Franchising with the Camping and Caravanning Club
Having a Camping and Caravanning Club franchise is your opportunity to share this wonderful heritage with us.
A historic club
What is a Camping and Caravanning Club Franchise?
The Club conducts regular research into the industry and our own membership, which has given us a real insight as to where we are, and how our industry is growing. The camping industry itself is thriving and with over 1.3 million pitch nights spent on Club Sites annually, there is a huge opportunity to build your business with the backing of a trusted, well respected organisation. We represent all forms of camping offering your campsite franchise the variety and trustworthy name necessary to be a success.
To provide the best campsites, services and experiences.
A thriving club with highly satisfied members.
Over the past decade, franchising in the UK has become an established industry with a well respected reputation. The British Franchise Association (bfa) is the only voluntary self-regulatory body for the UK franchise industry. With a standards based approach to membership, it's aim is to promote ethical franchising practice in the UK and help the industry develop credibility, influence and favourable circumstances for growth. The Camping and Caravanning Club is proud to be a Full Member of the bfa and is fully supportive of their code of Ethics for Franchising.
Franchising offers a proven formula
Don't just take our word for it...
"Franchising appealed to us because it offers a proven formula, which helps to avoid the risk of making the primary mistakes of setting up a new venture. There is an opportunity to see the model working and to understand the business before getting involved"
- Denise Ingram and Gabriel Hutchings, Ashbourne Club Site
What are the benefits of franchising?
Statistics show that between half and two-thirds of all independent businesses close within the first three years of trading. However, according to the latest bfa/NatWest Franchise survey, less than 4% of all franchise businesses fail for commercial reasons every year with 90% of all franchise businesses reporting profitability.
Developing and running your own site is very hard work with long hours and you must be committed to providing the highest level of member and guests services. However, with the Club’s support and with our fantastic membership base, this “lifestyle franchise” can be very rewarding indeed.
Could you be a Franchisee?
How do I become a Franchisee?
If you feel you would be able to make the necessary investment to become a franchisee and would like to know more, please complete and return the Franchisee Application Form.
After attending the Discovery Day, if you decide that you wish to continue with your application, we will put in place a detailed assessment and review process aimed at establishing whether franchising through the Club is right for you and whether you are right for the Club.
First Impressions Visit
We will arrange for you to spend a day at one of our existing franchised sites where you will be given an overview of what to expect from running your own site.
Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) Checks
We require each applicant to provide a full disclosure. (Note that this was formerly known as a CRB check.)
After obtaining your authorisation for credit checks to be undertaken, we will arrange for one of the leading credit checking agencies to provide a report on the financial history of each of the applicants.
We will ask you to complete an on-line personality profile. This will provide us with some background information on your personality and behaviour that we can explore further at our final meeting. We can also use this in developing your training and development programme should you be successful in acquiring your own campsite.
We will ask for two references per applicant to be provided.
We will visit you at home at some stage throughout the recruitment process to ensure matters are progressing smoothly and provide you with an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
A Time for Reflection
In accordance with the British Franchise Association’s ethical franchising guidelines, we want to you carefully consider this proposition, noting that there is still no obligation on either party. We strongly suggest that you seek guidance from a financial and legal advisor – preferably those affiliated to the bfa.
Final Meeting Stage
At a final meeting, we will review your experience, aspirations and provide feedback based on the above elements. This will also be your opportunity to ask any final question you may have regarding franchising with us.
It’s time for you and us to decide if franchising is the right move for both parties. If we make you a formal offer that you accept, we ask you for a deposit of £10,000 (deducted from the Initial Fee on signing the Agreement). We will then develop a project and training plan to help you set up and run your own camping and caravanning site.