Month: September 2018

Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records launches first UK restaurant in London

September 25, 2018

Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records will open a new location in London on October 10 – the first of 15 venues in the UK over the next five years.

“After much success with our Track & Records restaurants, we’re delighted to be opening in the UK. I believe this signifies the first time a local, homegrown concept has evolved into becoming an International franchise and this further confirms brand Jamaica’s potential and gives us widespread hope that we can export many other Jamaican brands through this business model,” stated FRANJAM’s Managing Director, Gary Matalon.

FranJam is a franchise company founded to own, develop and license Jamaican-themed restaurants. It creates opportunities for investors by way of buying into the Jamaican franchise concept similar to what has already been done with Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records.

Offering an authentic slice of Jamaica in the heart of the capital, Tracks & Records will be located a few minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street Station at 94 Middlesex Street, E1 7EZ.

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The unique space features a mix of bold flavours with Usain Bolt’s sports memorabilia and a soundtrack of reggae and dub courtesy of live DJ sets from some of the leading names from the UK circuit.

Designed to give guests a real taste of Jamaica, diners can enjoy their favourite dishes such as jerk chicken and pork and fried fish and bammy – all packed full of authentic seasonings and spices.

The rum bar features a carefully curated, extensive collection of over 150 global rums, of which 100 are Jamaican. The menu also offers a range of signature cocktails including traditional favourites and a new range all exclusively created for London.

Split across two floors, downstairs boasts a stylish bar, dancefloor and club where reggae music and live DJs will play until late. Throughout the space, guests will feel fully immersed in Usain’s world as, alongside the trademark Tracks & Records dishes and drinks, the unique interiors have been created with his style in mind – including a slick bar, modern wall art and vinyls.

“Our new location, in the heart of the capital, is the perfect spot for friends to get together and embrace Jamaican culture by enjoying traditional flavours, while dancing the night away,” Matalon further stated.

Usain Bolt said: “London is my second home and a place very close to my heart – so it’s brilliant to be sharing a taste of Jamaica in the capital.”

This is the UK’s first Tracks & Records restaurant, with three others in Kingston, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay.

The London-based restaurant will open from 11:00 am until midnight Monday to Wednesday and until 1:00 am on Thursday to Saturday, following its launch on October 10.

Source: Loop Jamaica

Jeans franchise expanding to Spain and UAE

September 25, 2018

The two Irish entrepreneurs responsible for bringing the popular Freddy Jeans brand to Ireland will now distribute it through Spain and the United Arab Emirates.

Melena Fashion, which was founded by sisters Malindi (27) and Elena (23) Demery three years ago, is expecting to turn over more than €3m this year after it added another four brands to its distribution business.

The company has also agreed deals with global eyewear brand Quay Australia and Scandinavian brands Sparkz Copenhagen, Svea, and Rosemunde.

The three-year old Freddy Jeans business now boasts agreements with 160 retailers and has served more than 28,000 customers directly through its e-commerce platform, along with 17,000 through Amazon and other online marketplaces.

Asos and Shop Direct, the UK version of Littlewoods, are among its retailers.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent, co-founder Malindi Demery said the company has reported €500,000 of profit since its inception.

“Neither I nor my sister have taken a dividend from the company and we’re both really happy with that because we’ve reinvested every single ounce of our profit into having a greater surplus of stock and into our international expansion,” she said.

“All the growth of our team has happened organically and we’ve had no external debt, so we’re pretty comfortable.”

Demery said the long-term plan of the company was to eventually develop its own brand in addition to its distribution lines.

“We’re distributors so we buy the product off the brand and then market it ourselves,” Demery said.

“We just want to dress ourselves in Ireland. If we see something that’s in Sweden and we love it but it’s not in Ireland, we want to be able to supply that to girls that want it.”

Source: Independent

Tearoom franchise Beatons is owned by Bournemouth University graduate Patrick Duffy

September 24, 2018

Bournemouth University graduate Patrick Duffy devised Beatons as a contemporary take on traditional British tearooms.

He set up at Tisbury in Wiltshire and then in Blandford, before hitting on the franchising idea which led to tearooms in New Milton and Petersfield, Hampshire.

The name and the visual style are inspired by what Mr Duffy calls the “ageless style” of the artist, photographer and designer Cecil Beaton, whose home was near Tisbury.

Mr Duffy said the business combines a modern touch with the traditional table service of a British tearoom. And he said there was a place for tea in a world dominated by coffee shops.

“Coffee tends to come with a very distinct service. It tends to be counter service and it tends to be all about delivering something quickly,” he said.

“We serve coffee as good as anyone else but our tea is the proper loose leaf tea.

“We want our customers to leave feeling restored. It’s about it being a more pleasant, more restorative experience.”

Most people are not used to drinking loose leaf tea, and the teapots at Beatons arrive with a timer so that people can give it long enough to brew.

“The overall experience is better when it’s done right. People don’t always know why they go away feeling great,” he added.

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Mr Duffy, 52, studied business at what is now Bournemouth University, and at the same time ran a cafe at Winton Recreation Ground.

He worked in cable television in Singapore for eight years before returning to the UK in 2010.

“I wanted to do something that was English,” he said of the Beatons idea.

“It was going to be a low-stress, easy thing that I could work in but within a couple of months I realised it would be something a bit different.”

He already has some ideas for more Dorset locations for franchised outlets. “I’m very keen. I think Dorset is an area that we really should be putting efforts into finding franchisees for,” he said.

He said many people were attracted by the idea of owning a tea shop but were put off by the regulations and logistics.

“Most people look at it and that’s as far as it goes. What we offer as a franchise is everything you need to make that happen,” he said.

“We do have a brand with some awareness but that’s not really the main thing. The main thing is a system that works and the experience we can give to it.”

Franchisees are expected to invest around £55,000, including a £15,000 fee, for which they receive support in setting up the business.

They are also given advice on working with local communities, including ways to support local charities.

He said the idea was ideal for market towns. “That’s not to say we couldn’t put it in a high street or town centre but the nice thing for us is about developing this relationship with local communities and that’s far easier to do in a small community where you become known,” he added.

Source: Bournemouth Echo

Minuteman Press Printing Franchise in Ashton under Lyne Helps Safety Guide UK Deliver Powerful Educational Resources to Children

September 24, 2018

Children are benefiting from the partnership between Minuteman Press Ashton and Safety Guide (UK) Ltd and the world can expect the worthy mission to grow

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sept. 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — October 2018 will mark five years since Graham Campbell and Ian Henderson made the decision to turn away from the common workforce after they were made redundant. They both had far too much to offer towards people in business and desired a more favorable lifestyle. “We started the business in October 2013. Ian was a Circulation Manager with a regional magazine and I was Managing Director of a security business. We were both made redundant earlier in the year and decided to try something different. We came across Minuteman Press at a franchise show in Manchester.”

Each man knew their greatest investment would come from making sure they signed a franchise agreement with a worthy brand, one that is respected widely and one that would become an ally for as long as entrepreneurship served them well.

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Minuteman Press International’s presence in the United Kingdom was firmly established, as it had been many decades earlier in the U.S., and the proven system of operations was enhanced by the dedication of Graham and Ian. Graham describes their mission statement, “To promote and grow our customer’s businesses through innovative marketing and design, supported by quality print products and first-class service delivery. You will never build a business based on price. I hate using the cliche ‘people buy from people they know, like and trust,’ but in our case, it’s certainly true. Our top customers are all looked after on a personal level. Relationships like that get you breathing space when things go wrong from time to time. We work on the premise that ‘relationship is margin.'”

The local support from Area Manager Mark Heath, coupled with their ability to connect their clients with the perfect audience, resulted in a healthy response from their bottom line. “We have grown year on year and have developed many loyal and worthwhile customers.”

Graham, Ian and their Graphic Designer, Jane Hart, continue to move everyone forward in partnership towards greater brand awareness through design, print and marketing that define the modern printing industry. Graham says, “We never over-promise and under-deliver because we fully understand each customer’s needs, deadlines and budget. We know a damaged reputation is rarely recovered quickly; we are proud to have customers who have marketed their start-up businesses with our help and ideas…and have gone on to be successful.”

“There is no better satisfaction than the delighted look on customers’ faces when they see their finished product.” – Graham Campbell

Mark Heath is the Area Manager for Minuteman Press International in the Central UK. He has been in a prime position to observe how Graham and Ian have taken Minuteman Press in Ashton under Lyne into the community as an advocate for brands from businesses to non-profits. In his role as a local support expert, Mark will always be at the side of his franchise owners, and as they gain respect and a bigger client base, he is delighted for them. “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with such driven individuals who wanted to be in control of their lives. They have embraced the business, followed the programs we set for them and are going from strength to strength, so much so they have just received their 7th award from Minuteman Press International in less than 5 years,” he says.

Safety Guide UK joined forces with Minuteman Press in Ashton under Lyne to design, print and promote all that is needed to help parents, relatives, and teachers provide educational resources to help protect children.

When a community has happy, healthy children, the adults responsible can be found at home, at school, in youth groups and through wonderful organizations like Safety Guide UK. The strongest Minuteman Press franchise owners lead the modern printing industry by investing their greatest talents right back into the community through special partnerships. As Graham and Ian develop deeper connections with clients in their area, the effects are evident in the youngest residents.

Graham has been a member of the local BNI chapter (Genesis) since he and Ian bought their franchise and says they have “enjoyed a large amount of business from our networking efforts.” He is currently the president of their BNI chapter. Matthew Ralphs, the Director from Safety Guide (UK) Ltd, went on to use the services of six other chapter members thanks to his relationship with Graham. “I know if you work hard on the networking element of marketing though business groups like BNI, the benefits come back to your own business. That Matthew would go on to use the services of other chapter members further enhances our credibility, for example.”

The actual design and print needed to promote the work of Safety Guide UK began through the simple but well-done printing of their certificates…and from there, more work was desired. Graham explains, “We initially started out by printing certificates for them in April 2017, but following further meetings we managed to secure all their printing products, such as T-shirts, certificates, flyers, self-inking stamps, presentation folders and most importantly, their booklets. In the last 12 months, we have provided 500,000 booklets and we anticipate in the next 12 months this will increase to 700,000. They are by far our largest customer and are a huge supporter of our business.”

Matthew Ralphs is the Director of Safety Guide (UK) Ltd, and he is enthusiastic about the future. “We have a great partnership with Graham and Minuteman Press Ashton. We are expanding our plans going forward and will be increasing production of booklets with their help.”

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He adds, “Thanks to our partnership with Graham, Ian and Jane at Minuteman Press, we have produced nearly half-a-million booklets to help promote our mission to protect and educate children. Our books help guide youth through critical themes such as road safety, internet safety, cyber-bullying and, of course, bullying in real life situations. We are providing means for mentors and parents to be tremendously impactful towards a healthier and happier tomorrow for our children. Just a few of the titles designed and printed through Minuteman Press in Ashton include ‘It Stops with You’, ‘Child Safeguarding’, ‘Drugs and Alcohol’ and ‘The Truth’.”

Matthew and Safety Guide (UK) are so encouraged by the quality production of their printed message through this partnership and the healthy response from all using their books that possibilities include international expansion.

He concludes, “Minuteman Press goes the extra mile, always, and we have built a great relationship together. I am interested in opening an American campaign, which I feel would be a great success. Plus, the quality of books and print we are able to distribute are brilliant, so there is reason to think about spreading our message further.”

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 also named Minuteman Press International to its 2018 Top Franchises, 2018 Top Franchise Leaders, and 2018 Top Franchises for Women lists thanks to positive reviews from our owners.

At Minuteman Press, We Are The Modern Printing Industry(TM) 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: Market Watch

Meet the entrepreneur behind Chelmsford’s newest city centre estate agent

September 23, 2018

Century 21 are the world’s largest residential estate agency with over 8,400 offices in 81 countries – and the latest UK franchise is C21 Chelmsford.

The UK franchisor is owned by the SDL group, which is one of the fastest-growing independent property services groups in the UK.

The group currently offers national coverage in surveying, risk management, auctions, property management, estate agency and insurance and was recently featured in the Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100 as the 58th fastest growing business in the country.

Century 21 UK was shortlisted for the ‘Best Online Marketing Campaign’ by The Franchise Marketing Awards and was listed in the UK’s Top 100 Franchises by Elite Franchise magazine.

Century 21 Chelmsford City, which is run by local business entrepreneur Ryan Duddell, is due to open at the site of the old Bairstow Eves building in Tindal Square on Saturday, September 29.

There’s a launch event – and it sounds great!

They have organised an official launch event from noon to 3pm, which will be attended by The Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Yvonne Spence and The Mayor’s Consort.

Ryan Duddell is taking on the franchise at C21 Chelmsford

Additionally, the infamous Town Crier – Tony Appleton will be in attendance. Food and drink will be provided along with some live entertainment.

Ryan explained that in his previous businesses he always focused on the customer journey.

He ensured that every client was looked after, felt special and experienced a hassle-free journey, so much so that one client asked if they could adopt him.

Ryan explained that with the backing of the global, ever growing business, which is currently undergoing a major worldwide re-brand, tied in with the individual office offerings and levels of client service he feels confident he can stand out in a competitive market.

And some launch deals and discounts!

Century 21 Chelmsford City have some fantastic launch offerings and also, are the first agent to launch a £0 tenant fee option ahead of the tenant fee ban due to come into effect next year.

Furthermore, Ryan explained that he will be offering a discount to anyone currently working in the Public Sector i.e. teachers, doctors, nurses, emergency service workers.

He said: “The current pay cap that is hitting our public sector workers is unacceptable.

“I feel it’s only fair that we as a business say thank you to these tremendous people for all their hard work, effort and more importantly dedication for carrying on with their roles even with the increase of demand and strain on their services.”

This is what Century 21 will bring to the city

Ryan continued: “By joining the Century 21 brand we can take full advantage of its industry knowledge, presence and marketing expertise, enabling us to focus on achieving the best outcome for our clients.

The building where C21 Chelmsford is opening

“With more routes to market than any other high street agent, we strive to defy mediocracy.

“We want to deliver an extraordinary experience when dealing with us, and as such, each client will have a dedicated point of contact who will take full control of all their service needs.

Related: Century 21 UK strengthens presence in London

“We understand that we need to adapt to each individual and may need to work around them. As such, we can offer a personalised, flexible tailored approach to your requirements. You can reach out to us at any time of the day, 7 days a week.

“We have some fantastic new marketing and sales tools which are unique to Century 21 Chelmsford City, which we think could help turn your for-sale status to sold.

The opening ceremony will be held between noon and 5pm

“We ensure that we vigorously market your property to maximise its audience and to generate interest. We can bring a fresh, enthusiastic but most importantly, a professional approach to help find the buyer you’re looking for.

“If you’re thinking about renting, selling or moving, give us a call. We can link you into our global network. More importantly, we promise to treat you as a person not just a buyer, tenant, landlord or a seller. Ultimately, we want our clients to do the talking, to leave satisfied feeling proud to have dealt with us.”

Century 21 Chelmsford City have a range of offerings which include:

  • £0 sales commission option
  • Fast cash seller – sell your home in 14 days
  • £0 tenant fees
  • £0 tenant deposit option
  • Fully managed rental packages with the option of rent guarantee
  • VR tours, 4D floorplans
  • Professional photography and full colour sales particulars
  • Access to our whole of market mortgage broker to find the best deal for you
  • We offer, Sales, Lettings, Auctions, Property Management, Block Management and Mortgages.

For their first month they are also offering:

  • Free legal fees to anyone that sells through them*
  • Discount for public sector workers*
  • Free rent guarantee for all landlords*
  • Charity fundraising event to be held on opening day
  • Register your details with C21 Chelmsford for a chance to win great prizes
  • Cash referral rewards*

Source: Essex Live

After China, Hotel Chain OYO Expands Operations To The UK

September 23, 2018

OYO founder Ritesh Agarwal has taken another major step — after China, Malaysia, and Nepal, Agarwal has now expanded OYO’s presence to the United Kingdom.

In the next 15 – 18 months, OYO plans to offer over 5000 rooms. OYO has already started its operations in four properties in London that offer more than 80 rooms.

The UK business will be led by British entrepreneur Jeremy Sanders, who co-founded the British restaurant chain, Coco di Mama.

“I am very excited to be leading OYO’s expansion into the UK, one of the most dynamic hospitality markets in the world.  We want to become the trusted partner of independent hotels across the UK and, as we’ve experienced in Asia, we are confident that our bespoke technology and operational expertise brings real value to hotel owners and customers alike,” said Sanders.

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With an entry in the UK market, OYO will offer guests the Townhouse experienceand properties will be operated under models of manchise, lease with full – inventory control similar to other markets like India and China.

The company further plans to invest $46.71 Mn (INR 338 Cr) in the country and will look to launch in 10 cities over the next 18 months including Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Edinburgh in the United Kingdom by 2020.

Related: OYO to venture into UK, aims 300 hotels by 2020

“The UK has been the topmost international travel destination for several years and last year hosted over 19 Mn tourists from around the world. Driven by its booming domestic and international travel and budget hospitality needs, the UK presents a multi-billion dollar opportunity for OYO,’ said Agarwal.

Over the next year, the company aims to build out the team by hiring an additional 100 OYOpreneurs (employees empowered to function like entrepreneurs) across the country.

Here’re some quick updates about OYO in India and abroad:

  • The company had recently started its operations in China for eight hotels, with a total room count of about 400
  • The company transformed over 5,000 exclusive hotels in its chain through multiple formats including franchise, manchise–a hybrid between the management contract and a franchise and leased
  • The company ventured into the international market in January 2016 with a foray into the Malaysian market.
  • In May 2017, it ventured into Nepal as well and it was also being speculated that OYO will begin its operations in Dubai
  • The company claimed that its current GBV run rate has touched the $400 Mn mark
  • The company recently acquired Chennai-based service apartment operator Novascotia Boutique Homes

OYO & Ola: Why Are They Looking At Foreign Shores

In recent times, we have seen consumer Internet players such as OYO and Ola aggressively expanding in countries abroad. Does this mean that the Indian market has not been able to offer enough opportunities to these local companies?

The answer is no. For long, the Indian market has been termed as “price sensitive”, where new-age tech startups have had no choice to bank on freemium models to increase their consumer base. However, with rising disposable incomes, lack of time, and easy access to technology, the average Indian is now ready to pay for these services. And this is a boon for consumer Internet companies in India.

The entry of the likes of Ola and OYO into international markets such as China, London, and New Zealand can simply be seen as an attempt to leverage their existing infrastructure to conquer new markets and tap new sources of revenue. It could also be an attempt to finally come out of the shadow of being known for re-modelling Chinese or Silicon Valley business models in India!

Source: Inc42

Jollibee teases London branch, first in UK

September 23, 2018

MANILA — Jollibee on Tuesday teased the opening of its first store in the United Kingdom, which will expand its footprint in Europe.

The country’s largest fast food operator posted on Twitter a photo of its mascot, with British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce, with the hashtags #JollibeeLondon #1stJollibeeInUK.

Pruce professed his “love” for Jollibee’s signature fried chicken in an interview with ANC in October last year, adding the first store in the UK would open by this year.

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Jollibee in March opened its first store in Europe, located in Milan, Italy.

Homegrown Jollibee has targeted mainly Filipino communities in the US, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

It also acquired upmarket brand Smashburger in the US and is planning a foray into the fast-growing Mexican food segment.

In May, it announced plans to acquire the master franchise of Tim Ho Wan in the Asia Pacific.

Source: ABS CBN news

Coffee chain hopes to open first Scottish store in Dundee

September 21, 2018

Plans have been submitted to Dundee City Council to convert the former Vodafone shop on Murraygate into a cafe. Newcastle-based coffee franchising company Mangobean hopes to refurbish the former mobile phone shop to provide a new cafe – its first in Scotland.

The firm is applying to the council for a change of use from a shop to a restaurant.

If given the go ahead it would open right next door to Caffe Nero.

A spokesman for Mangobean said: “We plan a refurbishment of the interior with a new fit-out including partition walls and equipment needed for the cafe.”

Mangobean formed more than 10 years ago and has ambitions to become the fourth-largest coffee chain in the UK.

It has gone from selling coffee beans and equipment to now opening 12 stores on a franchise basis.

Related: Coffee Franchise UK – Should You Invest in a Coffee or Coffee Shop Franchise?

A spokesman said: “To become the fourth-largest coffee chain in the UK we’re looking for development agents, what we call master franchises, and franchise partners to open 50 stores throughout the UK over the next 10 years.”

Mangobean has stores throughout England, including in Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool and Darlington.

Vodafone closed its Murraygate store last year to focus on its branch in the Overgate Centre.

If plans are approved, the cafe would join other eateries opening up on the Murraygate.

KFC is preparing to move to Murraygate after closing its outlet on High Street.

Source: Evening Telegraph

Little Voices Reports Booming Demand For Drama And Singing Lessons As Business Expands UK Franchise Footprint

September 21, 2018

Little Voices, the national drama and singing lesson school headquartered in Lancashire is gearing for more growth as it continues to expand its franchise network in England and Wales.

Little Voices provides singing and drama lessons in small groups for boys and girls aged 4-18. Pupils gain official qualifications though LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) where grades count towards UCAS points for entrance into university

The booming business was established by Lancashire-born professional opera singer Jane Maudsley in 2007 with a single site in Blackburn.

Little Voices now has a franchise network of 72 centres operated by 25 individual franchisees who often have a background in professional teaching, acting or singing. This week it introduced two new franchises in Hampstead and Wiltshire and the business says demand is high from parents and children.

Related: Buying and Running A UK Children’s Franchises – What Does It Take?

The business is targeting 60 franchisees before the end of 2020 and is also planning international expansion into the USA market.

Jane Maudsley, managing director of Little Voices, said:

“As the education system continues to reduce the emphasis on the importance of performing arts we are succeeding as a business by promoting the confidence, inspiration and friendships that it brings to young people.

“Parents recognise that confidence is a key life skill that will help their children get ahead not only during their school years but also later in life. Our franchisees are usually ex-teachers, television and film actors or people who can see the business opportunity in providing something which is very much in demand. We are keen to continue adding to our footprint of teachers and tutors across the North of England.

“We are on target to achieve our goal of having 60 individual franchise operators by the end of 2020 and we are already in discussions about bringing our ethos to key cities in the United States. We are always keen on talking to ex-teachers and actors who want to run their own business by joining our network. Parents continue to place great value on helping their children develop confident personalities. This, combined with cuts to art and drama budgets, has seen demand for our after-school lessons soar during the past few years. We are in a great place as a business and we are excited to support the launch of new franchises as we grow.”

Source: Business UpNorth

Revealed: The new restaurant with a twist that’s coming to Cheltenham’s Brewery Quarter

September 21, 2018

A new restaurant with a twist is coming to Cheltenham, creating around 20 jobs. Creams, which serves ice cream, waffles, sundaes, freakshakes, crepes and coffee, will occupy the unit next to Five Guys in the Brewery Quarter.

The team behind the project are putting the finishing touches to it at the moment ahead of the launch before October half-term.

The restaurant, which could expand to breakfasts and lunches in time, is one of 76 across the UK.

Related: Fast Food Franchises in the UK – 10 Things Every Would-Be Franchisee Must Know

Their ‘flamboyant’ desserts have proved very popular over here since 2008 and another 30 branches are set to open by April next year.

Cheltenham’s will be able to seat 100 people at any one time and it is expected to prove very popular with families and young people attending the cinema or bowling alley.

“We feel the Brewery Quarter is the perfect place for our new Creams restaurant,” said Anwar Uddin, Head of Franchise and Business Development.

“There was a gap in the market in Cheltenham and nothing like what we offer, the experience of really enjoying a dessert.

“Creams is very unique, people come for a social gathering where they can treat themselves.

“Work is progressing nicely to get the restaurant ready and we hope to be open by October half-term.”

Creams has branches in nearby cities such as Bristol and Birmingham and the business prides itself on customers seeing desserts as ‘every day celebrations’.

Related: Creams café opens in Southampton with HSBC funding

The venues aim to be aesthetically pleasing and Cheltenham’s branch is going to have six feature wall of artwork, which is new to the brand.

Waffles, crepes, shakes, sundaes and cakes are on the menu (Image: Manchester Evening News)

It began a decade ago and the first UK franchise took two years to set up, with several trips abroad used to perfect their ice cream.

The business combines old American and Italian ideas, introducing them with a stylish and fresh twist.

Source: Gloucestershire Live