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Business bouncing back – the opportunities for B2B franchises in the UK

While the global economy remains turgid, the green shoots of sustained recovery are still lucid. In the UK, this has manifested in the form of increased business activity – particularly in the services sector, which accounts for over 60% of British GDP – and the number of failed businesses has fallen significantly since the onset of the New Year.

All of this has amounted to a noted increase in the amount of business activity in the country, which has revived a greater demand for B2B services across Britain. Economic recovery hinges upon the ability to facilitate British businesses with the services they need to grow once again, and a diverse range of franchises are ideally suited to help in this regard whilst earning a tidy profit as a result.

The ways in which franchises can assist in optimal business operation are multitudinous. For instance, maintaining a clean office is the cornerstone of an efficient working environment, and the UK has a variety of franchises specialising in this area, including Ecocleen, Total Clean and Clean My Office who have all found their services in heavy demand, entailing a reliable revenue stream for their franchisees.

In these tight times, it’s not only physical waste that can be costly; ineffectual use of money or poor allocation of resources can be even more fatal. Businesses, like the rest of us, occasionally need a degree of guidance to help steer them in the right direction, and there are a range of franchising options that provide counselling services to assist companies in overcoming operational woes and start to thrive. Examples of such enterprises include Expense Reduction Analysts and BCM (both helping businesses cut unnecessary spending), Auditel (the UK's leading cost, purchase and supplier management franchise), MatchPoint and System4Results (business consulting franchises), WIN Sales & Support (sales and marketing advice) and TaxAssist Accountants (tax services for small businesses). Many of these franchises allow their franchisees to work at hours tailored to their specific circumstances and all enable you to earn a lucrative living by deploying your professional skills and experience to the benefit of businesses across the nation.

Expense Reduction Analysts is an example of a B2B franchise thriving at the moment. It trains franchisees to become procurement specialists who can then help boardrooms in assessing their costs and making savings.

“In the last five years we’ve had a 48% increase in turnover from our franchise network…from a £7.5million turnover to an £11.3million turnover” Matt O’Neill, Head of Recruitment at ERA tells Franchise Direct, demonstrating how in-demand the company’s services have become as the downturn continues to bite.

As important as cutting caste and streamlining the enterprise is having the right personnel on board to make the business a success – people are the most important resource any company can have at its disposal. Recruitment is now a major B2B industry in the UK, and franchises have made inroads into this area as well. Redline Recruitment, Additional Resources and Antal International are examples of franchises affording this vital service to businesses, ensuring that they have the people they need to become and remain successful into the future.

For a full range of B2B franchising opportunities available in the UK, click here.

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