Mark Morrey of Onside Coaching explains why being a British Franchise Association member adds further credibility to the children’s activity company
The British Franchise Association is a governing body for franchising and acts on behalf of both franchisors and franchisees.
The primary objective of the bfa is to offer impartial advice, guidance and support for people who enter and work in the world of franchising.
The organisation sets a benchmark for best practice in franchising and conditions are in place to determine whether a franchisor can be granted membership.
These criteria include an assessment of the business model, an evaluation of the franchise agreement, a review of the training and support provided and proof that franchisees can maintain profitable businesses; this is in addition to getting feedback from the current network of franchises.
Onside Coaching is a proud member of the British Franchise Association.
Why did we join and what does it mean to us?
Becoming a member is, quite rightly, a rigorous process, but we feel having our franchise model approved by the bfa brings with it credibility. It shows that Onside Coaching franchises are legitimate, ethical and well organised.
We pride ourselves on the fact that when someone invests in an Onside Coaching franchise, they’re becoming part of an established, reputable network with a proven model for success.
As an organisation centred around children and education, Onside Coaching is proud of being a network that’s registered with Ofsted. It demonstrates to our customers that we understand our role and the importance of high standards when looking after children.
bfa membership is no different. It’s important that we take our role as a franchisor seriously and let others know that Onside franchises are built on high standards and good practice from a business perspective.
Doing things properly
In our industry of teaching and children’s activities, there are many business opportunities out there, either through franchising or otherwise.
We have to find ways to show that we do things properly, whether it’s the fantastic children’s services we offer as a business or the amazing support we deliver as a franchise network.
As well as having full support from three Directors and a dedicated Franchise Manager, franchises also utilise in-house services such as graphic design and web development.
Onside franchises draw on experiences from across the network.
Whether it’s sharing good practice with other franchisees, joint strategic planning or simply picking each other’s brains, it’s brilliant to know that with an Onside franchise everyone is part of the Onside team.
At a glance
Onside Coaching established in 1997. First franchise established 2018
Number of franchised outlets:
Location of units:
Midlands and expanding
Minimum required capital:
£10,000 (funding options available)