The business of Franchise Brands plc was founded in September 2008 by Stephen Hemsley (Executive Chairman) and Nigel Wray (Non-Executive Director), the principal shareholders, who have substantial experience in franchising. Their vision was to create a group of complementary franchise businesses that could benefit from sharing the same central support services, thus allowing the management of these businesses to focus on expanding their networks, and supporting their franchisees to grow their businesses.