Not only does the UK wield massive influence over global fashion trends, it's a sector that makes a great deal of money from selling to its own resident population. After food, fashion is by far the most important retail sector in the UK, worth an incredible £50 billion per year.
Estimates of how many people are employed in fashion, textiles and fashion retailing in Britain vary, but there is a view that it's still over half a million. So strong is the UK market for fashion, that continental brands regularly set up base here to win the hearts - and spend - of the British. And despite caution in retailing in general, both indigenous and overseas labels are choosing to grow their physical outlets via fashion franchise deals.
Some of the biggest names in fashion are willing to lend not just their name, but also their respected business models, to start-up businesses in the UK. It means you can be your own boss, but benefit from a strong brand presence and ready-made customer base from day one.
Franchise partners also get help when it comes to finding the right locations, meeting planning requirements, training, insurance, website design and many other important business decisions.
The list of labels offering a chance for you to be your own boss is highly diverse. French Connection is a prolific franchiser and Reiss is opening franchise stores worldwide - including the UK - for its cool and contemporary clothing. Haniyas is Pakistani fashion house looking for more UK partners. While more recent arrivals in the UK high street include Noa Noa, a hip Danish fashion label looking for UK retail franchise partners.
British companies successfully travelling overseas to build their brand and network include Aftershock London, which seeks more UK partners too.