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Many people say that once you get into franchising its very difficult to leave the franchising world. And none can say that is truer than Total Cleans Franchise Development Director Will Gavan. We share the insights from Wills 22, and counting, years in franchising. FS: Will, you’ve had a long successful career in the UK franchising sector but what was your background and experiences before the last two decades? Will: I graduated in the late 80’s with a Degree in Business Studies and went on...

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Why choose Ipswich as a place to run your franchise?With our head office based in Norwich, it would have been easy to skim over Ipswich… however we can just about muster things together. With a reasonable population size of over 130,000 it is a well populated area and one of the largest cities in the East Anglian region. Being set on the River Orwell, Ipswich is a great blend of industrial with its ports in Felixstowe as well as tourism areas within the city centre.Ipswich is covered by G...

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Why choose Wolverhampton as a place to run your franchise? Wolverhampton is in the East Midlands and is one the most populous cities in the UK with an estimated population of 280,000. It is renowned for its major role within the coal mining, steel production, lock making and the manufacture of cars and motorcycles. The economy still revolves around engineering, the service sector and aerospace. Located in the East Midlands, Wolverhampton is a great destination for those looking to set up a fra...

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Ever wondered what the Top 10 Franchises in the world were? Fear not my friends as we're about to put you out of your misery! Below outlines the Top 10 Franchises in the world based on total sales and units. This data was comprised by Global Systemwide sales.  Every year, the competition grows thicker and thicker as new franchises create compelling cases to enter the Top 10 and the old-school, established franchised giants keep innovating. So, which ones managed to crack the top eche...

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Why choose Aberdeen as a place to run your Franchise? Aberdeen has got some very attractive highlights… one being the accent! It was once known as the Oil capital of Europe and is the 3rd most populous cities in Scotland. Aberdeen is a lively city with a great diversity of people and businesses to get involved in, therefore meaning plenty of opportunity for you to get involved. Aberdeen has also got a very low unemployment rate which is a great accolade to have knowing the majority of yo...

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So, the whole world is in lockdown, many businesses are shut, schools closed, and the elderly are in isolation, but does this really mean you have to place your future aspirations on hold? Just this week it was announced that fast food franchising giants McDonald’s and Five Guys will be reopening selected stores across the country to allow for delivery and collection. This is on top of other franchising brands that includes Dominos and Subway that have still been offering delivery and collectio...

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Ask anyone involved in franchise recruitment and I am sure they would say, “Recruiting franchisees is just half the battle, recruiting long lasting happy franchisees is where the war is won.” And I wouldn’t disagree, it’s the key that that unlocks your franchise success. Recruiting and retaining franchisees when building the network can be a tiresome, labour intensive, expensive mess, that you wish you could just kick under the carpet, but you can’t. Recruiting the right people will only h...

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What is the end goal?The goal for any established business owner when considering franchising their pre-existing business is ‘expansion’. Franchising your business allows you to expand without incurring any risk of unnecessary debt or you won’t be using the cost of expansion against the equity of your business. In essence, any new recruited franchisees will in the first instance provide all of the required capital (franchise fee) to ensure they can adequately launch and operate one of your franc...

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We’ve witnessed a huge upturn in self-employment since the turn of the millennium, which ultimately means there’s no discrimination when choosing the route of becoming ‘your own boss’. Franchising has aided towards the elimination of the discrimination card that is preventing so many over 50’s from finding full time employment, in fact, 82% of franchisees within the UK are actually over the age of 30 with 48,600 franchised units currently in operation throughout the UK. Age may be a hinderi...

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Finding the right franchisees can be a financial and logistical nightmare, Franchise SuperMatch understands this and wants to assist those franchises that have the potential to be successful but perhaps lack that franchise recruitment experience, or resources to ensure this. 10 reasons to outsource your franchise recruitment Outsourcing allows, you, the franchisor time to develop and concentrate on your core businessWe offer a personal recruitment service where we will meet any interested part...

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There's a huge emphasis on Britain becoming a healthier, which has resulted in an upsurge in both health franchises and beauty franchises. Prospective franchisees can take comfort that these opportunities are very resilient in times when the economy is down, people will always invest in looking and feeling good. Is there a more attractive opportunity than health & beauty franchise? Health and beauty franchises are thriving in the UK, with more people spending disposable income in the industry,...

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The Isle of Man is a unique place to start and run a franchise. Crown dependent but outside of the UK’s law the Isle of Man has complete control over its own laws. The island is renowned for its low taxes. Businesses on the island pay 0% corporation tax, 0% stamp duty and 0% capital gains tax – an important consideration for entrepreneurs looking for high growth and an eventual exit. While financial services and property businesses pay 10% corporation tax. Why choose Isle of Man to run your fra...

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