The simple steps to opening a Salad Box franchise, one of the most famous Romanian brands worldwide

October 26, 2018

Salad Box is a Romanian healthy food chain that started in Cluj-Napoca and expanded throughout Romania and to 11 other countries (USA, UK, France, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Hungary and Algeria) in just a few years, with a simple concept: create your own salad by choosing from a wide range of ingredients.

Since the opening of the first shop in 2012, the company now has 10 own locations and 60 franchises, with a total of 910 employees.

The Salad Box franchise

Interested in opening a franchise shop? Salad Box provides all the necessary information for those who want to manage their own location.

According to the company, opening a franchise has multiple benefits: there’s high demand on the market, you’ll have a unique business concept and model, a fast return on investment and a high profit on income.

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

There are four types of Salad Box shops you can open: shopping centers; business centers; home delivery; street/pedestrian locations. A location usually covers between 40 and 100 sqm and requires about 10-15 employees.

You don’t necessarily need business experience to open a franchise, as the company provides training for all its franchisees.

Source: Business Review

Gourmet Burger Kitchen to close one in five UK outlets

October 26, 2018

Gourmet Burger Kitchen is to close 17 of its 85 restaurants with the potential loss of 250 jobs in the latest sign of tough trading conditions on Britain’s high streets.

The upmarket burger chain has asked landlords and other creditors to support a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) restructuring plan as it admitted it was struggling in a “challenging UK casual dining environment” and said its rental payments were too high.

Derrian Nadauld, the firm’s managing director, said: “We are having to take tough but necessary actions to reduce our fixed-cost base and restore long-term profitability.”

The chain is owned by South Africa’s Famous Brands, which also owns the Wimpy franchise in the UK. It is the latest in a series of casual dining restaurant groups to close outlets through a CVA as consumer spending slows and the cost of wages and business rates rise. Overexpansion by formulaic groups backed by private equity has also increased competition just as diners have reined in spending.

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

The rival chain Byron closed 20 of its 67 sites through a CVA while Jamie’s Italian, Carluccio’s and Cau, part of the Gaucho group, have all used the process to shut outlets and cut hundreds of jobs this year.

Matthew Richards, a director at Grant Thornton, which is advising on the Gourmet Burger Kitchen CVA, said: “The casual dining trading environment in the UK remains extremely challenging, driven by a change in dining behaviour, long-term consumer trends and increased competition.

“It is important to stress that no restaurants will close immediately and employees and suppliers will continue to be paid on time and in full.”

The chain said it had already taken significant steps toward restructuring the way the business operated, including reducing head office costs, the refurbishment of 30 restaurants and updating its branding.

Source: The Guardian

Toni&Guy in Christchurch closes its doors

October 25, 2018

CHRISTCHURCH hair salon Toni&Guy has closed its doors after the franchise came to an end.

Franchise India ties up with UK’s popular Chaiiwala eatery to invest in India

October 25, 2018

Franchise India has tied up with one of the UK’s popular Indian street food and casual dining brands Chaiiwala, with plans to open between 150 and 200 of its outlets in India over the next five years.

The company, which brings international brands into India through franchise agreements, said this week it has clinched a master franchise agreement with Chaiiwala to establish the brand’s presence in India at an investment of estimated Rs 40 lakh per outlet.

“Alongside their range of signature specialist tea and coffee, Chaiiwala serves a number of products given their own traditional modern twist such as Masala Chips, Bombay Sandwich, Chilli Paneer, Butter Chicken Roti, Parathas and Indian breakfast,” Franchise India said in a statement.

Launched in 2015 as an eatery, Chaiiwala went on to set up 15 stores in Britain with plans to take their store count in the country to 45 by 2020.

“Our next phase of growth is to expand our brand across the world to help us deliver our strategic targets,” the UK-based company said.

Besides Chaiiwala, Franchise India has also acquired the master franchise rights for UK-based sandwich chain Wrap It Up and plans to open around 200 stores of the brand across India over the next five years.

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

“The sandwich industry has experienced continual growth due to an increased demand for healthy meal options and fresh ingredients. The company aims to capture this demand in the grab-and-go sector,” the company said.

Franchise India, which describes itself as Asia’s largest franchising and retailing company, manages 400 brands and has 45 offices in India as well as six offices around the world.

“India now features among the top three markets for UK brands because English brands are very popular in the country and they see franchising as an attractive way of entering this very lucrative space,” Chairman of Franchise India Gaurav Marya said during a recent visit to the UK.

“As the UK market gets saturated, the brands would naturally look towards bigger markets like India,” he said.

Among some of the company’s other major UK tie-ups includes a partnership with part-time performing arts schools for children called Stage Coach.

Source: Money Control

US-imported chicken restaurant chooses Cardiff for second UK site

October 23, 2018

US import Slim Chickens has chosen a shopping centre in Cardiff as the location to launch its second site on these shores.

The scheduled opening of the new 92-cover site in the St David’s shopping centre follows the successful launch of the brand’s UK flagship near Oxford Street in central London. The company has plans to open more sites across the UK.

The openings come as the result of a franchise deal between the Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG) and Slim Chickens.

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

The restaurant – which operates 80 Stateside outlets and has plans to open a further 600 restaurants across the US – serves a fast-casual menu chicken and Texas-inspired sides.

Alongside the restaurant’s signature buttermilk-marinated fried chicken tenders and sandwiches, sides include Texas toast; fried pickles; and macaroni cheese. Diners can choose from 13 house dipping sauces, and a range of fruit pies and desserts is also available.

The new restaurant will have self-ordering kiosks, and will offer delivery and a click-and-collect service.

“We are delighted to be introducing Slim Chickens to St David’s. Cardiff is a lively city with a fantastic student population and booming food scene. It was the obvious choice for us to open our first regional restaurant outside of London,” says Tom Crowley, CEO of BRG

Related: American chicken restaurant chain Slim Chickens plans Liverpool opening

“We always knew this brand was a good fit for the UK and Ireland and we are pleased with the speed at which Slim’s has already established itself. We’re looking forward to opening in Wales and extending the Slims base into more sites next year.”

Boparan Restaurant Group’s portfolio includes various restaurant concepts including Harry Ramsden, Giraffe Restaurants, Burgers & Cocktails, FishWorks and Ed’s Easy Diner.

Source: Big Hospitality

Coup for OnTheMarket as it signs Britain’s biggest franchise agency

October 23, 2018

OnTheMarket has this morning announced that franchise giant Belvoir will list all of its 300-plus branches on the challenger portal.

This includes the full range of Belvoir sales and lettings properties through its Belvoir, Northwood and Newton Fallowell brands.

“We have for some time believed that the property portals landscape was ripe for disruption. OnTheMarket is the first serious contender for several years to be injecting genuine competition in the interests of agents and property searchers alike” says Belvoir’s chief executive Dorian Gonsalves.

“It is agents who provide the portals with the majority of their content and income. It is also agents who serve their clients and property searchers on the ground in selling, letting, buying and renting property” he continues.

Related: OnTheMarket Adds 6,000 Estate Agent Branches Since February Listing

“I’m very pleased to be announcing our strategic support for OnTheMarket as an agent-backed business and am confident that with agent momentum building it will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Warrens Bakery to acquire and re-open franchise sites

October 22, 2018

Warrens Bakery has acquired three former franchise stores and is to re-open them as company-managed sites.

The business today (22 October) announced it had bought three of its franchise stores – Bridgwater, Taunton and Yeovil – and would be relaunching them as managed sites following an agreement with its local franchisee.

Warrens kicked off its franchise operation last February with a store in Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham, and has expanded rapidly outside its south west heartland through franchise partnerships.

Related: Warrens Bakery Belfast store to be first of ‘many’ in the north

The business, which won the Craft Bakery Business Award at this year’s Baking Industry Awards, now operates 70 stores in locations including the south west, Wales, Manchester, Birmingham, Hampshire, Surrey and London – 20 of these are franchised.

Warrens today said it was continuing its franchise roll-out by teaming up with “a major partner” to open a café at Bristol Airport, adding that a further 10 franchise stores were set to open by early next year. The business is also opening two company-owned cafés at Musgrove Hospital (Taunton).

“We are very excited about these sites which, along with our existing stores in Bristol City Centre and Wellington, give us a platform for growth in the region,” said Warrens Bakery chairman Mark Sullivan.

“As an established West Country brand with over 150 years of tradition and trust, we look forward to taking our handcrafted pasties, sandwiches and sweet treats to locals, who have been asking us to set up nearby for years.”

The initiatives will result in more than 40 jobs locally, along with regional management infrastructure.

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Jason Jobling, director at Warrens Bakery and chairman of the Cornish Pasty Association, said: “It is exciting to expand throughout the West Country, while driving increased production out of Cornwall.”

Source: Bakery Info

Firms to launch Brexit contingency plans before Christmas

October 22, 2018

The majority of British businesses are preparing to launch contingency plans before Christmas as hopes of a Brexit deal fade.

A survey of 236 businesses for the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) found that many will make “damaging” moves which will include cutting jobs and relocating work overseas.

The survey focused on companies employing fewer than 500 people and it found that 82% will start to implement their contingency plans by December if the Brexit process does not get any clearer.

The news comes as fears grow that the UK could leave the European Union in March without a deal, resulting in tariffs on exports, border checks and travel restrictions.

CBI director general Carolyn Fairbairn said the situation was “urgent”, adding: “The speed of negotiations is being outpaced by the reality firms are facing on the ground.

“Unless a withdrawal agreement is locked down by December, firms will press the button on their contingency plans.

“Jobs will be lost and supply chains moved.

Related: What impact is Brexit uncertainty having on the UK economy?

“The knock-on effect for the UK economy would be significant: living standards would be affected and less money would be available for vital public services including schools, hospitals and housing.”

Ms Fairbairn said the uncertainty was “draining investment” from the UK, adding: “From a multinational plastics manufacturer which has cancelled a £7m investment, to a fashion house shelving £50m plans for a new UK factory, these are grave losses to our economy.

“Many firms won’t publicise these decisions, yet their impact will show in lower GDP years down the line.”

According to the CBI, 80% of companies said Brexit had already had a negative impact on their investment decisions, more than double the 36% that said the same a year ago.

Two-thirds said Brexit had affected how attractive the UK was to investors. One in four said it had no impact.

Last week’s summit between prime minister Theresa May and Europe’s leaders made little progress towards a deal and a second summit in November has been called off.

The next meeting is scheduled for December but, even if a deal is reached, there is no guarantee that parliament will approve it.

A spokesman for the Department for Exiting the European Union said: “We are working hard to deliver a deal that works for businesses and remain confident of a positive outcome.

“In the unlikely event we leave the EU without a deal, we have issued over 100 technical notices to help businesses make informed plans and preparations.

“We have engaged extensively with businesses and industry bodies from all sectors of the economy throughout the exit process and will continue to do so.”

Source: Yahoo News UK

Two franchisees donate services to BBC’s DIY SOS

October 21, 2018

Franchisees from Drain Doctor and Bright & Beautiful have donated their services to adapt a family home in North Shields for the BBC television programme, DIY SOS, which helps homeowners improve their property following a change in circumstances.

Both franchisees and their team members welcomed the well-deserving family to their new home at ‘The Big Reveal’ and had the opportunity to meet the host of the show,

Nick Knowles. The programme, which is due to be broadcast later in the year, involved Drain Doctor carrying out a CCTV survey of all drain lines in and around the property. Its technicians then supplied, installed and rerouted new drainage and manholes at the rear of the property, which was vital to allow the new foundations to be installed for a rear extension.

With a team of 12, the domestic housekeeping service Bright & Beautiful, carried out a thorough clean of the property prior to the family moving in.

Jim Watson, Drain Doctor’s North East franchisee, said: “It’s fantastic and very humbling to have played a part in this build project and I can’t thank my technicians Dan, Craig and Ian enough for the hard work they have put in over the three days they were on site. It is incredible to see the North East coming out in force to make this possible in order to keep a family together.”

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‘Very emotional’
Helen Ross, Bright & Beautiful’s North Tyneside franchisee, added: “It has been a huge pleasure to have supported this fantastic DIY SOS big build and we are extremely proud to have played a part in giving this hugely admirable family a home they deserve. The Big Reveal was very emotional for everyone and it was great to meet the family who are now able to start rebuilding their lives thanks to the army of local tradespeople involved.”

Drain Doctor and Bright & Beautiful are part of Neighborly, one of the world’s largest companies of franchised trade service brands.

Source: Franchise World

Anytime Fitness soars past 150 UK clubs milestone

October 21, 2018

Franchisee interest continues to swell as Anytime Fitness opens 100 clubs in three years in the ever-growing fitness industry.

Anytime Fitness is celebrating its continued success following its 150th club opening in the UK. The milestone was reached with the opening of Anytime Fitness Paignton, Devon, and demonstrates the sustained prosperity that its franchisees are enjoying in the thriving fitness industry.

Continuing its upward trend, the fitness industry has seen market value soar to almost £5bn in 2018. Exceeding 9.9m members, penetration is also at an all-time high of 14.9 per cent, meaning that one in every seven people in the UK is now a gym member.

After being named the second largest private health club operator in the UK earlier this year, the Paignton opening means that Anytime Fitness has opened 100 clubs in the last three years. It boasts an eclectic network of franchisees, ranging from experienced fitness industry professionals to those with no experience in the sector, showcasing the strength of the brand and the support available.

Its newest franchisees Emma and Simon Wright are a case in point. The Paignton club is the couple’s first, yet they already have two more in the pipeline that will be opening soon. Working with the central Anytime Fitness UK Support Office, a successful pre-sale saw Anytime Fitness Paignton recruit close to 500 members by the time it opened its doors, putting Emma and Simon well on their way to recouping their initial investment.

Stuart Broster

Anytime Fitness UK CEO Stuart Broster comments, “Reaching 150 clubs in the UK is a fantastic achievement for Anytime Fitness and we’re delighted to be giving so many ambitious entrepreneurs the platform to run a successful business.

“Since opening our 150th club we’ve continued to grow at pace, seeing our 155th club open in a matter of weeks since this milestone. I’ve made it no secret that I want Anytime Fitness to become the biggest health club operator in the UK and we’ve got a great Support Office team and network of franchisees to achieve this.

“We hope that this sustained growth shows that even in a challenging time in the UK economy, there are accessible opportunities with us to take advantage of the booming fitness industry. We of course appreciate there’s a significant initial investment, but as Emma and Simon have demonstrated, by taking a hands-on approach you can put yourself in a great position to become profitable in year one.”

New appointments and a busy end to 2018
Anytime Fitness has a healthy club opening pipeline for the end of 2018 and beyond, with over 30 potential new clubs that already have property secured. As club numbers continue to grow, so has the Support Office team with recent appointments of Trevor Kidd as Head of Club Projects and Daniel Penn as a dedicated New Openings Manager.

Trevor’s role will encompass the management of the construction processes for all new club openings, drive down the costs of club fit-outs and lead the exciting club refresh programme that will be implemented in Anytime Fitness sites from 2019.

His most recent role was at Pure Gym, the only private health club provider in the UK that has more clubs than Anytime Fitness, demonstrating the ambition to continue this steep growth curve.

Related: Anytime Fitness looks for further international growth

Meanwhile, Daniel will be the key point of contact for all new franchisees, supporting them in all aspects of their journey from sourcing their site to opening the doors. He will provide valuable advice to clubs during their all-important pre-sale period as they look to recruit strong membership numbers.

As a matter of course, clubs are also assigned a Franchise Performance Coach (FPC) who works closely with franchisees. The FPCs have years of experience in the field, ranging from GM’s to Regional Managers across both public and private organisations within the fitness industry. After opening, the FPCs support clubs with regular face-to-face visits, ensuring realistic Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are met.

This year, Anytime Fitness introduced the EVOLVE Balanced Scorecard which is the biggest development to franchisee support since Anytime Fitness opened its first club in the UK. Unique to Anytime Fitness UK, the balanced scorecard assesses Anytime Fitness’ 150+ clubs across six KPIs and helps franchisees to identify internal opportunities in their business, helping them put together a strategy to improve their financial performance.

The six KPIs that EVOLVE focusses on are Net Promoter Score, Brand Standards, Service Assessment, Clubwise Health Check, Marketing Health Check and ultimately, the club’s Financial Health Check.

Stuart Broster, commented: “This is a huge development and step forward for our business in the UK. Previously, we’ve been great at advising our franchisees on what they need to do, but the launch of EVOLVE now gives them the how to go with it.

“When it comes to running a fitness franchise, the more you put into it, the more you get out and these performance metrics will help highlight where they’re performing well but more importantly, their opportunity areas and how they benchmark against other clubs.

“As our club numbers grow, it’s important for us to empower our franchisees and effectively support them in delivering a return on investment as well as creating a consistently high consumer experience across the network.

This is currently a UK-only initiative but following its implementation, we’ve already had other markets wanting to find out more, with the view to rolling this out to their network.” The KPIs are assessed by the Anytime Fitness Support Office, but franchisees also have access to self-assessment forms to track their own progress and recognise the opportunities available to them. They can then work closely with their dedicated FPC to gather advice on how to improve their business performance.

Franchisees will have access to league tables which show how they’re performing against other clubs. Furthermore, the clubs’ scores from EVOLVE will be used to judge Anytime Fitness’ annual awards where there will be recognition for the Overall Club of the Year and Most Improved Club of the Year.

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

Ten-year franchise agreements
New franchisees now have the option of a ten-year franchise agreement, a change introduced earlier this year. Having previously offered a maximum term of five years, the move allows franchisees a longer timescale to establish their clubs and recover their initial investment. The Anytime Fitness banking partners were instrumental in the decision, with NatWest recommending this positive move to provide additional support to franchisees.

Mark Scott, the Franchise Development Manager for the NatWest Franchise Team, comments: “NatWest has been working with Anytime Fitness and financing their franchisees since they began trading the UK. We recently recommended an increased term option on the franchise agreement which is great news for the franchisees and the bank. The reduced monthly payments, compared to a five-year agreement, will enable franchisees to generate more cash that can be used for future expansion plans.”

How can you become part of the Anytime Fitness family?
To make an initial enquiry about owning an Anytime Fitness club in the UK, contact Anytime Fitness’ UK Support Office where the recruitment team will be happy to discuss the options available to you and available territories.

Opening an Anytime Fitness club requires a minimum investment of £170,000 liquid capital, which covers the franchise fee, security fit-out and essential costs before you open your doors. Additional funding can be arranged thanks to support from the UK’s leading banks, including NatWest, Lloyds Bank and RBS.

There’s a reason why over 60 per cent of franchisees go on to own additional clubs. Franchisees can expect a healthy return on investment with recurring monthly direct debit revenue.

Source: Franchise World