Tiny dancers come to Newcastle with pre-school ballet franchise

June 30, 2019

A ballet school specifically for children aged six months to seven years is coming to Newcastle later this year. Tiny Toes Ballet, the UK’s only pre-school ballet syllabus to be integrated with the Early Years Foundation Stage, will launch its new franchise in the city in September.

Led by local dance teacher Kathryn O’Neill, the classes aim to promote learning through movement.

 
Kathryn explained: “What appealed to me about Tiny Toes was its commitment to ensuring classes and lesson plans complement the early years learning curriculum.

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“I hope to make Tiny Toes Ballet a well-known name in the North East with an excellent reputation for delivering quality dance classes.”

Founded by professionally trained classical ballet dancer and mother of three Emma Morgan, Tiny Toes Ballet now has franchises across the UK.

Commenting on the Newcastle franchise, Tiny Toes’ founder Emma Morgan added: “I’ve been hugely impressed by Kathryn’s enthusiasm, commitment and understanding of the Tiny Toes concept.

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“It’s always exciting welcoming more children to our community of tiny dancers, and I’m looking forward to visiting Newcastle upon Tyne to see how everyone is getting on.”

By Jane Imrie

Source: BDaily

Starbucks UK plunges to loss on store closures and cost rises

June 30, 2019

Starbucks UK has slumped to an annual loss for the first time since 2013, after it was weighed down by cost increases and store closures.

However, the coffee chain saw its tax bill for the year rise despite posting the loss.

 
The firm’s taxes have come under significant scrutiny in recent years after it was revealed in 2012 that the business paid only £8.6 million in corporation tax over a 14-year period.

In 2018, Starbucks UK Coffee Company saw its corporation tax bill rise by 22.9% to £4 million.

The UK arm plunged to a pre-tax loss of £17.2 million for the year to September 2018, down from a £4.5 million profit in the previous year.

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It said it made the loss after it was impacted by “very challenging” high street trading conditions and “generally low” consumer confidence.

From the changing consumer landscape to high rents and political uncertainty, there are ongoing pressures across the regionMartin Brok, Starbucks Europe, Middle East & Africa

Profitability was also dented after a sharp rise in costs last year, as the firm started its shift towards a franchise-based portfolio and was hit by one-off charges related to closing unprofitable stores.

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Higher distribution costs and payroll and investment in fresh food also pushed costs higher during the year, it said.

Starbucks reported a 4.1% rise in revenue to £387.5 million for the year, up from £372.2 million the previous year, despite the downturn in consumer confidence.

The chain’s London-headquartered Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) division also saw total revenues rise 1.3% to 229.5 million US dollars (£180.9 million) over the period.

Starbucks was founded in Seattle in 1971 and is now the UK’s second largest coffee retailer, behind Costa, with roughly 1,000 UK stores.

It has recently closed a number of high street outlets and turned its attention to smaller format units and drive-throughs.

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Martin Brok, president of Starbucks Europe, Middle East & Africa, said: “Doing business in EMEA continues to be challenging for Starbucks.

“From the changing consumer landscape to high rents and political uncertainty, there are ongoing pressures across the region.”

By Henry Saker-Clark, PA City Reporter

Source: Independent

Boutique fitness operator Digme looks to franchising for growth

June 29, 2019

Boutique fitness studio operator Digme Fitness will begin offering its business model to franchisees, as it looks to grow its brand in the UK and internationally.

Launched in 2016 by husband and wife team Geoff and Caoimhe Bamber, Digme currently owns and operates five studios in London and one site in Oxford.

 
Offering pay-as-you-go indoor cycling, HIIT and yoga classes, Digme will look to replicate the success of the likes of F45 and Orangetheory – boutique operators which have rapidly grown their footprint through franchising.

According to Geoff Bamber, Digme founder and CEO, the company will use franchising as a way to expand in the UK, as well as finding its first overseas location.

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“This is a significant milestone in our growth ambition and we’re looking for great individuals in the right locations around the UK and the rest of the world to share in our success to help widen the reach of Digme,” Bamber said.

“We are committed to offering unparalleled levels of support, so our franchisees can focus on delivering the great fitness experience that our existing Digme customers are used to.”

Speaking to HCM in 2018, Bamber predicted that the fitness industry will see a number of pay-as-you-go operators entering the sector, in response to consumer demand for fitness offers which fit individual lifestyles.

Related: Fitness Franchises – Search Franchise Reviews Directory

“I think we will start to see more pay-as-you-go concepts, as they offer better value for money and flexibility to consumers,” he said.

“An increasing number of consumers look for variety and the option to do a mix of activities.

“HIIT will stay popular and we will see more use of data in workouts to engage people.”

By Tom Walker

Source: Leisure Opportunities

Coffee chain Bob & Berts to create 175 jobs through latest expansion programme

June 29, 2019

AN independent Northern Ireland coffee chain has launched its second multi-million expansion programme in less than two years.

Bob & Berts, founded in Portstewart in 2013, has announced plans for a further eight stores in 2019, including five in the north and three in Scotland, creating over 175 jobs.

 
The chain, which operates 20 stores and employs 400 staff, opened a new larger Portstewart outlet last week and will launch its new Portrush branch in the coming weeks, ahead of The Open Championship.

Cookstown, Newry and Ballymena are also due to get the Bob & Berts treatment in the coming months. A Ballymena Bob & Berts franchise store had operated on Church Street in the town, but closed earlier this month, while a separate outlet on Belfast’s Lisburn Road shut its doors last month. As revealed by The Irish News the latter site is to be replaced by brunch and coffee destination, Output, spearheaded by Slim’s Healthy Kitchen, Gary McIldowney.

Bob & Berts expanded into the Scottish market in October last year, opening its first store in Falkirk. It has since launched outlets in Dunfermline and Dumfries, with plans now in place to open three more in Stirling, Kirkcaldy and Ayr.

The Bob & Berts expansion is being facilitated by a seven-figure sum from Ulster Bank, in addition to support from equity investor BGF (Business Growth Fund), who put £2 million into the business in 2017.

The latest investment programme forms part of a wider growth strategy to operate 35 stores throughout the UK by 2020.

Co-founder, David Ferguson said the financial support will not only continue the brand roll out in its existing markets, but could fuel expansion into England over the next 12 to 18 months.

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“We have identified an opportunity to go faster and open more sites than originally planned, and therefore sought additional investment through the banks for the first time,” he said.

“We’re passionate about the service we provide and the communities we serve. Our brand is dynamic and distinctive and we’re breathing new life the high streets up and down the country by driving footfall for the benefit of our neighbouring local retailers.”

Bob & Berts co-founder Colin McClean said the sharp growth of the business is a response to rising demand.

“We are very excited to announce the opening of our new stores in Northern Ireland and Scotland over the coming weeks and months. Our distinctive style and quality food and drink offering is driving significant demand and making Bob & Berts a highly sought-after addition to the local high street,” he said.

Related: Coffee Franchises – Find one in our Franchise Directory

Girvan Gault, commercial banking director at Ulster Bank added:

“We have access to a wide network of support and expertise through our relationship with sister brands NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland throughout the UK to help Colin and David realise the growth potential of their unique brand.

“Bob & Berts is a real homegrown success and we’re committed to supporting local operators in the agri-food and hospitality industries to scale their business at home and further afield.”

By Gareth McKeown

Source: Irish News

Starbucks set to open at Ashford Designer Outlet

June 28, 2019

A major international coffee chain, Starbucks Coffee, is due to open at Ashford Designer Outlet later this year.

Starbucks Coffee will be opening a store at the centre, which is currently undergoing a multi-million pound renovation.

The centre is currently advertising for baristas at the store.

 
The Careers section of the website says: “HMSHost UK are really excited to be opening a brand new Starbucks Store in Ashford Designer outlet later this year – and we would love to have you join our team!”

HMSHost UK is a global food-service company, best known for airport branches of well-known brands.

The Ashford Designer Outlet, in Kimberley Way, is currently undergoing a £90million expansion – which will see it add 50 more stores, more restaurants and a community area to its offer.

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It is an exciting time at the Designer Outlet, which recently opened its world class children’s play area.

The £400,000 Garden-of-England themed playground features seven-metre high Robinia tree house – one of the UK’s tallest of its kind – a slide, climbing frames and see-saws.

Another coffee shop, Pret, also opened at the mall recently, as did Japanese restaurant YO! Sushi. Five Guys is also due to open.

Outlet bosses say once the extension is complete in the autumn, 500 new jobs will be created.

The centre will also play host to Europe’s largest living wall – the £1.5m plant installation will become the centrepiece of the centre’s expansion.

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Leader of Ashford Borough Council Cllr Gerry Clarkson (Con) said: “I’m delighted to see that another of the Council’s Big 8 projects is approaching completion.

“Like Ashford College, the Elwick Place cinema and leisure complex, and the first phase of the Commercial Quarter, the Designer Outlet expansion is set to play a major part in helping to transform the fortunes of the area.”

But the American coffee franchise is remaining tight-lipped about the new store. A spokesman said: “We are always looking for new locations and opportunities to bring the Starbucks Experience to customers in the UK, but at this time we have no news to share about specific plans in the area”.

Related: Starbucks Coffee Franchise Opportunity

Ashford Designer Outlet has been approached for further comment.

By Molly Mileham-Chappell

Source: Kent Online

Winners of bfa HSBC Franchise Awards Announced

June 28, 2019

The 2019 bfa HSBC Franchise Awards took place on June 27 at the Vox, Birmingham.

Designed to celebrate excellence in franchising from both franchisors and franchisees, the 32nd instalment of the awards, hosted by the British Franchise Association (bfa), saw franchising giants such as McDonald’s claim an accolade, as well as companies only recently starting their franchising journey, such as Radfield Home Care.

 
Two of the biggest awards on the night, the Franchisor of the Year and Franchisee of the Year, went to Driver Hire and Kev & Amy Popat, Right at Home, respectively.

The winners of the awards are as follows…

Franchisor categories

Franchisor of the Year (gold): Driver Hire
Franchisor of the Year (silver): OSCAR Pet Foods
Franchisor of the Year (bronze): Window to the Womb
Emerging: Radfield Home Care
Brand Awareness & Innovation: énergie Fitness
Leadership & Culture: McDonald’s Restaurants
Social Enterprise: Wiltshire Farm Foods

Franchisee categories

Young Female: Jennie Mills, Rainbow International
Young Male: Craig Bishop, Snap-on Tools
Business Transformation: Ed Pockney, Driver Hire
Customer Engagement: Kev & Amy Popat, Right at Home
Multi-unit: Mark Sadleir, Window to the Womb
Lifestyle: John & Elaine Warburton, Barking Mad
Franchisee of the Year: Kev & Amy Popat, Right at Home

Driver Hire, which claimed the Franchisor of the Year award, and saw one of its franchisees win Business Transformation, has been shortlisted for the Franchisor of the Year accolade 13 times in the last 14 years, winning for the second occasion, proving itself as champions of ethical franchising.

Pip Wilkins, CEO of the bfa, believes that the strength of the applications this year were indicative of an industry that is thriving:

“Congratulations to everybody who won an award, and to all those shortlisted. The franchising industry is showing record growth. There are more franchise systems than ever, and there are more females and young people becoming franchisees.

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“Franchising is able to adapt to societal shifts in culture and needs too, which is a major advantage for businesses in the industry which thrive through change. The franchisees and franchisors that were shortlisted really reflect this. The sector is looking exceptionally healthy.”

Andy Brattesani, UK Head of franchising, HSBC, added: “As lang-standing supporters of the awards, it is always fantastic watching the industry come out in force.

“Well done to all of the winners, and the categories show how diverse the industry is, both in terms of the breadth of services provided by companies, and also the opportunities this allows for franchisees to optimise their lifestyle and work culture.”

Source: Yahoo Finance UK

New Anytime Fitness to open its doors in Totton this weekend (and there’s free Subway and Domino’s on offer)

June 27, 2019

On Saturday, June 29 Anytime Fitness in Totton will be opening its doors to welcome members of the community and any potential gym subscribers.

To celebrate the gyms’ new branch visitors will be treated to free food and drink on offer from restaurant chains Subway, Dominoes and Noo Thai.

There will be a DJ and acoustic guitar music as well as activities for people of all ages including a gladiator competition and bouncy castle.

 
According to gym director, Matt Halsall the event will be an open day for members, non-members and families to go along, see the gym, get involved and speak to staff.

Also attending on the day will be the gym’s national charity partner MIND, a charity which offers information and advice to people with mental health problems.

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Although the gym opened for business in May, the event on Saturday is its “grand launch” with the club now boasting more than 650 members.

Matt said: “So far we have received really good reviews. I think people like the fact they don’t have to go into town to exercise and that the gym is open 24-hours a day.”

Located in Salisbury road in the former Countrywide store the gym offers “state-of-the-art” strength training and cardiovascular equipment alongside a functional training zone, spin studio and main class studio.

Related: Fitness Franchises – Search Franchise Reviews Directory

It also provides certified personal trainers and members can use all other clubs across the country.

Anytime Fitness currently has 160 clubs in the UK and 4,000 worldwide.

In the area the franchise has gyms in The Swan Centre in Eastleigh, Locks Heath Shopping Village in Fareham and they also have gyms in Jewry Street Winchester, Yeoman Road in Ringwood and Stoke Road in Gosport.

Related: Anytime Fitness Franchise

By Tom Orde

Source: Daily Echo

Subway opens its first south of England drive-through

June 26, 2019

Subway has opened a drive-through in Swindon – its first in southern England.

 
The site, which is next to a Travelodge and close to a retail park, is Subway’s sixth drive-through in the UK and Ireland. The others are in the northern towns of Rochdale, Salford, Wakefield and Guisborough, as well as Belfast in Northern Ireland.

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The store is owned by Sue and Steve Pasco, who currently operate 15 other franchise stores in Bristol and the surrounding area. The couple are also development agents for Subway and offer support to other franchise owners on areas such as site selection and operations.

Sue Pasco said she was “delighted to have opened our first drive-through store”, adding that the next-door Travelodge opened up another customer base for the store.

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Drive-through sites have been of growing interest to baked goods retailers, with Greggs and Tim Hortons among those operating them. Last January, Scottish business Stephens opened what it claimed was the first independent bakery drive-through.

Subway currently has 2,500 stores in the UK and Ireland and more than 43,000 worldwide across 110 countries.

Related: Subway Franchise

By David Challis

Source: Bakery Info

Online And Internet Franchise UK – Should You Buy UK Internet Franchises?

June 26, 2019

Internet Franchise UK – the TOP 10 MUST KNOWS about finding and running successful UK Internet Franchises.

‘Online’ businesses are in better health today than ever. Given the astonishing rate at which the internet has disrupted every sector, is it now the right time to invest in an internet franchise UK?

 
The impact of the internet on our lives doesn’t really need to be talked about – it’s there for everyone to see. Few aspects of modern lifestyle remain untouched by the digital revolution, from banking and shopping to eating and entertainment. It’s no wonder then that businesses across industries and sectors have been enthusiastic about adapting to these trends. Even the smallest of businesses can now boast of their ‘online presence’, complete with a handy website, local business listings and aggregated reviews.

In tandem with these changes, franchising has evolved – not just in its reach and market penetration, but also in its adaptability. The internet has made communication barriers obsolete, and that has allowed more and more businesses to franchise their operations across the length and the breadth of the country.

This brings us to the point in question – online and internet franchises UK. This is a young and somewhat niche sector, but that hardly means it doesn’t have its perks. In fact, some of the most consistently profitable franchise businesses have been internet franchises. Low levels of investment required to get started – and, more importantly, the ability to work from home – are two important enablers of this success.

In this article, we will discuss what a typical UK internet franchise does, how its operations work and how much it costs to buy one.

An Overview Of The Market For Internet Franchises UK

Before we get into the details of how an internet franchise UK works, it’s important to well and truly understand the size of the market, how it’s evolved and what opportunities it might present in the coming years.

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  • The most important trend you need to know is the one you’re already familiar with – the access to internet is now cheaper, more widespread and easier to obtain than ever.
  • In 2018, approximately 90% of the adults in the UK were active internet users. At the same time, the percentage of adults who had never used internet was the lowest – at just above 8%.
  • The 16-34 age group represents the heaviest dependence on the internet. Almost every Briton belonging to this age group is a daily internet user (99%).
  • Barring Norther Ireland to some extent, the internet has now penetrated every corner of the UK.
  • A significant share of the active internet users in the UK are also regular ‘consumers’ of internet-only services. For example, nearly half (46%) of the adult internet users in the UK use video streaming services on a regular basis, while online shopping has already become a ubiquitous phenomenon.
  • Similarly, people’s reliance on the internet to avail offline services/products has also increased. For example, 86% of internet users look up a local business’ reviews online before visiting the establishment.

Sources: Hubspot, Brightlocal, We Are Social UK, Office For National Statistics

It’s clear that the internet now plays a huge role in deciding how, how much and on what the consumers will spend their money. More relevant here is the fact that this gives ALL businesses – local, national and online-only – to spend generously on various internet features and products (think of a regular website – it takes at least a few hundred pounds to get started with a proper one!). In other words, this provides a positive, future-facing environment for internet franchises UK to grow in.

What Does An Internet Franchise UK Do?

We have already discussed how computer and IT franchises UK work. The business model used by most internet franchises UK is similar, in that they offer highly specialised (usually B2B) services to their customers.

For the sake of clarity and ease, we can divide UK internet franchises into two broad categories:

A. Internet As A Product Businesses

Internet as a product businesses occupy a small section of the overall pie. The best example of such businesses are internet service provider franchises. Many private companies act as agents of global telecom and ethernet providers, franchising their local units with the help of individual investors (franchisees).

Such businesses are, unfortunately, on the regressive trajectory. Consequentially, such franchise opportunities are few and far between.

That brings us to the next type.

B. Internet As A Service Businesses

Providing a variety of digital and online services is the USP of internet as a service businesses. Quite literally, there’s no limit to the possibilities here. Starting from small-scale, local businesses like digital marketing and web design, we can go all the way up to high-profile IT maintenance and cloud services. As we discussed in the introduction part of this article, every business – however small or large – can use such services, and hence, investing in an internet franchise UK has the potential to provide high ROIs.

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Do You Need To Be A Tech Expert To Invest In A UK Internet Franchise?

One of the biggest positives of franchising is that it brings on board enormous flexibility. While you need to have that elusive entrepreneurial spirit,  you don’t necessarily need to have the industry-specific skills to succeed.

In other words, you don’t have to be a tech expert to get started with an internet franchise UK. All you need to make sure is that you have sound business acumen; the ability to communicate effectively with your clients and the franchisor; and the smarts it takes to lead a small group of talented staff.

How Much Do Internet Franchises UK Cost?

Since UK internet franchises, for all intents and purposes, are ‘service sector’ businesses, the investment level required lies at the lower end of the overall franchising spectrum.

In most cases, a small/medium sized internet franchise can be purchased for a total initial investment of no more than £20,000. Larger franchise units may require you to put a working capital to the tune of £50,000 or more.

Top UK Internet Franchises

For reference, here’s a quick overview of some of the most popular internet franchises in the UK.

Eazi Sites

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £7,995 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Bespoke website development packages for businesses
  • Freedom to work part/full time
  • Home-based opportunity
  • Thorough live training, free course material and learning packages
  • Ongoing support
  • No coding skills required

SmartPA

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £15,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Virtual assistants for businesses
  • Home-based opportunity
  • Full training on offer
  • Recruitment support
  • Marketing and business assistance
  • Customer service support
  • BFA Associate Member

Activ Net Marketing

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £9,995 (plus VAT)
  • USP: New-age digital marketing
  • Home-based opportunity
  • No digital marketing experience required
  • Opportunity to be your own boss
  • BFA Associate Member

V9 Group

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £4,999 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Payment processing for local businesses
  • Work in the lucrative financial sector
  • Low start up costs
  • Marketing support
  • Exclusive territory

Internet Franchises UK – The Takeaways

  • Low start up costs mean that the barrier to entry to low. So, be careful while assessing and vetting various franchise opportunities.
  • Do refer to the detailed franchisor profiles present on our directory page.
  • Go through our important franchise market research tips.
  • Prepare a full-contingency business plan if you plan on applying for a loan.
  • Talk to active franchisees before you invest.

Business Consulting Franchise UK – Should You Buy UK Business Consulting Franchises?

June 26, 2019

Business Consulting Franchise UK – the TOP 10 MUST KNOWS about finding and running successful UK Business Consulting Franchises.

Business consulting has evolved to the point that it is now one of the most important contributors to the overall UK economy. Given its spread and relevance, is it the right time for franchisees to invest in UK business consulting franchises?

 
If you have gone through our series of free franchising guides, you’d know that franchising is a business model that is extremely good at adapting. It works equally well for product-oriented businesses like retail and service oriented sectors like financial. This high degree of adaptability and flexibility is one of the main reasons behind the success of franchising.

From that perspective, the role franchising has played in helping a 100% service-oriented sector like business consulting grow becomes worth investigating. The nature of this sector and its common business models provide a fertile ground for franchising to take over = and taken over it certainly has. Thousands of consultancy businesses in the UK have now successfully transposed the idea of franchising onto their proven business models, creating a large pool of UK business consulting franchise opportunities.

In this post, we will take a brief look at what business consulting means, how the sector fares in terms of numbers, how business consulting franchises UK work, how much a typical business consulting franchise UK costs and what franchisees need to know before going through with the investment.

Understanding Business Consulting Franchises UK And The Market Overview

At franchise4u, we publish articles and guides that are aimed at educating the investors who want to enter the world of franchising. Our series of franchising blogs is a great starting point for this education. And, as has been our way of doing things, we start the assessment of franchise sectors with the assessment of the industry they operate within.

So, before we go onto discussing UK business consulting franchises, let’s look at the numbers that matter.

  • The business consulting sector is, quite undoubtedly, a service sector leader in the UK. According to various estimates, the overall size of this sector touches (or even, surpasses) the £80 bn mark. (Source: uk)
  • Of this, close to £10 bn is estimated to come from management consulting businesses.
  • This also makes the UK business consulting sector the second largest in Europe.
  • Over the last few years, the sector has experienced steady, predictable growth, making it ripe for investment. According the numbers provided by consultancy.uk, the YoY growth rates stand at 6-10% (2013-2016). (Source: Management Consultants Association)

business consulting franchise uk

  • The business consulting industry is divided between many sub-sectors. The largest among these is the financial sector, represented by businesses like audit firms and tax consultancy firms. Surprisingly, the next place is taken up by the the overall public sector. (Source: Management Consultants Association)
  •  Data from ALM (US) puts even more emphasis on the important of management consulting. Their analysis shows that the size of the UK management consulting sector may well be over £21 bn. (Source: uk)

These numbers are enough to convince that a typical business consulting franchise UK has the good fortune of operating within a healthy, globally relevant and future-facing industry. This, indeed, is a positive sign for franchisees looking to invest in UK business consulting franchises.

What Is Business Consulting? What Does A Business Consulting Franchise UK Do?

Business consulting is an umbrella term that covers all businesses that provide valuable consulting services to other businesses. In other words, consulting businesses are B2Bs that focus on transferring knowledge, expertise and experience in various fields. The best example of such businesses are commercial audit firms.

This also means that consultancy businesses are secondary/tertiary dependents on the growth of other businesses. Quite naturally, the best time to invest in consultancy franchises is when the economy is entering the ‘boom period’.

“While the present phase in the UK economy is fraught with uncertainty, it must be noted that consultancy businesses have more or less weathered the storm, exhibiting promising numbers over the last three years.”

What Do UK Business Consultancy Franchises Really Do?

The business operations depend largely on the niche the franchisor business belong to. In general, consulting businesses share their expertise with their clients on an as-needed basis. Larger, more established UK business consulting franchises have the luxury of being retained by their clientele.

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How Much Do Business Consulting Franchises Cost?

This is perhaps the most burning question in your mind, if you’re looking to invest in business consultancy franchises UK.

We have said, on multiple occasions, that service sector businesses are cheaper to franchise. Since consultancy businesses belong wholly to the service sector, it can be assumed that you will need to invest a lower amount to buy a franchise unit from them than, let’s say, product-based retail franchises.

Our study of UK business consulting franchises reveals that franchisees typically need to invest anywhere between £10,000 and £40,000 to get started. Many other service sector franchises (like commercial cleaning franchises) share this range with UK business consulting franchises.

Much of this investment is directed towards the initial, one-off franchise fee. The franchise fee allows you to licence the franchisor’s brand name, business model and other bespoke offerings. Other components of the initial investment go towards securing the territory, setting up an office, hiring staff and so forth.

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Can You Run A Business Consulting Franchise UK From Home?

Small sized business consulting franchises can indeed be run from home, provided that the franchisor allows such operations. The most common example in this regard is that of tax consultants who run their business in their spare time, providing their advisory and expertise services remotely. (Learn more about home-based franchise opportunities here).

In other cases, you will be required to set up an office, preferably in a business district.

Do You Need Business Experience To Run A Business Consulting Franchise UK?

There are two angles to this question:

  1. The expertise and experience in your field
  2. The expertise and experience in running the business

You will, undoubtedly, need to have competent expertise and experience in your field, because your revenue will revolve around it. On the other hand, it’s not always necessary to have prior experience of running your own business (although having it at your disposal certainly helps).

The important trait to have in order to run any business successfully is the ability to learn quickly. If you’re business-minded, you can learn the ropes in no time, maximising the market worth of your skills.

Top UK Business Consulting Franchises

Just to give our readers an idea, here’s our list of some of the top business consultancy franchises UK. Please note that the details provided here are subject to change, and we advise our readers to contact the franchisor directly for further details.

(You may also want to go through more business consultancy franchise opportunities listed in our Franchise Directory)

Brilliant Customer Service

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £14,950 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Customer service expertise for businesses
  • High margin business model
  • High growth rate
  • Opportunity to work part/full time
  • Can be run from home
  • Full training provided
  • Business assistance provided

Business Doctors

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £39,500 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Business growth and troubleshooting experts
  • Valuable brand name
  • Website, marketing and IT support
  • Exclusive territory
  • Can be run from home
  • Full training provided
  • Business assistance provided
  • Finance assistance through a third-party
  • BFA Full Member

Expense Reduction Analysts

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £44,900 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Cost optimisation experts
  • Internationally renowned brand name
  • High earning potential
  • Relatively low overheads and operating expenses
  • Can be run from home
  • Full training on offer
  • Marketing and IT support
  • Bespoke “Start Up” programme for franchises
  • BFA Full Member

Chrysalis Partners

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £27,950 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Business coaching and consulting
  • High margin business model
  • 5-day residential training programme
  • Ongoing training and unlimited business support
  • Relatively low working capital requirements
  • Full training provided
  • Can be run from home

ActionCOACH

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £69,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Business growth and tactical coaching
  • In business for over 25 years
  • A network of 150+ active franchisees (Action Coaches) in the UK
  • Global presence, International network of 1,000+ Action Coaches in 40+ countries
  • Can be run from home
  • Full training on offer
  • Ongoing business support
  • BFA Full Member

Business Consulting Franchises UK – The Takeaways

  • UK business consultancy franchises are ideal for investors with medium investment appetite.
  • Operations can be run from home in most cases.
  • Thorough franchise market research is required before shortlisting your options.
  • Talk to existing franchisees before investing.
  • Consultancy franchises are tough to scale, unless you’re willing to work full time.