Top Milkshake Shop Franchises in the UK

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As more and more consumers head to the high street to satisfy their sweet tooth and the UK dessert market continues to grow, milkshake franchises are becoming an increasingly appealing investment. Here, we take a look at which milkshake businesses offer franchising opportunities and whether other dessert franchises may also make for a good investment.

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If youre considering opening a milkshake shop franchise, there arent too many big brands to choose between. Shakeaway is the largest milkshake-only franchise in the UK and has made something of a name for itself in recent years. Alternatively, you could opt to open a dessert-based franchise that also sells milkshakes.

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Currently, in central London, there arent any franchises that trade exclusively in milkshakes. This means that there are plenty of opportunities for a shrewd investor to build a milkshake business in the capital. Below, we take a look at four of the most prestigious milkshake franchises in the country.


Nearing its 20th anniversary, Shakeaway is the biggest milkshake bar business in the world and an attractive investment amongst would-be franchisees with interest in the dessert sector. Dedicating itself exclusively to the development of the tastiest milkshakes has ensured that Shakeaway has one of the more superior products on the market and that its able to offer overwhelming variety when it comes to flavours. Special and seasonal menus, such as the Christmas and Fit & Healthy menus, also give Shakeaway franchisees an opportunity to introduce new styles of milkshakes and ensures customers keep on coming back for more.

To become a Shakeaway franchisee, you'll need to make a total investment of approximately £100,000. However, only £50,000 is required to get the business started. The remaining £50,000 must be working capital. Shakeaway has developed strong working relationships with many leading lenders; ensuring franchisees have a good chance of borrowing a large portion of this investment.

In return for your investment, franchisees get the rights to use the brands name, image, and trademarks, while also benefitting from the business excellent national and international marketing campaigns. The franchisors experienced team will help every franchisee find the right location for their new business and then guide you through the outfit and launch processes. Talented advisors provide on-going support, and all franchise units also benefit from having the popular Shakeaway radio service play in your store.

Baskin Robbins

Established in 1984, Baskin Robbins is a US-based ice cream franchise thats also well known for its excellent milkshakes. If you want to sell milkshakes alongside other products, this may be the franchise for you. With a UK franchise network of more than 150 stores, youll be joining a business that already understands how the UK market works and what is required to succeed in the restaurant industry. As part of a £1 billion market, Baskin Robbins is the ideal investment for a business-minded individual who has experience in the quick service sector and believes himself or herself capable of building an ice cream franchising empire.

A total investment of around £500,000 is required to become a Baskin Robbins franchisee. Once the business is up and running, franchisees will also be expected to pay an advertising fee. This is set at 2% of monthly turnover. All franchise agreements are signed for ten years, and the franchise gives preference to those individuals who express a desire to own and launch multiple franchise units.

After investing, franchisees will enrol in a comprehensive training programme that teaches you everything you need to know about Baskin Robbins operations and business management. Tools and equipment are provided, and the franchise makes a concerted effort to integrate new franchisees into the established franchisee network. There is a lot to be learned from other franchisees, and Baskin Robbins tries to facilitate greater information exchange between franchisees. Finally, the franchising team will also help you find and prepare a location for your business.

Little Dessert Shop

Established in 2014, the Little Dessert Shop has grown at a remarkable rate over the last four years and now boasts a franchise network of 14 stores. With some new stores also scheduled to open soon, it appears as though the Little Dessert Shop is ready to hit the big time in 2019. Serving a wide range of desserts, the business serves a wide range of desserts, milkshakes, and a diverse array of other drinks and snacks.

If youre hoping to become a Little Dessert Shop franchisee, youll need to raise somewhere between £90,000 and £160,000. The total amount required depends on the type of business you wish to open a kiosk obviously requires less than a large restaurant. Once up and running, franchisees will also be required to pay a 5% royalty fee and a 1% marketing fee.

The Little Dessert Shop franchise package includes the companys tried and tested operations manuals, its business systems, and all the equipment required to run the franchise. Franchisees will also receive a large amount of guidance and support from the head office franchising team, as well as extensive training in all matters relating to the running of the business.


Our final milkshake franchise is Cinnabon. While not strictly a milkshake bar business, it does offer milkshakes on the menu and is proving itself a popular choice amongst investors who want a business thats just as comfortable marketing itself as a coffee specialist as it is serving tasty milkshakes.

To open a Cinnabon franchise, investors will need to raise approximately £139,000. However, the cost will vary depending on whether you wish to open a kiosk-based business or an in-line store. Whichever you choose, an initial investment of just £23,000 is required to get the ball rolling.

In return for your investment, franchisees will be provided with some of the best-regarded training in the industry and guided through the franchise six-step path to success. All franchisees also receive help drafting a detailed marketing plan, and the franchisor will assist in finding and fitting a new location.

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