Franchise Talent is a specialist recruitment business seeking to match the most outstanding people to their ideal franchise business opportunity. Our focus is on using our extensive knowledge of the franchising industry, having recruited many hundreds of people to the franchise sector, to provide a world class service to those looking at franchising as their route to self-employment.

Franchise Talent was set up by Nigel Toplis (former Chair of the BFA) and Stephen Bryan. These two established businessmen have built on their individual strengths and experiences to create a business model that helps aspiring franchisees through the process of franchise selection, and addresses a shortage of potential franchisees for the whole sector.

Stephen Bryan MBA. MPhil  Director

Stephen has over 20 years’ broad international experience in recruiting and assessing executives. He was formerly a Director of KPMG People Services and had previous roles in executive recruitment with international recruitment firms. He has extensive experience in the use of digital and social media for recruitment and has wide experience in candidate assessment methodologies. Qualified in the use of certain psychometric assessment tools, he also has extensive experience in volume recruitment.

Stephen is a mechanical engineer by training. Prior to entering the recruitment sector he was Sales & Marketing Director for a division of McKechnie Plc, with international responsibility.

Awarded an MBA, with a specialism in international marketing from Aston University, Stephen also has an MPhil from De Montfort University, Leicester. He has been Managing Director of Active Human Capital since it was established in 2005 and is a director of recruit4online, a specialist volume recruiter.

M: 07715 704912

Mike English. Director

Mike English has joined Franchise Talent as Director concentrating on building our membership of strong, reputable brands and also to work with Stephen Bryan, Director, and Janet Matthews to broaden the appeal of ‘supported self-employment’ and increasing our ‘Talent Pool’.Mike brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing franchisors in today’s market, having first purchased a franchise back in the late nineties, mike then went on to head up as MD a business consultancy franchise which covered Europe, Australasia, India and the US. Mike is a real ‘hands on’ individual with the drive and determination to move things forward and will be a great addition to the business.

Mike above all else is a winner and motivator with uncompromising values and a lead with unprecedented wisdom and authority. Having recruited over 300 individuals to the franchise sector both in UK and abroad.  He is an authority in selling the concept.

M: 07545 432200

John Patterson, Partner

John has been involved in the Franchise Marketplace for over 16 years, having run his own franchise during that time.

He is an experienced business builder having built two household name companies from scratch, and then doing the same with two of his own businesses. One of these businesses was an International Sales and Marketing Company where John secured some of the world’s biggest computer companies as his clients.

John has also worked directly for a franchise and trained, coached and mentored many franchisees.  He has been coaching and mentoring people from all disciplines for well over 20 years and specialises in helping them achieve their personal and financial goals.

Janet Matthews. Administration Manager

Janet has over 20 years experience in franchising and in particular the franchisee recruitment process  for 4 brands namely Recognition Express (over 30 years in business), ComputerXplorers, The ZipYard and Kall Kwik (The Bardon Group).

Janet’s career in the franchising industry began as P.A., for 10 years, to the Managing Director of Recognition Express and following a change of ownership as P.A., for 11 years, to Nigel Toplis who now heads the Bardon Group.

Today, Janet is able to call on all her experience to provide strong administration and service for all our clients and candidates alike.

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