Franchising In Scotland

According to the most recent bfa Natwest Survey, franchising is contributing £17.2 billion to the UK’s economy and employing over 700,000 people.
In Scotland, there is massive potential for growth with 39% of franchise systems represented in the region generating a fabulous £0.8 billion for the
Scottish economy.

The bfa and EWiF hold regional meetings in Scotland on a regular basis to allow franchisors, franchisees and those thinking of becoming a franchisor or franchisee to meet, network, discuss best practice and hear from a range of industry experts.

Meet the Experts

Suzie McCafferty Consultant

Suzie is the CEO of bfa accredited consultancy firm Platinum Wave Franchising, which she founded in 2010 after a decade as a successful international franchisor.

Suzie is a well-known personality in the franchising world, hosting and speaking at dozens of events every year. She has been a regular judge for the bfa’s Franchisor and Franchisee of the year awards and is the longstanding Chairperson of the Scottish Franchise Forum (now EWiF Scotland).

Today, Platinum Wave is one of the most in-demand consultancies in the country, having won multiple awards for its customer service and client satisfaction, from the likes of the bfa, EWiF and the Best Franchise Awards. Suzie and her experienced team offer expert consultancy, marketing and recruitment to strengthen your franchise at any stage from initial set up through to entering the biggest international markets.

Euan Fraser Consultant

Euan is a qualified Chartered Accountant whose first career was in corporate finance. Over The last 20 years, he has developed his passion for franchising and has helped clients develop all sorts of franchise systems. Based in the UK, but working worldwide, AMO specialises in advising businesses on how to:
• Understand How Your Business
Could Become A Franchise,
• Grow Their Franchise Network
And (When The Time Comes)
• Franchise Internationally.

Euan is an active member of the bfa and sits on the expert panel assessing candidates finishing for the QFP Award. Euan has been a judge of the bfa’s annual Franchisor of the Year Awards on a number of occasions.

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.

David Kaye Legal Advisor

David specialises in Business Law and Franchising, and is an Affiliate Member of the British Franchise Association. David acts as Legal Advisor to the bfa Franchise Group in Scotland and was the first Scottish Lawyer to be recognised as a ‘Qualified Franchise Professional’ by the bfa.

Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession, lists David as a “Top Ranked Lawyer” in Franchising and Commercial Law, where clients admire his broad commercial know-how and business-like manner. “He’s just thoroughly professional and always offers good counsel. He has a wide knowledge of retail and a good network of people in the industry.” Observers also note his “calm manner” and “strength at negotiation.”

Andrew Fraser Legal Advisor

Andrew is the founder of Albany Fraser Solicitors, a boutique law firm helping franchisors and franchisees of all shapes and sizes make better franchising decisions. Albany Fraser is a new style “virtual” law firm, based in Glasgow, but without an expensive city-centre office. This means that they can deliver a more flexible and cost-effective solution for clients, wherever they are based and whatever their budget. Although only established in 2019, Albany Fraser has grown rapidly and already acts for over 50% of the bfa Accredited Franchisors based in Scotland.

Andrew is one of the leading experts in franchising in Scotland. He is accredited by the bfa as a ‘Qualified Franchise Professional’ and, in addition to being a solicitor, he also spent part of his career as a franchise consultant with one of the UK’s leading franchise consultancy practices.

Marc Talbot Financial Advisor

Marc is the Franchise Director with HSBC and has worked for HSBC in commercial banking for over 15 years. He recently worked on our international franchise proposition with the US, Canada, Mexico & France before joining the UK franchise team. He works with franchisors & franchisees across a number of brands to support their growth plans.

Kevin McKenna Financial Advisor

Kevin is the Relationship Manager with HSBC and has worked for the business for over 17 years, the last 8 of which have been in Corporate Banking Scotland.

He looks after portfolio of clients over all different sectors and several franchise clients from brand names covering the West Coast of Scotland, from our base in Glasgow.

Innes Laing Financial Advisor

Innes is the Relationship Manager with HSBC and has worked in Business and Commercial Banking for over 23 years, developing a specialism in franchising over recent years.

Innes currently manages a dedicated franchise portfolio across a wide range of brands. His clients range from start-ups to experienced franchisees with multiple operations throughout the UK.

Hunter Inkster Financial Advisor

Hunter is a Barclays Relationship Director, based in Scotland.  He has worked across commercial and corporate banking for the past 15 years, supporting businesses of all sizes and sectors with funding for working capital, growth and acquisition.  He manages a portfolio of commercial clients, and also has responsibility for business development which includes supporting franchisees across Scotland.

Rebecca Ainsley Financial Advisor

Rebecca is a Barclays Relationship Manager, based in Aberdeen. She has worked in business banking for the past 6 years supporting a portfolio of clients across a wide range of sectors, including franchising. Rebecca works with franchisees across Scotland for multiple brands.

Alex Russon Financial Advisor

Alex is the Business Development Manager for Barclays Sales Finance, responsible for the set-up of invoice financing facilities. He has worked in the industry for over 20 years, providing working capital facilities to growing businesses and funding acquisitions too. Based in Stonehaven, North East of Scotland, he sets up facilities all across the UK tailored to the franchisees individual needs.

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