FranchisingWorks is an innovative social enterprise that tackles unemployment, redundancy and career transition by helping create new businesses and jobs through franchising. It provides independent advice and practical support to people interested in exploring franchising as a way into self employment.
When your existing business is ready to expand, FranchisingWorks can help you prepare in line with industry leading standards. We have specialist and experienced staff that can help you grow either organically or through franchisee acquisition. Franchising your business can be a daunting and expensive undertaking which can leave the business vulnerable legally, if done incorrectly. We have over 20 years experience of franchising existing businesses.
Chris has led over fifteen start-ups and mergers and has substantial experience in professional development, skills and employment. Chris is a partner at The Shaftesbury Partnership, and in addition has led the Trussell Trust for over 10 years. Among other programmes, the Trussell Trust runs the Foodbank network, a social franchise which has set up over 400 foodbanks across the UK in the last eight years.
Patrick Shine has 15 years’ experience in advising charities, social enterprises and entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on scaling strategies, leadership development and social investment. He also mentors individuals with business experience who wish to transition into the social impact sector. He has been a partner at The Shaftesbury Partnership since 2008 and has led the organisation since 2011.
Patrick manages the overall business strategy, and as such he has established social ventures in a range of sectors including FranchisingWorks. Patrick has active links with policymakers, think tanks and academics, focussing on how policy ideas can be made to work in practice. He was the Founding Chair of the Challenge Network, the leading provider of the government’s National Citizen Service programme, and the Founding Governor of the Southwark Free School. Before joining the voluntary sector, Patrick worked for over 20 years in financial markets, specialising in global fixed income and derivatives, and was a director of Lazard Brothers Asset Management.
UK Programme Manager / Advisor
Craig has over 20 years programme management in public and private sectors including, Shell UK, JD Williams, Cooperative Group, Birmingham City Council, DWP, MOD. He has good experience in leading multi-skilled teams, writing and delivering communication plans at FTSE100 board level. He has run two franchises in different sectors and a good track record of commercial success. He has worked extensively on client engagement programmes, from micro business to large multi-nationals.
ERDF Programme Manager / Advisor
Vicky has a strong sector specific professional network, has worked in training delivery and on ERDF delivery contracts for many years. She has good stakeholder management experience and excellent working knowledge of Welfare to Work programmes. She has also worked within Government Programmes, European Social Fund & Skills Funding Agency programmes at both local and national level. Successfully managing her team of advisors/ tutors within the Work Programme, SFA contracts & DWP sub contracts for Apprenticeships and various other programmes.
Mark is a senior lawyer, leading the UK Real Estate Finance practice at Simmons & Simmons. Key sector experience includes: residential, hotels and leisure, healthcare and retail. He acts for all market participants: lenders, borrowers, senior, junior and mezzanine debt players providing investment, development and structured finance, including commercial mortgage backed securitisations.
Mark also specialises in real estate restructuring and insolvency work, working with lenders and borrowers and with Insolvency Practitioners and Property Receivers.