Keith just to clarify that I would not be splitting the existing franchise, this would be a totally new and different business. What do you mean by a different proprietor? My plan would be to own both businesses myself but the second new one would be in joint names with my husband. Can someone own two businesses and keep them seperate purposes and if so would the new one need to be a LTD business? My husband owns/is director or an estate agency and obviously pays VAT, they are LTD as far as I know.