The coffee business - a lucrative franchise

When Angus Macmillan and Bobby Haston opened their first café in 2001, they never imagined that their company, Drinkchain, would now be controlling BB’s Coffee and Muffins franchises in Scotland. However, with the support and guidance of an experienced franchisor and their own hard work, they were bound to taste success.

Angus, who had earlier worked in a bank, knew about the ins and outs of franchising and when they looked towards it, they first started looking out for a good franchisor.

The café market was big then and franchising in the café market seemed the right move - and what better a franchisor than BB?

Thus began their first franchise and with excellent locations available, reasonable franchise fees and a tried and a tested business model, they soon grew to become what they are now.

Franchising is especially lucrative now, because with the current credit crunch, banks are more likely to loan to a franchise of an established company, but that does not mean that your success is assured and that all you have to do is sit back and enjoy.

Hard work and research are essential and the guidance and support provided by your franchisor makes things easier. With the growth in the coffee market - currently worth more than £1.3 billion - and growth forecasted at eight per cent per year, BB has doubled its outlets and is now looking out for more franchises to be run by focussed, skilled individuals.

BB is also a full member of the British Franchise Association.