Top Ten Unusual Franchises 2012 (Part 1)


If you are looking for a franchise opportunity and want to try something a little bit off the wall, then why not try one of our top ten unusual franchises currently on offe r.

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1 Sharkey’s cuts for kids


The deal: Sharkey's is a market leading kid’s hair-care salon currently expanding in the UK and Ireland,offering high-quality haircuts, great fun, and kids-focused entertainment.

The business has been voted the Nickelodeon Magazine number 1 kids’ salon for five consecutive years. 

Cost: £50,000

Good for: franchisees who like children

What they say: "The response we've had in our area has been fantastic. I love being part of the Sharkey's franchise family."  Franchisee Sarah Khan, Radlett, Hertfordshire.

2. Screen Wizzard


The deal: Screen Wizzard franchisees market and sell the latest LED technology handwriting screens creating brightly illuminated, flashing and static marketing messages. 

The signs attract customers from pubs, shops and restaurants and franchisees can operate anywhere in the UK

Cost: £997 minimum

Good for: franchisees with low start-up capital

What they say: “It is amazing, customers love it, we love it!! Go and get your Screen Wizzard.” Big Ben's Hotdog bar, Newcastle

3.  Ambience Venue Styling


The deal:  A professional franchise network of interior designers for the wedding industry providing clients with top notch personal styling services at an affordable cost. 

A home-based, flexible opportunity

Cost: £9995 + VAT

Good for: Work-from-home creative franchisees

What they say: “Ambience Venue Styling has afforded both my husband and I the change of lifestyle we were both looking for.”  Franchisee Sandie Edgar - Edinburgh


4.  The Running School


The deal: The Running School has developed training methodologies helping runners and sports people to achieve their potential and develop their technique.

Franchisees will  run their own centres and community workshops. 

What they say: 

Cost: TBC. 

Good for: fitness fanatic franchisees with big ideas.

5.  DVD Now Kiosks


The deal: Transforming the way consumers rent films – self-service DVD rental kiosks are popular with customers in the USA and Europe. 

Franchisees will focus on servicing highly profitable and readily available independent and chain locations.

Cost: £20,000

Good for: Franchisees wanting a recession-proof, easy business

What they say: “I have more locations available to me than I have kiosks right now!” Jennifer, US franchisee.

Check back next week for more of our Top Ten unusual franchise opportunities.