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master franchising in the uk

Exciting master and area development opportunities are available to bring successful international brands into the UK.

Many established brands such as Tim Hortons, Domino's, Molly Maid and Snap-on Tools all started this way in the UK. Master and area development franchises are ideal opportunities for those with the ambition, skills and finances to take a franchise with a proven track record in other countries and develop it in the UK. The role of the master franchisee(s) will include setting up pilot franchisees, developing a franchisee recruitment system, building a franchisee network, developing a support infrastructure and marketing the brand. We have a list of franchises currently looking for UK investors

Master franchisee interviews

Exclusive interview with Pita Pit master franchisee for Trinidad and Tobago

Daniel Fakoory comes from a family of entrepreneurs, and so it was only natural that he wanted to follow in their footsteps and become his own boss. A firm believer of not having to reinvent the wheel, Daniel opted to go down the franchise route. Attracted to the food industry and its resilience to economic changes as well as the growth prospects it offers, Daniel become to explore the opportunities available to him. He quickly identifying that Pita Pit offered something different from other brands in the quick service food industry, and as a fan of their products, Daniel knew it was right franchise for him. Daniel is now the master franchise owner for Pita Pit in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Master franchise videos

If you are interested in buying a master franchise and want to know more about the franchises available, then we have a selection of videos for you to watch that will give you further insight into the opportunities.

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International news

Denny’s announces plans to enter the UK by the end of the year

American diner chain Denny’s has announced that it plans to enter the UK by the end of the year. The chain, famous for its all-day breakfasts featuring US favourites such as pancakes and hash
browns, is set to open its first British location in Swansea, South Wales, shortly after Christmas. A further nine stores will open throughout the UK over the next several years.

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What is a master franchise? And why invest in one?

Master franchises are those franchises which have proven successful elsewhere and are now looking to replicate this success in the UK. They are however not proven in the UK and whilst they may be hugely successful in their own country, it doesn't necessarily mean that what works somewhere else will necessarily work here. It is therefore vital that you undertake as much research as possible to identify if master franchising is right for you; e.g. can you finance the purchase, and have enough capital to run the operation, and do you have the required skills? You also need to evaluate whether the UK market is right for this franchise. We have an advice section to help you fully understand investing in a master franchise.


Featured master franchise

Chili’s® Grill & Bar, part of the successful Brinker International group, is looking to bring a flavour of America to the UK. They are looking for a franchise partner to launch and grow their Chili’s® Grill & Bar franchise brand throughout the UK market; adding to their 1600 restaurants worldwide.

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FREE master franchise consultation

Johnny Sellyn Johnny Sellyn, founder of whichfranchise and a leading expert in international franchising, is available to answer any questions you may have about master franchising; bringing a franchise to the UK or investing in a master franchise. Find out more...

Top tips for successful master franchising

  • Look for a franchise business that operates successfully in its home country
  • Thoroughly research the business and the market in the UK
  • Ensure that the franchising model works for all parties
  • Seek expert advice from bfa affiliated professionals
  • Operate you own outlet(s) to prove the model works over here
  • Ensure that you have sufficient capital and financial backing
  • Conservatively forecast franchisee development targets
  • Don't underestimate the time it will take to get established

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The role of the master franchisee

It is the responsibility of the Master Franchisee, especially at country level, to replicate what a franchisor does in their domestic market. This will include setting up pilot franchisees, developing a franchisee recruitment system, building a franchisee network, developing a support infrastructure and marketing the brand. Read more... Read more

List your master opportunity

If you wish to put your brand in front of the hundreds of serious investors who visit whichfranchise each month, then contact for information on listing your opportunity with us.