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Interview with Steven and Estelle Sykes, Ovenclean, Barnsley

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Steven and Estelle Sykes launched their Ovenclean franchise in June in 2015 in the Barnsley area. Both Steven and Estelle held great jobs and were successful in their careers, but they wanted a better work life balance - something that they could achieve through owning an Ovenclean franchise. Although they have faced some challenges along the way, 18 months on Steven and Estelle are thoroughly enjoying the benefits of owning their own business and are seeing huge demand for their service! To get an unique insight into a franchisee's life... read more

bfa franchise seminars

The bfa are running educational seminars in Manchester for those looking to buy a franchise and for those looking to franchise their business. bfa accredited experts, franchisees and franchisors speak at the events to help you understand all the key considerations.

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Franchise videos

Luke Norbury, Home Instead Senior Care franchisee in York, talks to us about his franchising journey.

Why Franchise in Yorkshire?

National transport and recruitment franchise, Driver Hire, is based in West Yorkshire. Graham Duckworth is Franchise Sales director.

Economically strong, Yorkshire's 'broad acres' are home to a population of 6m people - matching that of the whole of Scotland. Annually, economic output is worth 88bn, that's 7% of the UK's total. The Financial Times recently reported that more high growth companies are being created in Leeds than in London. In 2015 the region had the highest jobs growth in the whole of the UK.

One of Yorkshire's strengths is in its diversity. Leeds offers financial services, Sheffield is one of the UK's leading manufacturing centres. Hull - a major port -- is seeing renewable energy and healthcare technologies boost its local economy. Yorkshire's tourist industry is worth a further 7m per annum - with the jobs to go along with it.

Figures from the bfa show that 52% of the UK's 901 franchisors have a presence in Yorkshire & Humberside. That amounts to around 2,650 franchise-owned businesses operating in the area. In 2015 their combined turnover was 0.9bn - creating work for over 33,000 people.

So whatever franchise you're looking at, Yorkshire is a great place to do it. And, as the figures show, there are plenty of others who agree.

Featured Franchise of the Week

Want to be part of the ever-popular cruise industry? Now you can when you join one of the UK’s largest cruise holiday franchises, GoCruise. Part of Fred. Olsen Travel Ltd, GoCruise is looking to build on their success by expanding their network in the UK, with Yorkshire identified as a key area. So if you want to buy a low cost franchise that allows you to work from home in an exciting industry, then GoCruise could be for you.
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bfa Northern forums

bfa forum The bfa Northern forums 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 Forums are:

  • 8th February
  • 10th May
  • 20th September
To find out more about the forums and attending click here
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