All About EWIF

At EWIF, we’re looking to change the face of the franchise sector so that women have a much larger presence. The tide is beginning to turn as franchising has seen a significant rise in the number of women joining the industry, and in particular, a rise in the number of younger women investing in franchises.

Over the past two years, 37% of all new franchisees joining the industry have been female – that’s a huge rise of 20% since 2015. In 2018 we also saw the highest proportion of total female franchisees in the industry since the survey stats began, with 30% of all franchisees being female. These stats are extremely encouraging, however, there is still some way to go!

And that’s where we come in….

Our primary focus is to support women who are 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. 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.

EWIF is built on our community of members, including franchisors and franchise service suppliers, who offer free services to women seeking advice and guidance on entering the franchise industry. If you would be interested in joining our community, gaining advice and guidance for yourself and also giving back to others who could benefit from your experience, membership is £140 per annum, per company from the date of joining.


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