"The future of franchising is finally here," says Des Pheby of Pheby Food Concepts Group
There’s no getting away from how hard things have been of late. Not only did we have to deal with Brexit, but then came one of the worse moments in our history - what we were told was going to be once-in-a-lifetime actually happened.
Yet despite all this upheaval, franchising, in general, has remained uniquely resilient. Sure, there have been winners and losers, but in general food franchises have managed to stay open in most parts of the country and actually thrive due to the fact they’re able to deliver their products.
Uncertainty creates opportunity and with more and more empty units becoming available across the country investors can capitalise on these opportunities to start a new franchise.
You might be interested in the nine ways to get into our franchised business, whether it’s via a single- unit franchise or maybe you want to scale more quickly by way of a multi-unit franchise or bigger still as an area developer, where you’re offered an entire region, for example, with the potential to open multiple locations simultaneously.
Options don’t stop there, either. You might be overseas looking at inward investment into the UK, which can be hands-on or hands-off. One thing’s for sure: we have a single or cross-brand franchise to suit you.
You might even want to franchise your own business. If that’s the case, talk to us. At the very least, we can be your final check and advise whether we believe that option will work for you and your business.
Four franchise brands you can be part of now
1. Wok&Go. The UK’s fastest-growing noodle bar franchise
Wok&Go was established in 2008 and franchised a few years later to some 26 units currently, mainly in the UK, but also with stores in Portugal.
Last year Wok&Go sold 1.3 million noodle boxes and has a further 100 stores and agreements signed to roll-out over the next five years. 2021 should be our best year by far.
Wok&Go is a very flexible franchise, with our usual bricks and mortar store options. They can be large or small, such as a concession, with franchise fees as low as £20,000, as long as you are at least 50 per cent liquid. The total investment required is typically around £150,000.
2. Crepe Delicious Urban Café. World’s largest crepe franchise
You can also be a franchisee for the hugely popular Crepe Delicious Urban Café. Established since 2004 and operating in Canada and North America with no less than 70 stores, the international roll-out has proven to be very successful, with multiple countries across the globe accepting terms. The first stores in the UK will open in 2021.
And it’s not just sweet and savoury crepes either: coffee, sandwiches and gelato are all on offer.
The Crepe Delicious Urban Café franchise investment is low for a coffee shop - offered at turnkey £100,000, with a requirement of you to be liquid to the tune of 50 per cent.
3. Corner Store. Coffee and doughnuts
Coffee shops are always popular in franchising and Corner Store is no different because we are a nation of coffee addicts - and who doesn’t love a doughnut?
Already successfully piloted in Chester in 2020, why don’t you come and join us as a franchisee in this huge growth area.
Further details are being released, but again Corner Store franchises have low franchise fees and low total investments.
4. Dough Dough. Authentic Neapolitan pizza - our latest concept
Dough Dough is about to be launched as one of our newest franchises. Already piloted across multiple sites and with further company-owned stores planned for 2021, they will be available as small and large square feet sites. With eat-in, takeaway and delivery options, we can ensure you achieve a very healthy return on investment.
Further details can be provided on request.
Who are we? Welcome to Pheby Food Concepts Group
Founded by Des Pheby in 2008, Pheby Food Concepts Group is a growing hospitality powerhouse consisting of six successful brands: four dark kitchens and two restaurants, including an international franchise.
Known as ‘The Franchise Entrepreneur’ after his popular business podcast, Des has disrupted and reinvented the world of franchising with his modern, forward-thinking and an eye for opportunity.
With an excellent operational team, Pheby Food Concepts Group is able to move fast in the current changing and challenging environment.
Privately owned, the company offers franchisees the best options to be able to maximise their investment. Pheby Food Concepts Group’s aim is solely to create more food and beverage entrepreneurs.
Richard is a franchising expert and regional director for the award-winning Lime Licensing Group. He’s retained as Pheby Food Concepts’ consultant to deal with any franchise enquiries.