Petpals franchisees achieve Ofqual professional status

September 30, 2019

The mobile pet care franchise, Petpals, reports that its franchisees across the UK are successfully completing the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) Level 3 Professional Day Care and Boarding course.

Petpals says that this new qualification will enable its franchisees to achieve the ‘Higher Standard’ in the Animal Activity Licensing Regulations, updated by the UK government Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs in 2018.

Licensing now requires that to meet the ‘Higher Standard’, a member of staff with a relevant Ofqual regulated Level 3 qualification must be present during the working day at the day care or boarding establishment.

Kevin Thackrah, managing director of Petpals, said: “As an industry we are overrun with people starting up dog walking and dog boarding businesses on a whim, with no previous experience or qualifications and we embrace and welcome any and all efforts to raise the standards in our industry.

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“Even before the new regulations, all of our franchises were, and always have been CRB checked, insured and have taken a Dog Handling Skills and Pet First Aid course.”

Petpals Buxton, Darlington West, Hendon, Leeds North and Sefton have successfully completed the course and a further 15 franchisees are currently on the course.

‘What a great course’
Sharren Redmond (pictured) who started her Petpals Sefton in November last year, said: “What a great course; I feel so much more confident and professional in running my Petpals business now. It was a huge amount of work requiring large amounts of research, reading and writing but I loved it.

“I am now qualified to the ‘Higher Standard’ for the benefit of my clients and their dogs. I will of course be sharing my new knowledge, passing on the relevant information to my team so we can all benefit from the course.

“Although I have been a dog owner myself for many years and thought I knew everything there was to know about caring for a dog, the course makes you look at things from a very different perspective.

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“I had to learn about a wide variety of dog care subjects, from what different breeds of dog are like, how they play and interact with other dogs, to warning signs from a behavioural point of view. The course has really sparked my desire to know more and I wouldn’t rule out doing a dog behaviourist qualification in the future,” continued Redmond.

Thackrah added: “We are delighted that Sharren, Deborah, Lisa, Mike, Chrissy and Sallyann have completed their Ofqual qualification and we are pleased that Petpals Sefton, Buxton, Leeds North, Hendon and Darlington West will now be qualified to the ‘Higher Standard’ for boarding and dog care, with many others following on in the next few weeks.”

Petpals offers animal care ranging from dogs and cats to small pets, such as rabbits, gerbils, birds and exotics. Its services include pet sitting, dog walking, cat visits, pet taxi service and home boarding for dogs and small pets.

Source: Franchise World

Resale successes abound for the TaxAssist network

September 30, 2019

There have been five franchise resales in 2019 so far, with another expected to complete later in the year

Purchasing an established TaxAssist Accountants practice continues to be a popular avenue for new joiners, who see the value in taking on a business where the brand is already established with an income stream from day one.

Jonathan Berks had been TaxAssist Accountants’ longest serving franchisee before he sold his practice in Royston, Hertfordshire in April 2019. He joined the franchise in December 1996 and, after 22 years and four months, realised his investment after deciding to retire.

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TaxAssistExperienced accountant Tasnuva Tina, who purchased Jonathan’s practice, said: “I had always been interested in working for myself but did not know the best way to realise this ambition.

“As I had not run my own business before, being part of a franchise, where I can get the help and support of a strong network, was top of my wish list.

“I met with the Support Centre team and was impressed. I found out that the Royston practice was being sold by Jonathan, who was looking to retire. I arranged a meeting to find out more and followed this by speaking to several existing franchisees and completing my due diligence. The feedback I received highlighted how Jonathan had built up a strong client base and it would be too good an opportunity to miss. I am now looking forward to working with an excellent and supportive team and growing the client base further.”

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Phil Cornish sold his 10-year-old TaxAssist Accountants practice in Altrincham, Cheshire to husband and wife team Samit & Preeti Gupta in August 2019. Following the sale, he said: “I’d like to thank all of the Norwich team for their help and assistance over the years.

“My experience as a franchisee has been excellent, I have never regretted making the decision to join and am pleased that the franchise continues to grow. We were able to build a good business and income and have now had the ability to realise our investment at a decent multiple, I have no doubts that being part of the TaxAssist network has been a significant factor in this success.

“I am very pleased to have been introduced to Samit and Preeti, who I am sure will make a great job of continuing the growth of TaxAssist Altrincham and Sale.”

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Karl Sandall, Chief Executive Director of The TaxAssist Group, said: “Buying a practice through a resale can provide many advantages, including investing in a ready-made business with a fee base, established premises, experienced staff and practice management systems in place.

“Incoming franchisees benefit from an immediate income stream with access to our full range of ongoing technical and business development support, advice and training enabling them to develop the businesses further. Added to this, the banks remain fully supportive of our business model because of the reduced risk of franchising and our proven track record and will typically lend 70% of the total investment required.”

The other three franchise resales in 2019 include Chesham in Buckinghamshire, Smarden in Kent and Godalming in Surrey.

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Shelbourne Motors opens new £5m multi-franchise dealership complex

September 30, 2019

Shelbourne Motors has opened its new £5m multi-franchise complex, adding Renault, Dacia and Kia retail outlets to its business in Newry.

The Northern Ireland-based car retail group has also created 60 new jobs with the development of the 50,000sq-ft car retail complex, which also features a purpose-built Autoselect Used Car Supermarket.

News of the opening comes just weeks after the group reported 2018 pre-tax profits of £1.2m, a 28% improvement on the prior year.

Paul Ward, sales director at Shelbourne Motors, said: “The opening of our new £5m multi-franchise complex in Newry is a significant landmark moment for our business.

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“It is the culmination of years of hard work and perseverance to fulfil our ambitions of expanding into the Newry and Mourne area.

“We worked with Clarman Architects and O’Hare & McGovern to deliver a state-of-the-art facility that matched our long-term vision, and they certainly didn’t disappoint.

“It’s been meticulously designed and constructed to provide an unequalled sales and after-care experience to customers.”

Shelbourne Motors’ Newry multi-franchised site, on Armagh Road, includes new car handover bays, drive-in service centre and lounge-style waiting area.

The group’s 60 new employees at the facility – the result of a recruitment drive launched in May – fill a number of key roles in customer service, sales and technical support at the family-owned vehicle retailer’s multi-franchise complex.

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The creation of the new site heralded the addition of the Kia Motors (UK) franchise to the family-owned vehicle retailer’s portfolio takes its number of OEM partners to five across its Newry and Portadown locations.

The deal with Renault and Dacia, meanwhile, strengthens Shelbourne Motors’ relationship with the French car manufacturer having operated a franchise of the brand at its Portadown headquarters since 2003.

Ward added: “The Kia and Renault partnerships position Shelbourne Motors as the only dedicated dealership supplying new and used Renault, Dacia and Kia vehicles in the Newry and Mourne area.

“These global manufacturers are a perfect fit for us and we believe we have delivered spectacular showrooms and top-class staff synonymous with the market-leading qualities of each brand.”

Just last month Shelbourne began an e-commerce drive with the integration of GForces’ NetDirector Auto e-platform to power its online offering, including its Auto Select used vehicle programme.

Ronan Marshall, Shelbourne group marketing manager, said ecommerce is an additional string to the company’s bow, not a replacement for their traditional sales model.

He said: “In the showroom, our customers can engage their senses, and experience everything first-hand.

“There is also a unique social appeal to dealing in-person, and when visiting a state-of-the-art facility such as the one we’re opening in Newry, customers can explore and connect with us in a totally different way to online. The key is to offer the choice.”

Author: Tom Sharpe

Source: AM Online

New St Austell Vodafone store opens in scheme to fill empty high streets

September 30, 2019

Vodafone has opened a new shop in St Austell as part of a scheme to buck the downbeat high street trend.

The mobile phone giant said it will take on the premises for at least 24 new shops as part of its franchise programme, as it ploughs investment into boosting its retail presence.

The new franchise stores will lead to at least 100 jobs and will involve an investment of approximately £5.5 million, Vodafone said.

Vodafone said it hopes the new stores, the first two of which opened this month in Morecambe, Lancashire and St Austell, will help to “breathe life” into ailing high streets by taking on vacant premises.

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It is hoped the new stores will help customers interested in new services such as 5G, and provide support and advice.

The company has more than 400 retail stores across the UK and has already added more than 50 new sites to its portfolio so far in 2019 as part of its major expansion plan.

It said it aims to open another 50 similar stores next year and is currently looking at suitable premises on the high street.

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This is the first time the mobile operator has extended its franchise to include empty shops, meaning there is no upfront cost to franchisees.

Nick Jeffery, UK chief executive of Vodafone, said: “As a business with its roots in the UK, we are keen to do what we can to help local communities, whether that is giving local entrepreneurs the opportunity to be their own boss of a retail store or extending our network to remote areas.

“New services have helped us become the fastest-growing home broadband provider this year and attract thousands of new mobile customers every week.

“With this momentum, we are looking to extend our high street presence so that we can provide face-to-face advice and support to even more customers.”

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Vodafone recently reported sliding first quarter revenues, driven by poor exchange rates, and revealed plans to spin off and potentially list its mobile towers business.

By Shannon Hards

Source: Cornwall Live

Kids gym operator Ninja Nation launches global franchise programme

September 29, 2019

Ninja Nation, the US-based operator of obstacle course gyms, is looking to take the concept global through franchising.

Targeting the family market, Ninja Nation facilities are equipped with a variety of obstacles catering for “ninjas of all ages and skill levels”, with the aim of providing a space to “play, train, and compete”. Each site also organises group fitness classes for adults, such as the HIIT-based H.E.R.O. Fit.

Ninja Nation currently has seven sites across the US with more in its development pipeline.

The company was launched partly on the back of the success of American Ninja Warrior – a hugely popular TV sports entertainment competition – which had increased interest in obstacle courses as an activity.

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According to founder Wayne Cavanaugh, the company has ambitious growth plans.

“When I started the company, I sensed there was a huge unmet need in the marketplace for a safe, fun and entertaining youth fitness alternative to traditional sports,” Cavanaugh said.

“We’ve been blown away by the market demand at our current locations for the highly differentiated sport experience that we have created at Ninja Nation.

“We’re looking forward to taking this the incredible Ninja Nation experience across the world with a talented group of franchisees who share our passion for youth fitness and positive community impact.

“We have the experience, the team and the plans in place to change over a million lives and we can’t wait to continue our growth with the launch of our franchising programme.”

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Ninja Nation’s leadership team is led by Cavanaugh, an entrepreneur who has experience in investing in and growing companies in several industries, including health and wellness.

Cavanaugh is joined by Geoff Britten – a champion and familiar face of the American Ninja Warrior programme, having featured in each of the 11 season of the show – and Lucas Clarke, the vice president of marketing.

“Our goal is to create over one million heroes,” Cavanaugh added. “That’s one million kids and adults pushing their minds and bodies to limits they never thought possible and doing so in our arenas. Play, Train and Compete.”

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Belvoir founder to sell second tranche of shares for £2.1 million

September 29, 2019

Belvoir founder Mike Goddard also sold £1m worth of shares in December but still holds stock worth at least £2.5 million at today’s share price.

Mike Goddard, the founder and former chairman of franchising giant Belvoir has applied to sell two million of the 4.39 million shares he still holds in the company.

His sale of the shares will be at ‘no less’ than £1.05p per share but at the moment the company’s stock is being traded at £1.12p.

Therefore the 70-year-old will realise cash from the sale of between approximately £2.1 million and £2.24 million, reducing his shareholding in the company from 12.6% to 5.7% of its issued share capital.

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Back in May Goddard, who is also a director of The Property Ombudsman and a former chairman of the British Franchising Association, stepped down as chairman of Belvoir after nearly 25 years, and was replaced by Michael Stoop (left).

In December last year Goddard gave himself a well-earned Christmas present after he sold shares worth £989,700.

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Both today’s news and the December share sale are part of a complicated deal struck following the purchase of Northwood which required the directors involved to wait two years before realising any shares.

Belvoir was set up by Goddard and his wife in 1995 after he left the RAF as a Wing Commander and it initially grew through franchising using its own brand, but later also through acquisition. As well as its own 174 offices it also operates 90 Northwood and 36 Newton Fallowell branches.

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By Nigel Lewis

Source: The Negotiator

Tony Harris gets off to a flying start

September 27, 2019

Before launching his Lockfit franchise in South Birmingham, Tony worked in telecoms, making long commutes every day around the country.

He first considered investing in a business in the locksmith industry after researching the locksmith industry.

“I’d spent practically all of my career working in telecoms but I’d grown increasingly tired of living the same day, every day. I decided to leave my job after finding out more about the locksmith industry. I wanted to start a business, but I was hesitant about some of the risks that were involved when going at it alone, so franchising seemed like a very good option.”

After researching franchising opportunities in the locksmith sector, Tony considered various providers.

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He was intrigued by the level of expertise in the Lockfit network and their professional and transparent approach to the market.

“I met with the lockfit team in Solihull and was very impressed by the founder, Kevin Russell, his ethos and his beliefs. I also met with two of the other directors Andy Moore and Eddy Ankrett and that really reinforced my belief that Lockfit was a brand that I wanted to be associated with.

“I launched Lockfit (Birmingham South) in May and my experience, so far, has been extremely positive. Buying a franchise has enabled me to achieve a better quality of life – I now spend a lot less time commuting! and more time with my family.

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In only 6 short months, Tony has established himself as one of the most well-respected locksmith providers in his area, and is looking at expanding into a second territory.

“It’s a real pleasure to work with people, like Kevin, who have a passion for the industry. With a growing national network and a reputation for excellence, Lockfit franchisees are leading providers of locksmith services.

We support every member of our growing network to build their own success and bring positive change to their local community.

If you are dreaming of owning your own business and being in charge of your own destiny, join our network of like-minded individuals.

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The Wheel Specialist brings business to Burnley

September 27, 2019

The Wheel Specialist have taken on their very latest franchisees, Eddie & Caroline McVey, who will be opening the doors to their business in the next few months.

Following 8 years in the Royal Marine, Eddie moved into private security for 3 years before deciding to leave the water behind and locate permanently back into the UK. Caroline had been running a successful Private Hire business based in the Ribble Valley for 14 years and Eddie joined her in the business initially. They decided that they wanted to do something new that they could build together and started to look at new business opportunities a couple of years ago.

Eddie first experienced The Wheel Specialist when getting the wheels refurbished on his Monaro VXR. “I had a couple of small scuffs that I wanted to get sorted, but there was no one offering such a service in my area. Eventually I located The Wheel Specialist in Manchester. This was about 12 years ago.”

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They wanted to find a business that excited them both. “We looked at all sorts of businesses”, commented Caroline, “We even looked at McDonalds and Costa, but ultimately we wanted to find something that we knew we would enjoy and remain enthusiastic about. We met and got together through our love of cars, so it just seemed like a really good direction to go.”

They decided to explore the opportunity further and do their research. “Looking further into the brand it was the professionalism, we felt it had something extra. We feel that the aftercare and service that we received is something that we would want in a business. And that is something that The Wheel Specialist really gave. Over the years the brand has really developed into the number one throughout the UK.”

And thus begins their new venture with The Wheel Specialist.

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The new branch will be opening up in Clitheroe and will be servicing the retail and trade motoring community across Burnley and the surrounding areas.

“We are delighted to have Eddie and Caroline joining The Wheel Specialist network, their passion and enthusiasm is admirable and we are sure that they will have a fantastic business and a bright future with us.” Remarked Richard Higson, National Development Manager.

The Wheel Specialist are a franchise business with multiple sites throughout the UK. They have over 35 years’ experience in the field of Alloy Wheel Refurbishment and Customisation and operate from fixed premises.

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Canadian café chain Tim Hortons reveals it will open its biggest UK restaurant in Leicester – and jobs are available

September 26, 2019

We’ve got some great news for coffee and cake fans in Leicester. Canadian café and bake shop chain Tim Hortons has today revealed that it will open its biggest UK restaurant right here.

It will open in the Grade II listed East Gates unit which was most recently occupied by designer clothing shop Cruise.

The building has a long history, and originally opened as Eastgates Coffee House in 1885 during the Temperance Movement.

The 6,500 square foot Leicester branch is set to open its doors later this year. It follows the success of the recently opened Birmingham branch.

Spread over three floors, the Leicester restaurant will have more than 150 seats.

As well as the famous donuts, Timbits and range of beverages, customers will be able to enjoy hearty breakfast options, as well as a variety of lunch items such as sandwiches, wraps, paninis and toasties, all fresh and made-to-order using quality ingredients.

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The new restaurant is also bringing employment opportunities to the city, with 40 full and part-time vacancies available.

The Tim Hortons brand was founded in 1964 by its namesake, a top professional ice hockey player, who wanted to create a space where everyone would feel at home.

According to the brand, nearly eight out of 10 cups of coffee sold across Canada are served at Tim Hortons restaurants and more than 5.3 million Canadians – approximately 15 per cent of the population – visit the café daily.

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Kevin Hydes, chief finance and commercial officer of the Tim Hortons franchise in the UK, said:

“We’re delighted to have secured a fantastic location right in the heart of Leicester for our largest restaurant to date. The beautiful and historic building is a true landmark within the city, and we hope will become a favourite destination for the people of Leicester.”

The first Tim Hortons in the UK opened in Glasgow in June 2017, with fans travelling from across the country and queuing overnight to sample the brand’s coffee and baked goods.

There is now a further 21 restaurants, in locations such as Cardiff, Manchester and Belfast.

By Becky Jones

Source: Leicester Mercury

North Staffordshire’s newest restaurant and takeaway has opened (and you love it!)

September 25, 2019

A new takeaway and restaurant, Fireaway, has opened to bring a taste of Italy to a town centre – and it cooks pizzas in just three minutes.

Fast-fired pizza brand Fireaway opened in the former Midlands Air Ambulance charity shop, in High Street, Newcastle, this week.

It is the first branch to operate outside London and owner Mario Aleppo promotes it as ‘Subway-style pizza’.

The London-born businessman said: “We are trying to bring good quality and affordable pizza to North Staffordshire.

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“We also want to build a good name in the area and give people a healthier option than the normal fast-food pizzas.”

The Newcastle franchise has been snapped up by Nima Ahmadi.

The 29-year-old food enthusiast, from Newcastle, said: “Fireaway is for everyone. We do everything from pizzas to salads, desserts and milkshakes. You can have Nutella pizza with strawberry or banana.

“All the pizza toppings are fresh from top suppliers, our dough is fresh and we only use olive oil. We want to bring quality. You can eat in or take away and we do delivery.

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“I worked for Domino’s Pizza for 10 years and gained a lot of experience. I thought why not do something different? I want everyone who comes in to feel welcome, they are like our guests, not customers.”

Customers are thrilled with the latest addition to Newcastle’s food scene. It follows this week’s shock closure of the Cultural Squatters community hub, on the corner of Merrial Street and York Place.

John Sumnall, aged 47, from Madeley, said: “It is really impressive and will increase footfall in the town centre. Look at the streets, there’s nothing here, it will be good for Newcastle.”

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Jordan Kirby, aged 25, from Newcastle, said: “It looks very smart and nice. It’s new and something different for Newcastle. We haven’t got anything like this.”

Fireaway offers a range of build-your-own pizzas and calzones. It also offers salads, garlic bread, potato wedges, drinks and desserts.

By Fahad Tariq

Source: Stoke-on-Trent Live