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Business Doctors Franchise

Business Doctors franchisees follow a multi-award winning franchise model and provide SME businesses with a unique consultancy service.

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At a Glance

Established: 2004

UK Presence: Almost 40 Business Doctors territories now operating around the UK.

Start Up Cost: £44,500

Min personal contribution: £10,000

International Presence Business Doctors has presence in India, the Republic of Ireland, Namibia, Botswana, Dubai, Belgium, Cyprus and Malta.

Development type: Single-unit franchises

BFA Status: Full

Franchise Info

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Since 2004, our franchisees have helped thousands of small and medium sized companies to fulfil their potential. Quite simply, Business Doctors use their knowledge, skills and understanding to turn businesses into growing businesses.

What Business Doctors offers is unique in the sector. This is not just coaching or training; and it is not consultancy as you might know it. We are the only homegrown franchised network that can offer a tried and tested method of hands-on, holistic support, to SMEs.

When Rod Davies and Matt Levington launched Business Doctors in Merseyside in 2004, they promised to make management consultancy accessible, affordable and relevant to owners of small and medium sized companies. The pair found that small businesses were crying out for their style of no-nonsense help including sales planning, new market development, recruitment, fundraising, succession planning and team building.

Refining their SME growth support package over four years to deliver maximum bang for the buck, in 2008 they launched their first UK franchise. Today, our Business Doctors help SMEs to grow in 12 countries, including India, South Africa, Irish Republic, Belgium, Cyprus and Malta.

We are looking for business-savvy individuals who can follow our franchise system and will maintain our top levels of service.

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The Business Doctors Franchisee

If you’re the kind of person who finds themselves interrogating everyone from your window cleaner to your dentist about their business model, this could be the franchise for you. Business Doctors are listeners, solution-finders and implementers; they are captivated by what makes organisations tick.

Where our approach differs from traditional management consultancy is that Business Doctors roll up our sleeves and work alongside small businesses as part of their team. This franchise suits people who want to build lasting relationships with companies of all kinds, from established family businesses to young start-ups.

How many hours you work a week is entirely up to you. You’re in charge and make your own decision about whether you’re looking for better work-life balance or to drive your franchise on full-steam ahead.

Business Doctors franchisees generally have around 20 years’ senior management experience. Most have been managing directors or have held other board level positions; some have previously run their own businesses. But whatever your level of expertise, all franchisees benefit from our extended training programme and ongoing support.

What you get

Our franchisees are highly experienced business people, but for most, this will be the first taste of self-employment. Buying a Business Doctors franchise provides the reassurance that you are launching an established and successful business model and will be fully supported along the way. When you buy a Business Doctors franchise, you will receive:

  • An exclusive territory, covering around 10,000 SMEs
  • Seven full days of face-to-face training, covering delivery, sales and marketing
  • Unlimited mentoring throughout your launch phase (six months)
  • Six full days of co-pilot business support from an experienced Business Doctor
  • The ongoing support and collaboration of the rest of the Business Doctors network
  • Continuing online product training modules
  • High quality business stationery and promotional materials
  • Ongoing social media marketing support, including LinkedIn Sales Navigator training
  • Your own branded website and online marketing tools
  • An exhibition kit, including branded display board, projector and speaker
  • First year's professional indemnity and business insurance included

Cardiff franchisee and former Chamber of Commerce director Graham L Morgan, says: “With a background in supporting SMEs, I could see just how relevant and saleable the Business Doctors’ proposition was. The fact that Business Doctors is already established across the UK also played a big part in my decision to buy a franchise”.

The Market

The need for our services is self-evident. The Management Consultancies Association (MCA) identified three of the largest and fastest-growing markets within management consulting to be operational improvement, financial management and project management.

It’s no coincidence that this magic trio is at the heart of the Business Doctors offer.

There are 5.9 million SMEs in the UK (2019) and no other national network is set up to target this kind of support to them.

Though the pandemic has seen many Business Doctors take a temporary step back from the physical boardroom and shop floor, it's been a very busy period for franchisees, who have all become dab hands with Zoom.

"The fallout of Covid-19 has seen small business owners having to rapidly implement change, develop new business models and ways of working, bring in unfamiliar technologies and learn new management strategies," says Kevin.

"And the Business Doctors, with their years of experience, steady hands and agile, unflappable minds, have been there to help them all the way. It's what we do."

The Investment

The investment required to launch our franchise is £44,500+VAT. If required, we can guide you towards a number of third-party financing options.

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Case Studies

Case Study
Business Doctors ‘leading the way’ in leadership after recent award success

Business Doctors are finishing 2021 in style after bringing home the BFA HSBC award for Leadership & Culture at this year’s ceremony. The prize was contended by a host of worthy entries, but it was Business Doctors who successfully secured the accolade after their incredible efforts throughout 2021.

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Business Doctors' ability to make businesses better wins award

Helping small business owners find the most lucrative path to success has turned out to be the route to recognition for Wicus Van Biljon in the Great British Franchisee Awards. “What a client wants is not necessarily what he needs,” says Wicus, whose background in accountancy helps him get to the nitty-gritty when analysing clients’ businesses and prospects.

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Business Doctor franchisee Wicus Van Bijon discusses how he "goes the extra mile"

Since joining our team back in 2018, Wicus Van Bijon has taken to becoming a Business Doctor like a duck to water. Wicus’s “go the extra mile” attitude and natural flare for business mentoring has made him a highly successful and recommended coach by the many businesses he’s supported over the last three years.

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From being a candidate in the General Election to joining Business Doctors

Emily Coy launched her Business Doctors franchise in August 2019, 6 months before Covid hit. Emily also  found herself a candidate in the General Election, having only become a councillor in Chesterfield in the May. Business Doctor gave her the flexibility to have many strings to her bow. Learn how buying a franchise has allowed Emily to develop all parts of her life...

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"It's given me freedom and flexibility, an improved work-life balance"

When Business Doctors franchisee Kevin Cook isn't busy helping SME owners develop the full potential of their companies, he is to be found pushing himself at his local Crossfit gym. It is this kind of drive that has seen the former retail director make a real difference to the growth journeys of scores of small businesses. As a sounding board, mentor, and most importantly, a hands-on team member, Kevin works with SME owners to help them navigate the optimal route to the next level.

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Thanks to Business Doctors, Caroline can have her cake and eat it!

Caroline Pearman's cake business became so popular she found herself working well into the night, seven days a week! A chance encounter with Business Doctor Simon Monaghan meant Caroline reduced the numbers of hours she worked AND increased her turnover by 77%! Find out how by reading the case study...  

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Business Doctors set to launch in historic Harrogate

Ian Howard is the latest business professional to join Business Doctors the established business support franchise that provides hands on support to SMEs.

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Business Doctors set to launch second operation in Scotland

Laurence Heron is the latest professional to join the Business Doctor’s Network and will be supporting SMEs in the Edinburgh region. Laurence has a wealth of experience from an impressive 25-year career in business. His work has taken him all over the globe, having run businesses in the UK, Australia, the USA, and China.

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Business Doctors set to launch in West Norfolk

Business Doctors is delighted to welcome Russell Atkinson to their growing team. Russell will be supporting SME’s in the Peterborough and West Norfolk region, an area familiar to him having lived there for over 24 years.

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Business Doctors set to open in Bulgaria

Business Doctors is celebrating the sale of its first Eastern European master franchise. The company has sold the rights to develop the Business Doctors' brand in Bulgaria. Bulgaria is the tenth overseas territory for the UK franchisor, which offers SME consultancy and business growth support.

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Business Doctors establishes new business partnership

When two businesses have the potential to go hand in hand, it makes perfect sense for them to establish a partnership that has practical value and benefits all involved. That’s why business coaching specialists Business Doctors have teamed up with business sales experts Business Partnership in a collaboration to support SME business owners towards an exceptional exit.

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Gary Brown - New Business Doctors Franchisee

A new Business Doctor has launched in Hemel Hempstead and Watford.

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Business Doctors is a management and career franchise opportunity that helps business to put growth strategies in place and implement the actions necessary to realise this. Franchisees provide clients with personalised advice, instructive assessments, personal coaching and mentoring and hands facilitation.

There are two levels offered by the Business Doctors franchise, Local Area Franchisee and Regional Franchise Manager. This is not a traditional consulting franchise so no previous experience as a consultant is required but a professional experience and business acumen is needed as well as motivation to learn a new role.

Business Doctors is more than a consulting franchise, it is a prestigious management and career opportunity. As a Local Area Franchisee or Regional Franchise Manager, you will assist small and medium sized business to flourish. In this video, franchisees share their vision of what Business Doctors is.

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