result, China made a useful contribution to profits compared with losses last year.


This division contributed 24% (2013: 23%) of Group revenue and 20% (2013: 19%) of operating profit. At the end of October 2014, 33.4% (2013: 34.8%) of the Group’s estate was sited in UK & Ireland. There were 12,685 (2013: 13,142) units in total of which 6,415 (2013: 6,071) were photobooths. Growth in photobooth numbers was 5.7% year-on-year while there was a 29% reduction on bouly/amusement machines which generate little revenue. The UK business is around 95% of the total for the division.

Turnover in the UK grew by 2.3% and profit by 20% driven in part by the growth in the photobooth estate resulting from the absorption of the Wm Morrison estate into the portfolio. There also continues to be a strong focus on costs.

There were 32 laundry units operating at the end of the period of which 18 were in Ireland, where results to date have been promising.


Shareholders’ equity as at 31 October 2014 totalled £99.4 million (30 April 2014: £103.1 million), equivalent to 26.7 pence (30 April 2014: 27.8 pence) per share.
The Group’s net financial position continued to improve, reporting a net cash balance of £64.7 million at the end of the period (30 April 2014: £63.1million).


Like all businesses, the Group faces risks and uncertainties that could impact on the Group’s strategy. The Board recognizes that the nature and scope of these risks can change and regularly reviews the risks faced by the Group and the systems and processes to mitigate such risks.

The principal risks and uncertainties affecting the continuing business activities of the Group were outlined in detail in the Strategic Report section of the annual report covering the year ended 30 April 2014.

In preparing this interim report for the six months ended 31 October 2014, the Board has reviewed these risks and uncertainties and considers that there have been no changes since the publication of the 2014 Annual Report.

Serge Crasnianski
Chief Executive Officer

Photo-Me International plc
Church Road
Surrey KT23 3EU
Tel: +44 (0)1372 453399
Fax: +44 (0)1372 459064

Discover the revolutionary Ezee Swap

A simulator video platform with multiple rides

Ezee Swap bee on platform

Photo-Me are pleased to announce the launch of the brand new Ezee Swap ride at the EAG Show, Excel London, on 13-15th January 2015 . This new concept will revolutionize the way in which ride amusement companies are operating children’s rides.
The Ezee Swap is a video simulator platform with interchangeable rides. Operators can swap their chosen rides and place them on the platform to suit their environment. The simulator is made from durable self-coloured GRP.

Ezee Swap Plane on platform

This exciting coin operated simulator ride is aimed at the 3 – 7 age range and each ride option offers 4 selectable on screen tracks creating a thrilling experience that the child will want to repeat again and again. Videos are easily swapped when changing the ride by inserting a flash card and dongle. The Ezee Swap simulator is fitted with a 22” TFT display which is featured on the inside of the platform.

“ The simulator platform ride is available in a variety of colours and can be customised to display company logos. The platform ride can be fitted with detachable rides which are easily changed on site. There is a wide selection of themed rides including a Bumble Bee, Racing Car and Propeller Plane which feature a steering wheel or grab handle… ”

The Ezee Swap ride moves in a rocking and side to side motion following the on screen footage. The ride is fully automatic, features pushable buttons and playful sound effects.

Ezee Swap car on platform

All of the Photo-Me children’s rides conform to the relevant safety standards and Photo-Me is a member of the British Amusement Catering Trades Association (BACTA) and the Amusement Devices Inspection Procedure System (ADIPS). Safety is also a major concern during the survey and installation process.
Installing a Photo-Me Kiddie Ride provides substantial revenue at no additional cost. Our rides encourage parents with young children into retail environments and therefore increase shopper footfall. Rides can also help reduce the stress of shopping with young children. By creating a child friendly environment, parents are more likely to stay longer at retail as they combine shopping and entertainment. A ride can also help to increase sales of associated merchandise within the store. This ride will be a colourful addition to any retail environment and will keep your customers coming back!

Ezee Swap plane

Ezee Swap Bee

Ezee Swap Car

please contact to find out more about Ezee Swap

Discover our new selection of Halloween Fun Photos

slideshow_Halloween fun_digital screen

Our new selection of Halloween Fun Photos is now available in selected photobooths!

It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark”. If you are looking to scare your friends and family for Halloween, visit one of Photo-Me Photobooths with the latest Halloween Fun Photos as soon as possible. We have created a scary selection of images for only £2 each.

These Fun Photos are only available for a limited time so please contact Photo-Me today to find your nearest Photo Booth!

“Photo-Me Photo Booths offer a wide range of fun options using the latest digital technology, from exclusive Pop Art photos to themed photos with Halloween, Christmas or Valentine’s backgrounds. ”

please contact to find your nearest participating booths

Euroslot Feature on Photobooths

Photo-Me answered Euroslot’s questions about the future of photobooths and how very exciting the present is.

“Photo-Me continues to develop and integrate new products for customers including links to Facebook, exclusive fun products and the use of many modern technologies to enhance the customer experience. In a competitive retail environment, Photo-Me’s ethos is to continue to be at the forefront of innovation, setting the industry standards that other providers aspire to achieve.”

Click HERE to read the full interview




Get ready for more Revolution!


Do you live near Northampton, Guildford or Rochford?

Well, get ready for a Revolution then! Our new 24/7 outdoor self-service “Revolution” launderette has just landed at:

Weston Favell Shopping Centre, Wellingborough Road, Northampton NN3 8JZ

Budgens, Queen Elizabeth Park, Railton Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 9JX

Jet Garage/Londis, Starthill Services, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1 RF

The liquid soap is already included in the wash and you can use the launderettes 24/7 from just £4 to wash and £1 to dry! Why not wash your laundry while shopping!

Revolution” is ideal to wash and dry heavy loads such as duvets, pillows, curtains, sporting clothing or just regular wash. Time to wash your laundry while shopping!

François De Freitas, Head of Marketing explains

“Photo-Me offers an unrivalled expertise in operation and maintenance of self-service equipment and this new easy-to-use concept is a logical addition to the wide range of services accessible 24/7. “Revolution” combines design and performance to provide users with an eco-friendly and economic washing experience”.


Photo-Me and intu Watford win Opal Award

opal awards

Photo-Me International plc attended the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) Annual Opal Awards on 10th April 2014 and won the Vending category award for its Photo-Me by Starck photobooth at intu Watford.
Michael Green, Chief Executive, BCSC commented:

“High quality commercialisation is essential to the success of shopping centres and that is why we introduced these awards, to celebrate the most innovative in the sector. I would like to thank the Commercialisation Committee and the Opal Awards Taskforce for their hard work in making this event such a success and would like to congratulate Photo-Me and intu Watford on their win. I look forward to seeing the bar being raised even higher next year.”

Shirley Wilcock from intu comments:

“We’re always looking for new ways to make our customer experiences more memorable. The popularity of our new design photo booth at intu Watford is fantastic because it tells us that our customers want to capture a moment in time as they socialise at the centre with family and friends.”

Francois De Freitas, Head of Marketing at Photo-Me, added:

“We have been very pleased to work in partnership with intu to enhance the overall look and feel of this unit. We have created a bespoke design which integrates seamlessly the elegance and timeless design by Starck with the space allocated for the machines.”

Photo-Me confirms an increase in revenue since the installation took place which demonstrates that the overall result is more inviting and aesthetically pleasing to customers who require the purchase of an ID photograph.

The Opal Award judges observed that the Photo-Me by Starck booths at intu Watford showed how a creative design using a world class designer can transform everyday objects.

Photo-Me win Morrisons contract


Photo-Me International continue to expand their vending network in major UK supermarket stores. The world leader in manufacturing and operation of photobooths has been appointed as the exclusive supplier of photobooths in Morrisons’ stores. Throughout February and March 2014, Photo-Me has planned to install more than 300 additional photobooths throughout the UK.

Every week, eleven million customers pass through Morrisons’ doors and 129,000 colleagues deliver a great service to them in over 500 stores. So it should come as no surprise that they have decided to partner exclusively with the number one supplier of photobooths renowned for its high quality service network.


Recently, Photo-Me UK launched the new generation of photobooths with an exclusive design created by Philippe Starck. Photo-Me booths provide consumers with a convenient and cost-effective means of obtaining ID photos which are compliant with UK passport and driving licence standards.

Steven Murray, Photo-Me UK General Manager, highlights

“We are very proud to have been appointed as the exclusive supplier of photobooths for Morrisons stores. This is the recognition of our excellence in service and the quality of our product offering which continues to make us the partner of choice for all leading retailers”.

The First Revolution machines in the History of Lancashire!

Do you know that you should wash your duvet and pillows at least every 6 months to maintain a healthy indoor environment?

The reality is that visiting a dry cleaner is not always convenient as they will keep your laundry for days. Have we got spare duvets to use in the meantime?

A solution has finally arrived in the form of a new and innovative outdoor self-service launderette called “Revolution”! The first UK installation is located in Nelson (Lancashire) at the Pendle Village Mill. Photo-Me International has installed hundreds of units in Continental Europe.


François De Freitas, Head of Marketing explains

“Photo-Me offers an unrivalled expertise in operation and maintenance of self-service equipment and this new easy-to-use concept is a logical addition to the wide range of services accessible 24/7. “Revolution” combines design and performance to provide users with an eco-friendly and economic washing experience”.

Revolution” is ideal for regular washing loads but also for heavy ones such as duvets, throws and pillows. This automated launderette is equipped with 8kg and 18kg washing machines, built-in hypoallergenic washing liquid pump and a vented dryer.

Barry and Sue Lockwood from Pendle Village highlight “Not only is this machine available 24/7 but also very economic: £4 for 8kgs wash, £8 for 18kgs wash and only from £1 for a dry. This will be a convenient service for all our existing customers, sports clubs and local businesses that require professional washing facilities on a regular basis”.

So you can now wash and dry your laundry while shopping at Pendle Village Mill, Hollin Bank, Nelson, BB9 5NG (Junction 12, off the M65 Motorway, next to B&Q). The First Revolution in the History of Lancashire!

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Elegant appearance due to its sleek design and grey/silver colour. It also attracts attention thanks to its signage across the full height of the machine, a luminous cubic top sign and LED lighting that is automatically switched on by a twilight sensor.

Equipped with high capacity professional washing machines (8 and 18 kg) this launderette is ideal for washing large or heavy loads such as duvets, blankets and pillows….in a record time of 30 minutes per washing cycle. Just the time you need to do some shopping in the supermarket and come back to a machine load of clean laundry.

The customer only has to bring the washing, no need to think about detergent. The highly concentrated washing liquid is free of phosphate and colouring agents and meets the EU ECOLABEL and ECOCERT standards. It is hypoallergenic, ideal for sensitive skin and has a pleasant neutral fragrance.

The high performance super-spin reduces the residual humidity of the laundry to 50%, compared to 80% with a classical washing machine; higher spin means laundry that is easier to handle and dries more quickly.

The dryer has an energy recovery function that uses some of the evacuated hot air to heat the entering cold air by a “radiator” system; thus the required electrical power is considerably reduced. This new launderette only requires a maximum power of 10 KW (compared to 30 KW for a classic launderette), a performance that is unparalleled in the market! Less electricity means less CO2 emissions, so this launderette also helps to protect our environment.

Accessibility for our disabled customers has been a priority in the design of this launderette from the start. The machines and touchpads are at the legally required height, thus combining a beautiful design with easy access for all our customers.

£4 per washing cycle for 8kg or £8 per washing cycle for 18kg, washing liquid included, and from £1 for drying cycle of 10 min.


Photo-Me on the Underground

Photo-Me International, the company once best known for its self-service photographic booths, is going back underground with a new Transport for London contract to provide its state of the art, Philippe Starck-designed photo-booth to stations across the London Underground network.


Developed by world-famous designer Philippe Starck the new booth has already become a timeless design classic, combining the best of new technology with a convenient and cost-effective means of obtaining ID photos which are compliant with the UK passport and driving licence standards.

Steven Murray, General Manager at Photo-Me highlights “Photo-Me photobooths will provide passengers with a useful service at convenient locations across the capital.”

Photo-Me has installed its first new photo-booth at Pimlico with additional booths to follow at Canada Water and Baker Street with the aim of rolling more out across more underground stations in due course.

Photo-Me established new Guinness World Records™!

Photo-Me established new Guinness World Records™ by getting seven people into a photobooth!

On July 4th 2012, Photo-Me International plc, the world leading photobooth operator, attempted to establish a new Guinness World Records™ at the amazing newly transformed King’s Cross station. The world record attempt was part of a wider Photo-Me promotion which saw the company offer hundreds of free photos to the public.

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Throughout the day, commuters had the chance to use the photobooth for free and the chance to win two first class return tickets from King’s Cross, London, to Waverley, Edinburgh, courtesy of East Coast Main Line Company.

Photo-Me invited the public to join the celebration at the new South entrance of the station and witnessed the official attempt at 7pm overseen by a Guinness World Records™ adjudicator. A total of seven people successfully squeezed and remained inside the booth for over 5 seconds and only then, the new Guinness World Record™ for ‘Most People Crammed in a Photo Booth’ was achieved by Photo-Me International plc!

Francois De Freitas, Head of Marketing Photo-Me UK operations, highlights “We are very proud to have achieved a Guinness World Records™. It was a successful day for us and a lot of fun for all commuters and station users. A day to remember!”