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Subway FAQ

Becoming a part of Subway® gives you the great opportunity to own your own business, but not just any business, a proven business with a low investment, simple operations, flexible floor plans, national and local support, national and regional advertising, a two week training programme, ongoing learning for you and your team members, store development assistance, design support, lease negotiation support, construction guidance and much, much more.

The initial franchise fee is £8,500.

Subway® franchise owners pay 12.5% every week (gross sales minus the sales tax); 8% goes towards the franchise royalties and 4.5% goes towards advertising (5% goes towards advertising in Northern Ireland).

In addition to the initial franchise fee, each location is different and the initial investment varies depending on store size, build out costs, location, etc. For a better idea of the capital requirements, click here.

Our employees, salespeople, or Business Development Agents are not permitted to furnish any oral or written information concerning actual or potential sales. Actual results vary from store to store and we cannot estimate the results of any particular franchise. We encourage you to contact some of the large number of multi-unit owners to learn first hand why they decided to acquire additional Subway® franchises.

A Business Development Agent (BDA) is a regional business providing support and assistance to Subway® franchise owners and prospective franchise owners. Your BDA will be your primary contact in your local area and will be able to provide local support not only throughout the application process but continued support as you operate your store.

Absolutely! Training classes are held throughout the year. We have training centres located all around the world, including at the UK and Ireland headquarters in Cambridge and the main training centre located in Milford, Connecticut, USA. You will be assigned to a training centre based on your location and language preference.

Your local Business Development Office will direct you to take a two-part test, focusing on English and Maths, which takes approximately one hour to complete. All newcomers to the Subway® system are required to complete the test.

We require all franchise owners to order food from an approved food distributor. This ensures that all Subway® stores have the best quality food while allowing maximum savings. IPC Europe is a franchisee owned and operated purchasing company that negotiates the lowest costs for goods and services while maintaining quality, standards and ensuring the best value for Subway® franchise owners.

We will provide detailed blueprints from our Store Design team as well as recommended contractors that other owners in the area have used. Nevertheless, you are responsible for hiring a contractor to build your location.

A non-traditional location is any location that is attached to, located within, or located on the property of an existing business or facility. Most, or sometimes all, of its customers are pulled from the host location’s existing customer base. Some examples include locations within convenience stores, petrol forecourts, business parks, airports, hospitals or colleges and universities. To learn more, click here.