Triple Two Coffee agrees City Tower deal

February 20, 2020

Franchise-led brand Triple Two Coffee has agreed terms to open at Manchester’s landmark City Tower building.

The food and drink chain operates throughout the UK, with its latest venture set to be its first in the North.

It has struck a deal with Schroder Real Estate to take over 1,600 sq ft of space across the ground floor on a ten-year lease and is expected to open late February.

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Rob Cosslett, investment manager at Schroders, said: “This new addition is reflecting our strategy of continuously improving the retail offer at City Tower and will be a very positive addition to Parker Street.

“This is a national, fast-growing food and drink chain which will complement and enhance the existing offering. Triple Two Coffee is set for a rapid expansion all over the UK, and we feel privileged that City Tower has been selected to be the first destination in the North.”

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Russell McGill, associate director in Savills’ Manchester retail team, which advised Schroders, added: “The retail and leisure offering at City Tower has developed significantly and the addition of Triple Two Coffee bolsters the recent deals struck with Lidl and Freshly Chopped.

“The result is a diverse tenant mix in the building which can support the needs of occupiers and really help create that vertical village feeling.”

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City Tower is owned in a joint venture between Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust, the actively managed UK REIT, Schroder UK Real Estate Fund and Immobilien Europa Direkt.

By Matthew Ord

Source: Insider Media

BabyZone launches with two charity pilot centres

February 19, 2020

The parent and child sensory activity franchise, Baby Sensory, has announced that it has partnered with the charity for young people, OnSide Youth Zones, to launch a new charity pilot called BabyZone.

The aim of BabyZone is to make sensory classes available to families on a low income who wouldn’t otherwise have access to early years development classes for their babies or have the opportunity to meet other first time parents on a regular basis.

Two pilots are currently running at Future Youth Zone, Barking and Dagenham and Legacy Youth Zone, Croydon as part of the initial phase whereby the full range of Baby Sensory classes are being delivered to new parents.

Baby Sensory says it welcomed the Duchess of Cambridge to its sensory class in Cardiff, which was the second of a three-part trip to launch a landmark survey on early childhood development.

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During her visit the Duchess spoke about feeling isolated in North Wales as a first time mum, when Prince George was a tiny baby and Prince William, a pilot. The Duchess reportedly also spoke about the pressure placed upon parents today as they find it harder to rely on other generations for support as families have now become so spread apart.

Kate Denham, who is leading the BabyZone project, commented: “We are delighted to be working with Baby Sensory on this important project. If the pilot phase is successful we would like to create a dedicated charity to roll out Baby Sensory’s award-winning programmes to low income families across all of our nationwide Youth Zones.”

The BabyZone sessions are aimed at parents and babies from birth up to three years of age and are designed to enhance early years learning and development through exploratory play.

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Sean McKeon, general manager for Baby Sensory, explained: “Everyone should have the opportunity to spend quality time with their baby in a safe, established and nurturing environment, regardless of income.

“Being involved in such an important initiative is an honour for the franchise and we are committed to delivering a number of exciting sensory programmes to those families across the country that are really in need of the support.

“Raising a new baby can be very isolating and lonely for first time parents and anything we can do to get people out there, socialising and talking to other like-minded families, is a positive step in the right direction.”

Source: Franchise World

Quick Lane grasps opportunity to win MOT business

February 18, 2020

Fast-fit franchise Quick Lane Tyre and Autocentre has now completed DVSA certification for MOT testing at each of its 15 sites.

The global company, which has been operating as a franchise in the UK for a year, wants to win market share in the MOT market through a strategy to provide motorists with convenience with confidence.

Currently it promises customers an MOT today or they’ll be charged half-price.

John Dines, UK operations director at Quick Lane UK, said it is now “well on our way” to establishing the Quick Lane franchise in the UK and Europe.

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“We’re finding that our business model is striking a chord with both franchisees and customers alike, who are looking for a different approach to vehicle inspection.

“MOT and servicing remains an area of growth for our centres and we’re also finding that customers are increasingly looking for fast and effective services.

Our transparent approach and convenient opening hours are helping us earn market share and growing the Quick Lane franchise.”

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Dines has also stated that the business has further plans for continued expansion throughout 2020, with existing franchisees also keen to add multiple locations to their Quick Lane portfolios.

“We work closely with each franchisee to help them maximise and grow their territories and this strategy is really paying off across our European network. In the UK and Germany there is demand to expand existing territories, whilst also adding new sites for new franchisees,” Dines added.

Author: Tim Rose

Source: AM Online

Duck & Dry extends offering beyond the capital

February 17, 2020

Duck & Dry, the on-trend London hair styling and blow dry bar with four company-owned locations in Chelsea, Oxford Circus, Soho and Mayfair reports that it is now offering further franchises beyond the capital as it looks to expand nationwide and internationally.

The company opened its first London franchised salon in Old Spitalfields Market last year and has a second outlet scheduled to launch in Islington. Duck & Dry says its salons provide blow drys and ‘updos’ for clients in beautiful, bright spaces with feel-good vibes, encompassing the ultimate customer experience.

Yulia Rorstrom, the founder and chief executive of Duck & Dry, opened her first flagship salon in 2014 and after developing the concept with her team the company is now looking to share their expertise and knowledge with further entrepreneurs.

‘Daunting journey’

Rorstrom who had no previous background in the beauty or hair industry, shares her insights: “Whether you have hairdressing experience or not, launching your own business is an exciting, yet daunting journey.

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“Having learnt through my own experience and my acute understanding of what it takes to open and run a successful salon, as well as the challenges of a very competitive space, I’m keen to share my knowledge and encourage new entrepreneurs by providing them with attentive support, practical advice and expertise to make their journey smooth and prosperous.”

Duck & Dry explains that its success is based upon six pillars as a proven framework for a salon business. It includes providing franchisees the rights to the distinctive brand along with all its characteristic elements, brand interiors, advice on store selection, detailed design specifications, access to its menu of on-trend and in-demand hairstyles, along with a training programme to ensure consistency and performance across the whole team.

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The franchise model also gives exclusive access to the Duck & Dry product range, propriety salon software, as well as in-house marketing support and with over 100,000 blow dries created since 2014 the company says it understands what it takes to run a salon.

Duck & Dry have also recently launched a new Beauty Collective concept in select stores by introducing sister brands Duck & Pluck, offering brow treatments and Duck & File nail bar.

Source: Franchise World

Fitness franchise takes on Warwickshire site

February 16, 2020

A fitness franchise has signed a ten-year lease at a Warwickshire industrial estate. Fitness Worx has transformed Unit 7 at Waterloo Industrial Estate in Bidford-on-Avon into a gym and personal training studio.

After securing the 3,174 sq ft commercial unit, the business fitted it out with state-of-the-art equipment, and now offers a range of strength and HIIT classes and one-to-one personal training sessions.

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Sara Garratt, of Harris Lamb who secured the franchise as the latest occupier at the estate, said: “This location has proved very popular with potential occupiers in recent months, with a variety of businesses choosing to site themselves here thanks to its great access links and well-maintained condition.

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“Further to its successful ventures in Kenilworth, Southam and Warwick, Fitness Worx wanted to add a fourth site to its expanding chain in order to offer members access to each of its sites for their convenience, so we worked closely with James Hollyman of our planning team to secure change of use permission from the local authority to establish the unit as a gym.”

By Rachel Covill

Source: The Business Desk

Subway in Stamford High Street re-opens after long closure

February 15, 2020

Stamford’s branch of the Subway sandwich chain has opened its doors to customers 10 months after it closed.

The take-away shut suddenly in April last year, with a note appearing in its window explaining that there was an issue with equipment and that Subway would be closed ‘until further notice’.

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The chain had then suggested that it would reopen the branch in summer last year, and more recently it said it would open on February 6.

Today (Wednesday, February 12) is the first day of trading for the franchise, which will be open until 4.30pm today, and between 11am and 4.30pm tomorrow (Thursday).

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On Friday, the branch will be celebrating the reopening with a free six-inch filled sub roll for customers between 10.30am and 3.30pm.

Usual opening hours will be 9am until 6pm weekdays, 8am to 6pm Saturdays, and 9am to 5pm Sundays.

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By Suzanne Moon

Source: Stamford Mercury

Global expansion for Yorkshire dance franchise

February 14, 2020

A global pre-school ballet franchise founded in Halifax is marking its 15th year in business with the addition of its first ever master licensee, based in New Zealand.

Trained ballet dancer Emma Payne has been appointed as the company’s first master licensee and will work to grow the brand across New Zealand through the recruitment of new dance studio owners as licensees.

babyballet, founded by Claire O’Connor in 2005, currently has 83 franchisees in the UK as well as licenses in Singapore and Australia.

O’Connor established the classes, which provide a specialised dance syllabus for pre-school children, based on her belief that children’s experiences with ballet should be a fun, relaxed and enjoyable activity.

She explained: “Recruiting our first master licensee to help build the babyballet brand in New Zealand is a key strategic move in the international reach of the business.

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“babyballet has achieved impressive growth since 2005 and now runs around 2,000 classes a week attended by around 25,000 children.

“We have a year of activities planned to celebrate 15 years of babyballet and welcoming Emma as our first master licensee overseas is a fantastic start to the celebrations.”

Payne graduated from the Auckland City Ballet Centre in 2001 and went on to dance professionally around the world.

Speaking on becoming master licensee for New Zealand, she said: “I instantly fell in love with how well the babyballet syllabus has been created; to make learning to dance at such a young age fun, educational and focused on developing the little ones and their confidence.”

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O’Connor said: “I attended traditional ballet classes from the age of three to 14, but by the time I got to my teens, I started to lose my confidence. I went through a period of low self-confidence and felt I wasn’t the right shape for ballet.

“I didn’t want other children to feel that way too, so years later, I began offering babyballet classes in Halifax. The emphasis of the classes was then, as it is now, on building fun and confidence.

“I’m very proud by how far babyballet has come in the last 15 years, but equally I’m excited about what the future holds for the brand both in the UK and globally.”

By Miran Rahman

Source: The Business Desk

Revive Luton under new ownership

February 13, 2020

UK smart repair network Revive has completed its largest resale to date, with its Luton franchise changing hands for a record sum.

Adam Smith purchased the franchise in 2009, growing it from just one man and a van to a business running a fleet of 11 vans and employing 13 people.

The new owner is quantity surveyor Viresh Dattani. Following Revive’s vetting process, he has completed his training at the Academy in Rugby and will take over the helm at Revive Luton immediately, working alongside Smith during the handover period.

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Revive managing director Mark Llewellyn went to Luton to congratulate Adam and Viresh after the sale had been completed.

Commenting on the sale, Revive franchise director Cathryn Hayes said: “We are delighted to welcome Viresh to the Revive family following our biggest re-sale to date.

“He has bought a thriving business which has already delivered a profitable exit strategy for Adam and we look forward to helping Viresh take this exciting company to the next level.”

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Dattani added: “I am delighted to join the Revive team and excited about the opportunity to build the business further.

“I’ve got to know Adam well during the negotiations, he’s built a great team at Revive Luton and I’m looking forward to getting to know the staff and customers over the coming months.”

Smith continued: “I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved at Revive Luton, after I started the franchise working from a single van.

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“After 10 years of hard work building it up, I’m looking forward to spending time travelling with my partner and our young daughter and the sale of the business has given us the freedom to take this step.”

Revive carries out work for car dealerships, fleet and lease companies, insurance companies and the general public.

Author: Gareth Roberts

Source: Fleet News

Flower Burger eyes UK expansion with 45 restaurants to open in 10 years

February 12, 2020

A Milan-based vegan burger chain has signed a master franchise agreement to bring the brand to the UK with a view to opening more than 40 sites.

Flower Burger will work with London-based multi-brand operator Gerry’s Group, which also oversees the UK’s Wok to Walk franchise, to develop the business.

The partnership has been engineered by franchise consultant Seeds Consulting, and will see up to 45 Flower Burger restaurants open in ‘key cities’ over the next 10 years.

Founded in 2015, Flower Burger currently operates 14 international sites in across Italy, France, and the Netherlands.

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The menu features a range of vegan burgers made with patties that are produced in-house, and served in buns that have been coloured with natural ingredients to make them Instagram friendly.

Options include the ‘Cherry Bomb’, featuring a lentil and basmati rice patty in pink bun; and the signature ‘Flower Burger’ with a seitan and red kidney bean patty served in a black bun.

“People do not normally associate vegan food with fun and enjoyment,” says Flower Burger’s founder and managing director Matteo Toto.

“Flower Burger is about changing this perception, with a psychedelic brand and restaurant décor and a natural, great tasting product that we produce ourselves and that is unique to us”.

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Flower Burger isn’t the only plant-based burger brand looking to grow its presence in the UK.

Last week, The Vurger Co announced plans to open its first restaurant outside London​ after securing a £1.4m investment.

In January, Halo Burger launchedits first bricks and mortar site in Shoreditch, and is in the process of trying to secure funding​ in order to expand to multiple sites.

Meanwhile, the Lewis Hamilton-backed Neat Burger​ in Mayfair made its debut last September, with an eye to opening more than 100 sites across the UK and internationally in the next five years.

By James McAllister

Source: Big Hospitality

Cookdaily has big plans to start franchise after closing London Fields restaurant

February 11, 2020

London vegan restaurant Cookdaily has announced plans to return to Boxpark Shoreditch and grow the brand into a chain.

The chef-owner of Cookdaily, King Senathit (also known as King Cook), revealed the news on Instagram along with a picture of the new pop-up in east London, which is due to open this month. The official launch date is a surprise and will be announced on social media a few hours before. The move is a return to its origins, as the plant-based eatery started out in Shoreditch in 2015, impressing punters with its novel approach to vegan fast food.

The concept quickly grew popular and Cookdaily opened up a restaurant in London Fields to meet east London’s demand for more plant-based options. The atmosphere at Cookdaily provided a contrast to the established vegan restaurants, as it was edgy and cool with grime music playing on blast in the background.

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The new Shoreditch opening signals the beginning of more locations, as King Cook is in talks with Market Halls and Boxpark about growing the brand into a franchise. He has a vision for Cookdaily to be “the Subway of vegan food” with plans for the franchise to cater to the food on-the-go market.

Many have cited the vegan eatery as a huge influence on the vegan food scene, paving the way for inexpensive, casual plant-based eating. King told Eater London: “There was no scene. Cookdaily brought a vegan eating culture. Before there were vegans and there was food but there wasn’t vegan food culture.”

King also likes to challenge stereotypes associated with certain foods, saying: “It’s true that when people think of veganism, they think of white, middle-class [people] and we are changing that.”

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The vegan brand is well-known for serving up hearty bowls of food inspired by King’s culinary background and roots. Influences include his home country of Lao, his classical French training, and London upbringing. Senathit serves up wholesome bowls such as Le Garden, filled with vegetables sautéed in garlic and herbes de Provence vegan butter drizzled with white truffle oil. He also offers serves fries and chick’n’ pies.

The new pop-up in Boxpark Shoreditch will offer five permanent bowls as well as a daily special, and customers will be able to influence the menu, by voting on limited-edition dishes which will be released on a weekly rotating basis.

Written By Maha Khan

Source: Square Meal