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Franchisees “extremely important” part of Pizza Hut’s £40m expansion plans

Written by Eric Johansson on Wednesday, 11 May 2016. Posted in Franchise

Finding the right franchisee is key for the pizza chain’s growth, as it sets out to open 200 new takeaway stores in the UK

Franchisees “extremely important” part of Pizza Hut’s £40m expansion plans

Recruiting the right people is paramount for the success of any enterprise. So, given Pizza Hut has set out to open 200 new stores by 2020, it should come as no surprise that the restaurant has made finding spectacular franchisees a priority. Its £40m investment will see the creation of at least 3,000 new jobs in the UK, as well as the opportunity for budding business leaders to join Pizza Hut’s 80 British franchisees.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who wants to become their own boss, has a strong belief in our brand, an aligned set of values, drive and determination,” said John Aizlewood, chief development officer of Pizza Hut Delivery UK. “With the majority of our UK stores run by franchise partners, they are an extremely important part of our business and therefore finding the right franchisee is key.”

Speaking exclusively to Elite Franchise, Aizlewood explained that prospective franchisees should preferably have broad experience of the hospitality industry and proven management capabilities. “A successful Pizza Hut franchisee is a special type of person and we pride ourselves that our selection criteria help us to pick the right partners for our business,” he said. Once they’ve joined, new franchisees benefit from the company’s supportive network of experts and a comprehensive in-store training programme, tailored to specific needs and previous experience.

Globally, 73% of Pizza Hut’s 13,000 restaurants are run by franchisees. While the restaurant chain only started franchising in the UK in 2001, Raphael Miolane, CEO of Pizza Hut UK and Ireland, attributes the company’s success to its franchisees. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without our franchisees and we are looking forward to growing our existing relationships,” he said.

Here’s to more businesses realising the importance of finding the right franchisees.

About the Author

Eric Johansson

As web editor and resident Viking, Johansson ensures Elite Franchise is filled with engaging and eclectic entrepreneurial stories. While one of our most prolific franchise writers, he has sharpened his editorial teeth by writing about entertainment and fitness. Follow him on Twitter at @EricJohanssonLJ to catch up with his stream of consciousness.

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