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Franchises: there are more of them than you think!

On every high street in Britain, you see well-known brands who are many of the world’s most successful companies. It may be the brand name that gets you through the door in the first place, then inside you instantly recognise their look and feel.

On every high street in Britain, you see well-known brands who are many of the world’s most successful companies. It may be the brand name that gets you through the door in the first place, then inside you instantly recognise their look and feel.

Franchise businesses form an interesting sub-section within the wider business community. They range from long-established companies, using franchises to add flexibility to their business, to fast-growing new ones. Some franchisors are upmarket brands, others middle-of-range.

At Winkworth, we have expanded our operations through the use of franchising.

We have expanded from across the UK and to overseas, too.  But we are hardly the only people to have discovered the joy of franchises.

Take chocolate. One of the smarter chocolatiers is Hotel Chocolat, a boutique business which started life on the Caribbean island of St Lucia, opened outlets in the UK and is now looking for international franchisees. But the franchise model has also worked well for Thorntons, another luxury brand, but a familiar name on British high streets for more than a century. There are now nearly 200 Thorntons franchises, with more in the pipeline.

Clarks shoes are probably even more familiar than Thorntons chocolates. The family-owned company was set up by two Quaker brothers in Street, Somerset, in 1825, and the head office is still in Street. But its worldwide expansion has been fuelled, in part, by its judicious use of franchises.

And if you wanted a haircut at Toni and Guy after buying your chocolate, the chances are that you would be doing so at a franchise. The company was set up by two Italian brothers in the Sixties and now makes extensive use of franchises.

There are a number of businesses, big and small, that have embraced the franchise model and, in some cases, owe their commercial success to it. From Cartridge World to Riverford Organic Farms, from Snappy Snaps to Tumble Tots, there are thriving franchises across the country. It is a colourful entrepreneurial community, and Winkworth is proud to be part of it.

Have you been thinking of starting a franchise? Winkworth is looking for new franchisees to continue their successful growth.

Contact Gina Piper (Business Affairs Manager) via email at gpiper@winkworth.com to find out more about starting your own Winkworth franchise. All conversations will be strictly private and confidential.

Learn more about franchising with articles, tips and advice on taking the next step in franchising: www.winkworth.co.uk/estate-agent-franchise

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