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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.

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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Why it’s never too late to set up a franchise operation

Rik Hellewell, franchising expert and founder of Ovenu, talks about the advantages of setting up a franchise in your 50s or even later.

Investing in a franchise

Starting a franchise: From winning the master franchise to taking the brand global

Barry Oakhill went from a career in the construction industry to becoming beauty brand Biothecare Estétika's master franchiser. He talks to SmallBusiness.co.uk about concepts, funding and expansion.

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The secrets of a growing franchise

Rachel Ray is founder of domestic cleaning franchise Bright & Beautiful, and is now recruiting between 10-20 new employees each month. She shares her franchise advice with SmallBusiness.co.uk.

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The advantages of setting up a franchise

Rik Hellewell, franchising expert and founder of oven valeting business Ovenu, talks about the many advantages of setting up a franchise compared to starting a new business from scratch.

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Being the first franchisee

Carpenter Graeme Worsley took on the first franchise arm of property maintenance company Aspect.co.uk. He tells SmallBusiness.co.uk about why he decided to take the plunge.

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Franchising your business – A success case study

Mum of two Rachel Ray decided to franchise her domestic cleaning company Bright and Beautiful in 2010. She shares her advice for would-be franchisors with SmallBusiness.co.uk.

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I would like to buy a franchise but don’t know where to start. Have you any advice?

Reader's Question: I am considering investing or buying a franchise but i am not sure where to start. Have you any advice for me?

Investing in a franchise

Buying into a franchise model

The success of McDonald's shows how profitable franchising can be, but there are many other choices for the would-be franchisee.

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How to get franchising right

A franchise is a logical choice for someone who aspires to own a company but wants the safety net of a trusted business model.

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A guide to franchise agreements

If you have decided to go down the franchise route, you need to be sure that the contract you are signing suits your plans and doesn't tie you in to anything unexpected. To ensure that this is the case, the franchise agreement or contract is all-important. SmallBusiness.co.uk offers a list of things to look out for in the agreement.

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Why Franchising could work for you

Many well known brands have developed successful franchises, such as McDonalds and Starbucks. With over 800 networks in the UK, it has become a popular way to expand. Here are a few things to consider first.

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How to buy a profitable franchise

Smallbusines.co.uk has teamed up with Robina Every, managing director at Card Connection, which specialised in the franchised distribution of greeting cards, to provide five east steps to make a franchise work.

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Franchising ‘can bring returns within the first few months’

People new to business should consider starting a franchise before starting up their own business alone, it has been claimed.

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