Women’s role in the franchising sector
16th May 2016
Pip Wilkins has recently been appointed as the new chief executive of the British Franchise Association, having previously been head of operations for the BFA since 2013.
This raises an interesting talking point with regard to the role women play in the franchise sector. Some 30% of franchisees are women which broadly mirrors the number of female directors across UK companies registered at Companies House.
It is probably slightly surprising that the percentage of female franchisees is not higher than in other business arrangements as whilst not wishing to generalise, women often adopt a collaborative style to management and business in general. One would think the collaborative approach present in the franchising sector between franchisor and franchisee would have a unique appeal to women wishing to make their way in business, essentially independently but with a strong network to provide support when necessary.
Perhaps there are other outside factors in play that mean women do not make up a higher proportion of franchisees than they currently do…
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Author: Matthew Benton, Senior Manager @ Plus Accounting
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