Subway is on the lookout for new franchisees who are ambitious, customer focused and have the drive to build their own businesses
The New Year is a great time to take stock, think about what you want to achieve in the year ahead, re-evaluate what is important and take the necessary steps to fulfil your goals.
For some, this means finally realising a dream and taking the plunge to start a business of their own. Franchising in the UK is a growing sector - it provides an attractive route to business ownership, but with the added security of joining a proven, replicable business model.
The Subway brand is one of the largest and best known franchise businesses, with over 2,500 stores now open across the UK and Ireland and ambitious plans to grow this number to 3,000 by 2020.
This means the Subway brand is on the lookout for new franchisees who are ambitious, customer focused, hardworking and have the drive to build their own businesses.
Being your own boss has many advantages, especially if you’re working in a sector you feel passionate about. Twin brothers, Kurtis and Daniel Berry, aged 21, are franchisees of a Subway store in Maidstone and also run three additional stores in Sandwich, Broadstairs and Gillingham on behalf of another franchisee.
Daniel explains: “Both my brother and I are passionate about food and we love the pace the quick service restaurant sector brings - it keeps your working day fresh and lively, which in turn keeps you motivated and inspired.
“We’re very ambitious and our goal was always to operate our own business, which is when we started researching opportunities and discovered franchising with the Subway brand.”
Subway franchisees work for themselves, within their local communities, but within a tried and tested franchise model.
Franchisees are expected to work hard, particularly in the early stages to get their businesses up and running successfully, but a franchise can offer greater flexibility, more say over worklife balance and the chance to be in control of your own future.
The Subway franchise is hugely rewarding, which is why over 70 per cent of new stores established are by existing franchisees.
The brand provides world class training and support to help every franchisee maximise the success of their store.
Every new franchisee attends a two-week training course at the Subway brand’s UK headquarters in Cambridge. Experienced development agents provide ongoing advice and guidance on everything from store location and leases, to operations and local store marketing.
Kurtis says: “When we need help, we always ask for it and we’ve found the Subway franchise to have a hugely supportive network, which you can rely on for advice and guidance at any time.
“There’s always an element of risk when starting out on your own but this makes success all the more rewarding. The benefits of joining a reputable franchise, like the Subway brand, is that you’re working within a tried and tested business model and have a support system in place - which makes it easier to take the big leap.”