ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - Mar 18, 2015) - Florida based businesses performed well on the 2015 100 Top Global Franchises Ranking, produced by Franchise Direct. Florida's strong showing indicates an improving economic climate throughout the state.

Restaurant powerhouses Subway and Burger King are no strangers to this list, having ranked in the top ten since the list was first published in 2009. Subway's unstoppable global growth propelled it to the top of the list again for the fourth year in a row. Burger King's recent acquisition of Canadian-based Tim Horton's created a fast food empire, with a combined total of over 18,000 locations worldwide.

The remaining Florida franchises ranking in the top 100 encompass a wide variety of industries, including signage, automotive, clothing, cleaning, and recreation. The complete rankings of Florida based franchises are Subway (#1), Burger King (#4), Sign-A-Rama (#32), Midas (#39), EmbroidMe (#55), Coverall (#56), and CRUISEONE (#85).

Franchise Direct is known for using objective and measurable criteria to evaluate thousands of global franchises. The top 100 franchises are ranked based on gathered data, including the company's history, market expansion, stability and growth, revenue, and system size based on number of units. Franchise Direct also takes into account the corporation's use of best practices in the areas of franchisee support and training, environmental policies, and social responsibility, as gathered from Franchise Disclosure Documents, company submitted data, government filings, and published industry sources.

While this list isn't meant to be definitive or endorse any particular company, it provides extremely useful information about the state of the franchising industry and showcases global franchises that have solid business plans, a sense of environmental and social responsibility, as well as stable growth.

To view this year's full ranking and read the accompanying report, please visit the Top 100 Global Franchises page.

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Franchise Direct is the world's leading franchise portal, operating 13 platforms across 5 continents. Franchise Direct provides the only credible, research-based ranking of global franchises to reach their goal of providing reliable information for entrepreneurs and investors.

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