From Singer to Subway: The history of franchising

Singer Sewing MachineFrom Elite Business Magazine: For many, franchising is synonymous with those iconic golden arches and the United States.

However, the origins of the concept, where franchisees pay a regular fee for the right to trade under a recognised brand with training and support, can be traced back way beyond the moment in 1954, when a milkshake salesman marvelled at the rapid turnover of customers at a Californian burger stand.

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