Robust new franchise opportunity recognised by the bfa

The British Franchise Association (bfa) has long played an important role in helping potential franchisees to recognise and invest in franchises of the highest quality. Any company that wants to earn bfa accreditation must test itself against their strict and extensive criteria. So, it’s with great pride that we can announce that Oast House Farm Snacks has been re-accredited from its former provisional membership to now an Associate Member of the bfa.

The requirements for Associate Membership are the same as for Full Membership, except that the criteria relating to the length of time the franchise has been operating, the size of the network and the range of experiences, are less demanding. Associate Members are franchisors working their way towards Full Membership

Matthew & Amanda Simmonds, Co founders of Oast House Farm Snacks, comments: “We’re extremely proud to have again been recognised by the bfa for our efforts in ethical franchising.

We founded the business in 2012 with the aim of supporting a local hospice through selling snacks in workplaces, and over the 18 months we developed a robust franchise system so others can use our model to help more hospices fundraise for their services in local communities across the country.

We have since extended our fundraising support to a National Children’s Charity which gives an option for our franchisees to launch quickly.
Matthew’s extensive experience in the franchise sector over the last 15 years helped him develop a strong franchise agreement that meets the bfa’s Code of Ethics and he was able to demonstrate that the model is based on the high standards of franchising practice that the bfa expect. As a result the bfa accredited Oast House Farm Snacks as an Associate member.

“As the franchise grows with new franchisees coming on board, we’re all focused on achieving the standards for Full Membership of the bfa,” explains Matthew. “I feel strongly that for a franchise, and its franchisees, to succeed there needs to be a robust system in place including an experienced head office team, a proven model, a high quality offering and strong training support, which is exactly what we’ve created.”
Oast House is currently recruiting franchisees for territories across the country with the assurance that they’ll have the business up and running quickly. As well as helping franchisees to create a personal business plan, the head office team provides a full training programme from registering as self-employed to getting the systems up and running, and they assist to negotiate the corporate fundraising contract with the local hospice or charity.

Oast House Farm Snacks currently has 30 Franchisees in its network.

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