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If you have a question regarding buying a franchise, selling a franchise or setting up a franchise, we have a panel of experts on hand who would be happy to give you some FREE initial advice. Any questions you send via our expert section will be treated in the strictest of confidence and only passed to the expert(s) you have selected. The expert will contact you directly with their answer; your question and response will not be made public. Please select from the drop down menu the nature of your enquiry:

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Selling an existing franchise

Johnny Sellyn

Johnny Sellyn - whichfranchise

Johnny Sellyn has been actively involved in franchising for over 20 years and is the Managing Director of whichfranchise UK and Franchise Resales US.

Johnny is recognised as one of the leading experts in franchising internationally. He speaks regularly about best practices in ethical franchising at franchise seminars and events.

Johnny has a specific interest in franchise resales and has worked for over 20 years working with franchisees in their exit planning.

General Experts

Emily Price QFP

Emily Price QFP - British Franchise Association (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.

Funding a franchise

Richard Holden

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. He is responsible for providing support to the Lloyds Bank Business Managers, assisting them in assessing proposals from prospective franchisees. He is also responsible for ensuring that the network of local business managers has up to date information on the franchise systems operating within the United Kingdom.

Franchise legal advice

David Bigmore

David Bigmore - David Bigmore & Co

David Bigmore is the founder of David Bigmore & Co, Solicitors, based in the North West and the City of London. The firm is recognised as one of the leading legal firms in the UK specialising in Franchise Law. David was also awarded "Sole Practitioner of the Year" (in all categories of law) at the prestigious Welsh Law Awards in November 2004. David qualified in 1972 and has been a Franchise lawyer since 1986. He founded the firm in 1992 having formerly been the Head of the Corporate and Commercial department of a medium-sized firm in the City of London.

David Kaye

David Kaye - Harper Macleod

David has extensive experience in advising franchisees and franchisors over many years. He is very involved in the retail sector advising several national retailers on their franchising requirements as well as the property aspects involved. David is a regular speaker at seminars for prospective franchisees and franchisors.

Setting up and developing a franchise

Nick Williams

Nick Williams - Ashtons Franchise

Nick Williams is an experienced national and international franchise development consultant, having worked in the UK franchise industry for over 15 years. He is a longstanding advocate of ethical franchising practices and with Ashtons Franchise he helps to educate business owners and the public about franchising across the globe. Nick and his team of franchise specialists have over 35 years’ experience in assisting hundreds of business to expand and grow through franchising. We have worked with companies of all sizes from all sectors.

Brian Duckett

Brian Duckett - The Franchising Centre

Brian is a recognised leader in the franchise industry, both in the UK and around the world. He writes regularly for the UK franchising and business media and has presented at many seminars and workshops, including those arranged for The Institute of Directors, The Confederation of British Industry, The British Franchise Association, The International Franchise Association and British Franchise Exhibitions. Internationally, he writes regular features for franchising magazines in the USA, Europe, Australia and India and has spoken at several franchise conferences on five continents. His writings include the widely respected book “How to Turn Your Business into The Next Global Brand – Creating and Managing a Franchised Network”. Brian and his team have always prided themselves on being practitioners rather than theorists and are dedicated to helping clients achieve their business objectives.