Century 21 UK has been ranked at number 18 in the 2021 league table, jumping 33 places from 2020 and the top property company.
The accolade comes as part of independent research by franchise B2B website, Franchise Direct.
Each year the site publishes its list of the Top 100 Franchises in the UK based on research into key areas of business performance, including stability and growth, revenue, market expansion and social responsibility.
Century 21 UK ranked at number 18 in the 2021 league table, jumping 33 places from 2020. With the top three being McDonald’s, Autosmart and Domino’s, Century 21 UK is the only property and estate agency franchise to fall within the top 80.
In the past 12 months, Century 21 UK launched three new business models to better support those impacted by Covid-19. The Solo model is designed to allow self-employed agents to work from home and share territories with other Century 21 agents. Flex caters for franchisees wanting a better work life balance by setting their own working hours without the fixed cost of a high-street office. Finally, Century 21 Max follows the more traditional model of high-street estate agency franchising.
Each of the new models has already attracted new talent into the franchise industry, seeing new franchisees joining Century 21’s 43 branch-strong UK network.
Commenting on the Top 100 ranking, Chris Summers (left), head of franchising at Century 21 UK, said,
“This is a great achievement in what has been a challenging 12-months for the industry as a whole. It’s testament to an entire team effort.
“As a business, we have been quick to react to the changing needs of both franchisees and their customers, introducing three new models that offer greater flexibility. Our 2021 ranking reflects the success of that and cements our position as one of the UK’s leading estate agency franchises.”
In addition to the Top 100 success, Century 21 UK is also celebrating achieving membership status of The Encouraging Women in Franchising (EWIF) Group. Members of the Century 21 UK team will act as ambassadors to inspire, encourage, educate and support women considering franchising or those already working in the industry.
Chris added, “Our franchise network greatly benefits from diversity and we are committed to supporting women who are looking for a route into the franchising industry.
“Last year, we celebrated our Notting Hill franchisee Elena Dimova achieving finalist status as part of EWIF’s Woman Franchisee of the year award. Elena has been with us for over 15 years and is consistently our top performing franchisee. She is certainly testament to what can be achieved in the industry.”