Where East meets West lies Berkshire and Wiltshire. This region receives huge boons due to its location near South East England. However, it isn’t just geographical convenience that pulls in the crowds.
From the Cotswolds to the North Wessex Downs, tourism and travel thrive off the natural beauty and picturesque towns. Businesses grow in this environment, capitalising on the increase in visitors and area interest. Commercial cleaning firms are no exception – a franchise business here could build a loyal client base in need of domestic specialists or restoration.
In this article we will be investigating prime locations for franchise opportunities in Berkshire and Wiltshire.
Reap rewards in Reading
Reading is the county town of Berkshire. It hosts the popular Reading Festival and historic ruins of the 12th century Reading Abbey. We have a franchise for sale in the area as a result of its superb location for shoppers and tourists. Surrounded by nature reserves and National Trust locations, Reading is ripe for a business franchise.
In January 2019, it was announced that Reading would be able to keep more business rate revenue for the second year running. This provides the local council with the freedom to invest more into the community, and they are one of the few authorities permitted to do this. This is likely a result of Reading being considered the UK’s number one city for growth between 2016 and 2019.
Within this commercially fertile environment, franchisees can use the support of the Thames Valley Business Growth Hub. Whether seeking information about setting up or more rigorous support in the form of their ScaleUp Berkshire programme, franchise businesses can steadily expand their operation as they see fit.
Don’t allow yourself to be boxed in, however: the nearby village of Theale presents the opportunity to grow your business outside of Reading centre. A community with a variety of bars and restaurants and easy access to the M4 motorway, franchisees are free to expand into a wider source for business.
Make a name for your franchise business in Maidenhead
Maidenhead has been a place of interest to tourists since the Edwardian days, and as such it wears all the markings of a well-visited town. Maidenhead is on the Crossrail line and can be travelled to via Oyster Card, meaning that it draws in commuters and investment from the capital.
From December 2019, four Elizabeth line trains an hour will allow passengers to travel through central London without having to change trains. An increase in demand for residential developments is sure to follow, so there will be an influx of cafés, bars and shopping outlets. As Maidenhead is home to many gorgeous buildings, developers and property owners alike will be in dire need of restoration specialists.
A franchise business in Maidenhead will have access to the Berkshire Business Growth Hub. The organisation provide two tiers of support: one that is available to all businesses and another only for SMEs that meet the eligibility criteria. Able to demonstrate high growth potential? You will have access to funding and courses held at Henley Business School.
Enveloped by Swinley Forest and Crowthorne Woods, nearby Bracknell also provides the franchisee with an opportunity for expansion. The town has been promised heavy investment since 2017; there have been several stages to this project all hoping to build a new cultural heart for the area.
Become a commercial cleaning titan in Swindon
Swindon is one of the most economically significant locations in Wiltshire. It pools in investment from London, Oxford, Bristol, Cardiff and the Midlands with over 30,000 businesses generating over £18.3 billion. Despite its incredibly fast-growing population, the area offers the lowest commercial rentals along the M4 corridor. This makes it an affordable place for business giants and a franchise opportunity for specialists to service them.
The Local Enterprise Partnership of Swindon is completely engaged in its community. Offering reassurance ahead of troubling financial times and prioritising the creation of jobs in the area, few authorities are as engaged with the development of their economy as Swindon and Wiltshire. A franchise here is guaranteed support of the highest level.
With Victorian and Edwardian buildings located in the Old Town and in close proximity to National Trust properties, you won’t be short of restoration possibilities. Customers based in Swindon will likely be commuters and will take great pride in their home. Support the community by offering a service they wouldn’t have time to carry out themselves.
Draw clients in from both Abingdon and Didcot
In 2017, Didcot was recognised as being the most ‘normal’ town in the UK because it is supposedly the closest match to the national average lifestyle. In terms of business, however, we disagree. On January 1st 2019, it was announced that Didcot may well become Britain’s answer to Hollywood. Video game and comic book publisher Rebellion have purchased a 220,000 sq ft facility with the aim to transform it into a studio that would rival Pinewood.
A franchise business native to Didcot could become intertwined with the investment into the area by servicing businesses associated with the incoming industry. They could also grow a client base amongst the residents that are sure to follow the unique jobs that will be created as a result.
Another advantage of purchasing a franchise for sale this side of the Thames is the close distance to historic market town and civil parish Abingdon. The town, local to Oxford, is supported by the Oxfordshire LEP, who have secured £118.4 million to support dynamic growth in the area.
Service the North Wessex Downs via Newbury or Marlborough
The North Wessex Downs is an area of natural beauty that pulls tourists hoping to experience the best of what the South of England has to offer. It is a desired living space and plays a huge role in the agriculture of the country. A franchise business located in either Newbury or Marlborough could easily service clients within the area and make the most of this scenic treasure.
Newbury, home to Donnington and Highclere Castle, is a tourist’s dream. With a market square decorated with medieval architecture and a racecourse that attracts visitors in their droves, it’s no wonder the town is home to many commercial and residential spaces in need for a restoration and cleaning professional.
Equally, Marlborough boasts outstanding aesthetic appeal for residents and business owners alike. It has a high street that is significant for being one of the widest in the UK and features a host of idiosyncratic buildings dotted on either side. Franchise businesses can provide support and build their reputation by offering unbeatable service to storefronts found in this remarkable town.
Interested in joining one of the fastest growing economies in the country? At Rainbow International, we provide the tools and tips to seize the greatest opportunity in the South of England right now. If you would like more information, learn more about the territory on our website or arrange a call with a member of our team today!