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Franchising Opportunities in the UK in later life

Looking for a new direction in your working life?

There are a wealth of business franchise opportunities in the UK.

There is a time in everybody's life when they realise that working for other people is not the future. However, starting your own business can be a risky path. Franchising can provide the answer - more than 90% of business franchises are still trading profitably after 5 years and you can run your own business with the professional backup of an established network.

See what BetheBoss have to say below about  franchising and the opportunity it presents.



McDonald’s, Dyno-Rod, Kall Kwik, Burger King, Mango, Prontaprint, O’Briens, Pizza Hut, Cash Generator, ChipsAway, Wimpy, The Body Shop, Subway, KFC…

all high street and household names that have embraced franchising as the ideal formula for rapid and successful business expansion nationwide. Franchising has provided them with a network of highly-motivated, self-financing branch offices and outlets achieving a sustainable and manageable level of growth.

The attractions of franchising drew investors and entrepreneurs to open some 1,200* new units last year – that’s over three a day. These new businesses covered a range of industries, such as retail, business coaching, quick service and traditional sit down restaurants, automotive retouching, snack vending machine distribution, tax and accountancy services, lawn care and commercial cleaning.

The chances are, 96% of these units will still be in operation in five years – an unprecedented survival rate which is being achieved in franchising because of the nature of the relationship between the franchisor, owner of the established company, and franchisee, the owner of the new franchised business.

This relationship could be described as a ‘business marriage’ which, in return for an initial investment from the franchisee, provides licensed rights to a business system that’s tried and tested, including branding, management infrastructure and protection of the know-how underlying the system. This professional arrangement sets out an agreed territory for an agreed number of years on a renewable basis.

Because the franchisee is investing in a proven and developed business concept, there is rarely a requirement for relative industry or business management experience. Rather franchising is providing a route into business ownership for thousands of people across the UK who dream of breaking the chains of employment but still desire the security of back-up from a larger organisation.

The franchise agreement provides for training in the operation of a business and the implementation of the franchise concept. This is followed by ongoing franchisor support in such activities as launching the business, sourcing stock, marketing campaigns and attaining sales contracts.

The franchisor maintains an interest in the franchisee’s business through the collection of a management service fee - typically a small percentage of the franchisee’s profits. This provides the incentive and the funding for the franchisor to maintain network support initiatives such as national marketing and product development, freeing the franchisee to concentrate on building a successful business.

Remember that not all franchise systems are necessarily well thought out or well tested. Membership of the British Franchise Association – requiring the signing up to a charter for ethical franchising – is a good indicator of an opportunity worthy of consideration but there is no substitute for properly checking out and researching a franchise. The first rule of investing in a franchise is ‘check before cheque’.

As long as the business is soundly designed, has a genuine market, and all parties are committed and fair to each other, franchising provides a superb format for re-training people to change their life with their own business. Rather than suffering the insecurity of employment or kicking your heels in redundancy, franchising represents a route into securing a successful and profitable future for yourself, but not by yourself.

Visit BetheBoss for franchising opportunities (opens in new window)To investigate a range of franchise opportunities currently seeking potential franchisees across the UK, visit BetheBoss for more information about roughly 100 franchise brands and opportunities.

If you would like more general information about franchising, we recommend starting at ashtonsfranchise.com who are consultants and experts in franchising and have been helping to grow businesses since 1981.





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