Franchise Direct has published its widely anticipated Top 100 Global Franchises report for 2015. The Top 100 Global Franchises is the only credible, research-based, authentic ranking of the world's top 100 franchises. This annual industry benchmark is accepted as one of the leading franchise ranking reports, having been frequently quoted by industry professionals for its impartial and accurate findings. This year's Top 100 represents the seventh report in the series.
The ranking is based on a methodology that considers a host of factors including financial performance and corporate citizenship. The Top 100, ranked according to objective and measurable criteria, have been selected from thousands of franchises that have invested in international expansion programs. They all share a defined identity, a clear business plan, a strong commitment to training and support, implementation of best practice, an ability to innovate and sensitivity to cultural and environmental issues.
The criteria used to select the Top 100 out of thousands of possible candidates include quantifying the system size in terms of the number of units, analyzing system sales revenue, assessing stability and growth, the number of years in operation and overall market expansion.
Franchise Direct has been providing an objective list of the Top 100 Global Franchises since 2009, making this the seventh annual edition. Each year, the list features the most promising and successful franchise companiesin the world. Franchise Direct believes the report is a useful resource for US companies seeking expansion opportunities in global markets, either general or specific.
The list offers a truly global perspective, with more than 20 percent of the companies in the Top 100 originating outside of the United States, including companies from France, Canada, Spain and Japan. Top franchises on this year’s list include Subway, McDonald’s and KFC. Many industries are represented, including the hotel, food, convenience store, automotive, fitness and real estate sectors.
This year’s report contains an exclusive interview with Top 100 newcomer Sport Clips’ Vice President of Franchising, Pete Lindsey, who discusses the company’s foray into international markets. The goal of Franchise Direct is to provide a platform for reliable and authoritative information for entrepreneurs and investors.
The full report can be read here.