The British Franchise Association (bfa) was established in 1977 and is the only voluntary self-accrediting body for the UK franchise sector. Its aim is to promote ethical franchising practice in the UK and help the industry develop credibility, influence and favourable circumstance for growth.
We’ve been here for over 40 years, helping entrepreneurs of all kinds make vital contacts. Supporting and educating franchisors and franchisees at every level of their development from newcomers to household names, setting the highest ethical standards to make sure everyone is treated fairly.
We want to lead the charge and influence change in UK franchising, showcasing the fantastic opportunities for businesses and individuals within franchising, and how these possibilities can positively transform people’s lives.
Whether you want to set up your own new business through franchising, or you want to grow an existing brand by franchising to others, the BFA is your trusted partner. With our support you’ll get your ambitions off to the strongest possible start – and enjoy ongoing guidance and advice wherever tomorrow takes you.
There’s nothing quite like franchising to make business ambitions happen. If you already have a successful brand, allowing others to buy in is a proven way to accelerate growth. Or, if you’re dreaming of going into business for the first time, opening your doors under an established name can get you off to a flying start.
Since 1977, we have become by far the largest and most influential trade association for franchising in the UK. What’s more, we’re also proud to be the only UK association working in partnership with the European Franchise Federation and World Franchise Council. In this way we can influence standards and franchise law across Europe for the benefit of our members.
We’re so proud of our industry’s strength, community spirit and the way it transforms people’s lives for the better. Many people use franchised businesses on a weekly or even daily basis, and don’t even know it! That’s why it’s our mission to promote franchising both nationally and regionally. We’ve created a platform to promote our members’ success, share their expertise and highlight their stories.
Like any other business model, franchising can be at risk of unethical practices. Our team, working with our legal professional advisors, are here to stamp that out. We’re committed to driving forward a franchise sector with ethical business models and sustainable business opportunities for all.
Our Academy education resources are here to help you make properly informed decisions throughout your franchising journey. You’ll find specialist events, seminars, informal networking, bespoke workshops and e-learning courses to get your questions answered. Working with our industry experts we’ve also developed the Qualified Franchise Professional (QFP) training for members who want to take their expertise to the next level.
Visit our website: thebfa.org