Franchisor Membership

Your application will begin with a review of your current business model. You don’t have to be BFA ready, we’ll help you every step of your journey. This is a collaborative process involving you, our team and our accredited advisors. Our aim is not just to verify that your business is franchisable, but also to help you meet the standards required to satisfy the European Code of Ethics for franchises.

Membership Benefits

Recognition & Representation

  • Use of the relevant BFA membership logo to showcase
    your commitment as an ethical standards based
  • Free Franchisee Membership for your whole network
    with access to a benefit package and networking
    opportunities for them.
  • Representation through our ongoing partnerships with
    the European Franchise Federation and World
    Franchise Council. As well as exclusive introductions
    and links to key associations when you are looking to
    expand overseas.
  • National and international representation and
    influence at Government and sector levels with the opportunity to innovate with industry peers to shape the future of UK franchising

Community Support

  • Access a range of face-to-face and virtual networking opportunities with your peers to share best practice, celebrate success and discuss any challenges you might be facing.
  • Connect with the leading industry influencers, Advisors
    and Suppliers. Whatever you need, at whatever stage of development we can connect you with the best
    standards-based support.
  • Access a trusted member of the BFA team whenever
    you need us. With a dedicated Franchise Support Manager, you will never be alone in your journey. Whether you need guidance or just a sounding board, we are your association and here for you!

Exposure & Promotion

  • A bespoke web listing on the BFA website with the opportunity to showcase case studies, testimonials, news and information about your brand. This is your shop window!
  • Enter the prestigious BFA HSBC British Franchise Awards to celebrate the achievements of both you and your franchisees. With a wide range of categories, these free-to-enter awards  have a promotional reach of over 51 million!
  • Provide content to be featured in The BFA Magazine,
    circulated to our database of franchise professionals and prospects. You will also receive your monthly copy to stay ahead of the latest updates.
  • Submit case studies to free BFA-led PR campaigns that will be featured on the website and shared via the BFA social media channels.
  • Get involved in targeted marketing campaigns solely
    promoting BFA Members to give wider exposure to your brand.

Education & Training

  • Access to a host of collaborative community
    educational opportunities giving you guidance and support, powered by the BFA’s Academy.
  • Continuous learning and development for you as an
    individual through our Qualified Franchise Professional qualification.
  • Regular industry insights giving you up to date stats
    and benchmarking data from the UK franchise sector.
  • Access to the BFA’s key Flagship events, supporting
    your journey in the development of yourself and your
  • All BFA members benefit from up to 50% discount on the majority of our events using unique member discount code’s.
Cristina Grancea, Director of SylvianCare, Franchisor
"We decided to join the British Franchise Association due to the advantages that the affiliation brings and because of the expert support and training provided. We consider the resources that can be accessed through the bfa membership as invaluable, especially for a business that is new to the franchising world."
Anne-Marie Martin – Diddi Dance
As a BFA member I feel supported and valued. Their events are outstanding and I always go away gaining more knowledge and advice. Its great to be able to network with franchisors and service providers in so many different industries to discuss best practice and discover different ways of leading and developing our networks. Life as a franchisor can be extremely overwhelming and solitary at times but knowing you can reach out to the organisation or other members is key to navigating success. Thank you BFA
Kate Dilworth, CEO Right at Home
The British Franchise Association (bfa) has remained a valued partner of Right at Home, from its UK launch in 2010 through to its current position as a leading homecare brand with a network of 70+ franchise offices. Our membership within its active network has delivered many shared learning opportunities, not to mention the brand credibility that comes from its commitment to upholding the highest standards of ethical franchising.
Energie Fitness
We have been members of the BFA for 13 years and have always loved the passion and enthusiasm that the organisation brings to franchising. The BFA are leading the way in terms of ethical franchising and exude a wide ranging and diversity supportive ethos. It’s not just the philanthropic benefits, but they also offer all manner of practical and efficient support services which are easy to access for both franchisees and franchisors. Events and training are always laser-focused, interesting and expertly executed. If your business is in any way associated with franchising, then I recommend that the BFA is your first port of call.
Paul Thompson, Water Babies
Water Babies sees the BFA as a valued partner who work tirelessly to ensure the highest standards of professional franchising across the UK; a principle we fundamentally believe in!
Angie Coates, Monkey Music
Everyone interested in franchising should get involved with the bfa! We've been involved for the past 20+ years and have learnt a huge amount from like-minded colleagues who share our passion for people, ethical franchising and brilliant businesses!
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Potential members should be able to demonstrate the suitability of their business for franchising through:


Your product or service is saleable, and at a level of profit that will sustain a franchised network.


It’s possible to transfer your know-how to someone operating at a distance.


All business information material to your franchise proposition and contract is disclosed without ambiguity to prospective franchisees.


The franchisor will abide by the BFA’s Code of Ethics in all aspects of it’s relationship with it’s franchisees.

BFA Membership Levels and Criteria

Membership levels depend on how long a franchise has been operating and the size of its network. Members at all levels will have satisfied the key criteria of viability, transferability, disclosure and ethical practices. If you are unsure on which membership category your brand fits in to, please don’t hesitate to contact us, or download the application forms below.

BFA Emerging

These are the brands that are starting out and emerging in the franchising market.

BFA Expanding

Businesses that are expanding their networks across the UK.

BFA Established

These brands have longevity in the industry and a substantial network of franchisees.

BFA International

Recognised international brands that have ambitions to grow in the UK market.

Membership Application Form

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