6th November 2016
Having decided to franchise the Fluid Network Solutions brand earlier this year we set about the task of getting all documentation in place.
We worked with other agencies to create the information booklet, the handbook which will be given to all new franchisees and set up all the administration that comes with this exciting move.
But one of the main things we wanted to establish was our credentials. We worked hard to put forward a case to get British Franchise Association (BFA) accreditation - to stand up to the rigorous and detailed criteria that the association expects of members.
After months of hard work and assessments, I’m delighted to announce that we now have it!
We have recently been informed that we have been accredited by the BFA and the renewal date is 2017.
It is great news and something we are very proud of.
But why is it important? Well, the BFA says on it’s website that one of their main roles is to help potential franchisees recognise the good franchises and the not-so-good.
And accreditation means we are a good potential franchise. So Fluid already has a great reputation as a telecommunications company and now it has been deemed a credible franchise too, just weeks after launching the franchise.
The BFA also states another role is to help businesses involved in franchising to secure their own position amongst the "good".
So we have the support and backing to run a good franchise model which will in turn help any franchisees run a smooth and profitable business.
The BFA was set up in 1977 by the major franchise companies in the UK to act in the interests of the industry as a whole in assessing and accrediting franchising companies as those which meet its criteria for the structure of the franchise business, the terms of the contract between franchisor and franchisee, the testing of the system and its success as a franchise.
If you’re going to get accreditation you have to put yourself forward and be tested against the BFA’s strict and extensive criteria.
It includes delving into a franchisor's history and standards, committing to abiding by the BFA’s Code of Ethical Conduct, disciplinary procedure, complaints procedure and appeals procedure.
Members must also meet the BFA’s four key criteria: that the business is viable, franchisable, ethical and fully disclosed.
So not only can we tell you how great Fluid is, the BFA can now as well!
Director Rob Tolley