The British Franchise Association (bfa) was formed in 1977 to act in the best interests of the franchise industry. They have helped the franchise industry by assessing new franchise companies to a strict and extensive criteria and code of ethics.
The British Franchise Association also advises and educates new franchise companies so that the industry is constantly growing and improving.
There are three levels of membership with the bfa to within which franchise businesses are able to progress with the building experience and expertise within their own franchise network.
Provisional companies with the bfa are in the early stages of franchising their business. There is a successful pilot business from which products and services are sold. To have Provisional Membership Status with the bfa the Business which is franchising has passed accreditation and has committed itself to run in line with the bfa’s strict industry and ethical standards.
The bfa’s Associate Members are franchisors who have launched and supported a franchised business successfully for twelve months. The Associate Members will have some franchise businesses within their network who can be researched for future franchisees and by the bfa to maintain standards. An Associate Member will be at a stage of franchising where they will be devoting a lot of time to development of their franchise network and supporting those within it.
Full members with the bfa have a successful franchised business with many franchise businesses within its network. The Full Member Status means that the franchisor has successfully built, maintained and supported the franchised business it has launched.