Clough & Willis Solicitors, Commercial and private legal services UK


Franchising has been around for some decades, but it continues to grow in popularity. It is also counter-cyclical and so its growth is not hampered by a recession as much as other business models.  In its ideal form it combines a successful business with the opportunity to buy into it, yet running it as a separate entity. Its strength derives from the fact that the financial interests of both franchisor and franchisee are the same: the growth and development of the business.

For the franchisor it can offer far quicker route to growth than organic and is less costly than growth through acquisition. However, key questions need to be addressed before the decision is taken to franchise: 

is the business capable of being franchised?
is there a sufficient market to support a franchise network?
is there the ability to train and supervise franchisees? 
are there sufficient resources, including funding, to promote the recruitment of franchisees and to develop the market for the mutual benefit of the franchisor and the franchisees?

If the answer to these questions is Yes, then the product or service should be tested in pilot franchises. After addressing issues during this phase, the business will be ready for franchising.

Franchising can offer an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurial individuals to run their own business with full training and support in a tested environment. However, careful due diligence is required to ensure that the business opportunity is viable and can with reasonable skill and effort make money not only for the franchisor but also the franchisee before the decision to invest is taken.

A good franchise can provide the franchisee with ongoing revenue and capital appreciation for a future sale. It can also operate as a test run for buying further franchises or taking on a master franchise.

New franchises opportunities may offer greater potential returns in a newly-emerging market, but they are also more likely to be untested and therefore riskier. 

Contact Guy Lachlan now on freephone 0800 083 0815 or by email to discuss what I can do to help.

We have been using Clough & Willis for ten years and found them to be very efficient in all aspects of their work. What I like about their firm is that they cover a wide variety of legal services and are very quick to respond to our needs.

Nigel Compsty, Managing Director
H Compsty & Son Ltd

The contact for my name change and divorce was Marie Whittaker who again was completely professional and gave me complete confidence from out first meeting. My divorce proceeded smoothly, quickly and efficiently. I was updated regularly by letters and phone calls.

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"Level of service seems just right. The friendly, helpful staff explained procedures well and made everything clear."

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"The team are a pleasure to work with, friendly but always professional in their dealings. Following the successful sale of my business to Veolia Environmental Services plc, I continue to play a key role in the business. I would recommend Clough & Willis to business owners."

Chris Wright Recycling
H Chris Wright

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, personally, and on behalf of the Directors of SRS for all the time and work you put into the successful MBO. Professional at all times, your advice was client focused and to the point, and we were particularly impressed at your ability to work to a tight schedule, ensuring we completed on our deadline date."

Alex Docherty,
Director Sound Reduction Systems

Throughout the whole process, Clough & Willis kept me well informed and my stress levels to non-existent. I felt completely looked after with the team taking care of my best interests, I felt they had complete control and it was very reassuring.

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From first contact to the last, everyone has been very professional and reassuring through what has been an emotional and stressful time for us and without the help of your company it would have been much more difficult for me and my husband.

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I was very impressed with your firm at the outset when I first called in November 2009 after my uncles death. All staff from the receptionist and secretary through to the Partners were professional, friendly and helpful and provided the best response out of the 3 Bury firms I called.

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Clough & Willis are very understanding and made me feel valued, they showed me respect knowing I was albeit apprehensive of dealings within the legal profession and their workings

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Besides being professional Clough & Willis are also friendly and kind, making one feel relaxed able to communicate easily about the business in hand which they see to efficiently keeping in contact continually. Thank you for all you did.

Krystyna Bzdega

From reception through secretarial to solicitor the approach and attention to detail in handling my case was professional and gave me confidence that the matter would be handled to my satisfaction.

Mr M Booth

I have dealt with Clough & Willis for years since we moved to the area from Manchester and both my husband and I always appreciated your helpfulness and professionalism. Thank you

Theresa Moreen Woolley

Lorraine, I would just like to say "thank you very much" for all your hard work and assistance in the letting of the above property. The negotiations were somewhat protracted, due to a breakdown on my client's side, and I feel that your persistence and hard work led to the eventual lease completion. I look forward to working with you in the near future. Kind regards, Neil Higson, for and on behalf of Nolan Redshaw Ltd

Nolan Redshaw Chartered Surveyors

We have been impressed with the friendly professionalism of all staff, Rebecca Green has been wonderfully helpful, thorough, patient, kind and supportive. Her reassuring guidance has made some very sad and difficult times easier to bear. We hope Rebecca receives recognition for her excellent service.

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