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Franchise Direct releases Top 100 Franchises report for the UK

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Franchise Direct has released its fourth annualTop 100 Franchises ranking for the UK. The report offers an essential look at the top franchises operating across the United Kingdom.

Following an in-depth analysis of data from hundreds of franchise brands, Franchise Direct has awarded the top spot to McDonalds for the fourth year in a row. With 1,100 franchises McDonald’s units across the UK, the brand is one of the most recognisable and largest franchises in the world. Such is the strength of the brand; the company was able to beat off other food franchises like KFC, Pizza Hut, and Subway to the top spot of the list.

Just ranking below McDonald’s, at No.2 and No.3, respectively were Jan-Pro and KFC.

The Top 20 UK Franchises:

1McDonald’sUnited States of AmericaFast Food Franchises
2Jan-ProUnited States of AmericaCleaning Franchises
3KFCUnited States of AmericaFast Food Franchises
4Pizza HutUnited States of AmericaPizza Franchises
5Helen O’Grady Drama AcademyAustraliaChildren Franchises
6PirtekAustraliaProfessional Services
7SubwayUnited States of AmericaSandwich Franchises
8Molly MaidCanadaCleaning Franchises
9Domino'sUnited States of AmericaPizza Franchises
10HusseSwedenPet Franchises
11TruGreenUnited States of AmericaGardening Franchises
12Burger KingUnited States of AmericaFast Food Franchises
13Furniture MedicUnited States of AmericaMaintenance & Repair
14ServiceMaster CleanUnited States of AmericaCleaning Franchises
15Costa CoffeeUnited KingdomCoffee Franchises
16Choice HotelsUnited States of AmericaTravel & Leisure
17StarbucksUnited States of AmericaCoffee Franchises
18Century 21United States of AmericaProperty & Estate Agency
19ChipsAwayUnited States of AmericaCar and Auto Repair Franchise
20SwarovskiAustriaRetail Franchises


The make-up of the Top 20 franchises indicate that food & drink franchises still dominate the sector, with nearly half of the first 20 franchises made up of fast-food franchises and coffee franchises. Once again, brand name recognition is still an influencing factor in industry success with big names such Domino’s, KFC, Subway, Starbucks, Pizza Hut and Burger King ranking highly on the list. This further proves that a loyal customer base and an established business identity are big factors that lead to success and longevity in the market. Outside the Top 20, franchises like Auntie Anne, Papa John’s, and Baskin Robbin’s also feature.

Following on from last year’s trend, cleaning franchises continue to be represented in the Top 100 ranking, with 10 cleaning businesses appear across the list – both Molly Maid and Jan-Pro feature in the Top 10 franchises.

Other Notable Statistics

Most Featured Countries in the Top 100:

UK Franchises
US Franchises
AU Franchises

Newcomers to the Top 100 List

Access4loftsNo. 34
EweMoveNo. 44
Blossom Home CareNo. 54
Red Driving SchoolNo. 55
SwimtimeNo. 60
TRIB3No. 68
No Letting GoNo. 70
ShuttercraftNo. 75
FonehouseNo. 79
Platinum Property PartnersNo. 99


To compile this report, Franchise Direct extensively analyses data and research that is collected by company submitted information, third-party resources and published industry sources, along with deploying the company’s own ranking methodology that was devised in 2009 to first determine the rankings for US franchises.

Learn more about the Methodology here

Objectivity is key for franchise ranking reports as numerous factors are examined to determine ranking placement such as financial assistance offered to franchisees, or policies like social responsibility and environmental sustainability.


Franchises Direct has been publishing rankings for more than 10 years. This UK report was a new addition to the site in 2019, along with the launch of the French Top 100 Franchises. Both reports take inspiration from theUS Top 100 ranking, which is regularly cited by industry professionals in North America. The purpose of these rankings is to provide those in the industry an opportunity to compare the franchise market and system.

*Please Note: The Franchise Top 100 List ranking is not intended to endorse, advertise, or recommend any particular franchise system, nor is it a definitive list.

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