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Opportunities you need to know about

Posted: 25 Nov 2018
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Opportunities you need to know about

1. Astute Books

Good bookkeepers are in high demand from small and medium-sized enterprises and accountancy practices - and with the proposed introduction of Making Tax Digital this demand looks set to grow.

Astute Books is a new bookkeeping franchise based in Scotland that offers comprehensive training in all aspects of bookkeeping, taxation and accountancy within a professional accountancy practice.

Candidates don’t need any prior accountancy knowledge, as they will undergo two weeks of intensive training and home learning in bookkeeping, accountancy and tax at Astute’s purpose built training centre in Glasgow.

The company will also show candidates how to set up their businesses and how and where to find clients. Six months of ongoing support follows training, while franchisees will gain access to the latest accountancy and customer relationship management software systems to automate routine tasks.

The only equipment requirements are a laptop, printer, scanner and your own transport, as you may have to visit clients to collect documents or discuss their bookkeeping requirements.

What you need to know

Investment level:

£6,995.

What you get:

full training; ongoing support; marketing and PR assistance; localised website and email; software; VOIP system.

Information:

www.astutebooks.co.uk.

2. Busylizzy Family Club

Busylizzy Family Club’s exercise classes are currently having a positive impact on the antenatal and ‘mum and baby’ sector and is looking for more ambitious, hard-working women to join its franchise network.

According to the company, the root of Busylizzy’s success lies in the way it’s changed the way customers attend classes. Families sign up to a club on a monthly membership basis, giving them credits to access 20-plus classes a week, bookable via an app. Credits can be used for any class as and when it fits the family diary.

Parents can cancel via the app up to two hours ahead of the class and any credits not used are rolled over to the following month. They love the value for money and flexibility membership represents, reflected in record numbers of new client and franchise enquiries seen in 2018.

The winner of the British Franchise Association’s Emerging Franchisor of the Year Award in 2016, Busylizzy is a management franchise that provides an excellent work-life balance.

As a franchisee, you’ll spend your time managing your business from home, promoting it to young families in your area.

What you need to know

Investment level:

£18,500 (plus VAT), plus working capital of £10,000.

What you get:

five-year franchise licence; exclusive territory; full training; ongoing operational support; sales, marketing, PR, website, social media and design support; monthly business analysis and reviews.

Information:

www.busylizzyfranchise.co.uk.

3. Envirovent

This company is a UK manufacturer and installer of energy efficient and sustainable ventilation products, which create an all year round healthy, fresh indoor environment in customers’ homes and also save energy.

Based in Harrogate, EnviroVent employs over 250 people and has 49 franchise territories, all helping home owners and landlords eradicate problems with high humidity damp, condensation and the black mould that manifests from these conditions.

The demand for its products and service has grown over the last 10 years as people look to make their homes more energy efficient by installing cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and double/triple glazing.

However, keeping energy and warmth in means properties trap moisture generated from cooking, washing and breathing, which creates issues with condensation, mould and poor indoor air quality.

One in five homes suffer from condensation and mould and 50 per cent of illnesses can be caused or aggravated by poor indoor air quality. These growing problems make the EnviroVent franchise an ideal opportunity for those with a passion for sales and excellent communication skills.

What you need to know

Investment level:

From £19,950.

What you get:

full training; exclusive territory; bespoke, web-based software package; marketing assistance; demonstration and surveying equipment.

Information:

envirovent.com.

4. House of Colour

A personal stylist and colour analysis expert, House of Colour has announced its intention to increase UK franchisees from 90 to 200 in the next five years.

Helen Venables, managing director of House of Colour, says: “98 per cent of our franchisees work from their own home-based studios. Our franchisees are ambitious, but also have a clear desire for a good work-life balance and working from home enables them to do this.”

House of Colour franchisee Julie Bramah says: “Working from home allows me to tailor my studio to my precise requirements, including lighting, displays, stock presentation and related literature.

“I also benefit from much reduced commuter time, which has allowed me to productively invest time in planning and preparation. I can be flexible to suit client’s schedules and can offer parking.”

This potentially high income business has several lucrative streams of income - from colour analysis and styling to make-up classes and over 250 make-up products.

What you need to know

Investment level:

£8,225 (plus VAT) and a monthly service fee of £100 (plus VAT).

What you get:

designated exclusive region with a population of at least 100,000 people; full training; ongoing support; website page; tools and equipment.

Information:

www.houseofcolour.co.uk.

5. Inxpress

Shipping franchisor InXpress offers global express services in the UK. Having developed relationships with world class carriers people know and trust, customers feel confident their parcels are in safe hands.

The InXpress franchise is a high earning residual income opportunity and franchisees can begin by working from home, before expanding to a staffed office. It’s a good fit for someone who has sales or management experience, even without a freight or shipping background.

The company has an excellent team of trainers to guide you in all areas of your new business, while the support from head office gives you the ongoing confidence to build your business your way.

A scalable business opportunity, franchisees develop excellent relationships with each other, which is one of the biggest strengths of the network. The company currently has over 90 franchisees operating around the globe.

What you need to know

Investment level:

£30,000, plus working capital of approximately £15,000.

What you get:

intensive initial training; personal franchisee mentor; technical helpline; marketing support; localised and national PR assistance; ongoing franchise development support.

Information:

www.inxpress.com.

6. Platinum Property Partners

A full member of the British Franchise Association, Platinum Property Partners offers a proven franchise model that can generate a lifelong annual income of £50,000-£150,000 with your own specialist house in multiple occupation buy-to-let property portfolio.

PPP will teach you everything you need to know about becoming a successful property investor and landlord and, unlike other franchises, you own the assets, which means you can generate an income after your commitment to the franchise has expired.

Each property can achieve an average annual gross profit of £17,000 - 40 per cent higher than traditional buy-to-let models. A potential franchise partner will need in excess of £300,000-£600,000 of investment capital, depending on their investment location and the size of the portfolio they want to build.

Funds can come from various sources, including cash, equity in your home and investments. In some cases, pensions and/ or wider family assets can be utilised. You may also consider investing alongside someone else.

What you need to know

Investment level:

From £32,970 (plus VAT). Monthly subscription: £495 (plus VAT). Management service fee: five per cent (plus VAT) of your gross rental income.

What you get:

full training; initial and ongoing support;

Information:

platinumpropertypartners.co.uk.

7. Prima Ardelle Associates

The recruitment industry is vibrant and growing. Prima Ardelle Associates offers a great opportunity to enter this lucrative market at a low investment level by awarding franchises in large geographical areas focused on specific business sectors, such as the automotive industry or property sector.

Franchisees can initially work from home while establishing their businesses, resulting in low overhead costs, which enables them to be both very competitive and profitable. Monthly sales of around £10,000 delivering a 70 per cent net margin are achievable within the first year as a sole operator working from home.

It’s desirable - but not essential - that franchisees have experience within their chosen business sector, as this will accelerate the development of the franchise by utilising the franchisee’s local industry sector knowledge and contacts.

Recruitment industry knowledge is not required as Prima Ardelle provides all training, systems and know-how, including how to research and target the local market within the chosen sector, access to applicant databases and recruitment industry recognised accreditation.

What you need to know

Investment level:

£14,950.

What you get:

all training, systems and know-how, including set-up and marketing launch; instruction on how to research and target local market; recruitment industry recognised accreditation.

Information:
Information:

www.prima-ardelle.co.uk/opportunities.

8. Razzamataz Theatre Schools

Established in 2000 and backed in 2007 by BBC Dragon Duncan Bannatyne, today franchising allows Razzamataz to achieve its dream of giving the finest talent across the country the opportunity to own and manage a successful business, while following a tried and tested system.

Franchisees have a passion for performing arts, plus plenty of enthusiasm and energy. Nick Furlong and Gemma Hextall are the joint principals of Razzamataz Sutton Coldfield and have successfully grown their school term on term. The duo took the school from approximately 40 students to more than 230 students in just two years. Gemma says: “It’s hard work in the beginning promoting the classes and getting the word round, but there’s so much support from head office.

“Being part of an established franchise with all the power of the brand that is behind us has propelled our growth. As well as our local marketing, we have the support of the national brand with a wonderful website and strong Google and social media campaigns.

“This is something that we could not do as individuals and certainly not in the same time frame.” Razzamataz’s afterschool activities develop the fitness, well-being and overall social skills of young people. New for 2018 is the Razzamataz Early Years Package, providing classes for ages six months to five years.

What you need to know

Investment level:

franchise fee: £4,000 (plus VAT) plus working capital.

What you get:

full training; ongoing support; marketing materials; merchandise; teacher uniforms.

Information:

www.razzamataz.co.uk.

9. The Travel Franchise

The Travel Franchise has welcomed a record number of new franchisees so far in 2018, almost double that of the same period last year. Founded by partners Steve Witt and Paul Harrison, the company now has more than 600 franchisees, each with their own homebased travel consultancy.

The company has ambitious plans to grow its network to 1,000 franchisees by 2020, providing opportunities for more entrepreneurial individuals to start their own businesses in a fast paced industry.

Franchisees enjoy all the benefits of working from home and the flexibility and control over their work-life balance that this brings, along with the opportunity for global travel.

Experience of the travel industry is not essential, as The Travel Franchise provides a comprehensive training programme that includes a pre-training course, five-day residential and Millionaire’s Retreat programme held in an overseas five-star resort, as well as ongoing support, mentoring and online training packages.

The Travel Franchise also offers franchisees the opportunity to earn back their franchise fee via its 100 per cent money back challenge initiative.

What you need to know

Investment level:

pro consultant £10,995 (plus VAT); elite consultant £14,995 (plus VAT); supreme consultant £29,995 (plus VAT).

What you get:

comprehensive training programme; ongoing support; mentoring; online training packages; live booking website; laptop; travel agency software.

Information:

www.thetravelfranchise.com.

10. Tutor Doctor

Franchisees of this in-home tutoring franchise work with families to assess a child’s needs and then carefully select the best fit tutor based on goals, personality and learning style.

Self-employed tutors then visit students at home or work with them via an online platform, so they can learn in the comfort of their own home at a time that suits them.

Tutor Doctor’s UK operation opened for business in 2009. Since then, the company has grown 50 per cent year on year and now has 75 franchisees. Its franchisees are not all ex-teachers as you might think - in fact, almost 80 per cent don’t have a teaching background.

Franchisees are motivated, people oriented individuals who want to own a profitable business that gives them flexibility and the chance to make a difference to customers’ lives.

What you need to know

Investment level:

£29,700 (plus VAT).

What you get:

launch support programme, which includes a week’s training in Toronto, plus 80 hours online with eight additional days in territory; monthly jump-start webinars; ongoing support in all aspects of the business.

Information:

www.tutordoctor.com.

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