The BFA has been at the heart of franchising, so why no longer?

June 10, 2019

Companies all over the world are assessing their relevance in today’s markets, ensuring products and services are fit for the consumer and implementing plans, processes and teams that support agile development environments and the British Franchise Association (BFA) is no different.

It is no secret that in recent years the BFA has come under fire for its ‘dated operation’ and to be honest I’d be inclined to agree with the statement.

The challenge for the current BFA leadership team and one we are pleased to accept is the transformation to a business that aligns as the natural strategic partner to any franchisor and their franchisees, delivering strategies that add significant value and facilitating market leading campaigns that put UK franchising on the map and in the minds of the next generation.

What’s our ‘why change’?
First and foremost franchising standards are everything, without them franchising would struggle to maintain the low failure rates, perception would hugely impact people’s appetite to invest and it is highly likely that consumers would think twice about where they spend their money.

That’s not to say that we believe franchisors are not capable of operating to high standards without the BFA, but it is certainly true that many require support and guidance to help them navigate the ups and downs of franchisor network development.

Of the 99 per cent of franchisors applying for membership some require a form of adjustment to their core framework in order to obtain accreditation and many go on to seek advice and guidance throughout the duration of their membership with us.

We don’t just keep our eye on the UK, the BFA sits on both European and global franchise councils to ensure we are well versed in opportunities and threats that arise globally and could impact the UK industry.

The UK developer accreditation has been born out of identification of unethical franchising trends globally, so in order to protect the UK industry we now liaise with international brands looking to enter so they fully understand the landscape and expectations in the UK.

Related: 4 Reasons Why Franchising in the UK is Here to Stay

Knowledge is power and with power we can influence
This message is critical to the future of franchising and whether you are a new franchisor, or 40 years into your network development, this is the reason to consider joining the BFA.

We have numerous examples of mistakes being made to the detriment of the industry and this intelligence drives our educational strategies, so what are they?

  • Free online education for franchisees and franchisors to support their knowledge of franchising prior to deciding on investing. This results in higher quality entrants.
  • Classroom and evidenced based training to help franchisee support teams, resulting in better franchise understanding and development structures.
  • High quality member conference programmes which deal with leadership, culture, sales, performance management, digital strategies and everything impacting the success of franchise businesses. Without dealing with the generic business trends franchising cannot expect to compete.
  • Industry surveys to identify trends, and support the strategic decisions of people operating in the sector. We also use this to present franchising in the media.
  • The Franchise Gym is set up to help maximise business performance in franchising, offering franchisors and their networks low-cost flexible solutions during development and change projects. Although in pilot phase this will officially launch this year in September.
  • The BFA, in collaboration with The Franchise Trust have built an employability programme to support different demographics into the workplace to secure a future in franchising. Our members and their franchisees will have the opportunity to support this initiative and see a collective franchise industry reduce UK unemployment.
  • If the BFA’s education could influence the UK’s academic agenda franchising would be in the minds of all youngsters going through this system – so that is what we are doing. An interactive video for school children, college franchise fairs, lecturer sessions in universities and potentially a new franchise module being designed by the BFA and a leading business school – watch this space.

Promotion for all who commit to the cause
The cause is the opportunity to build a strong industry that self protects within the collective to provide enviable circumstances for growth. In order to provide an ethical and fair approach to this there are a few rules:

  • If you wish to be involved you must practice what you preach and support the industry at large, this requires your commitment to the association to further broaden the reach and representation.
  • In recent years we have transformed the PR agenda to communicate not only in franchising but into businesses, sectors and regions to drive a growing awareness. Although we do promote the association through these channels we use evidence based case studies and our member brands to substantiate our messages.
  • Franchise guides have been produced and targeted digital campaigns run to expand reach using only our accredited advisors and franchisors.
  • Our website features numerous materials for people to be inspired by franchising and we are producing more opportunities for franchisors and their franchisees to benefit from the resources and partnerships we are building – our new website will be live in October.
  • This is of course the age of partnerships and this means that we are working hard in the background to create valuable opportunities that benefit franchising and our members – you will see some of our projects come to fruition over the coming months.

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Is the BFA team up to the job?
The association’s management team has 80 plus years of experience in franchising both at the coalface as franchisees, leading strategies for franchisors and of course driving standards and education in the industry as confidents, advisors and influencers.

We are on a journey of transformation and want the industry to join us in leading the direction. So in answer to the question posed in the title of this article – the association no longer sits at the heart of this industry, it is at the forefront representing, innovating and leading the way, ready to support the next generation of franchisors, franchisees, business leaders and influencers, and help current members do the same.

My final thought
A quote from Henry Ford, ‘Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.’

By Emily Price – chief operating officer at the BFA

Source: Franchise World

Neighbourly hosted its third European Reunion in the UK

June 4, 2019

Neighbourly, the home services company, hosted its third European Reunion in the UK in Manchester, which brought together over 350 franchisees from four countries across its service brands.

This year’s event themed ‘First Class’ celebrated the success of its franchisees from each of the brands in the UK, Ireland, Austria and Germany at an awards ceremony, and gave franchisees the opportunity to network and share best practice.

Neighbourly also announced its new plans for all of its brands in the year ahead, which now total eight after recently acquiring the UK kitchen makeover franchise, Dream Doors.

Mike Bidwell, Neighborly’s (a holding company of 22 service brands including the U.S. and Canada) chief executive and president, said: “Neighborly has had another strong year of performance, continuing to execute on our plan for growth in Europe and North America. We are now the world leader of franchise brands focused on repairing, maintaining and enhancing homes and properties.

“This year’s European Reunion has been a fantastic success for not only ourselves as a franchisor, but for all our franchisees. It has been one of the largest gatherings of franchise owners in Europe, and we wouldn’t of wanted to be anywhere else, Manchester, the home of culture, music and sport.”

Neighbourly in Europe consists of eight brands – Aire Serv, Bright & Beautiful, Countrywide Grounds Maintenance, Drain Doctor, Dream Doors, and Mr. Electric, plus Locatec and Rainbow International in Germany and Austria.

Award winners
The Neighbourly Reunion Award Winners 2019 were:
UK Franchisee of the Year – David, Denise and Mike Baddeley (Drain Doctor)
Philip Young (Countrywide Grounds Maintenance)
Julie Dunne (Bright & Beautiful)
Martin and Alex Smith (Dream Doors)

Source: Franchise World

Petpreneurs On the Rise: Why Pet Franchises Are A Real Growth Sector

May 10, 2019

Pet Franchises UK. I have a confession. I am a “Crazy Dog Lady”. I am the proud owner of a nearly ten-year-old, diabetic, partially-sighted West Highland Terrier who I often unashamedly refer to as “my third baby” (I also have two children). My dog is well and truly spoiled and treated as one of the family.

I’m not alone in this behaviour. In the U.S nearly half of American households own dogs. That’s an estimated 90 million canine pals. Here in the UK, we’re also a nation of animal lovers.

“There are 900 million dogs in the world and 9 million of these are in the U.K. In fact, 26 percent of the U.K population own a dog. Running a pet based franchise business means that you can combine a passion with a dream – a winning formula!” says Jo Middleton, founder of U.K-based Dog First Aid Ltd, an animal first aid franchise business offering franchise opportunities since 2017.

The statistics certainly support what Ms Middleton says. Even though the pet population in the UK is officially declining (apparently a drop from 71 million in 2013 to 54 million in 2017), the overall spending on pet services, care and products significantly increased in the same period – from £3.8 billion in 2013 to £4.5billion in 2017.

It’s not surprising therefore that pet-related businesses have been cropping up left, right and center over the past decade, and that many of these have emerged into the world of franchising. From pet sitting and dog walking to animal grooming, pet waste removal and animal photography, treats for hungry hounds and animal first aid, there’s a business out there to cater for the need and whim of every pampered pooch or mollycoddled cat.

Related: Pet Franchises in the UK – Turn Your Passion into a Business

And, as if to prove a point, Husse the Swedish pet store franchise has leapt a massive 23 places in the rankings over the past 12 months in a list of the apparent Top 100 Global franchises of 2019, now ranked at number 43.

So the statistics really do “bark” for themselves. But what is it particularly that makes the world of animal services so attractive for both franchisors and would-be franchisees?

The first element is scalability and teachability. The beauty of most pet-related businesses is that they are simple and straightforward enough to be replicated by another person in another geographical area. A new franchisee can be trained and be up and running, earning money from their business quite quickly, making it a win-win situation for both franchisor and franchisee. The nature of a pet-related business also means that it’s unlikely to be significantly affected by regional or geographical variations, making it a model that is likely to be suitable for expansion on a significant scale if all of the other elements for success are present and correct.

The second is passion. If an individual is looking to invest hard earned cash into a business as a potential franchisee, then many will use their own passions and interests as a starting point. The statistics above clearly show that there are a huge number of animal lovers out there for the taking. A pet franchise allows the opportunity to build a business around a love for animals – and possibly also to bring your own pet along to work for the ride! Tying in with this is the fact that most pet business franchisors will therefore be able to have a fairly clear idea from the outset as to the type of person that their particular franchise opportunity will attract and who their Ideal Franchise Persona will be. This helps greatly when it comes to successful franchisee recruitment.

Another significant factor in the success of pet franchise businesses must be lifestyle factors, and in particular the hunt for the ideal (often elusive) work-life balance. More and more of us are looking for flexible working opportunities and opportunities where we can work from home and choose the hours that we work. Many of the pet franchises available allow the franchisee to operate the business from a home office – where you can work with your own cat or dog curled up at your feet!

Inextricably linked in with the aforementioned point would be cost. Although some pet franchises will inevitably involve significant costs and premises, many do not. In the franchise world, many pet franchises are perceived to be relatively low cost and low risk which widens the pool of potential franchisees. And in times of financial uncertainty, when we consider the annual spending figures referred to above, pet businesses appear to be viewed as pretty “recession proof”. It seems that although we may be cutting back on other luxuries in life, we’re not compromising when it comes to our pets.

One other factor that must favor pet service franchisors is the fact that pet businesses are becoming increasingly legislation-heavy. This is, of course, a good thing as the protection of our much-loved animals is at stake. However, the rules, regulations and license requirements that must be complied with when setting up an animal care business could be daunting to anyone looking to enter the marketplace as an independent operator. Joining a franchise network means that the franchisee can (hopefully) be confident that all of the necessary legalities have been complied with.

Related: Pet Franchises – Search Franchise Reviews Directory

In the fast-growing pet franchise marketplace, franchisors will need to keep innovating in order to remain relevant and competitive. However, for pet lovers with a passion for business, it seems that franchising really could be a route to entrepreneurial success.

By: Fiona Simpson

Source: Forbes

Home Services Franchise UK – Should You Buy UK Home Service Franchises?

April 16, 2019

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

Home services franchises UK operate in a sector that can rely on steady, consistent market demand. Should you, then, invest in a home services franchise UK?

 
While discussing franchise market research, we made an important point: a franchise business that operates in a robust sector has, despite having to face strong competition, the advantage of sizeable, reliable demand forces. A retail franchise UK, for example, always has better a better chance of returning significant profits thanks to the inherent scalability advantage.

On the other hand, a very specific, micro-niche franchise sector (magazine franchises, for example) provides faster, easier returns that are still hamstrung by the size of the market.

Essentially, buying a franchise is all about balancing your priorities. In that sense, a home services franchise UK provides a solid, robust option for franchisees that are looking for small to mid-sized investment options.

As you can easily guess, home services franchises UK operate in a sector that is never really going to run out of demand – as long as there are homeowners, you will be needed. That, regardless of the way you choose to look at the prospects, is a bright start to this discussion.

We will, in this post, see what UK home services businesses are, what sort of investment is required to buy and run one, how long a typical home services franchise UK takes to break even, and what the risks to your investment are.

Market Overview For A Home Services Franchise UK

It’s difficult to summarise the market conditions faced by a home services franchise UK, thanks largely to the fact that such businesses are spread across dozens of industries and sectors within these industries.

For example, a domestic pest control franchise is as much a home services franchise UK as, say, a gardening franchise. At this point, it should suffice to say that UK home services businesses benefit immensely from the diversity of this spread.

There are over 25 million homes in the UK – spread evenly across the country. Of course, the concentration of the demand is always going to be higher in densely populated areas. However, the most important number in this regard is the age distribution of homeowners.

70% of UK seniors (aged 65 and more) are homeowners – the premium, first-choice target demographic for every home services business UK. (Source: Statista)

In essence, depending on the sub-sector you choose for your home services franchise UK, the demand and supply calculations will change drastically. To learn more about franchise opportunities in most of these sectors, do follow our UK franchising blog. In addition, the franchising news section of our website has you covered about the latest updates and news in the world of UK franchising.

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What Does A UK Home Services Franchise Do?

There’s no rigid definition that can contain the scope of UK home services businesses.

Typically, a home services franchise UK is expected to offer a specialty service (or a set of services) to individual homeowners and landlords. Larger franchises work with home owners’ societies and businesses (hotels, schools, dorms and so forth).

Can You Run A Home Services Franchise UK From Home?

As the name clearly suggests, all UK home service businesses operate in the service sector – as do most franchise businesses out there. The nature of this sector allows franchisees to operate their business from a home office, as long as the operations are at a smaller, easily manageable scale.

For example, many home improvement franchises UK set up a small home office, hire a team of qualified professionals and run their daily operations out of a van – a recurring concept as far as franchise businesses go.

If you are interested in work-from-home franchise opportunities, do read through our review of home-based franchises UK.

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How Much Does A Home Services Franchise UK Cost?

It’s really difficult to arrive at a range that perfectly captures the level of investment required for franchisees to buy a UK home services business. Depending on the nature of the sector you choose to operate in and the value brought on board by the franchisor, this number tends vary quite a bit from one end of the spectrum (£3,000) to the other (£100,000+).

You will, in most cases, be required to raise funds to the tune of £20,000 if you’re looking to buy a franchise unit from a well-established, reputed and successful franchisor.

Much of your initial investment in a home services business UK will go towards the franchise fees – a one-off investment that allows you to license the business plan, brand and other relevant assets put on offer by the franchisor.

Other recurring expenses involved in the running of UK home service businesses are much the same as any franchise business. These include investments towards buying a van, equipment, inventory (if applicable), staff salaries, taxes, insurance and utilities. You will also need to invest smartly in marketing. Established franchisors take it upon themselves to handle the marketing for their franchisees, albeit for a recurring fee.

Top Home Services Franchises UK

Here’s our brief overview of some of the most popular franchises in this sector. Please get in touch with the respective franchisors to know more about these opportunities.

1. Cleanhome

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £7,995 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Cleaning services for the domestic sector
  • No need to have prior experience
  • Best suited for franchisees with management and sales background
  • Primed for fast growth
  • Full training provided
  • Business support and launch assistance
  • Can be run from home
  • Associate BFA Member

2. Leading The Way

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £8,995 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Pet care provider
  • An ideal part-time/full-time franchising opportunity
  • Small investment, poised for faster growth
  • Best suited for franchisees who are passionate about pets
  • Full training
  • Assistance with obtaining relevant credentials and licences
  • Low overheads
  • Provisional BFA Member

3. The Pest Company

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £16,295 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Domestic pest control services
  • An end-to-end management franchise
  • High percentage of repeat customers
  • Ongoing support
  • Full training on offer
  • Exclusive, large territory allocated to each franchisee

4. Home Instead Senior Care

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £41,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Premium homecare services
  • Full training provided to your caregiver employees
  • 10,000+ satisfied clients
  • Ongoing business and marketing support
  • Home-based franchise opportunity
  • Full BFA Member

UK Home Service Franchises – The Takeaways

  • Go through our blog for detailed reviews on each segment within the home services industry.
  • Pay attention to how your marketing budget is spent and what returns you get on each pound spent.
  • Strive for quality – the decisive factor that separates a successful home services business UK from an unsuccessful one.
  • Work with a franchisor that offers the most in terms of growth potential and support.

Related: Home Services Franchises – Search Franchise Reviews Directory

If you operate within the home services industry, we would love to hear from you. Send in your experiences here, and stand a chance to have your business featured on our franchise success stories page.

Why buying a franchise is still a good investment despite economic uncertainty

April 15, 2019

You’ve decided you’re ready to invest in a franchise; you’re up for the challenge of owning your own business and taking the plunge into business life.

But before you take the plunge, you’re still unsure if your investment will weather any potential economic storms. While any new business venture has the possibility of failure, the franchise industry has proven to be a good investment during tough times.

According to the British Franchise Association, the franchise industry contributes roughly £17 billion to the country’s economy annually, and employs around 710,000 people — up from 89,000 in 2015. Additionally, research by the association finds that “around 90% of franchisees – who own and operate their business using the brand, systems and support of a larger company – have reported profitability annually for over 20 years running.” This article, written in collaboration with F45, details the reasons why buying a franchise is such a good business opportunity in 2019. 

Support

Franchisees receive an enormous amount of support from dedicated funds, local banks, and franchisors due to  the profits and growth trajectory that the business model shows. Consumers still buy products and services during poor economic times, and franchises have the benefit of a larger name with an established history that people are willing to trust more when money is tight.

Therefore, profits either remain the same or continue to increase, making the risk of lending money to franchises a less risky business than lending money to a startup that has no immediate traction and isn’t instantly recognisable.

Resilience 

When a franchisee opens a new location, it’s beneficial for him or her to be backed by a large, recognizable name. Franchises have reported a profitability rate of 90% within the first two years of opening, while independent businesses have reported a profitability rate of 50% within the same time frame.

This means that while 50% of independent business do see a rather quick turnaround in profit, another 50% don’t. This rate is much higher for franchisees. The franchise business model has proven remarkably resilient and successful in its formative years.

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One of the reasons for this is that while franchisees may not have the original idea to start up their own private business, they have the skills to manage and run a new business, and are backed by a larger company with financial resources and a trusted name.

Low costs 

The franchise business model offers a year-on-year growth rate second to none. This is not only due to the large-scale visibility of the brand, but also the relatively low business costs (including startup, operational, and the cost of products or services).

While consumers do still buy products or services during tough times, they will often reduce their spending or opt for cheaper alternatives, which is where numerous franchisees can step in and thrive. For example, second-hand stores and takeaway restaurants can offer franchisees cheaper overhead costs while still allowing consumers to go about shopping for clothes and buying food.

Fitness franchises such as the F45 training franchise do the same, offering relatively low startup costs, while giving members an experience that proves value for money. 

If you had any doubts about the sustainability of the franchise business model, those doubts should be fading now. While any business could become profitable under good management and leadership, a franchise has an advantage over an independent business from the get-go. From financial support and resilience to relatively low business costs, the franchise model is a good investment choice despite economic uncertainty.

Source: BM Magazine

BFA/HSBC Franchise Awards 2019 finalists announced

April 13, 2019

The BFA has announced the finalists for the annual BFA/HSBC Franchise Awards for franchisors and franchisees.

Franchisor awards
This year the awards has two new categories for Social Enterprise and Leadership & Culture.

With the franchising sector continuing to move forward, the BFA explains that, so do the awards, and the new categories introduced are to reflect the sector’s progressive attitude.

The Social Enterprise category is for a business that has been built to respond to a demand by finding a gap in the market, while also clearly helping the wider community in some way.

The Leadership & Culture category focuses on the business’s passion, vision and values, where franchisees and staff have clearly been placed at the centre of the business so that ideas can be shared and franchisees can contribute to the company’s growth.

Two award categories have also been combined for 2019 to create the Brand Awareness & Innovation award.

Pip Wilkins, chief executive of the BFA, believes the innovative and enabling approach of the nominated franchise systems is indicative of a wider trend in the industry of allowing people to thrive through franchising.

Wilkins added: “Congratulations to all those shortlisted. This year was particularly tough, as so many franchise brands presented excellent cases for being put forward, so for those that have been shortlisted, they really have gone above and beyond in helping their network.

“The very fact that the companies put forward are so diverse is not surprising, as franchising is a diverse industry in general, and it continues to push boundaries.

“In the 20 years I have been involved in franchising, so much has changed. There are more women than ever becoming franchisees, and 18 per cent of all franchisees are now under 30, as reported in our 2018 franchise survey. This diversity, as well as many systems now being workable from home, has allowed the industry to flourish.”

The Franchisor of the Year category has six finalists and includes Driver Hire who is shortlisted for the second year running for the main title. Some individual franchise sectors have several nominations with Home Instead, Radfield Home Care and Right at Home representing domiciliary care and children’s well-being franchises has three finalists, Creation Station, Swimtime and Window to the Womb.

Sponsors’ comments
Andrew Brattesani, head of franchising at HSBC, the award sponsors, commented: “To be a finalist in any of the categories show that each business is going above and beyond to ensure the model is working well for franchisor, franchisee, and all associated staff.

“No matter which accolade the company has been put forward for, I wish all the nominated companies the best of luck when it comes to announcing the winners.”

The franchisor finalists are:

Franchisor of the Year

  • Minster Cleaning Services
  • Window to the Womb
  • Oscar Pet Foods
  • Speedy Freight
  • InXpress
  • Driver Hire

Emerging Franchisor

  • Award Leisure
  • Access4Lofts
  • Radfield Home Care

Brand Awareness & Innovation

  • Oscar Pet Foods
  • The Christmas Decorators
  • énergie Fitness
  • O2

Leadership & Culture

  • Home Instead
  • McDonald’s Restaurants
  • Right at Home

Social Enterprise

  • Swimtime UK
  • Wiltshire Farm Foods
  • Creation Station

Franchisee awards
To showcase the young talent entering franchising, this year the Young Franchisee of the Year category has changed to two award categories to represent the emerging talent of both young female and male franchisees in the sector.

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In the four additional award categories there is also a new award for Business Transformation to represent the second-generation franchisees that have taken on a franchise unit and have successfully grown the business.

The franchisee finalists are:

Young Female Franchisee of the Year

  • Jennie Mills (Rainbow International)
  • Charlotte Eames (The Creation Station)
  • Victoria Rigby (Home Instead)

Young Male Franchisee of the Year

  • Steve Mullins (ActionCOACH)
  • Craig Bishop (Snap-on Tools)
  • Daryl Perkins (Card Connection)

Customer Engagement

  • Sarah Reeves (Bright & Beautiful)
  • Berkeley Harris (Sandler Training)
  • Kev & Amy Popat (Right at Home)

Lifestyle

  • Allison Malone (Stagecoach)
  • John & Elaine Warburton (Barking Mad)
  • David Hill (The Christmas Decorators)

Multi-unit

  • Steve Morris (Speedy Freight)
  • Mark and Joanna Butler (Tutor Doctor)
  • Mark Sadleir (Window to the Womb)

Business Transformation

  • Simon White (Home Instead)
  • Gill Dawson (Molly Maid)
  • Ed Pockney (Driver Hire)

Brattesani commented: “Well done to all the shortlisted franchisees in their respective categories. To be recognised in this way proves how well the franchisee is working in ensuring best practice, implementing innovative approaches and helping the wider community.”

The winners will be announced at the Franchise Awards at the BFA Annual Conference on 27th June at the Vox Conference Centre, Resorts World, Birmingham.

Source: Franchise World

Magazine Franchise UK – Should You Buy UK Magazine Franchises?

April 12, 2019

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

Should you invest in a magazine franchise UK? Where should your search for a profitable franchise begin? Here’s our take on the issue.

 
Buying a franchise can be a daunting task – especially for the first-time franchisees. Things aren’t always straightforward, the markets aren’t always favourable and the competition is rarely lax or lenient. Add to it the present-day Brexit impact franchising, and you begin to understand why there’s more confusion among franchisees than there ever has been.

We built franchise4u with the sole aim of educating franchisees and bridging the gap between them and franchisors. This post about magazine franchises UK is another attempt at tackling the questions that most franchisees looking to invest in a magazine franchise UK have.

While we concede that magazine franchises UK aren’t the first-choice investment option for many franchisees, it’s important to note here that a well-run and proven franchisor can certainly create opportunities worth watching out for in this space. The returns aren’t going to be as handsome as, say, retail franchises – but for the level of investment, commitment and work required, a magazine business UK can just be the alternative you need to generate an additional, reliable stream of income.

Understanding The Market For A Magazine Franchise UK

All UK magazine franchises operate in a close-knit sector. Many dub this as a ‘readership economy’ – a sector that’s dominated largely by three segments: news/entertainment, fiction/non-fiction and academics.

An average magazine business UK can ‘float’ freely in all these segments, depending upon the niche chosen by the franchisor.

Thankfully, UK readers are known to be of the ‘voracious’ variety, and there’s always a great demand for print magazine subscriptions throughout the country. This, despite the fluctuating influence of e-readers and tablets , is a certain positive for every franchisee looking to buy a magazine franchise UK.

  • The UK publishing market is among the largest in the world. At over £10 bn per year, the publishing market not only generates a good deal of money for the investors, it also creates thousands of employment opportunities.
  • The circulation numbers and readership volume have both been in decline in recent years for print magazines published natively in the UK.
  • In 2011, the UK magazine readers purchased close to 800 million magazine copies. The same number dropped drastically to 373 million in 2018 – a more than 50% downward move.
  • As a magazine franchise UK, you cannot afford to ignore these numbers.
  • Health, current affairs, politics, sports, lifestyle and entertainment continue to dominate the print magazine sector in the UK.

Sources: Statista, Press Gazette

While investing in UK magazine franchises may not look like the best alternative from a purely market-facing point of view, it must be said that magazine businesses UK do have a good track record of providing consistent and predictable returns for their owners.

Recommended: All You Need To Know About Printing Franchises UK

What Does A Magazine Franchise UK Really Do?

This is a fair question – all franchisees looking to get on board the franchising vehicle have it. (Answers to most other franchising questions can be found in the franchising FAQ section of our website).

There exist three major types of magazine franchises UK. These are:

1. Magazine Publishing Businesses

We don’t usually come across magazine publishing franchises because it takes a great deal of capital investment to get started with one. As you can guess, such franchises publish magazines for their clients as and when the need be.

2. Magazine Distribution Businesses

This is by far the most common type of UK magazine franchises. As a magazine distributor, your task will be to onboard regular subscribers for a variety of magazines that the franchisor publishes. Such businesses mainly revolve around your ability to market and sell, and no prior experience in publishing, editing or design is required. Magazine distribution franchises can also be run from home.

3. B2B Magazine Businesses

We have already discussed in great details how UK B2B franchises work. The B2B segment of magazine franchises UK isn’t much different from these. However, since such opportunities rarely come up (and are often cost prohibitive for new investors), we will keep the discussion around them limited only to an introductory level.

A B2B magazine business UK typically operates in the leasing, selling and buying of print equipment, while also providing custom print services to large businesses.

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 How Much Does A Magazine Franchise UK Cost?

The next logical question is: “How much does it really cost in initial investment to run a magazine franchise UK?”

While we will, as is our practice, keep ourselves from quoting an average figure, we are glad to say that most magazine franchises UK don’t require a large capital outlay right off the bat.

Typically, you buy and start trading with £5,000 to £15,000 in initial investment.

We do not usually come across UK magazine business opportunities that are outside the sales/subscription segment. So, quite naturally, franchisees don’t need to worry much about investing in designers, machinery and technology.

The typical operational expenses include outreach expenses, staff salaries (if applicable), office rent (not applicable if you run a home office), utilities, franchisor fees, marketing expenses, taxes, insurance and so forth. As can be noticed, an average UK magazine franchise does NOT need a dedicated location to run the business from.

If work-from-home opportunities interest you, do take a look at our review of home-based franchises UK.

The incomings for a magazine franchise UK come from the commissions paid out by the franchisor. These commissions are based on the business model set up by the franchisor (and agreed upon by the franchisee in the franchise agreement). Most UK magazine businesses are based on a per sale/subscription model, subject to conditions.

Top Magazine Franchises UK

Here’s our review of some of the most popular UK magazine business opportunities. (The list is updated regularly).

Magazine Makers Ltd

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £3,000
  • USP: Community magazines
  • A great opportunity for franchisees with sales/management background
  • No need to have any prior experience in the industry
  • Technical, technological and business support
  • 25+ years in the publishing business
  • Full training provided
  • Home-based franchising opportunity

Magazine Franchises UK – The Takeaways

  • UK magazine franchise opportunities don’t come up very often.
  • Carry out a thorough franchise market research before you invest.
  • A magazine franchise UK can be turned into an excellent home-based, part-time way of generating additional income for your family.
  • Moderate investment levels mean that you can get started even without external funding.

Related: Magazine Franchises – Search Franchise Reviews Directory

If you run a magazine franchise UK, we’d love to hear from you. Do write to us here, and stand a chance to get your business featured on our widely followed franchise success stories page.

Merchandising Franchise UK – Should You Buy UK Merchandising Franchises?

April 3, 2019

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

Merchandising is an important sub-section of the retail sector. Does buying a merchandising franchise UK give your investments a fair chance of returning profits?

 
While discussing UK retail franchises, we made a point that franchising – as a business model – has had the biggest impact on the retail sector on the whole.

The reasons for this impact are many and varied. The most obvious, however, is the fact that the retail sector – on account of its enormous size – is always a prime target for innovations and disruptions. If a minor tweak in the overall supply chain of a huge retail business can yield millions of pounds in operational savings, businesses have no choice but to pay attention to these innovations.

Franchising, as an innovation, has stood the test of time so firmly that it now has become a norm in the retail industry. Merchandising franchises UK provide a great example of this change.

By investing in a merchandising franchise UK, you essentially enter the retail sector – a cutthroat space that has little room for individuals. All the goods and bads of the retail industry come into full force here, meaning that a well-run merchandising franchise UK can provide a decent return on your money.

There are, of course, many caveats to this. We will discuss what UK merchandising franchises are, how they work and what downsides you – as a franchisee – need to be aware of before investing in one.

What Is Merchandising?

Merchandising is a term that has a special place in the world of retail. On a broader level, merchandising refers to anything and everything a business does to put products in front of their customers with the sole intention of making sales. This broad definition, however, fails to capture the true meaning of merchandising – something you’ll need to have a tight grasp on if you were to buy and run a merchandising franchise UK.

The Definition Of Merchandising From The Franchising Point Of View

Merchandising essentially refers to procuring products – from the manufacturer, supplier or vendor – and sell them to the end-user for a profit. This is, again, the very same principle on which most retail businesses run.

There’s a slight difference, though.

UK merchandising franchises bring the benefits of scale and supply (usually reserved for large businesses) on board the franchising vehicle. So, in simpler words, a merchandising franchise UK procures their products from a wide array of suppliers, with the help of the franchisor. This, in turn, reduces the role of the franchisor to that of a distributor (unless they also happen to be the manufacturer).

For franchisees, as we just mentioned, the advantage lies in wider profit margins, access to better products and the convenience of a reliable supply chain.

For the franchisor, the major advantage comes in the form of reduced risk. Since most franchisors prefer to ‘sell’ the inventory to their franchisees, they don’t really have to worry about slow-moving products, unsold inventory or shortfall of cash (a common retail problem, otherwise).

B2B Merchandising Franchises UK

The meaning of merchandising has largely come down to ‘promotional’ items. We all have seen businesses distribute, sell and even donate promotional merchandises (casually labelled as ‘fan merch’) – from free accessories like caps, hats, keychains and wrist bands to expensive hoodies, shoes, bags and even cars.

The B2B segment of UK merchandising franchises helps businesses produce these merch items at a reasonably low cost so that the savings can be added to the bottom line.

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A Review Of The Merchandising Industry In The UK

Before you shortlist merchandising franchises UK, it’s important to understand what the industry landscape is really like. The merchandising industry in the UK, as a sub-sector of the larger retail industry, demonstrates predictable patterns when it comes to growth, bottlenecks to growth and profitability.

Here are some important numbers in this connection:

  • The UK merchandising industry can be divided into two major sections – the retail merchandising segment and the brand-specific, promotional merchandising segment.
  • The promotional merchandising sector in the UK alone accounts for an annual turnover of close to £1 bn.
  • The total number of distributors in this segment – an important metric to assess the viability of every merchandising franchise UK – touches 2,000. The top 1% among these distributors account for nearly 50% of the total turnover.
  • Sports, entertainment and pop culture are the biggest demand influencers in the promotional merchandising industry.
  • A typical merchandising franchise UK has to compete against retail SMEs to either win shelf space or create new niches.

Sources: PWC, Product Media

While there isn’t much to draw from these numbers, it’s always a good sign for franchisees to know that the industry they want to entre is stable, thriving and provides enough room for new entrants. Despite the enormous competition that all retail segments are notorious for, it’s definitely possible for franchisees to buy a merchandising franchise UK, make smart marketing investments and generate consistent profits.

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How Much Does A Merchandising Franchise UK Cost?

The initial investment and the working capital required to buy and run a UK merchandising franchise are more or less in line with other retail franchises.

“On average, a small to mid-sized UK merchandising franchise will require you to invest £10,000 to £35,000 in initial investment.”

Once you have purchased the franchise unit and started trading, you’ll need regular infusions of capital (usually in the form of reinvestment). Efficiently run and well-managed merchandising franchises UK are reported to break even within 12-18 months of trading.

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As is the case with any franchise business out there, franchise market research is enormously important for merchandising franchises UK. You just can’t hope to put your money into a venture that you aren’t sure has what it takes to ‘fly’. Many franchisees make the very mistake – only to see their investments go sour.

If you are new to franchising, our series of free franchising guides is something you should go through. Once you have understood and realised what is required of you an independent business and how to work with the franchisor, things will get progressively easier as you go along.

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The Importance Of Distributors In The Supply Chain Of Merchandising Franchises UK

All that a merchandising business does is buy ready-to-go products from distributors and sell them for a profit. So, it shouldn’t be too difficult to understand how distributors can (and do) impact the supply chain.

A young, independent business just doesn’t have enough industry connections to procure items at reasonable prices. This becomes even more apparent for imported products.

In a retail age defined and dictated by ecommerce, many distributors already have or have been trying to enter the merchandising segment. It takes less than a day to get a website up and running – and it costs next to nothing to do so. So, as a merchandising franchise UK, you’ll need to find reliable, experienced and affordable distributors who won’t try to undercut your profits – and this is where the expertise of your franchisor comes to the fore.

It’s important to work with franchisors who can provide you access to their distributors, allowing you to focus on marketing and sales.

Top Merchandising Franchises UK

Here is our shortlist of some of the most popular merchandising franchises UK.

1. Card Connection

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £40,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Popular greeting card business
  • 12,000+ operational franchise units in the UK and Ireland
  • Get inventory from the franchisor
  • Ideal high-street retail business
  • Over 15 years in business
  • Well-established corporate partnerships
  • Full BFA Member

2. Recognition Express

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £35,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: B2B merchandising solutions
  • In operation for 4 decades
  • Business management training
  • Launch assistance
  • Marketing support
  • Ongoing customer service
  • Full BFA Member

3. Clarks Shoes

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £150,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Popular high-street retail brand of shoes and other footwear
  • A globally recognised brand name
  • A billion-dollar company to back up your business plan
  • A chance to generate substantial revenue
  • Can be run part time
  • Franchise finance may be available
  • Ongoing customer service
  • Full BFA Member

4. Vape And Juice

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £25,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Leading provider of vaping products and accessories
  • Work within a brand-new industry
  • An opportunity to enter early and establish your franchise unit
  • Business training provided
  • Social media and digital marketing support
  • Dedicated franchise manager

5. Rohan

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £75,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: A leading retailer of outdoor clothing and activewear
  • A good opportunity for franchisees with sales background
  • Finance assistance may be available
  • Ongoing support and mentoring

UK Merchandising Franchises – The Takeaways

  • The retail sector is rife with competition. Make sure you get your numbers right before you invest.
  • Running a merchandising franchise UK is well-suited for franchisees who can bring on board prior experience in marketing, sales and management.
  • Develop a relationship with your franchisor and make sure you don’t lose out on distributors who can help you widen your profit margins.
  • Talk to franchisees that have already worked with the franchisors you have on your shortlist.
  • Factor in the resale value of the franchise unit in your calculations.

Related: Merchandising Franchises – Search Franchise Reviews Directory

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Senior Care Franchise UK – Should You Buy UK Senior Care Franchises?

April 1, 2019

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

The health and care market for seniors is not just large in size – it’s enormous in its social significance, too. Find out if investing in a senior care franchise UK is for you.

 

Franchising has grown to be a powerful business model – not just because it gives businesses a way of expanding fast, without spending much. Many experts argue that the reality is actually the other way around – franchising gives an easy, affordable outlet for individuals to realise their entrepreneurial dreams.

While we have already discussed the pros and cons of franchising, the reason to refresh this point is the fact that franchising brings industry sectors – which would otherwise only be open for institutional investors – within the grasp of small-time investors. A great example of this phenomenon are UK senior care franchises.

It’s a huge market, to say the least. Yet, breaking into this market has never been easier than it is today, and much of the credit should go undoubtedly to innovative, franchise-friendly business models developed in the last two decades.

In this article, we will discuss what senior care franchise are, how they work, how much you need to invest in order to buy one and how your investments are likely to perform.

Understanding The Market For Senior Care Franchises UK

Investing in a senior care franchise UK (or any other franchise, for that matter) should never be an impulse-driven decision based on unreasonable ideas. The best way to get as close to being sure-footed as you can is to conduct a thorough franchise market research.

To get you started, here’s our overview of the UK senior health and care industry.

  • The industry is largely divided into two broad sections – the institutional care (the elderly care homes, for examples) and homecare (also known as domiciliary care). Since the institutional care segment is out of our scope when we discuss UK senior care franchises, we will focus on home care businesses.
  • Most local authorities reserve a portion of their budgets to fund various homecare and elderly care services.
  • This funding, as you may be aware, is never enough, allowing private businesses to enter the market. In addition, many local councils outsource the elderly care to private contractors through auctions.
  • Close to 1 million UK residents are estimated to receive homecare services. When you run a senior homecare franchise UK, the local share of this population will essentially be your target demographic.
  • The overall domiciliary care industry in the UK is estimated to have an annual turnover in excess of £8 bn. Of this, 20-25% is estimated to come from self-funders.
  • The homecare industry in the UK employs 600,000+ people – a huge number considering the relatively niche nature of the services provided.

Sources: The UK Homecare Association, LEK Consulting

These numbers provide a very promising context if you’re looking to invest in a senior care franchise UK. However, it must also be reported here that not all is good when it comes to the financial stability or viability of the UK senior health and care industry. The Financial Times recently cited a report which claimed that there was a worrying trend of pulling out of contracts in the industry.

You can get past these worries by making sure that you work with the right franchisor, with a proven business model. To be doubly sure before you actually put your money on the line, follow some important checks we have listed in our free franchising checklist.

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What Does A Senior Care Franchise UK Do?

If you have never previously worked in the health and care sector, it’s very easy to get disoriented while trying to figure out what a senior care franchise UK really does.

Homecare franchises are, as you can guess, primarily service providers. The USP is always going to revolve around providing excellent, reliable and value-for-money services. That said, it must be noted here that not all homecare franchises UK operate in the same way.

Keeping the exceptions and aberrations at bay for a moment, let’s take a quick look at how a typical senior care franchise UK functions.

  1. The franchisor, based on their experience in the medical care industry, develops a successful business model. If it turns out to be replicable, the franchisor decides to franchise it.
  2. Interested franchisees buy franchise units from the franchisor.
  3. These units are then allocated dedicated, exclusive operational territories.
  4. The homecare franchise then operates as an independent business in the given territory, following the franchisor’s business model.
  5. In most cases, the franchisee is responsible for hiring caregivers.

As can be noticed, a homecare franchise UK operates pretty much like most other service based franchise businesses – the only exception being the numerous checks and licences homecare businesses are subjected to. To know more about what really goes into setting up a domiciliary care business, check this guide out.

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Do You Need To Have Any Medical/Health Experience To Run A Homecare Franchise UK?

Every senior care franchise UK is a socially significant business venture. Therefore, to run a homecare franchise UK with success, it’s advisable to have some prior experience of:

  1. Running your own business/discharging management duties
  2. Working in a health/medical/care field

Of course, these are just the ideal requirements. In reality, most franchisors will allow you to buy a senior franchise UK as long as you’re willing to undergo their training programmes. There are many franchisees out there who have turned senior care franchise units into successful ventures, without bringing on board any prior experience.

In this regard, senior care franchises UK are quite similar to education franchises UK. Running such a franchise usually involves the following duties on your part:

  1. Hiring staff
  2. Marketing and customer acquisition
  3. Management
  4. Finances
  5. Customer relationship management
  6. Franchisor relationship management

How Much Do Homecare Franchises UK Cost?

When you buy a senior care franchise UK, you primarily buy the promise of a working, proven, scalable business model from the franchisor. Along come other peripherals such as brand name licensing, uniforms, accessories, training, business support and so forth.

Depending upon how much the franchisor is willing to provide in terms of all these aspects, and how much the franchise unit is really worth in terms of its potential to turn profitable, the minimum initial investment varies widely for homecare franchises UK.

Our survey indicates that a senior care franchise UK with a proven business model, exclusive territory rights and other peripherals costs between £20,000 to £40,000 in minimum initial investment.

If you’re just starting out and have no prior franchising experience, do take some time to check out our series of free franchising guides. You’re guaranteed to find a ton of useful information there. To keep abreast of the latest developments in the world of UK franchising, do subscribe to the franchising news section of our website.

Making Sure Your Homecare Franchise UK Is Not Just Compliant – But Superior!

Staying compliant with all the applicable codes, rules, laws and norms is a non-negotiable for any business. This holds especially true for homecare franchises UK, since they operate in a very challenging segment of the overall health industry.

Running a successful senior care franchise UK isn’t at all about providing rudimentary services – it’s about giving the best experience to your customers. They will not only be paying a good deal of money to you – they will come to rely on your services in highly personal ways.

For starters, your homecare franchise UK will need to be registered with the Care Quality Commission – the regulatory body that oversees all care businesses in the UK. An excellent guide to providing high-quality homecare services can be found here. It will give you a fair idea of what will be expected of you when you run a senior care franchise UK.

Top UK Senior Care Franchises

Here’s our shortlist of some of the most popular senior homecare franchises UK.

1. My HomeCare Franchise

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £20,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Premium homecare services across the UK
  • 99% management fee
  • Full training and support
  • 100% compliance support
  • Marketing, advertising and procurement assistance
  • Help with recruitment

2. Radfield Homecare Franchise

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £23,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: GP-headed senior homecare services
  • 35+ years in operation
  • Renowned brand name
  • Dedicated franchise support manager
  • 20-day training programme
  • Get started with a small working capital
  • Centralised invoicing system to reduce admin load
  • Associate BFA Member

3. Right At Home UK

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £31,995 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Experienced homecare provider in the UK
  • One of the first homecare businesses to distribute franchises
  • High-quality services across the board
  • Launch assistance
  • Full training
  • Compliance support
  • No experience required
  • Full BFA Member

4. Bluebird Care Franchise

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £35,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Fastest growing UK senior care franchise
  • Full training
  • Ongoing support
  • Compliance and registration assistance
  • Branded stationary
  • Staff uniforms
  • Full BFA Member

UK Homecare Franchises – The Takeaways

  • Make sure you’ve got the right skill set to manage and run a responsible business.
  • People skills are extremely important while running a senior care franchise UK.
  • The investment required is significant. Make sure you know how to raise money for a franchise business.
  • Talk to the franchisor and operational franchisees to know more about the business.

Related: Care Franchises – Search Franchise Reviews Directory

If you run a homecare franchise UK, we’d love to hear from you. Send in your experiences and insights to us here, and we will try our best to put them in front our readers.

 

Education Franchise UK – Should You Buy UK Education Franchises?

March 29, 2019

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

If you’ve got the right skill set, buying and running an education franchise UK could be a fruitful investment – both financially and personally.

 
Education is among the most important pillars of a society. A society’s worth is determined just as emphatically by how educated its members are, as it is by its economic power. In fact, without strengthening the education sector, there’s no hope for a society progress – especially in this day and age. Much the reason why, UNESCO has long deemed education to be a basic human right.

Thankfully, Britain has always been a global leader when it comes to providing quality education to its residents. Despite this, there remains a significant room for improvement – a space that schools and colleges just can’t fill. This is where private ventures in the education sector come to the fore.

By offering highly specific tutoring services (among others), these businesses not only have carved a niche for themselves, but they also have managed to address some of the grassroot-reach issues of our education system – a certain win-win, if there was one.

Buying and running an education franchise UK will help you enter and operate in an industry that has a lot to offer in terms of financial returns, job satisfaction and enjoyment. Things, however, are never straightforward, especially when you’re franchising for the first time. In this article, we’ll discuss what education franchises UK are, how much it costs to buy one, when you can expect to break even and what skills you need to possess in order to succeed.

Before You Buy An Education Franchise UK – Some Important Stats

The UK education industry, from one end to another, has excelled in terms of quality, vision and reach. Before you decide to invest your money in an education franchise UK, it’s important to have some understanding of the industry.

Since UK education franchises operate chiefly in the private tutor sector of the education industry, we will keep the discussion limited to cover for that aspect.

  • The private tutoring industry is much larger than most people imagine it to be. At over £6 bn, the annual turnovers of this segment have comfortably overtaken many standalone industries in the last few years.
  • The demand forces for private tutors are larger today than ever. Nearly 27% of school-going children are estimated to hire the services of private tutors for at least one subject (2018). For reference, this percentage was only 18% in 2005.
  • This percentage rises dramatically in urban and metropolitan areas. In London, for example, the same percentage is reported to be as high as 44% (2016).
  • Private tutoring businesses have consistently posted high YoY growth in the last ten years. Some start-ups have gone on to register 500% growth points in a single year.
  • Private tutoring usually yields decent hourly rates for tutors. Language classes, for example, are estimated to earn the tutor an average of £20-25 per hour. Sports tutors, at the same time, earn significantly higher – £35-40 per hour, on average.
  • The distribution of subjects in terms of demand makes for a curious case when we discuss the economic feasibility of education franchises UK. Maths, English and Sciences is the ongoing order of preference for most children. 77% of these children are estimated to receive private tuitions in maths. Nearly 30% of kids receive private tuitions during the holiday period.
  • In continuation of the last point, it’s important to note that the summer months account for a great deal of activity on the private tutors’ circuit in the UK. A combination of factors – GCSE and A-level preparations and year-end entrance exams, to name a few – mean that parents are eager to hire private tutors during these months for their children.

Sources: TutorHunt, The Tutor Website, Superprof, The Guardian, The Independent

The bottom line is, buying an education franchise UK lets you enter an industry segment that is profitable and enjoyable. The upward moving trajectory of the segment holds enormous promise over the next 10 years for education franchises UK. You can also expect to achieve a decent resale value when you decide to sell your franchise.

Why Are UK Education Franchises Needed?

Many critics bemoan the very need of having private tutors teach children – some even see these needs as a certain failure of the education infrastructure at large.

Despite these contrarian views, it should be safe and fair to say that every education franchise UK carries a great deal of importance in the larger scheme of things. Many parents and children can vouch for the fact private tuitions – when done right – can be immensely helpful.

UK education franchises, in most cases, offer an assortment of specialty tuitions that are aimed at smaller, more definable demographics. This micro-targetting ensures that such franchises can offer better quality services, justifying the need for their existence.

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How Much Does An Education Franchise UK Cost?

Education franchises UK are through and through service provider businesses.

This, however, doesn’t mean that these franchise businesses work like other service sector businesses. The main reason for this is the way education franchises are run. We will get to that point in the next part of this post.

“Franchisees should note that a typical education franchise UK – operated locally, with an exclusive territory and a proven business model – will cost you anywhere between £8,000 and £20,000.”

The good news is, education franchises UK cost much less than some of the other franchise opportunities out there. This also means that scalability and marketing bottlenecks prevent such businesses from taking off locally. Even when you earn profits, they will always be limited and predictable.

If you’re looking for a franchise opportunity that’s rewarding, enjoyable, affordable and returns decent profits, education franchises deserve a place on your shortlist.

To better understand and compare franchise opportunities, please download the franchise4u free franchising checklist.

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Do You Need To Be A Qualified Teacher To Run An Education Franchise UK?

The short answer is – no, not necessarily.

We do come across this question very often, and we try to answer it just as matter-of-factly in our franchising blogs.

This is one of the most prominent benefits of franchising – you don’t always need to have relevant industry experience to buy or run your franchise. This holds true for UK education franchises, as well.

To understand why, it’s necessary to understand how an education franchise UK functions.

Here’s the blueprint followed by almost all franchisors:

  1. The franchisor develops a successful business model.
  2. Franchisees buy franchise units.
  3. Each franchisee is assigned a dedicated and exclusive territory to operate in.
  4. The franchisee hires qualified tutors (usually in consultation with the franchisor).
  5. The franchisee oversees the local operations, including marketing, coordination, administration and finances.
  6. The franchisor is paid royalties/commission as specified in the franchise agreement.

Essentially, your role as a franchisee will largely be limited to ‘running’ the business. Quite naturally, the eventual profitability hinges on you being able to hire competent tutors – a bottleneck that we referred to earlier. This process can be quite tricky, especially since you’ll need to be extremely meticulous in running background checks and vetting applicants.

Are Niche Markets The Way To Go For UK Education Franchises?

Going after niche markets is usually a good idea for service providers because if there’s enough demand, one can quickly establish authority and build the business up on that foundation.

The same principle can be applied to education franchises.

You’ll never see a franchise opportunity that targets a large, non-specific market in this segment. A business that is able to cater to such widespread demands is usually also able to expand organically. In short, businesses that cater to a niche market are in the best position to franchise – the reason why going niche is the way going forward.

You’ll often see examples of this all around you. From programming tutors for children to guitar tutors for all age groups – niche businesses have already left a mark on the private tutoring sector in the UK.

Top Education Franchises UK

If you’re looking to invest in an education franchise UK, our shortlist of some of the most popular options will give you a fair idea of what to expect from the franchisor in terms of training, marketing, territorial rights, support and more.

1. Mother Nature Science

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £10,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Interactive science education for children (aged 5-12)
  • Get started right away, with affordable initial investment
  • Low overheads, low operational costs
  • Home-based franchise opportunity
  • Ideal for qualified teachers
  • A range of products, programmes and classes
  • High profit margins, fast returns
  • Provisional BFA Member

2. Les Puces

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £10,000+ (plus VAT)
  • USP: Early years French classes
  • Affordable franchise fees, low overheads
  • No French language proficiency required
  • Employ and operate a team of French language tutors in your area
  • High margins
  • Reputed brand name

3. MagiKats

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £12,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Maths and English tuitions for children
  • Popular, renowned brand name
  • Flexibility, can be run from a home-office
  • Full training and support
  • No prior experience required
  • Marketing support
  • Can be run part-time depending on your other commitments

4. UK Pianos

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £15,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Leading piano instructor and classes
  • In business for 2 decades
  • Full training provided for your tutors
  • Bespoke piano teaching programmes and books
  • Opportunity to boost your income with piano sales commissions

5. Razzmatazz

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £9,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Fun-filled performing arts, theatre and dance classes for kids
  • Highly rewarding business experience
  • Unique, proven business model
  • Can be run part-time
  • 100% ongoing business support
  • Associate BFA Member 

6. International Coaching Academy

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £19,500 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Build your own coaching business
  • Proven business model
  • Fully-optimised launch programme
  • Full training provided
  • Exclusive territories allocated to franchisees
  • Fully functional website and lead generation mechanism
  • Marketing and social media support

UK Education Franchises – The Takeaways

  • Focus on niche markets. If you can’t afford to run the business full-time, choose a flexible education franchise UK opportunity that gives you more balance.
  • While you don’t need experience to run an education franchise, it’s always beneficial to have an innate understanding of how you can provide the best services to your customers.
  • Franchise market research, as is always the case, is extremely important before you invest.
  • Most education franchises can be run from home. So, make sure you are doing your best to minimise other overheads.
  • Hire your employees with extreme caution and care.

Related: Education Franchises – Search Franchise Reviews Directory

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