Declarations of ‘New Year, new me’ crowd social media pages every January, but wouldn’t it be better to read ‘New Year, new business’?
January sparks changes in everyone, from eating healthier and exercising to saving money or committing to a relationship. Some businesses are taking the new year as a sign to devote themselves to franchising, either through searching for their first franchisee or pursuing expansions with renewed vigour.
Here are just a few of the best new franchises with Franchise Direct for 2017.
Started in 2010, Tots at the Top spent a few years perfecting their model before launching their franchise partner program just before the start of the New Year. They now offer single-unit opportunities throughout the UK for a minimum investment of £9,000.
The businesses, founded by two mothers — one a former teacher and one a trained midwife — centres around helping pre-school aged children transition from toddler playgroups to full schooldays with hour-long arts and craft-based classes in which they “gently learn through our art.”
Choosing to franchise was obviously a business decision, but it was also incredibly personal for the owners.
“Tots at the Top is our ‘baby.’ We are immensely proud of it and wanted to share our success with children and parents or carers all over the country and that is why we decided to franchise” said co-founder Jane Powell.
“Having midwifery and teaching expertise between us enables us to work well with children and adults whilst developing our franchise has taught us many more new and exciting skills. With a great franchise manager to guide us, websites developed and a manual at the ready, we are so looking forward to sharing Tots at the Top and helping someone to grow and nurture their very own business.”
Mexigo Burrito Bar launched their franchise package in the latter part of 2016 to capitalise on the growing interest in Mexican food amongst UK consumers and, as a result, entrepreneurs. The fun, colourful marketing designs and tone of the business make it ideally suited for locations near universities and young professionals. As the franchise is still fairly new, there are plenty of regions left to claim!
“The history of the business has been locations in Southampton and Bournemouth with larger sit-down sites and our plans for 2017 include, both for our own business and to offer to franchisees, the development of smaller sites with a predominantly takeaway & delivery business model” said co-founder Lynda Turnbull. “This should open up the market to those who may not have access to the funds for a larger site and also help in finding smaller premises.”
As a smaller franchise, Mexigo believes they have an advantage over multi-national businesses when it comes to recruiting new franchisees.
“As direct owners of the business, rather than a large faceless corporation, we can offer a personal touch and flexible approach to getting franchisees on board and trading. So we believe we are offering something different not only to customers but to prospective franchisees within the food franchise market” Turnbull said.
The franchisee recruitment process for Mexigo includes a visit to the Bournemouth site, where prospective owners will have the full Mexigo Burrito Bar experience, tasting the food and seeing the customer service ethic in action.
The two main locations in Bournemouth and Southampton experienced an 8% and 5% growth in turnover last year, respectively, so Mexigo is confident their franchisees can copy the model and start running their own successful business!
The Cost Reduction Company first started saving businesses money through examining environmental expenses nearly eight years ago. They focus on three main cost-saving methods: tariff reduction, using less, and contract tendering.
As companies and individuals become more concerned with their environmental impact, the need for The Cost Reduction Company’s services has grown.
Founder Nigel Ward has over 30 years of experience in the business world and has written a book on the subject of cost reduction entitled Using Less Stuff. The Cost Reduction Company typically works with schools and large organisations, helping them reduce their carbon footprint while finding ways to save on expenses.
For franchisees, Head Office offers training on how to provide cost reduction services so franchisees can begin their work with confidence. They also offer marketing support and their own wealth of knowledge.
No matter the industry you’re exploring or the territory you’re in, there is an abundance of franchising options available for 2017, so start searching today!
Post by Anne Rowan