FDS North - The trusted name in franchise business development

Franchise Development Services North specialises in the development and ongoing support of successful franchise systems. Serving Northern England and Scotland, FDS North is the North's gateway to sustainable business growth.


Initial Business Analysis
Determining Your Franchise-ability

Franchising may not be right for every business, which is why prospective franchisors are advised to study their prospects and strategy with care. Weighing 21 key factors, the Initial Business Analysis offered by FDS North is the most respected franchising feasibility study available. An experienced Franchise Consultant will work with you to determine the appropriateness, best means and profitability of franchising your business, and (where appropriate) provide you with a comprehensive Franchise Development Business Plan that you can take to the banks.

Developing the Tools of a Successful Franchisor

FDS North has the expertise, tools and experience you need to develop an attractive, market-ready franchise system. Our British Franchise Association-affiliated Franchise Consultants and Associates will develop the legal agreement, fee structure, business package, training programme, support matrix, operating manual and marketing collateral that are the hallmarks of a credible and successful franchise. A franchise development programme is an important investment and will lay the foundation for your long-term success.


The FDS North team brings added value to its clients with in-house manual writing, franchise marketing, and franchise owner recruitment specialists, and accredited Legal, Technical, and Creative Associates.

Our collective expertise is at your service. Franchise Development Consultants for Northern England, Scotland and the world beyond.


Established in 1999, Franchise Development Services North has developed a sterling reputation as the North's premier franchise management consultancy. FDS North is proud to have helped many of the North's own businesses to become the household names they are today. Serving Northern England and Scotland, FDS North looks forward to helping you realise your franchising ambitions.

Franchise Development Services (FDS) is the world's largest franchise development organisation, with operations throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East. FDS and its regional offices and Associates offer an array of services designed to help businesses develop and maintain a successful franchise network. In addition, FDS owns and operates The Franchise Magazine, European Franchising, Franchise International and The UK Franchise Directory.

Growing Your Franchise Network
The franchisor's greatest challenge is the recruitment of successful franchise owners. FDS North makes it easy with FranMatch, our proven, cost-effective full-service franchise owner recruitment service. By generating, managing and qualifying all of your leads, FranMatch ensures that you talk only with the most suitable, motivated and well-financed candidates. For less than half the cost of running a Franchise Recruitment Department, harness the power of the UK's largest franchise media, a dedicated franchise recruitment executive and the most advanced CRM technology available.

Building Your Network and Brand
As the only franchise consultancy with its own publications, Franchise Development Services can harness the full power of its industry-leading Franchise Magazine and UK Franchise Directory, in both print and online versions, whether it be to educate or motivate franchise owners. FDS North is ready to help you raise your profile and grow your franchise business with the aid of our value-added tools: public relations, strategic marketing, copywriting, web and digital print design.


Tony Urwin MBA FCMI / Managing Partner, Director, North West England

Tony has three decades of franchising experience, a third of which has been gained in the North West as the Manchester-based owner of FDS North. His previous experience includes the implementation of a national Franchise network for a major shoe retailer, establishing a blue-chip retailer in the Middle East.

An Affiliate of the British Franchise Association, Tony regularly speaks on franchising issues at regional events, and writes a popular advisory column in The Franchise Magazine.