Amy Leite is a solicitor at Aquabridge Law. She has specialised in franchise law for many... read more
The beginning of a New Year is often a time for us to take stock of our lives and consider what we want to achieve over the coming months. We’re also entering a new decade, which can act as inspiration for setting some longer-term career and work goals.
Many of us are looking for a new challenge this year, whether it be a new job or the opportunity to start a business. If becoming your own boss sounds tempting, you might like to consider UK franchise opportunities. Buying a franchise presents you with a proven business idea and the foundations on which to build your own company.
Here are our top five franchise ideas for the New Year:
Established in 2002, the Creation Station is an award-winning creative activity company, inspiring more than 20,000 children and adults each week through a range of creative groups and workshops.
This is a very flexible franchise opportunity, offering three ‘Licences to Inspire’ aimed at toddlers, school age children and adults. You can invest in a single licence or multiple ones to match your interests and aspirations.
Each franchisee is offered extensive support and training as part of the franchise, giving you the skills and confidence to build a successful business.
eDivert is a home-based franchise opportunity offering business to business services. These include administrative activity, telephone answering, bookkeeping and diary management. eDivert also offers marketing services including direct email, social media activity and telemarketing.
Unlike some franchise opportunities, the franchisee doesn’t buy a geographical area. Instead, you’re supported to focus on the services you enjoy, with the ability to work UK-wide.
The business operates as a network, where each independent franchisee can take on and outsource work with other members of the eDivert team. This gives you both control of your work life balance and the ability to grow your business more quickly.
The Seasons Art Class runs adult art classes across the UK and is continuing to expand through new area licences. This is an ideal part time business franchise that can be run from home.
Franchisees don’t need any art experience and will find that demand is high – classes are booked up to six months in advance. An established business and marketing system make it easy to get this franchising idea up and running.
Each art class is run by a qualified tutor and you run the business in a managerial capacity. Training and support is provided every step of the way.
Clara James Tutoring is a well-established tutoring business built on the philosophy of tailoring lessons to each individual. It is an ideal business opportunity for anyone with a warm and encouraging personality with the ability to travel in their local area.
Each franchisee is trained over five days, with food and accommodation fully funded, and given access to a wide range of materials and books. You’ll learn how to make tutoring fun and how to work with students that have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.
You’ll also gain a web page and funded advertising worth £1,000 as your business goes live.
The Little Calm Company is an award-winning workplace massage business. As companies increasingly recognise the importance of employee wellbeing, the opportunity to provide at-desk massage has grown rapidly.
With an owner-operated model, this franchise is ideal for those who are interested in massage and wellbeing who love meeting new people each day. Massage qualifications and training are provided as part of the franchise licence.
Because the work is generally limited to office hours, this is one of the best franchise opportunities for good work-life balance.