Focus On Seminars
A series of 30 minute seminars, each focusing on a different franchise sector delivered by the most respected and experienced professionals in the franchise industry. Starting with a brief introducing into franchising, each seminar will look at the characteristics of the market, investment levels, expected return, skills needed, the common pitfall’s and the day-to-day running’s. These sessions will cover the most up-to-date practical, legal, strategic and financial issues.
Business to Business
The UK B2B franchise market has seen significant growth in recent years. The sector covers a multitude of business services – from helping clients grow to reducing their costs – the market covers consultancy, marketing, internet and much more. Hear from a franchisor who has helped dozens of professionals make the transition from corporate employment to self employment. Learn the essentials of this sector - to win repeat business, and how you can utilise previous experiences in a proven business model.
If you are a ‘people person’ and enjoy managing a team, this sector is one to consider! Management franchises come in all shapes and sized; from children’s nurseries to a training centre. If you know how to run a business and motivate people - the skills needed to create a successful business within this sector are essentially the same. Learn about the range of opportunities within this sector. Learn from a franchisor who has helped individuals reach independence by utilising their natural skills with people.
10 years ago, if you asked a man on the street what a franchise was, the chances are he would give a fast food chain or a shop as an example. And indeed, some of the most recognisable and profitable franchise brands would fit his description. Find out about investing in a food or retail opportunity – and why the brand in this market is so important. A Costa Coffee will almost always draw a larger crowd to that of an independent coffee shop - find out how and why, learn the in’s and out’s of this profitable sector.
Within this sector the product or service has been perfected, the franchisor has made and learned from all of the mistakes and now is perfectly placed to teach others the business. Local service, national recognition and generated leads are all by words of this sector. Whether it is a product or service the public need, more often than not people will choose a recognisable and national brand. If you don’t know a good local plumber, would you choose an unknown from the local newspaper, or go for the local representative of a national brand? Find out why the franchise model is perfect for mobile or service businesses, and learn the essentials needed to carve out a successful business within this market.
The services provided by franchises within this sector do not suffer from the vagaries of the economic climate. People will always pay for their children to be safely looked after whilst at work, or if their child requires additional help with their education! And what’s more this is repeat business. The franchisor will help with all of the necessary knowledge and expertise needed to run your business safely and legally. This seminar will provide you with market insight and the knowledge to choose, start and run a franchise within this sectors.
Home Based/Flexible Working
Aimed at existing franchisors, Developing Your Existing franchise does exactly what it says on the tin: takes you step-by-step through the meticulous nature of enhancing your franchise, by way of recruitment, management and motivation.
Once you're territorially established, you'll want to consider how to improve business and, ultimately, increase profit and protection. Therefore, such factors as reducing risks, and finding new franchisees in a recession will be explored right here, by the people who know best.
High investment suggests high rewards, making this sector extremely attractive to the ambitious franchisee. Many of the large multi-national corporates are in fact franchises: Hilton Hotels, KFC... At this level in the franchising market, the potential for significant financial gain clearly exists. McDonalds remains the global record holder for creating the most millionaires around the world. Like any business, success can only be achieved through hard graft and following a business system. Learn about this market, the levels of investment needed and the achievable returns within this solid, money-making sector.
This is a seminar for people who are looking for flexibility over high profits. Entrepreneurs, mumtrepreneurs who want to build a business to fit around their lifestyle. This is not to suggest that flexibility in working hours always means working part time, resulting in a part time income - you may work 50 hours a week, earning handsomely. It just doesn’t matter when and where you do it. Attend this session to find out more, the available options and the differing levels of involvement.
How to Finance Your Franchise
Financial support and guidance is essential to ensuring any businesses success. Find out how best to finance the development of your franchise. The franchise fee is the starting point; you will also need to consider working capital. The good news is that lenders tend to look favourably on franchising. Attend this seminar to find out what the lenders are looking for, how much you are likely to be able to borrow and the wide range of business banking services available to franchisees.
Franchising as a Couple
Working with your partner can be a match made in business heaven. Some of the most successful businesses are run by couples. Couples often have different, complimentary skills, ideally suited to run a franchises requiring a broad skill set. Franchisors will look favourably on applications from couples - find out why. Learn the pro’s and con’s of franchising as a couple from franchisors who have achieved success working together.
Franchising after Redundancy
Often the best businesses are formed during hard times. They are started knowing how tough things are, by people prepared to put in the hard work. This is especially true for those who have left a good paying job and who are now looking for a new one with a similar income. Unable to find something suitable in the current, competitive jobs market, many will turn to self-employment, but without the necessary skills and experience, or not knowing what they want to do. Investing a redundancy package into a new venture could be risky. This seminar looks at franchising as the ideal solution; a new job and your own business rolled into one, with the back-up and full support of a franchise community.
Buying a Franchise Resale
When considering franchising, it is always worthwhile looking to see if there are any existing franchises on the market for sale. Franchise Resales benefit from a trading history and developed client base. Find out about the pros and cons, what is on the market – you will still benefit from all of the advantages associated with franchising by taking over an existing business.
Buying a Master Franchise
Buying a master licence is a major undertaking which when done right will deliver large profits. Learn about adopting a foreign franchise, establishing it, and developing the network throughout the UK. Or vica versa - taking a UK franchise overseas. Taking on a master licence comes with greater expenses as it will require promotion to become established. This sector is ideally suited to someone with the management capability to run a multi-unit business. Learn about the opportunities available, the in’s and out’s, and the potential in buying and growing a master franchise. September will see international brands from the USA, France, Italy, Brazil, Australia and Canada.
Women in Franchising
More and more woman are operating their own business through franchising. A recent NatWest/bfa survey showed one in four new franchisees are now woman. Meet woman who have taken the plunge, find out about the support, education and encouragement available to woman interested in franchising.
Franchising Your Business
Is franchising the key to expanding your business? Learn the steps involved in successfully franchising your business, what franchising entails and the costs involved. Using case studies, discover the rewards available.
A Day in the Life Of
This is your opportunity to meet the franchisees, people who have been there and done it, invested in a franchise model and are now running a successful business. Meet franchisees from a variety of industries, offering opinions advice and information on taking the first step to becoming a franchise owner. Find out why they chose their franchise concept, what their working week entails, how they found the first 6 – 12 months, the mistakes they made and how to avoid them, what support they continually receive from the franchisor and head office and the pros and cons of their respective industry.
Decided on a Franchise - Final Things to Consider
You’ve chosen the business, you gel with the people involved, your finances are in order... what next? You need to do your due diligence and make sure the finances stack up. You should seek independent advice on the legalities, premises/lease contracts and agreements. Treat this seminar as the final checklist covering everything you need to consider and organise before starting your new life franchising.