The March issue of Elite Franchise magazine is out now and features some great articles, including a monthly column penned by etyres managing director Tony Bowman about the benefits of networking.

“One of the advantages of being in a franchise is that even if you operate as a sole trader, you are not alone: you still have the backing and support of the head office and fellow franchise owners, Toy wrote. “Networking can help you expand this support group so that you can enjoy the benefit of having a sounding board or someone you can share a problem with.”

Drawing on decades of experience in running businesses and franchising, Tony was keen to highlight the role networking places in the securing success and singled out the British Franchise Association (bfa) for the support it offers not just franchisors, but also franchise owners, who are also encouraged to join and attend regional meetings.

“The goods and services offered by these businesses are incredibly diverse,” Tony wrote. “It is almost always the case that mutually supportive arrangements can be established because of the natural affinity that exists between like-minded businesspeople.

“But you don’t have to restrict your mutual support to other franchises; becoming part of a local business network group can also help spread the word about the service you offer. The ultimate aim is that your fellow members become your unpaid marketing team, actively gaining new business for you.”

The highly regarded Elite Franchise magazine also features an interesting article about the benefits of franchise resales. etyres has a number of resale opportunities available in key and prominent locations around the UK and it is an exciting avenue worth exploring for many potential new franchise owners.

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