Franchising 19 September 2016
Why more women are making franchising their future
Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchise Association, discusses the opportunities for women in the franchising industry including flexibilityand ongoing’support. Only 17 per cent of the UK’s business owners are made up of women, but 30 per cent of British franchisees are now owned and run by females. The franchising industry is proving that business is no longer just a man’s world. it’s a business opportunity with no glass ceiling, offering anyone with a passion for the industry the chance to expand their own business. As long as you are willing to start small and grow, you can be a business leader. Flexible working hours, the chance to be your own boss and great annual turnovers are just some of the reasons why joining a franchise is a great way for women to get into business. The multitude of opportunities available in the industry means that there is something out there to suit everyone. Many franchise business models allow franchisees the flexibility to develop their businesses at a pace that suits them, providing unprecedented support throughout the businesses? growth. With over 900 franchises in the UK, there has never been a better time for women to get into franchising. The National Franchise Exhibition is a great place to explore these opportunities fully and get the best advice about franchising. The exhibition features a variety of established franchise brands, including home-based businesses with flexible working hours. The exhibition has formed a partnership with the sole industry regulators, The British Franchise Association, that stipulates a high standard of exhibitors. An inspiring example of women succeeding in franchising is The Creation Station, who will be exhibiting there. The UK’s number one children’s arts and crafts experience franchise was established in 2002 by multI award-winning entrepreneur, and mum of three, Sarah Cressall. Since then, The Creation Station has grown to over 100 franchisee businesses working across the UK. Owning a Creation Station franchise allows franchisees to develop their business around their personal situations, and annual earnings can range from 8, 000 to 22, 500. Cressallcommented: it’s hard finding a flexible and rewarding career that enables you to prioritise your family. I know this very well as it is the reason I started the Creation Station myself.