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Papa John's Franchise UK

Papa John’s franchise owners are involved in the running of all areas of the business and manage a team who provide a top-quality pizza delivery service.

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At a Glance

Established: 1984

UK Presence: Over 400 outlets across the UK

Start Up Cost: £175,000

Min personal contribution: £100,000

International Presence Over 5,000 stores worldwide

BFA Status: Full

Franchise Info

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Papa John’s is one of the largest pizza delivery franchise companies in the world; we now have well over 400 sites open and trading in the UK, and over 5,000 in more than 40 international markets and territories.

Papa John's tried and tested formula and an established British management team with many years’ experience in franchising and the pizza industry means a solid foundation for a very promising future.

Papa John’s now have over 400 stores open and trading in the UK; working towards the goal of 600+ units. Annual worldwide sales exceed $3 billion and now Great Britain is spearheading the international expansion of the brand.

Since the first UK stores opened in summer 2000, customer feedback has been excellent so much so that Papa John’s (GB) Ltd has been named UK Pizza Delivery Operator for 6 times by the Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association.

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UK prospects

Prospects for the right people are outstanding; particularly bearing in mind that home delivery is the fastest growing sector of the market.

Pizza is universally popular and unaffected by seasons or fashions. Independent research shows that in the UK, pizza consumption is expanding to similar levels as those in the United States where people eat three times as much pizza.

If you should like to find out more about being part of our thriving franchise network, click here to request our FREE & non-obligatory prospectus. 

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Training and support

You will receive six weeks initial training held at our international training centre in Milton Keynes. This training incorporates classroom and practical work at a store local to your location.

Further training courses are offered to franchisees and their team members on an ongoing basis, both classroom and internet based.

Extensive and continuous support from a dedicated Franchise Business Manager and our UK and European Campus staff in Milton Keynes will assist you with recruiting and training new staff, marketing, product control, pricing and other operational areas.

Who’s ideal for us?

We are looking for individuals, couples or business partnerships with exceptional interpersonal and people skills. These are essential as you'll be dealing with customers and leading your team on a daily basis. 

Our franchisees are organisers with a can-do attitude – they are people who get things done. You will need to be dedicated and passionate as well as being able to adapt to a proven way of working. We need people who are not afraid to “roll their sleeves up and get stuck in”, which means everything from making pizza through to administration.

People with the right combination of drive, enthusiasm and business experience are ideal Papa John’s candidates. Being a Papa John’s franchisee is a challenge which calls for initiative and determination, and no small amount of dedication. 

Previous Fast-food or food experience is not a pre-requisite; some of our franchisees did not have previous catering or retailing experience. The most successful franchisees are entrepreneurial, owner/operators who have excellent people skills.

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Why not request our FREE & non-obligatory franchise prospectus to receive more information and find out if this opportunity is right for you. 

Financial information

This may vary and depends on several factors such as site chosen and building costs but typically an investment of between £170,000 and £225,000 (excluding freehold & VAT) of which £100,000 should be in liquid funds.

The initial agreement is for 10 years. Subject to lease and other considerations, the franchise agreement is renewable by the franchisee, currently, at no additional charge

The franchise fee is £18,500+ VAT for each franchise unit.

You will also be responsible for the rent, rates and utility costs of the store for the term of the franchise agreement.

The franchise package

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At the start of the franchise agreement there is an initial fee payable and that gives you the following:

  • The right to use the Papa John's trademarks.
  • The Papa John's system for preparing, marketing and selling food products.
  • The right to our information, specifications, know-how, and other confidential and proprietary information.

Included in the indicative total investment cost, there is also an allowance for management and staff training plus initial marketing support prior to opening your store.

Most of the start-up costs are comprised of the building, fit-out and equipment costs which will vary depending on your site. The package also includes all fixtures and fittings, signage and internal marketing collateral, ovens, EPOS system and small wares as well as all agents’ fees, franchise fee, marketing, project management and pre-opening expenses.

We have opportunities for potential franchisees throughout the UK.

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Case Studies

Case Study
Pizza is a family affair

Sam and Dave Foster are brothers who both joined Papa John’s as franchisees in 2016…one in Scotland, and one in England! Both have had very different journeys to becoming franchisees. In this interview, we hear from both brothers on why they wanted to be part of the Papa John’s success story

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Exclusive Interview: "Achieving a work/life balance thanks to an established brand name"

Sam Foster, opened his first Papa John’s franchised store in Dundee in August 2016. He explains what motivated him to become self-employed and how being far busier than expected has led him to plan to open more Papa John’s stores in the near future. To get an inside view...

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Exclusive interview: "Franchising success for me and my family"

Papa John’s franchise operates around the world with well over 300 outlets in the UK and 4,800 stores in more than 40 international markets and territories. Zulfiqar Haidar runs four Papa John’s in Scotland with his brother Iftikhar and will soon to open a fifth store. To get a unique inside perspective from winners of the Scottish Asian Business awards and Papa John’s International franchisees of the year...

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Interview with Abhishek Sachdeva of Papa John's, St Helens

In this exclusive interview, Papa John’s franchise owner, Abhishek Sachdeva shares his reasons for looking into franchising and why Papa John’s stood out from the rest. He saw the immense benefits of Papa John’s as it is one of the largest pizza delivery franchise companies in the world, with a franchise system of over 280 stores in the UK.

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Expanding the Papa John's family in Scotland

George Eastcroft helps run the family business in Edinburgh. Along with his wife and son and a team of almost 50 staff they manage two Papa John’s franchised stores in the city.

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New Redditch Franchisee ‘'Switches-on' to Papa John's

Leading pizza franchise, Papa John’s, has announced its newest franchisee, Bilal Arshad, has ‘switched onto’ Papa John’s. Bilal who previously used to work for National Grid, has been using his ‘energy’ and focus to set up and open the Redditch Papa John’s store.

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Papa John's Introduces Flexible Franchising Formats

Leading pizza franchise Papa John’s has announced the introduction of some new flexible franchising formats for 2021.  Following the continued success of its franchised high street stores, Papa John’s is now aiming to expand its reach by providing even more convenience for customers, by opening in brand new locations such as holiday parks, stadiums, leisure attractions and other ‘non-traditional’ venues.

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Former Franchise Business Manager 'Keeps it in the Family' to Become a Papa John's Franchise

Leading pizza franchise, Papa John’s, has announced former franchise business manager, Iain Heron has become a Papa John’s franchisee and now runs eight stores in Scotland.    At the end of last year, Iain Heron gave up his job as a franchise business manager for Papa John’s, moved from Durham to central Scotland with his family and opened three franchised Papa John’s of his own.

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Papa John's Popularity Grows as Six New Stores Open

The popularity of leading pizza franchise Papa John’s, continues to grow as six new stores open in locations across the UK, generating more than 90 new jobs.  Kempston in Bedford, Pallion in Sunderland, Stockton-on-Tees, Swadlincote in Derbyshire, Holborn in London and New Milton in Hampshire are now all open for business and ready to deliver on the Papa John’s promise of: “BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA.” which means the company only uses the freshest, finest ingredients to create a better pizza for customers. 

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Papa John's Wins Pizza Delivery Chain of the Year Award for Second Year Running

The Pizza, Pasta & Italian Food Association (PAPA) has named Papa John’s as its Pizza Delivery Chain of the Year for the second consecutive year. This award recognises the pizza delivery chain that is doing the most to drive the market.  This year, the winners for all the PAPA awards were announced virtually via

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Papa John's Adds to the Fun as Selsey Opens at Bunn Leisure Family Resort

Leading pizza franchise, Papa John’s, has announced the opening of its newest store at the Bunn Leisure Family Resort, Selsey, West Sussex. 

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The partnership will see the pizza delivery chain support the ParalympicsGB team in the run up to the Tokyo Games in summer 2021

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