- What are the benefits?
first became a recognised force in the UK during the 1970's
Franchising continues to outperform the economic downturn with turnover up by eight per cent to £13.4bn and nine out of ten units trade profitably, according to the 28th annual British Franchise Association (BFA)/NatWest survey for 2012
Some 90 per cent of franchisees reported satisfactory relations with their franchisor – the highest proportion for 10 years.
lets have a look at the benefits of franchising:
Chance of success
research has over
the years shown that of all businesses starting today, only
20% will still be trading in 5 years time. With franchising
these figures are reversed. The reason for this represents the
other benefits of franchising.
Into A Proven Business System
you are buying into a business that is already operating. The
Franchisor will have made mistakes along the way and will have
learnt from them. This knowledge is passed on as part of the
franchise system. It enables you to start your business at a
much higher point on the learning curve. By reducing the learning
curve you will also reduce the time it takes to start making
part of your franchise purchase you will be provided with an
operations manual which will provide the operating system for
your business. It is based on the best practice to enable you
to get off to a flying start. The majority of day to day problems
will be covered and for those problems that aren't your franchisor
will normally be able to help.
Within a franchise
there is or should be a great deal of help and support available.
The support that you will need will change as your business
grows. From day one you will need training and will be reliant
on the Franchisor. This will take various forms but will include
product training, the business system, marketing and assistance
in setting up accounting systems.
you become established, you will benefit from different types
of support such as staff training and National account business.
It may well be possible to collaborate with other franchisees
on larger projects and just being part of a larger organisation
can help. Most franchisors will hold regular ongoing franchisee
meetings which are a great opportunity to benefit from the experiences
of other franchisees and update product information.
You do not have to
buy a McDonalds or a Body Shop franchise to buy a franchise
that is established in the market in which it operates.
established brand, proven systems and a respected business name
will give you a head start in getting your business off the
ground and will attract customers from day one.
As a franchisee, you will benefit from the track record
that the franchise as a whole has established. The banks will
be able to make a more informed lending decision and the Franchisor
may well have arranged a finance package. The entrepreneur trying
to start a business will find finance more difficult to arrange
and any finance will often be on less favorable terms.
Reviews and Business Planning
will hold review meetings with you to discuss all aspects of
the business. You will be able to check your progress, celebrate
your successes and plan for the future. One of the major reasons
for business failure in the past has been due to lack of good
Power and Research
When you are building a business
it is difficult to be able to spare time on product research.
part of a franchise network much of the product research and
testing process will be carried out for you. It is also possible
to take advantage of group buying discounts and better terms
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