Hear from our franchise owners

Many Subway® franchise owners were once in your position... thinking about running their own business. Meet some of our franchise owners and hear how they got started, what it’s like to be a Subway® franchisee and why they recommend it.

Gurdeep Kaur Subway® Franchise owner


Before owning her own Subway® store, Gurdeep Kaur, was a project lead for the NHS. With her project coming to an end, it provided her with the ideal opportunity to realise her dreams.

Gurdeep said: “Franchising had always been an attractive proposition as it offered me the chance to work for myself, but within a tried and tested business model. I did a lot of research and was attracted to a Subway® franchise because of its strong brand and loyal customer base, as well as being a big fan of the product. It also provided the best financial fit.”

Gurdeep opened her first store in Peterborough at the age of 26, and already has ambitious plans to grow her franchise business.

Will Bray Subway® Franchise owner


Whilst at university Will knew that he wanted to put his Agriculture and Business Studies degree to use as a business owner, rather than follow the family tradition of farming.

At the age of just 24, Will, is the proud owner of two Subway® stores in Bath. As a regular visitor to his local Subway® store in his school years and his desire to be part of an established brand, there was no question that Subway® was the right franchise for him.

Will said: “The best part of being a Subway® franchise owner is the flexibility it offers. I really enjoy being my own boss, in charge of my work-life balance and longer term future.”

Will regularly works on the front line in his store, serving customers alongside his 15 members of staff.

Simon Ledwick Subway® Franchise owner


Simon Ledwick and his brother Mark own 17 Subway® stores across Cumbria and Lancashire. They opened their first store in 2006, and now employ over 160 people across the region.

Becoming a franchise owner has allowed Simon and Mark to take control of their own lives, as well as the rate in which they choose to grow their business.

Their best advice for any potential franchise owners is: “Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and work in the business, so you get a really good understanding of the day-to-day operations. We’ve surrounded ourselves with good people and trialled a few different structures to find the one that works best for us and our business.”

Damian Havlin Subway® Franchise owner


Damian Havlin owns six stores across Belfast, including a Drive-Thru and employs 48 people. Through Damian, Subway® also sponsors the Belfast Giants ice hockey team, helping to raise awareness of the brand throughout Northern Ireland.

Damian firmly believes that the franchise model is perfect for those who are considering starting their own business, because there is as much guidance and support as you need, which provides extra security when starting out on your own.

“I liked the structure and support of working in a franchise, the tried-and-tested business opportunity, but with the chance to make your own mark, have your own stores and make your own connections. There’s nothing that can’t be achieved with Subway®’s business model, it’s so versatile – proven by the fact I’ve just opened Northern Irelands first Drive-thru store.”

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