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Expense Reduction Analysts

Expense Reduction Analysts is the world’s leading franchise in Cost and Supply Management and winner of the Global Franchise Awards “Best White-Collar Franchise” of 2018 & 2019.

We are also the UK’s leading home-based franchise offering flexible working and the opportunity to build a six-figure consultancy business.

As an ERA franchisee, you will help your clients to optimise their overhead expenditure and create opportunities for further growth while also minimalising their risk through our “No Savings, No Fee” business model.

Investment Amount:
£20,001 - £50,000
Industry Sector(s):
B2B Franchises, Featured Franchises, Home Based Franchises, Latest Franchises, Management Franchises, Premier Franchises, Specialised, White Collar Franchises, Women In Franchising
Expense Reduction Analysts - Time to unlock your potential

ERA offers you the best of both worlds: the freedom, flexibility, job satisfaction and control of being self-employed combined with the global brand, international network, proven business model, systems training, and back-up support you need to grow a profitable and successful business.

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Why ERA?

  • High earning potential
  • Relatively low overhead costs
  • Awarded “Best White-Collar Franchise” at the Global Franchise Awards 2018 & 2019
  • Award-winning marketing support
  • An Established brand with more than 25 years of experience
  • Expertise in more than 40 different areas of overhead expenditure
  • A highly experienced global network of more than 700 business consultants
  • Professional development and in-field coaching support
  • Excellent work-Life balance

Profit from your Career Experience with an Award-Winning Franchise

Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) – is the world’s leading franchise in Business Strategy, Cost and Supply Management and winner of the Global Franchise Awards “Best Business Franchise” of 2018.

As an ERA franchisee, you will help your clients to optimise their overhead expenditure and create opportunities for further growth while also minimalising their risk through our “No Savings, No Fee” business model.

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We support franchisees at every level of the business

Our Franchise Partners can expect ongoing and extensive support from day one, provided by an international team of over 60 full time staff members based in our European, American and Australian support centres, and speaking over 14 different languages.



Marketing: Award winning team providing creative marketing, design assistance and online campaigns generating more leads to convert prospects into clients.


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Information Technology: We provide timely IT support to all our Franchise Partners including a variety of IT tools such as our bespoke management system to aid you in your project activities.


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ERA's 18 Month Start Up Program: ERA’s unique 18 month Start-Up Program is designed to equip our franchisees with all the knowledge and confidence they need to successfully launch and run their own business. Upon the completion of the initial Basic Training, new franchisees are ready to begin their journey with ERA and will work closely with the ERA Academy, their local regional representatives, their ERA Coordinator and their Business Guides to achieve the quickest possible start in their businesses.

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A top performing franchise in a multi-billion market

Cost and Process Optimisation are key priorities for CFO’s and Financial Leaders across the globe as they look to combat the rising costs of operating in today’s economy. By joining ERA, the world’s number one franchise in business strategy, overhead cost optimisation and supply management, you can find the key to unlocking this potential.

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We’re experts and with more than 700 Business Consultants operating in over 35 countries worldwide, our Franchise Partners enjoy the benefit of operating their own businesses and earning high levels of income whilst collaborating with their colleagues as part of an award-winning international brand.

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Simon Perkins

Simon Perkins - Expense Reduction AnalystsMy business gives me things that money can’t buy.

"After years in a corporate role feeling unappreciated and overlooked, I’m now the one making the decisions that work in my favour; personally and professionally. Thanks to the support and structure of the business, I have the selfconfidence and satisfaction of being in control of my own destiny."

"After years in a corporate role feeling unappreciated and overlooked, I’m now the one making the decisions that work in my favour; personally and professionally. Thanks to the support and structure of the business, I have the selfconfidence and satisfaction of being in control of my own destiny."

Simon Perkins has been running his Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) franchise since July 2010. Awarded ‘New Franchisee of the Year’ in his first year and “Franchisee of the Year’ in his second, Simon has become a wellrespected and highly valued member of the ERA network. Far from slowing down, now in his seventh year, Simon says he’s never been busier!

44-year-old Simon specialises in Distribution and Logistics, which is no surprise when you consider his career prior to joining ERA. He excelled academically and earned a degree in Transport and Logistics. However, keen to enter employment, his first foray into the corporate life was in property sales. But Simon quickly found that his own ethics and values were not mirrored by many in the industry and so, after just a few months, he secured a new role in his preferred field, with courier giant UPS.

"I came straight out of university into property sales but the smoke and mirrors were unbelievable! It was obvious that people were doing anything just to get the fee in and that really didn’t sit well with me. Thankfully, I secured a new role pretty quickly with UPS – they were still a minor player in the UK at the time even though they were huge in the US.”

For ten years, Simon worked his way up through the company. Constantly learning and broadening his knowledge to form the solid foundations and hone the skills he uses so successfully in his business today: "I started off at a local level, dealing with accounts in a local territory. I progressed from local sales to National Accounts, handling some of the highest revenue accounts in the UK. These customers come with far more intensive Client Relationship Management so I was dealing with competitor intelligence, flight ops, road ops and credit control as well as personnel.

"Looking back, this really helps me to talk credibly and with a level of inside- knowledge that clients and suppliers appreciate and respect. I understand not only how the industry works operationally but the commercial parameters too having been immersed in them myself for over a decade."

Unfortunately, due to the company’s high management churn, Simon found himself being overlooked and promised promotions disappeared with one manager to the next. With no formalised career format, Simon began to think about his options for the future. And it just so happened that ERA was not unknown to him: "I’d worked with ERA as a supplier in 2005 and I remember being really impressed with the service. I’d found out that the business was a franchise from the consultant I worked with and since then, the prospect had always been in the back of my mind. After yet another new manager appeared and my ‘progression’ started all over again, my mind started to wander."

ERA are world leaders in cost management and procurement consultancy. Franchise Partners are trained to offer strategic advice and practical methods that optimise supplier relationships and generate cash. Boasting the highest consulting revenue of any UK procurement franchise, the ERA network has enjoyed impressive sales increases over the past five years, and are projecting a 13.2% growth in the next financial year.

"My dad started his own business in his late 30’s and had gone on to work in the franchise industry so I already knew about many of the benefits of investing in a franchise over starting a business from scratch – things like following an already proven model and having the support of the franchisor - and I felt that with my background, I could really have some impact in the transport and logistics sector. I kept thinking, 'if I don’t do something now, then will I ever?'"

Determined to take control over his future, Simon attended an ERA open day in Southampton where he could meet the team and speak to existing Franchise Partners to learn more about the opportunity. He was so keen to start this new chapter in his life that he signed his Franchise Agreement soon after and officially joined the ERA franchise family. Like all new recruits, Simon’s next step was the all-important Franchise Partner training.

ERA’s award-winning programme of training and support is designed equip you with all the knowledge and confidence you need to successfully launch and run your business, whatever your skills or background. New Franchise Partners undertake a tailored 5-week course consisting of classroom and handson learning at the ERA Academy.

"The training has changed a lot since my day but it was good back then – I just know it’s on another level now. And you’d expect it to be, they’ve had another seven years to refine it and implement learnings from all the Franchise Partners who’ve joined since I did! That’s one of the great things about ERA, they’re always improving and feeding knowledge and innovation back into the network."

"In terms of support, there’s always someone there if you need it whether it’s for client issues, marketing or IT. One thing I didn’t expect, or at least not to the level that I now know exists, is the support that you get from your fellow Franchise Partners." The beauty of the network is that we all want to see each other succeed, there’s a real sense of community and camaraderie which I really enjoy being a part of."

When you join ERA, you join a network of over 140 consultants, each an expert in their own field. Access to this combined knowledge ensures that your business isn’t confined to one or two cost centres or even your own area of specialism. Our Franchise Partners work together to maximise opportunities for collaboration, expansion and guidance.

Now in his seventh year, Simon’s plans for the future involve continuing to build his already successful business. But despite being increasingly busy, work/life balance is something that’s very important to Simon, who says that the freedom afforded to him by his business has allowed him to pursue some new hobbies. He now counts marathon running, cycling and triathlons amongst his favourite past-times and he even ran a sub 3-hour London Marathon this spring!

Simon openly says he made a few mistakes at the start of his journey and, for anyone thinking of joining the franchise, whether from a corporate background or not, he has some wise words of advice: "You need to be financially secure enough to support yourself without any income for a good 12 months. Head Office are totally transparent and tell you that from day one but I was a little naïve and didn’t prepare myself properly. There were a few months at the start where I was extremely nervous and I underestimated the emotional impact that dipping into my savings would have on me. It sounds obvious but you have to be prepared to get out there and graft. It requires hard work and persistence. But when you achieve it, it’s probably going to be one of the most rewarding things you can do."

People join the ERA franchise from many different backgrounds and with unique and often personal goals in mind. Be that taking control over their future, building a pension provision or even building a legacy for their children. For Simon, self-confidence, belief in his own skills and a sense of personal and professional pride were the aspirations that propelled him. He can now proudly claim to have achieved them all.

Pritesh Patel 

Pritesh Patel - Expense Reduction AnalystsThe ERA opportunity has allowed me to realise my goals - both in work and in life.

Pritesh Patel always had big ambitions. At university he considered trading in his studies to start his own business, eager to begin forging a career and taking control of his future. Now, as an ERA franchise partner, he has seen these ambitions realised.

"It's true," Pritesh confirms. "I considered dropping out and starting a business. I had actually seen ERA in a franchise magazine around this time. In the end, I decided to finish my studies, but what I had read about ERA always stuck in my mind."

After finishing his studies, before purchasing his own ERA business in 2006, Pritesh was employed as a Mortgage Advisor. A career move he found brought great success, but also great demands: 
Unusually for someone who purchases a franchise, Pritesh never considered any other opportunities or thought about his own start-up, so convinced was he by the proven business model and support he was buying into with ERA."I was spending more and more time away from my family.

I would often have to work late nights and weekends when I should have been with them. The time was right for me to take more control. That's when I started thinking about ERA again."

"It wasn't that I chose a franchise over starting my own business; it was more to do with the fact that I really liked the ERA business. Everything about it was geared towards my goals: I could control my own workload, earn a very good income, and work alongside some very successful professionals - people who could help me achieve their kind of success."

And it didn't take long for him to start reaping the rewards. In fact, just 18 months into owning his ERA business, Pritesh was joined by his wife to facilitate his growth plans. Now, seven years into his ERA ownership, he has exceeded all his goals and continues to grow. Something he puts down to all the support on offer:

"The network is hugely supportive - after all, it's in all our interests to help each other. It also means you have so much expertise to call on, you can expand your expertise across a huge variety of cost categories. And that, ultimately, means more clients."

But it's not just the financial side of things that has improved. Pritesh now works on his own terms, giving him the flexibility to spend more time with his wife, daughter and son, and take the holidays he craved so much in his former career.

Pritesh concludes: "The ERA opportunity has allowed me to realise my goals - both in work and in life. It just goes to show that my instincts when I was at university were correct. For anyone who wants to achieve great success on their own terms, I would definitely recommend they investigate ERA." 

Steve Rhodes

Steve Rhodes - Expense Reduction AnalystsI plan to be invoicing for over £200k this year with minimal overheads.

"And I still have time to relax with my family, take my son skiing and to watch West Ham play - although that's not actually that relaxing!"

As a stockbroker covering the Indian sub-continent in the 1990s, Steve Rhodes was used to working in a high-pressure environment, managing risk and spotting a good opportunity when it came along. So, after leaving the industry in 1999, he was well placed to make his next big call - what to do with his career?

Steve knew he wanted a role that would offer a better balance of lifestyle and earnings - with a new son at home he didn't want the stress and demands that came with his previous life. With no clear idea for starting up his own business, he started to consider franchises.

"I originally looked at one of ERA's main competitors," says Steve. "But, to my eyes, it appeared a very limited opportunity. ERA, however, was quite the opposite. Their business model jumped out at me immediately.

I could see so much potential in it - both in terms of generating a good income and achieving the life I wanted to live."

After leaving his previous profession just months earlier, Steve committed and joined the ERA business network. Like all new ERA partners, Steve enjoyed the support of ERA's Performance Development Team, who help new partners to get their consultancy established.  

With this foundation to build on, Steve wasted no time in building up contacts in the Cambridgeshire area and making use of the ERA network his business was now a part of:

"Right from the off, the network of franchise partners has been absolutely key to my success. And the longer I've been here, the better it's become. The scope of the expertise on offer is just gobsmacking. I have complete confidence in selling their capabilities to my clients. Quite simply, without the ERA network, I wouldn't have a business!"

Steve has now been part of the ERA network for nearly 14 years and he continues to enjoy the success and lifestyle that comes from running a business that provides a recession resistant service. It's no surprise that he has benefited from ERA's consultancy revenue growing by 64% in the last five years!

"The network is constantly evolving," continues Steve. "Everything is in place to help you achieve - it's just about how far you want to go. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to build their own business, but without the risk and isolation that can come with a start-up."

"Quite simply, without the ERA network, I wouldn't have a business."

Andrew Robertson

Andrew Robertson - Expense Reduction AnalystsERA ticked all the boxes.

"ERA has allowed me to build a sustainable business while achieving what I want in my personal life."

As a Sales and Marketing Director and Managing Director within the building materials industry, Andrew Robertson had already lead organisations through two recessions. Tough times that required him to make tough calls: reducing both costs and manpower. When the prospect of another recession reared its ugly head, he decided to search for something that was more recession-proof and balanced. He began hunting for an opportunity that would be in demand during challenging economic times as well as in ‘normal' economic conditions and would use the skills he's acquired over the years. It's then that he remembered Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA).

"I'd actually come across ERA 8 years before," says Andrew. "At the time I was considering starting my own consulting business, but a job opportunity arose that was too good to turn down. So I put doing my own thing on the back burner." 

Andrew explains: "Starting up on your own from scratch, represents a significant risk with far more work required in the early years to become established. From both a branding and reputation perspective, with ERA a lot of that groundwork is done for you. ERA is an established name within the marketplace with industry-leading systems, training and expertise already in place. It ticked all the boxes."With the onset once again of tough financial times, Andrew recalled ERA's proven business model and like all ERA franchise partners, he recognised the commercial viability of helping clients in a wide range of industries to reduce costs and increase profits. He also identified how his experience in his previous roles would stand him in great stead to grow his own sustainable business, backed by a powerful brand name.

Andrew established his ERA business in July 2008 and was quick to make use of all the support that ERA offers its partners to help him grow. With so much expertise to call on, he soon found he could quickly build a varied client base that allowed him to achieve his objectives. Both in his work and personal life:

"The impressive expertise was there for me to build a team that could deliver outstanding projects and results for my clients. With this in place, I finally had the freedom and control I'd so badly craved in my previous roles. I now have the flexibility to work as hard as I want, when I want and on my terms. This has given me the time to pursue the things me and my family love too."

A family man with two children, when Andrew's not practicing his photography, or travelling, you'll find him cycling the roads of South Derbyshire where he lives:

"I'm out about and about on the bike 2 or 3 times a week. I'm part of a local cycling club and they really push me. We take things pretty seriously, this year we spent a week at a training camp in Majorca with 30 riders and will be doing the same next year. I'd never have been able to do things like that in my previous roles. ERA has allowed me to build a sustainable business while achieving what I want in my personal life."

Looking back now, it's clear that Andrew's decision to establish his own ERA business in difficult economic times was an astute one. ERA's specialist procurement services are in high demand and that is only set to increase. In fact, in the last five years, ERA Franchise Partners' revenues have grown 64 percent, with ERA boasting the highest consulting revenue of any UK procurement franchise.

David Rogers 

David Rogers - Expense Reduction AnalystsDavid Rogers joined Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) in 2001 after a successful career in Business Systems Management, which involved the introduction of new systems and processes into the business, making change management a key skill as it is with his projects as a procurement consultant.

His experience of working to reduce procurement costs within his former roles is what enabled David to relate to the ERA concept of applying market intelligence and negotiation skills to the benefit of clients to achieve savings without compromising service or quality.

“I didn’t actually start out by looking for a franchise. I saw an advert for ERA when I was employed, and the idea of becoming a procurement consultant really appealed to me.

I requested information and met with the recruitment team, but at the time I wasn’t in a financial position to start my own company.

Around 18 months later, the company I was working for outsourced their work to India and I saw this as the ideal opportunity to start my own business.

I went straight to ERA without considering any other franchise as the business model and my own attributes seemed like the perfect fit.”

“I enjoy having control over my own business as opposed to working for someone else. Managing my own business enables me to decide my own work schedule and how much I earn. There are real lifestyle benefits to being your own boss; I have a passion for foreign travel and my work allows me to take 3 or 4 holidays a year. I can fit my work around my personal schedule so I still have time for the things I enjoy such as going to the theatre or music concerts with my wife, Karen, who also works in the business.”

My highlights in ERA

“There have been many successful projects over the last 10 years; one that really stands out is the relationship I have with an iconic denim clothing retailer. Our partnership with this super-brand has resulted in savings of £250,000 year on year, in stores across 20 different countries. In one category in particular, we achieved a saving of 82%, which absolutely delighted the client. 

“A personal highlight was purchasing my Jaguar; I was 44 when I joined and as my business developed I had a motivational mental image of taking delivery of a brand new Jaguar on my 50th birthday - and that's exactly what I was able to achieve, only by developing a successful ERA.”“Another highlight is being appointed by the same Financial Director in the three different companies that they worked for. That demonstrated real recognition of our work and the benefits engaging us has on an organisation.

What strengths does ERA have that differentiates them from other cost reduction companies?

“It is ERA’ breadth of knowledge and experience that sets us apart from other cost reduction companies. The strength of our network puts us at a much better standing to achieve maximum savings for our clients as we have experts in over 100 different categories.”

Keith Copestake

Keith Copestake - Expense Reduction AnalystsKeith Copestake is proof of the outstanding earning potential of a successful ERA consultancy, consecutively earning an average six figure salary for each year that he has been a franchise partner. In 2012, Keith was the second highest earner of the ERA network with an exceptional annual earning of £295,541.

Keith joined ERA in 2006 with over 25 years experience in the office products and print industry. His last role was a Director of the world’s largest office products and IT consumables company. Keith’s career started out in print production before moving on to a marketing role, then into sales of print and office products responsible for pan European and Global contracts.

Based in Andover, Hampshire, Keith's successful procurement practice is currently run from serviced offices near to his home. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, playing golf and watching his favourite football team, Aston Villa.

Since joining ERA, Keith has used his extensive knowledge of the office supplies and print industry to successfully uncover over £500,000 worth of savings for his delighted clients.

“When I decided to leave employment, the idea of franchising appealed to me because I felt it was a more viable way of starting a successful business. Following a tried and trusted model means less risk.

I was attracted to the ERA model because I wanted a white-collar opportunity that suited the management skills I had built over a long career.

I was familiar with the concept and could see how it works in practice and why it was a worthwhile investment.”

Keith took the plunge into self employment by pursuing the ERA franchise opportunity and hasn’t looked back. Now he enjoys an enviable work-life balance allowing him to take multiple trips a year, a property in Spain which he bought for cash and a salary most would dream of.

“Being my own boss gives me the control to plan my work schedule. I can fly over to my ‘Spanish office’ and enjoy the sunshine whilst working. I bought the property earlier this year and I’m hoping to spend between 3 and 4 months of the year there on working holidays.”

Jason Adderley

Jason Adderley - Expense Reduction Analysts“My target was to be earning NET of six figures, and that is where I am at the end of my second year.”

Taking the step into self-employment, Jason Adderley joined Expense Reduction Analysts in June 2010 after 15 years working in property; first within a commercial agency then in development and investment, and lastly in refinancing and asset management. 

Training and SupportJason lives in the West Midlands with his wife and two young daughters. He is a Worcestershire Ambassador and runs a Property related networking group. In his free time, Jason is a season-ticket holder at West Bromwich Albion and is a huge fan of NFL, especially his favourite team, the Detroit Lions.

Making the transition into self employment
Once Jason had decided that he wanted to pursue a franchise opportunity, ERA stuck out to him amongst other ‘cost reduction’ franchises.

“It was primarily because my focus in this business is to sell and manage programmes of work. I found, with other cost reduction opportunities, that you work as a ‘lone silo’ whereas I was looking to buy in to the expertise of a network, the depth and breadth of which ERA offers. My income and the success that I’ve had with clients has been driven by the expertise that is already in ERA, and I don’t think that exists to such an extent in any other franchise offering.”

Jason found the initial 5 week training to be extremely informative, forming a framework to follow once his business was up and running, but the learning doesn’t stop immediately after training is complete. Jason explains:

“Throughout the first year, it’s important that you regularly refer back to Group Office and also to your colleagues within the network for support and guidance. It shouldn’t be seen as a ‘single block’, but something that is ongoing. There is always something new happening within your target markets and developments within cost areas that you should to be up to date with. Group Office is excellent at supporting that ongoing development.”

Money matters

Now coming towards the end of his second year with ERA Jason advises that, as with starting any new business, you have to be realistic about the first year and ensure in advance that you are going to be able to manage financially without much of an income. But for those with the ability to plan ahead and the determination to achieving a long term financial goal, the earning potential of an ERA franchise opportunity is definitely worth-while.

“At the end of my second year, the earning potential is where I had hoped it would be, rather than where I thought it would be. I am finding that my current income is where I would have liked it to be next year, and getting towards where it should be the year after. That means that I could stand still, but still be very comfortable with the income that I am getting.”

The benefits of being your own boss

A key attraction of an ERA franchise opportunity is the work life balance aspect, allowing you to plan your work around your personal life, as Jason does.

Planning is key for a successful new venture

Jason’s advice to potential franchisees is to plan well in advance. Once he had decided to join ERA, Jason spent approximately 9 months in a planning phase allowing him to have his business set up and ready to go as soon as the initial training was completed.

“Planning ahead is vital. My business was incorporated and VAT registered with the office kitted out before I embarked on training. This allowed me to hit the ground running and begin signing clients within 3 months. The planning phase also helped me to secure and begin leveraging my network, talk to potential introducers of business and identify the initial target sectors I wanted to engage with.”

“I am only answerable to myself! It has provided me with the flexibility to work until 11pm if I want to, or to take an afternoon off to go to the park with my daughter.”


Derek Hodd

Derek Hodd - Expense Reduction AnalystsEstablished consultant of over 11 years, Derek Hodd, won this highly regarded award at the Expense Reduction Analysts National Conference 2011.

Speaking of his achievement, Derek said: “It is a most satisfying accomplishment gained from working on multiple projects for a considerable period of time.”

Derek joined Expense Reduction Analysts in November, 1999, after a successful career of working for over twenty years in the metals trading industry on a worldwide basis at Managing Director level.

Becoming a self employed Expense Reduction Analysts consultant, he now enjoys an ideal work life balance, often working from his holiday home in Spain.

“I am able to choose when I work, because of the work that I do, and with the internet and other technological advances, I am able to deliver projects whilst being away from the UK.”

Since joining Expense Reduction Analysts, Derek has delivered numerous projects for a wide range of organisations with different requirements.

He has contributed to various projects, specialising in print, secure cash handling, couriers, document storage and travel amongst other areas.

“Its fair to say that the income I have made from joining Expense Reduction Analysts has been way beyond my expectations, I thought I would make a modest but comfortable living and have happily exceeded that.” He explains.

Speaking of the amount of money that he has earned in the past twelve months, Derek says that although he has created a high water mark, he’d like to think that other consultants could achieve the same incredible results. Giving his advice to his fellow franchisees hoping to achieve the same great success and perhaps win the award themselves, Derek said:

“With any project there may be complications and difficulties; the key to overcoming those issues is to figure out how is best to approach them whilst working towards the client’s best interest to deliver good results and a successful outcome.”

To find out how you can become an Expense Reduction Analyst Franchised Consultant benefitting from a better work life balance and incredible earning potential, request a free prospectus now. 

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