Supporting the Armed Forces into Franchising

Fran Force is a Neighbourly initiative to support ex-military and emergency services personnel into business ownership through franchising. It focuses heavily on educating those who qualify about franchising and its benefits and will also offer significant discounts to service leavers who are considering starting their own business in the franchise sector.

Fran Force comprises of three key stages to attain ethical and successful franchise ownership…


  • A ‘Fran Force Awareness Day’ will provide a neutral and in-depth view into the franchise industry. Hosted at Neighbourly offices in Banbury and Cheadle.
  • Opportunity to contact NatWest franchise-specific financial advice, which is built on experience from previous cases.


  • Meet our Fran Force Associates who will be able to answer any franchising or Neighbourly questions and share any experiences both pre-, during and post-transition into the industry.
  • Connect with existing franchisees with an ex-military or emergency services background.
  • Be introduced to our Franchise Developers to discuss the next steps to franchise ownership within the Neighbourly network.


  • Personnel that qualify for the Fran Force initiative will receive 20% off the initial franchise fee, reinforcing our commitment and confidence in the success of ex-service personnel.
  • Meet your dedicated Fran Force Franchise Consultant who will guide you through the duration of your franchise tenure.


Leaving the Forces? Explore your options with Neighbourly

Fran Force aims to educate you in the benefits of franchising. Franchise ownership is not for everyone; however, army and ‘blue light’ personnel are well accustomed to following systems and working hard to achieve targets. That’s why we offer discounts to those with this valued experience.

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The Neighbourly Way

First Contact Our first contact is an important step for both parties. You get the chance to ask all of your initial questions, and our team has the opportunity to understand your goals and ambitions.
Discovery Phase Here we delve deeper into the franchise opportunity of your choice, discussing top-level financials and allowing you to speak to an existing franchise owner.
Visit Neighbourly Support Office At our Orientation Day, you will meet the support team at our head office. You will learn more about operating your franchise and be presented with your franchise agreement.
Start Trading Once you’ve signed your franchise agreement, you will be enrolled onto our initial training course and the team will begin to set up your business for launch.
Darren Barley, Mr. Electric Wolverhampton
“I decided I wanted more of a challenge… to be my own boss. So, in 2017, I gave it all up and joined Mr Electric.”

Since starting in 2017, Darren has built his business to employ three members of staff working within his area. Darren now plans to grow his business firstly through acquiring a full-time premises and then by putting two more vans out on the road.

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