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The European division of Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) has purchased the ERA UK & Ireland business from John and Robert Allison. The Global business started in 1992 in the UK with John Allison taking on the full ownership of ERA UK in 2002.
Fred Marfleet, ERA International Chairman said: “We are delighted with the acquisition of ERA UK & Ireland (the second largest network in our group), in this, our 25th year. We are excited to acquire an award-winning, well functioning, successful business that has seen substantial growth over the years and this move will bring the global ERA family together creating great opportunities for growth. We would like to thank John Allison and Robert Allison for their longterm stewardship of the ERA brand in the UK and we will be ensuring the smooth transfer from the Allisons after so many years.”
Robert Allison has stepped down as Managing Director of the business. However, the UK business has a very experienced and high quality management team, headed up by Chris Aston, Paul Lewis and Matt O’Neil. Following recent announcements of the addition of new ERA businesses within Chile, UAE & Panama, the company now boasts more than 650 franchise partners in 36 countries, comprising the Americas, EMEA and APAC. ERA was recently awarded ‘Best Business Franchise 2018’ at the Global Franchise Awards.
The newly aligned business will offer greater scope for international collaboration for Franchisee Partners, leading to increased opportunities for higher incomes. The new structure will mean that UK & Ireland Franchise Partners will have access to a significantly higher level of resources that are available globally to help to build their businesses.
Klaus Jeschke, ERA International Chief Operating Officer added, “We look forward to welcoming the UK & Ireland franchise partners to the international ERA family and to meeting them all at the ERA UK conference in June. We are confident that we can add value to existing and new Franchise Partners and take this wonderful business in new and exciting directions.
“As a result of this acquisition, the business will develop additional capabilities combining the best elements of each operation to drive growth and prosperity for our franchise network. There has never been a better time to invest in an ERA franchise as we enter this new era and I look forward with great excitement to the next 25 years.”
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