Role & History of the bfa
The British Franchise Association (bfa) is the voice of ethical franchising in the UK. We represent our members and help to promote them within the industry and beyond. As well as providing information and advice to businesses planning to franchise – or people considering joining a franchise – we also work closely with our members to help develop their expertise in the industry. We also speak on their behalf to the media and government.
Critically, the ability of franchisors to attract potential franchisees to invest in their systems depends on their own reputation – and on the reputation of franchising in general.
It was for these reasons that in 1977, representatives of major franchise companies in the UK decided to set up their own association. As a result, the bfa was formed to act in the interests of the industry to assess and accredit franchising companies against strict criteria in relation to the structure of the franchise business, the terms of the contract between franchisor and franchisee, testing of the business system – and, therefore, its success as a franchise.
To become a member of the bfa, all franchisors and professional advisors to the UK franchise industry must be accredited. They must apply to the bfa to be tested against our strict and extensive accreditation criteria. Only if they pass are they then able to join the bfa as a member, enjoy the benefits of membership and become represented by the British Franchise Association.
More recently, the bfa has engaged with franchisees by:
- Developing awareness campaigns to consumers
- Launching industry recognised qualifications – i.e. the Qualified Franchise Professional (QFP)
- Developing nationally recognised educational franchise seminars
- Launching the first UK Franchise Trust whose trustees help to educate individuals and develop the necessary skills and capabilities
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