End of Scottish Franchise Week 2013

More than 230 business-minded people assembled in Glasgow last week to share a motivational breakfast with Scottish rugby legend, Scott Hastings, in the penultimate event in Scottish Franchise Week 2013.

Hastings had the audience captivated with his talk on how the hard lessons learned on the sports field can help the franchise sector succeed. Hastings was joined on stage by Max Webb, founder of the Rugbytots franchise. Rugbytots is a pre-school play programme based on rugby and now operates globally generating several millions of pounds of revenue. John Hebson, who left the world of engineering to become a franchisee with global head hunters Antal International.

Brian Smart, Director General of the British Franchise Association said: “The Scottish franchising sector is truly alive and kicking. Rugby is all about teamwork and striving for a common goal. I think this perfectly sums up why franchising is so successful in Scotland. Franchise networks help each other and this week has all been about sharing knowledge and best practice through the series of seminars and workshops we have held during the week.”

Smart added: “There has been something for everyone at different stages of the franchise journey from people thinking of buying a franchise to experienced franchisors who want to refine and develop their franchise systems to make them better.”

This years sponsor of Scottish franchise Week were Bank of Scotland, a leading provider of finance for franchise businesses and Platinum Wave, a bfa-accredited independent franchise consultancy based in Edinburgh.