The successful growth of various start-ups and small businesses has inspired business owners to take the franchise route. Year over year we have several businesses sprouting with franchise to grow domestically and globally.
Today, though franchising is considered a profitable approach to grow either a small or big business, entrepreneurs who are on the verge of taking this route should thoroughly understand the pros and cons and just not assume that franchise business model can drive complete success.
There are certain businesses which have taken up franchising and have failed to appoint any franchisee finally routed back to their earlier business operations. Growing your business needs lot of effort, a proper strategy, research and also need to consider various loopholes related to franchise your business.
India is known for immense business opportunities be it for National as well as International brands. Various international brands have expanded their footprints strongly in India, either through company-owned outlets or franchising. If you are a business owner and are looking at expansion, then there is no better time than now, to learn how to franchise your business in India and then get started with the franchise marketing and recruitment activities. I will bring out reasons as to why this is the time to start franchising your business and go ahead of the competition.
India with a GDP predicted growth of 7.2% in 2017-18 is considered as the fastest growing economy and the land for business opportunities. The government’s initiative like Make in India, Digital India, Start-up India has made it an easier route for various MNCs to invest. This has also resulted in most unorganized businesses looking at the organized formats.
Franchise your manufacturing business in India. Join the KRANTI of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Is India ready for the fourth Industrial revolution which is underway globally?
Technologies involving advanced robotics, 3D-printing, AI, the Internet of Things (IoT), and neurosciences are shaping the course of the global manufacturing industry. Manufacturers have no option but to innovate, upgrade or perish. India is in the midst of what we can call, ‘KRANTI’ (Knowledge, Research, and New Technology in India). Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target for the manufacturing sector to achieve 25% of our GDP by 2022 and I feel Franchising can play a very vital role in this KRANTI in India.
Alongside this development, it is being noted that manufacturers across the globe are setting up mini plants closer to their customers. This they feel is the best strategy to service a customer during these competitive times. There are several industries in which the current technology has become outdated and there is a newer, more efficient and more acceptable way of manufacturing or assembling products. We are coming across several such manufacturers in India who are seeking the franchise model to expansion. They strongly believe that there is a huge market that can be tapped through these local franchises across various pockets of the country.
Every child is unique and has the power to innovate. techJOYnT, with its head office in Austin Texas, the gamified hands-on learning centers for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education utilizing a proprietary GEAR (game design, electronics, app development, and robotics) learning pathway platform, announced a strategic franchise growth initiative that aims to add new franchise locations in markets across India. The strategic franchise growth initiative is to empower more children and communities to transform from passive users to passionate innovators than has been previously reached through the company’s unique and proven instructional delivery system.
La Quinta in Spanish means “The fifth”. It can also mean “the country place”. The story of La Quinta started out at San Antonio, Texas in 1968. La Quinta corporation was made the parent company of the subsidiary called La Quinta properties as they grew to be a large chain with a standardized company-owned hotel and franchised hotel with a symbol of LQ. It also grew outside the United States across Canada, Mexico, and Honduras. La Quinta now has its headquarters in Irving, Texas. In January 2006 a merger closed between a private equity firm, Blackstone group and La Quinta properties for $3.4 billion paid by Blackstone group in cash and debt.
In April 2014 LA Quinta holdings inc was listed on the New York stock exchange where they sold shares to the public for the first time.
OYO (Oravel Stays Pvt Ltd) has been adopting various strategies for expansion. But the franchise strategy has found success.
Ritesh Agarwal, CEO of Oravel Stays Pvt ltd launched a website for hotel bookings in 2012. After staying in over 100 Hotels to research the industry, he pivoted his startup to OYO rooms. OYO rooms started with one hotel in Gurgaon in January 2013 and by September 2017 it had around 70000 rooms in 8500 hotels. In 2015, at the age of 21, Ritesh raised $25 million from investors like, sequoia, DSG Consumer Partners, Light speed ventures and San Francisco based Greenoaks Capital.
In December 2017 OYO announced that it will be changing its expansion strategy from hotel aggregator model to the franchising model and all hotels will be shifted to the franchising model. Mr Agarwar said that moving to the franchising model had very less impact on the pricing of the rooms. Due to the shift the company is able to manage, agreements, franchise partners, and hotel inventory more efficiently with fewer hotel staff. OYO has new procedures in place for all franchises, for example, one floor manager assigned for every 100 rooms, simplifying the managers work by data analytics and computers, auditors for checking 30% of hotels every day, etc.
A franchise is an authorization granted to a company or an agency for specified business activity in accordance with the standards set by the franchiser. When a business is expanding as a franchise it is necessary to carefully configure the franchise agreements. The terms and conditions are to be well thought out. All the possible conflicts and should be addressed beforehand. Experts with a foresight into all possible conflicts are the ones who will be able to configure it and there are no better experts in creating a franchise than the franchise consultants at Sparkleminds. Sparkleminds can recognize a profitable franchise beforehand and help companies create brands which they will be able to give as a franchise. The royalties that a business will enjoy by giving out a franchise will increase the value of its shares manifold.
Hoskote is a rural town in Karnataka with less than 60000 inhabitants who mostly depend on agriculture for livelihood. It was low on priority for phone makers, but now it is not so for Xiaomi. Xiaomi’s market share in India has exceeded that of Samsung by 2.4 percentage points within just 3 years of entering the market and it seeks to increase its sales by reaching out to remote areas in India. For growth in India, Xiaomi has taken 3 approaches to supply their products: MI homes, electronic retail chains, and MI preferred partners. Of these three approaches, MI homes are proven to be the best because it has adopted the franchise model for growth and expansion. It is similar to the Apple store franchise where the store is owned by the franchise partner but is operated by the company.
Selling your brand as a franchise can enable your business to realize its full potential. Such a deal can be focused on a particular market alone. Partnerships with the well-established business in a new market can be a great strategy for entry into that market.
A win-win for Eric life sciences and Strides Shasun.
Sashank Sinnha, Managing Director of Strides Shasun said that their focus always has been building a B2B portfolio. Strides Shasun, he said has scaled up its operations in Australia as one of the top two players. As their international operations scaled up, they decided that Strides Shasun in India will achieve its full potential under an India focused company.
The right time to consider an exit strategy is when your business is developing. The best value for your brand is realized when you start franchising development with exit strategies in mind. There is a significant investor interest in the franchise industry. Beginning from 2010 dozens of mergers and acquisitions franchising transactions have closed and the trend is increasing. Private equity groups have more than 800 billion in cash and strategic buyers have more than 4 trillion to invest. It creates a potential demand driving prices to rise. Small business financing may be problematic at times but the availability of bank financing for large acquisitions enables private equity firms to use leverage while paying high prices for best quality franchisors.
Havmor is an ice cream shop that started in 1994 in Karachi. It moved to Ahmedabad within 3 years following the partition of India. A large number of ice cream shop owners and small entrepreneurs tied up with Havmor as franchisees. It grew to be a prominent brand with more than 40000 outlets across India by 2016. The brand has been growing at a CGAR of 23-25%. It had a turnover of about 250 crores in 2012 and its turnover was about 450 crores during FY 2015-16. In 2016 Havmor had expected its sales to double by 2020. It had aimed to increase its sales to 1000 crores.