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Master franchises, area development & multi-unit franchising

whichfranchise is working with selected brands looking to develop their UK presence, including:

New brands to the UK - these are successful international franchises looking to enter the UK market. They will tend to be offering master and area development opportunities; brands such as Tim Hortons, Denny's, Domino's, Molly Maid and Snap-on Tools all started this way in the UK. These opportunities are ideal 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.

Existing UK brands - we are working with brands who already have a presence in the UK but using franchising to drive their expansion plans forward. These brands are looking for serious investors to take on a substantial stake in their business whether it be regional or area development rights, or the opportunity to own multiple units.

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Master franchises, area development & multi-unit success stories

Exclusive interview with multi-brand franchisee Mike Racz

Mike Racz is a multi-unit, multi-brand franchisee, based in the North East with a passion for building businesses and developing people. He’s helping people build brighter futures and bringing life back to areas that have sometimes been neglected by investment.   Mike currently owns Domino’s, Costa Coffee and Anytime Fitness franchises across the North East.  whichfranchise talks exclusively to Mike about his journey to become one of the UK’s leading multi-brand, multi-unit franchisees.

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International news

Is Chick-fil-A franchise ready for the UK market?

With pop up Chick-fil-A stores being launched across the UK, and their first international franchise announced to open in Canada in 2019, is Chick-fil-A ready to take the UK by storm? Can we expect to see Chick-fil-A franchises in the UK very soon?

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Master, area development & multi-unit 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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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.

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Featured master, area development & multi-unit franchise

Established in 2004, Sola® Salon Studios is the fastest growing salon studio business in the US with over 142 franchisees and 10,000 independent stylists across 400 locations in the US, Canada and Brazil. Sola® Salon Studios is a commercial real estate franchise opportunity providing fully-equipped one and two-chair salons for lease to professionals in the health and beauty industry. The franchisee is a landlord with primary responsibility of leasing and maintenance of salon suites while maintaining a close professional relationship with the salon professionals. Revenue is generated from the rental income stream.

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Free 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

What is multi-unit franchising?

Multi-unit franchising involves a franchisee owning two or more units of the same franchise. This is gradually becoming more common in the UK, with around 29% of franchisees owning multiple units, and 1 in 5 who own a single unit, planning to open more. Many franchise brands in the UK are looking for multi-unit franchisees and so targeting those with the ambition and finances to manage several units. Read on to find out more about the types of multi-unit franchising and its pros and cons...

List your master, area development & multi-unit opportunity

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

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