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UK Business Mentoring Franchise

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Would you like to join a network of Business Mentors that help other people to develop and grow their business whilst building their own?

UK Business Mentoring is a fast-growing company which provides exceptional practical support to small business owners. Formed in 2009, we pride ourselves on being ranked No 1 in the UK for both mentoring and coaching by our clients.

Our Business Mentors are not only passionate about helping business owner’s grow, but also genuinely care about the people we work with.

What are the benefits of becoming a Business Mentor?

  • Freedom and autonomy to run your own business, from home, using proven systems and methods within your own geographic area
  • The wonderful satisfaction of helping business owners overcome their barriers and seeing their businesses grow
  • Being part of a network of other business mentors just like yourself
  • The opportunity to earn £150/£200k per annum

What does UKBM look for in a franchisee?

  • 20+ years of all-round experience in a commercial environment
  • Previous experience includes understanding financials/people management/leadership/business development
  • Enjoy helping others to develop
  • A belief that helping business owners grow themselves and their businesses could be your Ikigai (which is the Japanese word meaning ‘Reason for being’)

Why join UK Business Mentoring?

  • UK Business Mentoring is rated number one in the UK, out of over five hundred business coaching firms based purely on client feedback
  • We have proven models and systems that new franchisees can follow to fully support their clients
  • You will have access to all materials for example our three-hour business growth seminar, the Zulu Business Model, two-day Leadership and Management training courses etc
  • You will be given first class training, field coaching and ongoing support from a ‘Buddy Mentor’ for the first year
  • You will be part of a fast-growing dynamic team
  • We genuinely care about our clients and our team of Franchisees

What does the initial training consist of?

The initial training will cover all aspects of the role including:

  • Business Development activities
  • Delivery of business development seminars
  • Our ‘Ascending Transaction Model’ to obtain clients
  • Undertaking the Zulu Business Review
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Marketing including social media
  • Preparing your business plan

What are the costs?

The cost of a UKBM franchise is £35,000 + VAT (which includes one weeks training and all initial stationery).

We recommend you budget £5,000 for initial equipment, marketing etc and have sufficient capital to cover your own living expenses until you become established which we would expect to be by month six following training.

How do I join?

  • Initially you will have a telephone chat with one of the directors so that you can find out more about us and vice versa
  • If you wish to proceed, we will arrange for you to complete an online personality profiling questionnaire (DISC) and have a debrief discussion around it with our careers coach. This is to assess your suitability for the role
  • We will then arrange an interview so we can talk in more detail and discuss the opportunities and challenges you will face
  • You will have the opportunity to meet with other franchisees to discuss their journey and ask any questions. We also invite you to attend one or more of our seminars so you can see how we work
  • Once you’ve confirmed you want to go ahead, both parties would sign a franchise agreement (after independent legal advice) and we would proceed to training

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Franchisee Case Studies

UK Business Mentoring Franchisee

Exclusive Interview: "It gives me enormous satisfaction seeing others succeed and grow."

Paul Clarke was attracted to a UK Business Mentoring franchise with a desire to use his knowledge gained during 30+ years in the corporate world to help SME owners grow their businesses. As well as the financial rewards, the satisfaction Paul receives from seeing others succeed is something that helps him to continue growing his franchise! Learn more about Paul's experience with UK Business Mentoring, and how he would recommend it to others...

Franchisor Interview

Exclusive Interview with Joe Hinton, MD of UK Business Mentoring

UK Business Mentoring

Franchisors name: Joe Hinton

Name of franchise: UK Business Mentoring (UKBM)

Tell us a bit about yourself including when and why you joined the company and your past employment within or outside of franchising?

After a thirty-five-year career in the corporate world leading teams of up to five hundred people I was keen to create a business that genuinely helped other people. My time in banking had taught me that large numbers of small business owners needed help across a wide variety of topics from finance to marketing and people management

When was the business established? And what were the factors for deciding to go down the franchise route?

UKBM was established in September 2009 and after 6/7 years operating with an ‘Associate model’ I decided that franchising gave us a greater opportunity to expand rapidly and also to sustain the quality of delivery that I am passionate about.

What have been the company’s biggest achievements/successes to date so far?

Partnering with some high street names such as HSBC, Santander, Metro and the likes of the Federation of Small Business has been extremely rewarding – they don’t let you present to their clients unless you’re very good – and we are!

What challenges have you had to overcome?

Initially persuading some of the big names mentioned above that we can really add value to their was a challenge, but once they see us in action they quickly see the value we add.

What marketing/promotional tools do you use to grow your franchise?

We use the ‘Ascending Transaction Model’ to attract clients – by that I mean we give ‘stuff’ away to attract clients and evidence that we know what we’re doing. That usually takes the form of a seminar where we give away a host of tips, tools and models for business owners to help them with their business.

What differentiates UKBM from the competition?

We have a very simple and some would say old fashioned approach to business. Clients don’t have to enter into long contracts or minimum periods with us, they use us as long as we add value. If a client is ever dissatisfied and feels we have not added value, then our pledge means they will not be expected to pay. This all keeps our Business Mentors on their toes, so we are always looking to add value for clients.

What qualities do you look for in a franchisee?

Any prospective franchisee needs to come with extensive experience in business/corporate world – ideally fifteen/twenty years or more (you can’t teach that). In addition they need to be driven, energetic, able to present to large audiences and most of all great listeners who can build rapport with people quickly.

What changes have you seen in your industry over recent years?

The number of ‘Business Coaches’ out there has grown incredibly, and I am concerned at the quality of what is offered sometimes based on what clients tell us they have experienced in the past. All of this makes us even more determined to maintain our very high standards and as such we abide by the standards and code of ethics of the European Coaching and Mentoring Council.

What does the future hold for UK Business Mentoring?

Our key objective is to grow across the UK to give all small business owners access to a UKBM Mentor whilst maintaining our very high standards.

What expansion plans have you got nationally and internationally?

At present our focus is on UK expansion but international is in our long term plans for 2022.

What advice would you give to someone considering franchising their business?

Take your time over recruitment of franchisees, make sure you know exactly the type of person you are looking for and that they reflect your values. Don’t put your business in the hands of people who are not as passionate about it as you.

If you had to do it all again, what would you do differently?

I would do it sooner!