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Types of franchises and categories in UK

There are hundreds of franchises available for anyone looking to invest in a lucrative opportunity in the UK. We have arranged these opportunities into categories so that you can easily browse them according to your passion and interests.

Take your time to research the franchises that are available so that you can find the one that is best matched to you. A good relationship with the parent company along with a real passion for what you are doing is a recipe for success. Get started with your search here.

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There are a lot of choices if you are looking for a franchise in the automotive industry. The advantage of this industry is that there is a wide range of options for potential franchisees. If you are looking to run your own business and you have an interest in the automotive industry, browse through the options that we have available and find the one that is right for you.


Market competition is steep in this industry and so choosing to be a franchisee is a wise decision. Becoming a franchisee will give you the advantage of an economy of scale and will help you to keep up to date with the cutting-edge treatments and technologies that appear in this industry. Finding a franchise that has a foothold in the market will give you a real advantage.

Building Maintenance

The demand for businesses in this industry is growing and it is a great time to enter this sector. Becoming a franchisee is the perfect way to do this. You will be given the training and support necessary to run a successful business. Whether you are looking to do repairs and be a handyman or run a team of professionals, there are plenty of options for anyone wanting to dive into this sector.


This is a very exciting sector for anyone who is looking for a new challenge. There are a lot of niches within this sector that you can use to become a successful entrepreneur. Whether you have the skills that are best suited to being a business broker or a consultant, there are franchise opportunities for you.


This sector, probably more than any other, requires a real passion for the industry as you will be working with or responsible for vulnerable people. Franchises have proven to work extremely well in this industry and, as a franchisee, you will become part of a proven business model and you will have the benefit of operating under a reputable brand name.


Many franchises have been created in order to aid parents with teaching and entertaining their children. You will need a real passion for working with children if you are going to be a success in this industry but, if you have this, there are plenty of opportunities for you to choose from.


This industry is highly competitive, so it is important that you take your time to find the right franchisor for you. Franchising is extremely successful in this industry and so it is a great opportunity for anyone who is hoping to run a successful business.

Clothing & Accessories

Businesses in this sector are a part of our everyday life as most of us are consumers of clothing and accessories. Finding a niche and having a strong online presence is a large part of being successful in this industry. Luckily, there are many parent companies that have done the groundwork for you so that you can buy into an established and trusted brand.


Online businesses are thriving, and this is a sector that is growing quickly. If you want to get the chance to be part of this growth and use this to drive your success, becoming a franchisee in the sector is the way to do this. Browse through our opportunities and find the one that suits you best.


Education franchises often come with flexible working hours and a lot of reward. Finding a brand that has a good reputation and an established brand identity will be the ideal path to success for anyone wanting to step into this industry. The various parent companies will have differing business models and you should consider this when you are choosing the opportunity that is right for you.


While this is a booming industry, buying a franchise will give you the advantage of stepping into the industry with a trusted brand name.. Becoming a franchisee will also give you the chance to be trained by the franchisor in the various systems and be given contacts to get you off to a great start.

Flowers, Gifts & Card

Home delivery and online services have really boosted this industry and made it a great space for entrepreneurs. Becoming a franchisee in this sector will mean buying into a tried and tested formula and being kept up to date with industry trends.


Some of the most successful franchises are in this sector. Food businesses thrive when franchised and so it is a great sector for entrepreneurs to enter. Think carefully about the hours that you are comfortable working when you are choosing a franchise. The hours that you have to work will vary depending on the type of franchise that you choose.


When becoming a gym franchisee, you will be buying into a gym layout, branding and business plan that has been researched and determined by the parent company. Your main responsibility will be to manage the business and the staff. With a well-known franchise comes a trusted product that customers will recognise.


Franchises in this sector have the advantage of low overheads. Depending on your passion, the services that you offer may extend beyond hair cutting to other services like hair colouring, waxing and manicures. You will need to be able to confidently manage a team to ensure that your customers keep coming back.


Although you don’t have to have experience in this field to become a franchisee, you will need to have extensive training from the franchisor before you begin trading. Most importantly, you will need to have business acumen that will allow you to run your business smoothly.

Home Improvement

This is an industry that is increasing in popularity because more people are choosing to improve their current house rather than moving. It is also becoming progressively popular to outsource home improvement tasks and get the best possible skills on the job.


A franchise in this sector will have the benefit of a trusted level of service for customers. As a franchisee, you will be able to take advantage of the branding and marketing that the parent company will be doing on your behalf so that you can ensure a steady stream of guests.

Legal & Finance

There is a growing need for third-party businesses to help business owners with financial and legal services. There are some of these franchises that will require that you have expertise in a specific area, however, you can also find franchises that will give you the required training given that you have a passion for the job and general business acumen.


Recreation, entertainment, sport and tourism businesses all fall under this category. There are some great opportunities for anyone who is looking for a lifestyle business. Carefully research the right franchise that will align with your goals.

Mail & Courier

With people turning to online shopping more and more, mail and courier services are needed. Franchises can offer you high revenues and multiple revenue streams. It is also a real plus to have tried and tested systems handed to you when you become a franchisee

Media & Marketing

This sector has a lot of competition so you will be at a great advantage operating under a recognisable brand name with the support of a parent company. Luckily, companies keep increasing their marketing budgets so there is more opportunity for media and marketing businesses.

Pawn Broker

Pawn broker businesses have been around for centuries and there are still plenty of opportunities available for anyone hoping to become a franchisee in this sector. This business is still primarily done through face-to-face interactions with customers so make sure that you are a people person!

Personal Services

This type of business relies on specialised services and doesn’t require you to have stock like retail businesses. The services that you offer will vary depending on the franchise that you buy so make sure you do your research and find the best fit for you.


People are fanatical about their pets and want to be able to trust the person whose hands they put their pets in- even if this means spending more money. So, when you are deciding on a franchise, make sure that you find one that has a reputable brand!


It can be difficult to be competitive in this industry without a trusted brand behind you. That is why franchising is a great route to take. You can enter this industry even without experience as long as you have a passion for it. Specialising in wedding, sports or events can be a good way to have a lucrative business.


Investing in properties to fix them up and sell them has become a popular route to go in property. Anyone can go into this industry but going into it alone can be daunting which is why becoming a franchisee is a good option for entrepreneurs. To go into this sector, you will often need to have a large amount of available capital.

Signs & Printing

In this industry, you need to be able to keep up with the changing trends and so having a franchisor behind you can be very beneficial. You should keep this in mind when you are choosing a franchise. Find one that will be able to support you and help you keep up with the industry at large.

Sports & Fitness

Whether its coaching, fitness clubs or gyms, there are plenty of opportunities for people going into this sector. You will need to find a franchise that suits your skills and goals. Many people are health conscious and there are a lot of parents that need coaching for their children and becoming a franchisee in this sector will give you the opportunity to take advantage of this.


Businesses have a variety of telecommunication needs from phones to video conferencing and becoming a franchisee in this sector will give you the chance to provide this to them. With increase businesses having their employees work from home, you will have plenty of opportunities to provide services.

Top Franchises

Take a look through some of our top franchises. There are the most popular and most successful franchises that are available through our site. You should be able to find a lucrative opportunity that will align with your goals


Planning and organising holidays on behalf of customers is the role of a travel agent in this industry. You can find a franchise that will allow you to work flexible hours from any location. Research the options that are available to you and find the one that fits in with your goals.

Van Based

There are hundreds of businesses that are van based and so we have collected them all in one place for you to browse. Whether you are hoping to sell coffee or offer plumbing services, there are opportunities for you in this sector.


Wholesaler franchises can cover various industries and so you will need to find one that is suited to you. Take a look through the options that are available and find the right one for you. Keep in mind that you should be able to trust the brand and parent company so that you will have a good relationship with them.


There are a growing number of franchises that are aimed specifically at women. Whether this is a gym, clothing, motherhood or business franchise, there are plenty of options whether it is aimed at female franchisees or customers. You can find franchises that are catered to your schedule so you can run a business from home even if you have to look after children.

Work from Home

Working from home has multiple advantages. For example, you can run a business that will have far less overheads and you can manage your business to fit around your schedule. This is a popular option for a lot of people which is why we have put the selections together in one place so you can find the one that is right for you.

Business format
This is the most common type of franchise. This type of franchise allows an individual to buy a business that comes with an established brand name. Buying a business format franchise will allow you to get support from the parent company as you start off and continue on your journey of running a business. In return, you will need to pay royalties and a franchising fee to the franchisor.
An investment franchise is one where the franchisee will usually invest a significant amount of money into the franchise but will not be responsible for the day to day running of the business. A franchisee investing in this type of franchise will need to be able to manage a team of employees.
Franchisors sometimes take advantage of conversion franchising in order to expand their reach or increase their locations. This entails an existing business that has multiple locations switching to a franchise structure. Alternatively, independent businesses in the same industry are converted into franchise units.
A manufacturing franchise agreement is one where a franchisor allows a franchisee to manufacture and sell their product. The product will then have the name and trademark of the franchisor’s product.
Job Franchising
A job franchise is one where the franchisee will be running the franchise as well as doing the work that is required like delivering products or services. These may include mobile or home-based franchises.