Welcome to EWIF!

Welcome to EWIF (Encouraging Women into Franchising). We focus our time and energy on supporting women who are looking for a route into the franchise industry. With regional meetings, an annual awards ceremony, annual conferences and much more taking place for our members, EWIF has become a valuable community and source of information for so many people. Please take a look around and get in touch if you think EWIF could help you. We’re always delighted to welcome new members!

I am delighted that my original concept wherein members of the franchise industry give their time and expertise to women considering franchising has been embraced by so many people from within the franchise industry.

We are a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers, providing advice and guidance to anyone looking at trying to break 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.

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Clive Sawyer CEO of EWIF

Regional Meetings

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

National Meetings

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


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!

How to Start a Business when you have Young Children

March is the perfect month to celebrate all things female! We are currently reading through a massive amount of entries to our NatWest EWIF awards, and celebrated International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day! But we think it is important to celebrate women every day!!...

Razzamataz gets behind national Be Kind campaign

A franchise national theatre school is backing ITV’s This Morning’s newly launched Be Kind Campaign. The idea is to be able to offer key advice and an anti-bullying message following recent powerful interviews focused on bullying and the experienced faced by children...

Kate Matthews Chats All Things Franchising!

EWIF Regional South Chair, Kate Matthews recently appeared on a local Caterham Radio show – Ridge Radio! Kate was chatting all things franchising alongside publicising EWIF! At EWIF, we’re looking to change the face of the franchise sector so that women have a much...
Top Ten Tips for a Prospective Franchisee

Top Ten Tips for a Prospective Franchisee

About the author: Provided by Karen Sherr, Managing Director of Musical Minis  There are a number of do’s that any prospective franchisee should consider: DO meet with the franchisor. This is the beginning of a relationship and it is important that you trust and...

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