No Short Cuts to Success!

Sports Xtra Managing Director Gareth Lippiatt describes how Franchise Development Services provided essential assistance in building his management franchise

As the Managing Director of a business that has launched a franchise network within the last 12 months, I can empathise with those currently considering franchising as a means of expansion. Not only are there several variables to consider, there are also plenty of consultants out there that claim to be franchising 'experts' offering a range of packages.

As a small business owner, if you believe your concept is scalable franchising is a unique opportunity and a great business model to build a national brand. However, there are no short cuts to successfully constructing an ethical business format franchise and therefore you must do the due diligence and find the right franchise consultant for your business.

This is a significant financial investment and therefore it is imperative that you get objective, bespoke and qualified advice from a bfa affiliated consultant and I would recommend Franchise Development Services (FDS) without hesitation. Franchising a business can be a complex process and you will need expert advice to guide you through the process. FDS will give you a professional and honest initial appraisal and ultimately, you will find their advice is worth every penny.

FDS franchise consultant Paul Hague has helped Sports Xtra build a fantastic management franchise and we are now starting to see the benefits of the hard work that we both put in. He identified the weaknesses in my business and gave practical advice to remedy them, he introduced us to some very helpful suppliers and gave me the confidence and motivation to stay focussed on the necessary tasks.

Since the franchise launch, I have remained in close contact with Paul who has continued to advise me and I would now consider him a mentor rather than a professional advisor. Our network has already grown to eight franchise owners and we are due to launch a further four in the autumn. Sports Xtra was also a finalist in the FSB Enterprising Business Award so we are delighted with the progress we have made with his help.

None of this ongoing advice has cost us a penny and probably the most indicative sign of my confidence in FDS is that we've already booked their services for another project without even speaking to any other consultants.