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Helping civil servants create a bright future

Rising numbers of local authority workers facing town hall redundancy are looking to become their own boss, according to a top team of business opportunity experts.

Mr Franchise, which operates nationwide, is currently working with council staff across the country who are exploring if self-employment and business ownership is for them.

The company, with offices in Lancashire, Cheshire and the West Midlands, has been called in by a number of local authorities and organisations as part of the support given to workers facing redundancy because of cuts and restructuring taking place in county, city and town halls across the UK.

The Mr Franchise team organises workshops to give civil servants advice on self-employment, along with an introduction to franchising as a possible route for them to take.

Mr Franchise is an independent professional service that helps people to find the right business opportunity for them – one that matches their skills, lifestyle, ambition and investment.

David Nelson, who runs the company’s Preston-based operation, says the workshops aim to give people the facts about business ownership and to consider if it is the right path for them to take.

He also points out new figures which show rising numbers of people taking the route to become their own boss.

According to statistics from the British Franchising Association (BFA) the contribution of franchising to the UK economy is now reckoned to be £15.1 billion, an increase of 46% over the past 10 years and up 10% since the last survey in 2013.

The total number of people employed in franchising in the UK is 621,000, of which 321,000 are in full-time employment. This equates to an increase of 70% over the past 10 years.

And average turnover continues to rise – with more than half now reporting an annual turnover of more than £250,000.

David said: “The workshops we are running for local authority workers have been created to get people who are considering their future thinking about business ownership and if it is for them.

“The feedback we’re receiving from those who take part is very encouraging. There is a real interest in being your own boss and taking skills gained in the public sector and using them to become successful in business

“We get those who attend looking at the different skills they need when in business and exploring being a business owner and what all that entails.

“It’s all part of making sure that workers who are facing redundancy have as much information and support as possible when it comes to considering their future and next career move.

“Self-employment and business ownership is not for everyone. But we are seeing a lot of people who have had a change in their professional circumstances looking to turn it into an opportunity to be their own boss.”

He added: “One of our main messages to people is that the key to successful business ownership is to find something that matches your skills, your experience and what interests and excites you.

“Taking that advice, more and more people who are looking to become business owners are exploring the franchise route and it is very much a growing market.

“They’re choosing a franchise because of the support they get from day one and the fact it is proven to be far more likely to succeed as a new business.

“Franchising is about being in business for yourself, but not by yourself. For people who are taking their first steps into self-employment that is really important.”

Franchise opportunities exist across all sectors of the economy from food and drink to pet care and travel. McDonald’s, Subway and Marston’s Pubs are just three well-known national franchising opportunities.

For more details of Mr Franchise please visit www.mrfranchiseuk.com