We want to share with you some of the fantastic success stories of visitors to previous franchise shows:
Steve left the Army in 2013 after serving in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He met the ActionCOACH Team at The Franchise Show, and hasn’t looked back. With the support of the Franchise, he won Nationwide Resettlement Franchisee of the Year award in 2015. All this has been achieved whilst spending more time with his family than was possible during his time in the forces.
When Keith McGregor was made redundant in late 2014, the fear of facing similar circumstances again turned this once solid 9-5er into a passionate business owner.
“I dedicated a large part of my career to an employer who ultimately pulled the rug out from under my feet.”
In the months after redundancy Keith started his own small finance consultancy. Utilising his existing skills to supplement his redundancy payout he searched for a new job. Despite his best efforts, nothing suitable arose and Keith’s growing desire to take control of his professional future began to take over.
“A friend of mine suggested I go along to The Franchise Show at Excel, and I thought ‘that’s a great idea!’ . I had no intention of buying anything. I had my own consultancy which admittedly wasn’t doing much at all so I was thinking of expanding that. I actually went to the show to look for ideas for things that I could do myself and add to the services I was already offering.
“At the show in February 2015, the Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) stand really caught my attention. It ticked all the boxes on the surface in terms of being white-collar, consultancy style and somewhere I could put my existing skills to good use. There were plenty of other people there chatting away so I thought, ‘this must be something worth looking at’.
“I met the head of franchise recruitment, and one of the existing franchise partners. The more we talked the more I became convinced this was something I could not only do, but do really well.”
“To be honest that was the main reason that I joined, because of the people that I spoke to during my due diligence.“
It’s not all work, work, work. Keith’s home life remains as busy as his professional life!
"Within the first six months I was ahead of targets both in terms of clients and financials. If you follow the ERA system you can’t go wrong, it just works!”
Steve came to The Franchise Show in 2015 looking for an exciting business opportunity. He had been looking at potentially investing in a Franchise for around 2-3 years, but didn’t know which industry he wished to invest in.
In 2015 Steve finally took the plunge and decided to visit The UK’s Largest Franchise Show, at ExCeL where he visited many of the stands, including finding information from Telcoinabox, and even came to one of the free seminars on the legality and contracts in Franchising which he found really useful. A couple of months after attending The Franchise Show, Steve became a Telcoinabox franchisee, and hasn’t looked back. He advises any potential visitors to the show this year not jump into a franchise straight away, but do
their research and go through the details of each franchise model after you meet with them at the show.
Having been a successful master franchise owner for 10 years I found myself at the end of 2013 having just accepted an offer to sell and planning on taking a well earned break before deciding on my next venture. It all changed at the franchise show when I came across Sanondaf, a company offering touchless disinfection delivered by innovative fogging and spray machines. I had never came across this type of business before and after some quick research found that the process was highly advanced operating in almost every sector and there were no existing franchise offerings in this field. It was an excellent opportunity to meet the brand owners at the franchise show in London and the Sanondaf UK story began. Six months after our UK launch we have already contracted 9 territories and secured a number of high profile jobs in the NHS and care sector. Sanondaf has very much re-ignited my passion for franchisees and the power that an independently owned and operated franchise business offers to everyone.
Paul & Marion made a decision in November 2012 that they wanted to become Franchisees. Three months later they came to our 2013 Franchise Exhibition to speak to Equivalenza, a Spanish brand which had caught Marion’s interest whilst on holiday in Costa Blanca. Attending the show was the easiest way to get the information they needed.
‘It was great to be able to meet face to face with a European company without having to travel outside the UK. But also the fact we made the effort to travel from Northern Ireland to a Franchise Exhibition in London still showed them we were serious about investing.’
‘The stand was easy to find and the exhibitors had plenty of time to give us all the information we needed from them. I would always advise being as prepared as possible, know who you want to speak to and have questions ready so you can get the most out of speaking face to face with the brands as it is a very useful opportunity. Think carefully about which brand will be most suitable for you in the current climate, make sure you know your financial situation in detail – find out the fees and charges etc. that you will have to put in to the business. Manage your expectations - ensure they are realistic.’
‘Finally - Relax. Don’t forget to enjoy the show, it’s easy to get caught up with everything you have to get done, but take time to appreciate the event.’
One year after the show and Paul and Marion are celebrating 6 months of successfully running Northern Ireland’s first Equivalenza franchise. Paul re-visited the Exhibition in 2014 to announce and discuss the opening of their store and a second store in Northern Ireland.
We went to the Franchise Show to get some information on franchises and consider the options available to us. We had been looking at a cleaning management franchise for over a year, and fortunately we had some idea of what we wanted to do with it.
At the show we managed to speak to each exhibitor that interested us, and it definitely pays to do some research before you go. Look at the various types of franchises available. Plan ahead which ones to visit and where they are situated in the show guide.
We attended The Franchise show in the February, and our franchise went live in the August. A lot of meetings and discussions took place before we signed up. We had to make sure it was right for us. The only surprise really has been how quickly the business has grown. All businesses take time to establish but we found that having the support of our franchisors and ‘the brand’ really helped us.
We would advise you to take your time. The exhibitors want you to be interested in their business, so make a list of questions if necessary. This is a major step and you have to be sure it is right for you. Make sure there is a good support system in place with the franchise. Find out what your franchise fee includes. The franchisors should pass on their wealth of experience to you, which is part of what you are paying for. Most of all enjoy the show; it could be the start of a great business!
The UK Master Licence for Signarama was acquired by Aliyyah-Begum Nasser in 2015. As part of her research prior to the re-launch of the brand she attended the Franchise Show in 2016 to meet with the team from the United Franchise Group (UFG). Signarama is a member of this group and the delegation had a deep understanding of the brand and its markets.
Explained Aliyyah-Begum Nasser: “Coming from a business and change management consultancy background myself I know how important it is to carry out thorough research before embarking on any new business venture. When I learned that the UFG team was coming over to attend the show it gave us the ideal opportunity to meet up, talk through my plans and for them to share with me their huge wealth of knowledge and experience in the franchise industry.
“It became clear that being able to offer choice and flexibility to prospective franchisees could significantly add value to our proposition. The Light option offers a lower cost entry to the brand with the opportunity for future expansion as the business expands and the UFG helped me to develop this concept for the UK.”
If you would like to hear more about Aliyyah's success story, or if you would like to take on a Signarama franchise, they will be located on stand 620 at The Franchise Show.
Ali joined the Auditel Cost Management Franchise after visiting a franchise exhibition. He was a Business Development Consultant for a variety of media companies and wanted to run his own business. He decided to take up a franchise. He explains: "Auditel’s business model is proven, robust, and lucrative. The company's financial performance has been fantastic. The network has grown to over two hundred Affiliates and the software and tools are exceptional!
But above all, the real reason that I chose Auditel is because of their values and the culture of the organisation. It's a very, very important and daunting decision to make, but I never felt pressured. They actively encouraged me to look at all the other options, at the market and at the competition. The training was comprehensive, inspiring and an excellent foundation for client meetings and acquisition!
Paul and Linda joined the PPP franchise in April 2010, they now have five HMOs up and running, a sixth in refurbishment. The five properties produce over £100,000 annual operating profit.
After 30 years building an impressive corporate career in the IT world, Paul Cronin felt the urge to get out of the rat race and run his own business. His career culminated in the role of VP of Sales for a telecommunications software company. Paul and his wife Linda decided they wanted a business they could run together and, having already invested in property during the boom years, it presented an attractive option.
When they first ventured into the world of property investment, the benefits were fairly intangible. Buying and selling was risky because they assumed there would be short term capital growth. Before setting out on their own again, they recognised that they needed a more certain return on investment in respect to both their time and money.
“We are now working with some truly great people who approach life with a very giving attitude and a philosophy of sharing their time and skills freely. The focus is on achieving financial freedom and thus being able to choose how and with whom we spend our time. Being part of such a community has already had an incredibly positive impact on our lives."
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