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Investing in a franchise

This section provides helpful guides and advice on how to invest in UK franchise opportunities. We discuss the benefits of setting up and growing a franchise over starting a business from scratch. Franchising is a well-established practice which is used by some of the most successful and well-known brands in the UK covering just about every business sector.

Becoming a franchisee is a self-employment business opportunity. It gives you the chance to start your own company, but trading under an established brand and with support available on everything from financial planning to marketing .

For the franchisor, it can sometimes be a way to expand their business more quickly and cost-effectively compared to opening further company outlets, whilst maintaining legal safeguards are in place to maintain brand control, consistency and protection.

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Small business franchising: The easiest way to grow your company?

Philip Ciniglio, CEO of Bartercard, discusses the small business franchising opportunity and what company owners should be aware of.

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How to become a fudge shop franchisee

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Investing in a franchise: Taking on a greeting card operation

Former BP forecourt manager Gayan Weerakkody discusses how he uprooted his family to take on the arm of a successful greetings card franchise.

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How a former social worker capitalised on a franchise opportunity

Paul Clark talks about how he took on a franchise opportunity in oven valeting and made a success of it.

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How one former company director took on a franchise arm

In this Q&A, Peter Searle discusses the process of taking on a franchise in the business consultancy sector.

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Getting involved with a franchise opportunity

Here's why the franchise route could be the best one for your business aspirations.

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What attributes make an exceptional franchisee?

Here, Pip Wilkins discusses the traits a person needs if they want to run a successful franchise arm.

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Franchising arrangements and intellectual property considerations

David McGuire discusses the legal implications of franchising and what small businesses should consider.

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Why a franchise sector could be the right choice

Pip Wilkins discusses the continuing strength of the franchise sector and why franchising is such a viable option for a would-be business owner. 

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How to build or run your own franchise   

There are hundreds of businesses in the UK that have grown using franchising but often we don't know how to tell them apart from non-franchise businesses. John Hoskin explains how franchises work.

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Buying a franchise: Resale vs virgin territory

A key decision to make when investing in a franchise is whether or not to take over an existing business, as franchise lawyer Kate Sargeant discusses.

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Setting up a franchise vs growing a business organically

Franchising expert Rik Hellewell talks about the many advantages of setting up a franchise compared to growing a business organically.

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Adapting your business model to become a franchise

Beatrice Bartlay discusses the ins and outs of converting your company into a franchise format.

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