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Exclusive Interview: "I built a business which I still love working in"


Peter Eccles has been a Snap-on franchisee for almost 20 years. He ranked 5th in the UK for sales in 2015 with a turnover of over ¾ of a £million and is one of the top 15 multi-franchise owners globally. Peter pioneered a now popular UK franchise recruitment method and has launched and mentored six new franchisees into the network in the last 10 years. To get an inside look at Snap-on's franchising system ... 

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Are you a franchisee in the South West?

If so, you may be interested in attending a Local Franchise Network in Swindon. Part of a national initiative, the Swindon Local Franchise Network aims to raise awareness of franchising and to make franchised businesses the first choice for consumers throughout the UK. There is no cost to attend your first meeting and it's a great opportunity for you to meet with other franchisees to exchange ideas and talk about how you can raise awareness of your business and franchising in your local area.

The dates for 2017 are:

  • 15th May
  • 28th September
To find out more about attending click here

Why franchise in the South West England

Pam Bader, CEO of MOLLY MAID and Chairperson of the South West talks to us about franchising in the South West.

"The South West provides an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to start up a franchise. The South West rode out the recession with much less trouble than most UK regions and has remained a vibrant, busy and buoyant area. The implied annual turnover in the South West for franchising is 1.4billion; an increase in 17% over 5 years.

Post-recession, the South West has become a hub for new tech start-ups, so much so that the triangle between Bristol, Swindon and Gloucester has been referred to as 'Silicon Gorge'!

It's an exciting place to be and all this energy and entrepreneurism makes the South West a great place for opening up a franchise, there's a wealth of support for new businesses in the region and it's exciting to see so many businesses thriving already."

Featured Franchise of the Week

If you have the ambition and enthusiasm to launch, build and manage your own thriving business and have a love of the outdoors, then TruGreen could be the perfect franchise for you. Experience in lawn care is not a requirement as you will be trained in all aspects of the business. This is also huge scope to expand your franchise with the potential to manage a fleet of branded vehicles to deliver lawn care services in your local area.
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BFA South West Forums

bfa forum

The bfa forums are open to franchisors and affiliates from all regions. These meetings provide bfa members with a platform in which to discuss issues and/or concerns relevant to franchising and to their businesses.

The dates for the 2017 bfa South West Forums are:

  • 18th May
  • 27th September
To find out more about the forums and attending click here