The new players in franchising you should know about

As we near the beginning of 2019, these are the freshest faces in the franchise market who aim to expand across Blighty

The new players in franchising you should know about

(1) Bright Eyes Hats

Don’t make darkness your ally as this new company is making animal-shaped hats with lights. Bright Eyes Hats launched at the end of 2017 and started franchising in late 2018. A potential franchisee can open up sales channels both online and through retail operations. With LED lights serving as eyes on the headgear designed as animal heads, these hats are made for children and adults. Suitable as a head-torch or a flash light, they can be used in extreme weather conditions too with a ten to 200-metre radius. The future looks nothing but bright for this franchise.

(2) Sew Confident

There are sew many opportunities with this franchise. Launched in Glasgow six years ago, Sew Confident aims to make people relax through its sewing classes. From Scandi-inspired quilting classes to jersey jumpsuit Facebook Live sew-along sessions, it’s got its finger on the pulse of all the sewing gadgets and fashion trends. A one of a kind franchise in Blighty, Sew Confident only recently signed up its first franchise in Dundee. While you might think it hard to thread, we’re confident the franchise is set to see more people learning to stitch.

(3) Leading the Way Pet Care

There’s nothing ruff about this pet care franchise. Having launched the franchise model in July 2018, Leading the Way Pet Care is a sister company of OSCAR Pet Foods which has had a successful and decades-long history in the pet food industry. The new franchise ran a pilot for two years prior to the official launch and now the first franchisee has a fully running franchise with a loyal client base. From how to walk dogs to knowing when vets must be visited, Leading the Way franchisees are given all the training and support they need to ensure pets get a loving companionship throughout the working day. Looking at the model, this franchise is sure to see a mastiff success in the future.

(4) Delightful Desserts

Delightful Desserts was launched in 2015 and has gone from strength to strength ever since. It now has 20 sites up and running. And that’s just the beginning – the company aims to open over 150 sites by 2020. With more than 40 flavours of ice cream, Arabica coffee, American waffles and seasonal crepes among other treats, this franchise definitely takes the cake when it comes to quick growth. And once 2019 rolls around it even plans to take Delightful Desserts into international markets. It seems safe to say things are looking rather sweet for this franchisor.

(5) Chapati Man

Who doesn’t like a mean Indian wrap? Specially with authentic flavours like chicken tikka masala and vegetable samosa? Indeed, to cater for every foodie in Britain, Chapati Man is bringing the essence of curry in a wrap to every corner through the franchisor’s mobile vans. Having launched in 2007, a husband and wife duo drove through festivals and stocked these wraps in supermarkets. And having only stepped into franchising in 2018, it signed its first international master franchisee in Sri Lanka within a few months who will now operate through vans and stores. Looking at its culinary chops, the future looks deliciously unstoppable for Chapati Man

(6) Blocsphere

Taking care of properties is challenging. Luckily, property management franchise Blocsphere aims to change this by expanding the business around the UK. Having launched in 2013, the company recently started franchising and its first pilot franchisee is lined up to come on board at the beginning of 2019. Along with physical maintenance, the franchise also ensures clients are assisted with meeting their legal obligations in areas such as safety, compliance and financial management. The franchise looks after a range of different properties like apartment blocks, housing estates and commercial properties. Prospective franchisees can certainly expect to see the welcome mat rolled out in front of them.

(7) spa810

Stress today is a part of every working professional’s life. And what can be better than a massage to alleviate the tension? This is why Arizona-founded spa franchise, spa810 is set to take the UK spa industry by storm. It began franchising in 2012 and has grown to 27 regions. In November 2018, it gave the master franchise licence for the UK and Ireland to Duncan Berry, the franchising veteran and former COO of care franchise Bluebird Care, and his wife Tania. The husband and wife team will open the brand’s first location in the UK in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are looking to develop a network of franchisees across the British Isles. What can be better than providing to people’s need for a knead?

(8) Little Music Stars

This new franchise has made children sing and dance to its tune since launching in 2013. Two friends, Katie Verner and Jeanne Friedman created the company as a pre-school music franchise in California before relocating to the UK. After gaining success through its first five centres, it decided to expand and sold its first franchise in July 2018. Due to the increasing demand for recreational activities for children, the pilot franchisee already signed the dotted line for three locations. Going forward, the master franchisee hopes to sign two more in 2019 and a further three in 2020. We can surely say this franchise won’t stop the beat anytime soon.

Varsha Saraogi
Varsha Saraogi