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Paris Smith are proud to announce that it has achieved membership status of The Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Group. Associate Emily Sadler, a franchising specialist, will act as a franchise ambassador supporting women looking for a route into the franchise industry. The remit of EWIF is threefold:

  1. To encourage women to consider buying a franchise
  2. To encourage business women to franchise their existing operations
  3. To help franchisors attract more women to their networks

The mission of the group is “to inspire, encourage, educate and support women considering or involved in franchising through its network of ambassadors.”

The 2015 Natwest/bfa survey revealed that women account for just 23% of franchisees in the UK and that over the last 2 years, only 17% of new franchisees have been women. EWIF, a not for profit organisation run by franchise professionals, hopes to readdress the balance by offering expert guidance and support to women interested in franchising. Much of this expertise is shared free of charge or at EWIF discounted rates. EWIF also undertakes research into women in franchising, raises the issues that face women in franchising and publicises women in franchising in the media. EWIF’s members come from all areas of the franchise industry and include: Franchisors, Franchisees, Banks, Consultants, Accountants, Solicitors, Media providers and Exhibition Organisers.

EWIF hosts regular regional meetings, an awards ceremony and an annual conference as well as offering its various advice and guidance services, including a mentoring programme.

To find out more please click on the logo below to visit the EWIF website 

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For franchising legal enquiries please contact Emily Sadler