Understanding the Ranking

The franchise industry is really much bigger than just franchisors and franchisees. There are a multitude of companies-- commonly known in the industry as suppliers-- that provide services that help those franchisors and franchisees to run their businesses successfully. And our annual ranking of the Top Franchise Suppliers seeks to recognize those that do it best.

To determine our annual ranking of the Top Franchise Suppliers, we surveyed more than 1,000 franchisors, from emerging brands that just got started to established companies that have been franchising for decades. We asked them to tell us which service providers they and their franchisees use, and to rate their satisfaction with the quality, cost, and value of each supplier's services.

We scored each supplier based on the results of the survey, and the top-scoring suppliers in each of 11 categories made it into the ranking.

Please note that this ranking is not intended as a recommendation of any company. Always do your own careful research to find the service provider best suited to your company's needs.