Written by Jade Crowther • Published 21st January 2020 • 4 minute read

Franchising is not new to the business world and with fast-food giants such as KFC, McDonald’s, Costa Coffee, and Starbucks dominating the high street, it seems to show no sign of waning.

However, along with these global giants there are lots of lesser known home-grown firms outside of the FMCG market who are successfully expanding around the UK. Part of the appeal of franchising is that it’s a less expensive form of expansion. Nevertheless, don’t underestimate the significant time and investment required from business owners.

If you think your business has what it takes to start a franchise, there are a few things to consider before you take the leap. We’ve picked six successful brands that are thriving within the franchise world for you take some tips from.

Wiltshire Farms Foods

Wilshire Farm Foods cook and deliver frozen meals for consumers to enjoy whenever they like. With over 300 dishes to choose from, consumers can place their order online and receive their goods hand-delivered by a reliable, local driver for free.

The company targets the over 65-year old’s who may find it difficult to leave their home regularly, and with over nine million in the UK, the need for a food delivery service is on the rise.

As BFA 2019 Winner for Social Enterprise and two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, buying a Wiltshire Farm Foods franchise provides a proven return. All territories come with an established customer base and turnover, allowing franchisees to make money from day one.

Wilshire Farm Foods is embedded in the heart of each local community, where franchisees can provide a service that supports the customer’s independence, enabling them to live in their own homes.

énergie Fitness

With over 100 clubs across the UK and Ireland, énergie Fitness seeks to empower people to transform their lives through fitness.

When owning a franchise with énergie Fitness you’ll benefit from one of the most comprehensive franchise support packages from business planning and property acquisition through to ongoing marketing and operational support.

Franchisees will become part of a growing industry where all clubs operate in the low-cost fitness sector, which accounts for 38% of the total private sector and is equivalent to 3.7% of the UK population. Best of all, you don’t need to have a previous interest in health and fitness to be a success.

Radfield Home Care

Radfield Home Care is a family-owned company involving three generations. Operating for over 35 years within the healthcare industry and established by brother and sister team Dr Hannah MacKechnie an experienced GP, and Alex Green an active community ambassador. The siblings grew up in the family run Radfield Care Home, so have had a lifetime of caring for others and understanding the unique needs of people as they grow older.

Awarded the British Franchise Association’s HSBC Emerging Franchisor of the Year 2019, Radfield Home Care started as a small and dedicated team of carers to today’s thriving business with 10 franchise partners.

A Radfield Home Care franchise offers a recession resistant business providing vital services to the elderly care market for which demand is outstripping supply. As a result, Radfield Home Care franchise partners operate a proven business model that enhances their local community in a compassionate, yet profitable industry.

Window to the Womb

Window to the Womb offers expectant parents the opportunity to check that their pregnancy is developing normally in comfortable, private clinics with the ability to see pictures and movies of their baby in 4D using the latest in ultrasound technology.

Since being established in 2003 they have expanded the range of baby scans to offer a wide variety of gender scans and 4D ultrasound scans with all clients beginning their scan with a diagnostic well-being check.

Window to the Womb has 40 UK territories that allows franchise partners the opportunity to open their initial studio, establish their business with absolutely no pressure from potential lack of population and then provides franchisees with the opportunity to open a further studio within their territory, if they so choose.

Since humble beginnings in 2003 Window to the Womb has opened 36 franchised clinics with seven of their partners securing multiple territories.

Driver Hire

The first Driver Hire office opened in West Yorkshire in 1983 and since then has grown to become the UK’s largest specialist logistics recruiter, providing temporary drivers to customers, who have their own fleet of vehicles. Customers range from international haulers and major retailers to builders’ merchants, to local authorities and parcel delivery companies.

The original Driver Hire concept was so successful that in 1987 the company started to offer franchise opportunities, with the first franchised office opening in Newcastle later that year. The business then grew rapidly, and today has a nationwide network of over 100 Driver Hire offices, with the vast majority of these owned and operated by franchisee business partners.

OSCAR Pet Foods

OSCAR Pet Foods delivers pet food to consumer’s door across the UK for free. As the UK’s largest pet food home delivery service, their national network of local Nutritional Advisors, coupled with a comprehensive range of products to suit all breeds and lifestyles, provides an unrivalled level of service.

The OSCAR franchise package provides flexibility and choice in accordance with your own level of expertise and skill set. Commencing with the fundamental necessities to launch an OSCAR franchise, the package is designed to provide a cross section of additional business development services that you can tailor to suit your needs providing a personal and flexible experience.

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