Entrepreneurial culture is on the up in the UK, with almost 40 per cent of us having considered starting our own business, according to government research conducted by Business Link. This translates into 18.5 million people across the country who have either launched their own business, or want to. Of the perceived barriers to starting up a business, the top scoring deterrent was identified as 'financial pressure' (68 per cent). This was followed by 'stress and worry' (41 per cent) and 'legislation and employment regulations' (30 per cent). If these concerns ring true with you, then consider a franchise. By investing in a franchise, you will be accessing a business model with established systems and procedures for dealing with regulations, that has already been proven to succeed in the UK marketplace, and could attract up to 70 per cent of initial investment funding from the banking industry.
In 2003 The Franchise Magazine's Dr Dennis Chaplin interviewed the co-founder of the British Franchise Association Tony Jacobsen. To commemorate Mr Jacobsen's recent passing, TheFranchiseMagazine.net has pulled the article up out of the archives
Would you like to provide a service needed by every household in the country? A service also relevant to any commercial kitchen? A service that relieves stress and leaves customers amazed and delighted? Yes? Sounds like you'd enjoy a Cookerburra franchise!
Northwood offers three franchises in one. This, coupled with the distinct advantage it has over its competitors, with its platinum lettings service, unlimited income potential and sensible working hours, has made the Northwood franchise opportunity unique.
Offering an effective Business Format Franchise for the retail arena, United Carpets is pooling its resources to give franchisees competitive product pricing, good credit terms, central marketing, and administration support. Rachel Spaul reports
Supported by an active qualified Accountancy Practice, anyone with some financial experience and plenty of ambition can own and operate a successful tax and accountancy advisory franchise, CerTax Accounting Founder Keith Bradshaw tells Rachel Spaul
The best advertisement for a franchise is always the success of its franchisees, and this was the case for Peter Appleby, from Shipley, West Yorkshire, who was introduced to Cleaning Doctor during a round of golf.
The Pensions Problem is something we've all heard a lot about recently. For a fortunate few, however, there is no problem. Some have been lucky, some have saved hard and others - like Norman Ryan - made a smart move and bought a ChipsAway franchise, reports ChipsAway's Megan Dunmore
SuperSeal International Limited is the world leader in puncture protection. They are involved in the manufacture, supply, and installation of a Universal Tyre Sealant System, which puncture proofs tyres for the entire legal life of the tyre. They are the only tyre sealant company in the world who has PRODUCT LIABILITY FOR €6.5 MILLION EUROS THROUGH LLOYDS OF LONDON.
As it prepares to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its foundation, white collar risk control and investigation franchise London House is seeking to fill the remaining available franchise territories in its UK network with professional individuals. Stuart Anderson reports
Kall Kwik, one the UK's top franchising opportunities, has been jointly awarded 'Franchisor of the Year 2005', the top award from the British Franchise Association. The theme of this year's awards was 'support for success' with franchisors demonstrating to a judging panel how they deliver strength to their franchisee network through a continuous programme of help and advice. Fresh from Kall...
Dyno-Rod is the most established of the Dyno Group's brands. With a strong brand name behind its franchisees, the network of Dyno-Rod franchisees covers the whole of the United Kingdom. Last year the business was bought by British Gas, and Dyno Development Manager Clive Smith reveals how this created an even more powerful force in the marketplace
Five years on from its launch, Bedfordshire-based Detail Clean is tackling both domestic and commercial cleaning markets in its push to realise the full potential of its territories. With the launch of its franchise concept, the company is now offering opportunities with serious potential to business people nationwide. Anas Azeez reports
Driven, committed and determined individuals hungry for six-figure success are being sought by Spic and Span. Co-founder Ron Sadd explains to Rachel Spaul how franchisees will play a leading role in this highly lucrative business
"Capitalise on your sales and marketing expertise and build a home-based business selling first-rate services to blue chip clients"is the message being broadcast nationwide by specialist translation and interpreting franchise Tongue Tied, discover Rachel Spaul and Stuart Anderson
As a TruGreen franchisee you will provide a range of lawn care services to domestic and commercial clients. These services include 'weed and feed', scarification, aeration, hard surface weed control and professional pruning, as Ken Dennis explains
EuroDebt franchisees have helped thousands of individuals and families reclaim their financial control through its debt management services, discovers Rachel Spaul. Growing demand has prompted further expansion and the company is looking for suitable candidates to grow its network to 100 franchisees by the end of 2005
The high profile implosion of Rover in April brought redundancy right back onto the national agenda. If redundancy is hanging like the Sword of Damocles, it could be time to consider investing in your own future with a franchise, suggests Stuart Anderson
With an average of £45,000 borrowed by individuals when investing in a franchise, the banking sector plays an important role in becoming a franchisee. British Franchise Association Communications Manager Johanna Roughley talks with Cash Generator Franchise Development Director Robin Page about how franchisees should use the banks to finance their franchise
The presentation of not one but two 'Franchisor of the Year' Awards, plus a Judges' special commendation, made at this year's British Franchise Association awards ceremony is a clear indication of the continued development of franchising in the UK and the growing competition between brands to be awarded this title. Rachel Spaul reports
Coffee bars, letting agents, debt management services, fashion retail, vehicle leasing...the list of industries in which franchising has been applied is extremely broad. Here, Stuart Anderson examines eight situations in which franchising can be applied to help a company achieve much more rapid national growth at highly reduced risk
In a world dominated by marketing, advertising and PR, finding an unbiased perspective on a business can be a formidable challenge. With over 700 franchisors currently operating in the UK, how does a prospective franchisee learn to read between the lines and find the right franchise opportunity? Olivia Keen, Franchise Marketing Manager at BFA award winning franchise Swisher, offers three...