Franchise Direct has identified the Top 500 biggest franchise opportunities operating across Europe. This year's list is based on the number of units the franchise currently operates in Europe. To arrive at this figure we referred to several European Franchise Association websites as well as numerous franchise directories. We verified the figure by referring to the franchise's own websi... Read more.
Mothercare began in 1961 and franchised throughout the UK. In 1984 Mothercare began to franchise internationally to Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. It currently operates 800 franchises in 53 different countries.
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- Retail: Clothing and Footwear
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Franchising in Europe in on track for continuing positive growth. The 28 nations that comprise the European Union represent a single market of more than 500 million consumers. Read more.
Although franchising is mistakenly thought to be a twentieth century innovation, the concept had its first beginnings in the European feudal systems of the middle ages. Read more.
The European Franchise Federation (www.eff-franchise.com) is a non-profit international organisation that represents, promotes and defends the interests and development of franchising in Europe. The EFF was founded in 1972, and its headquarters are in Brussels. Read more.
The franchise industry in the European Union has tremendous growth possibilities. With over 500 million consumers in 28 nations, many franchisor companies worldwide, especially U.S. businesses, are eager to expand franchise units into Europe. Read more.