The AFA is a firm believer in the power of face-to-face networking.
That’s why we’ve been focusing so much of our own time and efforts in developing our regional meet-ups and events, enabling AFA members to connect with each other on a local level, build strong relationships and receive invaluable advice from expert speakers.
Despite the uncertain economy or even Brexit (!), hair never stops growing and people will always need high quality haircuts at reasonable prices, so there will always be a demand for hair salons. If you’re an aspiring hairdressing salon owner, you realistically have two options; either can invest in a franchise or start up on your own. Regardless of which route you choose, owning and managing a hairdressing salon is extremely exciting and rewarding, but does involve an enormous amount of hard work and planning.
Are you a fitness lover with a burning desire to start your own boutique gym?
The 2019 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report reveals that the UK health and fitness industry is healthier and more lucrative than ever before, with more gyms, more members and a greater market value. The total UK gym membership has broken the 10 million mark and the industry is now worth more than £5 billion. In the UK, 1 in every 7 people is a member of a gym.
Here at the AFA, we are huge fans of outsourcing. It means we don’t have to hire employees with specialised skills, which increases cost efficiencies, and have access to a far larger talent pool as and when we need it. It also allows us to focus on our core, business activities, knowing we have excellent outsourcers on hand, who we can rely on to deal with a wide variety of tasks, such as call handling, telemarketing, diary management, accountancy services etc.
From humble beginnings, the franchise theatre school has built a network of inspiring franchisees. As part of our celebration, we speak to some of them about their own journeys and what joining the Dragons’ Den backed franchise has done for them.
Do you have a passion for getting active? Do you want to improve children’s health and wellbeing? Or perhaps you’re a teacher or a coach looking to make a difference on a larger scale. Whatever your background, AFA member, Premier Education, is a fantastic franchise opportunity and, in our opinion, well worth considering.
If you have ever attempted to franchise your business, you’ll know how crucial it is to ensure your financial systems are easy to follow, well organised and scalable. That’s why it makes so much sense to work with our fantastic AFA partner and proud sponsor of our forthcoming AFA Awards, Roden Associates.
WorkBuzz has announced the winners of the 2019 Best Franchise Awards, sponsored by Lloyds Bank, with the presentation taking place at the company’s annual Best Franchise Conference, this year held at the Marriott Hotel in Leicester.
These days, more and more websites seem to be offering live chat support. There are many advantages of using live chat on your website, as it’s usually a lot faster than telephone or email support. It means the customer avoids having to plough through annoying menus, just to reach the topic they need support with or information on, and provides instant answers to queries, eliminating the wait for an email response.
On the 5th November 2011, Cressida Bullock ran the first ever Fun Science party. It was an Amazing Electrics party for two, eight-year-old boys and was held in a home in Bath. Eight years on, Fun Science is celebrating its eighth birthday and a few things have changed!
Personal stylist and colour analysis experts House of Colour hope to create up to 100 new jobs after announcing plans to increase their UK franchises to 200 in the next five years. House of Colour is also celebrating after being awarded a SME News UK Enterprise Award for Personal Stylists of the Year 2019.
The food delivery industry is enormous, and is currently experiencing extremely high levels of growth. This is due to the increasing need for convenience, as people become more and more time-poor and are constantly looking for fast, easy, meal solutions.
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