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Personal Career Management

Interested in career coaching franchises? Learn more about Personal Career Management.

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Investment Amount:
£20,001 - £50,000
Industry Sector(s):
Franchise Services, Growing Your Own Business, Professional Advisors

Personal Career Management are the UK's leading career coaching and outplacement company.

About us

We are the official career management partners for the Telegraph, Guardian and other leading career and recruitment websites such as Monster, Totally Legal and Totally Executive providing both fantastic brand endorsement as well as customer referrals.

We help individuals identify and obtain their next ideal role. Our programmes have a 98% client approval and when individuals are offered the choice of providers of those who meet with us, 9 out of 10 will chose to work with us.

Our services include one to one career coaching, outplacement support for individuals and for companies we provide executive outplacement and group workshops. Our typical clients are at senior level and are generally looking for a career change, career progression or support in their job search.

We are currently expanding across the UK and are offering franchisees the opportunity to work with an established and trusted brand with their own territory. As a franchisee you'll be running your own full time business with a proven business model and with all the help and support you need. You're your own boss but not alone.If you are a Senior Manager or Director with a background in HR and/or Recruitment and have an interest in career management we would be interested to hear from you.

You will be fully trained in career management and put on an intensive course. You will also have all the support you need to open and run your own office and manage your own team of career coaches.

We partner with the Telegraph, Guardian and Monster and regularly appear on national TV and press. Corinne Mills MD of Personal Career Management is author of the UK's best-selling CV book and her new book Career Coach has received great acclaim. Both books can be found on Amazon.

All of this means the franchisees benefit from great brand awareness, and where more and more people are looking at their career and work options and seeking professional career support, there's never been a better time to enter the world of career management.

Personal Career Management are members of the British Franchise Association.

The Franchise Package

You'll have all the support and training you need to set up and launch your business.
After launch, you'll enjoy the on-going support from your central team to ensure you
are able grow a successful business.
Your initial franchise fee provides you with:

1. A comprehensive induction programme. Training in running the business administration, sales and coaching support
2. Operations manuals covering all areas of the business
3. An exclusive territory and the benefit of a group network
4. Help in setting up your business and selecting your first office
5. Initial marketing package and materials

Your on-going franchise fees provide you with:
1. On-going business support ensuring you're getting the help you need
2. Marketing, advertising and PR support and the use of the brand
3. Benefit of national partnerships and relationships
4. New business leads through our website and national promotions
5. Client support for information resources for their job search campaigns

Training and support

You'll receive all the training and support you need to run a successful franchise. Starting off, you'll enjoy an intensive 10 day Professional Career Coaching Course run by one of the UK's top career management lecturers. This trains you in our unique career coaching model to allow you to deliver career coaching yourself. On-going, you'll receive coaching supervision and regular updates as well as support for running your business.

Financial information:

£25,000 + VAT Initial Franchise Fee

£20,000 Working Capital


This information is intended for illustrative purposes only. Anyone considering buying a franchise should seek professional advice before doing so and take their own steps to check the information provided here and elsewhere. Like any business there are risks associated with buying a franchise. For more information on buying a franchise, consult the British Franchise Association.

Are you for us?

We're looking for exceptional individuals to run each Personal Career Management centre. We are highly selective in our coaching team and our franchisees alike. We go to great lengths in our recruitment process to ensure the fit is right. Our reputation and network depends on it.
You'll need to have the following background, experience and qualities:

1. Senior management background in HR, Recruitment or related field
Our clients are typically senior managers or at board level, so it's important that you are comfortable working alongside people at this level and have an understanding of the issues they face. You will need to have a genuine interest in career management.

2. A passion for delivering a quality, customer focused service
You'll have experience in delivering customer focused products or services. You do not need to have coached before as you'll receive comprehensive training and support to ensure you have everything you need as a career coach. You must be interested in learning and continuous self-development.

3. Ability to bring in business
Previous experience of business development activities would be an advantage. You will need to have drive, energy and be prepared to work hard to generate business.

4. A desire to grow your own business
You will be attracted to the prospect of running your own business and the autonomy it brings. You will also be happy to follow the required formal operating systems essential to a successful franchise. 

The application process

Buying a franchise is an important decision. Both potential franchisee and franchisor should feel comfortable that the fit is right before proceeding. So we have the following recruitment process in place:
Stage one: Contact us on 01753 888 995 to book an initial phone discussion.
Stage two: You'll have an initial phone discussion with one of our franchise team. Following this you'll be asked to complete an application form and invited in for a first interview. You'll also need to sign a confidentiality agreement.
Stage three: First interview - your chance to find out more about the opportunity and for us to find out more about you. You'll also be able to contact existing franchisees to find out how things work in practice. At this stage you should consider seeking professional advice.
Stage four: Second interview - Further discussions to answer queries and provide any other information you require. Following a successful second interview you will be offered a franchise subject to the terms. You will be given the franchise agreement for your lawyer.
Stage five: Agreements signed and Initial Franchise fee paid
Stage six: Commence training
Stage seven: Start trading

Typically it will take 3 months to go through this process and timings for starting your franchise will depend on the next Franchise Induction dates. Franchise inductions usually take place twice a year. 

Next Steps:
If you're interested in finding out more then please request more information on the adjacent tab.


We currently have opportunities in the following areas: Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Oxford, Swindon, Reading, Guildford, Brighton, Nottingham, Worcester, Plymouth and Exeter. Above all we're interested in finding the right people and providing a suitable territory close to where you are. So if you're not sure on location, then please get in touch. 


Careers Clinic

Jane Garrard -

After 20 years in recruitment, Jane Garrard made the transition into running a Personal Career Management franchise

Jane Garrard was a senior director in the recruitment industry responsible for the management of a large number of branches across London and the south-east. The part of Jane's job that she enjoyed most was the people development side, however this had become an increasingly smaller part of her role.

Also in the economic downturn, the vulnerability of the industry made her think about whether she really wanted to be doing this for the next 10 years and so began the quest for the perfect job.

Career management was an obvious area for her because it combined all the parts of her recruitment role that she enjoyed. After researching, Jane quickly came across Personal Career Management, which helps senior managers obtain their next role.

Unlike recruitment companies where its client is the employer, Personal Career Management supports the individual. It also provides services to companies that are making redundancies, helping employees get back into employment.

Jane wanted to work with Personal Career Management because of its focus on providing a high quality and professional service, and because of its excellent reputation. "I was really attracted to the idea of working with a company with such established expertise that has a genuine care and interest in its clients' success. When I realised I could buy a franchise it seemed an excellent chance to get where I wanted to be in the industry, using my skills with the brand name and credibility of Personal Career Management. Having done so well in the recruitment industry I really wanted to recreate that success in career management."

Personal Career Management is the only career coaching company that partners with the Telegraph, Guardian and, three of the UK's top job websites and it has a high media profile, regularly appearing as career experts on the BBC, ITV and in the National Press.

Having bought her franchise, Jane is enjoying every minute. She says: "It's been an exhilarating time, learning how complex the work is but how rewarding it is for me and my clients. I am particularly glad I am doing something that has some meaning and really matters to other people.


Jo Thurman
Milton Keynes


What stage were you at when you wanted to do something different?
I was looking for a fundamental change in my working situation and pattern. I was looking to see if it was possible to combine my passion for helping individuals make the most of their skills and talents, with my desire to have more control of my business success and meet my objective of fundamentally changing my work life balance by working closer to my home. 

What made you think of a move into Franchising?
Quite honestly I was naïve about the franchising industry and wasn't exploring franchising as a business model. I came across Personal Career Management's website and after a number of conversations identified that they were an organisation that I absolutely wanted to work alongside. I was delighted to then discover that as a franchisee, I could benefit from all of their expertise, track record and on-going support yet establish my own business with all the excitement, challenge and ownership that bought. 

Why Personal Career Management?
From my very first conversation I was impressed with their professionalism, passion for and belief in what they do and most importantly the due diligence they went through to explore my suitability as a franchisee and extension to their brand. Their service and proposition was very compelling and I felt stood out in their sector giving me confidence in the future of the business. Their transparency and honesty throughout the process impressed and reassured me. 

How you have found the support from Head Office i.e. training/launch?
Pre signing there is a lot of interaction including with other franchisees, to ensure that the decision is right for both parties and that you are clear on the benefits and restrictions of franchising. Pre-launch I had a lot of support both in terms of meetings to lay out and discuss plans, joint visits to potential offices and comprehensive operating manuals. Every step and process is detailed in the operating manuals from pre-opening to day to day business development and this is supplemented by your Franchise Manager's on-going and ready availability on the phone. I was also given a lot of practical and marketing support for my launch event. The ten day training course that came as part of the franchise was absolutely excellent and gave me both theoretical and practical experience. Now the business is up and running the support is there when I ask for it and we attend regular franchise meetings to get coaching and business support, and share ideas with colleagues. 

Life as a franchisee, i.e. what you enjoy
Being responsible for everything from the financial planning and strategic business development to day to day work planning. Also the variety of business management, networking, marketing, prospective client meetings as well as actually delivering coaching programmes. It's hard work as it is all on your shoulders but at the end of the phone is your Franchise Manager, the other franchisees to ask questions and share best practise. 

What would you say to others considering going into Franchising?
If you can find a business that you believe in and feel confident that you can deliver their service it is a fantastic way of owning your own business with the support of an established business model behind you.