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.
Camile Thai Kitchen – Thai restaurants and home delivery
Camile Thai Kitchen is a high-end network of Thai restaurants and home delivery outlets. If you’re drawn to the fast-paced vibrancy of the restaurant business, consider becoming a franchise owner with the restaurant that delivers healthy, authentic Thai cuisine to hungry households.
With 20 restaurants and counting, Camile Thai is thriving in its niche as a healthy online delivery restaurant. With a food product that is perfectly tailored to holding its quality and temperature during delivery, as well as providing a high-end user experience, the brand is positioned well to reach its target market of time-poor, cuisine-curious young urban professionals.
Since opening in Dublin in 2011, the business has expanded substantially through a combination of company-owned and franchised restaurants. Now, having already opened company-owned restaurants in Tooting Bec, Clapham and Bermondsey, Camile Thai is looking to expand its franchise component in the London market.
Camile aims to open 100 outlets over the next five years and become brand leaders in the U.K. and Ireland. If you’re a motivated people person with a love of great food, and you have the necessary funds to get started, this will be the perfect opportunity to build a successful business and achieve a lucrative income.
Investment in a new Camile restaurant will be from £200k, to cover not only the pre-opening expenses and franchise package fees, but to fit out a fully functioning restaurant kitchen, with a small customer service area to the front.
Franchisees for Camile will likely have three characteristics:
- minimum personal investment £100k (total £200k+)
- hands-on operators who are keen to grow
- relevant management experience
Agency Express – estate agency board services
Agency Express is the UK’s largest provider of professional estate agency board services. Established in 1998, our national network of specially trained franchise operators service and maintain over 51% of all estate agency boards across the UK. As a ‘bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year’ multi award winner, franchisees benefit from our established reputation, comprehensive franchise package, full training and ongoing support.
Today, an ever growing network of 115 franchisees share in our national successes whilst benefiting from one of the very best franchise packages available. The Agency Express franchise package is a proven business formula that creates an excellent earning potential. It’s a van based franchise so low overheads mean increased profitability, and repeat daily business generates the opportunity for excellent returns.
Why choose Agency Express
- Low start-up costs
- A van based business with low overheads
- 100% daily repeat business
- Existing national accounts
- No national competitor
- Family friendly working hours
- Simple to operate
- Centralised invoicing and payments system
- Minimal paperwork
- Accredited by both the British and Irish Franchise Association.
Total investment cost (excl. VAT): £24,500
Personal investment level: £12,500
fit20 – health and fitness
With recently launched studios in Sheffield, Leeds and Norwich, we have plans to open 500 UK studios. fit20 is Holland’s fastest growing fitness franchise with 120+ studios and 10,000+ members.
Minimal floor space requirements, low staffing levels, outstanding customer retention rates, recurring monthly income and world-class support contribute to your enjoyment of a simple, effective and lucrative business model.
• Opportunities for Owner/Operators and Owner/Managers
• Typical Start-up Cost: £40k to £50k
• Minimum Personal Investment: £15,000
• Franchise Location: Retail, Office, Golf Clubs, etc
• Market: B2C
The fit20 Academy trains your personal trainers in our unique training method to guarantee customer results. You don’t have to train customers yourself, unless you want to. You will also learn how to launch your studio(s) successfully using our proven model. Training and support continues to ensure you and your business continue to grow and flourish.
Once your studio is established, you can enjoy better work/life balance by delegating the day to day running of your studio to your team.
Total investment cost (excl. VAT): £45-50k
Personal investment level (before bank funding, etc): £15k
The Original Poster Company (OPC) – greeting cards distribution
OPC is a leading franchised distributor of greeting cards, wraps and bags for over 25 years. We currently have numerous franchise resales available across the UK which are well-established and profitable businesses.
New franchisees invest in an existing franchise business model which provides them with an established client base, stock and cash flow – earning them an income from Day One.
With full training and on-going support from a UK based head office team, franchise owners are given the tools to confidently distribute top-quality greeting cards, but also act as agents of Perkins in selling toys, stationary to a wide variety of national retail groups.
With the OPC, franchisees can, from the comfort of their own home, create a work/life balance that suits them. We do not charge any royalty or management fees.
Personal investment level – dependent on the size of the franchise resale (stock and goodwill), plus £3,000 + VAT for a five year licence that includes training and supportMore
TaxAssist Accountants – accountancy and finance
TaxAssist Accountants is the largest and most successful franchise accountancy network in the UK with more than 280 shops and offices across the country, servicing more than 66,000 clients.
Our business specialises in servicing the needs of small businesses and self-employed individuals, a burgeoning sector that has traditionally been over-charged and under-serviced.
Currently, every small business needs to have an annual set of accounts prepared and a tax return submitted. With a number of developments set to change the way taxes are reported, demand for our services will only increase.
TaxAssist has been a game changer in the way it ‘retails’ tax and accountancy services through open and welcoming shops. This concept has proven to be a very effective way to build a business, with many franchisees opening multiple shops, which has become very popular with small businesses who enjoy the convenient, local service.
We welcome applications from accountants in industry or practice and commercially experienced individuals, as the ultimate goal is to manage a team of accountants, allowing you to work on the business rather than in it.
Total Investment cost – £70,000-120,000
Personal investment level – 30% of total investment cost
Dream Clean Ovens – oven cleaning
Dream Clean Ovens is a family-run business based in Frimley. We currently cover all areas in Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire.
We use eco-friendly, caustic-soda free formulae that has been perfected to give your oven the deepest clean possible.
We ensure our work is carried out with minimal disturbance and what’s more; our bio degradable, caustic-free, eco-friendly solutions mean your oven and appliances are completely safe to use as soon as we have finished cleaning them.
Dream Clean Ovens is a Provisional member of the British Franchise Association.
We are offering a very large protected territory with many other benefits. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for our prospectus.
Our bespoke franchise package costs: £10,500 plus VAT
Personal investment level: 50% before bank funding
nu: move – online estate agents
We offer territorial franchise’s in your area from as little as £3,995 plus VAT. We will give you a guaranteed territorial area that is yours. Residential Sales and Lettings is a lucrative business and we expect territories to sell out fast! Unlike other estate agents we are giving you both the Sales and Lettings Part of the business.
The way that people are searching for property is changing, with over 93% of successful home buyers and tenants using the internet to search for property.
Offering a revolutionary new concept in estate agency, as one of our franchisee’s you will be able to deliver a fully personalised estate agency service at a fraction of the cost of most high street agencies – by reducing unnecessary overheads, such as expensive high street shops. This new model has been identified by many experts as the ‘future of estate agency’ .
As an independent owner and operator you will have the freedom to run and develop your own business. You will benefit from the help, support and shared learning that comes from being a part of a franchise. Full training is provided in running our software systems and specialist support is also available. Why not come and meet some of our franchisees.
All you need is the ability to run your own business and the desire to become successful. Contact our Franchise team today for further information on 0330 223 0331.
Minimum investment level – £3,995More
ChipsAway – SMART car body repairs
Join ChipsAway, the brand leaders and originators of SMART car body repair technology, and get the lifestyle you’ve always wanted. Part of Franchise Brands plc, ChipsAway gives its franchisees unrivalled training, with no experience necessary. Furthermore, through our National Advertising schemes, franchisees benefit from national TV advertising, and circa £75,000 worth of enquiries annually as a result.
Contact ChipsAway today to find out more, including:
- Proven Demand
- Fantastic Earnings Potential
- Expert Knowledge from International Franchisor Franchise Brands plc
- Regular National Advertising including extensive TV campaigns, SEO, PPC etc.
- Unrivalled Training and Ongoing Support
- Brand Leader as confirmed by YouGov statistics
- Management expansion opportunities
Total investment cost:
The franchise is £29,995 + VAT, but with the various pricing options that we offer, you only need £15,000 + VAT of you own funds to start your business on the road to success!
Casual Dining Group Franchising – casual dining with three brands; Bella Italia, Las Iguanas and Café Rouge
Casual Dining Group is one of the largest independent restaurant companies in the UK. We operate some of the most recognisable and loved restaurant brands to be found anywhere in the eating-out market such as Bella Italia, Café Rouge and Las Iguanas.
We operate almost 300 restaurant sites in a variety of locations including leisure parks, shopping centres, airports and high streets. We are a national business with restaurants located across the country from Aberdeen to Plymouth, employing more than 10,000 people and serving more than 20 million meals each year.
With the strong demand for our leading mid-market dining brands we are currently opening one new restaurant every seven to ten days. In addition we are also looking for opportunities to selectively expand Casual Dining Group through franchise partnerships. As a result we recently opened our first restaurants in Dubai and India.
Minimum investment level – £350,000 / 50% fundingMore
Perk of the Job – UNIQUE online staff training
Being trained and developed is the number one ‘Perk’ that people want in their job BUT … there are two main barriers to businesses training their staff: No TIME and no BUDGET! Perk of the Job is a completely new way for businesses to train and develop their staff.
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).
Our clients range from businesses in the UK and overseas.
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
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; we now have well over 350 sites open and trading in the UK, and over 5,000 in more than 40 international markets and territories.
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.
Total investment cost (excluding VAT): £170,000 to £225,000, initial franchise fee: £18,500
Available areas: We have opportunities for potential franchisees throughout the UK
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
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.
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