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Sources of franchise funding

Whenever you are seeking to secure funding for a franchise, a business plan is essential to prove any type of lender that your business is worth investing in. However, it’s worth appreciating that there are a wide range of investors out there, other than banks, that can help you to set up a franchise business.

These sources of funding include:

Grants – Grants cover a broad range of sectors, related to business location, size and industry, as well as specific problems in the local area. UK government bodies that offer grants include Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Department for Employment and Learning, Charities and Local Authorities. Some specific grants target women, young people, over 50’s and entrepreneurs with a disability. A grant can be an option once your business is up and running, as well as for capital at the initial start-up phase.

The New Enterprise Allowance – Those on Jobseeker’s Allowance for three or more months and may be eligible for the New Enterprise Allowance, which awards small loans to help those with a business idea with their start-up costs. The maximum amount awarded is £1,000 so this route is more suited to those with low start-up costs.

Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) – These are independent organisations that encourage and create wealth in communities that are disadvantaged by providing individuals and small businesses with loans.

Crowd funding – There is now a growing trend to source funding from several investors through private websites. For example, Funding Circle allows business owners to pitch their business to potential investors, meaning that they can choose from a range of investors and can compare interest rates.

Friends and family – If you are fortunate enough to have this type of assistance, you still need to have a contractual agreement in place, stating when you will repay the money and what, if any, interest you will pay.

Angel investors – Business Angels are high net worth individuals interested in investing in businesses with a high potential to grow. Usually a business angel will have experience of the industry and will share their expertise. To search for a Business Angel, try the UK Business Angels Association.

Government Schemes – The HMRC Enterprise Investment Scheme and the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme offer tax relief to investors, including income tax and capital gains tax relief.

The total cost of setting up a Redstones office is around £20,000, including a franchise fee of £9,995 and full training. For further information, visit our Franchise website.