Franchising in Midlands

The 2018 bfa NatWest Survey found that the South was amongst the regions of the UK that experienced the largest increase to regional economy in years. Franchising is contributing over £17.2 billion to the UK’s economy and employs over 700,000 people.

Prospective franchisee or franchisor, as your trusted partner in franchising we are here to support you throughout your journey. Together with our professional partners, we can give you all the information and guidance you need.

Meet the Experts

Andy Cheetham Consultant

As a 6x franchisor himself Andy has learnt franchising the hard way building up his own companies who between them had over 300 franchisees.

During the last decade Andy has established the Lime Licensing Group as a full-service franchise consultancy firm with a regional team of very experienced franchising professionals. Lime assists companies large and small to create franchise systems and recruit franchise partners around the UK and overseas.

To date Andy and his team have recruited over 2,700 franchisees and generated over £100 million in franchise fees.

Nick Carnes Consultant

Nick’s commercial career spans over 23 years with the last 8 founding and building PartnerWise Franchise. As Managing Partner, Nick leads a team who specialise in the delivery of interim consulting and business support services specifically tailored for the UK and European Franchise industry. Nick has worked with some of the leaders of Europe’s most renowned franchise companies, providing advice and hands on support in their desire to rapidly grow their networks.

In addition, Nick is one of the presenters of the bfa ‘Franchise Your Business’ workshop along with being a regular panellist at many franchise events.

Bill Hendrie Consultant

Bill has 27 years’ experience within Franchising as both a former Franchisor and now as a Franchise Consultant, holding a number of positions within the bfa including Chairman of the Franchise Group for Scotland, bfa Non-Executive Director and bfa Regional Chair.

Bill says his aim is to help his clients achieve their goals by being honest with them and delivering a good service. His 20 plus years in franchising has helped him gain the knowledge to guide clients through what can be a daunting task.


Richard Langrick Consultant

Richard a wide range of skills that he now uses to help successful businesses to develop a franchise offering and build a franchisee network.

A member of the Ashtons Franchise Consultancy team and an Affiliate of the bfa, Richard, who is based in Norfolk, now works with a wide range of clients in the UK and overseas.

John Chambers Legal Advisor

John has specialised in franchising for over 20 years.

His “no nonsense, practical, commercial approach” is appreciated by clients as much as his extensive knowledge of the franchising sector.

John established himself as one of the UK’s leading franchise lawyers and regularly speaks on franchising law both at home and abroad.

Fiona Boswell Legal Advisor

Fiona is a Partner at Knights Plc and has many years’ experience in advising businesses on franchising and in particular on setting up, managing, growing and exiting franchise networks. Fiona heads up a multidisciplinary team that advise those in the franchise sector on all aspects of their franchising journey from acquisitions and disposals, real estate, contracts and termination, HR aspects and disputes. With clients ranging from established to emerging franchisors, area developers, multi-unit multi brand and master franchisees, brands coming into the UK, and those wishing to expand elsewhere.

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