UK Franchise Opinion and News

Franchise Opinions highlights the latest opinions, news and trends in UK franchising. The authors, all experts in franchising, are happy to share their advice and views with you.


Now is the time for a marketing message update

Article by Dee Blick The Marketing Gym

To say that we are in oft quoted ‘unprecedented times’ is an understatement. And when it comes to marketing all bets are off. For many franchisees, business has either ground to a halt or is thin on the ground; a combination of safe distancing guidelines and the challenges in reaching target audiences. But it won’t last forever so we must focus on how to market effectively beyond the current situation.

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Surviving a pandemic

Article by Richard Holden Lloyds Bank

As the impact of coronavirus is being felt worldwide, you may have concerns about how it could affect you and your finances.  Richard Holden, Head of Franchising, Lloyds Banking Group describes the steps you need to take to manage your financial risk exposure.

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Covid-19 and current attempts to end contracts early

Article by Victoria Eustace Owen White Solicitors

The global coronavirus pandemic is going to make it difficult or impossible for franchisors and franchisees in a wide range of circumstances to fulfil their contractual obligations. It is likely that many such parties will seek to argue that they should be released from those obligations by virtue of a force majeure clause or under the doctrine of frustration.

Although they are often confused, frustration and force majeure are two distinct principles. Force majeure is not a stand-alone concept in English law but many contracts will incorporate it by way of a force majeure clause. In the absence of a force majeure clause, the parties will not be able to rely on force majeure but may be able to invoke the common law doctrine of frustration.

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Assessing the biggest hurdle - YOU!

Article by Nigel Toplis The Bardon Group

Have you got what it takes to be a successful franchisee? Where teamwork and working to a successful system are important in franchising, as is having an enterprising personality, entrepreneurs favour working independently and wanting to “re-invent the wheel”.  Nigel helps you to identify if you are enterprising or an entrepreneur.

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10 "what not to do's" when franchising your business

Article by Nick Williams Ashtons Franchise Consulting

Do you ever get tired of those self-help books that tell you so righteously everything the author ever did, and that you should do, in order to be like them?  I used to like the very direct information that you were given as a small child, such as, “don’t run in the road because if you do, you’ll get knocked over and die!” So much more effective than “when crossing the road, look right, look left, look right again!” So, this is a short article of a top 10 “what not to do’s” aimed at treating people who want to franchise like adults!

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Hope springs eternal for the franchise industry in 2020

Article by Matt O’Neill Franchise Advisory Service

If you are considering franchising as a career option, then 2020 could be your year. After a 2-year slowdown in franchise sales (unless you are considering the fast food or care industries both of which are continuing to boom), things are looking up in Franchising. Now that Brexit has been actioned and the British political scene is settling down, confidence can be restored to the UK franchise market.

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Do you have what it takes to be a franchisee?

Article by Nigel Toplis The Bardon Group

Not everyone is cut out to be a franchisee. It is not about intelligence, skill set, financial resources. Certainly, these are important factors, but by far the most important attribute is attitude – that is the right attitude.  But what defines the ‘right attitude’ and do you have it?  In this article, Nigel Toplis, the Bardon Group looks at how to recognise the ideal set of characteristics that go to make up potentially successful franchisees.

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TEN things you want from your franchisor

Article by Nigel Toplis The Bardon Group

Whilst different franchisors have different support structures, in my 25 years’ experience there are key ingredients that I believe are paramount in a successful franchise relationship.  I have outlined in this article my top ten things you want from your franchisor.

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Thinking of selling your franchise business?

Article by Chris Roberts Chantry Group

Prior to putting a franchise business on the market for sale, there are several things the owner can do to improve their chances of getting a higher price for the business and making the process simpler for everyone involved. Chris Roberts from the Chantry Group gives some tips below and highlights some of the common mistakes we often see.

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YES your franchisor is your spouse!

Article by Nigel Toplis The Bardon Group

In all my years in franchising one thing has become apparent – in a successful franchise the relationship between the franchisor and the franchisee is close to a marriage.

Like in a marriage the two parties will not agree on everything, there will be discussion, debate, the odd argument and yes, the occasional divorce.

BUT by and large both parties will share a common goal, maximising the franchisee’s business opportunity and will work together to make that happen.

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