There’s no denying it, the UK is turning from a nation of tea drinkers to country of coffee quaffers. With some reports saying that the UK consumes 70 million cups of java each day, and there’s no sign of this thirst for quality beans dying down, making it a fantastic time to set up a coffee franchise.
What types of coffee businesses are available?
Sure, you can go it alone with a nice little independent cafe, but consumers show strong brand loyalty in this area so it can help to buy into a recognised brand where customers will already know your product. And with this sector, there’s a franchise to suit every price point. Coffee franchises costs between £1,000 and £50,000 depending on the brand. From the smallest coffee van franchise to the largest coffee emporium, whatever the style of business you’re after, you’ll find something to suit you here.
Why location matters for coffee franchises
Finding your footfall and catering to their thirst is particularly key with this sector, and this is where franchises come into their own. Commonly, franchisors will help franchisees with site selection, meaning your business will be off to a flying start. Busy high streets, bustling train stations and motorway services are all great places to launch your new venture.
What are the best coffee franchises to own?
Simply, the one that suits you. Have a scroll through our opportunities below and think about what suits your budget, the work-life balance you’re trying to achieve, and which company’s values strike a chord with you. Ask yourself: ‘What matters to me as a business person?’ Could it be support from your franchisor? Are you after world-class barista training? Is working with fair trade suppliers really important to you? Once you start asking yourself questions like these, discovering whether a Starbucks, Costa Coffee or Caffè Nero is for you, becomes childsplay.
A few final things to consider
Once you’ve got together your shortlist of coffee franchises, you may find it very useful to attend a franchise exhibition. Here, you’ll get the chance to meet some of the franchises you’re interested in, get introduced to some of the leaders of the industry and listen to informative lectures. Plan your diary using our section on Franchise Exhibitions.
You may also prefer to buy an existing franchise. For advice on investing in a resale franchise, check out our guide. There can be lots of advantages to buying a resale, such as walking into a business with established staff and customers, so it’s well worth considering.
And don’t forget that we have a fantastic guide to franchising that will explain every step of your exciting journey. Want to get the lowdown on-the-go? No problem. Sign up to our newsletter for great advice on franchising straight to your inbox.
Finally, once you’ve signed your agreement and you’re ready to open, check out our pages on marketing and promotion. They’ll be really handy in ensuring your new coffee shop is the success it deserves to be! And when you’re open and selling delicious cups of coffee, The British Franchise Association can provide lots of support. They’ve written us a number of expert features on all aspects of running a franchise, and you can check those out here.
All the best with your search - you’re at the start of a fantastic life-changing journey!
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