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Harper’s British Classics

Harpers British Classics are a food retail brand, offering high quality classic British staples and ready meals.
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In Brief

A trusted and popular brand unique to the industry - single or multiple outlet opportunities are offered with an exclusive geographical territory and extensive, ongoing training and support. Sizable breakfast trade boosts sales and earning potential, with a 70-72% gross profit margin - strong purchasing power controls costs and maximises revenue. Average annual ROI of over 20%, returning your initial investment within three to five years.

About Harper’s British Classics

Harper’s British Classics was founded in 2001 as a quick service restaurant chain, serving classic British dishes, such as full English breakfasts, stews and pies. After starting as a family business, they have expanded across the country as a franchise, and stand out against a competitive market with many other food chains, by offering alternatives to typical fast food–style dishes.

The brand is trusted and popular across a wide range of demographics, from tourists to senior citizens, and has an established track record. For franchisees looking for an opportunity in the food sector, this can be a great option.

Where is the Harper’s British Classics franchise head office located?

The Harper’s British Classics franchise head office is based in Warwickshire.

Where can you find a territory to start a franchise with Harper’s British Classics?

There are territories to open a Harper’s British Classics franchise across the UK. For more information on specific locations, contact the brand directly.

Harper’s British Classics recommend choosing a site location carefully when picking a territory, and recommend areas with a high footfall, such as within shopping centres, areas where there are already other fast food restaurants, or locations with a major entertainment attraction, such as a cinema. Another ideal location is in a major travel hub, such as at an airport, train station or motorway service station.

How much does it cost to start a Harper’s British Classics franchise?

To start a Harper’s British Classics franchise, you will first need to invest a franchise fee of £25,000. To set up the main franchise, it can cost between £150,000 to £350,000, depending on the territory and specific location.

You will also be required to pay a management fee of six per cent of your turnover, and an additional one per cent Business Development Levy. When confirming your franchise territory, you will also need to pay a £5,000 refundable deposit.

What sort of experience or background do you need to have to start franchise with Harper’s British Classics?

Starting a Harper’s British Classics franchise is a serious commitment, and the brand are keen to have candidates who are willing to grow and develop the brand further. While they will consider applications from potential franchisees opening a single restaurant, ideally they would interested in those who would consider opening multiple outlets.

To start a franchise with Harper’s British Classics, you should have substantial experience in the food retail industry, with at least five years’ experience and a proven track record of success in the hospitality industry. This should include prior experience in managing a multi-site operation, as well as having worked in the casual dining or QSR sector. You should also have a clear understanding of financial management, and have some training or coaching experience in the corporate sector.

What kind of training will you get with a Harper’s British Classics franchise?

When starting a franchise with Harper’s British Classics, you will receive full training in an existing restaurant to give you complete insight into how the brand operates. You’ll also be provided with on-site training at your location, to give you and your staff members a comprehensive understanding of the franchise operation before and after opening. Franchisees are also given complete access to the brand’s operational manuals for additional assistance, and are equipped with POS materials and branded uniforms.

Is there any support available with a Harper’s British Classics franchise?

The brand is heavily invested in the success of their franchisees, so provide a lot of support, both before and after launching a new franchise outlet. Prior to getting started, they will support with choosing the right site, and will approve any suggested location before the franchise is opened.  They also provide guidance with site design and layout, with access to their design manual to help franchisees stay consistent with their branding.

Once a franchise has been established, the brand provides ongoing support, with regular visits from a dedicated Franchise Manager, who will review goals, budgets and provide assistance and advice. The brand’s franchise team can also provide support on improving sales and enhancing restaurant presentation, and run a mystery shopper programme to get feedback to improve standards.

All franchisees with Harper’s British Classics are able to network and share information with each other, to maximise the performance of the brand overall, and the brand’s team have a dedicated phone line to provide tailored support whenever required. The brand also use their Business Development Levy to provide dedicated marketing support, with national and local campaigns, dedicated to improving brand awareness and presence in a franchisee’s territory.

What business opportunities are there for a Harper’s British Classics franchise?

The brand offers a welcome alternative to the QSR sector, against a market saturated with burgers, chicken and pizza, and has a strong appeal to their customers already. Another key advantage is their strong breakfast trade, which provides a boost to sales and earning potential. Harper’s British Classics is also heavily involved in supporting their franchise network and committed to their success, making it a great opportunity for anyone keen to grow and thrive in this sector.

How to get started

If you are interested in starting a franchise with Harper’s British Classics, you should first register your interest with their franchise team using the form on this page, before scheduling an initial phone call to discuss your background and the opportunities available. 

Following this, you can then attend a discovery day with Harper’s British Classics, where you can visit an existing outlet and discuss the brand’s approach in detail. Discovery days are held on a one to one basis, providing potential franchisees with a valuable opportunity to ask detailed questions and decide whether it is the right opportunity for you or not. After this, you can meet with a franchise recruitment consultant from Harper’s British Classics, who will go through the details of potential territories, and review whether your application is suitable for the brand.

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