Franchise Consultants in Manchester and North West

Looking for franchise consultants in Manchester? You are in the right place! Ashtons Franchise Consulting’s North West office covers Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Wigan, Preston, Blackpool and Scotland.

Our franchise consultants in Manchester and the North West offer a full one stop shop for franchising. Whether you are a business owner looking to franchise your business, or an experienced franchisor seeking to improve your proposition or recruit franchisees, our team of knowledgeable consultants will assist you. It does not matter if you simply just want a little advice at this stage (initial consultation is free), get in touch with us – we are always happy to chat.

One of our most experienced consultants, Charlie Dickson, is based in this region. Charlie has worked both nationally and internally with some very big clients of ours, including Shell and Ford, however he is equally at home with smaller start up businesses. All of our franchise consultants have practical experience within the industry, they have either been a franchisor, or held managerial roles within the sector for many years. In fact, as a business we have been helping businesses succeed through franchising since 1981! We embrace ethical franchising and are proud members of The British Franchise Association.

Based in the Manchester area and looking to franchise your business?

Franchising your business with Ashtons always starts with a complimentary session where we learn more about you and your business. At this stage, just a chat may be all that is needed. Or you may wish to go ahead with our ‘Franchise My Business – Initial Assessment’.

Our initial assessment is a full feasibility study and looks at all aspects of the business.  This analysis serves the dual purpose of enabling AFC franchise consultants to thoroughly examine the business and its market while pinpointing any necessary adjustments to facilitate its seamless transition into a franchise model.

A report is produced that goes beyond assessing the franchisability of your business and delves into detail such as:

  • Models: Exploring potential avenues for growth through franchising.
  • Financial Illustrations: Examining the franchisor and franchisee’s potential financial experiences.
  • Pros and Cons: Evaluating the merits and pitfalls of adopting a franchise model.
  • Requirements: Identifying the essential prerequisites for a successful franchise venture.
  • Strategy Plan: Aiding in the development of a prospective franchising strategy.

Franchise Development Programme

Next, we move onto developing the franchise. This includes  developing all the elements needed for successful franchising – the Franchise Prospectus, Franchise Information Memorandum (the detailed offer document), the Franchise Agreement and the Franchise Operations Manual. We provide an extensive array of top-notch services, which encompass strategic collaborations with professionals like franchise lawyers, banks, accountants, trade mark and territory mapping experts to name a few.

Our skilled team of manual writers is equipped to oversee the entire writing process, or alternatively, they can provide you with a template, allowing you to contribute content yourself for a more cost-effective solution. In fact all of our development programmes are able to be tailored to meet your specific needs in terms of time and budget considerations.

Are you an Established Franchisor? 

Our franchise consultants in Manchester and the North West can provide assistance with:

Franchise Health Assessment 

Being an established franchisor, you might face hurdles impeding your franchise’s growth, stemming from factors like franchisee motivation or recruitment issues. Our comprehensive franchise health assessment evaluates your entire franchise and provides actionable recommendations. These suggestions can encompass minor tweaks or a complete transformation, all designed to rejuvenate your franchise and drive forward its success.

Network Management

If you’re facing difficulties in managing your franchise network, our highly experienced consultant, Karl Sandall, is available to provide expert guidance and assistance. This may involve the development of comprehensive training plans, addressing issues, establishing clear Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), fostering a culture of collaboration, monitoring and enhancing performance, and facilitating the recruitment process.


Make use of our lead management and recruitment service –  let us do the leg work so that you only meet with quality candidates for franchisee recruitment.

Franchising Internationally

We’ve helped multiple UK brands in their global expansion efforts and facilitated international brands entering the UK market. If your company aspires to broaden its horizons abroad, our proficient team possesses the knowledge to navigate the complete process with you.

Contact Our Franchise Consultants in Manchester and the North West

Either complete the online enquiry form or call 0330 016 0028. 


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