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Irish Franchise Association – Membership Categories

Categories of membership for the Irish Franchise Association.

There are 5 categories of membership:

FULL Membership

Applicants for full membership must have been operating their franchise business for at least two years prior to their application and have a minimum of three established franchisees in Ireland. Full membership is renewable each year.

ASSOCIATE Membership

Applicants for associate membership will be either new to franchising or have been operating their franchise for less than two years and hence do not fulfill the criteria for full membership.

Associate membership is available for a period of up to one year at which point it must be either renewed or the applicant must submit an application for full membership, whichever is appropriate in the circumstances.

PROVISIONALLY LISTED Membership

An application for a provisional listing with the Irish Franchise Association may be accepted and may continue as a member within that category for a maximum period of a year if that applicant:

  • Does not qualify for any other form of membership in the Association;
  • Is a  Legal Trading Entity;
  • Certifies that the business model to be franchised has been operational for a minimum of 2 years and provides evidence that it is financially sound;
  • Provides such information to the Board as may be specified by the Board from time to time:

AFFILIATE Membership

Is in one or more of the following categories of business:

  • Accounting
  • Business Broker
  • Banking
  • Franchise Consultant
  • Educational Body
  • Legal
  • Other relevant Service Providers

BUSINESS SUPPORT Membership

An applicant for business support membership may be accepted and may continue as a member of the Association if that applicant:

  • Does not qualify for any other form of membership in the Association;
  • Is or has staff dedicated to supporting the franchise sector;
  • Is a Legal Trading Entity;
  • Certifies that it has been operational for a minimum of 2 years and provides evidence that it is financially sound;
  • Provides such information to the Board as may be specified by the Board from time to time:
  • Pays the subscription fee;