Business networking is rapidly increasing in popularity, as more and more entrepreneurs and business professionals realise it’s about so much more than just gaining referrals. Regular, face-to-face networking helps people to raise their local profile, acquire more clients and, ultimately, increase profits.
Are you looking for a management franchise that allows you complete flexibility to respond to your customers’ requirements? Would you like to be able to provide a range of domestic and commercial services, such as cleaning, gardening, landscaping, removals and pest control, backed by an industry-leading brand and all the support you need?
With over 25,000 business owners, entrepreneurs, and employees accumulating at the ExCel Centre in London on the 15th and 16th May 2019, the Business Show was an unprecedented success.
The way we dine out has significantly evolved over the last decade, with cafés, restaurants and street food stalls opening up on every corner.
Calling all Dance Enthusiasts! This could be the franchise you’re searching for!
There has never been a greater interest in dance than right now. The popularity of celebrity dance competitions, the high profile of dancers winning televised talent competitions and the increased focus on keeping fit, especially amongst children, all help to promote the profile of dance.
Business experts and coaches always tell you that you have more chance of succeeding in a new business if it is based on your passion. However, if you happen to be a 4×4 vehicle enthusiast, the options are pretty limited and inevitably require substantially more cash to get started. Plus, you’ll need a fleet of vehicles, a team of staff, numerous offices and a huge advertising budget to match.
As many of you will know, the AFA is currently experiencing phenomenal growth, as more and more business owners turn to us for accreditation and guidance to help their businesses grow via franchising.
With this in mind, we are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Business Development Manager, Sarah Canny. With a background in sales and customer services, Sarah has a BSc Hons in Psychology and is widely travelled, having lived in both Australia and China.
Do you have a genuine passion for travel and love designing holidays?
Have you always wanted to work in the travel industry but worry you don’t have the professional experience of this exciting industry.
Do you dream of running your own beauty salon and could do with the support and backing of a well-established brand?
I’m writing this blog shortly after returning from our first, Annual, AFA Conference, which took place on Thursday 28th March at the Jury’s Inn in Oxford. I have to admit I’m still buzzing from it, as it really was fantastic, and the feedback we’ve already received from attendees suggests they agree!
This week, our spotlight blog is about an AFA member called Mess Around, which organises sessions and parties across the UK that provide children with the opportunity to get messy and explore new, sensory activities. With lots of activities to explore, including their famous, painting wall, little ones can squelch, pour, mix and get messy to their hearts’ content.
This week, our blog focuses on Go Yoga, an AFA member that offers a unique way to build a successful and financially rewarding business within a network of knowledge, support and training. Your studio becomes your community and enables you to become involved in the fast-growing wellness industry and make a valuable contribution to your local area’s overall wellbeing.
Franchising continues to be a recipe for long-term, business success
The BFA and NatWest recently released their 2018 Franchising Landscape Report and I was extremely encouraged by their findings, which I would like to share with you in this week’s blog post.
I’ve personally used The Office Genie for many years. The virtual reception service they offer is actually a part of the Extra Help franchisee package. They recently came on board as an AFA partner. The Office Genie provides many services, but there are two in particular you should be thinking about for yourself and your franchisees.
Here at the AFA, we are always keen to highlight and celebrate achievements within the franchising sector and, today, our blog focuses on Elite Franchise’s recent announcement of their top 100 franchises for 2019.
Are you interested in working with children to deliver something a bit out of the ordinary – not just your usual playgroup or arts and crafts class? Do you have a passion for numbers and shapes and like the idea of inspiring children with creative and exciting, maths-related activities?
You may have read the recent statement by Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchise Association, which mentions a copycat franchise association that has just been established in the UK.
You may remember that, on a recent blog, I announced that we had partnered with The Business Show at ExCel in London, which took place last week. We also had our own stand at the show and I have to say it was a fantastic experience and well worth exhibiting.
As many of you will know, I have been working within the franchising industry for a number of years now. As well as establishing and managing my own franchise network, Extra Help®, since 2010, as the CEO of the AFA I have gained considerable experience in assisting business owners with franchising their businesses and helping franchisees to select the best franchise for them.
With headquarters based in Watford, House of Colour, the UK’s premier personal stylist and colour analysis experts, is celebrating record successes in 2018.