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.


Franchising, law and the north/south divide - is there much of a difference?

Article by Martin O'Neill WJM

Franchising (or rather “business format franchising” as we know it) generally means the same thing in Scotland as it does in England. Neither jurisdiction has a body of “franchising law” as such.

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Franchise resales - what additional legal documents are needed?

Article by Martin O'Neill WJM

Prospective franchisees sometimes have the choice between buying an existing trading business from a franchisee, or starting a new business with the grant of a franchise from the Franchisor.

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How can I identify a good franchise business from a bad one?

Article by Richard Holden Lloyds Bank

So how can you back a thoroughbred franchise investment rather than losing your money betting on a nag?

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What are the top franchises in the UK? How do I know which is the best franchise?

Article by Suzie McCafferty Platinum Wave

According to the BFA NatWest survey, there are more than 900 franchise models operating in the UK alone. The real question to ask yourself is not which one is the best, but which one is the best for me?

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Which franchise will make me rich!?

Article by Bill Hendrie The Franchise Development Centre

The first point that I would make here is that a franchise does not make you rich. You have to make yourself rich. The franchise model is merely a vehicle that may allow you to become rich if you have an aptitude for what you are doing and work hard at it.

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Are there any disadvantages to franchising my business?

Article by Bill Hendrie The Franchise Development Centre

It would be rare, if not impossible to find a business structure that had no disadvantages, and franchising is no different. Both the franchisor and the franchisee need to not only understand, but fully adopt the ‘culture’ of a franchised operation. It is one of mutual trust and support.

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The international franchisor’s guide to franchising in the UK

Article by Jane Masih Owen White Solicitors

There are no legal requirements in the United Kingdom to disclose any information to prospective Master Franchisees or prospective Franchisees. Franchisors should be wary as to claims made in prospectuses, brochures or similar publications for prospective Master Franchisees or Franchisees, particularly if they relate to earnings.

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Pitfalls to look out for when entering into business contracts

Article by David Irving Mundays

Both franchisors and franchisees regularly enter into business contracts as part of their franchise business. For example franchisors may contract with suppliers to provide certain goods for their franchisors and franchisees would regularly contract with clients to provide various goods and services. When entering into any contract with a new business partner and/or client, it is extremely important to be aware of areas where you need to be on your guard.

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What is a side letter?

Article by David Irving Mundays

Side letters are used by both Franchisors and Franchisees to clarify, supplement and vary franchise agreements. A recent High Court case has highlighted the importance of drafting these letters correctly to ensure their enforceability. Due to the reliance placed on side letters by both parties it is essential that they are correct and below we highlight the importance of the side letter and provide some tips on their preparation.

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