Since the days when cotton was king, the British have been big in clothing. Not only do leading brands still find a manufacturing home here - boosting British export trade - but we also love updating our own wardrobes regularly. Despite cost-cutting in many lifestyle areas, we still like to keep up with the latest fashions. Which is why women's wear is projected to be climbing from £27 billion in 2015, to a value of £32 billion in 2020. That’s a very healthy 23% growth potential.
Taking the whole UK clothing, footwear and accessories market together, it could be worth as much as £57.7 billion by 2020. Which means that clothing franchise businesses could have their future profits, all sewn up.
The face of the British clothing market has changed. Many British labels have prospered and still offer retail opportunities for franchisees. However, foreign clothing companies have flocked to our shores too, bringing with them partnerships deals for ambitious entrepreneurs.
These clothing franchises offer wide-ranging start-up benefits including help with locations and planning, favourable rates for equipment and products, and invaluable marketing and management support.
Some of the biggest names in clothing seeking new franchise partners include the stable of famous names under Arcadia, such Topshop, Burtons menswear and Miss Selfridge. Next is looking for new franchise start-ups, as is Blue Inc. There are also many niche clothing franchises up for grabs. This includes Fully Promoted embroidered clothing for corporate clothing, and Rohan, a Cumbria-based outdoor clothing specialist. Barbour also has “partner stores” throughout the UK.
Suit the City franchises are “consultant tailors” and Zip Yard is a general clothing alterations franchiser.
One size – or type – of clothing franchise does not fit all. Finding the right entry level and partner is crucial. Finding the right match for your interests and ambitious starts with a call to us.