The Approved Franchise Association, or the AFA as it’s known, was born in 2012. I’ve been the CEO since June 2015, but have been closely associated with the organisation from the very early stages …
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The AFA presents a short article on the benefits of franchising.
Why go into business? There are many reasons why someone would want to go into business for themselves; everyone has their own. But, whether it is to be their own boss, work hours to suit themselves, fit around family life, fill a market niche, or financial security, there is one factor that everyone wants… SUCCESS. You may decide to remain a small company, but long-term success in business generally means growth and for sustainable growth, you must expand. This can be either through additional company-owned operations or through franchising.
The lovely Claire and Naomi from the AFA supported a Devon based homeless charity, Shekinah Mission , by helping to prepare, cook and serve Christmas lunch for 100 homeless people in Plymouth.
Claire said “I felt really humbled this morning. I got out of my bed, got in the shower and made myself a cup of tea and some breakfast. It really hit me what I was going to do today and some people who use Shekinah don’t have anything. I had a chat with some of the people at the centre and they really appreciate what has been done for them today”.
The event was also supported by other local businesses and run in association with local networking group the Six O’Clock Club
Clear Brew, the beer line cleaning professionals, held their 1st annual conference to support and promote growth for its network of 30 franchised companies located throughout the UK. The conference was a great success and included sales, marketing and product maintenance seminars aimed at further growth and continued sustainability within the Clear Brew team.
It was a fantastic opportunity for all the owner/operators to meet and form positive business relationships with each other. Clear Brew Devon commented “The conference was so inspiring the fire in our bellies we have for Clear Brew has turned into a roar, we have taken on a further employee as business is booming and we are looking forward to next year already.
Crispin Rhodes is the fastest growing HR Franchise in the UK, offering Human Resources advice and support to small and medium businesses. Founded by Angela Rhodes in Milton Keynes, the company guides business owners and managers through their HR responsibilities with easy to understand, straight forward advice – and in almost 20 years of trading no client that has followed their advice has ever been successfully taken to an employment tribunal or fallen foul of any HR related minefield.
Franchising started with Isaac Singer way back in the 19th century!!
Mr Singer wanted to distribute his sewing machines outside his geographical area and provide training on how to use the machines, as people wouldn’t buy them without training and retailers did not provide this service. Mr Singer started selling licenses to people in different parts of the country, this licence gave permission for the owner of that licence to sell and teach people how to use the Singer sewing machine. This bought the use of the sewing machine to the public where before it had only been for commercial use.
A former engineer has swapped his toolbox for the opportunity to run his own company after starting out in business as a professional oven valeter.
Bob Knight, who previously worked as a telephone engineer for well-known organisations including BT and the Metropolitan Police Service, in a career spanning more than 35 years, is now the owner of Ovenu Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.
Bob, 56, who lives in Lowestoft, is also a Technical Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and was keen to become his own boss, when embarking on a change of direction.
CORNWALL-BASED Clear Brew Limited,established nine years ago by Managing Director Stephen Trezona, has extended its beer-line cleaning services into the Suffolk area.
“We offer our services to the licensed trade and catering industry, including pubs, social clubs, sports clubs, holiday parks and hotels – in fact anywhere that has a traditional bar!” Mr Trezona told The Publicans Morning Advertiser.
The new business will be run by Husband and wife team Mark and Alison who will commence operations on Monday the 6th of July.
Whilst delivering around 20,000 cleaning leaflets Nationwide Cleaners also delivered leaflets free for the RSPCA to promote an RSPCA regional event in Horsham, West Sussex which will save them up to £1,500.
Dolly Char continues to go from strength to strength with the most recent crop of new recruits all showing some really strong results. At the recent Annual Dinner, Presentation & conference evening held in Horncastle Managing Director Robin Harrison was buoyant with the results witnessed throughout 2014 and looked forward to next year seeing all franchisees exceeding this year’s tremendous results. Robin commented after by saying how pleased he was and thanked all who attended in what was a very special awards evening.
This year’s Dolly Char franchisee of the year award went to June George who runs Dolly Char in the Fife region. June as built her business up from scratch in a little over two years and now as one of the largest businesses in the group, Junes dedication and hard work as really paid off.