Change Your Career, Change Your Life

Career Transition Specialists

Rediscover Your Freedom And Unleash Your Potential

Knight Franchises is an executive search firm that specialises in franchising. We present franchising as a vehicle to professionals who may be thinking about or exploring opportunities outside of corporate life. We first help you evaluate whether franchising is a viable vehicle for you and if so, we educate you on the industry and help you identify the two or three models that will best meet your financial and lifestyle aspirations. We operate across Europe and North America.

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Franchise Accredited
Franchise industry recognition

We are fully accredited members of both the British Franchise Association and International Franchise Association.

1-Hour DiscoveryTM
Franchising for corporate professionals

Our unique 1-Hour DiscoveryTM allows you to quickly ascertain if franchising is a viable path for you and worth exploring further.

Franchise Finance
Financing your franchise opportunity

We can connect you with BFA and IFA accredited partners to raise finance for acquiring your franchise and the working capital to get started.

Turnkey Solutions
Your one-stop shop for getting started

From company formation through to accounting and franchise agreement review, our network of partners can assist you every step of the way.

An Introduction To Franchising For Corporate Professionals - Download
  • Learn why Self-Employment could be your vehicle to liberation.
  • Discover why franchising can be a phenomenal vehicle for turning your skills and experience into a valuable business.
  • Understand what a franchise is and how it differs to starting your own business.
  • Uncover the costs associated with franchising.
Franchising For Corporate Professionals

Meet The Founder

What people say

Clients Words

Adrian contacted me when I was exploring the possibility of a career transition from the Corporate world to Franchising. I found him to be a highly focused and motivated corporate professional, who understands the sector in great detail. He quickly grasped my aspirations and values, took time to educate and guide me through the myriad of opportunities that are available, with great passion and an eye to detail. It was a pleasure working with him and I highly recommend Adrian to anybody considering a change in career direction.

David Hartland Former Director And General Manager, Vacuum Furnace Engineering

Adrian contacted me with a view to exploring franchising opportunities during my career transition out of the Armed Forces. I have found him to be utterly professional: a man who leaves no stone unturned and shows great passion for his work, but has a strong sense of values geared to the needs and aspirations of those corporate professionals with whom he interacts. His consultative approach put me at my ease and I soon grew to trust him completely. I have found the whole process a hugely useful education and would not hesitate to get in touch with him for advice in the future.

Martin Smith CB MBE Former Commandant General, Royal Marines

Adrian gave me the inside track on franchising in the UK and over the course of several in-depth conversations he recommended two or three very professional organisations which matched my skills and experience and most importantly, my aspirations. He convinced me that becoming a franchise partner can be a worthwhile, fulfilling and rewarding career choice and I look forward to proving him right.

Andrew Norris Former Transition Programme Manager, Telefonica

Adrian supported me during my career transition from corporate into selecting the franchise that was right for me. Adrian took the time to get to know me as a person, my experience, values, passions and aspirations. I have no hesitation in recommending Adrian. Even now 3 months after purchasing my franchise, we are still in communication, demonstrating Adrian's focus on building a relationship with his clients.

Phil Budd Former UK Sales Director, Paragon Customer Communications

I was at the start of my journey into the world of franchising after many years in corporate roles. Adrian simplified this for me, helping me to make sense of the vast array of options in front of me. He refined my search into types of roles and industries that would suit both my skill set and my aspirations. He then gave me support in choosing which specific companies to progress with further, depending on his knowledge of how they operate. I ended up with a great franchise in a growing industry thanks to Adrian. He is a pleasure to work with, and talks a lot of sense, and I can truly say I wouldn't be where I am now without his help.

Chris Ford Former Director, BHS

Its been an absolute pleasure working with Adrian. He displays all the values I admire in great leaders and good people. He is proactive, engaging, a great listener, commercial, honest and determined. Anyone thinking about a franchise should speak to Adrian. He will give you an honest appraisal and support you all of the way. Many thanks for all your help Adrian, looking forward to a small celebration.

Fergus Crockett Former Managing Director Sales, Santander

Adrian is a real specialist in the franchise sector, he understands the sector in absolute detail and is careful to match individuals against the best potential franchises to meet their skills and aspirations. He presents a short-list of the best opportunities and is quickly able to articulate their relative strengths. 
Once I had decided on the appropriate opportunity, he remained committed and provided regular support throughout the two way selection process, always offering advice and encouragement. He is still in regular contact now that I have made the investment and completed the training process. He genuinely cares about the individuals he works with. I recommend him without hesitation to anyone looking at a franchise as the next step in their career!

Bill Squires Former Chief Executive, Thermotech

Adrian did an excellent job in developing my interest in becoming a franchise partner. He has real in-depth knowledge of the franchising market in the UK and is always genuine and professional. He used this to guide me through the market so that I could quickly focus in on a short list of relevant opportunities.
His approach is very much based on sharing information to allow a prospect/ candidate to develop his/ her thinking and making a decision in his/ her own time. Throughout my evaluation and decision-making process, he was always very willing to help address any questions I had and continues to show real interest in my business now.

Neil Barbour Former Head Of Business Development, Misys

Adrian tracked me down using his own initiative and research to introduce me to the world of franchising - a previously unconsidered career move. He found a shortlist of likely "matches" which made the process very easy for me. Throughout the process he has been proactive, professional and has acted with the utmost integrity.

Jonathan Manley Former IT Director, Harrods

I connected with Adrian when researching potential business opportunities after leaving my previous corporate role. He was extremely professional in his approach and provided constructive and insightful guidance. Adrian proved to be consistent and reliable during the course of my decision-making process and it was a great pleasure to work with him.

David Jeans Former SVP, Merck Group

Adrian is extremely knowledgeable and customer focused. His drive to build excellent relationships with his clients is based on providing the right advice and guidance to help them achieve life changing decisions. I have dealt with Adrian on many occasions and highly recommend him to anybody considering a change of career direction.

Tina Flower Platinum Property Partners

We set the bar extremely high, but Adrian is skilful enough to find the right people. He's a great listener and he's able to communicate the important facts clearly and concisely. I'm lucky to work with Adrian and if I could find a way to make that full-time, then I would, that's how good an operator Adrian is.

Ian Christelow ActionCOACH UK Co-founder
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