Reach new heights with a Clip ‘n Climb centre

December 30, 2019

Clip ‘n Climb UK, the recreational climbing activity centre, is rolling out its successful model by launching franchise centres and concessions with the aim of opening 100 new UK centres.

The brand has operated in the UK since 2011 and is part of Entre-Prises UK (a leading manufacturer of climbing walls) which is a subsidiary of the French Group, ABEO that supplies sports and leisure equipment.

 
Clip ‘n Climb currently has over 80 centres across the UK, achieving an annual turnover of almost £25m said the company.

The franchise incorporates a complete turnkey leisure business model, including design and installation of more than 40 indoor and outdoor climbing challenges designed to appeal to all age groups.

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Clip ‘n Climb explains that its business proposition is for those who share its values and principles, and says its comprehensive franchise training and support programme covers business planning, finance and safety.

Franchisees will also receive exclusive discounts on equipment, maintenance checks, further training and have early access to upgrades, new climbing wall releases, as well as marketing support and additional booking system features.

Clip ‘n Climb offers customers access to a variety of climbing challenges for the whole family, as well as offering classes such as Climb Fit, a fitness training session. The centres also include a café, party rooms and soft play areas.

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Vicky Coupe, franchise manager at Clip ‘n Climb, introducing its concept said: “Clip ‘n Climb has revolutionised indoor climbing. The theme park meets climbing wall concept offers a thrill and challenge to people of four years of age all the way up to 80 plus.

“We’ve seen leisure climbing grow in popularity since we installed the first Clip ‘n Climb centre in the UK and industry insights report a 40 to 50 per cent increase of indoor climbers in the last two years alone.

“With the news that sport climbing will make its Olympic debut at the games in Japan 2020 its popularity is set to soar and so it’s the perfect time to look for the right people in the right locations to share in our success.

“Launching the franchise model marks a major milestone and cements our ambition to give even more people in the UK access to fun, safe, indoor climbing.”

Clip ‘n Climb was founded in 2005 in Christchurch, New Zealand and has since grown the brand internationally to reach 265 centres worldwide.

Source: Franchise World

Camile Thai Kitchen opens at Boxpart Croydon

December 30, 2019

Camile Thai Kitchen, the healthy Thai street food franchise has opened an outlet at Boxpark, the drinking, dining and event space in Croydon, South London.

 
Boxpark, a popular destination with a 2,000 capacity events space and social areas for a variety of events including creative workshops, will see Camile focus on bringing its modern take on Thai cuisine to both visitors and residents of Croydon via its own delivery service and the online food service, Deliveroo.

A brand-new concept from Camile of nutritious one-pot dishes called ‘bliss bowls’ (above) will also be available at the new store for its customers to enjoy.

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‘Beach party vibes’

Daniel Greene, marketing manager for Camile, said: “We are incredibly excited about opening in Boxpark as it’s such an exciting space in the fantastically vibrant community of Croydon. We think our new bliss bowls along with our new Thai bar bites will bring those beach party vibes to the food court.”

Alongside a focus on creating healthy, restaurant-quality food, Camile has begun to put a strong emphasis on developing the business in a sustainable manner.

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The company highlights that it has recently become the first takeaway brand in Europe to introduce fully compostable packaging, making sure that it looks after the communities of the future as well as the present.

Camile, founded in Dublin in 2011, currently operates three other London restaurants in Tooting Bec, Clapham and Battersea, in addition to two delivery only locations at Islington and Bermondsey.

Source: Franchise World

House of Colour personal stylists aiming for UK network of 200

December 28, 2019

House of Colour, the personal stylist and colour analysis consultants, have announced plans to increase its UK franchise network to 200 in the next five years, which could result in creating up to 100 new jobs.

House of Colour says that in the last 12 months it has attracted 31 new franchisees, 18 for the UK and 13 overseas in the U.S. It also reports that its UK franchisee revenue is up by 12 per cent on last year and that it has launched new products by securing a strategic alliance with Park Lane Jewellery.

 
Helen Venables (right), managing director of House of Colour, says: “It is a difficult economic environment for many businesses but luckily we have been growing in tandem with the burgeoning lifestyle and health industries.

“We offer a potentially high-income business model with several lucrative income streams including colour analysis, styling, make-up classes and over 350 make-up products. We have been attracting new franchisees who want to be ambitious business builders, whilst still maintaining a good work/life balance.

“Our marketing has been stronger than ever which is vital in this financial climate and new data collection technology has been brought in to better serve the clients with clothing recommendations.”

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House of Colour franchisees offer colour and style analysis for men and women either on an individual basis or within small groups. By helping clients find their own individual style enables clients to build a capsule wardrobe that suits their lifestyle and personality, as well as boost their confidence.

‘Rigorous training’

The company explains that its stylists go through rigorous professional training including the psychology of styling, why image is important, personality assessment and the history of dressing, in addition to training in marketing to support a successful business launch.

Its most successful franchisee in the UK, Claire Bannister, says that she has continually enjoyed the company’s training and marketing opportunities, which has resulted in her growing her business year-on-year.

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The company describes its franchise opportunity as offering businessmen and women a flexible start-up programme that enables them to start a business from home, a small shop or within a beauty salon.

The franchise costs £12,000 including VAT, with a monthly service fee of £150 to cover items such as insurance, support, books and fashion updates. Franchisees receive 19 days’ training and all the equipment to run the business including sample stock.

Source: Franchise World

Leon, a ‘Naturally Fast Food’ Concept from the U.K., Makes U.S. Expansion a Top Priority

December 27, 2019

In a recent article in Adweek, staff writer Diana Pearl took a look at Leon, a 15-year-old British healthy fast-food brand that is making inroads into the U.S. following its expansion into three other countries.

 
Featuring a discussion with brand founder and CEO John Vincent, the article included his thoughts on lessons he’s learned since the company entered the U.S. in September 2018 in Washington, D.C.; his motivation to found the brand; and what the future looks like for Leon globally, including making the U.S. a top priority.

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With 73 total locations worldwide – 60 in the U.K, 10 in the rest of Europe (Norway, the Netherlands, and Ireland), and 3 in the U.S. – Leon is handling its entry into the U.S. at the corporate level, rather than through franchising.

“Going into America, we understand that we need to learn, to be more nimble and agile,” he said in the article. “If it was a franchise, we would be divorced from it.” Establishing an office in the U.S. enables the brand to make changes more quickly to adapt to local preferences, he said.

Vincent told Adweek that the company chose Washington, D.C., because of its history as the birthplace of chains like Sweetgreen and Cava, providing “precedent for it being a place where you could export the brand to other cities.”

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Vincent said he’s a fan of fast food and grew up enjoying his forays to Burger King and McDonald’s. Yet in 2004, he started Leon, a restaurant “to make the food that would exist if fast food existed in heaven,” he said in the article. The brand’s tagline, “Naturally Fast Food,” includes an international mélange of items such as gluten-free chicken nuggets, baked fries, a chargrilled aioli chicken wrap, lentil masala, Brazilian black bean, Moroccan meatballs hot box, crushed pea salad, and mince pie. Other highlights from the article include:

  • Cultural and culinary differences – Becoming a U.S. business means learning to adapt on many levels. Vincent said U.S. restaurants are more technologically advanced than their U.K. counterparts, with more restaurant-owned apps and options for ordering online. And, as ever when bringing any brand into a new country and culture, there are differences in tastes and ingredients, as well as how food is prepared and served that must be accommodated.

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  • Sustainability – All Leon restaurants are powered by renewable energy (solar in the U.K. and turbine and wind power in the U.S.) and use locally sourced ingredients, according to the article.

By: Eddy Goldberg

Source: Franchising

Papa John’s invests in the future with store refresh

December 27, 2019

Papa John’s reports that it is investing in the future by introducing a new store refresh for all new outlets with a rebrand and update that is designed to appeal to its growing customer base.

 
Phil Gaffer, Papa John’s franchise sales and business development manager, said: “Leading brands are constantly evolving. Papa John’s ‘Better Ingredients. Better Pizza’ concept means we only use the finest, freshest ingredients to create a better pizza.

“However, this attention to detail and focus on quality also runs throughout our business processes and so naturally we are always looking for ways to improve our customer experience.

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“Papa John’s exciting new in-store refresh reflects our commitment to providing the best quality service and pizza on the high street. The new format is welcoming and tailored to each location using improved layouts, a modern palette, keywords and updated branding to make customers feel right at home while ordering and collecting.

“Already we are receiving great feedback from customers as gradually the new look gets rolled-out more widely to stores across the UK. For our franchisees who are investing in Papa John’s for the next 10-15 years, this is an important step and demonstrates our ongoing support for their franchised businesses as we continue to expand,” added Gaffer.

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One of the first stores to benefit from the rebranding is located in Margate, Kent, which is run by a multi-unit franchisee Manga Miles, who has three further outlets in the region.

Franchisee’s comments

Miles commenting on the store refresh, said: “Striving for better, through constant improvement is my motivation to keep on delivering Papa John’s top quality pizza. It was exciting opening one of the first new look stores. We took over the old Burger King site and completely refurbished the premises.

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“The town attracts many tourists in the summer season and, as well as local deliveries, it will be interesting to see how much more walk-in trade we draw in too. We may even look at putting a few chairs and tables out, so holidaymakers can enjoy their pizza fresh from the oven,” enthused Miles.

Papa John’s has more than 400 stores across the UK and has further opportunities for franchisees that are helped with site location and full turnkey store opening.

Source: Franchise World

Love Brownies brownie shop to open first Kent branch in Whitefriars, Canterbury

December 26, 2019

A shop selling award-winning chocolate brownies is set to open its first branch in Kent. Love Brownies café is due to launch in Whitefriars, Canterbury, early in the New Year.

 
The store, which is taking over the Rose Lane premises formerly occupied by Kent Reliance, will be the chain’s ninth franchise in the UK.

Love Brownies Canterbury’s owner, Dildar Bhangu, said: “We can’t wait to open our doors and welcome the people of Canterbury to our café.

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“Not only will we have the most amazing brownies and a range of delicious treats, but we pride ourselves on our service – so if you’re looking for an experience that’s just that little bit different then we’d love to see you.”

The Canterbury store will sell a range of fudgy chocolate brownies, with flavours such as salted caramel, double chocolate, morello cherry, orange and raspberry.

All its brownies are gluten-free, and a range of vegan options are available.

It will also offer coffee, along with a breakfast and lunch menu.

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Love Brownies was founded 10 years ago by Chantal Teal, who ran the business online before opening a shop in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, in 2016.

Now operating as a franchise model, it has several stores across the country.

Ms Teal said: “We’re delighted to be opening a Love Brownies in Kent, taking the number of cafés and stores across the UK to nine.

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“The brand is continuing to go to from strength to strength – not only are we expanding with beautiful new cafés but our refusal to compromise on quality is seeing us continue to win awards with another star in the Great Taste Awards for our salted caramel brownie and a Great British Food Award for our vegan coconut brownie”

The café opens at 7am on January 9, and will be open seven days a week.

By Lydia Chantler-Hicks

Source: Kent Online

Century 21 celebrates opening six new offices in the UK

December 25, 2019

The UK wing of American franchising group Century 21 has opened three new outlets in the last six weeks and has a further three due to open in the New Year.

 
Century 21 UK has opened in Hackney, London, and Leicester, while an existing franchisee in Cobham and Esher, Surrey, has acquired south-west London estate agency group Jezzards, converting the pipeline of business into two estate agents now rebranded as Century 21 Luxe Residential.

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The purchase of Jezzards by business owner Dylan Mollison-Coulsen of Century 21 Luxe Residential, pictured below, is the largest acquisition within the UK network .

Vikram Selvarajan is owner of the new Century 21 Hackney office while brothers Jason and Anthony Barana are joint owners in Leicester.

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The three new openings scheduled for the New Year are all in London – Heathrow, Ealing and Hammersmith. The Hammersmith office will be called Century 21 Prestige.

The master franchise for Century 21 UK is held and operated by SDL Group.

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By ROSALIND RENSHAW

Source: Property Industry Eye

Mr. Electric helps DPD become more sustainable

December 24, 2019

The electrical service brand, Mr. Electric, has assisted the UK parcel delivery company DPD with the roll-out of its fleet of electric vehicle (EV) delivery vans in Cornwall by installing home vehicle charging points for two DPD delivery drivers.

From Newquay down to St Austell, the two drivers, Nick Lott and Simon Penter have both switched from a diesel van to a 100 per cent electric van that has resulted in reduced running costs, whilst also enabling them to become a more sustainable and efficient business.

 
The pair, equipped with their new Nissan e-NV200 vans, needed an affordable and user-friendly EV charging point to enable them to fulfil daily deliveries from a single fast charge, which would charge their vans whilst they slept.

As a government-approved installer of electric chargepoints, Mr. Electric was appointed by the DPD drivers to carry out the work and is now assisting both drivers to apply for a grant under the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, where they can each receive up to £500 off the cost of purchasing and installing their home charging point.

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Lott commented: “I was so impressed with Mr. Electric from the outset and have already referred the business to both colleagues and friends, which is testament to the work they carried out for me.

“The team provided a quality service, from the initial site survey to understanding my requirements and they continue to show their high levels of knowledge and expertise in the EV market.

“I have become more environmentally and economically minded with my new EV van and have taken advantage of a new off-peak electricity tariff to help reduce the costs even further. Being able to charge my van easily and quickly at home is also essential for my business.”

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Green transport technology

Steve Barlow, director of Mr. Electric Cornwall, said: “Nick strongly believes we have a corporate social responsibility towards the environment to be zero- emissions by 2050 and fully supports the growing demand for sustainable green transport technology.

Barlow added: “We have seen an increase in demand for EV charging points in Cornwall over the past six months, with our sales having doubled and enquiries quadrupled.

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“It is great to see that many more consumers and businesses are embracing these emerging technologies and are looking for new ways to reduce rising fuel bills and reduce their carbon footprint.”

As OLEV approved, Mr. Electric franchisees ensure that electric vehicle chargepoints are installed safe and secure for its commercial and domestic customers. The company adds that it is also a trusted partner for EO Charging and Rolec, who both offer a comprehensive product range that is compatible with leading motor manufacturers’ EVs.

Source: Franchise World

TaxAssist bucks industry trends with double digit franchise growth

December 23, 2019

Karl Sandall, Group Chief Executive Director of TaxAssist Accountants, offers his take on a highly successful 2019 for the leading small business tax and accountancy franchise.

 

Network growth

Despite the political and economic uncertainty which has marked much of 2019, I am very pleased to report continued strong growth across all KPIs. We now have over 226 franchise areas in the UK, looking after more than 76,000 clients with a collective fee bank of £50 million, as well as a growing network in the Republic of Ireland and Australia.

We are also happy to report network client growth of 7%, fee bank growth of 8% and sales growth of 9%, a higher rate than one of the Big 4 accountancy practices.

In 2019, we recruited 23 new franchisees, including 15 new franchisees, six successful resales (with good multiples due to practice efficiency) and two new partners. This is a growth rate of 13% on 2018, which is very much bucking current franchise industry trends.

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I put this down to a number of factors: our well-established brand including a network of 226 highly visible high street shops, 136 offices, our support teams and systems, the banks’ willingness to lend to new franchisees because of network successes and our increasing dominance in the small business accountancy arena. I strongly feel that the benefits and additional security that franchising provide will gain in popularity as a business model for future investors.

Software

Over the last few years we have seen increased pressure to keep pace with the biggest technological revolution the profession has ever seen.

Principals of accounting practices have a huge amount of challenges to manage, including regulatory, technological and cultural shifts. As a leading and dedicated franchisor, we see our role as taking as much of this burden away from our network as possible.

We have invested a huge amount of time and resource to research, evaluate and train the network on our market-leading software estate, which includes Quickbooks, TaxCalc, Practice Ignition and Receipt Bank and the level of support and guidance will increase throughout 2020. It is always uppermost in our minds to help each TaxAssist Accountant run an efficient, profitable practice and to ensure our software estate attracts and retains every kind of small business client.

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Awards

Earlier in the year, following an independent survey carried out by research company WorkBuzz, it was a great pleasure for me to read franchisees’ feedback on levels of training and support, our franchise system, culture and relationships, leadership and general satisfaction. The feedback provided led to us receiving ‘5-star franchisee satisfaction’ for the 7th year running, one of only four franchisors to have received the accolade.

Recognising just how important it is to have happy, engaged and experienced staff to support the network, we also asked WorkBuzz to carry out an independent survey for the staff at our Norwich-based Support Centre.

We received above average benchmark results in a number of key areas which saw us also receiving ‘5-star staff satisfaction’.  It is my hope that recognition such as this will reassure both existing and potential franchisees that they are being well looked after by a stable support team.

Our network performance remains strong and we rose one place to 21st in the highly regarded Accountancy Age Top 50+50 industry league table.

Anniversaries

In 2019 we congratulated our Business Development Director James Mattam on his 20 years with the franchise, an anniversary which is fast approaching for myself! I am also looking forward to celebrating 25 years of TaxAssist Accountants in 2020. How time flies!

David Ingram, our franchisee in Newcastle, and Keith and Katherine Loader, a brother and sister partnership in Northampton, also celebrated 20 years as TaxAssist Accountants. Six franchisees celebrated 15 years and 12 celebrated 10 years with us. Many congratulations to everyone and long may your success continue.

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National TV Advertising on the Sky AdSmart platform

We launched our TV advertising campaign last year as part of our national marketing package and we have maintained a structured marketing campaign throughout 2019, showcasing our brand and the locations available to small business across the entire UK.

We are very pleased with the increased level of brand awareness, enquiries and walk-ins to our shops as a result.

This level of coverage for our brand has meant client lead generation for our franchisees remains strong, with us due to hit more than 9,000 qualified leads in December.

Recruitment videos

Our franchisee recruitment team were very busy throughout the year organising the filming of a new tv commercial which was broadcast in September through to November across targeted advertising in Leeds, Coventry and Ipswich, where there are currently vacant territories. We believe we may be the first franchise to use this medium to reach out to potential new franchisees both in the UK or elsewhere.

We actually filmed seven separate campaigns to assist with franchisee recruitment and these can be viewed on our website. These include five case study videos, in which franchisees were interviewed and filmed about what led them to consider franchising and the benefits of being a part of the TaxAssist network.

An ‘Introduction to a Discovery Day’ video was also produced following feedback from franchisees on their initial training course regarding any concerns they may have had about attending a Discovery Day. We decided to produce an educational video highlighting the informative, non-sales nature of the day and we are very pleased with the final results which reflect the friendly, family feel of the Norwich Support Centre.

Training Academy

We continued to roll out more technical, business development and software training courses through the year, both at our Support Centre and regionally. We held forums, masterclasses and regional meetings and produced a series of webinars, all of which were well received.

It was a pleasure to congratulate 13 franchisees and senior practice staff who graduated from our second two-year LEAD course. The course develops the skills required to be a leader and to help build and manage an effective team, all part of our support package we offer to help with sustainable growth within TaxAssist practices.

International Growth

Terry Murphy and Celeste Godwin continued their success in Australia, as did Alison McGinley in The Republic of Ireland, with both countries seeing double digit growth for sales, client and fee bank growth in the last 12 months.

This year, we met with parties interested in developing TaxAssist in Canada and the USA. Both of these countries offer massive opportunities for the TaxAssist brand and we are at a very exciting stage in our negotiations for both countries. Watch this space.

So, in conclusion, 2019 has been a solid year in which TaxAssist has continued to perform well despite the disruption in the profession, but I strongly believe that being part of TaxAssist gives franchisees a massive head start offering an indispensable service to the future of the small businesses around the UK. Our brand, our scale, our breadth of services, our local relationships and our expertise mean that we are truly unique in the market.

I’d like to thank all our franchisees and their staff for their fantastic efforts in 2019 – it’s been a pleasure to work together to make TaxAssist Accountants the success story it is, and as we head towards our 25th anniversary year there is much to celebrate.

Poppies buyout sees a franchisee at the helm

December 23, 2019

Poppies have announced that Chris Wootton (right), its long-standing franchisee for West Lancashire, has become the franchisor of the cleaning company, following a buyout.

Wootton said that it had been a dream of his for over a decade to buy the company. He explains: “I worked closely with our founder, Sue Rorstad, for many years. She was my franchisor, my mentor and, later, my great friend until her untimely death in 2015.

 

“With the support and blessing of her family, I’m incredibly proud to be able to give Poppies a new lease of life. This is a highly respected and extremely successful brand. I’m determined to put the franchise back on the map where it belongs.”

Wootton, who bought his Poppies franchise in 1996, brings over 23 years’ knowledge and experience to his new role as a franchisor. He will retain ownership of his franchise territory, which he sees as a distinct USP for the brand and an ongoing benefit for both his fellow franchisees and the next generation of Poppies franchisees.

“I’ve seen first-hand what works and what doesn’t, and I’ve been able to use my experience to fill the gaps that I saw as a franchisee. In actual fact, the last 12 months have been spent developing the brand ready for its next phase of life. The goal wasn’t to instantly recruit franchisees but rather to invest in the business and create the best possible environment for all franchisees to succeed,” explained Wootton.

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Since his takeover, Wootton said that fellow franchisees have helped to bring the business to life and together they have developed innovative business systems, a customised technology platform and support infrastructure to benefit new franchisees.

‘Double the size of the network’

Wootton continued: “My aim is to double the size of the network in the next four years; welcoming new franchisees from all walks of life, each with their own individual aspirations, into the business. Poppies is a truly homegrown business, designed and built in the UK. I’m excited to be the one who is introducing it back to the market.”

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The first Poppies franchise was launched in 1984 and currently it has a network of 22 franchisees. The company says it cleans more than 6,000 homes a week across the UK and has a turnover of over £5m.

The company adds that franchisees have the opportunity to build a flexible business as it supports both a lifestyle, single territory or multi-territory franchisees.

Source: Franchise World