Franchising In Northern England

Historically, franchising was highly concentrated around the South East and West Midlands, but over the past two decades it has become more widespread across the country. According to the most recent bfa Natwest Survey, 21% of all UK Franchises are located in the North of England.

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

Ken Rostron Consultant

Ken believes in delivering excellent service and value for every client. Ken has invaluable ‘hands on’ experience at board level with a couple of successful franchised businesses, including master franchise arrangements.

Since joining The Franchise Company, he has worked on a wide range of franchise projects including large, blue-chip companies.

Alan Wilkinson Consultant

With 25 years’ experience in franchising, Alan (head of franchise development) has helped to launch over 130 franchise brands both in the uk and oversees. He is a regular speaker at seminars and webinars, writes for several UK franchise magazines, and has judged the franchisee and franchisor of the year awards.

Whether it’s developing your business as a franchise brand, recruiting franchisees, developing your digital marketing strategies, finding you experienced support staff or expanding internationally, Alan and the team at The Franchising Centre are here to help.

Charlie Dickson Consultant

Charlie Dickson has an extensive career in franchising, both as a franchisee in his early career with Esso Petroleum and then working for a variety of franchisors in senior management positions in a range of retail, technology, automotive and e-commerce organisations.


At Ashtons, Charlie has worked with corporate and SME clients both in the UK & internationally to successfully build and launch franchises. He is focused on offering a personal, professional & dedicated service to clients.

Marc Allison Legal Advisor

Marc’s areas of practice cover corporate finance, development finance, joint ventures, M&A and general corporate and commercial transactions. In addition to transactional work, Marc acts for clients in relation to a range of commercial matters and has advised on a number of high-profile commercial deals, often with a cross-border aspect.

Marc is an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and supply and has been recognised by the British Franchise Association as a specialist in the field.

John Burns Legal Advisor

John’s main areas of expertise are intellectual property exploitation, franchising, brand licensing, commercial agreements, competition law, sports and media. His uncluttered and commercially focused approach has won him praise when dealing with high profile, high value matters.

John is an established speaker at various brand licensing seminars both in the uk and abroad and is a director of the Manchester Fashion Network.

Antony Hall Legal Advisor

Antony Hall is an experienced commercial lawyer and franchising specialist. Antony works with franchisors helping them set up their franchising business and expand their network.

He has a wealth of experience in UK and international franchising, brand licensing and distribution and supply chain arrangements.

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