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Taking control of their life


Steve and Deb Swann have now been Northwood franchisees for over 10 years. Looking for more control over their lives, they decided that they wanted to run their own business. After looking at various business start-up opportunities, franchising stood out as they felt being a franchisee of a recognisable brand would help them get established in their marketplace quicker. After much research they identified Northwood as a brand they wanted to be part of. 10 years on their only regret is that they didn’t do it sooner. read more

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Lee Eaton, Signs Express Manchester, is the bfa Franchisee of the Year 2015. In this video we look at what makes a successful franchisee and an award winner.

Franchising in the North West, why buy a franchise in the North West?

North West is an ideal location for most business activity including franchising.

65% of franchise networks currently have presence in the North West contributing to a turnover of £1.3 billion. Franchisors with head offices in the North West include Blazes, Barking Mad, Cash Generator, Countrywide Grounds, Home Instead Senior Care, Inxpress, Maid2clean, Metro Rod, Oscar Pet Foods and Ableworld. Whilst an established region for franchising, room for further growth and untapped opportunities exists in the North West franchise market.

The North West boasts a population of around 6.9 million people, habiting in the counties of Cumbria, Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

It has a total population greater than that of several European countries and is the largest region outside of London and the South East. The region comprises of nearly 12% of the UK's population, and incorporates the well-known cities of Chester, Liverpool, Manchester, Lancaster and Carlisle.

Costs are low and there is huge capacity for sustainable growth - it is far enough away from the South to generate growth yet close enough to represent a real location alternative.

Featured Franchise of the Week

Can you think of a home or business that doesn’t have carpets or upholstery? No, then just think of all the business opportunities that are literally everywhere for Safeclean franchisees. Our franchisee can either be a van-based sole trader and conduct business out on the road or run their business behind the scenes as a management franchisee by employing and training cleaning technicians to do the work for them.
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bfa Northern Forum Dates

bfa forumThe bfa forums are the ideal platform for franchisors and affiliates (from any region) to discuss any issues and concerns they have relevant to franchising and their business. The next dates for the bfa forums in the North are:

  • 21st September - Hilton Manchester Airport

To book a place or find out more click here