Co-op sandwiches go on sale in Superdrug stores

May 31, 2019

The Co-op is supplying Superdrug stores with food-to-go products including sandwiches, salads and fruit under a new trial deal.

More than 40 Co-op own-label products are being supplied to Superdrug sites in East Midlands, Bristol and Edinburgh airports, and in Brighton, Sheffield, and London’s Victoria and Fenchurch Street railway stations.

The range includes Co-op’s best-selling chicken & bacon sandwich, salmon & prawn sushi, vegan onion bhaji wrap, an all-day breakfast sandwich and falafel tabbouleh salad. Shoppers will be able to add a Superdrug snack and drink to the Co-op ‘main’ food item in a meal deal.

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Co-op has been seeking new channels for its own-label products, including the agreement to supply 2,200 Costcutter supermarket group stores, a move into franchise stores and acquisition of Nisa last year.

“We are continually exploring new ways to bring our award-winning products closer to shoppers and reach new customers,” said Co-op Food trading director Matt Hood.

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“Becoming food-to-go partner for Superdrug is an exciting development as Co-op continues to grow its brand, further increasing the accessibility of own-brand products. These transport hubs provide an exciting and dynamic location to meet the shopping needs of busy consumers and offer our value and values conveniently.”

Many food-to-go operators are ramping up their presence in travel locations in reaction to changing consumer shopping habits, with Greggs last year opening its first site at a London Underground station.

The Co-op was named sandwich and food-to-go convenience retailer award for the fifth year running at the British Sandwich Association Sammies Awards last month.

By Vince Bamford

Source: Bakery Info

Radfield Home Care prepares for growth with franchise support office

May 31, 2019

Family business Radfield Home Care has opened a new national support office in Shrewsbury as part of its growth strategy.

The new office is now the central hub for all of Radfield’s franchise operations; from management of all franchise partner support and training, to hosting monthly ‘franchise Discovery Days’ and one-to-one meetings.

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The move marks the start of the next chapter for the bfa’s Emerging Franchisor of the Year finalist, as it looks to bolster its support mechanisms in preparation for its anticipated growth over the coming months and years.

Cofounder and franchisor, Dr Hannah MacKechnie said: “We had a fantastic first two years recruiting and supporting our first franchise partners, and the new National Support Office is both the culmination of our success to date, and the foundation for our future development and growth.

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“It provides an environment where the entire support team can work collaboratively together, franchise partners can attend training sessions and forums, and those eager to join the network can come to attend our franchise Discovery Days and meetings to gain an insight into the Radfield business model, opportunity and culture. We are really excited for the opportunity the new location presents us and are eager for our franchise partners to reap the benefits in the coming weeks, months and years ahead!”

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Radfield said it is already reaping the benefits of the new National Support Office, launching its new monthly Discovery Day programme, implementing its upgraded care management technology and hosting its largest ever franchise partner forum.

By SARAH CLARKE

Source: Home Care Insight

Nottingham’s new Italian street food business announces opening date

May 30, 2019

A UK Italian street food chain offering fresh, healthy Italian meals with a modern twist is set to open its next franchise on Market Street in Nottingham with help from Fraser Brown Solicitors.

Tapping into the nation’s love for authentic Italian cuisine and fast, high quality healthy food, Wolf Italian will open its new 55-seater venue on 29 May at 34 Market Street in the heart of the city centre, creating 12 new jobs for the city.

Serving up traditional, wholesome, street food style dishes fresh from the carts of Italy, Wolf Italian customers can expect a unique all-day dining concept with the option to choose from bespoke dishes freshly made to order, as well as traditional favourites to be enjoyed in the restaurant or on the go.

Choose from artisan avocado breakfast dishes and pastries washed down with Wolf’s own brand coffee, build your own lunchtime dishes including the ‘piada’ – Wolf’s signature flatbread with a choice of marinated protein, Italian sauces, deli toppings and salad, or sit down with a bowl of fresh pasta or pizza and a chilled tipple of your choice in the spacious dining area.

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The Wolf experience can be as speedy or relaxed as customers wish, with the option to dwell with good coffee and WIFI, grab tailored counter-led fresh food to go, or order from the convenient Wolf app on the iPad table devices for a seated dining experience.

The Nottingham franchise is the latest addition to Wolf’s seven existing UK sites in Chiswick, Wembley, Reading, Manchester and Leeds.

Fraser Brown Solicitors has been working with Wolf Italian since 2017, advising on the roll-out of its UK franchises. Supporting work has included preparation of franchise agreements, management agreements, side letters, advising on resales, property aspects, brand protection and associated legal aspects of operating a growing network of franchises in the UK.

Fiona Boswell, partner and head of franchising and commercial services and James Woodward, senior associate in commercial property at Fraser Brown Solicitors, advised on the Wolf Nottingham site on roll out of franchise documentation and secure the lease for Ehsan Shammasizadeh (the franchisee).

The venue will be based in the historic listed Market Street building spanning 1972 sq. ft across two storeys which was previously home to Graham Hill Menswear.

Tim Entwistle of Wolf Italian Street Food said: “With franchises all over the UK opened with the contract roll out assistance of Fraser Brown, moving to Nottingham felt like the next natural step for us and we’re thrilled to be opening our doors in the heart of this established city, bringing with us nutritious, healthy Italian cuisine to Nottingham’s already vibrant food and drink scene. Our new central, historic location is ideal with its high ceilings and large open spaces and we aim to recreate a chilled space for our customers to dwell in.

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“Our food is inspired by our Italian chef who uses the finest, local produce aimed at people that want great tasting food that’s also good for them, and we aim to make authentic and fresh Italian dishes that are versatile and accessible all day. As well as popular breakfast options such as avocado and poached eggs and our fresh moreish pastries, we also have our very own Wolf branded coffee which is handmade in Devon.

“Our lunch options include a range of delicious fresh salads and bespoke tailored food options that can be freshly prepared to go, such as our ‘piada’ and we also serve up fresh pizza and pasta and have an alcohol licence so customers can enjoy a cold brew with their meals.

“We’re currently looking to recruit for all staff positions at our new Nottingham site and welcome any local artists to help us create a unique piece in our store that can be a nod to our new location.”

Ehsan Shammasizadeh, franchisee of Wolf Italian Street Food in Nottingham, said: “From a franchising perspective Wolf is a strong, innovative brand with a simplistic and fresh concept that will be well received in Nottingham.

“Its Market Street location is ideal for reaching city residents, visitors and the student population and the building itself is built to accommodate not only those looking for all-day eating occasions but also for evening events such as open mic nights and talent shows.

“We envisage Wolf being a hub to celebrate talent and creativity and we want to welcome everyone to keep an eye out for events taking place once open.

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“As a franchisee working with Fraser Brown for the opening of Wolf in Nottingham, the process has been seamless and efficient. Wolf has so much potential and I look forward to watching the company grow.”

Fiona at Fraser Brown Solicitors said: “Having worked with Wolf for the opening of its other UK franchises, it’s been a pleasure to advise on the latest franchise addition to the East Midlands in Nottingham, especially with Fraser Brown having a solid presence and franchise expertise in the region and with our headquarters in the city centre. We look forward to continuing our support of Wolf’s future UK franchises and wish them every success for the opening and future

James at Fraser Brown said “The Nottingham site is sure to be well received by food lovers and the Market Street premises is well situated to receive good footfall in the city centre.”

Wolf Italian Street Food has plans for further UK franchises in Manchester and Glasgow, with the new sites set to open in 2019.

Starting opening hours for Wolf Italian Street Food will be every day from 7am to 8pm.

Source: West Bridgford Wire

German Doner Kebab reveals plans for Preston takeaway in £6m expansion

May 30, 2019

Fast-casual dining chain German Doner Kebab has announced ambitious plans to open a string of sites across the UK, in a move which starkly contrasts with the current gloom facing the UK dining scene.

Restaurant chains across the country have faced rising costs and a decline in consumer confidence, with Jamie’s Italian the latest victim after it collapsed into administration earlier this week.

But bosses at German Doner Kebab say the firm’s biggest problem is finding new restaurants sites fast enough to match its ambitions – with Preston on the list of places it plans to move into.

The chain, which already has 33 sites across the UK, said it will open a new restaurant every week for the rest of 2019 in a move which will create around 200 jobs.

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German Doner Kebab chief executive Imran Sayeed said: “The hardest thing for us is finding sites. I think we could open another 40 or 50 sites this year because of demand, but we have to take the time to make sure the locations are right.

“By the end of this year we will hopefully be near to 50 in the UK, and I think we could be looking at 300 in the next five years.

“I think our success highlights the shift to fast-casual dining. Millenials and Generation Z want something different, and our product offering and price point fits in with what they want.”

The boss said he was sad to see the collapse of Jamie’s Italian but admitted that the firm could be “open” to looking towards the company’s closed sites as potential locations further down the line.

The kebab chain will invest £6m to open 14 new sites throughout the year in locations including Preston, Oldham, Bradford, Northampton, Walsall, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

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German Doner Kebab was founded in Germany in 1989 but was launched in the UK in 2016 by United Brands under a franchise model.

The UK brand’s rapid growth comes amid a turbulent time for restaurant chains, with numerous undergoing fierce restructuring programmes to fight against widening losses.

The collapse of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant group, which saw 22 of his 25 outlets close immediately after administrators Deloitte were hired, followed financial turmoil at a number of other chains.

Italian restaurant group Carluccio’s closed 35 restaurants last year as part of a Company Voluntary Agreement last year, while pizza chain Prezzo announced plans to shut 93 outlets.

The UK’s 100 largest restaurant groups together made a £82 million loss last year, sliding from a £102 million profit the previous year.

In 2018, 48 of the 100 businesses were loss-making, up from 37 a year earlier, according to data from accountancy group UHY Hacker Young.

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Peter Kubik, partner at UHY Hacker Young, said: “Restaurant groups are having to undergo radical restructuring surgery just to stay afloat.

“Cutting down the number of branch chains is financially stressful for restaurant companies but in the long term it is essential they get to the right size.”

Source: Lancashire Post

Rocket Restaurants seeks ‘high street’ franchise partner in Germany

May 29, 2019

Rocket Restaurants, the group behind the Rocket’s and Eddie Rocket’s burger chains, has held discussions with potential partners to expand in Germany.

The group, which operates 51 restaurants, almost all in the Irish market, is targeting Europe for expansion of its fast-casual Rocket’s brand. It opened its first outlet in a Center Parcs resort in Germany with a franchise partner, large German group Areas, last October. Its second outlet in conjunction with Areas is due to open in November in a train station in Leipzig.

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Rocket Restaurants, founded by entrepreneur Niall Fortune, has an agreement with Areas to open 16 restaurants in Germany, which will mostly be situated in transport centres such as rail stations.

However, Adrian Crean, the new managing director of the group, says it is now seeking a second partner for the German market to open Rocket’s in commercial shopping areas.

“We have held discussions with potential high-street franchise partners in Germany,” said Mr Crean, who was speaking after giving a presentation at the Retail Excellence industry expo in Citywest in Dublin, which attracted 2,000 delegates and 200 exhibitors this week.

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Mr Crean, who used to run McDonald’s in the Republic, said Rocket Restaurants wants to strike franchise agreements across Europe for the Rocket’s brand in countries such as France, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands. He said expansion into the UK is unlikely at the moment.

“We could also do a joint venture with partners, or we could also open and operate some Rocket’s restaurants ourselves in certain markets,” he said. “Sometimes a joint venture is exactly what you have to do in certain markets to get going.”

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Source: Irish Times

Home care firm marks 200th office opening with Chester cathedral celebration

May 29, 2019

Home Instead Senior Care UK – A HOME care company, founded in Chester in 2005, was back in the city to celebrate the opening of its 200th franchise location at an event at Chester Cathedral.

Over 100 guests gathered to celebrate the role Home Instead Senior Care has played in the way home care is delivered to the elderly in the UK.

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Home Instead’s pilot office, which opened in Chester at the Chester Gates business park, is now owned and run by Chris and Sue Broadbent who were present at the event.

The company’s unique model earned the £170m turnover business a Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation) in 2016.

The franchise provides care and companionship to more than 14,000 seniors across the UK and employs approaching 10,000 caregivers with ever-increasing demand for its services, driven by an ageing population.

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Also present at the event were Martin Jones, Managing Director of Home Instead; Dave Banark, COO of  US & Canada branch and Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchise Association. Guest of honour was Romesh Dharmasingham who is opening the company’s 200th office in Dorchester.

Speaking at the event, Martin Jones welcomed Romesh saying, “We are delighted to welcome Romesh to the Home Instead family.

“The company has some a long way since we set up in Chester and it’s lovely to be back in the City to celebrate reaching our 200th office.”

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By Mark Dowling

Source: Chester Standard

Family fun day planned for launch of Énergie Fitness on Deeside Retail Park

May 28, 2019

Énergie Fitness, to be located on Deeside Retail Park in Queensferry, opens its doors for the first time next Thursday (May 30).

It has moved into premises vacated by Poundworld, which closed earlier this year.

The company launched in 2003 and now has more than 100 clubs across the UK and Europe.

And as part of the launch, the fitness club franchise is planning a family event to mark the special occasion.

The launch party will be held on the rear end of the retail park car park between 4.30pm and 8.30 on May 30.

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There will be a DJ, hog roast, drinks and nibbles, entertainment, ice cream, bouncy castle, penalty shoot-out competition, and more.

Nathalie Stephens, joint manager at Énergie Fitness Deeside, said: “We have so much planned for our launch party and are literally taking over half the car park.

“We also have the support of many local businesses, all of whom setting up their own stalls around the perimeter of the car park to showcase their offerings.

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“It’s going to be such a fun-filled day for all the family to enjoy.”

Glyn Stephens, Joint- Manager at Energie Fitness Deeside, added: “We are so excited for the upcoming opening party. The party really epitomises what the Énergie brand is all about and that is, Énergie is more than just a gym.

“The Energie brand is internationally renowned for not only it’s homely, friendly and non-intimidating approach but also fostering community spirit, both within and outside the club.

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“By producing a family-feelambience and encouraging, comfortable environment for all, we hope it empowers more people to transform their lives.”

Source: Leader Live

Eco-friendly housekeeping business launches first Welsh franchise in Newport

May 28, 2019

Bright & Beautiful a national domestic housekeeping service provider and part of Neighbourly, the world’s largest franchisor of home service brands, has launched its first franchise in Wales this month as part of a national expansion programme.

Adelaide Morgan will be running the professional housekeeping business, delivering eco-friendly cleaning, tidying, laundry and ironing services to clients across the Newport and neighbouring areas.

Adelaide joins the Bright & Beautiful team of more than 60 franchise owners after a 10-year career in social care.

She plans to create a number of jobs for local men and women over the coming months.

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Adelaide said: “Having tried a number of cleaning companies myself I know just how hard it can be to find one that delivers what they promise.

“That initial frustration was what drove me to research housekeeping franchises and Bright & Beautiful’s reputation, testimonials and ethical values ticked absolutely all the boxes. I’m enormously excited to be bringing this award winning brand to Wales for the first time and to be bringing a business of this quality to my community.”

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Jo Vorwerg, franchise recruitment manager at Bright & Beautiful, said: “We are delighted to be extending the reach of Bright & Beautiful yet again and to be launching the network into Wales for the very first time.

“The business opportunities we offer are highly attractive to professional men and women seeking a new career direction. Our reputation, growing presence in the marketplace and awareness opportunities like our Discovery Days are putting us on an impressive growth trajectory for 2019 and we look forward to welcoming many more Welsh franchise owners to our team.”

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Launched in 2007, Bright & Beautiful is a national network of franchisees building their own local business, employing more than 700 people, with a multi-million-pound turnover and delivering more than 10,000 home service cleans per month.

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Source: South Wakes Argus

Mobility Scooters UK launches its new site on the South Coast

May 27, 2019

Baron Medical, which trades as Mobility Scooters UK, has opened a new shop in Ferndown, Dorset, on what it described as a ‘landmark site’.

The sizable store boasts plenty of floor and window space for displaying large products and high-ticket items.

The store, which is branded as The Mobility Shop, currently offers entry level and high-end class 2 and 3 scooters, rollators, wheelchairs and a number of living aids.

Mobility Scooters UK opened its first store on the South Coast in 2013 and initially sold only living aids.

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Baron Medical has since grown and now has a number of retail shops and a large online presence, offering a much larger range of products.

Mobility Scooters

The business started out of frustration caused by a lack of products available for a close family member with partial sight.

Mobility Scooters

Now the South Coast has a high concentration of mobility retail outfits making it one of the most competitive areas in the UK to be an equipment dealer.

Mobility Scooters

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By JOE PESKETT

Source: Access and Mobility Professional

Tealive breaks into UK market, aims to have 5 outlets in the first year

May 27, 2019

Loob Holding has tied up with venture capital firm Legend Ventures to launch its first Tealive outlet in Manchester, UK. The news comes shortly after Loob Holding is tipped to embark on an IPO in Malaysia that could potentially raise about RM300 million.

According to Samuel Chin, CEO of Legend Ventures, a second outlet will be launched later this year in London, which will function as its headquarters. London will act as a hub for its business dealings in the region. Also, a total of five outlets are expected to roll out during the first year of Tealive’s operations in the UK.

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Chin added that the company looks forward to being “a good springboard” for Tealive’s brand journey into continental Europe with its business presence and understanding of the western market.

Bryan Loo, founder and CEO of Loob Holding said this launch is a “long-awaited achievement” that the company has worked towards since Tealive first started in Malaysia. He added that it is “a giant leap” for the company in mindset as a Malaysian brand breaking into Europe.

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“We’re humbled by the support from thousands of customers as we expanded into China, Vietnamand Australia. This entry into United Kingdom draws a lot from our experience in Australia,” Loo said.

Last year, he told A+M in an interview that it plans to expand into six more countries in 2019 and have 1,000 stores in the region by 2020 through its direct and franchise model. To raise brand awareness, Loo said Tealive injects “innovative and exciting products” into the markets it’s operating in, be it for a limited time only or a long term basis. According to him, the company ultimately aims to build a unique brand positioning and create an emotional attachment to the brand.

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Source: Marketing Interactive