Welcome to Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF)

We are a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers, providing advice and guidance to women looking for a route into the franchise industry. Our remit is threefold; to encourage women to consider buying a franchise, to encourage business women to franchise their existing operations and to help franchisors attract more women to their networks.

Franchising can be a great move for women who are looking to take their career a step further or to have a career that fits in around their home life. At EWIF, we are looking to change the face of the franchise sector so that women have a much larger presence than they do currently and to balance out the ratio of men to women in the franchise industry. 

EWIF has become a valuable community and source of information for so many people. We hold regular regional meetings around the UK to allow franchisors and prospective franchisees and franchisees to meet, network, discuss best practice and hear from a range of industry experts. We also hold an annual national conference and an annual awards ceremony, sponsored by NatWest, to recognise the achievements of women in franchising and to boost their position and give them more credibility in their industry.

Please take a look around and get in touch if you think EWIF could help you. We’re always delighted to welcome new members!


Regional Meetings

We hold regular meetings across the country. Click to find out where your nearest meeting is. See you soon!

Annual National Conference

EWIF hold an annual National Conference open to EWIF members, supporters and guests. Click here to find out more about our next one.

NatWest EWIF Awards

Every year EWIF hold an annual award ceremony designed to bring together the best women in the industry to celebrate their successes. Click here to see the details of the event!
1st May 2019
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EWIF Annual Conference

19th September 2019
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What you don’t know about me

2019 is a year of great change for EWIF, and one of these changes sees the introduction of our new Managing Director, Helen Mansfield. Helen is a young female with a passion for franchising and women in business. Helen’s dedication to the cause and understanding of...

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Dragons’ Den winner launches competition for students

Dragons’ Den, the BBC television series has created some of most successful British businesses. Now, one of the most memorable contestants to appear in the Den, is giving back and launching their own competition for children and young people to give them a platform...

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