Mothercare launches new UK franchise with Boots

September 29, 2020

MOTHERCARE today said it was continuing to cut costs as it launches its new UK and Ireland franchise with Boots.

Over the last financial year, Mothercare said it transitioned the business to refocus on brand management and the design, development and sourcing of product ‎to support its international franchise partners. It is now serving 791 stores across 40 countries.

Mothercare has announced its full year results for the 52 week period to March 28 2020. Comparatives are based on the 53 weeks to March 30 2019.

The loss from continuing operations for the full year was £7.2 million, which compared with a £21.1 million loss the year before.

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Total profit for the year was £14.4 million, compared with a £97.0 million loss in the comparative period.

The administration of Mothercare UK has also been completed, including the transfer of brand rights and intellectual property into the group.

Mothercare said it had eliminated around £30 million of operating losses through the closure of the UK retail division.

Clive Whiley,the chairman of Mothercare, commented: “We have diligently managed our way through to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic during this period of global crisis, and we emerge in better shape than we went into it.

“We continue to reduce costs and improve our efficiency. We are excited to launch our new UK and Ireland franchise with Boots, restoring the Mothercare brand to its home territory.

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“We have entered into a new 20 year franchise agreement with Alshaya, our largest partner. We have successfully rolled out our innovative, working capital light arrangements with our manufacturing and franchise partners.

“We are now singularly focused upon building Mothercare as a global brand, both in our existing territories and beyond. We are confident with these foundations now in place Mothercare can move forward as a profitable and cash generative international franchise business, generating revenues through an asset-light model in some 40 international territories.”

“This would not have been possible without the support of all of our stakeholders whom, on behalf of the board, I would like to thank for enabling us to get to this point. As a result, from today, Mothercare can look forward to a brighter and stable future once more.”

By Greg Wright

Source: Yorkshire Evening Post

Code Ninjas announces a new format for the UK

September 29, 2020

Code Ninjas, the U.S.-based after-school programme that teaches children computer coding, has introduced a brand new franchise model for the UK.

Called, Code Ninjas Studio, the new offering has been designed by the company to make the UK’s profitable children’s services market even more accessible, with a reduced start-up fee and flexible location requirements.

Code Ninjas said its new business model offers prospective franchisees the chance to invest in its coding franchise at a fraction of the traditional cost and enable them to get their business off the ground in weeks rather than months.

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The company explains that new franchisees also stand to benefit from the brand’s unrivalled infrastructure, including development and support from in-house education, technology, operations and marketing teams.

The new model mitigates the need for business premises with extensive fit-out requirements as franchisees will operate in centrally located community centres, like libraries, schools and universities, keeping overheads low and profit margins high.

Franchisees will have complete access to the brand’s full offering of propriety programmes and curriculum, meaning Ninjas (students) progress through the same programme, with the same level of guidance from their instructors (Code Senseis) as they would through the traditional model.

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David Graham, chief executive and co-founder of Code Ninjas, said: “This new model has been specially constructed to align with the way businesses operate in the UK. “Libraries and schools are predominantly regarded as community hubs, so running sessions out of these sorts of locations means franchisees can capitalise on heavy footfall.

“Code Ninjas Studio is a fantastic opportunity for those looking to build a long-lasting and scalable business, that also makes a real change in their community. We’re very excited for this new venture.”

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With minimal initial location fit-out for a Code Ninjas Studio, new franchisees can invest resources back into the marketing and set up of the business, and on completion of its virtual franchise training, franchisees can begin to host coding sessions in their territory in a suitable location approved by the company.

Children’s educational enrichment has seen an increase in demand in recent years said Code Ninjas and it sees the new business model capitalising on the need for digital education for children.

Source: Franchise World

GYMGUYZ at-home personal training arrives in the UK

September 24, 2020

The U.S.-based at-home personal training franchise, GYMGUYZ has announced the appointment of its first two UK franchisees for London and the South East region.

Operating from Kingston and Brighton, the new launches will see GYMGUYZ bring its mobile personal training service direct to clients’ homes. The workouts are held at a convenient time that suits the client and are tailor-made for them to achieve their personal fitness goals on their own terms.

GYMGUYZ, headquartered in New York, says that since 2008 it has expanded across the U.S. to over 230 franchises in 29 states and has been named as a one of the fastest growing franchises over the past four years by Entrepreneur magazine.

Building on its international success and following the boom in at-home training over recent months, it has now launched its low-cost franchise model in the UK to help clients improve their fitness no matter their age, ability or experience.

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Laike Mantori, managing director of GYMGUYZ UK said: “Owning a GYMGUYZ franchise is a job to be excited about and you can be up and running in just eight weeks.”

The franchisor highlights a recent study found that the UK has seen a 10 per cent increase in adults meeting the recommended levels of physical activity since the imposed lockdown in March due to Covid-19. The figure is now around 75 per cent of adults getting at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week, providing further evidence that now people are recognising the importance of working on their fitness.

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Mantori continues: “As we see a growth in the popularity of people training outside and at home, GYMGUYZ is the ideal fitness provider to allow people to continue to train where they feel comfortable, we take pride in providing convenient, customised and creative workouts.

“GYMGUYZ takes away the need to be in a gym environment, brings the equipment and provides the flexibility of training whenever and wherever clients want. This is a real USP and following the success we’ve experienced in the U.S., we’re confident that GYMGUYZ will provide a compelling alternative to traditional fitness franchises, backed by its unique model and low minimum investment.”

As part of the start-up process, GYMGUYZ explains that each franchisee is assigned a franchise support team to provide guidance throughout the start-up and launch process. This includes everything from coordinating van ordering and delivery to purchasing training equipment.

GYMGUYZ was established as a franchise in 2014 by its founder, chief executive and personal trainer Josh York and has grown to more than 250 locations worldwide.

Source: Franchise World

Dessert shop that’s more popular than McDonald’s set to open first UK branch in Nottingham

September 22, 2020

Hui Lau Shan – A dessert chain which specialises in dishes made with mouth-watering mango is opening its first UK branch in Nottingham after an investment of almost £500,000.

There are more than 300 branches of Hui Lau Shan across the world and the doors will officially open on Britain’s first store in Market Street on Wednesday, September 23

The chain, which launched 60 years ago in Hong Kong, serves a range of desserts and drinks made from fresh fruit, with particular emphasis on mango and the company’s signature dish – the Mango Chewy Ball.

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The Nottingham branch, which has created eight new jobs and has seating inside for 20 diners, has been brought to the city by Wells Qi, the former owner of Bamboo Bar and Kitchen, in Beeston.

Wells, who owns the franchise for Hui Lau Shan, said: “In Hong Kong there are branches of Hui Lau Shan almost everywhere you go and although the food is completely different the brand is even more popular than McDonald’s and Starbucks.

“It is popular for a casual, affordable and take-out friendly dessert shop and every store is so busy in Hong Kong that it’s nearly impossible to secure a seat inside.

“There is nothing else like this in Nottingham – our desserts are healthy and made from the freshest of fruits, but they are still a sweet treat and during these strange times we all need a little indulgence.”

Although the brand is a household name in Hong Kong, China and Malaysia, there are also branches in Australia, America and Paris.

The business is opening in the former unit occupied by Ugly Bread Bakery and more recently Giardino, an indoor garden restaurant.

A transformation of the premises began at the start of the year but work was delayed during lockdown.

The renovation includes a brand-new shop front, and is decorated in the company’s distinctive bright yellow, with a unique rippled wooden ceiling and velvet chairs, marble tables and gold finishes.

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Hui Lau Shan’s signature mango dessert, the Mango Chewy Ball, is likely to be the most popular dish despite the large menu of fruit-filled desserts such as the bright green durian pancake, as well as taro and coconut-based snacks.

The Mango Chewy Ball starts with fresh mango fruit juice, topped with a scoop of mango ice cream freshly-made every morning on the premises. The kitchen then finishes the dish with chewy tapioca balls.

“We will be using the freshest and best quality mangoes we can source and everything will be freshly made in our kitchen,” said Wells.

“We are expecting the store to be really popular with students and families and this will be the first of several branches we open across the UK.

“We hope that the name Hui Lau Shan will become as a big a name in Nottingham, and the rest of the country, as it is in the Far East.”

By Lynette Pinchess

Source: Nottingham Post

The National Franchise Exhibition is going virtual on the 2nd & 3rd of October

September 21, 2020

Find your perfect franchise without leaving your house

The National Franchise Exhibition is going virtual to engage and inspire the next generation of franchise owners. This new online event offers the perfect opportunity to research your options, chat to representatives from an exciting range of franchises and identify the ideal one for you, all from the comfort of your own home.

Log in on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd of October to take advantage of a packed programme and to get immediate answers to your questions.

Whether you have been considering running a business for a while, have just started your research, or are seeking an alternative source of income post-redundancy – this is the ideal opportunity to start your franchising journey.

To make the most of the virtual event:

  1. Clear space in your diary to explore all the event has to offer. Choose an environment where you can relax and focus, preferably with a computer or laptop, and consider switching off emails and silencing your phone to avoid distractions. Brand representatives and industry experts will be online for two days to answer all your questions, and you’ll have access to free presentations and a wealth of resources to help you make an informed decision about your future in franchising.
  2. Identify the franchise brands you want to talk to. Not sure where to start? Watch an introductory presentation for guidance on the essential questions to ask – all the representatives at the event are there to answer your questions and help you to unlock the potential of franchising.
  3. Engage with as many franchisors and expert advisers as you can. The more people you chat with, the more you will learn about what business might be right for you.
  4. Select the seminars you would like to attend live (places in seminars are limited so make sure to arrive on time). Don’t forget, the remaining sessions will be available on-demand after the event so don’t worry if your choices clash.
  5. Seek out free professional advice and make connections with people that can help. Gain a deeper understanding of the franchise model and get guidance from the British Franchise Association (BFA) or explore finance options available by chatting to representatives from HSBC and specialist funding providers. Considering franchising your own business? Ashtons Franchise Consultants will be on hand to offer complimentary advice.

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Participating brands include Coffee Planet, Sparkle Cleaning, Ethical Property Partners, TruGreen and many more, representing a broad spectrum of sectors and investment levels. Crucially, every franchise brand taking part has been assessed and accredited by the BFA the voluntary self-regulatory body for UK franchising. This allows you to explore your options with the confidence that the brands attending are genuine business format franchises with a proven track record.

Helen McCulloch portfolio sales director for the event summarises: “The National Franchise Exhibition virtual event is an exciting new development for the industry. This is a truly interactive and engaging experience that will enable visitors to chat live with franchisors, attend live and on-demand educational seminars, access free advice and guidance from industry professionals and fully immerse themselves in the world of franchising. A unique opportunity – not to be missed!”

Logging into The National Franchise Exhibition Virtual event couldn’t be easier! Register for free today at and you’ll receive personalised login details to the live event on 2 & 3 October. Access to expert advice and presentations is free and on a first-come, first-served basis so start planning your ‘visit’ today.

Source: Franchise World

Five Guys launches Lotus Biscoff milkshake in UK

September 17, 2020

Five Guys has announced the addition of a brand new milkshake to its menu… and we’re already drooling.

Ever since its launch in the UK in 2013, Five Guys has made a name for itself among the heavy hitters in the fast food industry.

While the franchise is best-known for its burgers, which are bought for a set price with any number of free toppings customers would like, Five Guys is also famed for its wide variety of milkshake options, with flavours including strawberry, Oreo cookie pieces, salted caramel and bacon.

On Tuesday 15 September, the restaurant revealed that a new flavour had been added to the mix in the UK – the Lotus Biscoff shake, made – as the name makes abundantly clear – from Lotus Biscoff biscuits.

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The news was announced by Five Guys and Lotus Biscoff on social media, much to the excitement of consumers.

“Willing to drive five hours to my nearest Five Guys just to try this,” one Twitter user said.

“Oh, my life! That sounds amazing,” someone else said on Instagram.

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The indulgent milkshake is now available in all branches across the UK for £5.50.

In May, it was reported that Asda had begun selling Lotus Biscoff ice cream with brownie pieces inside for £3 a tub.

Several Instagram users responded with delight to the news, with one person stating: “Holy mother of God,” and another writing: “This is definitely an essential.”

By Sabrina Barr 

Source: Independent

Filta remains resilient in the face of coronavirus impact

September 16, 2020

Commercial kitchen services provider Filta Group has revealed its unaudited interim results for the 6 months ended 30 June 2020.

During these 6 months, the supplier generated revenue of £8.3m, a reduction of 32% compared to the same period last year, where turnover was £12.2m. This year’s total was substantially impacted by Covid-19 lockdowns and social distancing restrictions.

The firm made an operating loss of £664k in these 6 months too, 207% down on the £614k profit from the same period in 2019. However, gross margin remained the same, at 41%.

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Nevertheless, Filta reduced overhead costs in Q2 by 23% in response to impact of Covid-19.

In fact the company had a strong Q1 followed by reduction in trading due to the lockdown and then good month on month growth in May, June, and July.

Filta clinched six new franchise sales in the period. Following the outbreak of Covid-19 in March 2020, the group has been focused on supporting its franchisees and customers by reducing franchise fees and working with customers to prepare for re-openings in Q3.

Cost reductions were reportedly achieved through the lockdown period by making use of government schemes, wage cuts and reduced discretionary spending.

Plus the company launched its FiltaShield sanitisation service in May and recently secured an exclusive licensing agreement with NHS Trust owned support services group, NTH Solutions.

Filta is also reporting encouraging progress in North America and Europe, as continued interest from potential franchisees is said to have resulted in four new H2 franchise sales and a healthy pipeline.

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Jason Sayers, CEO of Filta, commented: “While the Covid-19 pandemic had a material impact during the first half, our results demonstrate the resilience of our businesses and the fundamental strength of Filta. I am extremely proud of the way that Filta staff have stepped up to challenges we faced in each of our markets, and I thank all our employees and franchisees who have worked tirelessly to support our customers throughout these challenging times.

“We entered the year with good momentum, but with the pandemic causing lower demand for our services and widespread closures across our customer base from mid-March, we quickly adapted, placing emphasis on supporting our employees, franchisees and customers and protecting the long-term health of our business.

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“Despite the disruption, we remained committed to operational excellence whilst developing new and creative ways of working; all of which will ensure that the company-owned activities in the UK, in particular, remain ideally positioned for future success. The strength of our North American business model has been evidenced by the continued profitable trading that we have enjoyed throughout the Covid-19 affected period.

“With customer demand now coming back, we can focus on leveraging our solid capabilities to drive revenues back up. We are well-prepared for the resumption of trading by our ongoing end customers and believe that there will be growth opportunities as businesses have to become more innovative and efficient.

“Moreover, with the appointment of a new and industry experienced MD in the UK to drive the business forward, we are confident that we are well placed to achieve strong revenue growth.”


Source: Catering Insight

New TaxAssist Accountants shop opens in Southend-on-Sea

September 13, 2020

Mark Gibbs has opened a new TaxAssist Accountants walk-in tax and accountancy shop serving small businesses and individual tax paying clients in the Westcliff-on-Sea and Southend-on-Sea areas.

Mark said: “It’s great to finally have the shop open and we’ve already had lots of people walk in and comment on how good the shop looks. One of the major reasons for joining TaxAssist Accountants was the modern, fresh look of the shops, which can so effectively showcase the services we offer and provide a convenient meeting place for clients. I look forward to welcoming new and existing clients to have a look round.

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“I have lived in the area most of my life and have a good understanding of the local business environment and I feel passionate about supporting my fellow small businesses through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. I would encourage anyone interested in finding out more about how we can help, to contact us for a free initial consultation – either face-to face, by telephone or online.
“We provide a comprehensive tax, accountancy and advisory service and can talk clients through a range of software solutions, to help them select the right package for their needs.”

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If you are interested in finding out more about joining TaxAssist Accountants, regular Virtual Discovery Days are held, where you can find out more about the technical, marketing and business development support on offer.

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Theatre schools in West Cumbria and Carlisle prepare to re-open

September 9, 2020

Two theatre schools in Cumbria are preparing to open their doors to performers and welcome back budding actors, dancers and singers once again.

Razzamataz West Cumbria and Razzamataz Carlisle say they have been thoroughly briefed by their head office, have passed a new covid-secure health and safety audit and are following all Government guidelines and Children’s Activities Association (CAA) best practice in order to re-open safely.

Matty Aitchison-Rayson, principal of Razzamataz West Cumbria believes that the theatre school can help young people adjust back into social interaction. He said: “Through the performing arts, children learn many life lessons including building resilience, working as a team and emotional intelligence. We believe that these skills are more important now than ever before as children have missed many traditional milestones. More than ever, we can’t wait to get the buzz back of teaching a room of children and watching them learn and progress each week.”

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The theatre school franchise will be focussing on rebuilding children’s self-esteem and belief in themselves as well as getting youngsters fitter and healthier.

Razzamataz West Cumbria are due to re-open on September 5, with classes taking place at Summergrove Halls, Hensingham. Although there is now limited availability to join, the school will be holding taster sessions, where students can find out more. Contact Matty on 01946 848148/07940957894.

Razzamataz Carlisle are planning to re-open on September 12, with classes to be held at Harraby Community Centre. More information on both theatre schools can be found at their websites or Facebook pages.

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Steps to keep the students safe include sanitizer in each room, cleaning protocols, two metre safety distance between each student, plans to stagger classes, reduction of class sizes, no props and attendance at re-opening webinars.

When the pandemic hit the UK, Razzamataz Theatre Schools was just starting its 20 year birthday celebrations, and had many events planned.

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Matty said: “Sadly our large scale events had to be put on hold but we are busy making plans for Disney 2021 and looking into what else we can do for our students who have lost out on so much this year.”

He added: “During the pandemic, we were delighted that we could continue to offer scholarships with The Stage and also our own Future Fund charity to help even more young people experience the joys of performing arts. We are a school where children come to follow their passion in dance, drama and singing but we are also so much more than that. We have so many parents tell us that Razzamataz is the place where their child feels most accepted, it is where they have grown in confidence and it is where they have found lifelong friends.”

By Lynne Wild

Source: News & Star

Good Oaks launches new franchise in East Dorset

September 8, 2020

A NEWLY launched care home franchise says it aims to bring 40 jobs to the area over the next year.

Good Oaks East Dorset is led by co-founders, Sam Jones and Adam Downer and has been fully registered with the Care Quality Commission.

It will provide care in people’s homes throughout Wimborne, Ferndown, West Moors, Ringwood and surrounding areas – giving options for both visiting and live-in care.

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Sam said: “In the current Covid-19 crisis, the role that carers play in our community is more vital than ever before. Carers provide a lifeline for elderly and vulnerable people, who rely on their assistance to be able to stay in their homes. It is fantastic that this is being recognised.

“This is an important time for all home care businesses and we are excited to be playing our part in combating Covid-19 by increasing the capacity for home care in our local area. We are confident that we will bring 40 jobs to the area in the next year.”

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Adam added: “My career in care began when my father became very unwell. I saw the amazing care that he received and started working in home care so that I could give others that same care. Sam and I believe that quality care starts with a careful recruitment process and robust, ongoing training for our carers.

“This protects and enhances the quality of our premium service: the standard of care we would all want for our own loved ones.

“Good Oaks East Dorset works closely with doctors, district nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. We act as the focal point to coordinate and provide the best possible solution for our clients’ wants and needs.”

By Katy Griffin

Source: Salisbury Journal