Featured articles are the lead articles from a given edition of The Franchise Magazine and represent the latest and most interesting new franchising information.
In the UK, the automotive sector is a thriving area of industry for franchising. Alloy wheel repair, mobile bodywork repair, tool distribution and many more franchises depend on the strength of the UK automotive market.
It is unquestionably an unusual change of direction, to go from Head of Communications for one of the UK's largest publishing businesses to the owner of a now extremely successful domiciliary care franchise.
Here The Franchise Magazine talks to one franchise owner, David Newbold, about his experience of running his own branch of the award winning smart repair franchise, Revive!, in the Colchester area, offering a loyal client base mobile bodywork repair solutions.
Gary Riches is making headlines and turning heads across the franchising world for all the right reasons. His Driver Hire recruitment business has just won the coveted 'Franchisee of the Year' in the annual 'Startups' Awards, as his business continues to go from strength to strength.
When Mansoor Butt identified a number of failings with existing care services, he wanted to find a way to improve the system and give those in need a better level of service – Kare Plus was the obvious choice.
Kiri Chiakli spent seven years as an aircraft technician in the RAF before investing in a Revive! smart mobile Repair franchise in the Kings Lynn area. Now, two years on, The Franchise Magazine looks at exactly how Kiri spends a typical day as a successful business owner.
Independence is something people have always pursued throughout history. It is very much arguable that the confines of capitalism are, to some extent at least, a modern and accepted form of societal imprisonment.
Pizza Hut Delivery is a thriving business during the harsh winter months. As Britain foresakes the cold outdoors, opting for warm, home-delivered pizza, The Franchise Magazine caught up with Lee Humphries, franchise owner for four stores in the Nottinghamshire area, to talk about how he spends a typical working day.
Two senior women from at-home care franchise Home Instead Senior Care, Franchisor of the Year 2013, will be guest speakers at the Women, Working, Well Conference, organised by the British Franchise Association (bfa) at the international Convention Centre in Birmingham, Tuesday 12 November.
We often write a lot of material on guidance to already established franchises, but this article explains to those, who have a business and are looking into expanding, the benefits of the franchise route.
McDonald's currently operates just over 1,200 restaurants across the UK, serving more than three million customers every day. The company spends £360 million each year on locally-sourced ingredients in its UK supply chain, including 100 per cent British and Irish beef, free-range eggs, Freedom Food pork from British farms and organic milk from UK dairies.
Variety, when looking for a place to eat out, is at an all-time premium. Gareth Samuel investigates how food franchises, in particular, have helped make eating out with greater choice more affordable, more enjoyable and universally accessible.
Like any business owner, you work hard every day to grow your business and make it a financial success. So it's important that you don't get so caught up in the every day running of your business that you forget to take long-term strategy and planning into account.
Britons may be a lot more aware of our diets and what we eat but that doesn't mean we have any less of a sweet tooth and with the beautiful English weather this year we have even more reason to enjoy our cold summer treats.
Britons and burgers have enjoyed a long and harmonious relationship since the days when Wimpy and independent burger vans ruled the streets. Recently however, the burger has enjoyed newfound popularity in its latest form, made from prime cuts of meat and fresh ingredients.
You can see it on nearly every high street and in a wide range of business sectors. Franchised businesses range from multi-million pound operations employing hundreds of people, to sole traders working part-time from home – and everything in between
We take a look at one of the world's most franchised nations; Australia. If you're looking to move further afield or have a business that you would like to franchise in a growing and successful market. Australia could be the place for you
Some of our biggest franchise success stories come from those who started their franchise because they love what they do; they had firsthand experience of their service and above all they had passion. Here Jenna Leeds reveals why your hobby could become a franchise
Along with the New Year come New Year's resolutions – the majority of which are focused on career progression or self-improvement. Tiffany Brooking investigates the fitness and wellbeing industry and how its opportunities could be the perfect chance to get your career back into shape
The benefits of owning a cleaning franchise are that virtually every home and business in the UK has the need for a cleaning service – so please your clients once and the chances are they'll use your services again and again
Before investing in a franchise, you should be satisfied it is the right one for you. Cathryn Hayes, Head of Franchising at HSBC, lists some of the questions you should ask before making one of the most important decisions in your life
Are you one of the more ambitious franchisors wanting to expand into new international markets? If so, then you should seriously think about Master Franchising or one of the alternatives to take your brand into new territory
Starting, leading and working in a family business can bring valuable benefits compared with other businesses. However, without careful management there can also be problems – from family members lacking critical skills and poor communication to clashes over pay
Having enjoyed success by franchising first hand, James Caan tells Fraser McKay about the many advantages of this means of expanding a business and how he plans to use the same method to grow his latest business venture
As increasing numbers of people seek to become their own boss by investing in a franchise business, it should come as no surprise that vehicle-based franchises are proving among the most popular options in the current climate
As the unemployment figure in the UK reaches a 17-year high of 2.67 million, thousands of people are seeking new opportunities to secure their future, with franchising proving to be one of the most popular options
The Franchise Magazine has undergone extensive editorial, visual and technological developments since it was launched by Franchise Development Services in 1985. Tiffany Brooking looks back on the rise and revolution of the invaluable franchise magazine on its silver anniversary.
Once you have identified a franchise opportunity that interests you and you have spoken to the brand's existing franchise owners, as the prospective franchise owner you you should then quiz the franchisor. Fraser McKay suggests some useful questions to ask
More and more people are discovering that redundancy presents them with a real opportunity to put all their hard-earned skills and experience to work by launching a new career as a successful franchise owner.
Investing in a franchise provides women with job security, the ability to work around family commitments and the opportunity to launch a successful business with the ongoing support of an established company.
Pauline Cowie is a founder of Manchester-based law firm Millbank Edge LLP and a nationally-recognised expert in franchising. The Franchise Magazine asked her about the attractions becoming a franchise owner has for women.
Successfully starting up a business can be difficult at the best of times, but for young people it can be particularly challenging. However, becoming a franchise owner offers a genuine way for them to make their business dreams a reality.
After serving in the Armed Forces it can be difficult to adjust to civilian life, however one company that has assisted several ex-service personnel in their new career adventures is Cash Generator, the UK's leading buy sell and loan stores.
Franchising offers a great way to become your own boss and run a business, while still retaining an association with a head office organisation that can provide the training, support and national presence solo start-ups have to cope without. Professor Roy Seaman CFE provides 10 tips to make your business a success.
Retail franchising can seem to be a very attractive business option as you will be using an established High Street name using a proven format but there are a number of factors to consider beforehand.
Investing in a franchise provides women with job security, the ability to work around family commitments and the opportunity to grow a successful business with the ongoing support of an established franchisor
Be your own boss, build an asset for your retirement, correct your work/life balance...whatever the reason you have decided to look at franchise opportunities your first step must be to analyse your own suitability to owning and operating a franchised business.
France is the leading market for franchising in Europe, boasting more franchised brands and outlets than even the UK. Given the country's high renown for food & drink, beauty and fashion it is hardly surprising that those concepts dominate the French franchising scene, but are any of these French franchise brands now ready to cross the Channel? So far very few have done so, but here...
Dorset couple Martin and Elizabeth Tapley are looking forward to a Caribbean holiday reward when they make a success of their TaxAssist Accountants franchise, which they spotted in The Franchise Magazine
One third of all new franchise owners surveyed by the British Franchise Association in 2008 were female. Domino's Pizza Head of Franchising and new columnist for The Franchise Magazine Bill Ewbank discusses why more women should consider taking control of their work/life balance with a franchise
Two brands dominated a recent awards ceremony which recognised franchising excellence in the hairdressing industry. The Sapphires, presented by Salon Business magazine and organised by Event Solutions, were announced during an evening of glitz and glamour at London's Dorchester Hotel on 15th June.
Buying a franchise can require a substantial capital investment and many franchisees borrow funds in order to meet this outlay, with banks willing to lend up to 70 per cent of the investment fee. With the credit crunch overshadowing borrowing and lending decisions, should prospective franchisees be seriously considering starting up a business in 2008?
The appeal of an automotive franchise is not limited just to the 'petrolhead' car enthusiast, in a market where new car sales have taken a massive nosedive there are many franchises focused on servicing existing cars that are experiencing a surge in demand. Here some automotive franchisors provide details of how their own services are being affected by the recession
With more women in the workplace, it comes as no surprise, that the number of female redundancies will be higher than in previous recessions. For the women who are eager to erase the possibility of facing redundancy or who have already been made redundant, investing in a franchise could be the key to a successful future
Even McDonald's started out with one restaurant. With more and more successful companies recognising the benefits of continuing their national expansion through franchising, some interesting new franchise opportunities are coming onto the market with advantageous terms for the intial draft of Foundation Franchise Owners
On a mission to bring quality organic chocolate to the marketplace Josephine Fairley and her husband Craig Sams co-founded Green & Black's. After 14 years of positive growth Josephine, Craig and the investors sold the business to Cadbury for £20 million and now operate an organic award winning bakery in their hometown of Hastings
With many business sectors tightening their belts, franchises continue to recruit new franchisees and expand their networks. Franchisors explain in their own words why their concepts continue to outperform the economy
Recent research shows that the average woman working full-time as an employee will lose £330,000 over the course of her working life through the gender-related pay gap. One way women can overcome this is to become their own boss and invest in a franchise
As part of the Government's pledge to reduce the UK's carbon emission output it is encouraging businesses to reduce waste and recycle, however this not only benefits the environment but also company finances
Some people view the act of selling with the same horror as public speaking, while others derive a thrill from converting cold enquiries into customers. If you're looking to own your own franchised business you may be asking yourself if your sales skills are up to scratch, or even if you will need any
The finalists for this year's British Franchise Association Franchisee of the Year Awards have been selected and the winners are announced on the 2nd October at a black tie gala dinner held at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham
Are you running your business or letting your business run you? Regular TFM columnist Rachel Elnaugh discusses how Personal Energy Management can lead the way to get more joy out of your business and your life
Could franchising be the driver for a return to prosperity for the UK'economy? Four councils in County Durham are test-piloting a new initiative that could revolutionise the way the government supports new business start ups... through franchising
By investing in new systems, training and communication methods Hydro-Dynamix is aiming to lead the revolution in the cleaning industry. FDS South East Regional Director Malcolm Porter interviews Hydro-Dynamix Managing Director James Every
Bypassing employment altogether to start a business in your 20s might seem a big undertaking, but franchising is providing the first rung of the ladder of business ownership for a large number of young people
With ambitious plans to reach a network total of 200 franchisees in the next couple of years, Auditel Founder and Managing Director Chris Allison provides an insight into Auditel's holistic approach to cost management
Is entrepreneurialism and demand for franchised businesses on the increase in the UK as a result of TV shows such as The Apprentice? And could franchising drive economic growth in the UK'as it has in the USA? Some senior sources are giving out positive vibes about the state of franchising in 2008
The finalists for this year's British Franchise Association (bfa) Franchisor of the Year Award have been selected and are announced on the 22nd May at a gala luncheon held at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel
Exclusivity is a concept of great interest to franchisors and franchisees alike but often disputes arise because the parties involved do not agree on what they thought the other intended. Sadly, the franchise agreement does not always provide a clear answer
Offering franchise consultancy, access to online and print publications and additional training expertise, Malcolm Porter tells the story of how he came to become an FDS franchisee and profiles the services he will be offering franchisors
'Recession' is a word that has been used recently to describe the state of the property market, but is it really all doom and gloom or are we just describing the glass as half empty when in fact it's half full?
The number of franchise systems that have franchisees controlling multiple units has increased in recent years. Although United Kingdom franchisees operate on a relatively small scale compared with the blockbuster multi-unit franchises in the USA, the model is gaining popularity
Historically and perhaps stereotypically, when you mention women and property in the same breath, people immediately think interior design and house doctoring - in short, the 'slightly fluffy' things. The preconception is that women are naturally gifted at design and making a home look nice, and yes, that's true, but they're naturally suited to so much more and are starting to make their...
At HSBC, we understand that buying a franchise can be a great way to start a business. It often comes with a proven format for success, the reassurance of a reputable name and invaluable training and support.
With increased accreditation requirements driving the solo operators out of the pest control industry, an opportunity exists to combine the standards of a national organisation with the local service of a franchisee
Unveiling the world of international transport and its future for franchising. Gary Clere, founder of Cargocall, gives his view on an industry which is taking the strain out of global freight distribution
If you recognise potential in your business to expand nationwide, franchising could provide a vehicle to achieve countrywide development. Stuart Anderson explores the steps companies take to launching a franchise opportunity
A concept that revolutionised the Australian self-build industry, garnering a string of awards in the process, has been brought to the UK. Gordon Patterson and Gary Rigby interview the Master Franchisee for David Reid Homes, Martin Pick
Over 17 years ago FDS Southern provided consultancy services to assist Wiltshire Farm Foods in launching its franchise opportunity. Gordon Patterson checks in with Director Ben Haynes for a progress update
This year the ICC in Birmingham played host to the British Franchise Association's (bfa) Franchisee of the Year Awards 2007, organised by the bfa and sponsored by HSBC and Express Newspapers. All 12 finalists attended a black-tie Gala Dinner on Thursday 4th October with the winners sharing prize money of £10,000, courtesy of HSBC
Such is the quality of franchising in the UK, this year's British Franchise Association Franchisor of the Year Awards named three winners, albeit in gold, silver and bronze categories. Derin Ibrahim reports on the brands that came out on top
Many of the famous US brands trading on UK the high streets today have been established through Master Franchise licences. Stuart Anderson interviews Robert Burton, who became a Master Franchisee for the second time when he took over pretzel chain Auntie Anne's last year
With the growth in UK population and our increasing lifespans, the UK has an ever increasing number of older people. Caremark Managing Director Kevin Lewis reflects on the sweeping changes that the care services industry has undergone over the last 20 years and the creation of the domiciliary care market
Qualified pilot, musician, property developer and founder of Northwood Franchises, Andy Goodson looks back over a varied career which sees him taking semi-retirement in Thailand at the end of next year. Stuart Anderson interviews
Security, more flexible working conditions and freedom from office and employment politics was the driving force for Gillian Gibbon when she left her high-paid job in telecoms three years ago. Rachel Spaul interviews
Franchising is, by its nature, 'heavy' on disputes because franchise agreements are usually complex, last for a long time, and franchisors enter into a large number of them, reflects Franchise Lawyer John Pratt
Following a management buy-out, Snack-in-the-Box has three new directors: Managing Director Bill Owen, Operations Director Mike Funston and Sales Director Matthew O'Neil. Gordon Patterson interviews the new leadership on the future direction of the franchise
Having passed the 50 store mark landmark and with its first outlet established in Ireland, National Schoolwear Centres is developing new product lines to add extra income streams to an already popular business. Gordon Patterson talks to Director of Retail Operations Ian Masson