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Best new franchises UK

What are the best new franchises UK?

So you are interested to set-up you own business, found franchising as a way to achieve your goal of self employment but what are the best new franchises UK?

Well before I can answer that question I need to ask you some first. You see when selecting a franchise and trying to find the best franchise for you it’s a very personal decision. For example if you are great with numbers an accounting franchise maybe idea for you, if you have great business & management skills then the best franchise for you could be a business consulting franchise. It’s a very personal decision when you buy a franchise and firstly you need to choose a franchise that suits both your skills & what you really enjoy doing. Once you have narrowed down your franchise choice to one or maybe a few different industry types you then need to consider the following

  • Investment level – What funds do you have to invest in a franchise? When you buy a franchise you need to consider not just the initial fee advertised. There will be other set-up and ongoing costs and all need to be considered when selecting a franchise. You also need to consider your own personal finances. Getting a small business off the ground takes time. It will take time for the business to make a profit & maybe pay you so how long will this take & do you have enough funds to cover your day to day expenses & bills?
  • Established or new brand – Should you buy an established brand or a new brand? Am established brand will be recognised and bring in customers but could also mean higher set-up costs & lower profit margins. Many established brands will also offer franchises to existing franchisees first, many never even advertise. A new brand could be a great way to start your new franchise. You will probably be able to buy the geographic area you want and they will be keen to make sure you are successful to enable rapid growth. Possible cons of buying a new franchise brand is lack of Franchisor experience and they will, initially anyway lack the brand recognition on the high street & with customers.
  • Latest industry trends – Trend can come & go fast. When finding the best new franchises UK you will need to consider what is hot now but also what is likely to be a stable business to make an investment. Trends come and go so you need to do your market research.
  • Work & life balance – The best new franchise for you doesn’t need to be the latest trend or indeed the most profitable. Work & life balance is becoming increasing important when people decide to own their own businesses.

I hope this has helped you to decide which are the best new franchises in the UK for you, good luck with your search.

Free SEO audit for small businesses

Free SEO for small businesses

During October we are offering a free SEO for small businesses in the form of a free SEO audit of your website. Ranking in search engines successfully takes a lot of different factors including;

  • Domain age and relevancy
  • Backlinks
  • Content
  • Social media popularity

Our free detailed SEO report will look at all the main factors and give you feedback so you know exactly where you need to work to boost your SEO rankings.

To find our more about our free SEO for small businesses in October click here

Start Up Edge launches new internet business opportunities

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new digital marketing business opportunity. Our goal is to support start ups and small businesses to improve their online presence and generate leads. Part of our process is to really understand our customers businesses and goals and the appointment of local licencee’s to work directly with our clients will help us further improve our service to small businesses.

Rather than creating something similar to other digital marketing franchises, we decided to opt for a business opportunity and licencing route. This will enable us to recruit people that are seeking a full time role but also that maybe already work with the local business community and are seeking an add on to their existing business or just  a part-time business opportunity to work around their lifestyle.

We handle all delivery of services, billing and technical support and we provide full initial training, launch and ongoing support so you do not need to be an internet expert. What we are seeking are people that are great communicators and have a desire to support local small businesses with first class customer service.

We work with some of the best known companies and one of our partners are web.com, the Nasdaq listed US internet company.

The business opportunity is a low investment, an initial fee of just £1,995 plus a small monthly fee of £199 to cover a local website, leads and support.

To find out more about this exciting business opportunity call Joel Bissitt, Managing Director on 01323 700435

Free SEO & advertising for small businesses

Free lead generation & SEO for small businesses

We know being found amongst the billions of websites on the internet can be a tough task for small and start up businesses.

A great way to increase traffic, boost your search rankings and to generate leads is by listing on free business listings sites. The problem with most sites however is that they are national sites so again you end up in a position where by to get any real advertising exposure and chance of any leads to need to buy an “upgrade”!

That’s why almost 2 years ago we starting building our end directories, not nationally but locally. 2 years on so far we have built 42 local directories including 2 new launches, free London business directory & free Kent business directory to help small businesses generate leads, improve their SEO and promote entrepreneurship in the UK.

Each site makes it very simple to add your listing but not just a naff looking text advert with a single image but you can create very attractive adverts with a map, multiple images and even links to your website & social media free, yes that’s right completely free!

To find out more about our local directories and free business advertising please visit https://freeads.me.uk

PS – For all you writers out there we are also seeking blog posts. Posts must be a min 500 words, unique to our site, at least one image and business orientated but we also provide these free. To find out more please get in touch.

 

Start Up Edge partners with AFA

Start Up Edge is delighted to announce it’s partnership with the Approved Franchise Association ( AFA ).  The AFA, founded in 2012 is a fast growing UK based franchise association providing help and advice to existing and new franchisors and people interested in seeking self employment via franchising.

Claire Robinson has been a member of the AFA’s board since its inception in 2012 and was named Chief Executive Officer in March 2015. She is also the Managing Director of Extra Help, a national home-help and domestic services franchise network. Claire has been self-employed for eighteen years, during which time she was involved in the creation and management of several successful businesses.

Start Up Edge has tailored digital marketing packages specifically for franchisee’s and franchisors which include;

  • Brand compliant website design
  • Paid search marketing – Pay Per Click ( PPC )
  • Local Search Engine Optimisation ( SEO )
  • SMS marketing
  • B2B Mailing Lists
  • Email marketing

Joel Bissitt, Managing Director of Start Up Edge comments “I am delighted we are now an approved Partner of the Approved Franchise Association. We have worked hard to put together some great packages of digital marketing services for franchise businesses. We look forward to a long and successful working partnership with Claire and her team.”

To find out more about the digital marketing services for franchisors and franchise businesses we provide click here (more…)

Free advertising for franchise businesses

Free franchise advertising, lead generation & SEO for franchise businesses

We know being found amongst the billions of websites on the internet can be a tough task for franchise businesses

A great way to increase traffic, boost your search rankings and to generate leads is by listing on free business listings sites. The problem with most sites however is that they are national sites so again you end up in a position where by to get any real advertising exposure and chance of any leads to need to buy an “upgrade”!

That’s why almost 2 years ago we starting building our end directories, not nationally but locally. 2 years on so far we have built 42 local directories to help small businesses generate leads, improve their SEO and promote entrepreneurship in the UK including two new sites, one a free london business directory and the other a free kent business directory

Each site makes it very simple to add your listing but not just a naff looking text advert with a single image but you can create very attractive adverts with a map, multiple images and even links to your website & social media free, yes that’s right completely free!

To find out more about our local directories and free business advertising please visit https://freeads.me.uk

PS – For all you writers out there we are also seeking blog posts. Posts must be a min 500 words, unique to our site, at least one image and business orientated but we also provide these free. To find out more please get in touch.