Whether you’re considering buying a franchise or looking to grow your business through franchising, our expertise could help you to do so with confidence.

With more than 30 years’ experience in financing franchise operations, and combined service of 250 years across the team, our specialist franchising unit supports over 8,000 clients.

We know that franchising is about more than just making money. It’s also about creating strong and mutually-beneficial relationships. And it’s an approach that saw us named as Best Franchisee Banking Provider at the Business Moneyfacts Awards 2019. We were also recognised within the industry with the Industry Contribution at the bfa Affiliate & Supplier Awards in 2019.

We understand the unique funding needs and structures required for franchise banking – and we tailor our approach accordingly, with our experienced business managers able to make fast, effective decisions. Through specialised long-term finance and risk management solutions designed specifically for franchisees and franchisors, we can support your individual growth plans.

If you’re looking to buy a franchise, our advisors could help you decide whether franchising is right for you and take you through the steps you need to develop a successful business. Franchisees benefit from a central helpdesk, offering advice and liaison with local banking managers. Funding of up to 70% of start-up costs is available for franchisees joining an established network.

If you’re looking to franchise your business, we can guide you through the process of planning and financing your franchise model by introducing you to key partners as well as our existing clients who are looking to expand their portfolio.

For experienced franchisors, our advisors can support you through many aspects of your future journey, from driving domestic expansion and brand penetration to entering new international markets.

Our franchise team can also leverage a global network that covers some 66 countries and territories, which means we are uniquely placed to connect customers to opportunities as they expand internationally. Whether you’re looking to bring your franchise to the UK or to franchise your UK business overseas, we can leverage that network to provide the connections, guidance, knowledge and introductions you need to succeed.

Our support goes beyond finance, providing the expertise and networking opportunities that are vital in the industry. We run regular events, such as ‘Meet the brands’, to connect overseas franchises with potential franchisees in the UK.

We also provide mentoring and networking opportunities, giving franchisees the opportunity to learn from each other and from our own team of advisors.

As part of that broader network of support, we work closely with the British Franchise Association to encourage successful and ethical franchising. We also sponsor the British Franchise Association Franchisor and Franchisee of the Year awards.

To find out more about how we could support your franchising activities, contact our franchise advisors on: 0800 234 6224 or email:

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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.

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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.

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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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