Posted on: 30 January 2015

More than half a million people in the UK are employed in franchising, as franchisors, franchisees or as someone involved in supporting the sector (such as franchise consultants). Almost 25,000 are franchisees, operating 39,000 franchised units.

There are also a surprising number of newer, smaller franchises that are achieving significant brand presence, including Autosmart, the van franchise, Right at Home, the home care franchise, and Total Clean, the commercial cleaning franchise.

However, despite franchising being around since the late 1800s, there are currently less than 1,000 franchise systems in the UK. When you compare this to the total number of private businesses in the UK (almost 5 million), it becomes clear that even though there are some powerful franchise brands out there, it is still a relatively small market.

Whether there is an opportunity in the franchise market for you or your business, depends on your business type, your target customers, your products and services and your personality. So if you’re striving to become the next McDonalds, it’s clear that plenty of research needs to be done up front to make sure it’s the best strategy for growth.

Use the content guide below to answer your franchising questions:

I'm considering franchising: 
 - The experts introduction to Franchising
 - What is franchising?
 - How big is the UK franchising market? (You are here)

I want to franchise my business - Becoming a Franchisor

 - What are the advantages and disadvantages of franchising?
 - Does my business suit the business model?
 - What do I need to consider when setting up the franchise?
 - What are my options for funding a franchise?
 - How do I recruit the right franchisees?

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