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Subway Franchise UK

Subway franchise owners have a hands-on role in all areas of their quick-service food outlet. Subway is the largest sandwich franchise in the UK.

At a Glance

Established: First UK store in 1996

UK Presence: Over 2500 locations

Start Up Cost: £86,000

Min personal contribution: £40,000

International Presence 43,000 stores in over 110 countries

Development type: Single-unit franchises; multi-unit franchises

BFA Status: Full

Franchise Info

Inside a subway store showing customers getting served

The first Subway® store was opened in 1965 by Fred DeLuca and Dr Peter Buck. It was the first of over 43,000 store locations in more than 110 countries. Today, in the UK and Ireland alone, there are more than 2,500 locations.

Subway® is the Number One Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) brand worldwide by total store count, as at January 2018. The first Subway® in the UK store opened in 1996. Since then Subway® has grown at an exceptional rate and continues to expand – we are actively seeking new franchise owners to become part of our success story.

Subway® franchise owners benefit from operating in a tried and tested system with great training and a solid support structure with aspects such as site selection, leasing, purchasing, marketing and more.


Subway® is committed to making a positive impact in everything it does – from providing great tasting food choices, to reducing its carbon footprint and creating a positive influence in the communities it serves around the world.


It is the franchise owner’s responsibility to find the location of the franchise; however Subway® Business Development Agents and Subway Realty Limited are on hand to help.

The décor of a Subway® store is in-keeping with the brand’s values, ensuring the stores are inviting and comfortable for guests. The décor integrates natural building materials, comfortable furniture and careful lighting to create a warm, inviting, family environment. As a franchise owner, you will receive assistance with your store design and equipment ordering.


Subway® Sandwich Artists™ use a variety of breads freshly baked in-store daily, and an array of meats, cheeses, salads, vegetables and sauces to create tasty made-to-order Subs, flatbreads and salads.

With a focus on making quality, delicious Subs and offering customers real choice, the Subway® brand has built up a vast and loyal customer base.


All new Subway® franchise owners are required to attend a two-week training course in Cambridge ahead of opening their own stores.

This intensive training programme provides you with an overview of operating a Subway® store and running a business, including classroom and in-store sessions. On completion of the training, franchise owners are well-equipped to take the next steps in opening their own store. Similar training programmes are available for Subway® store managers as well.

Internal photo of a Subway store


The aim of our marketing campaigns is to drive profitable sales for Subway® franchise owners.

Subway® franchise owners in the UK and Ireland actively participate in the running of the Franchisee Advertising Fund (FAF). National and regional advertising boards, consisting of franchise owners, are elected each year; it is their role to make marketing decisions and ensure funds are used to benefit all franchise owners.

Subway® franchise owners pay a 4.5% advertising fee to the Franchisee Advertising Fund.


Subway® Support Centre prides itself on offering an excellent support network for all franchise owners.

Subway® Support Centre in the UK and Ireland is based in Cambridge, offering a local team of support team members focused on operations, R&D, leasing, customer service, training and franchise owners services.

Across the UK and Ireland we have a network of 20 Business Development Agents that are on hand to offer advice, support and guidance throughout the process of becoming a franchise owner. Your local Business Development Agent also provides continued support and mentoring once you have opened a Subway® store.

Do you have what it takes?

The key attributes of a successful franchise owner are well-known:

  • Passionate about franchise product/service - knowing your franchise, the market and its competitors?
  • Good motivator?
  • Possess business acumen and awareness?
  • Organised?
  • Effective time-management skills?
  • Articulate?
  • People-person?
  • Food listener?
  • Effective communicator?
  • Professional in outlook and appearance?
  • Open to advice and guidance

Subway Franchise UK Resales

Case Studies

Case Study
Exclusive Interview: "I absolutely love being my own boss and working for myself!"

Gurdeep Kaur wanted an opportunity to run her own business, working for herself. When her role as Project Lead on an NHS project came to an end Gurdeep decided it was the right time to take control of her work future. Learn how a Subway franchise is the perfect fit for Gurdeep, providing her with the chance to be her own boss!

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Exclusive Interview: "I really enjoy being my own boss and in charge of my work-life balance."

Subway franchisee Will Bray was a regular in his local store before deciding to take on a career with the brand. The power of the Subway brand and the rapid growth they are experiencing in the UK and Ireland meant this opportunity was perfect for Will. Learn more about Will's journey from customer to franchisee!

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Exclusive Interview: "I went from a suit and tie corporate life to taking a more hands-on role."

After 15 years in the corporate banking and private equity sector, Taz Sandhu felt it was time for a new challenge. The opportunity to run his own business with Subway®, an already established and well-known brand, provided him with the route to his own business. Learn more about how Taz has taken advantage of this opportunity and how he looks to develop his business!

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Hear from Luke Kendall of Subway, Southsea and Havant

Luke Kendall is part of a family team operating two Subway franchises in Southsea and Havant. Coming into the business with no previous experience was a challenge, but Subway provide an invaluable support system which gave reassurance to Luke. The Kendall family are planning to add to their franchise portfolio in the next two years with new locations and stores.  

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Interview with Forbes Davidson of Subway, North East Scotland

Forbes Davidson is a successful SUBWAY® franchisee with three stores across North East Scotland in Perthshire, Dundee and Montrose. He is due to open his fourth store with the brand in Blairgowrie shortly, and has two further stores in development.

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Hear from SUBWAY® franchisees Jill Rowlands & Chris Murphy, Merseyside and Cheshire

Jill Rowlands and Chris Murphy are successful franchisees for the SUBWAY® brand. Since taking the leap to open their first store in 2009, the duo’s business has grown at a rapid pace, and they currently have five stores located in Merseyside and Cheshire, with ambitious plans to open further stores in the coming years. Find out more to discover if a Subway franchise may be right for you...

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Subway? Donates Over A Quarter of a Million Subs to Front-line Key Workers

Subway® stores throughout the UK and Ireland are helping to keep thousands of NHS, emergency service and care home staff fed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Since the temporary closure of Subway stores, in support of social distancing, over 250,000 Subs, salads and wraps have been donated by Franchise Owners to frontline workers within their local communities.

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Subway's award-winning community focus

Daljit Nahil, a Subway franchise owner based in Coventry, was presented with an Outstanding Community Partner Award at the annual Subway Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida last week, as part of its internal awards ceremony. The award was in recognition of the highly successful Healthy Eating Schools programme Daljit has been running in the local area for the past 15 years.

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Meet Subway at the British & International Franchise Exhibition

Subway, the world’s largest sandwich franchise, will be exhibiting at this year’s British & International Franchise Exhibition, taking place at Olympia London on 31st January – 1st February. Subway can be found on stand B310 where it will be showcasing its new Fresh Forward décor, which offers guests an enhanced brand experience, a bright new colour palette and clean lines.

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Subway Introduces New Fresh CSR Agenda and Encourages Guests to 'Choose to Refuse' Single Use Plastic Packaging

Subway unveiled a new ‘Fresh CSR Agenda’ across the UK and Ireland to support its owner-operated franchise business growth strategy, and reflect the areas where it is seeking to take positive action as a leading quick service restaurant brand across the region. Since opening its first US store in 1965, Subway has grown into a global business with a franchised network of approximately 5,500 stores in 36 countries across Europe. 

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Subway store opens at West Middlesex Hospital with ISS

Subway and ISS, a global leading facility services provider, are pleased to announce the opening of a new Subway store at West Middlesex University Hospital. 

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Subway store opens at University of the West of England

A new Subway store has opened at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) in Bristol.

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