Small business franchising

Articles, news and advice on franchising topics for UK small businesses.

Business management

Women suited to franchising

Nearly half of the UK's franchisees are now solely or jointly female-operated, which does not surprise Cathryn Hayes, Head of Franchising for HSBC Bank, who believes franchising is a business model that particularly suits women.


Business for Breakfast franchise serves up a treat

Former policewoman Julie Hester and her husband and business partner Gary, joint founders of the Property Search Group (PSG) franchise, have acquired an equity stake in Business for Breakfast.

Investing in a franchise

Top tips on becoming a franchisee

Turning your franchise dreams into business reality is a complex process, so make sure you set off on the right foot by following these ten steps to success.


Ex-Oasis band member drums up support for franchise

Ex-Oasis drummer Tony McCaroll has been drumming up support for two new Clive's Easylearn Pop Music Schools in Heald Green and Cheadle Hulme in Cheshire.


Finalists in 2005 BFA Franchisee of the Year Awards are announced

The Franchisee of the Year, sponsored by HSBC and Express Newspapers, is an annual event organised by the British Franchise Association (BFA) to recognise outstanding achievements by franchisees in the UK.

Investing in a franchise

Watch out for the hidden costs of franchising!

In addition to an initial franchise fee and ongoing service fee, there may be other, less obvious costs associated with setting up a franchise, all of which must be taken into account when arranging funding for your business

Investing in a franchise

What is franchising?

Wouldn't it be great if there was a way you could start a business of your own with a much greater chance of survival than the average start-up? Well, there is and that method is called business format franchising and here's how it works...


How can the BFA help you?

The British Franchise Association (BFA) is the only voluntary accreditation body for franchising in the UK.

Investing in a franchise

The role of the British Franchise Association

The British Franchise Association (BFA) is the only voluntary accreditation body for franchising in the UK, and plays a key role in maintaining ethical standards in the UK franchise industry.

Investing in a franchise

Starting a franchise

Opening a franchise boasts several clear advantages over starting any other form of new business.


Is franchising for you?

In the small business world franchising can appeal to two types of people: those starting out who want to work for themselves and those who already have established a small business and now wish to expand the concept further.

Business Technology

How to grow a global creative agency in record time

Find out how creative agency, Myth Studio, used technology to grow their business and quadruple their staff count in 18 months

Partner content

Attracting and keeping top talent through Total Reward

Employment benefits specialist, Drewberry, explain why you should base your benefits around a Total Reward Strategy

Partner content

5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

HSBC - Advertising feature

Partner content

What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers