Social franchising is the use of a commercial franchising approach to replicate and share proven model to achieve greater social impact.
What is Social Franchising?
Social franchising is the use of a commercial franchising approach to replicate and share proven model to achieve greater social impact. It’s all about creating a model that enables other people or organisations to deliver the same service and benefit from your experience. Social franchising is growing rapidly in the UK and is being used across the globe by a wide variety of social enterprises, charities and public sector bodies.
There are many reasons why franchising can be particularly suited to social enterprises and charities.
- Growth in social impact in line with organisation’s mission
- Reduces need for central funding
- Reduces hierarchy within larger organisations
- Shares best practice
- Allows for local ownership, flexibility and tailoring to local circumstances
- Achieves benefits of national organisation (joint purchasing, bidding, policy, communications, etc.) but within a local setting.
- Shares successful models
- Works through genuine partnerships and mutual benefit, under a common identity
- Devolves power and encourages entrepreneurship
- Encourages innovation
- Encourages a wider range of individuals to become stakeholders
Learn More about Social Franchising
We’ve worked on social franchise projects with social enterprises across a range of sectors including mental health, children’s services, domiciliary care, training and education.
We offer a wide range of consultancy services for third sector organisations considering expansion through a franchise model. If you’d like to have an initial discussion about this please contact Julie Waites on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07778 743517.Contact us