Nic & Sarah Johnson – A partnership that works
For the better part of 20 years, Alex Thompson was an estate agent in Notting Hill. Needless to say, he knows a thing or two about property. Yet if it hadn’t been for PPP, he says his foray into the world of HMOs would have been a risky experiment.
“We were working too hard,” says Kelly Merry, explaining how she and her husband came to be PPP Franchise Partners. “You just go in, don’t you, every morning at seven? Come home, feed the kids, put them to bed and then later, go to bed yourself. It’s like Groundhog Day and you’re exhausted all the time.” Continue reading “Platinum Property Partners Kelly & Simon Merry franchisee case study”
Like a lot of his generation, 26-year-old James Tucker hasn’t always had a rosy view of landlords. First at university, then during a year’s internship, he lived in HMOs that “just weren’t the best”. His brother Harry, a couple of years his junior, can tell similar stories. “There wasn’t much choice,” says James, “so you had to go with the sub-par property that was on offer.” Continue reading “Platinum Property Partners Harry & James Tucker franchisee case study”
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.
Our partners Croner share with us some important legal developments for 2020.
2019 was a busy year for employment law, but 2020 is set to be even busier.
In 2020, Razzamataz will celebrate turning 20.
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.
The Top 5 Things We Did To Grow the AFA in 2019
As 2019 draws to a close, I’d like to reflect on what has been a year of incredible growth for the AFA.
By April, we had literally doubled our membership, as more and more franchisors recognised the AFA as a credible franchising association and turned to us to help them grow their businesses.
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.
Are you a science buff who’d love to run a fun and profitable business based around your passion?
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.