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Category: Ask Nigel

This section of the website, is dedicated to offering you business advice from The Bardon Group’s managing director Nigel Toplis.

Why franchising is essential post Brexit

Why franchising is essential post Brexit

Categorised in: Ask Nigel    Posted: July 25, 2018

Amidst all of the Brexit angst, it seems that the UK government has lost sight of all that is good about the UK and the vibrant business environment it continues to provide for entrepreneurs. The annual Legatum Prosperity Index produced by the prestigious Legatum Institute tracks the journey made by 149 countries worldwide towards or […]

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Franchising – a Winning Business Model for Economic Regeneration

Franchising – a Winning Business Model for Economic Regeneration

Categorised in: Ask Nigel    Posted: July 7, 2016

It has been my long held and passionately believed view that the franchising model offers a highly credible opportunity to assist in the regeneration of a local/regional (some would assert national) economy. Even the UK government is finally waking up to the point that self-employment is the engine house of growth for the British economy. […]

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Quick fire ‘franchise suitability’ test

Quick fire ‘franchise suitability’ test

Categorised in: Ask Nigel    Posted: July 1, 2016

This is a ‘cheap and dirty’ way for you to assess if you have the ‘make-up’ to be a franchisee. 12 questions with two points for each answer. I would want 20 points or more to be sure. How to mark is at the end. I sometimes feel I’ the victim of outside forces   […]

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10 questions to ask before you sign a Franchise Agreement

10 questions to ask before you sign a Franchise Agreement

Categorised in: Ask Nigel    Posted: June 1, 2016

Taking on a franchise is a big decision – right there with marriage and moving house – so it requires careful and due examination. So rule number one – don’t rush and don’t let the Franchisor rush you. Second rule, when you think you have found the right business, the right opportunity – stand back […]

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Eureka – I want to be a franchisee!!

Eureka – I want to be a franchisee!!

Categorised in: Ask Nigel    Posted: May 13, 2016

Does anybody wake up in the middle of the night shouting about wanting to become a franchisee? I doubt it! Franchising is not always (or ever) the easiest thing to get into: Where do you start? Who can give advice? What business do you open? Who’s done it before? What were the results? The essence […]

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Do you have what it takes to be a successful franchisee?

Do you have what it takes to be a successful franchisee?

Categorised in: Ask Nigel    Posted: April 7, 2016

When you buy into a franchise you are buying into a system, a level of business support, a brand but most of all you are buying into an opportunity. However, what you are not buying into is guaranteed success. You, the franchisee, have an obligation to follow the system, to work hard, to be persistent […]

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Am I right for franchising?

Am I right for franchising?

Categorised in: Ask Nigel    Posted: March 17, 2016

It is often said that franchising is the schizophrenic blend of conformity and individuality where the ‘best bits’ of big and small businesses come together as part of the marriage of two parties (franchisor and franchisee) with differing skill sets but a common purpose. Franchise Owners invariably come from a wide range of backgrounds and […]

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The Franchise Relationship

The Franchise Relationship

Categorised in: Ask Nigel    Posted: March 7, 2016

Ideal marriage, bitter divorce or happy co-habiting? Franchise guru, Nigel Toplis, examines the relationship between franchisor and franchisee  In my view there is no single definition that totally explains the nature of the franchisee/franchisor relationship. What I can say is that the relationship between the franchisor and franchisee is absolutely fundamental to the success of […]

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