Young people are making serious waves in franchising: in the last two years, almost one in five new franchisees launching their own business has been aged under 30.

It's easy to see why. Franchising offers initial training and ongoing support to business owners, which can help plug any gaps in experience or knowledge of running a business; while younger entrepreneurs are known for their drive, passion and ideas, all of which can contribute greatly to a franchise brand.

We're celebrating the success of people in the sector under the age of 30 and on these pages you'll find real-life experiences, features and advice on everything from starting up and funding to growing a business empire. New stories will be added each day.

If you're good enough, you're old enough...as these people show.

Power to the People

Demi Hoar

Former British Army medic Demi Hoar, 23, has become Mr Electric's first female franchisee in the UK, enjoying the support of a global organisation.

Tailor-made Success

Sallie Belton

Sallie Belton was just 22 when she became one of the UK's youngest franchisors at Suit the City. Now she helps others live their self-employment dream.

Cleaning Up

Michael Ireland

Michael Ireland was a technician who helped with the clean-up operation in Cumbria last winter following Storm Desmond. Now he runs the show.

From Part-time to Proprietor

The Wheatsheaf, Kirk Ella

Having worked abroad, 22-year-old Victoria Cooke had no idea what to do next; a job as a waitress uncovered her hospitality passion, and Marston's helped her fulfil her dream.

Making the Cut

Nita Brainch

In seven years, 25-year-old Nita Brainch worked her way from stylist to salon owner with Rush Hair & Beauty. Now she's looking to mentor others in their own journey

Perfect Partnership

Pearl and Zahir, Clarriots Care

Why two 29 year olds with a shared passion for making a difference in their community have joined together to launch a Clarriots Care franchise

Delivering Business Success

Kully Sahota

Age really is just a number for Kully Sahota, one of the youngest franchisees in the express parcel delivery network InXpress, as he's proved over time

Grabbing a Pizza the Action

Umar Malik

Umar Malik became a Papa John's franchisee aged 27 and hasn't looked back since - this year he's already opened four new stores, with plans for more to come!

TruGreen means Go!

Andy Hazell

Andy took a big career swap when he took on his business, swapping sales for lawn care in a move that's seen him fly - and bring his brother into the business too

Prosperity is on the Cards

Daryl Perkins

Former supermarket worker Daryl started his Card Connection franchise at 24. Three years on, he's become the fastest growing business in a nationwide network

Express Success

Danny James

Danny James started his Agency Express franchise in Teesside at the age of just 21; four years on, he has a thriving business and big expansion plans

You're Hired!

Sarah Ballard

Sarah Ballard started an apprenticeship with Newton Fallowell aged 18; she bought the business at 24! Now owner of two branches, she also sponsors a local pork pie contest...

Crowning Achievement

Marston's The Crown

Ambitious duo Natalie, 23, and Steve, 25, found their perfect business match with Marston's - the Crown Tavern pub, and a lot of hard work and fun!

X-Press Yourself

Tom Mannion

Tom Mannion, 24, found unexpected use from his degree in classics when he started an X-Press Legal Services business working in the thriving property sector

Teenage Kicks

Luke Wilson

Luke Wilson was just 19 when he started his Little Kickers football coaching business, training the potential Premier League stars of the future

Employee to Franchisee

Richard Piling

When his boss was retiring, Richard decided that rather than work for someone else, he'd buy the business! He's now Cartridge World's youngest franchisee

Puppy Power

Katy Dalton

Former vet Katy Dalton saw a chance to escape snowy mornings and get the work/life balance she wanted for her family with a Wagging Tails franchise

Tyre Starter

Josh Wilkinson

Taking on a resale franchise with etyres has proved to be the wheel deal for Josh Wilkinson, who enjoyed a solid customer base from day one as a result

Sweeping Up

Pierre Goodwin

Pierre Goodwin set a new record in summer 2016 when he became the youngest-ever franchisee of Wilkins Chimney Sweep, aged just 23.

The Future's Bright

Helen Betteridge

Helen Betteridge runs an expanding Bright & Beautiful housekeeping franchise, in a thriving community with a young family. It's a far cry from her white chocolate days...

Taking the Rains

Andrew Bailey, Phil Jefferies

Childhood friends Andrew and Phil have known each other since they were three. They're now business partners running a thriving Reeds Rains estate agency.


Almas Adam

For Almas Adam, a franchise that focused on service and helping its vulnerable clients was a must. Right at Home has changed his life and those of the people in his community.

Sublime Subway

Mohammed and Raeesah

As a young husband-and-wife team with strong marketing backgrounds, Mohammed and Raeesah have allied their strengths with one of the most well-known brands

Two Businesses, One Star

Ryan Cutler

Ryan Cutler may be the youngest franchisee of The Original Poster Company, but he's also one of the brightest and now owns two territories thanks to his success

All in the Family

Laurence Slade

Laurence Slade dreamed of running his own business. He turned that dream into reality when he launched his Oscar Pet Foods franchise alongisde his dad

Care in the Community

Kev Popat

Kev Popat turned his back on the corporate world to start his Right at Home franchise, offering support and homecare to make a difference across his local community

Barking up the Right Tree

Emma Mills

"I’m Emma Millis and I’m the proud owner of Dogknows Greenwich. Six years ago, I started as a dog walker and have moved up the ranks to own my own franchise."

Building a Purrfect Future

Clare Taylor

Clare Taylor travelled the world for years before she found a purrfect reason to set down roots, starting an Oscar Pet Foods animal care franchise in Sale

From Student to Teacher

Leon Collins

Leon discovered a love of private tuition while studying for his master's...then discovered Tutor Doctor could help him turn his passion into his livelihood! 

Launching in Style

Gentiana Restelica

Fulfilling a long-held dream of running her own salon, 23-year-old Gentiana Restelica opened her Rush Hair & Beauty franchise in Cambridge in December

A New Challenge

Stephan van Niekerk

Former Lance Corporal Stephan was tragically injured during service, and knew he needed an exciting and rewarding new challenge in life. He found it in PPP

A Family Affair

Anytime Fitness Chelmsford

Brothers Samie, Eamonn and Omar were only 17, 20 and 21 when they started their first franchise; their latest is an Anytime Fitness club alongside a childhood friend

Opportunity Knocks

Kevan Tankard

Kevan Tankard was in the right place at the right time when the franchisee he worked for retired - he bought the business, and has since more than doubled it!

Employee at 18, Owner by 23

Heather Ratcliffe

At the age of 18, Heather Ratcliffe took a job with Swimtime. Taking ownership of the business 5 years later, she's since increased its turnover by 1,700% to over £400k

Signs Looking Good

Janiv Patel

With a degree in economics and a masters in finance, Janiv Patel was well prepared for his new Signs Express business - but still values the support he receives greatly

  • Fiona Harrall
    Home Instead Senior Care - Franchisee case study

    Fiona came to a stage in her life when she really didn’t enjoy the pressure and the long hours, she wanted a new way of life. Running a franchise business seemed the perfect opportunity, particularly with the back-up and continued support which Home Instead provides.

    Read the full case study
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