Ashtons Franchise Consulting

Have a question? +44 (0)1603 703254
  • Ashtons Franchise Consulting recently acquired FDS. The new website is currently under development, in the meantime please explore this site and we will be happy to help you. Contact Nick Williams on 01603 703254

    Talk to FDS
  • Free Guide on Franchising

    Register your details for a FREE Guide to Successfully Franchising Your Business.

    Free Guide to Successfully Franchising Your Business
  • Free 'How to Franchise' Seminars

    Attend one of our free regular 'How to Franchise Your Business' seminars.

    Free 'How to Franchise Your Business' Seminar

Ashtons Franchise Consulting

Ashtons Franchise Consulting (AFC) offers more than 35 years of experience, combining best practice with best value in successful franchise development of national and international franchise networks. AFC has an unrivalled team of franchise experts available to help you grow your business. That same experience is available to you if you want to invest in becoming a franchisee, often now referred to as a 'franchise partner' or 'franchise owner'.

So, whether you are an individual with capital to invest in a franchise licence, or a company seeking franchise consultants to help you to create a new franchise network, AFC can provide you with valuable advice and guidance.

Our complete range of franchise consultancy products and services is uniquely combined with a range of franchise exhibition publications and websites including The Franchise Exhibitions, Business Franchise Magazine, Franchisor News, The Franchise Magazine,,,, and

< >


“Ashtons Franchise Consulting (formerly FDS) and Ashtons Legal have advised CeX on strategic, legal, compliance and recruitment marketing of our franchise development programme since inception in 2004, and continue to contribute to our success in achieving growth of over 250 franchised outlets in the UK, Spain, Republic of Ireland and Mexico.”
Frank Orchard, Director, CeX Limited & CeX Franchising Ltd

Sports Xtra

Sports Xtra

“I would recommend Ashtons Franchise Consulting (formerly FDS) without hesitation. They will give you a professional and honest initial appraisal and ultimately, you will find their advice is worth every penny. Paul Hague has helped build Sports Xtra into a fantastic management franchise from which we have seen the benefits of the hard work that we continue to both put in.”
Gareth Lippiatt, Managing Director, Sports Xtra

VIP Bin Cleaning Limited

"I have worked with Nick Williams for many years and he is the first person I call when I need any help or advice. Nick has worked with me within various aspects of our business and has advised me on both our UK and International development. I now consider Nick as a friend as well as respecting him as a very able and competent franchise consultant, and I would have no hesitation in recommending him for any services connected to franchising"
Mark Harvey, Managing Director, VIP Bin Cleaning Limited

E Tyres

“etyres was the first mobile tyre business in the UK to achieve BS5750 and later ISO9000 accreditation, the first company in the UK to sell tyres on-line and the first mobile tyre franchise in the world. We are now a national brand and Full Members of the British Franchise Association. In January (2016) we signed up our millionth customer. None of this would have been possible for us without the help and support that we have received over the years from FDS - now Ashtons Franchise Consulting." Tony Bowman, CEO