Visiting Angels’ first UK home care franchise hits £1m turnover

February 29, 2020

Home care provider Visiting Angels celebrated a major milestone this week as its first UK franchise recorded a £1 million turnover, just two years after signing its first client.

The brand’s Sheffield-based franchise is now providing close to 1,000 hours of care per week to local residents and employs a team of 70 care workers and office staff.

Visiting Angels was established in the US in 1998 and has since grown to over 600 franchisees operating in five countries.

It says its UK concept focuses on putting staff at the heart of the business and offers care workers a minimum of £10 per hour with guaranteed annual increases, a generous mileage allowance, regular car servicing and valeting and a mobile phone.

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“When we started, we projected a million-pound turnover in year three… and here we are,” said UK managing director, Dan Archer.

“It just goes to show that despite economic uncertainty, it is possible to grow a substantial, profitable business in the care sector if you have the staff. It also goes to show that our carer-centric approach – putting staff at the heart of the business – is the right thing to do. All of our evidence points to the fact that by having available staff when others in the area are struggling, we have been able to fulfil contracts and grow when others have not – it’s a victory for being carer-centric.”

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Visiting Angels signed its first UK client in January 2018 and opened a new office in London last month. It also operates a franchise in South Hertfordshire, which opened in September, and another office in Berkshire.

Hammad Cheema, the new franchisee for Harrow, West London, said: “This is amazing, not just for the Sheffield office, but for the whole brand.

“My wife and I already have a children’s care franchise and know only too well that good candidates are hard to come by so, [when looking for a new opportunity,] it was important to find something with a focus on attracting and retaining the best people. Visiting Angels was the perfect fit. This million-pound landmark certainly gives me a target to aim for – and believe me, I’ll be looking to beat it.”


Source: Home Care Insight

Bloom Baby Classes launches in Australia

February 28, 2020

The latest in kids activity classes has hit Australia’s shores. Bloom Baby Classes, part of a multi award-winning franchise in the UK, is taking its first steps here. The business has already made its mark in the US and Dubai.

Bloom classes provide a welcoming environment for parents and caregivers to engage with their infants. The activities are designed to encourage children’s development in a fun way. Each week classes follow a different theme, with infants stimulated by sensory experiences.

Founder and director Victoria Jennings told Inside Franchise Business “It’s a very simple model delivering baby classes in local areas. It’s a very rewarding career meeting new mums and helping them with their wellbeing.”

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Jennings is a former corporate who retrained in childcare before establishing the Bloom Baby Classes concept after the birth of her second child. Sharing her personal story on the brand website Jennings says the business helped her deal with post-natal depression.

“I also hope that the opportunity to join our franchise family will be just what someone needs as they look to take back control in their life. I don’t know where I’d have been without such an opportunity, so now I want to give it to somebody else.”

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It’s an ideal opportunity for a hardworking, ambitious individual who loves to sing, and wants to make a difference to others’ lives while working flexible hours.

A typical franchisee will operate 16 classes over a four-day week but franchisees can run as many classes as they like. And the classes are only held during term time.

Full training in Australia and ongoing support is available, with marketing support and head office PR included in the $12.500 capital investment.

Franchisees operate in an exclusive territory, and work with bespoke equipment to make the classes stand out.

By Sarah Stowe

Source: Franchise Business

Kare Plus franchise improves from Good to Outstanding

February 27, 2020

National domiciliary care provider Kare Plus is celebrating after receiving an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the CQC for its Coventry and Warwick branch.

The service achieved the top rating for being caring and well-led following an inspection in December, an improvement on its first inspection in June 2017, when it was rated ‘Good’ for all key lines of enquiry.

In its report, the CQC praised the staff for being “exceptionally kind” in their approach, displaying the right values and having “genuinely caring” relationships with the people they supported.

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Inspectors also noted that people received care that was “clearly responsive” to their individual needs. They said that staff new people very well and took the time to gain an understanding of how to support them correctly.

Franchise owner Duncan Taylor, who opened the Coventry & Warwick branch four years ago, said his team has worked tirelessly to build an “exceptional” home care service.

“Just 4% of home care companies in England are rated ‘Outstanding,’ so it’s a great boost for our team to get this tremendous accolade,” he added.

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“One of the most important aspects of any care business is actually being caring, which I believe is one of the most important factors in our team achieving this rating.”

Darren Guy, director of Regulated Services at Kare Plus was delighted to see the franchise pick up this coveted accolade.

“Kare Plus care should always be exceptional, and at Kare Plus Coventry & Warwick this certainly is the case,” he said.

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“I’ve worked with Duncan for a number of years in the Kare Plus network and seeing his business develop the way it has – with a core focus on excellent care – truly embodies what the Kare Plus model stands for.

“We will always support our franchise owners who wish to excel, and Duncan is no exception.”


Source: Home Care Insight

Fast growing Code Ninjas to open eleventh UK centre

February 26, 2020

Code Ninjas, the fast growing U.S.-based children’s after-school programme and camp has announced that franchisee Adnan Hussain will be opening the eleventh UK Code Ninjas centre in West London.

David Graham, co-founder and chief executive of Code Ninjas said it was an exciting time for the company as it advances with its UK expansion plan.


“We were particularly pleased to welcome the first British franchisees to our training facility in the states in January. It’s been wonderful to share in their franchise journey since we met them last year and I can’t wait to see where they take their franchises in 2020,” said Graham.

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Code Ninjas’ new UK franchisees have undertaken training at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Houston, Texas, in preparation of opening their centres, the first of which will open in Pinner, Greater London.

Hussain, an experienced data and analytics professional who has spent over 20 years working on company flagship data programmes in the UK and U.S. said that the franchise appealed to him for all manner of reasons.

He explains: “The brand’s success in the U.S. and Canada stood out for me, as did the obvious demand for the programme in the UK. Above all else, I really believe in the concept of helping children learn through creativity.

“I think that what Code Ninjas is doing for the landscape of children’s coding education is integral to helping our kids thrive in such a digital world. Plus, my own children love puzzles and games. They’re five and seven, so the perfect ages to become my first students.

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“Skills such as analytical thinking, applying logic, understanding data and problem solving are core foundation blocks for children. For me, this opportunity will give me the work-life balance I’ve been craving for so long and an opportunity to do something I feel passionately about. I’m looking forward to my Code Ninjas journey and where my franchise will take me in the future.”

Education expert appointment

In line with its commitment to providing an exceptional standard of coding curriculum, Code Ninjas reports that it has appointed a computer science education expert, Grant Smith, as vice president of education. In this role, Smith will draw on his years in teaching and curriculum writing to enhance and expand the learning opportunities offered at each Code Ninjas centre.

Welcoming Smith to the company, Graham said: “Our programme continues to appeal to families around the world and we are investing significant resources back in to the quality coding education we offer.

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“Grant’s background in the education system makes him a valuable addition to our central support team. He specialises in enhancing computer science education opportunities for kids and has an extensive career doing just that. We are thrilled to welcome him into the Code Ninjas family as we continue to drive the brand to new heights across the globe.”

Code Ninjas added that Smith’s insight will benefit franchisees around the UK, as they implement the self-paced curriculum to their students.

Smith commented: “I’m excited to be part of a rapidly growing, global company that shares my passion for teaching computer science to the younger generation and beyond.

“Code Ninjas is revolutionising the way that kids learn to code, giving them a chance to gain valuable life skills in a way that’s fun, using video games. I am so excited to be part of the movement and to make an impact on young learners around the world.”

Source: Franchise World

New TaxAssist Accountants shop opens in Stockport

February 25, 2020

Andy Slade FCA joined TaxAssist Accountants in March 2019 and has opened his new shop in time to benefit from self-assessment tax return season.


“I would like to thank the Norwich based Support Team who helped me to source and fit out the shop which looks great – I’m so pleased with it. It’s highly visible, well located and has plenty of parking available nearby,” said Andy.

Andy worked in industry for eight years, culminating in becoming a group financial controller before moving to Manchester, where he began working as a contractor. Knowing that he wanted to establish his own business, he turned to franchising, discovered TaxAssist Accountants and the rest, as they say is history!

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“I wanted to build something more permanent to be proud of,” explained Andy. “I also wanted to get back to having and managing my own team and be more involved in my local community.

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“I’ve really enjoyed meeting with and helping clients over the last 10 months, and I’ve had a really busy January. I am actively looking to grow the practice, so would encourage anyone interested in finding out more about our services to pop in for a free consultation.”

Andy’s shop joins an established network of 229 shops nationwide.

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If you are interested in finding out more about joining TaxAssist Accountants, regular Discovery Days are held, where you meet with the Directors of the franchise and find out more about the technical and business development support on offer. Call 0800 0188297 to find out more.

Over 100,000 tax returns filed by the TaxAssist Accountants network

February 25, 2020

Now the 31st January deadline for 2018-19 self-assessment tax return submissions has passed, TaxAssist Accountants can confirm it has filed more than 100,000 personal tax returns on behalf of its nationwide client base.

The network’s clients are a broad spectrum of businesses, as well as self-employed professionals, contractors and property landlords. All of whom lean on their accountants’ knowledge and expertise to organise their financial affairs, file their returns accurately and on time, and minimise the amount of tax owed.

As the UK has one of the most complex tax systems in the world, hard-working business owners often struggle for time to prepare even the most straightforward self-assessment tax return.

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Furthermore, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is not obliged to advise the self-employed community on how to organise their financial affairs and minimise the tax they pay.

Samantha Skyring FCCA, Senior Training and Communications Manager at TaxAssist Accountants said: “Almost a million UK taxpayers missed the 2018-19 self-assessment tax return deadline, incurring immediate £100 late filing penalties.

“Our nationwide network of 375 offices helps businesses, self-employed individuals and those with second incomes to accurately calculate and pay their tax liabilities on time.

“There are many benefits to being organised and arranging your self-assessment tax return well in advance of HMRC’s deadlines.

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“First and foremost, you can start budgeting for your tax bill and manage your cashflow accordingly. However, for those who are due a tax refund, it can allow you to receive the money you are owed sooner rather than it sitting in HMRC’s bank account.

“Our accountants encourage the UK’s business community to not delay the inevitable and avoid late filing penalties that become an unnecessary drain on business finances.”

What are the penalties for missing a self-assessment tax return deadline?

Those who miss the 31st January deadline for the online submission of self-assessment tax returns are hit with an automatic £100 late filing penalty, regardless of how much tax you have outstanding.

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Taxpayers with tax returns overdue by more than three months will be hit with £10 daily penalties, which continue until they hit a £900 peak.

Should the tax return become more than six months late, a penalty of the higher of £300 or 5% of your tax due will be charged.

The same level of penalty is applied again if the return becomes more than 12 months late. All these penalties are in addition to one another and, as a result of this, the penalties for a late tax return could reach more than £1,600.

If you have missed the deadline to submit a 2018-19 self-assessment tax return and need help, it’s important to call us on 0800 787 0628 as soon as possible to minimise any penalties you may face.

Turkish bakery chain Tegtat reveals opening date for Leicester branch – its first in the UK

February 24, 2020

A Turkish bakery chain, Tegtat, has revealed the opening date of its new Leicester branch – which will be the chain’s first in the UK.

Tegtat claims it is one of the fastest growing companies in Turkey, with nearly 100 bakery-cafés across the country and surrounding nations.

Now, the chain is set to open its first UK store in the former Schoolwear Centre on the corner of Charles Street and Humberstone Gate.

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It was originally hoped that the bakery and café would open in summer 2019, but that was delayed due to building work taking longer than expected.

However, an official opening date has now been set.

Tegtat will open its doors for the first time on Friday, February 28.

Customers can look forward to buying freshly baked bread, pastries and cakes. There will also be a café serving traditional Turkish coffee and tea.

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It is being launched by franchisee Yaseen Patel, who has worked in the food industry for more than 15 years, and says he has ‘taken the next step’ by bringing the Tegtat franchise to the UK.

You’ll find Tegtat at 32 Charles Street, Leicester.

By Becky Jones

Source: Leicester Mercury

Devon home care provider rated Outstanding after first inspection

February 23, 2020

A home care provider based in Devon has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, just 18 months after opening.

The Home Instead Senior Care franchise, which cares for people living in Tavistock, Tamar Valley and the surrounding area, has been awarded the top rating for being caring and well-led following an inspection that took place in October.

The provider joins a select group of companies, with only 4% of domiciliary care providers in England having achieved this most coveted rating.

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Lynn Roddy, owner of Home Instead, first launched the Tavistock and Tamar Valley office in July 2018, after personally experiencing the difficulties in finding quality and consistent care for her mother.

Commenting on the achievement, she said: “We are thrilled to have received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the CQC. This result is because of our hard-working team and I am so pleased to see their passion and true dedication recognised in this way. I know my mother would be so proud of the work we are doing to bring personalised home care to the community.”

In their report, CQC inspectors said staff “showed a love of their jobs” and a “passion” for the people they support, keeping them “at the very heart of the service”.

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Inspectors also noted how care plans were “tailored to meet the needs of individuals” and delivered to ensure “flexibility, choice and continuity of care”.

In the report, inspectors documented one example about how a local family had called upon Home Instead to help their elderly relative move out of a care home and back into their own home in order to regain independence and overall well-being, after the concerned family observed a “decline in independence”.

Home Instead worked closely with the client, the local authority, occupational therapy team and their family to create a bespoke care package to meet the individual needs of the individual.

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Inspectors said that because of the “extensive and high-quality package of care” being offered, the client was able to move back into the community.

“Since staff have been supporting this client, their social engagement and overall wellbeing has greatly improved. They are now able to spend quality time with their family and engage with the local community,” the report added.

Roddy said: “We work extremely hard to carefully select staff in order to build trusting relationships with our clients and family members. We have an incredibly motivated team who live the values and ethos of Home Instead.”


Source: Home Care Insight

Four Star Pizza raises dough for UK expansion

February 22, 2020

The Irish-owned Four Star Pizza chain is looking to expand into Great Britain, saying it has reached saturation point in Ireland.

The company opened five new franchises last year bringing the number of outlets on the island of Ireland to 60, including 14 in Northern Ireland.

Director Brian Clarke said a big challenge for the company’s future going forward is what he calls a ‘capacity ceiling’ for growth in Ireland, which has led to expansion into the British market being considered for 2020.

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“Last year saw us add five new stores and we’d like to do the same again this year, which would take our total to 65, but we are very conscious of the fact that there is only so much room for growth in this market with every franchise having its own dedicated delivery territory as part of its contract,” he said.

“Our core markets of Dublin, Cork, and Belfast have already pretty much reached saturation point, which means that it is important for us to focus on expanding the brand outside of these areas.”

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“What this means from a wider business perspective is that we are now seriously looking at expanding our operations into the GB market, which is very exciting, and we certainly expect to see some developments in that respect over the next 12 months.”

The first Four Star Pizza store in Ireland opened in Crumlin, Dublin, in 1986.

The company now employs more than 1,000 people on the island of Ireland, selling 4.75m pizzas last year.

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In Northern Ireland, the company opened its first store in Belfast in 1999. Last year, Four Star Pizza said it sold 4.75 million pizzas using more than 525 tonnes of cheese and 1,050 tonnes of flour in the process.

By Alan Healy

Source: Irish Examiner

Just Shutters exceeds £25m in sales milestone

February 21, 2020

Just Shutters, the window shutter company with 19 franchisees, reports that last year it had its highest sales of £27.4m.

The company’s average customer order was for six square metres of window coverings and during the year almost 16,000 sales orders were taken by its network.

Just Shutters, founded in Southbourne, Dorset by Chris Rocker in 2006, says that over 94,000 square metres of the UK is now covered in its plantation shutters, which are designed and installed by the company.

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Rocker, who saw sales at the company’s headquarters of over £3m, commented: “I am so proud of how far Just Shutters has come, I have a true passion for the shutter industry and in 2006 I saw a gap in the market for high quality shutters. Since then the progression of the company has been overwhelming.

“Our franchisees are true reflection of our success and their commitment to the Just Shutter ethos is unprecedented. We pride ourselves on our outstanding customer service, from the first consultation, to the way the designers leave your home. We guarantee a smooth and efficient installation from start to finish.

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“We now not only offer high quality classic louvre plantation shutters, but we have designed beautiful coloured shutters, inspired by the British coast, as well as revolutionary automated shutters, allowing our customers to have shutters on even the hardest to reach windows.”

Andrew Cook, owner of the South West franchise also celebrating sales of £3m, said: “When I relocated to Exeter from Hemel Hempstead in 2011, I was unsure of what the future may hold, however, with Just Shutters backing and a little bit of determination, I am so proud of how Exeter Just Shutters has developed, and wow, Just Shutters hitting over £25m, what an achievement.”

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Just Shutters offer the complete range of both solid wooden shutters and louvred plantation shutters for all window shapes and sizes. It also offers custom made shutters for glass roofs and unusual window shapes such as those found in conservatories. The company adds that despite its growth, its main objective is still its commitment to customers, which has seen it gain 5-star customer reviews.

Source: Franchise World