Subway UK & Ireland

Company Overview

The Subway brand has its origins with Fred DeLuca, president and co-founder, who led the company’s development since he started his first shop in 1965. There are over 2,300 locations in the UK and Ireland.

The concept is to keep franchisee investment low, the operation simple and offer customers fresh, great tasting food. Franchisees can take advantage of operating in a tried and tested system with support on aspects such as site selection, leasing, purchasing, marketing and more.

Franchise Overview

Worldwide, there are more than 44,000 Subway stores in 110 countries, with over 2,300 locations in the UK and Ireland.

A Subway franchisee can be confident in the strength of the Subway brand; it is globally recognised and has built up the support and loyalty of millions of customers worldwide. Being a Subway franchisee allows you to sell superb products that are known and loved around the world.

Key Information

  • Network Size: Over 100 units
  • Franchise Type: Management
  • Typical Start-up Cost: £100,000
  • Minimum Personal Investment: £0
  • Franchise Location: Retail unit
  • Market: B2C

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The Subway Training Centre in Cambridge delivers hundreds of training courses each year. Each franchisee receives a comprehensive two-week training course and there is ongoing support to keep franchisees and staff continually informed of all the latest information and techniques.

The University of Subway offers simple-to-follow interactive training and development for franchisees and their staff. New franchisees are invited to attend local seminars or talk to their regional development agents and field consultants.

Daily Life of a Franchisee

As a Subway franchisee you can find yourself doing a whole variety of tasks from accounting, running a payroll and employment law, to working in the store, baking bread and completing stock control.  

Mastering all aspects of your business, from behind the counter and serving customers, to managing the everyday running of the store, is invaluable. It’s important you know your franchise, your market, local community and competitors.

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