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whichfranchise has been helping prospective franchisees and franchisors for over 18 years. Though we are not a franchise consultancy, we do work with some of the UK's leading franchise consultants to deliver the best professional advice possible for those considering franchising their business. We have experts on hand to answer any questions you may have and can also put you in touch with British Franchise Association affiliated consultants who can have an initial non-obligatory chat with you to identify if your business is franchiseable and if so, the process going forward. Ask about franchising your business

Can YOUR business be franchised?

By Ashtons Consultants

In principal, more or less every business, whether it is service, business to consumer, business to business, technical, professional or hospitality led can be franchised. But should you look to franchise your business? Read more

How to franchise a business

By The Franchising Centre

Successful franchising starts with a clear vision from the owner of a proven and profitable business for where they want it to be. Franchising is a means to an end; it is not an end in itself. Not every business is suitable for franchising, not even if several other similar businesses are being franchised, and there is no "right way" to franchise a business. There may however be a "right way" for your business but please be aware that you cannot save a failing business by franchising it. Franchising is about duplicating success. Read more about how to franchise your business...

10 reasons to join the bfa

Joining the bfa should be a key part of any ethical franchisor's growth and development strategy. Of course, we would say that wouldn't we? But such a statement isn't rhetoric or a sales strategy (we're a non-profit) - it's based on the evidence of the advantages that membership brings. Read more about bfa membership

Attend a prospective franchisor seminar

If you are considering using the franchise business model to expand and grow your business, there are a number of franchise your business seminars taking place throughout the UK. These seminars are run by various organisations including the British Franchise Association and bfa-accredited consultants. Click here to find out what seminars are taking place when and where

Franchisor interviews

Who better to tell you about franchising their business, then those who have already done it! Some of the UK's leading successful franchisors give us an insight into their franchising journey.

Franchising helps to minimise the risks and pitfalls

In this exclusive interview with whichfranchise, Karl Sandall, CEO of The TaxAssist Group, shares his experience of franchising, why TaxAssist went down the franchise route, and why franchising minimises the risks in comparison to business start-ups. As an award-winning franchise and leader in its field, this interview gives you a unique insight into this industry. To get the inside scoop.

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Ask the Expert

Nick Williams - Ashtons Franchise

Nick Williams is an experienced national and international franchise development consultant who has worked in the UK franchise industry since 2000. He is a regular speaker on How to Franchise Successfully with the bfa, at Franchise exhibitions, and Bank seminars, as well as being published . Nick and his team of franchise specialists at Ashtons have assisted hundreds of business to expand and grow through franchising since the inception of the Consultancy in 1981 and have worked with companies of all sizes from all sectors

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Brian Duckett, The Franchising Centre

Brian is a recognised leader in the UK and International franchise industry. He writes regularly for the UK franchising and business media, and has published a book "How to Turn Your Business into The Next Global Brand - Creating and Managing a Franchised Network". He has also presented at many seminars and workshops. Brian and his team have always prided themselves on being practitioners rather than theorists and are dedicated to helping clients achieve their business objectives. Click here to ask Brian a question

David Bigmore - David Bigmore & Co

David Bigmore & Co deals with the full range of franchise legal issues including preparing and advising on all types of franchise agreements, buying and selling franchisors' and franchisees' companies and businesses, dealing with franchise disputes and handling franchising commercial property matters. He can help with all legal areas of franchising a business.

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Richard Holden, Lloyds Bank

Richard Holden is Head of Franchising for Lloyds Bank. He has 32 years banking experience and has supported a wide range of businesses in the small business sector for many years. Richard has helped many businesses who have chosen to go down the franchise route with the funding requirements. Richard would be delighted to answer any questions you have relating to funding required to franchise your business.

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Emily Price QFP, BFA

Emily Price QFP is the Operations Manager at the British Franchise Association (bfa) and is responsible for the strategic development of both membership recruitment and member services. During the past 3 years Emily has worked with numerous franchisors, ranging from start-ups to established International brands to understand their business models, support the accreditation of these and identify opportunities for development. Emily would be delighted to answer any questions you may have about the British Franchise Association and becoming a member.

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