Our Top 5 Franchise Concepts Which Are a Break from the Norm

09/05/2018 08:00 | Start a business

Different franchise opportunities

When most people think of a franchise business opportunity, they instantly conjure up images of McDonald’s, Subway and Starbucks. But not all franchises are large, global brands within the restaurant industry. There are many different franchises available for investment that you may not have heard of yet but could be a perfect fit for you.

Don’t limit yourself when you’re thinking of what franchise would be right for you. Make sure you think outside the box. Just because you’ve always worked in a particular industry or have limited previous career experience, it doesn’t mean that you have to restrict your franchise choices.

Rather than thinking about what you have done previously, consider what skills you have and how you can apply these differently. If you’re naturally good with people, then investing in a franchise within the hospitality or care industry may be a million miles away from the corporate world you’re currently in but could be a perfect career choice. Or you if you have focussed on raising your family but have always dreamed of running a business around the needs of your home life, there will be a part-time franchise that you can operate from home just waiting for you.

Different franchise opportunities

If you prefer the thought of running a niche or unique business concept, then there are probably more to choose from than you think. Here are five distinctive business ideas to give you an indication of some of the different franchises you could consider.

Wilkins Chimney Sweep

Chimney sweeping is not a skill that died out in the 1800’s. Thanks to the increasing popularity of log burners and open fires in the UK, the demand for professional chimney sweeps in on the rise. And the Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchise knows more about this skill than most. Tom Wilkins started the business way back in 1895 as a ‘one man and a bicycle’ operation. Over the last 120 years the business, along with the know-how, has been passed down through the generations.

If you're interested in offering a traditional service while using modern technology, then making a profit in this growing sector could be the right franchise business opportunity for you. For a low-cost investment of just £13,100, you’ll be granted the rights to an exclusive territory, three-weeks of comprehensive training, accreditation from the Ladder Association, and the tools and equipment that you need to get started.


Running a pest control franchise may not be the most glamorous of jobs, but you can almost guarantee always being in demand. Apparently, in the UK, we're never more than 10 feet away from a rat so becoming a Pestforce franchisee is likely to see you thrive throughout even the most uncertain of economic climates.

What’s more, this part-time franchise offers you complete flexibility over when and where you choose to work. You don't need to have a background in pest control; you just need to be self-motived, energetic and hard working. Pestforce will teach you everything you need to know to run your business during a two-week intensive training course as well as ongoing support and guidance.

If you’re not squeamish and don’t mind working outdoors, this could be the perfect business for you. And there’s no pressure to build your business too quickly. You can choose to start your part-time franchise and then increase your hours as your customer base and confidence grows.


If you’re interested in starting a furniture business but would rather consider different franchises rather than the traditional types, then look no further. Inleaf is an exciting new and distinctive brand who specialise in installing and maintaining plant displays to brighten up even the most mundane of spaces. Increasingly, offices, restaurants, and hotels are realising the benefits of interior landscaping, for a healthier and happier workplace.

Although having prior experience working in the horticulture industry is desirable, it’s not essential. What’s more important is that you have a passion for plant decoration, you’re great with people, and you’re driven to succeed. To become an Inleaf franchisee you’ll need to invest a minimum of £30,225 plus VAT. This covers the equipment and stock you need to get your business up and running.


A franchise business opportunity which you probably haven’t considered is one in the infection control and decontamination sector of the healthcare industry. However, Bio-Rite offer a pretty much-unrivalled service which means that you would be part of a trusted provider with huge growth potential.

As a Bio-Rite franchisee, you would assume a managerial position overseeing a range of services including hospital and care home mattress disposal, equipment decontamination, and area disinfection. You don't need a background in the provision of healthcare services, but experience in sales and managing staff is preferential. For a total investment of £24,000, you can secure a future with the leading infection prevention and control company in the UK.

Dale and Sons Funeral Directors

As the saying goes, the only certainties in life are death and taxes. This means that investing in Dale and Sons Funeral Directors can be a very lucrative option for the right type of franchisee. If you’re caring and compassionate, yet have the ambition, enthusiasm and motivation to be your own boss, this could be a franchise business opportunity worth considering.

You’ll receive full training and support to start and grow your own funeral business, as well as guidance on how to advertise your services and recruit the right employees for the very sensitive and emotional roles they will be undertaking. And the cost of starting your own funeral directors is probably less than you thought. For a total investment of just £13,000, you can offer your local community this invaluable service.

By considering more niche franchise opportunities, you have the chance to start a business that stands out from the crowd. Be brave and take a break from the norm. Who knows what you might find?

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