Franchise
Consultants

Results Driven
& Cost Effective

Franchise Consultants

Results Driven & Cost Effective

Industry Leading, Unrivalled Services

Our outlook is very different, winning franchise consultants with the best tech.  

We understand franchising a business is both an investment and a financial risk for our clients. We deliver a professional service as cost effectively as possible. Our business model does not rely upon franchise formation income, instead we focus on what happens once your brand hits the franchise market i.e. Franchise Sales.

We align ourselves with the return of your investment and your future profitability like any genuine partner, as a result we are being selected over our competition time and time again.

 

A wide range of sectors

We have developed franchises across a wide range of sectors and managed some of the top franchises in the UK, so our reputation is of great value to us.

An experienced team combining under a unique service. We deliver a much needed fresh approach to franchise development that’s focused on results and revenue for our clients. More importantly we develop long term relationships, supporting and accelerating franchise growth.

We work with new and leading franchise brands alike, most of what we do is low fee or success fee only, creating a true shared interest partnership which provides reassurance for our partners. It’s taken years of trial and error to get here. Leverage our skills, knowledge and experience in your franchise today and become our next franchise success story.

Our Franchise Consultants & Team Members

Martin Hawthorne

International Franchise Development 

As former Chief Executive of Cash Converters UK, UK Franchising at CeX and an ex-franchisee, Martin is one of the most experienced consultants in UK franchising today, having started a career in franchising more than 25 years ago. Martin specialises in international franchise growth and franchisee network management.

Lewis Bidgood

Head Of Franchise Development

Lewis has extensive experience in new franchise development and has worked in leadership roles for some of the largest franchises worldwide, including Anytime Fitness & Hyundai Motors Company.

Rebecca Black

Co-Founder

Rebecca has 20+ years executive & financial leadership experience. Much of this time has been in the franchise sector, serving more than 150 franchise clients across franchise development, operations, marketing and sales. 

 Rebecca currently focuses on further developing our franchise platform and international expansion.

Adam Dudley

Head Of Franchise Sales

Adam is an expert in franchise sales and recruitment with 100’s of Franchise acquisitions across multiple sectors. Adam develops and implements sales processes for franchise brands, guiding prospective franchisees from initial enquiry to signing.

Ben Black MCIM

Non-Executive Director

With 20+ years working with 100’s of businesses from start-ups to global enterprises, Ben has contributed to more than 200 franchise sales across multiple franchise sectors.

Holding advanced professional marketing qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ben provides advisory support to our executive team, including go-to-market & digital strategy.

Mitchell Key

Web & Graphic Design Specialist

Mitch is our in house web and graphic designer with a strong passion for branding. He has years of experience working across multiple industries, which gained him a diverse skill set and deep understanding of expanding your online visibility and brand recognition.

Nitin Unadkat

Non-Executive Chartered Accountant

Nitin founded one of the leading franchise accountancy practices in the UK. Unadkat & Co and Calculated accountants and serves hundreds of franchises nationwide. Nitin is an expert on all things financial and tax for both franchisors and franchisees alike. Nitin has spent more than 35 years advising franchise operations on a broad range of aspects from raising start-up finance to franchise exit and sales.       

Andre Wall

Franchisee Recruitment Consultant

Andre is an expert at professionally presenting franchise brands to potential franchise partners and can guide new franchisees from new enquiry to completed franchise agreement.  

There’s problems in this industry. Beware the fake gurus & unqualified experts. 

Having been in the industry a long time, we witnessed new franchise brands coming to market to achieve very little or disappear altogether, there’s said to be over 1000 franchise operations in the UK, where are they all? All too often, the only winner appears to be the company who charged the fee to develop the franchise. No value is being created, no happy franchisor, no winning franchisee’s and no delighted customers, just “zombie” franchise brands and capital destruction. We believe franchise formation is the beginning not the end and we are here to change things, with our specialist franchise marketing agency with integrated sales call centre.

Although a few other providers are at least now attempting to appear more results and sales focused, in truth, they simply do not have the infrastructure or marketing & sales nature to deliver results at the level we do. After a quick phone call and doing your due diligence it should become quite clear how unique our services are.

Proven suppliers to support your franchising journey

We hold relationships with franchising divisions at leading Banks & Asset Finance companies who will take comfort that we are supporting your new franchise. We can also recommend services of several experienced and proven franchising suppliers, from Fit-Out Contractors to Chartered Accountants who are able to support all your needs and that of your franchise network.

Cost effective franchise development

Franchising your business need not be stuffy and expensive, there’s a lot of outdated practices, companies and attitudes in the marketplace today, this will likely come across quite clear as you complete your due diligence.

We are the most results-led company in our industry, we focus on delivering franchise sales and finding quality franchisees. We are constantly innovating and are committed to selling more franchises than any other business in the UK.

Our Journey & Brands

Our business journey as a team began in 2008, having gained significant experience working in executive leadership positions for some of the UK’s leading franchise organisations. Over time, we have developed a broad collection of services and brands all focused on providing best in class services to the franchise industry. Each service continues to grow & thrive to this day.
2008
Connect Digital Solutions Ltd
Company Founded

Working with franchise brands across the digital and telecom sector.

2013
Calculated Accountants Ltd
Franchise Accountancy Practice

Extended franchise service offering, providing financial and funding advisory to some of the UK's top franchises. Serving over 100 franchisors and franchisees, for leading brands such as Anytime Fitness and Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery's. 

2020
Franchise My Business
Franchise Consultancy

The Franchise My Business brand (owned by Connect Digital Solutions Ltd) was launched to provide franchise consultancy and advisory to new and existing franchisors. Now working with more than 100 new & leading franchise brands.

2021
Business Connector Software
Franchise Software

The Business Connector brand was launched to save time and on-board your franchisees faster through our comprehensive program. Set tasks, track progress and save time. Rest assured, you are covered with a standardised repeatable and trackable process which offers a reduced time to collecting franchise royalties. 

2023
Franchise Marketplace
Franchise Marketing Platform

The Franchise Marketplace brand was launched to provide a franchise software platform & sales staff augmentation service.

2023
Accredited Mentors
Association Of Business Mentors

Became Accredited Mentor for the UK Government's Help To Grow Scheme.

2024
Business Connector Alliance
Courses, Community & Expert Knowledge For Business Growth

Our roadmap will see the creation of a high quality information platform & community providing everything you need to know about growing your business from industry thought leaders.

We Are Fuelled By A Passion To Help Franchise Brands Like Yours Realise Their Growth & Potential

At FMB, we believe in the power of the franchise model to empower passionate entrepreneurs. We understand the challenges of scaling a franchise brand, and have proven solutions to help you succeed. Our team of experts will engage transparently and craft a strategy using our extensive, real-world experience growing many leading brands. We are relentless innovators, combining proven best practices and tools. We are unrestricted by convention and think beyond the obvious to give you a substantial advantage.

Our leading franchisee recruitment platform enables us to deploy market-tested campaigns designed to resonate with franchise candidates and accelerate sales. We walk beside you on the journey, sharing risk and reward through an aligned partnership.