If you’d love to start a franchise and you think a fast food business might be your cup of tea, the best thing you can do to ensure you make the right professional move is research, research and research some more. This article is a great place to start that research, as below, you’ll be able to walk down five of the most common fast food sub-sector avenues and see what you think.
There are many reasons to consider making a career change with a fast food franchise, not least the fact that the UK fast food market is worth over £15 billion [Statista]. You can enter this competitive market with all the support you need to succeed when you start running a fast food franchise. Here are some of your best options, all worth exploring as you find the fast food franchise that best suits you...
1. A pizza franchise
It’s a well-known fact that Brits love pizza, and it consistently tops lists and proves itself the nation's favourite takeaway. Pizza franchises come in all shapes and sizes, but fast food pizza shops that also do delivery are versatile and hugely adored by customers of all ages. If you’re interested in launching a restaurant franchise but don’t have the capital to make it happen, a pizza delivery franchise could be the perfect happy medium for your inner Italian food lover.
Choosing the right pizza franchise in the expansive food service industry
There are many strong pizza businesses dominating the food service industry right now, but one of the most innovative is Mostro Pizza. Mostro’s carefully-designed delivery trucks enable franchisees to cook their pizzas on customers’ doorsteps in seconds, adding a fun, novelty element to their delicious dinner options. You can become a Mostro Pizza franchisee for a minimum initial investment of £85,000.
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2. An Asian street food franchise
Asian cuisine is massively popular in the UK, almost rivalling pizza in terms of how much British customers love to chow (mein) down a big, steaming-hot bowl of noodles. From classic Chinese takeaways to hip new Thai joints and oriental street food vendors, there’s so much to see and do in the Asian cuisine sub-sector. And there’s also so much room to turn a profit and find the perfect niche.
How to choose a fast food franchise in the Asian cuisine sub-sector
Searching for a versatile Asian fast food franchise? Perhaps one that offers dine-in and delivery options, catering for the widest possible range of customers? Then look no further than Camile Thai, a brand that focuses on sustainability and healthy food, with over 45 restaurants across the UK. You can become a Camile Thai franchisee for a minimum initial investment of £100,000, with franchise fees of £20,000 and advertising and royalty fees both charged at 5%.
3. A fried chicken franchise
Finger-lickin’ fried chicken is yet another UK fast food staple, and the success of a chicken franchise in the British market doesn’t need to be tied to a huge brand name like KFC or Nando’s. Smaller chicken shops and chicken franchise networks see a lot of success in the fast food sector, carving out niches for themselves with unique cooking styles and herb and spice blends that would make the Colonel himself proud (or jealous of the rivalry).
Choosing a franchise that specialises in fried chicken
One of the best franchise investments you could find in the world of fried chicken franchising is Rooster Shack. Rooster Shack is reinventing the chicken shop right this moment, with “better food, better branding, better systems”. You can become a Rooster Shack franchisee for a minimum initial investment of £75,000, with franchise fees of £17,500, a total investment cost of £150,000 and advertising and royalty fees charged at 2% and 5% respectively.
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4. A quick service dessert franchise
If you’ve got a sweet tooth and a mind for business, you could combine these talents in the form of a successful dessert franchise. From doughnuts and pancakes to waffles and brownies, there are so many amazing quick service dessert franchises popping up all over the UK right now. It’s proving to be a high growth industry, and there’s never been a better time to introduce your dessert franchise dreams to the world.
How to choose a franchise in the quick service dessert niche
Crepe Delicious has to top your list if you’re thinking of serving quick service desserts for a living. Crepe Delicious is the world’s largest dessert franchise. It serves a wide assortment of yummy treats, and you can become a franchisee for a minimum initial investment of £50,000, with franchise fees of £16,000, a total investment cost of £80,000 and advertising and royalty fees charged at 6% and 3% respectively.
5. A light lunch franchise
One of the biggest advantages of franchising in the fast food sector is the ability to pivot and shift offerings as customer demands change. Right now, customers are demanding healthy options - and plenty of different options to suit dietary requirements. As a light lunch franchise owner, you’ll be perfectly placed to provide this range, whether your business takes the form of a coffee house, a sandwich shop or even a noodle bar!
Choosing a fast food restaurant that serves light lunchtime options
One great option when it comes to light-lunch-style offerings is Bagel Corner, a quick service bagel restaurant that makes customers’ lunches in front of them, a-la Subway. You can become a Bagel Corner franchisee for a minimum initial investment of £500,000, with franchise fees of £15,000 and advertising and royalty fees charged at 4% and 5% respectively.
Start running your own business in a profitable sector with a fast food delivery franchise
Now that you’ve got a much better idea of your ideal fast food niche, stay on Point Franchise to discover further guidance on how to run a fast food franchise well and build a business that’s profitable and successful in the long term.
Elliott Fudge, Point Franchise ©