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Food Services franchises in the UK

Showing 1-10 of 10 Food Services franchises

Little Giant Brewery

Little Giant Brewery

Become a Giant amongst Little Giants. Learn more about the first compact-micro brewing franchise in the world. Min. Investment: £100,000
Local Eats

Local Eats

Local Eats provides the opportunity to run your own food ordering business. Min. Investment: £6,000
Spitting Pig

Spitting Pig

There is no better time to become a Spitting Pig franchisee as there are only a limited number of areas left available. Min. Investment: £3,500
Really Awesome Coffee

Really Awesome Coffee

The fastest growing mobile coffee franchise in the UK – beat the competition on the high street and take the coffee shop to your customers. Min. Investment: £6,500
The Greek Outdoors

The Greek Outdoors

The Greek Outdoors is an outdoor catering franchise specialising in Cypriot cuisine. Min. Investment: £19,995
Menopause Experts

Menopause Experts

Run dedicated menopause workshops and cookery schools, teaching skills that can alleviate symptoms in this globally recognised new industry. Min. Investment: £1,490
Delightful Desserts

Delightful Desserts

Learn more about joining this unique and independent, quality dessert and coffee brand. Min. Investment: £80,000
Warrens Bakery

Warrens Bakery

Warrens Bakery are seeking like-minded partners to roll out this premium bakery brand nationally. Min. Investment: £18,500
Wrapchic

Wrapchic

Wrapchic has transformed the way in which people enjoy their favourite Indian flavours. Opportunities available throughout the UK.
Snack In The Box

Snack In The Box

The UK’s number one vending franchise offering vending solutions to workplaces across the UK.

Franchise Spotlight: Food Service

Banks are often suspicious of food service start-ups – unless they’re franchised. Franchises have the scale and streamlined business models to satisfy the discerning yet cash-strapped consumer.

Food service franchises offer a less burdensome alternative to restaurants in terms of investment, overheads and hassle.

Including mobile/outdoor caterers, bakeries, cafes and the replenishment of vending machines, they are typically van-based or require only small premises (perhaps even a kiosk). Minimum capital requirements are generally modest, ranging between £5,000-£15,000.

Sector overview

  • UK catering services market is worth £1.4bn – split fairly evenly between corporate and consumer
  • Franchises have the scale and streamlined models to thrive given the value of high volume/low margin strategies (IBISWorld) amid rising raw ingredient costs and stagnating incomes
  • Many are food vans, which are thriving and ideal for candidates on tight budgets

The structure of food service franchises

Franchises, in general, have comparatively low failure rates and franchises in this particular category buck the trend for short-lived food-service ventures.

Why? Well established, reputable brands offer a proven business model, plus training and ongoing support in all areas of running a business.

And food franchises should – providing you do your due diligence – be compliant with food safety regulations and provide training in food hygiene and how to follow a simple formula for delivering quality food, quickly and cost-effectively.

Head office should also generate leads in your territory, to which you’ll have exclusive access – freeing you to concentrate on delivering great food. They’ll also provide uniforms, business cards and – for mobile caterers – a fully liveried vehicle.

Consider your skills and preferences before browsing the options.

A mobile caterer might appeal, for instance, if your budget is tight and you appreciate flexibility in growing as fast or as slow as you want or can manage. Ambitious franchisees can eventually scale up, at modest investment, to a multi-van operation.

Free of the costs associated with fixed premises and requiring one or two additional staff at most, they also offer low overheads and decent margins.

Cafe2U, which dispenses coffee from the back of a van, is even simpler to operate.

Simpler still to run, Snack-in-a-Box offers family-friendly hours and avoids the stress of feeding queues of hungry customers. And with offices, schools or leisure centres paying nothing to host your vending machines, finding places to deposit these automated cash generators shouldn’t be too taxing.

For alternative food-related categories, check out our fast-food franchises and general food franchises.

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