Here are a few
of our client testimonials:
"Choosing a consultant is such a big decision for a business but I'm so pleased I chose to work with Ashton's and Charlie. Communication and clarity of information have been first class and the support and mentoring provided by Charlie has been excellent." Kelly Wright, Founder, The Refillery.
Fitter Body Bootcamp
“We began talking with Richard and the team at Ashton’s in 2018 and over that time they have helped us develop our franchise operation from 1-9 locations across the UK, even in this turbulent time of a pandemic. The team at Ashton’s has guided at every step of the way, from developing our onboarding process to our Franchise agreements and they are also at the end of the phone whenever I need them.
A fabulous team and so extremely helpful, nothing is too much trouble”. Alexandra Knight, Co-founder, Fitter Body Bootcamp.
"We chose Ashtons Franchise Consulting after visiting the
Franchising exhibition in Birmingham. We
were impressed with their presentation and professionalism and after careful
consideration we chose them to help us realise our ambition.
Our type of Franchise requires professionally qualified
Franchisees, so we are immediately looking at a narrow section of the
population. We can’t in all honesty say
it has been easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is.
What we can say though is that Ashtons help, support and advice has been there when we needed it most, and they continue to be there and available. New avenues are now opening up for us and we feel confident that Ashtons have given us a strong foundation of knowledge, information, support and an excellent legal agreement. We would not hesitate to recommend them to help other people to take the plunge that can change futures". Kay and Amanda, All About Feet.
experience to really develop my business and was an absolute pleasure to work
with Paul. Ashtons were a pleasure to work with and I feel very confident going
forward that I will be able to grow my business substantially. Paul really took
his time to understand my business and gave me really detailed meetings so that
I could plan and prepare for each stage of the franchise development plan. I
hope to continue to work with Ashtons in the foreseeable future as we meet
company targets." Amandeep Gill, Founder, Boost Education.
"Thank you, we are all delighted that we were voted 'Best Emerging Franchisor' at the British Franchise Association Awards 2020! You truly are very much
part of that recognition of success. From your guidance and invaluable advice
in the early days, to introducing us to Ian Bradley and more. So, thank you and I hope
you also shared a smile knowing the important role you have played over the
years". Karen Prewer, Founder, My Window Cleaner.
"We approached Ashtons Consulting and quickly shortlisted them along with two other recommended organisations to help us in franchising BizSmart. This was a major decision for us and we wanted to make sure that the partner we chose had the experience but also the desire and the personal touch to help us make a success transition to franchising.
Following discussions with a number of franchisors we selected Ashtons and specifically Charlie Dickson as our franchising partner. We have not been disappointed! Charlie's attention to detail and to our needs has been excellent. Charlie developed a clear plan and kept us to it - despite the current pandemic. Charlie's support has gone well beyond the 'mechanics' of becoming a franchisors and he has helped us with our model and strategy calling on his extensive experience. From a standing start, we went live to 'market' at around the 5 month mark and within the first two weeks we have already received two enquiries from potential franchisees.
So far a great experience and we are looking forward to
Charlie's continued guidance as we develop our franchise further. ." Kevin Brent, Director, BizSmart.
Blossom Home Care
"In a short COVID restricted 6 months Ashtons have helped us to be completely ready to recruit our first franchisees, and gain Bfa accreditation. We have found them to be approachable, expertly knowledgeable and helpful throughout the process. Richard Langrick has been a pleasure to work with, alongside the whole team." John Leggott, Managing Director, Blossom Home Care.
amount of information that Charlie shared with me was incredible, he is
extremely knowledgeable. Franchising my business to me was just an idea,
Ashtons Franchise Consultancy made it a reality. I had the pleasure of working
with Charlie for the past few months and he has been very thorough with his
process as well as able to put together all the documents very efficiently. He
is very organised. Above all I was impressed with how quickly he responds to
emails and being able to provide clear explanations about my queries on
franchising. Also, it’s worth mentioning that I am based in London and Charlie
travelled from Scotland for every meeting. Oh, and he brought pastry with him,
every time! I highly recommend working with Ashtons Franchise Consultancy and
Charlie has made it very easy for me to say so". Marcin Wickowski, Director, CEW Holdings.
"I would like to say how pleased I am with the high level of service I have received from Ashtons so far on my journey into Franchising. Their commitment to accuracy, promptness in their replies, support and consistent communication is testament to the hard work they perform in the background to make everything seamless. This goes for all the people in their team and the lengths they go to in order to provide excellent customer service, something I have not seen in the UK with many other companies for many years.
If you are reading this and are a business owner considering going into the Franchise world, then I can say with sincerity that you are in safe hands, they make the whole process easy to understand and they remove any uncertainty and worries you may have.
Genuine thanks to Nick, Paul and the whole team
at Ashtons, you have proven many times over that my decision to use your
company for my Franchising needs was one of the best business decisions I have
made… Thank you for all your kindness and understanding". Brian Bancroft, Managing Director, CarpetSmart Thailand Company Limited.
"Charlie reached out to me following my LinkedIn post seeking franchise advice along with a few other franchise consultants. My aim was to find a trustworthy and competitively priced consultant that would help me get my business ready for franchising.
I found other consultants I spoke to often just said what I
feel you wanted to hear even though it wasn’t necessarily correct. With Charlie
he was straight down the line and told me things I maybe didn’t want to hear
about but at the same time I realised I had to be made aware of.
Charlie has integrity. He has significant franchise experience having spent the majority of his working life in the industry, so offered me invaluable insights, advice & support to assist develop our franchise programme in detail, including all necessary franchising documentation.
As Charlie works with Ashtons Franchise Consultants, I had the added-value benefit of access to Ashtons Legal services to prepare the Franchise Agreement and other legal requirements. Another great benefit I found was that no matter what time of day or night, Charlie was always available to answer my calls and emails and in-fact even when he was on a family holiday, he still found the time to assist me!
In summary, I can’t rate Charlie highly enough and would
recommend him to anyone who is looking to develop a franchise business or
indeed already operating in franchising, as I am confident that he will add
invaluable knowledge and expertise to any business.." Stephen Hopper - Director.
“Working with Charlie has been great for us as he has been instrumental in using his breadth of knowledge, experience and insight to help us tailor our franchise package. He has access to a great network of contacts which have really propelled our business and franchise opportunity to the next level - from targeted territory mapping to a custom-built CRM Booking tool. His expertise has undoubtedly been priceless to us throughout this process and we have always felt that he is genuinely as passionate about our business, ideas and growth as we are which has given us full confidence in his recommendations.” Sarah Mollison, Director.
"Ashtons Franchise Consulting have assisted us with every
step of our franchise journey. From inception right through to
launching our first franchises, their guidance is worth every penny. They
are always on hand to offer advice beyond the services that were expected and
we have built a great relationship that has out-lasted just the initial steps
into the world of franchising. I would definitely recommend Ashtons, and
Richard Langrick in particular, who have a proven track record in this field". Mark Morrey, Director.
The Kleaning Company
“Just a quick note to thank Ashton’s and in particular Charlie Dickson for all of your help guiding us through this process. You really are a one stop shop for franchising and have helped us develop a solid franchising model to take to the market. From the start Charlie has been extremely professional and knowledgeable and has taken considerable time to fully understand our business.
I would strongly recommend
using Ashtons and in particular Charlie for any of your franchising needs.” Dan
Twiselton, Managing Director
"It is with great pleasure and satisfaction that I can offer Ashtons a reference for others to read, especially in the health sector.
There are great opportunities in health and wellbeing across the UK and a perfect way to expand your business in this sector is by franchising. Health and wellbeing is based on trust and integrity and franchising is a great way to get that message out to both potential franchisees and consumers.
Ashtons franchise consultants gave me the clarity and planning needed to take advantage of the opportunities in this space. It was extremely easy dealing with Ashtons and the process was straight forward, logical and executed on time. For me at least there were no complications in a smooth process.
I also feel like the costs involved met my expectation and budget and that I paid exactly what was explained to me at the start with no hidden charges.
I now have a franchise model that is attractive to new customers and that protects both me and my franchisees.
I would highly recommend Ashtons to any potential franchisors." Clifton Bradeley, Business Owner.
"Just a wee email note my appreciation for all your help and support. It was very good of you spending time getting to know me and delving into the potential franchise, offering points for discussion specific to the franchise / industry I was looking at and advice.Such personal attention in service is not often received nowadays".
"Thanks to Ashtons Franchise Consultancy, and their consultant Richard Langrick, for helping us to develop the C2 Safety Franchise system and successfully launch our franchise network. Without his advice and guidance over the development period we would have struggled to get all the documentation in place, or to fully understand how best to franchise our particular business and start recruiting as quickly as we have. We have no hesitation in recommending Richard and Ashtons to get the job done properly." Jerome Timbrell, Director
Home Care Preferred
"Many thanks for spending some time with us yesterday
when we visited and your valuable comments and advice. Paul Hague has been a first class consultant to us and I really
enjoyed working with him and learnt a great deal about the franchise
sector. Thank you for recommending him to us in the first place" - Ken Waterhouse, Managing Director
“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
“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
“Ashtons Franchise Consulting (formerly FDS) and Ashton KCJ 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, mSpain, Republic of Ireland and Mexico..” Frank Orchard, Director
"This year, 2016, we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the start of business by our very first Franchisees Pam and Stuart Cass in Portsmouth. Pam and Stuart are still with us and continue to trade successfully. We remain firm friends. The recruitment of these Franchisees followed three years of running our pilot branch and a year of franchise consultancy advice from Paul Hague who helped us to turn our fledgling business into a franchise format. Paul was working with Franchise Development Services, now Ashtons Franchise, who we appointed to guide us through that vital part of establishing us as a franchisor. We couldn’t have done it without him or without the ongoing advice and support from the entire FDS / AFC team.
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