Franchises: A franchise is a system in which entrepreneurs purchase the rights to open and run a business from a larger corporation. Franchising in the United States is widespread and is a major economic powerhouse. One out of twelve retail businesses in the United States are franchised and 8 million people are employed in a franchised business.
My wife and I used the services of PBS for the sale of our company, WPA Cleaning. The main thing that impressed us was the easy friendly use of the services. We were always given updates on progress and out of hours response. Easy to find and park when we went to their offices. The settling agent they use was also very easy to use. We would recommend PBS and Paul & Russell for the sale of your company.
In legal parlance, the owners of a company are normally referred to as the "members". In a company limited or unlimited by shares (formed or incorporated with a share capital), this will be the shareholders. In a company limited by guarantee, this will be the guarantors. Some offshore jurisdictions have created special forms of offshore company in a bid to attract business for their jurisdictions. Examples include "segregated portfolio companies" and restricted purpose companies.