North and Scotland

FDS North specialises in the development and ongoing support of successful franchise systems. Serving Northern England and Scotland, FDS North is the North’s portal to sustainable business growth through franchising.

Tony Urwin

A leading figure in the UK franchising industry, Tony (pictured) managed the franchising efforts of Clarks Shoes in the UK and Disney in the Middle East before establishing FDS North in 1999. Under his direction, FDS North has developed a sterling reputation as the North’s premier franchise management consultancy.

“The decision to franchise was taken by Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts (LIPA) shortly after I met Tony Urwin at a British Franchise Association Seminar in 2008. The FDS’ FranMatch recruitment system matches competent and eager applicants to LIPA 4:19, so when I meet with prospective franchise owners, both they and I are pleased to find that we are able to communicate easily and effectively as we decide on the best way forward.”
Kerry Watkins,
Franchise Manager, LIPA 4:19


“Tony helped us to set up our franchise system in 2005. He repeatedly stressed the importance of long-term thinking, and was committed to developing a business model and franchise offering that would be ‘sustainably’ profitable. Six years later, our business is thriving, our network is strong, and our prospects are very bright indeed. If you are looking to franchise your business, you want Tony developing your system.”
Keith Roberts,
Managing Director, All Trades Network

Some other brands we have consulted for:

Cash Generator, Apollo Blinds, Aqua Rentals, Talk First, Pizza Fusion, Family Martial Arts, Shapeup&Go, Puddle Ducks, Well Polished, The Christmas Decorators, Jeeves, Business Doctors, Ideal Dental Care