A New Way Forward

The Approved Franchise Association (AFA) and the British Franchise Association (bfa) have joined forces to strengthen the UK franchise sector.

Standards, shared values, and strong ethics for business format franchising make the bfa’s acquisition of the AFA a huge step forward for the industry as a whole.


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Are you looking for an ethical, sustainable and worthwhile franchise to invest in? Discover our members who have all been assessed and independently accredited by the AFA.

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Franchise your Business

If you have a proven, profitable business model that can be easily replicated, find out more about the benefits of franchising and how it can help you to expand and grow your business.

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Become a Member

Join us today to gain accreditation, raise your profile and expand your business through franchising.

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What do AFA members think of our service? Find out how we are helping our members to scale their businesses and build credibility and recognition.


Who Are We

The AFA was founded in 2012 to support the continued success and growth of the UK Franchise Industry by providing a credible and more affordable accreditation. We are a self-regulatory, voluntary organisation, which serves its members, potential franchisees and the industry in general. The AFA provides a complete support network for franchisors, large and small, offering membership, support and our seal of approval to eligible franchise organisations.

Quality Accreditation

The AFA provides the Franchise Industry within the United Kingdom with a voluntary, self-regulatory body; serving its members, potential new franchisees and the industry as a whole.

Ethical Values

Our Ethical Practises

Our Values & Principles ensure our organisation remains focused and driven to our collective objectives, surrounding the growth, development and awareness of the Franchise Industry within the United Kingdom.

Support and Information


Whether you are seeking a franchise opportunity or are an existing franchisor, the AFA provides you with guidance, support and straightforward advice.



We are committed to supporting the collective franchising community and ultimately contributing to the development of the UK franchising industry.

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