The most profitable franchises to start in the UK in 2018

Some of the most profitable franchises in the UK come from a much larger range of industries than many people expect. Its common for people to assume that the big chains, such as Subway or McDonalds, will be the most profitable franchises overall. However, the problem with big-name brands is that the entry costs can be enormous, putting those types of businesses out of reach for most people.

However, there are so many other franchise opportunities that offer investors a low-cost entry with a far greater return on overall investment. Research published by the British Franchise Association (BFA) indicates that the average turnover for franchise businesses across the UK is more than £250,000 per year. The same research also shows that 97% of franchise owners reported generating a profit in their businesses.

 

Most profitable franchises with low entry costs

If youre searching for good franchise opportunities that have the potential to provide a great return on your initial investment, there are some industries that are always in demand, no matter what the economic climate might look like. Some of the more profitable options include:

1. Home healthcare

According to an article published in Forbes magazine, home healthcare franchises are often available at comparatively lower entry costs than many other opportunities. There is also an increasing demand for good quality homecare services, especially since the number of people in the UK over the age of 60 is predicted to triple in the next 30 years.

2. Cleaning services

Cleaning franchise opportunities are available at a low entry cost but have the potential to generate significant profits. Most people automatically associate cleaning services with home cleaning. However, businesses also require reliable, professional cleaners to keep offices and business premises clean, so business cleaning franchises are also a great option.

3. Pet industry

No matter how dire the economy might appear, people are always willing to spend money on their four-legged friends. Grooming, dog walking, pet food, accessories and boarding services are always in demand, but the entry costs for franchise opportunities are relatively low for the potential return you could receive.

4. Financial services

The financial services industry is one of the most profitable sectors in the UK. Finance-based franchises are in high demand right across the country, from mortgage brokers to debt relief assistance, to retirement planning.

 

Finding the most profitable franchises

Before choosing a franchise opportunity, take the time to search through the options available. A good franchise directory service should allow you to define your search parameters by your preferred investment price. You should also be able to narrow your search results further to only show you available opportunities within your desired industry.

Once youve narrowed down your options, take the time to look at the operating fees or franchise costs for that opportunity. You might also want to check any licence costs, and what level of training and support are offered by the franchisors.

Some franchises also offer an income guarantee, ensuring youll earn at least a minimum amount of money in your first year of operation. If you have financial obligations to worry about, choosing a guaranteed income option might seem like an attractive option for you. However, be sure you check the fees associated with the guarantee.

The easiest way to find the most profitable franchises is to do your due diligence on the franchise opportunity youre considering. Look at the financial figures of existing franchises operating in nearby locations and speak to the franchise owners about their experiences working with the company.

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 Business & B2B Services: Most profitable franchises

Brokerplan franchise
Brokerplan

A Unique Opportunity to Launch Your Own Commercial Finance Brokerage

4,995 Minimum investment
Finance
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Kumon franchise
Kumon

Multinational educational institution renowned for using the Kumon Method in their practice

3,000 Minimum investment
Personal & Home Care Services
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Molly Maid franchise
Molly Maid

Molly Maid is a globally recognised brand with over 30 years of experience in cleaning services

5,000 Minimum investment
Cleaning
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Printing.com franchise
Printing.com

Printing.com is a fast-growing UK- based printing company that has over 300 outlets in the UK and Ireland.

950 Minimum investment
Retail & Stores
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 Cleaning: Most profitable franchises

Diamond Home Support franchise
Diamond Home Support

Diamond Home Support is a domestic cleaning and home help franchise with a start-up fee of just 2,495+vat.

2,495 +VAT Minimum investment
Cleaning
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Molly Maid franchise
Molly Maid

Molly Maid is a globally recognised brand with over 30 years of experience in cleaning services

5,000 Minimum investment
Cleaning
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 Finance: Most profitable franchises

Brokerplan franchise
Brokerplan

A Unique Opportunity to Launch Your Own Commercial Finance Brokerage

4,995 Minimum investment
Finance
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 Food: Most profitable franchises

LighterLife franchise
LighterLife

LighterLife is one of the leading provider of weight loss programmes and services in the UK

4,500 Minimum investment
Food
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Snack Aid franchise
Snack Aid

We specialise in vending machines which offers sweets and confectionaries where profits go directly to our partner [...]

2,555 Minimum investment
Food
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Tubz franchise
Tubz

Tubz is one of the leading vending towers machines providers in the UK. We specialise in providing vending towers [...]

2,499 +VAT Minimum investment
Retail & Stores
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With thanks

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4,000 Minimum investment
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 Gym, Sport & Beauty: Most profitable franchises

LighterLife franchise
LighterLife

LighterLife is one of the leading provider of weight loss programmes and services in the UK

4,500 Minimum investment
Food
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Sweaty Mama franchise
Sweaty Mama

Sweaty Mama is a mum and baby exercise class operating classes and franchises throughout the UK.

2,500 Minimum investment
Gym, Sport & Beauty
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Water Babies franchise
Water Babies

At Water Babies, our aim is to teaching safe water practice and developing childrens swimming skills from the [...]

5,000 Minimum investment
Personal & Home Care Services
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 Home Improvement & Construction: Most profitable franchises

Hillarys Blinds franchise
Hillarys Blinds

We are a manufacturer and retailer of quality made-to-measure window blinds with over 45 years of experience [...]

3,000 Minimum investment
Home Improvement & Construction
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 Personal & Home Care Services: Most profitable franchises

Debutots franchise
Debutots

A rewarding and flexible opportunity where youre in control of your own time as you inspire and empower little [...]

4,000 +VAT Minimum investment
Personal & Home Care Services
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Kumon franchise
Kumon

Multinational educational institution renowned for using the Kumon Method in their practice

3,000 Minimum investment
Personal & Home Care Services
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LighterLife franchise
LighterLife

LighterLife is one of the leading provider of weight loss programmes and services in the UK

4,500 Minimum investment
Food
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Snack Aid franchise
Snack Aid

We specialise in vending machines which offers sweets and confectionaries where profits go directly to our partner [...]

2,555 Minimum investment
Food
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Snak Appeal franchise
Snak Appeal

We specialise in selling sweets with the profits going to leading charitable institutions in the country.

2,000 Minimum investment
Personal & Home Care Services
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Sweaty Mama franchise
Sweaty Mama

Sweaty Mama is a mum and baby exercise class operating classes and franchises throughout the UK.

2,500 Minimum investment
Gym, Sport & Beauty
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Water Babies franchise
Water Babies

At Water Babies, our aim is to teaching safe water practice and developing childrens swimming skills from the [...]

5,000 Minimum investment
Personal & Home Care Services
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 Pet: Most profitable franchises

Husse franchise
Husse

We are the leaders when it comes to home delivery of premium quality dog and cat food, cat litter, and pet accessories

4,900 Minimum investment
Pet
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 Retail & Stores : Most profitable franchises

Hillarys Blinds franchise
Hillarys Blinds

We are a manufacturer and retailer of quality made-to-measure window blinds with over 45 years of experience [...]

3,000 Minimum investment
Home Improvement & Construction
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Mac Tools franchise
Mac Tools

Mac Tools produce tools that have been manufactured with the highest specifications to exceed national standards.

5,000 Minimum investment
Retail & Stores
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Printing.com franchise
Printing.com

Printing.com is a fast-growing UK- based printing company that has over 300 outlets in the UK and Ireland.

950 Minimum investment
Retail & Stores
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Tubz franchise
Tubz

Tubz is one of the leading vending towers machines providers in the UK. We specialise in providing vending towers [...]

2,499 +VAT Minimum investment
Retail & Stores
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With thanks franchise
With thanks

Have you ever come across those eye-catching boxes that sell colourful sweets around shopping centres or your [...]

4,000 Minimum investment
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