A boom in fitness and elderly care homes franchising is under way, say experts, amid strong growth in the franchise industry overall.
Franchising has traditionally been associated with international fast-food companies, such as McDonald’s KFC, Subway and Starbucks, which dominate British high streets.
But Rufus Bazley, of website BusinessesForSale, said: ‘Franchising is becoming a lot stronger in the UK. It has always been an American-led industry, and five years ago it was probably a less well-known way of becoming your own boss. The general feeling behind it was: “If it’s such a great business model then why aren’t they doing it themselves?”. It had a stig