Which franchise should I buy?
This is the big question only you can answer. It’s rather like asking what house or car should you buy? As with them, it depends on your personal situation, preferences and available finance.
- What can you afford?
- What are your personal aptitudes and working background?
- What would you really like to do for the rest of your career?
- Would the business need the support and participation of your family?
- Would the franchise be profitable enough to support your lifestyle?
- Would it meet your work/lifestyle balance aspirations?
Before looking at these questions in-depth, you need to ask yourself whether you are, in fact, suited for self-employment, and whether you would be prepared to run the business according to the franchisor’s rules. You will at the end of the day run your own business, but you must accept the fact that you are not entirely your own boss as you must run it according to the franchisor’s system.
This is necessary to maintain the quality and integrity of the whole network. After all, you are buying into the system not just to benefit from the brand but also its proven business system so why try to change it?
Also, see or FAQ page to understand the fundamental issues of franchising for the beginner.
Below is a list of franchisors looking to recruit franchisees. We don’t categorise franchises by business sector as, in our experience, prospective franchisees should be aware of the diversity of franchises on offer. Should you find a franchise of interest, click the more button to be directed to the franchisor’s site or profile page.
Perk of the Job – online staff training
Perk of the Job is a new way for businesses to train and develop their staff – our clients range from businesses in the UK and overseas. Being trained and developed is the number one ‘Perk’ that people want in their job BUT … there are two main barriers to training and development: No TIME and no BUDGET!
We provide online learning where delegates can choose a personal or business development topic to learn. They read it, learn it and finish that topic completely in around 15/20 minutes – TRULY BITE-SIZE.
Clever information technology logs the learning for each delegate, giving business clients their own quasi Learning Management System. Delegates complete their own personal action plans during the learning to make sure that what they have learnt is built back into the business.
Business client subscriptions start from only £200 per month (that’s per business, NOT per delegate), so only 20 clients should produce an annual gross profit of £48,000 (£200 per month x 12 months x 20 clients = £48,000).
Total investment cost (excluding VAT): £9,950
Personal investment level (before bank funding, etc): £5,000
Jo Jingles Lancaster – music, singing and movement classes for babies and children aged 3 months to 5 years
Are you interested in running your own business and being able to make your own decisions? If you have a passion for music and working with children, we would love to hear from you. Jo Jingles Lancaster has been running successfully for nearly 20 years and due to retirement is now ‘For Sale’.
Total investment cost (excluding VAT): c.£15,000
Personal investment level (before bank funding, etc): c.£16,000
Adore Properties – estate agency
Make starting your own estate agency easier with an Adore franchise.
Five years ago, we launched Adore, a new approach to estate agency. Since then we’ve traded successfully and profitably by doing things differently.
From property videttes and the Adore TV channel to a fully managed online presence, we’ve more ways to market your business. Every franchisee receives a marketing platform exclusive to their office location, helping you develop your local market share.
If you’re planning to start your own estate agency, we can help you begin trading without the trial and error, so you start generating an income faster, dramatically increase the number of viewings and develop a sustainable business.
- Expected return on investment is just 12 to 18 months
- Cash flow from day one. Because of the way we work you don’t have to wait for your money
- Returns are protected for the long term through exclusivity within your defined area
- Guaranteed rental incomes
- High quality videttes on Adore TV, increasing viewings by 48%
- Linked to the most important property websites
- SLR cameras capture the highest quality images
- In-branch iPads
- Directors who have been involved in the property industry since the 1980’s
- We’ll help you build your local presence
- We’ll provide HR support
The market is on the up. If you’re thinking of starting your own estate agency, now is the ideal time. Find out more.
Total investment cost (excluding VAT): £50,000
Personal investment level (before bank funding, etc): £30,000
Business Doctors – business support franchise
Business Doctors is a network of experienced business people, passionate about sharing our skills and experiences.
Our aim is to offer ‘hands-on’ support to business owners enabling them to overcome their individual challenges and helping them to achieve their aspirations for growth.
Whilst we operate within the consulting industry we are not traditional consultants. Our approach is different and involves getting into the nuts and bolts of businesses providing practical advice every step of the way.
Our clients may be striving to achieve the next level of growth in turnover and profitability, working hard without seeing the results, facing staffing issues or planning to build the value of their business for financial
Total investment cost (excluding VAT): £37,500
Personal investment level (before bank funding, etc): £20,000
Shuttercraft – window shutters, home improvement and decor management franchise
Shuttercraft is the franchise arm of S:Craft, one of the UK’s largest distributors of premium window Shutters. The exceptional success of their management franchisees has led to revenues that would challenge some of the biggest names in franchising.
The business model is sound, the training excellent and the ongoing support is market leading. Our franchise network is currently experiencing 40 per cent year-on-year growth which is testament to the scale of the opportunity.
Total investment cost (excluding VAT): £25,000 plus working capital
Personal investment level (before bank funding, etc): £14,000
ActionCOACH – business coaching, training, consulting, B2B
ActionCOACH offers you the opportunity to join one of the fastest growing professions – business coaching. You will receive world class training with global, national and local support and have access to over 3,500 strategies, guaranteed to make businesses successful including your own!
The results are not only a more profitable and sustainable business, but a dramatically improved life for your client, making it a fantastically rewarding and fulfilling experience for anyone who invests in the franchise.
Total investment cost (excluding VAT): Providing you meet the seven non-negotiable attributes, the basic entry level investment for an ActionCOACH franchise is £21,000 and on that you can expect a six-figure income with our guaranteed business model.
A. ActionPRIMARY: £21,000. Includes five days basic initial training and two months online training. You get access to all the ActionCOACH business coaching and training products and award-winning support. Opportunity to upgrade to:
B. ActionHYBRID: Includes five days basic initial training and two months online training. A lower monthly royalty and the new bolt-on revenue streams below. Opportunity to upgrade to: ActionPREMIUM.
C. ActionPRACTICE: £41,000. Gets you the 10 days residential training, a lower monthly royalty and the new bolt-on revenue streams below. Opportunity to upgrade to:
D. ActionPREMIUM: £61,000. Comes with the added bonuses of an even lower monthly royalty and the right to employ two additional fee-earning coaches.
Personal investment level (before bank funding, etc): You’ll need to raise a personal contribution of at least £10,000 (banks can lend up to £30,000 unsecured).More
Driver Hire – recruitment franchise that is ideal for someone looking for a successful management franchise in the B2B sector
A Driver Hire franchise provides you with the opportunity to run your own niche recruitment business, with average franchisee net profit levels for a single unit of over £120,000 per annum.
Franchising since 1987, Driver Hire operates in the transport and logistics sector and clearly has a formula for success. A 100 plus office nationwide network they’re a three-time BFA ‘Franchisor of the Year’ award-winner.
The average Driver Hire franchise turnover (single unit) for 2016/17 was £1,106,427.
Total investment cost (excluding VAT): Entry level investment is £32,000, plus working capital. A resale purchase price can be anything between £40,000 to £500,000.More
Footlights Theatre Schools – children’s stage schools for 3-18 year olds
Do you want to start your own business but lack the confidence in doing so? Do you want something that will fit around your lifestyle including school holidays? Why not invest in a franchise with us and stand on our virtual shoulders all the way.
We have easy to follow processes, bespoke training to suit your needs and territory mapping software. Join our team of successful franchisees and start earning. We have been established for 12 years, and are a multi-award winning organisation with a proven track record.
Total investment cost (excluding VAT): £13,250More
Papa John’s – fast food/pizza delivery and take-away
Papa John’s is one of the largest pizza delivery franchise companies in the world, with over 5,000 stores worldwide and rapidly expanding in 40 international markets.
Papa John’s tried and tested formula and an established British management team with many years experience in franchising and the pizza industry means a solid foundation for a very promising future. Papa John’s now have over 350 stores open and trading in the UK; working towards the goal of 600+ units.
Total investment cost (excluding VAT): £170,000 to £225,000, initial franchise fee: £18,500
Available areas: Scotland, North East England, Yorkshire, North West England, The Midlands, Wales and South West England
Personal investment level (before bank funding, etc): £100,000 should be in liquid funds
Mathnasium – children’s maths learning centre
Join the fastest growing children’s education franchise and make a difference whilst making a great living!
With over 860 centres worldwide and two new centres opening every week, our unique membership-based learning programme produces outstanding results, increasing confidence and boosting school progress; helping children catch-up, keep-up and stay ahead in maths.
Our proven business model, developed over 40 years, offers low investment and great returns. With strong branding and striking high-street premises, Mathnasium provides a unique opportunity to build a rewarding business on many different levels.
No maths or teaching experience necessary, we provide in person, online and in-centre live training with ongoing support. We offer guidance with property acquisition, design, build-out and with business plans and introductions to UK leading banks.
Total investment cost (excluding VAT): £80,000 – £120,000
Personal investment level (before bank funding, etc): £40,000
Dream Doors – kitchen refurbishment
How you can earn £2,500-a-week or more with the UK’s largest kitchen facelift retailer
You might have read about Dream Doors before; a multi award-winning home improvement franchise with which you could earn more than £120,000-a-year.
In fact, a midlands-based franchisee in his third year has just posted net profits of £138,500.
That’s £11,500 a month. Or £2,663 a week!
It doesn’t matter what you do right now, as 95% of Dream Doors franchisees had no previous kitchen industry experience. What’s more, hardly any of them have run a business before, nor had they been involved in sales.
Can you see yourself emulating these people?
- Sean & Katie who, with 3 children under the age of 6, still sold £812,000 last year
- Ex-IT professionals Clive & Angela Coldwell who sold £1.15Million last year
- Ex-NHS Manager, Helen Mahon, who turned over £862,000 last year
Total investment cost (excluding VAT): £70,000
Personal investment level (before bank funding, etc): £30,000
Platinum Business Partners – online retailers
Achieve time, money and location freedom by building your own flexible, successful and profitable online business. The e-commerce revolution is here and our mission is to show you how to tap into the enormous – and growing – potential of online selling.
Total investment cost (excluding VAT): access to a minimum of £30,000More
Agency Express – estate agency boards service
Agency Express, the BFA/HSBC Franchisor of the Year 2015, is the UK’s largest and only national estate agency board company with a network of over 110 franchisees. The multi-award winning company was established in 1998 to offer a nationwide professional board service to both corporate and independent estate agencies.
Camile Thai Kitchen – online Thai restaurant
We focus on delivering hot Thai food through a carefully selected menu, well presented outlets, consistent product offering, branded and packaged, served by uniformed delivery drivers trained as waiters on wheels.
Caremark – home care
Caremark operates at the leading edge of the home care market, with our main priority being to deliver the highest standard of care to customers. This is achieved by recruiting excellent franchisees, and then training and supporting them using proven methods that enable them to operate successfully and make a real difference in their community.
Castle and Pryor – diamond drilling and cutting
Castle and Pryor are a leading Diamond drilling and cutting company with a well-established brand and over 23 years of experience. You’ll receive training, expert advice, continual support, with excellent earning opportunities and no experience is required.
HomeXperts – estate and lettings agency
HomeXperts is an innovative, forward-thinking franchise which delivers an exceptional estate and letting agency model enabling franchisees to work from home or a small serviced office.
The multi-award-winning franchise proudly retained the Gold award for The Sunday Times’ Best Estate Agency Franchise in 2015, winning for the third year running. At the regional Chamber Awards, HomeXperts won ‘Best Use of Technology to Improve your Business’.
Many of their franchisees had little to no experience prior to joining, yet their top-earning franchisees join the HomeXperts ‘Altitude Club’ by earning more than £25,000 in invoiced commissions in a calendar month.
HomeXperts personal agents are passionate about property and delivering an exceptional level of customer service to all of their clients.
HomeXperts continue to grow organically and ethically, with a network of more than 30 amazing estate and letting agents across the UK.
Total investment cost (excluding VAT): £12,995More
Maid2Clean – management of domestic cleaning/cleaner recruitment agency
Maid2Clean is a management franchise in the domestic services sector responsible for advertising domestic workers, interviewing them in their own homes, following the references, providing the closest geographical matching service of client cleaner, insurance against damage caused and finally a replacement service in case a cleaner becomes sick, goes on holiday or – hopefully never – if they are unsatisfactory.
Total investment cost (excluding VAT): £9,999
Personal investment level (before bank funding, etc): £9,999
Ovenu – oven cleaning
Ovenu provides a professional oven valeting service using totally safe, caustic-free products. Cleaning the oven is the most hated household chore so the Ovenu service is highly valued and in great demand.
Ovenu was established in 1994 by Rik Hellewell and now has a large and rapidly growing UK-wide franchise network.
The Ovenu franchise offers hard-working, highly motivated people the opportunity to set up and run their own highly lucrative, home-based domestic oven valeting business, with the full back-up and support of an established and successful organisation.
The start-up cost covers everything needed to set up and start trading, including training. Franchisees can either carry out the work themselves, or they can employ others to do it while they concentrate on managing and developing the business into a larger, multivan operation.
Total investment cost (excluding VAT): £11,800More
WPA Healthcare Practice – health insurance
At WPA we’re looking for the right people to promote our health insurance policies and support our long-term relationships with customers. You will receive full training and enjoy comprehensive business support. No need for premises, stock or staff. No high start-up costs. This is a rewarding opportunity working with a award winning customer-focused company.