Ireland’s largest shopping centre café operator, BB’s Coffee & Muffins, is to offer franchises of its brand in Ireland.

The company said the move reflected the enormous potential in the Irish market, with the number of cafés forecast to grow by 20-25% in the next two years (source: Allegra, Project Café Europe). There are already 224 different branded outlets in Ireland and BB’s expects the coffee shop format to become popular in smaller towns and provincial areas.

“BB’s offers a sound business opportunity for the budding entrepreneur,” said David O’Connor, general manager of BB’s in Ireland. “BB’s has a great track record as a successful brand franchise, 90% of our outlets in the UK are franchised. We can provide the support and expertise to help our franchisees establish a profitable business.”

He said BB’s is looking for serious business people with at least £60,000 of liquid capital to invest. Currently, most of the cafés are within shopping centres and bring a good level of customer footfall, but it will consider any locations with high traffic.

Apart from coffee and muffins, BB’s also sells baguettes, ice cream, pastries and savouries.