Editor's Letter

With the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats teaming up to form a new Government and provide a fresh start for the UK, now is also the perfect time to form a coalition of your own by going into business with a franchise.

As a further surge of unemployment beckons the prospects for job hunters are narrowing, yet a solution to your employment woes could be within these very pages. As the new NatWest bfa Franchise Survey reveals, the industry is continuing to grow which provides a ray of sunshine in the current climate of cutbacks.

In this issue we have a special section showing how franchising is very often the best route to employment success for our nation's brave servicemen and women. As well as putting their lives on the line, life in the Armed Forces also provides them with many skills which are easily transferable to franchising. In the Forces to Franchising section, you will be able to read a number of these success stories.

Other members of society finding it difficult to find employment are school-leavers and those in their 20s. Our Young Ones section showcases some of the options available, as well as giving examples of those aged under 30 who have found or are about to discover their fortunes in franchising.

Retail is one of the most attractive sectors of the franchise industry and there are many business opportunities out there to suit all skills and interests. We provide a handy guide to just some of the options available including fashion, phones and food franchise opportunities.

Such is the thriving nature of the UK's franchise community; it is attracting brands from abroad that are looking to expand in this country. We look at a selection of franchise opportunities from Spain wishing to share their success in this country.

As well as all these special sections, this issue of The Franchise Magazine also has lots of advice for potential franchise owners and established franchisors alike plus we also have the first of a series of special UK Franchise Directory supplements. This month it includes food and beverage franchise opportunities and the first of three vouchers to collect, which will entitle you to buy the full directory for half price.

Fraser McKay, Editor