The UK home of Harry Potter and a northern gateway to London, Watford is a town that stands out in its own right. With links to the capital providing immense value to commuters in search of affordable homes, it’s an ideal place to build a future.
Watford lies in the centre of Middlesex, a rapidly growing community as a result of its affordability and picturesque green spaces outside of the Big Smoke. Typically, residents in the area are urban professionals that support the businesses local to them. This makes for fertile ground for specialist cleaning and restoration companies aiming to gain a diverse client base.
Here we’ll identify key areas in the region that provide plenty of franchise opportunities for budding franchisees.
Win over business in Watford and Chorleywood
Watford town is abuzz with tourism since the introduction of Warner Bros. Studio Tour of Harry Potter in 2012. The Leavesden facility alone generated $435.7 million of revenue between its opening and 2018. This influx of visitors from all over the globe has put the town on the map, and such increase has made Watford the perfect franchise opportunity for any commercial cleaner hoping to service hospitality clients. The fact that the town is central to both the M1 and M25 (and has a direct train service that reaches the heart of London within 20 minutes) is just another bonus.
Additionally, a scheme was agreed by Watford Council in January 2019 to bring major investment into the area estimated at £1.5 million annually. The proposal will see the council take a 40-year lease on Croxley Park, creating funds to be reinvested into jobs. The community can then secure their long-term finances and provide a sustainable income for local facilities by maintaining more commercial lots in the area.
Our franchise for sale in Middlesex would also cover Chorleywood, a village and civil parish only a stone’s throw away from Watford centre. The area is primed for new residential housing, currently estimated at 600 new homes each year for 15 years. The Stag Lane site would provide a guarantee for any franchise business that their area of choice would continually see investment and development.
Find a home for your franchise business in Harrow and Northolt
Famous for its schooling facility, the London Borough of Harrow is full to the brim with tourists and families angling to get their children into the prestigious educational institute. However, it is Harrow’s council who provide the area’s greatest franchise opportunity. Every year, entrepreneurs and startups are encouraged to take part in a Dragon’s Den-style competition that would see them pitching to industry leaders to win a year’s worth of support.
Councillor Keith Ferry, who is responsible for the annual competition, explained how important the programme is for local businesses and how it demonstrates the unique sense of community that the borough has. Franchise businesses that choose Harrow as their territory not only have a direct reach into a London client base but will also receive regular support from an active council.
Northolt is just narrowly outside the borough yet remains within the remit of our franchise for sale in Middlesex. Located inside the London Borough of Ealing, Northolt is home to Northala Fields, an award-winning park that acts as the embodiment of a hard-working, close-knit community. A franchise business in the area would be able to serve affluent residential clients that take immense pride in their immediate surroundings. Unlike startups, our franchisees come readily equipped to deal with the demand of prestigious homes and properties.
Although, if you’re looking for truly rewarding residential clients, you’ll be pushed to do better than Pinner. Originally an Anglo-Saxon settlement, Pinner’s name stems from ‘pinnora’ meaning a hill surrounded by oak trees. The community is deeply engaged with their village, host to the 700-year-old world-famous Pinner Fair. Those who reside here are known for their support of independent businesses within close proximity to the village and would welcome a domestic specialist with open arms.
Build your brand in Barnet
Home to Brent Cross Shopping Centre and Trent Country Park, Barnet has it all. With green spaces and 120 commercial stores in the shopping centre alone, this borough is a popular spot for London residents wanting variety in their lifestyle. Even the bars and restaurants look picturesque in comparison with the majority of London’s new-age watering holes. Franchise businesses here will thrive on the eclectic mix of commercial and residential spaces the borough has to offer.
Edgeware is a town located within the borough of Barnet, which offers close proximity to the centre of London and relatively affordable prices for individuals hoping to relocate down south. While not Barnet’s shopping capital, the space does draw residents en masse and recently acquired funding from Sadiq Khan to transform green space with a £20,000 grant. The former churchyard will become a space for the community to relax and hold local get-togethers. Rainbow franchisees should invest in such communities to become integral to the inner workings of such groups.
Hendon boasts beautiful architecture, crowned with a Grade II listed Town Hall that dates back to 1900. Excavations have even revealed Roman remains from 300 AD! The Hendon parish stands on ancient ground (its name meaning ‘at the high down’) and covers 8,000 acres. The farmhouse at Church Farm was built around 1660 and is another multi-functional Grade II building. The town makes yet another strong case for our franchise for sale in Middlesex, presenting properties that would require a specialist restoration expert to care for.
Finally, Finchley plays host to the Phoenix Cinema, one of the oldest operating movie theatres in the UK. Showing over a century of cinema, The Phoenix continues Barnet’s theme of historically significant buildings and a genuine requirement for a specialist. In terms of redevelopment, North Finchley’s town centre received dramatic rejuvenation in 2018 in order to draw in key investment and developers to support local business. Franchisees operating in Finchley can create a diverse client base by servicing new local businesses while presenting themselves as the solution to historic restoration work.
Interested in making it big in Middlesex? We have a franchise for sale in the county! So if you’re interested in applying your talents in this thriving region, our team can place you in an environment that matches your aims and objectives. Request a call with a member of our team today and we’ll support your venture every step of the way.