The top franchises you could own right now – Summer 2015

The top franchises you could own right now – Summer 2015
The top franchises you could own right now – Summer 2015

29 July, 2015

The top franchises you could own right now – Summer 2015

Interested in owning your own business? Here are five of our favourite franchises that you could be running for right now:

Want to work for one of the world’s biggest businesses? Why not own one?

For anyone looking to own their own business, franchising might be one of the best options available. Not only is it a great way to branch out on your own, it’s also an opportunity to work in a sector you’re passionate about, with added backing from one of the UK’s biggest brands.

We’ve already covered how to get started with your own franchise, but if you’re still lacking inspiration, here are five of our favourites that you could own right now:

Papa John’s

Following in the footsteps of other food-based franchising giants like McDonalds and KFC, Papa Johns have plans for huge international expansion.

In fact, although the Kentucky-based pizza chain have a staggering 4,500 restaurants worldwide, only 283 of these currently operate in the UK. And it’s about time that changed.

Benefits of starting a Papa John’s franchise include owning an established and proven brand, realistic initial investment amounts and world-class franchise support and business consulting.

So if you have a passion for quality and want to be on a winning team, Papa John’s may be right for you.

Still not sold? Just think of the garlic dipping sauce…

Perfect for: Anyone who loves large profit potential (also, large pizzas)

Bang & Olufsen

Not much of a foodie? No problem.

Bang & Olufsen is the world’s leading audio-visual brand. Their products are synonymous with quality, style and performance – no small feat for a business that started life in a relatively humble Danish loft.

Owning your own Bang & Olufsen franchise is a unique opportunity to share in the success of the continuously growing demand for premium quality home entertainment, as well as being on the forefront of technical innovation when it comes to audio-visuals.

They’re particularly looking for practical people with plenty of enthusiasm, who can help bring passion to their products and help maintain their high standard.

And yes, discounts are available…

Perfect for: Anyone who doesn’t put up with poor AV quality

Barking Mad

Contrary to popular belief, owning your own franchise doesn’t limit you to working in the retail sector or running your own restaurant. Consider Barking Mad the perfect example.

Described as the ultimate ‘dog holiday’, Barking Mad franchisees are basically babysitters for your border collies*, providing your pooch with a home-away-from-home whilst you’re out of town.

All you need to get started (aside from fees) is your own vehicle, access to a computer and plenty of patience. And with 70% of franchisees citing Barking Mad as their main source of income, taking care of your four-legged friends for a living can be just as rewarding financially as it is fun.

Ready for your career to go walkies? Fill out an online prospectus now.

Perfect for: Anyone who thinks cats are overrated.


Kumon Educational is the UK’s largest supplementary education provider, offering a range of maths and English study programmes for children of all ages and abilities.

Developed back in 1954 by renowned teacher Toru Kumon (yes, that one), to help his son make more of his education, their innovative techniques aim to uncover the untapped potential all children have.

As a Kumon instructor, you’ll not only have to support your students, but also raise awareness in your area and garner interest from new recruits. In return, you’ll receive dedicated training from your Area Manager, as well as in-depth help with your personal and professional development.

What’s more, you’ll also become part of a truly global brand. There are currently over 70,000 Kumon students learning at more than 680 study centres across the UK, and a staggering 4 million students worldwide.

Own your own business, and make a real difference to children’s lives? It’s win-win.

Perfect for: Anyone who’s always wanted the opportunity to teach.

Anytime Fitness

If you’re a fitness fanatic, we may have found the right franchise for you.

Despite being established in 2010, Anytime Fitness has had already built up some impressive accolades. Not content with being one of Franchise Direct’s top 500 franchises, the 24 hour health club has also been ranked number one in their category and number two overall on Entrepreneur Magazine’s prestigious Franchise 500 list, ahead of well-known brands like McDonalds and Pizza Hut.

In terms of growth, there are now almost 2.5 million Anytime Fitness members worldwide, and 50 clubs located in the UK alone. But why stop there?

Anytime Fitness franchise opportunities provide the opportunity to own your own gym, be your own boss and enjoy a great work-life balance.

Although, bear in mind, that there will be no more legitimate excuses for you to skip leg day.

Perfect for: Anyone who’s looking to get pumped…mainly about their job.

Honourable mentions: Harry Ramsden’s, Auditel, Caremark, Driving Miss Daisy, Subway.

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