Founded in 1960, The International Franchise Association (IFA) is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchised businesses, which now spans 75 diverse industries. The association is a membership organization of franchisors, franchisees, and suppliers who provide goods and services to the franchise community.
The IFA is the preeminent voice and acknowledged leader for franchising worldwide and continually upholds this overall mission: The International Franchise Association protects, enhances and promotes franchising.
With over 1,100 franchisor members; more than 500 Supplier Forum members; and more than 10,000 franchisee members, the IFA is the most comprehensive and respected franchise organization in the world.
With almost 500 corporate members nation-wide, representing many of Canada's best-known brands, the Canadian Franchise Association is the National Voice of Franchising in Canada and works with all levels of government to develop industry-made solutions. CFA promotes excellence in franchising and educates Canadians about franchising, specific franchise opportunities and proper due diligence through its many events, programs and publications.
One of the bfa's main roles is to help potential franchisees recognise the good franchises and the not-so-good, as well as to help businesses involved in franchising to secure their own position amongst the "good".
This work is not just a philanthropic exercise for reputable and responsible franchisors. It makes good commercial sense. The ability of franchisors to attract potential franchisees to invest in their systems depends crucially on their own reputation, and on the reputation of franchising in general.
It was for these reasons that in 1977 the major franchise companies in the UK decided to set up their own association. The British Franchise Association (bfa), was formed to act in the interests of the industry as a whole in assessing and accrediting franchising companies as those which meet its criteria for the structure of the franchise business, the terms of the contract between franchisor and franchisee, the testing of the system and its success as a franchise.
As the peak body for franchising, the FCA continues to add value to the businesses of its members by providing a range of services relevant to franchising and which represent good value. The FCA recognises that its members have different needs, and that different types of members should co-exist harmoniously.
The success of franchising depends on successful franchisors, and this in turn, depends on profitable and happy franchisees. The Franchise Council of Australia works constantly to ensure that all activities and services which benefit franchising benefit the broader community including franchisees, franchisors, employees and their local economies and communities.
ABF - Brazilian Franchising Association is a non-profit organization created in July 1987.
It has more than 1000 members, divided between franchisors, franchisees and employees who, in recent years, have been organizing and participating in various actions for the development of the sector in Brazil.
The Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) is a voluntary and self-regulating governing body for the Philippine franchising sector with members ranging from small to large, both homegrown and international. Its members are considered the country’s leading franchise brands, many of which are already expanding globally with the support of PFA.
The Malaysian Franchise Association was formed in 1994 to support the implementation of the Government program to promote entrepreneurship through franchising. The formation of MFA was indeed timely as to promote the development of franchising in Malaysia.
MFA will serve as a resource center for both current and prospective franchisors and franchisees, as well as for media and the public.
Japan Franchise Association (JFA) is a public interest corporation established in 1972 with the permission of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry), for the purpose of providing healthy development of the Franchising System. The members of JFA consist of leading franchisors in Japan which run franchise businesses and companies which are interested in franchising and agree over the purpose of JFA.
The concept of business coaching, as it is widely known today, was pioneered in 1993 by founder of ActionCOACH Brad Sugars. More than two decades later, the company that started it all is still on top. In fact, no franchise in the “business coaching” category is 10% of our size in total revenues.