Before buying a franchise, it’s worth considering what exactly you’re paying for and, just as importantly, whether you can afford it, says Carl Reader in The Franchising Handbook.
With franchising’s economic contribution undervalued by politicians and many franchisees ineligible for existing SME support, it’s time for the government to step up
A profitable business is a healthy business but how many franchisees can say with certainty that they’re in profit?
There was a time when banks were the only port of call for franchises looking to borrow. But things are very different in the post-recession era
If you’re going to avoid any nasty surprises, it’s important to thoroughly check out all of the financials before you buy a master franchise, says Brian Duckett, chairman of The Franchising Centre
More franchisees are investing in multiple sites and sometimes across multiple brands. But how can owners manage growth across several outlets?
Most franchisees use a mixture of borrowing and cash reserves when investing in a business. But what is the best funding formula?
Many businesses will be fearing the introduction of the national living wage but there’s plenty that franchises can do to lessen its impact
Investing in a big-name franchise offers no more guarantees than buying into a smaller brand. That's why the things a franchisee should ask before investing money remains the same says Alex Littner, MD of Boost Capital
Franchising is an attractive route for people looking to start their own business but it pays to get the whole picture before parting with your money, says Willem van Lynden of Boost Capital