Minuteman Press Printing Franchise in Kings Lynn, England Moves to Brand New 10,000 Sq. Ft. Facility

April 25, 2018

Keith and Paula Boyce First Opened Their Minuteman Press Franchise in 2004; Their New Facility is Energy Efficient, Benefits Employees and Customers, Improves Workflow, and Enhances Production Capabilities

KINGS LYNN, England, United Kingdom – Keith and Paula Boyce are husband and wife franchise owners of their Minuteman Press design, marketing, and printing franchise located at 12 Campbells Business Park in Campbells Meadow, Kings Lynn. Their brand new business location is a state-of-the-art 10,000 sq. ft. facility that enables Keith, Paula, and their team to meet the needs of today’s modern business professionals in the UK.

Keith says, “In 2017, it became obvious that we needed more space as part of our plan to double the size of the business over the next 3 years. We purchased and fitted out the brand new building and we obtained a BEE Energy Grant to develop an energy-efficient carbon reduction programme. Our hope is that within 5 years we can become totally energy self-sufficient.” He adds, “We have now relocated to the new 10,000 sq. ft. building in Campbells Meadow, and we installed a Xerox iGen 5 Press which complements our existing Xerox 1000 and D110 presses. All of this helps us improve work flow and better serve our customers.”

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On that point, Keith explains, “Our sales come from typical Minuteman Press hunting grounds – marketing, Internet marketing, networking, and customer referrals. We’ve developed a reputation locally for same-day delivery on our complete range of printed products, and 99% of our printed material products are manufactured in house. Building our service and delivery promise is key to our future growth, whilst doing everything we can to remain highly competitive.”

He continues, “This move along with our upgrades shows that we’re investing significantly in greater automation between web, press, and finishing. We are also developing our fulfilment service as one of our key offerings as we grow our e-commerce and direct mail orders, as well as the product range we now supply directly to Amazon.”

For Minuteman Press in Kings Lynn, other keys to future growth are expanding their promotional products business and maintaining key relationships with business partners that are in place thanks to being part of the Minuteman Press International network of franchisees. Keith says, “We have just negotiated the acquisition of an apparel promotional gift company, which will be absorbed into our Minuteman Press franchise over the next 6 months. This will be our second acquisition on the promotional products side, having purchased a promotional gift company in 2017.”

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He adds, “We will look to further strengthen our relationships with key partners, namely Xerox, Antalis, Duplo, and of course Minuteman Press International, all of whom have played a part in our success story to date. As the need for change accelerates, through web presence, automation, and Innovation, our partners will remain at the heart of what we need to do if we are going to retain our presence in a rapidly changing dynamic market place.” Minuteman Press International remains at the forefront of the printing industry as forward-thinking leaders with a tried and proven system, high-level brand recognition, and strong core values.

Why Open a Minuteman Press Franchise in the United Kingdom?

Kings Lynn is a small historic town in England with a population of 50,000. Keith says, “We opened our center in December 2004 after attending Minuteman Press training school in October. The business is owned by me and my wife Paula. Today, we employ seven people with an eighth staff member being added shortly, and our team is a mixture of graduates and time-served apprentices.”

Keith Boyce worked in the print industry on the production side. As production director for a commercial lithographic and digital printing company, Keith knew about the industry but did not know how to go about running his own business. “In 2004, I was seeking a new challenge,” says Boyce. “Both Paula and I wanted to pursue the challenge of running our own business. We felt that a franchise business would be good for us as we both had little experience with direct selling or marketing.”

When they made the decision to own a franchise, Keith decided to stick with an industry he was familiar with. He and Paula came across Minuteman Press at a local franchise exhibition. Keith recalls, “The Minuteman Press franchise team gave some compelling reasons to select Minuteman over other UK print franchises. The primary reason for selection was the ability of Minuteman Press to fast track us into a market place that we both knew little about. I understood the manufacturing process, but not the market place dynamics.”

With Minuteman Press, Keith and Paula were able to find that combination of support and flexibility that they were looking for: “Support was important to us early on but not the key reason. We needed to own a business that we could make our own, that comfort of knowing help was available if we needed it but also a partner that would allow us to make the business what we wanted it to be.”

“Today,” he continues, “99% of the products we sell are made in-house, and the business works hard to maintain the highest level of customer service. We strive for a lead time of less than 24 hours on all jobs and this has been only possible with the support of our key partners. Our workflow is highly automated, and this year we will have introduced complete automation from web to finished product.”

“Keith and Paula Boyce have built a tremendous presence in Kings Lynn and I congratulate them on their move to their incredible new building in Campbells Meadow,” says Mark Jones, UK South area manager for Minuteman Press International. He adds, “They’ve worked hard, followed the Minuteman Press franchise business model, and have really taken to heart the idea of providing the highest levels of quality and customer service.”

Getting Involved and Giving Back

Aside from helping businesses in Kings Lynn and surrounding areas grow their businesses, from day one Keith Boyce had fully embraced the idea of networking and making a positive impact in the community: “I was advised at Minuteman Press training school that we join networking groups, and so I joined our local Rotary club. In 2016, I became President of Kings Lynn Rotary Club, and during that year we raised over £43,000 for various local and international causes.”

Advice for Others

To Keith Boyce, Minuteman Press may have been the perfect fit because of the high levels of quality and service that the brand is known for worldwide. His advice for other business owners is very much in line with the core values that Minuteman was built upon: “Employ quality staff and then keep them. Then keep everyone focused on delivering quality products backed up by exceptional customer service.”

Keith and Paula Boyce’s Minuteman Press franchise is located at 12 Campbells Business Park, Campbells Meadow, Kings Lynn, PE30 4YR, UK. For more information, call 01553 661103, email kingslynn@minutemanpress.com, or visit their website: www.kl.minutemanpress.com

About Minuteman Press International

Minuteman Press International is the number one rated business marketing and printing franchise that offers world class training and unparalleled ongoing local support. Started in 1973 by Roy Titus and his son Bob, Minuteman Press began franchising in 1975 and has grown to nearly 1,000 business service franchise locations worldwide including the U.S., Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Minuteman Press is ranked #1 in category by Entrepreneur 26 times and 15 years in a row, including 2018. Franchise Business Review has awarded Minuteman Press International as a Top Franchise in 2018 and a Top B2B Franchise in 2017 thanks to positive reviews from our owners.

At Minuteman Press, We Are The Modern Printing Industry™ providing high quality products and services that meet the needs of today’s business professionals and go way beyond ink on paper. Today, our centers offer innovative branding solutions and produce custom designs, promotional products, branded apparel, direct mail marketing, large format printing (banners and posters), signs and graphics, and much more. Prior experience is not necessary to own and operate a successful Minuteman Press franchise.

Source: Franchising

These are the 18 best franchises to join in the UK, according to the bfa

April 25, 2018

The finalists for the annual bfa Franchisor of the Year Awards have been announced with some familiar names among those listed…

The UK’s top franchise brands include McDonald’s, Driver Hire, Tax Assist, and Tutor Doctor – according to the finalist list announced for the esteemed British Franchise Association (bfa) HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards 2018.

A celebration of excellence in franchising, highlighting success across areas such as franchise support and brand awareness, the Franchisor the Year Awards are industry-renowned for recognising franchises who go the extra mile.

The awards shortlist was decided by franchise experts including Pip Wilkins QFP, CEO of the bfa.

The finalists will now present their cases to a judging panel – which includes Alan Wilkinson QFP, head of UK franchise development at The Franchising Centre, among others – on March 20 and March 22, with winners announced at the bfa Annual Conference on June 28 at the ICC in Birmingham.

The franchisor award category finalists are as follows:

  1. Angela’s Swim School
  2. Agency Express
  3. Autosmart
  4. Barking Mad
  5. Bright & Beautiful UK
  6. Costa Coffee
  7. Driver Hire Nationwide
  8. Expense Reduction Analysts
  9. Fitness Space
  10. Home Instead
  11. Mac Tools
  12. McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd
  13. Revive! Auto Innovations (UK) Ltd
  14. Riverford Organic Farmers
  15. Stage Coach Performing Arts
  16. TaxAssist Accountants
  17. Tutor Doctor
  18. We Love Pets

Wilkins commented;

“Our annual awards are proving more popular than ever, with a 32% increase in entries this year over 2017, so it’s been a tough task to narrow it down to our 18 finalists. I’d like to thank everyone who entered and congratulate our finalists, you have already earned the right to proudly display our new bfa HSBC Franchise Award Finalist logo.

“It’s wonderful to see so many great entries, the effort and commitment that goes into every one is undeniable. Good luck to all on the shortlist and I look forward to seeing your presentations next month!”

On being shortlisted for the awards, Tutor Doctor’s director of global franchisee support, Tim Morris, added:

“We’re immensely proud to be able to showcase our efforts and exciting results to our esteemed colleagues at the bfa and our peers throughout the franchise industry and beyond.”

Source: Start-Ups

Former vet puts her love of animals to use with pet caring franchise

April 24, 2018

A Norfolk animal-lover is leaving her teaching job to concentrate on her dog-sitting business.

Sophia Guymer, who has previously worked as a veterinary surgeon at Chapelfield Veterinary Partnership in Norwich and for the Veterinary Hospital in Gorleston, took over the Norfolk franchise of PetStay around a year ago.

Related: Pet Franchises in the UK – Turn Your Passion into a Business

This summer she will leave her job teaching animal management at East Coast College to focus on the business.

The service puts dog owners in touch with carers who want to have a pet around the house, but cannot commit to owning their own, who provide an alternative to kennels.

“I absolutely love my new job, I get to walk dogs and talk to people about dogs all day every day,” said the 45-year-old.

She added she had built up a 20-strong carers network across the county.

Source: EDP 24

Business is booming for Edinburgh accountancy franchise

April 24, 2018

Business is booming for Edinburgh-based accountancy firm TaxAssist Accountants headed up by serial entrepreneur Renee Mackay.

Since 2010 she has built up a client base of over 1,200 small and medium-sized businesses with a fee bank of £800,000 and 15 employees. Rapid growth meant she had to move to larger premises in Corstorphine in 2013 – three times the size of her original office.

Renee recently opened another Edinburgh office in a joint venture with business partner Alan Johnston in Goldenacre in 2016, which follows the opening of her other joint venture office with business partner Janet Mclean in Dunfermline in 2015.

Alan said: “Renee is a real powerhouse networker. I was previously in franchising, owning three Domino’s Pizza branches for 14 years with a combined turnover of £3m, but I was looking for a change of direction. As soon as I spoke to Renee about TaxAssist Accountants, I knew it was the opportunity I was looking for.”

Related: Accountancy franchise from Norwich doubles office space as it aims for growth to “sky-rocket”

“You meet a huge variety of different clients and it is very satisfying being able to support them not only with accounts and tax, but also help grow their businesses. We focus very much on providing excellent customer service and our friendly approach. We are a jargon-free zone and explain tax and accounts in a way which makes sense to our clients. Any accountant can do the mechanics of doing your accounts, but it is the customer service which adds the real value.”

He added: “Within 18 months we have built up our client base to 160 and I have just taken on another accountant to handle the workload. Being part of the franchise is fantastic as we can tap into resources such as IT and accounting systems which are often beyond the reach of small accountancy firms.”

Related: Bookkeeping, Financial and Accounting Franchise UK – Wonderful Opportunities for Skilled Entrepreneurs and Franchisees

Renee is no stranger to the franchising world, having run a highly successful franchisee training company for 10 years. 

“I could see the huge potential in the TaxAssist Accountants franchise so it really was a no brainer,” explained Renee. “They have introduced a completely new approach to accountancy services which is miles away from the traditional image of the accountant. We are friendly, approachable and professional.”

Source: SBNN

600,000 More Households Now Have a Pet

April 24, 2018

Research conducted by the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) in 2018 pet has confirmed a 400,000 rise in the dog population, which now stands at 9 million.

26% of households now own a dog, representing an increase of around 300,000 households!

However, dogs are not the only pets to have moved up the charts. The cat population is at its highest for five years at 8 million. 18% of households own a cat, which equates to 140,000 more cats and 75,000 more households!

Related: Pet Franchises in the UK – Turn Your Passion into a Business

  • 13 million households (45% of UK households) have a pet
  • 600,000 more households have a pet this year
  • 5 million households own a cat (75,000 more than last year)
  • 6.6 million households own a dog (300,000 more than last year)
  • 4.4 million (53%) households with children own a pet
  • 28% of UK households with children now own a dog, compared to 24% last year
  • 2.3 million families have a child and a dog compared to 2 million last year

Right Place, Right Time

Over £3 billion was spent on pet food last year in the UK alone, which provides a fantastic opportunity for those people looking to enter into a thriving & profitable business.

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One of the most successful tried and tested methods of generating customers within a pet food franchise is attending various indoor and outdoor events, as well as activities such as group dog walks, weekly markets, social media and online marketing. Spring has already started and summer is fast approaching meaning lots of shows & fairs are and will be taking place up and down the country, this provides a fabulous opportunity to promote and expand a local pet franchise business in the UK.

If you are looking to start a low-cost business at the right time and in right place, then we would like to hear from you.

Husse UK: Proud to Sponsor

Essex Cat Club Show 2018

Husse UK was proud to sponsor the long established Essex Cat Club All Breed Championship Show (held under Licence and Rules of the GCCF).

The event was held on Saturday 14th April at the White Oak Leisure Centre in Swanley, Kent and attracted over 200 entries. The agenda also included a presentation by Husse UK MD & Vet Dr Majid Rajaby on facts about cat health, diet and nutrition.

Related: Husse Franchise

South West Sled Dogs

Duke, an old german pointer, alaskan husky and greyhound mix, is part if the South West Sled Team sponsored by Husse and is in preparation for the European championships Sweden in October!

Say hello to us and a great new lifestyle!

Why not explore further the opportunity of owning & running your own Husse pet food franchise? Please contact us about attending one of our no obligation one -to-one discovery meetings over the next few weeks.

Franchise Brands PLC (FRAN) Plans Dividend Increase – GBX 0.33 Per Share

April 23, 2018

Franchise Brands PLC (LON:FRAN) declared a dividend on Thursday, March 22nd, Upcoming.Co.Uk reports. Stockholders of record on Thursday, April 26th will be given a dividend of GBX 0.33 ($0.00) per share on Tuesday, May 15th. This represents a dividend yield of 0.47%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, April 26th. This is a boost from Franchise Brands’s previous dividend of $0.17. The official announcement can be seen at this link.

FRAN stock opened at GBX 70.50 ($1.01) on Friday. Franchise Brands has a 52-week low of GBX 48 ($0.69) and a 52-week high of GBX 107 ($1.53).

About Franchise Brands

Franchise Brands plc engages in franchising and related activities primarily in the United Kingdom. It provides automotive repair services comprise bumper scuffs, paintwork scratches, minor dents, and kerbed alloy wheel repairs under the ChipsAway brand name; and oven cleaning services include cleaning of domestic oven brands and models, such as electric and gas ovens, ranges, microwaves, hobs, extractor fans, and barbecues, as well as various removable components consisting of racks, doors, and glasses under the Ovenclean brand.

Source: Ledger Gazette

4 Things You Should Never Do as the Boss

April 23, 2018

If you’ve never been the person in charge, getting to be the boss can be challenging. Maybe you opened a small business, or perhaps you just got promoted to a position where you manage others. Both scenarios are similar, and offer numerous pitfalls where you can undermine your own authority or make your workplace inefficient or even uncomfortable.

A boss or business owner needs to do more than tell people what to do. You need to lead by example. And to do that, you need to avoid violating the rules below.

Sometimes the boss has to have unpleasant conversations. Image source: Getty Images.

1. Don’t forget you’re in charge

It’s reasonable at a small business, or in a small group at a larger company, for personal relationships to form. As the boss, it’s OK to be professionally friendly with the people you supervise. It’s important to remember, however, that you have power over their lives.

You can like everyone and be liked, but you can’t get too chummy with people who work for you. You may someday have to make decisions that will feel like betrayals if you have close friendships with your employees.

You may have to fire people, discipline them, or turn down a request for a raise or for time off. You’re part of the team, but not everyone’s equal. That can be lonely, but keeping some distance helps you make effective decisions.

2. Don’t act like a big shot

Just because you are the boss does not mean you’re better than anyone else. Don’t ignore people. Say hello and goodbye. Make time for conversation and to show that you are approachable.

Being the boss may afford you certain perks (along with certain responsibilities). Don’t show off or flaunt what you get over others. You might, for example, be allowed to stay in more-expensive hotels or book pricier airfare because of your position. That’s great, but keep quiet about it and don’t make those below you feel bad.

3. Don’t avoid pitching in

Being the boss may take you away from some responsibilities that the rest of your company or team do on a daily basis. It’s one thing to skip certain tasks because you have other responsibilities. It’s another entirely to not pitch in when you can.

When things are busy, roll your sleeves up and help out. Answer a phone; talk to a customer; help package an order. Whatever it is, you’ll score points with the people who work for you by being willing to assist with the less pleasant parts of their job.

4. Don’t play favorites

Back when I ran two different retail operations, I inadvertently made this mistake. I supervised people who were also managers. That allowed us the freedom to do things, like have lunch together off-premises, which hourly employees could not do.

I wasn’t paying for lunch or offering any work advantages to these lower-level managers, but that’s not how it was perceived. The rank-and-file workers thought I was playing favorites, and that led to resentment of the employees I occasionally had lunch with.

As a boss or owner, it’s sometimes impossible to avoid the perception you have a favorite. You may have a sales manager or finance person you spend a lot of time with, and people will make their own inferences. Don’t, however, fuel the fire by actually favoring, or creating a perception that you favor, any specific person.

Be the boss

Remember that being in charge means you have to make hard decisions. Solicit input, and value good ideas that aren’t yours — but in the end, don’t be afraid to move forward assertively and take responsibility for your actions when necessary. That can be scary, but indecision can cripple a company. Be informed and recognize that you won’t always be right, but don’t let fear of being wrong stop you from acting at all.

Source: Yahoo Finance UK

Best franchises in UK

April 22, 2018

Often, when investors begin searching for a franchise opportunity, they start by looking for the best franchises UK industry has to offer. However, deciding what constitutes ‘best’ isn’t always straightforward, especially as each individual investor will have their own unique set of skills, experience and requirements. It’s therefore up to every prospective franchisee to look at the benefits offered by available franchises to decide which business is best for them. To help you make your decision, we’ve listed some of the most important things to consider when looking for the best available franchises in UK industry for you.

Budget

Money is often the most important consideration for entrepreneurs looking to invest in a franchise. The cost of buying into a franchise can vary from a few thousand pounds to millions, so the first thing you’ll need to do is assess your finances.

Take a look at the average cost of franchise opportunities in the area you’re interested in. Many franchises will clearly list their costs online while others will provide a detailed breakdown when you get in touch. As well as the franchise fee, you need to take a look at how much it will cost to get your business up and running, how much your overheads are likely to be and how long it is on average before franchisees begin to see a profit. Remember that banks are very supportive of franchises, so if you don’t have quite enough money to invest, you may find you can borrow the rest from your lender.

Geography

A lot of franchises give their investors exclusive territories when they become franchisees. If you don’t want to travel too far for work, you’ll need to check that a location is available in your area before investing in the business.

Experience and qualifications

Although a lot of franchises don’t require their franchisees to have any previous experience or qualifications in the industry they’re involved with, there are some that do. Checking the requirements early on will ensure you don’t spend time pursuing an opportunity you’re unqualified for.

Whether previous experience is required by the brand or not, investing in an industry you’re familiar with will often give you an advantage over the competition. An understanding of the industry will also make it easier for you to master the training provided by the franchise, connect with your customer base and make your business a success.

Demand

Many people consider that the best franchises UK industry has to offer are those that are the most profitable. All investors want to make money from their business, so it’s incredibly important that you check the profitability of your prospective investment before you part with your hard-earned cash. Look at the level of demand for the products and services the business offers. Ideally, you should check long-term trends in demand to ensure that the franchise isn’t just a flash in the pan.

If you can, try to experience these products or services for yourself. This will give you the chance to decide just how unique or interesting the franchise is and therefore give you an indication of its long-term viability.

If you’re ready to begin your search for your next investment, or if you just want to find out a little more about the franchise industry, explore our site or get in touch with a member of our team.

Source: TG Daily

Opel Ireland to renew all of its franchise deals despite cuts

April 22, 2018

OPEL Ireland is renewing contracts with all 30 dealers in its network its general manager has said – despite cuts to as much as one in three of the group’s UK dealerships as part of a Europe-wide cost-cutting move.

Opel Ireland general manager Gillian Whittall was responding to queries from the Irish Independent following the disclosure that Opel, and Vauxhall in the UK, plan to cut the number of dealerships

It’s part of a drive by French owner PSA (Peugeot/Citroen) to reduce costs at General Motors’ loss-making European arm, which it acquired last year.

Since then it has been pursuing a restructuring plan to return it to profitability.

But in confirming renewal talks with dealers, Dublin-based Ms Whittall said: “Our dealers are, and will remain, our primary route to market and point-of-contact with our customers.

“Our dealer contracts are the basis for our retail distribution strategy into the future.”

The contracts will be adapted to focus on sales performance, customer satisfaction and changing consumer behaviour.

“We are embarking on a strong future together with our dealer partners, with a more competitive go-to-market strategy,” said Ms Whittall.

Europe-wide, 1,600 Opel and Vauxhall dealers will be given two years’ notice from April 30 that the manufacturer is ending its relationship with them, and proposing a new contract with about two-thirds.

According to official Society of Irish Motoring Industry (SIMI) figures, registrations of new Opel cars fell by 34.4pc to the end of March this year even though they have only recently brought new models to the market.

In the UK, traditionally Opel’s biggest market, where it sells under the Vauxhall brand, demand fell 22pc in 2017, compared with an overall market decline of 5.7pc.

UK dealers may bear the brunt of Opel’s cost-cutting.

The CEO of a dealership group, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters last month that Vauxhall wants to cut its showrooms by roughly a third to around 200 outlets to ensure its sales per outlet are “in a good place”.

Volkswagen sold a similar number of cars as Vauxhall in the UK, despite having a third fewer dealerships.

Earlier this month, Vauxhall was given a boost in the UK when its parent agreed a £100m-plus investment in its Luton plant which produces vans, securing production there for at least the next decade.

However, doubts hang over the future of the Vauxhall plant at Ellesmere Port – which builds the Astra car – with the unknown consequences of Brexit looming.

In Britain, Vauxhall UK boss Stephen Norman said that the network was profitable last year in the first quarter of this year and all of last year, but at an “insufficient” level, and the refranchising is aimed at “addressing this and protecting it” for the future.

He said it was not related to the UK’s decision to quit the European Union.

“Competition is much more fierce than it was five years ago, there are different methods of consumption [such as buyers looking online]. It is not any one single reason,” he said. (Additional reporting Reuters/Daily Telegraph)

Source: Independent

Énergie Fitness franchise is ready to lift ‘for sale’ sign

April 21, 2018

Britain’s biggest fitness club franchise is limbering up for an estimated £50 million sale after appointing financial advisers to help it to assess its options. Énergie Fitness, founded by Jan Spaticchia, the health and fitness sector entrepreneur, has hired Clearwater International and Canaccord Genuity to launch the search for a new financial partner.

Related: Fitness Franchises – Should You Buy a UK Fitness Franchise?

Mr Spaticchia, chairman and chief executive, launched the low-cost business in 2003. Today it has 101 clubs operated by franchisees, with 135,000 members and total sales of about £30 million. It is opening new clubs at the rate of 25 to 30 a year.

While most of its clubs are in Britain, it has fifteen in Ireland, one in Poland and one in Kenya and Mr Spaticchia said it was planning further expansion in east Africa and Australia. He said that the most likely outcome of the review was a sale to a private equity firm. He is the group’s biggest shareholder with just over 30 per cent and plans to retain a portion of his holding.

A combined stake of about 3 per cent is held by more than 200 shareholders who invested in the business two years ago as part of £500,000 fundraising on Crowdcube, a crowdfunding platform.

That fundraising put a value of £15 million on the company, and although neither Mr Spaticchia or his advisors would reveal the asking price, analysts suggested that it could fetch £40 million to £50 million. It is forecast to generate underlying earnings this year of at least £2.5 million.

Source: The Times