What Are The Different Types of Franchise Agreements?

If you want to open your own coffee shop, a coffee franchise could be the perfect business opportunity to help achieve your dream! If you are passionate about working and supporting your community, capable of motivating a team and have the financial qualifications, it sounds like you’re the ideal franchising partner for Esquires Coffee! But how do you know which franchise deal is best for you?

When it comes to the different types of franchise agreements available, there are three main opportunities to consider. This includes single store franchises, multi-store franchises and regional franchises.

At Esquires Coffee, we offer several franchise business opportunities. Here, we explain the difference between each franchise agreement that we provide:

  • Single store
  • Multi-store
  • Regional/Master

The franchise business model explained

What is a Franchise Agreement?

A franchise agreement is the arrangement of business between two parties, the franchisee and franchisor.

Franchisor’s Role in a Franchise Agreement

The franchisor is the founder of the company and owns the name of the brand. They are responsible for the business systems and processes.

How much control the franchisor maintains in a business format franchise agreement will depend on the individual arrangement and can vary from business to business.

The franchisor will provide a set of guidelines for the franchisee to obtain and act as an open form of support for the franchisee to seek guidance from when needed.

Franchisee’s Role in a Franchise Agreement

In exchange for using the name, processes and systems of the company, the franchisee pays royalties and a fee to the franchisor. As a result, the franchisee has the rights to use the tried and tested processes of the brand as well as its business systems.

After paying a fee to the franchisor, the franchisee manages a franchise in accordance to set expectations outlined by the franchisor. This could include aspects of the business, such as:

  • Product offering
  • Branding
  • Customer service

Types of Franchises

There are various types of franchise agreements available, each suited to what a franchisee wants from their agreement.

Below, we take a look at the franchise agreements we have available at Esquires Coffee. We explain what they are and how Esquires Coffee ensure you get the most out of your business. For other franchising terms that may crop up, check out our guide to the common franchise terms explained

The different types of franchise agreements

Single Store Franchise Agreements

A single-unit or single-store franchise agreement is the most common type of franchise and is the lower-cost option. It allows the franchisee to operate from just one location with the ability to trade under the franchisor’s brand name and identity.

The franchisee and franchisor will have a direct relationship, working closely to ensure the success of the business. The franchisee of a single-store franchise is also usually the manager overseeing the day-to-day operations and getting hands-on experience in the business.

At Esquires, we support our franchisees in numerous ways, giving them the right tools for the job. This includes things like:

  • Locating premises
  • Lease and consent negotiation
  • Store design
  • Marketing
  • Full training for staff
  • On-going support

With Esquires Coffee, there is always the opportunity to open additional stores if you start with a single-store franchise agreement.

Multi-Store Franchise Agreements

Multi-store franchise agreements give you the right to open more than one store under your franchisor’s trademark. This is a great option for people who have seen proven results and want to build on their success beyond what can be achieved with a single store.

Multi-store franchise partners will have to oversee multiple locations, so might not be as involved in the daily running of the store as they would be able to with a single store, necessitating hiring managers for each location.

Our multi-store partners receive all the same support as provided with the single-store agreement but over multiple stores.

Regional Franchise Agreements

Master or regional franchise agreements give franchisees rights to operate out of several franchised stores in a particular region or location. This allows entrepreneurs to develop a network of stores in a given territory.

As a regional developer, you are in control of the growth of your unit network across the region.

At Esquires, we support regional partners with the same organisation and preparation provided in previous franchise agreements, along with added support regarding managing stores at a regional level.

Why Consider a Franchise Agreement?

If you want to acquire a business with systems proven to outperform normal startup success rates. Franchising is the preferred option for business entrepreneurs.

Our single-store franchise agreements are ideal for those who want the backing and structure of an experienced company to help guide them in the runnings of their business. They are perfect for those who haven’t managed their own business before, as they provide various forms of support from getting started to day to day running.

Alternatively, suppose you do have experience in overseeing a previous business. In that case, it is an ideal option for those who want relief from the responsibility of running a business without additional support.

If you want the opportunity to challenge and develop your business, the multi-store is the next step in advancing your prospects.

Our regional franchise license opportunities are perfect for those who want to fulfil their full potential.

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The Benefits of Investing in a Franchise

Key aspects of being part of a franchise include:

  • A foot in the door with the recognition of an already established business.
  • Access to a tested business model.
  • Economies of scale of a large group while retaining your independent business status.
  • The business guidance and emotional support of an involved franchisor.

If you’re eager to open your own coffee shop and would like to know more about the franchising opportunities we provide at Esquires Coffee, get in touch!


About the author - Jack Anderson

Jack has been working in the franchise sector for over 12 years and is our in-house guru on all things business! Jack is also a keen hiker and can be found in some of the UK's best walking spots on the weekends.