The British Franchise Association (bfa) was established in 1977 by the UK’s major franchising companies, to promote ethical franchising practices and act in the interests of the industry as a whole.

The bfa assesses and accredits franchises that meet its strict and extensive criteria for membership based on a company’s business structure, its contract with its franchisees, its operational procedures and its proven success overtime under a franchise model.

Only if a franchise successfully passes accreditation are they able to join the bfa as a member, gain access to the benefits of membership and become represented by the Association. Similarly, the bfa accredits professional advisors with demonstrable expertise in ethical franchising (for example, accountants, banks, consultants and solicitors).

The British Franchise Association also provides objective information and advice to potential franchisees and franchisors, by holding regular seminars throughout the country, and hosts members-only special events, forums and workshops, on a variety of topics to help franchisors, and their franchisees, succeed.

Ashtons Franchise Consultants are bfa-affiliated and adhere to the European Code of Ethics for Franchising. They provide a full one-stop-shop of specialised services dedicated to assisting prospective franchisors, established franchisors, franchise investors and facilitating international franchising for Master Franchise investors and global franchise brands.

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