Investors Embrace Franchising in the Age of Uncertainty

By Abdi Ali
Published October 23, 2019

Investors Embrace Franchising in the Age of UncertaintyAs nationalism and political division continues to impact markets across the world, making us more unsure of what the future holds than ever before, financiers looking to start a business would be right to be apprehensive about taking potentially the biggest financial risk of their lives.

However, recent statistics show that the number of investors opening franchised establishments has continued to soar irrespective of the global shaky eco-political environment.

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A franchise provides franchisees with a certain level of independence where they can operate their business. It also provides an established product or service which may already enjoy widespread brand-name recognition.

Given that global uncertainty was at its highest going into 2019, why has franchising continued to gain popularity among those looking to diversify their business interests?

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Regus business centreWhen looking at the business environment, it is important to remember that nobody knows where they will be 10 years from now, and this has always been the case, not least for potential entrepreneurs. One of the major pulls of franchising across the world is that it is using an established, proven business model that’s already working.

When opening a franchise, investors also have a clearer idea of when they can start to enjoy the ‘good times’ based on how long other franchisees took to begin generating a profit. This predictability is something that isn’t possible when you venture into a business on your own.

Franchising also offers security in the form of guidance and knowledge.

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Taking International Workplace Group (IWG) that specialises in serviced office space as an example, the company says it offers ‘a high level of expertise to our franchise partners, accrued over 30 years of experience running flexible workspaces.We provide access to all the resources, training materials and marketing collateral that can help our partners build a successful business. We also offer continued one on one support throughout the process of building their franchise from selecting their first location, dealing with brokers and finding appropriate agreements, to office layout and design considerations. Continued support is a common part of franchising agreements across all sectors and offers a crucial level of reassurance that you don’t get when building a start-up from scratch’.

It is difficult for a business starting out in any industry to ensure that they have the right amount of space from which to operate, they are catering for the right number of clients and that they are making the right service offerings to satisfy the needs of potential clients.

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“One of the key benefits of opening a franchise with an established provider, such as IWG, is that the master brand places a lot of importance on ensuring that the same level of client experience is delivered consistently, and so it is as important to us that our franchise partners get the right level of support, as it is to them”, says Mo Nanabhay, IWG Franchise Development Director for Africa.