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Countrywide Grounds Maintenance  image An exciting opportunity has arisen to be part of a network of over 45 franchises across the UK. The business is well-established with a strong customer base of commercial clients. The owner works full time within the business with nineteen full and part-time staff. Annual turnover £1m.

Location: Bicester, covering Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire
Investment: £490,000 including £144,000 of equipment and vehicle

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When looking to buy an existing franchise, there are two types of businesses for sale - those businesses which are successful and those which are underperforming. However, whilst a performing franchise will bring with it many benefits, and probably a hefty selling price, you shouldn't be quick to rule out a franchise that isn't successful or losing money. Read more...

Why buy a franchise resale?

You don't always have to start a franchise from scratch; many franchisees are looking to sell their existing franchise. As well as the traditional benefits of franchising, a resale will usually have additional ones such as an existing client base, established presence and revenue from day one. There are many reasons why existing franchises are for sale:

  • The franchisee could be very successful and wants to sell a profitable business - this was their exit strategy from the start
  • The franchisee is retiring
  • The franchisee has realised that the business is not for them
  • The franchisee has other business concerns to concentrate on
  • The franchisee may be relocating
  • The franchisee may need to sell due to ill health

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CHRIS ROBERTS - Chantry Group


Chris Roberts was appointed Chairman of the Chantry Group following the successful sale of Franchise Finance Limited to Hitachi Capital. Chris specialises in valuing franchisee, franchisor and bfa affiliate businesses and helping them to prepare for sale. He has many years’ experience of business planning, raising finance and business training having developed and delivered many business courses and workshops for a variety of organisations. Chris is a regular speaker at conferences and exhibitions etc.

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Johnny Sellyn -

Recognised as one of the leading experts in franchising, and is the Managing Director of whichfranchise, Johnny has been actively involved in franchising for over 20 years. Johnny has a specific interest in franchise resales and helping franchisees in their exit planning. He is also able to assist those looking to buy a resale.

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Rupert Beazley - CMC Partners

Rupert Beazley

Rupert Beazley, partner with CMC Partners, is a business advisor and broker, specialising in franchise resales. Following 20 years in corporate life, Rupert bought into the Countrywide Grounds Maintenance franchise, setting up a new business in the Oxfordshire area. He built the business up to £1M turnover employing 24 people in just under 10 years. In 2010, after contracting an illness, he reshaped the business, prepared it for sale and successfully sold it. Rupert now thoroughly enjoys working with franchisees to increase the value of their businesses in readiness for sale, giving them freedom to enjoy the fruits of their labour.

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Richard Holden - Lloyds Bank

Richard Holden

Richard Holden is Head of Franchising for Lloyds Bank. He has 32 years banking experience and has supported a wide range of businesses in the small business sector for many years. He is responsible for providing support to the Lloyds Bank Business Managers, assisting them in assessing proposals from prospective franchisees. He is also responsible for ensuring that the network of local business managers has up-to-date information on the franchise systems operating within the UK.

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Nick Williams - Ashtons Franchise

Nick Williams is an experienced national and international franchise development consultant, having worked in the UK franchise industry for over 15 years. Nick and his team of franchise specialists have over 35 years experience in assisting hundreds of business to expand and grow through franchising, including helping franchisors to develop a strategy for franchise resales, to assist in valuing, listing and selling established locations

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