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Ashtons Franchise Consulting

Ashtons is a talented team of knowledgeable franchise specialists, with decades of experience in assisting hundreds of businesses to expand and grow through franchising.


Ashtons is a talented team of knowledgeable franchise specialists, with decades of experience in assisting hundreds of businesses to expand and grow through franchising.

We offer a flexible, good value and relationship based service and have found that clients appreciate our holistic approach; with AFC's work being as valuable to established franchisors seeking to refocus as it is to businesses newly considering franchise expansion.

We deliver tailored consultancy solutions with support from legal advisers and media specialists within the franchise industry, signposting clients to expertise in all aspects of franchising.

We will work with you in any way you wish, focusing on your best interests. As long-standing associates of the British Franchise Association, we have a reputation for helping our clients in a different way from many of our competitors. We focus on working at your pace, to your budget to deliver what you want – rather than offering a "one size fits all " approach.

Our services

For businesses new to franchising:

We offer a no cost first exploratory face-to-face meeting offering general advice, guidance and direction... leading on to a menu from which you can choose our support for any, or all aspects of:

  • Preparing you to franchise, from conception to launch
  • Manuals
  • Franchise documentation
  • Franchise recruitment

For established franchisors:

  • Infrastructure improvement
  • Re-writing operational manuals and alignment with legal precedents
  • Franchise system refresh and reboot
  • Franchise prospectus design and production
  • Recruitment of franchisees
  • Franchise resales

We work in association with other leading bfa-affiliated service providers who specialise in:

  • Territory mapping
  • Raising finance
  • Accounting and management information systems
  • Tailored insurance for franchisors and franchisees

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VIP Bin Cleaning Limited

I have worked with Nick Williams for many years and he is the first person I call when I need any help or advice. Nick has worked with me within various aspects of our business and has advised me on both our UK and International development. I now consider Nick as a friend as well as respecting him as a very able and competent franchise consultant, and I would have no hesitation in recommending him for any services connected to franchising."

Mark Harvey, managing director

Sports Xtra

I would recommend Ashtons Franchise Consulting without hesitation. They will give you a professional and honest initial appraisal and ultimately, you will find their advice is worth every penny. Paul Hague has helped build Sports Xtra into a fantastic management franchise from which we have seen the benefits of the hard work that we continue to both put in."

Gareth Lippiatt, managing director

CeX

Ashtons Franchise Consulting (formerly FDS) and Ashton KCJ have advised CeX on strategic, legal, compliance and recruitment marketing of our franchise development programme since inception in 2004, and continue to contribute to our success in achieving growth of over 250 franchised outlets in the UK, Spain, Republic of Ireland and Mexico."

Frank Orchard, director

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