Starting an international business in the midst of Brexit discussions could be unnecessarily stressful, but there are plenty of home-grown UK franchises to choose from. Franchising in the UK is valued at over £15 billion and many UK franchises have been in operation for years, perfecting their business practices and expanding across England and Wales into Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Primary industry: Recruitment
This year marks 30 years since Driver Hire, an English business, started franchising. They are a Full Member of the British Franchise Association and have won multiple awards for their model.
As the name implies, Driver Hire provides drivers to businesses that own their own fleet of vehicles. If a company's regular driver is ill or on holiday, for example, they provide a substitute. The business promotes loyalty and repeat business organically, as they help avoid losses and ensure deliveries are made on time. There are over 100 branch locations employing thousands of drivers in an industry valued at £31.5 billion.
Franchisees with Driver Hire typically earn a profit of about £10,000 each month. The average turnover for 2015-2016 was £1,076,196.
Primary industry: Accountancy & Financial
Since their founding in 1995, TaxAssist Accountants has grown steadily to over 200 franchised areas and 65k+ clients and a fee bank topping out over £41 million.
TaxAssist focuses on branding themselves as difference from typical accountancy businesses, making themselves more accessible and approachable with convenient locations and flexible schedules.
Successful franchisees come from a variety of backgrounds, not just accountants; as they focus heavily on business development, TaxAssist seeks out franchisees with experience in business, networking, and management.
Primary industry: Mobile Food/Catering
The catering industry in the UK is extensive, serving millions of meals, snacks, and treats each year. When new franchisees join the sector with Jasper's Catering, the franchisor guarantees to fill their diary with £1,000,000 worth of prospective clients in the first year, giving franchisees an excellent chance to start earning a substantial income early on, if they can confirm bookings with the clients.
Jasper's has spent the past decade and a half building a brand and recognisable name within the industry, expanding throughout the UK. They stay fresh by offering foods to fit a variety of occasions - buffet meals, packaged picnics, snacks, hot foods, tapas, and bamboo buffets.
Jasper's Catering franchises are currently only available in the UK and have a franchise fee of £29,997.
Primary industry: Repair & Restoration
EnviroVent is perhaps the most quintessential UK franchise, assisting with the damp conditions caused by the seemingly constant rain. It's also working to help the UK government meet its goal of lowering carbon emissions 26% by 2020.
It's an admirable goal, and one they'll need help achieving; for that reason, they're recruiting franchisees throughout the UK for a fee of less than £20,000.
EnviroVent boasts 25 years of experience, low entry costs as it is home-based, and frequent Discovery Days for prospective partners.
Primary industry: Coffee Franchises
Cafe2U takes new franchisees seriously, offering a week of classroom training, a week out with an established franchisee, and two weeks of development in the territory launch program.
This training has possibly helped them become the UK's leading mobile coffee franchise in an industry work nearly £9 billion.
Cafe2U has territories available in the UK and Ireland. Franchisees typically plan a route that includes business parks and local offices, delivery coffees and espresso to caffeine-thirsty professionals.
Post by Anne Rowan