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 three 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!


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Female population are thinking about starting up a business


UK's franchisees are women

And that’s where we come in….

The EWiF Mission: 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.


Want to help support our cause?

EWiF is built on our community of Ambassadors, including franchisors and franchise service suppliers, who offer free services to women seeking advice and guidance on entering the franchise industry. Our Ambassadors actively participate in reaching out to women in their region who may be looking to own their own business or to expand their existing business. They attend their local EWiF Regional meetings as often as they can, and assist in their regions activity plans to help support the EWiF Mission. 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, your company can become an Ambassador of EWIF for £160 per annum. Click here to find out more.

How do we support our Ambassadors?

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.