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Business Franchise is the essential magazine for people looking to buy a franchise and is the only magazine officially endorsed by the British Franchise Association (bfa) - the industry's self-regulatory body. So you can be sure you'll be reading vital information and expert opinion in every issue.

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October 2018

October Issue

Welcome to the first issue of our new look!

This month's cover story is Delightful Desserts, a franchise shaking up the dessert sector with selfie-worthy Instagrammable treats. After all, who dines out these days without creating a memorable social media moment?

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September 2018

September 2018 Issue

This issue aims to make things nice and simple for those of you in the franchise industry. There's a guide to the basics of franchising that breaks down the business franchise format as well as two very special features on flexible working and getting to run your business hands-on.

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July/August 2018

July/August 2018 Issue

In order to gauge the day-to-day realities of running a franchise, we'll often ask franchisees to describe their typical day. Almost without exception, they'll reply: "But, there's no such thing as a typical day!" or "No two days are the same!"

This month's issue features Solan Fitness and its founders' journey from rags to riches, as well as how both low and high investment franchises can offer you the prime opportunity to be your own boss.

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June 2018

June 2018 Issue

This issue features the official Show Guide to The Northern Franchise Exhibition on 22 & 23 June 2018 at EventCity, Manchester, the review of Franchise Opportunities Scotland in April, as well as the benefits of running a management franchise and how to take on a master franchise licence.

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May 2018

May 2018 Issue

This issue features the official Show Guide to Franchise Opportunities Scotland at Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow on 25 April 2018, as well as taking the look at the women making their names in franchising and examining the benefits of a franchise resale.

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April 2018

April 2018 Issue

This issue features the official Show Guide to The British & International Franchise Exhibition on 9 & 10 March at Olympia London, the review of The National Franchise Exhibition in February, and the preview to the new Franchise Opportunities Scotland on 25 April at Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow.

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March 2018

March 2018 Issue

This issue features the official Show Guide to The National Franchise Exhibition on 16 & 17 February at Birmingham's NEC, and the preview to The British & International Franchise Exhibition on 9 & 10 March at Olympia London.

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February 2018

February 2018 Issue

Scan the horizon and see what opportunities lie in wait - our February edition includes an event preview of The National Franchise Exhibition, 16 & 17 February at NEC Birmingham, along with our retail franchise feature and a cover story from ActionCOACH's James Akin-Smith.

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December/January 2018

December/January 2018 Issue

Discover more about the ladies lighting up franchising, the attraction of the heath beauty sector and Solan Fitness, a new fitness franchise knocking out the competition in our December/January issue.

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November 2017

November 2017 Issue

Now the dust has settled from event seasons, here at Business Franchise HQ we've finally had a chance to catch our breath and contemplate The National Franchise Exhibition.

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October 2017

October 2017 Issue

This month's 212-page numper issue is jamp-packed with everything you need to get your franchising journey started, featuring the show guide to The National Franchise Exhibition on 13 & 14 October 2017.

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September 2017

September 2017 Issue

This issue features the preview to The National Franchise Exhibition on 13 and 14 October, and the review of The British Franchise Exhibition back in June.

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July/August 2017

July/August 2017 Issue

This month, we caught up with the franchisees that have decided to invest in the automotive sector and taken control of the wheel.

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June 2017

June 2017 Issue

This year's show guide for The British Franchise Exhibition in Manchester is now available in this issue of the Business Franchise Magazine.

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May 2017

May 2017 Issue

A report from market research agency Childwise found that the gender pay gap begins as early as our childhood, with girls being £2.20 a week less in pocket money than boys...

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April 2017

April 2017 Issue

The British Franchise Exhibition presents the ideal opportunity to have all your searching questions answered by franchisors, current franchisees, advisors, experts and other business owners...

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March 2017

March 2017 Issue

This month: how care franchises are helping communities and enriching the lives of business owner, caregivers, clients and their families...

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February 2017

February 2017 Issue

When it comes to our working lives, many of us crave both autonomy - the facility to be in control of our working day, making our own decisions and maintaining a large degree of independence - and the support and input of others

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December/January 2017

December/January 2017 Issue

To say this has been an interesting year would be something of an understatement. Frankly, if someone wrote the plot of 2016 as a novel, no-one would believe it...

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November 2016

November 2016 Issue

Keeping your business in the bloodline can be a blessing in disguise; an already established relationship brings a huge amount of trust to a company to begin with.

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October 2016

October 2016 Issue

Welcome to the bumper October issue of Business Franchise magazine, which is brimming with features, day-by day account and inspiration from franchisees across the globe.

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September 2016

September 2016 Issue

I was tempted to fill this page with inspirational quotes from famous entrepreneurs. I wanted to pack the page with quips and notions from businessmen and women who have made a name in politics. Something to boost morale in a time of uncertainty, after history was made on June 23 2016, and Britain voted to leave the European Union.

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July/August 2016

July/August 2016 Issue

Fear can play a big part in holding you back when opportunity knocks. It’s also an emotion that I have learnt to embrace (as well as I can). Change is not always easy but, with time and commitment, the final outcome is worth it. Having to adjust your life can be a deciding factor when considering franchising, too.

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June 2016

June 2016 Issue

This isn’t just a guide to franchising; this is also your Show Guide to the British Franchise Exhibition in Manchester on 17 and 18 June. Head to page 33 to read our jam-packed guide to the event, where you’ll find a full exhibitor list.

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May 2016

May 2016 Issue

The year is well under way and we’ve been inundated with news and updates regarding the Brexit. But what is it exactly and why should we be worried? These are the questions on everyone’s lips as the upcoming June referendum continues to divide opinion.

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April 2016

April 2016 Issue

We’ve had a rollercoaster few weeks putting together this month’s bumper Show Guide magazine and we are proud to present you with 144 pages of all the information you need to get into franchising. The National Franchise Exhibition in Birmingham has been and gone and we are now getting ready for The British & International Franchise Exhibition in London.

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March 2016

March 2016 Issue

For this month’s magazine, we spoke to franchisees that joined the care sector and are combining businesses with their passion for helping others. Franchisee Paul Tame of Home Instead Senior Care spoke of how he moved from the corporate world into being "emotionally invested" in his new care career that he runs with his wife.

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February 2016

February 2016 Issue

Being forced to reassess your life after getting the chop is a difficult process, but after buying a franchise, our interviewees say they have not looked back. When looking for a new career, it helps to have a passion. And with so many interests to choose from, there is a franchise for everyone. As spring comes into bloom, perhaps it’s time for a fresh start...

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December/January 2016

December/January 2016 Issue

This month we interviewed five female franchisees about their road to self-employment. The gender pay gap is still an issue, so it’s not surprising that more women are deciding to take control of their careers. Indeed there appears to be new research released every week that highlights the discrepancies.

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November 2015

November 2015 Issue

After a whirlwind month joining the brilliant team at Business Franchise magazine, and a fantastic weekend at the NEC for the National Franchise Exhibition, it was definitely time to relax and research the themes this issue’s features - and boy are they inspirational! This issue is full of the the usual expert advice, interviews and opportunities to get you started in franchising.

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October 2015

October 2015 Issue

This issue is the show guide for The National Franchise Exhibition (2 and 3 October, NEC Birmingham) - the biggest British Franchise Association-accredited event of its kind this year. You can meet franchisors face to face, speak with financial and legal professionals, and hear from those who have already changed their lives through franchising.

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September 2015

September 2015 Issue

Like contemporary relationships, jobs are no longer ‘for life’, but we still know where to be loyal in work and love… for a while. The trend towards serial monogamy reminds me of one of the most important selling points of franchising - the fact that it won’t last forever. Romance isn’t dead, however - franchise agreements typically have terms of five or ten years.

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July/August 2015

July/August 2015 Issue

A new study has found that whilst most of us in the UK prize flexibility in our working lives, only 6% of job ads cite flexible working as a benefit of the vacancy being promoted. Furthermore, the higher up the pay grad, the less room there seems to be for flexible working hours. This might sound fair enough for well-paid captains of industry but it’s probably not representative of the needs of many with families or other everyday concerns.

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June 2015

June 2015 Issue

Inside these pages you’ll find profiles on many ethical franchise business opportunities, as well as legal, career and financial advice. A series of in-depth articles, from page 18 onwards, turn the spotlight on management franchise, van-based operations and what it’s like to work alongside your other half.

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May 2015

The opportunity to determine what sort of franchise will make the perfect affiliation for you and examine their offering is right here within these pages. For more in-depth research, a visits to the Franchise Exhibitions is highly recommended, where you can meet and hold discussions with, franchisors from every sector and industry type out there.

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April 2015

April 2015 Issue

More of our expert franchise opinions and advice can be found within these pages courtesy of franchise professionals, franchisors themselves and current franchisees all sharing their wisdom and experience.

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March 2015

March 2015 Issue

Franchisors and professional advisors alike repeatedly stress the importance of carrying out what is referred to as “due diligence”. Any franchisor worth their salt will be able to supply you with answers and information almost straight away…

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February 2015

February 2015 Issue

This issue of Business Franchise has plenty of pragmatic advice, real-life stories and no-nonsense information. In fact, facing up to reality is a recurring theme of this month’s Special Feature, ’Taking back control’, which looks at the attractions of franchising for those facing redundancy and finds several case studies of franchisees back on track.

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December/January 2015

December/January 2015 Issue

Business Franchise magazine contributed to the wider conversation about women in business with a profile of Dina Dwyer-Owens, co-chair of a multi-million dollar company and champion of women in trade services, on pages 18-20. To read real-life case studies of sisters doing it for themselves, turn to the Special Feature on women in franchising on page 34.

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November 2014

November 2014 Issue

Running you own business as a franchise comes with the security of knowing there’s a support safety net and a tried, tested and proven system you are following. There’s evidence in the Special Feature that you can further enhance that feeling of security by working with family members, given that you will know each other well and share a common goal.

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October 2014

October 2014 Issue

One of the main attractions of a franchise for interested potential franchisees is the work-life balance running your own business can bring. It’s more than a job, it’s also a lifestyle and one that more and more people are taking into their own hands to achieve. If you think you might be one, don’t delay and start looking at it seriously, today!

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September 2014

September 2014 Issue

This month’s Business Franchise magazine looks at the flexible side of franchising, with case studies from franchisees who are finding a perfect work-life balance after years in the rat race and others who are pleasing themselves, with a one-person, hands-on operation.

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July/August 2014

July/August 2014 Issue

As well as profiles of ethical, quality franchise brands and top-drawer advice, inside the mag there’s also a preview of the forthcoming Franchise Opportunities Live event taking place at its new home of Park Plaza Victoria, London, on 5 and 6 September.

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June 2014

June 2014 Issue

The special feature this month is Couples in Franchising with case studies aplenty of people who live together making a living together. Running a business might put some couples under strain but the fact that they are using a tried-and-tested method and have the franchisor’s support greatly minimises the risk and therefore the pressure franchisees are under.

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May 2014

May 2014 Issue

When it comes to conducting your research into a brand, there is a lot to be said for a little face-to-face time. From these initial encounters you can gauge more about the way a franchisor run their network, their business proposition should be further investigated. There is also advice on the information you should be garnering sure these all-important meetings.

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April 2014

April 2014 Issue

With franchising proving to be a popular choice amongst ex-armed forces, we profile the journey of some inspiring franchisees who have made the leap from military service to running their own business.

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March 2014

March 2014 Issue

In the realm of franchising you’ll find housewives-turned-recruitment consultants, former high-ranking officers running retail outlets and mechanics working as mangers. Although some ‘types’ are a good fit for certain franchises, there are no rules when it comes to leaping into another occupation.

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February 2014

February 2014 Issue

Last year saw a glimmer of economic recovery for the UK when the  Office for National Statistics reported a five-year high in retail sales. This strong high-street spending is extremely encouraging for two reasons; one, it is a sure sign that shopping benefits everyone, and two this data means the retail sector is being driven forward. 

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December/January 2014

December/January 2014 Issue

A major selling point of franchising is that you can, as a franchisee, ‘be your own boss’ - but still have the back-up of an established brand and ongoing support from your franchisor. As such (and depending on the type of franchise) you are able to determine your own hours and control the volume of workload.

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November 2013

November 2013 Issue

Take a generous dollop of successful business model, swirl in an established name and reputation, mature with years of expertise and add a family-style network and head office support to stabilise the mix. Add to the bowl all the virtues of working for yourself: flexibility, controlling your hours, independence and a decent income and you have the ultimate recipe for success.

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October 2013

October 2013 Issue

The franchise industry is expected to continue a higher rate of growth than the economy, proving that investors can remain confident in their franchise business choices. Indeed, the franchise model works so well that well-known brand Dunkin’ Donuts is expanding in the UK with its restaurant network, with plants to open 150 franchise outlets across the country.

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September 2013

September 2013 Issue

The content of your super September Business Franchise magazine is far from trivia and it’s highly likely that, during your research, you’ll find there’s many more brands out there that are franchises than you realise, and like me, you’ll be spotting them left, right and centre! The stats back it up. Did you know, for instance, that franchising makes an overall contribution to the UK economy of £13.4 billion?

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July/August 2013

July/August 2013 Issue

As evidenced in the regular case studies in Business Franchise magazine, franchising is no get-rich-quick scheme - consistent graft, at least in the first year or so, is a must to make the business a success. But rewards are there for those with the commitment. Franchising can always be seen as an 'honest day's work'.

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June 2013

June 2013 Issue

This issue is also the Show Guide to the British Franchise Exhibition taking place over 21 and 22 June in Manchester Central. This event is a great place to start your franchise research with a wide variety of franchise businesses representing a range of industries in attendance. 

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May 2013

May 2013 Issue

Recent news stories have brought the whole issue of work-life balance back into the spotlight. Marisa Meyer, CEO of Yahoo, called for the company’s home-works to start spending full time hours at their nearest Yahoo office, with news causing criticism from the media. 

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