The British Franchise Association (bfa) is the only voluntary self-regulatory body for the UK franchise industry, with a standards based approach to membership. Its aim is to promote ethical franchising practice in the UK and help the industry develop credibility, influence and favourable circumstance for growth. As a result one of the bfa's main jobs is to help potential franchisees recognise the good, the bad, and the ugly franchise opportunities for what they are. Another is to help businesses involved in franchising to secure their own position amongst the "good" franchises. More...

bfa News

  • Finalists Focus: Customer Service Franchisee of the Year 23rd September 2014 Exceptional customer service comes naturally to the three finalists in this category of the bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year awards, supported by Express Newspapers. Here's why they're here. Read more...
  • Finalists Focus: Young Franchisee of the Year 18th September 2014 The bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards, supported by Express Newspapers, take place on 2 October. Here we shine the spotlight on the three outstanding finalists in the Young Franchisee category. Read more...
  • Franchisor of the Year 2014 winners revealed 27th June 2014 Range of businesses honoured at the bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards, where Autosmart clean up after taking the top prize and scooping a second accolade for franchisee recruitment. Read more...
  • Top 20: Franchisor of the Year (Part 1) 24th June 2014 The top award in UK franchising attracted an incredible pedigree of entrants once again, including former winners and previous finalists, all demonstrating the highest standards and ethics in their bid to be named Franchisor of the Year 2014. Read more...
  • Top 20: Franchisor of the Year (Part 2) 24th June 2014 Four more finalists come under the spotlight as they vie for the right to be crowned Franchisor of the Year 2014. Read more...
  • Top 20: Brand of the Year 20th June 2014 A brand is everything to a franchise - it attracts franchisees as well as customers. The finalists for Brand of the Year feature an established giant in its field alongside a relative newcomer making distinctive waves. Read more...
  • Top 20: International Achievement 20th June 2014 One in four UK franchises have operations abroad, and many other brands also use the model when expanding overseas. These two stories highlight how and why franchising can be such a powerful choice internationally. Read more...

Industry News

Thinking of joining a franchise?

What to do next

Thinking of franchising your business?

View our guide

Warning: Bad advice for businesses!

Important note for franchising your business

bfa member directory

If you know the name of the franchise you are looking for, simply enter it below:

Or why not browse the:

Full member directory

 
 
  •  
    Minster Services Group UK - Franchisee case study

    Jim, 40, is married and has two daughters aged 12 and 10. He began his career as an apprentice with coal mining equipment manufacturer, Anderson Strathclyde, moving from there to Ferranti. He then went into sales with R D Taylor - a distributor of high-tech materials for the electronics industry - where the turnover doubled during his time there. He then set up his own business in the electronics industry and had sales of over $50 million per annum at its peak.

    Read the full case study
 
 
The bfa website is sponsored by

HSBCNatWestLloyds BankThe Royal Bank of Scotland