A Catalogue of Franchising Questions

Having worked in the industry for over 30 years, we’ve heard almost every question about franchising. Some of the more commonly asked questions are listed below.

If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We will be more than happy to help.

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Can I keep my existing business name when joining Mr. Electric?

No. When you become a Mr. Electric franchise owner, you will have to operate under the Mr. Electric name. However, we have an extensive range of professionally produced marketing materials that you can use within your franchise territory.

Do I need electrical experience to start a Mr. Electric franchise?

No. Mr. Electric is a management franchise, therefore we would not expect you to conduct any of our services yourself. Instead, you will employ a team of electricians that will work under your direction. Your first technician must have the necessary qualifications to carry out electrical work in the UK.

If you are a qualified electrician, it is possible to start your franchise as a technician within the business.

How much does it cost to start a Mr. Electric franchise?

Mr. Electric franchise territories require an investment of approximately £24,000 + VAT. Working capital is also required, and varies depending on individual needs.

We have a strong working relationship with lenders who will finance up to 70% of your investment, subject to status.

Can I keep my existing business name when joining Aire Serv?

No. When you join Aire Serv, you adopt our name and branding.

Do I need heating and air conditioning experience to start an Aire Serv franchise?

No. Aire Serv is a management franchise, therefore we would not expect you to conduct any of our services yourself. Instead, you will employ a team of HVAC technicians that will work under your direction.

How much does it cost to start an Aire Serv Franchise?

Aire Serv franchise territories require an investment of approximately £18,000 + VAT. We have a strong working relationship with lenders who will finance up to 70% of your investment, subject to status.

How many franchisees do you have?

Drain Doctor has 57 locations in the UK. Remaining areas are limited; please contact our franchise development team to see if your territory is still available.

Can I keep my existing business name when joining Drain Doctor?

No. When you become a Drain Doctor franchise owner, you will have to operate under the Drain Doctor name. Drain Doctor is one of the best known names in the UK plumbing and drainage market which helps when tendering for larger contracts.

Do I need plumbing or drainage experience to start a Drain Doctor franchise?

No. Drain Doctor is a management franchise, therefore we would not expect you to conduct any plumbing or drainage services yourself. Instead, you will employ a team of technicians that will work under your direction.

If you have existing industry experience, it is possible to start your franchise as a technician within the business.

How much does it cost to start a Drain Doctor Franchise?

Drain Doctor franchise territories require an investment of approximately £35,000 + VAT. Working capital is also required, and varies depending on individual needs.

We have a strong working relationship with lenders who will finance up to 70% of your investment, subject to status.

How many franchisees do you have?

Countrywide Grounds Maintenance has 51 franchise locations in the UK. We now only have three virgin territories remaining.

Do I need gardening and landscaping experience to start a Countrywide Grounds Maintenance franchise?

No. Countrywide Grounds Maintenance is a management franchise, therefore we would not expect you to conduct any of our services yourself. Instead, you will employ a team of Grounds Maintenance Staff who will work under your direction.

How much does it cost to start a Countrywide Grounds Maintenance Franchise?

Countrywide Ground Maintenance franchise territories require an investment of approximately £44,995 + VAT. Working capital is also required, and varies depending on individual needs.

We have a strong working relationship with lenders who will finance up to 70% of your investment, subject to status.

How many franchisees do you have?

Bright & Beautiful has over 60 franchise locations across the UK.

How do I recruit staff members?

Research your local employment market. Make sure you understand which towns, suburbs, postcodes and streets will provide you with candidates for your professional housekeeping roles. Find out where you can advertise and promote your jobs in those areas, and research online and offline recruitment.

How much does it cost to start a Bright & Beautiful Franchise?

Bright & Beautiful franchise territories require an investment of approximately £17,995 + VAT. Working capital is also required, and varies depending on individual needs.

We have a strong working relationship with lenders who will finance up to 70% of your investment, subject to status.

Do I need cleaning and housekeeping experience to start a cleaning franchise like Bright & Beautiful?

No. Bright & Beautiful is a management franchise, therefore we would not expect you to conduct any of our services yourself. Instead, you will employ a team of experienced housekeeping professionals that will work under your direction.

How can I get funding for my franchise business?

Due to the proven nature of our business models, Neighbourly has a strong relationship with major high-street banks. This will allow you to get funding for up to 70% of your initial franchise fee subject to status.

Can I talk to a franchisee before starting my franchise?

Yes, all of our franchise brands will allow you to speak to an existing franchisee before you start your business. This is an important part of our process.

In fact, you won’t be allowed to progress through our franchise recruitment process until you have had a conversation with an existing business owner.

What is Neighbourly?

Neighbourly is the world’s largest provider of home service franchises. We have 3,600 franchisees across 21 franchise brands in nine countries. Learn more about Neighbourly in our About section.

How long will it take to start my franchise?

Once you have signed your franchise agreement, your franchisor will outline a start date for your business. The franchisor will ensure everything is ready for this date and your training will come in the weeks prior.

From signing the agreement, Neighbourly franchisees will typically start their business within one to two months.

How long does a franchise last?

Franchise agreements tend to last from five to ten years. However, this will differ between industries.

Can I sell my franchise?

Yes, many franchisees start their business with the end goal of selling it on. When the time comes for you to sell a successful Neighbourly business, we will support you in the advertising and sale of your franchise.

Can I start a franchise in an industry I don’t know?

Most franchises will allow you to start your business without experience within that specific industry. Ensure that the franchisor is offering an adequate level of training and ongoing support before entering an industry you don’t know.

How much does it cost to start a franchise?

Franchises range from as little as £1,000 + VAT to over £500,000+VAT.

Neighbourly’s lowest initial investment is Bright & Beautiful at £17,995 + VAT and its highest is Countrywide Grounds Maintenance at £44,995 + VAT.

When starting your franchise, make sure you have enough working capital to sustain your personal life whilst investing in your new business.

How much can I earn starting a franchise?

This differs with each franchise opportunity. Some franchises, such as Drain Doctor Plumbing, offer a scalable business with the potential to grow to over £1 million in turnover. Other franchises, such as part-time opportunities, offer much lower returns due to the nature of the businesses.

As with any business, you get out of it what you put in. If you work hard and follow the proven franchise business models, you will succeed.