Chaiiwala To Create 3,600 Restaurant Jobs Across The UK

October 28, 2020

Chaiiwala, the Leicester-based South Asian drinks and street food chain, has announced massive expansion plans which it says will create around 3,600 new restaurant jobs across the UK.

The franchise-modelled company will grow its restaurant-base sixfold from its current 32 outlets to 188 locations before the end of 2023, creating an average of 1,200 jobs per year.

Each new launch of a Chaiiwala branch will create an average of around 23 vacancies as the chain looks to increase its UK headcount by an impressive 550 per cent within just three years.

Chaiiwala bosses say that 40 new branches will open before the end of 2020 after a surge in demand for their products which has been fuelled by the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Roles on offer at Chaiiwala include waiters, waitresses, kitchen staff, chefs and managerial positions. There are also finance and human resources jobs available at the company’s head office in Leicester.

Nil Naik, the franchise director for Chaiiwala, said they couldn’t have achieved the growth rate that they are experiencing without the help of their franchisees, who, he said, ‘live and breath the brand.’

Commenting on the ambitious expansion plans, Mr Naik said: “As a South Asian street food provider with Western fusion, our food and drink offering resonates well with desi and ethnic demographic customers and our expansion plans centre around our aim to reach a wider audience.”

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“By opening bigger stores in new locations, we are confident that the brand will achieve a bigger reach and help more customers discover what we think is the best chaii in the UK.”

“Since the pandemic we have increased our delivery options across all third-party platforms such as Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats, and this has increased our takeaway sales by 10 per cent, with take out now accounting for more than 80 per cent of our sales,” added Mr Naik.

As well as opening new restaurants and creating thousands of full and part time jobs throughout the UK, Chaiiwala has also confirmed that it will move into the Canadian market next year and has its eyes set on further locations in Europe and South Africa.

Source: e4s

Snap Fitness Reacquires UK and Ireland Markets from Master Developer

October 21, 2020

Snap Fitness, the world’s premier 24/7 fitness concept creating happy and healthy lifestyles for its members, today announced the reacquisition of the UK and Ireland market from its Master Developer.

As part of the global fitness brand’s #OneTeam initiative, which strives to support its team members and franchisees running businesses amidst COVID-19 guidelines, Snap Fitness is continuing to invest internally within the quickly growing UK market. Investments will include infrastructure development, club growth, franchise support and innovative product and technology offerings.

Jon Cottam, previously Managing Director, Europe of Lift Brands (Snap Fitness parent company), will now serve as CEO, EMEA, as the company builds and develops its programs across Europe and other territories for Snap Fitness and sister fitness concept 9Round. Cottam, who has been with Lift Brands since 2018, is an industry veteran in fitness management.

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“We have some incredible growth opportunities across our newly reacquired market,” said Alison McElroy, President, International & Chief Legal Officer at Lift Brands global. “I know Jon will continue to excel in this new leadership role, managing the charge for both brands as we continue to grow and build business across EMEA.”

“We are proud of the work we have done so far to support our small business owners,” said Ty Menzies, global CEO of Lift Brands. “We will continue to look for additional opportunities to invest in operations, connecting our people – both locally and globally – as we help our Snap Fitness community weather the storm of COVID-19 together.”

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In 2020, Snap Fitness surpassed 100 clubs in Europe and opened five new clubs across the globe in September alone, with the first-ever Japan location set to open in November.

About Snap Fitness:

Snap Fitness is the world’s most rewarding 24/7 fitness concept with over 2,000 clubs open or scheduled for development in over 20 countries. Snap Fitness offers members the opportunity to see real results. We provide the latest in fitness technology, diverse workout options, personal training, and the most supportive fitness community around the globe. A major fitness brand since 2003, we continue to evolve sustainably along with key fitness trends to provide results for every body!

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About Lift Brands:

Lift Brands is a leading innovator in the fitness industry as the parent brand to several fitness franchises and fitness brands worldwide including Snap Fitness, YogaFit Studios Franchise, Fitness On Demand and is a minority partner in 9Round global franchise. With over 1 million members and 2,000 locations open or scheduled for development and locations in over 26 countries, Lift Brands delivers results through the most rewarding fitness experiences in the world and changes lives daily.

Source: PR Newswire

TaxAssist retains 21st place in industry rankings

October 18, 2020

TaxAssist Accountants’ strong performance has seen the network of small business specialists maintain the 21st place in the highly regarded Accountancy Age industry league table with a 9% increase in fee income, up from £41.5m to £45.3m.

Celebrating excellence in accountancy practice, the Accountancy Age Top 50+50 spotlights the top accountancy firms in the UK ranking them according to UK fee income for the last financial year.

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Karl Sandall, Group Chief Executive Director at the TaxAssist Group, said: “We’re pleased to have retained our position at 21, because of a strong growth rate that has outpaced many other firms.

“I suspect we will see some very different results in the sector off the back of this year, but we remain optimistic, having witnessed a gradual recovery since lockdown in terms of new client numbers and sales. This is due to the sustained support given to our accountants and their clients and the excellent efforts of everyone throughout the network to keep trading.

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“We are continuing to recruit many new franchisees to our network who can see the value of our brand name and the evolving and comprehensive support that we provide. Small business clients have needed our assistance like never before to help them to survive and thrive and our network of high street shops with their highly visible presence are ideally placed to service this increase in demand.

“I feel confident that our adoption of a best-in-class technology suite combined with our full-service offering, including a range of complementary services which both attract and support clients, bodes well for future performance.”

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In her analysis, Beth Mason of Accountancy Age stated that the data reveals a “robust performance from UK firms despite (the) challenging environment”. She goes on to predict: “Over the course of 2021 we may see growth in a number of areas, with sustained investment in technology and additional services as firms recognise the importance of innovation to capture a greater share of the market.”

To see the list of the Top 50 firms and an analysis by Accountancy Age click here.

Belvoir completes milestone acquisition

October 16, 2020

Belvoir Group, the UK’s largest property franchise, has successfully completed the 100th transaction under its Assisted Acquisitions programme, which forms a major part of the firm’s growth strategy.

The Assisted Acquisitions programme, established in 2013, has now supported 100 acquisitions by its franchisees, with a total deal value of £25m, boosting franchisee network revenue by around £24m.

Belvoir chief executive Dorian Gonsalves commented: “I am delighted that the Belvoir Group has been able to successfully help our franchisees to acquire 100 independent businesses since the launch of our specialist acquisition programme in 2013.

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“Helping franchisees to develop their businesses through acquisition remains a strong growth strategy for Belvoir and this milestone is a superb achievement by our inhouse Acquisition Team who work so hard to research, source and assist franchisees with the funding of viable opportunities.

“The team have helped franchisees from across all of our brands to develop and grow their businesses, achieving a total acquisition deal value of £25m. In addition, it should be noted that 100 independent agents from all across the country have been able to complete on an exit strategy that has enabled them to realise their assets, safe in the knowledge that the business they are selling will be operated by highly professional agents who have access to all the back-up they need from our franchise support team at central office.”

The 100th transaction was undertaken by Mahomed Imtayas of Northwood Wolverhampton, who has acquired Millenium Properties, adding 250 managed properties to his portfolio.

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Gonsalves added: “I am absolutely delighted for Mahomed, who I met during his training course at central office. I was very impressed by his enthusiasm and commitment, and also his determination to build a business that he can then pass on to future generations of his family. I am confident that Mahomed will make a great success of this business opportunity, which has enormous potential for further growth.”

Belvoir Group is on a post-lockdown acquisition trail according to its CEO, Dorian Gonsalves.

He continued: “Many franchisees across the Belvoir, Northwood, Newton Fallowell and Lovelle brands are actively seeking to expand their businesses through acquisition, with some already completing on multiple business transfers that have doubled the size of their portfolio overnight.

“I would urge any independent agent who is considering the sale of their business, no matter what size this may be, to contact a member of our acquisition team for a discussion about how we may be able to help them realise their ambitions.”


Source: Property Industry Eye

Costa franchise brews up plans for Cumbernauld’s first drive-through coffee shop

October 15, 2020

A Costa Coffee franchise business is resuming plans to build Cumbernauld’s first drive-through coffee shop after securing a £600,000 financing facility to stabilise its operations.

Coffeepots, owned by Pat Dunese and Colin Wilson, expects to create 25 new jobs when the latest outlet opens early in 2021. The financing, provided by HSBC through the government-backed coronavirus business interruption loan scheme (CBILS), comes after lockdown forced the four-month closure of Coffeepots’ 13 cafes across central Scotland.

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“Our plans for growth were put on hold when Covid-19 hit as our income suddenly ground to a halt, but the support from HSBC UK has provided us with much-needed cashflow during this time, helping us continue paying our overheads and progressing plans to open new sites in Scotland,” Mr Dunese said.

Coffeepots is also eying up further expansion with a move outside the Central Belt into Peterhead. This would also be a drive-through outlet, and is expected to open in late spring creating a further 25 jobs.

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Grant Bett, relationship director at HSBC UK, said: “The hospitality industry was hit hard during lockdown and we’re pleased to have been able to help Coffeepots look to the future again as it re-embarks on its plans for growth.

“We’re committed to supporting UK businesses during this period of uncertainty.”

Launched in March along with a raft of other measures to support the economy through the pandemic, CBILS provides facilities of up to £5 million to small and medium-sized businesses that have experienced lost or deferred revenues. This financing is available through more than 100 accredited lenders across the UK.

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The scheme was closed to new applications at the end of September, though lenders have until the end of November to process all CBILS applications.

Data published at the end of September by HM Treasury showed that a total of nearly £15.5 billion had been lent at that time under CBILS to more than 66,500 businesses, an approval rate of 47 per cent. Banks have received more than 123,000 applications for CBILS loans, which come with an 80% Government guarantee.

By Kristy Dorsey

Source: Herald Scotland

Retired police officer’s roadmap to success with Dream Doors

October 14, 2020

Husband and wife team Jon and Hilary Brown, a retired police officer and dental hygienist respectively, found their roadmap to business success by joining the kitchen makeover company, Dream Doors.

The couple who launched their kitchen showroom in West Nottingham after Jon retired from his role with Leicestershire Police, share their experience, as Jon explains: “I’m very lucky to have achieved everything I wanted to achieve in the service and I was able to retire after serving for 30 years.

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“But the simple fact was that at 48 years old I was too young not to do something else. I had always done a lot of building renovation work in the past and I knew when I was retiring that was what I was going to do in my next role.

“I wanted to run a business where the offering was unique, and I kept coming back to this core idea of kitchen refurbishment work.

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“Hilary and I spent a lot of time looking at different franchises but we chose Dream Doors for the reason that you don’t buy into a business’s immediate success; you buy a roadmap and the tools you need to get you there.

“I felt Dream Doors offered the best roadmap and that was very appealing. Hilary and I wanted to do something for ourselves and we wanted to build a business that was financially successful. We’re not just selling kitchens; we’re solving kitchen problems.”

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Hilary, who was a dental hygienist for 30 years before joining the franchise, said: “For me joining Dream Doors helped us to get the home/work balance right. We’ve been following the business model religiously and we’ve really reaped the rewards of that.”

Dream Doors replaces kitchen doors, drawers and worktops to breathe new life into tired kitchens, as well as offering full kitchen refits. The company is currently looking to recruit further franchisees for its remaining UK territories.

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Cake Box says flurry of new franchise stores to open

October 13, 2020

Bakery chain Cake Box is seeing soaring numbers of hopeful first-time business owners applying to open a shop.

The egg-free cake maker, which has 140 stores nationwide – including more than 50 in London –is set to open another 47 franchises in the coming months.

Cake Box’s chief executive and co-founder Sukh Chamdal said that over the past six months the company has received a “record number of applications” for franchises.

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Chamdal added: “We have seen such an upsurge in franchise applications because of the job situation… This has prompted people to take the redundancy money and go into business for themselves.”

He said due to difficulties on the high street there is a lot more property available. “Because we are a stable business… we find that the landlords are now coming to us.”

The business shut for the first six weeks of lockdown. Sales in the six months to September 30 decreased to £8.6 million from £8.8 million. But online sales surged during the period.

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The boss had never previously planned home delivieries, but he said “Covid proved consumer habits were changing”.

Chamdal, who launched the company in the East End in 2008, said that he is now “very optimistic” about the future despite the “uncertain” start to 2020.

Analysts at Shore Capital said the update was “highly encouraging”, and that plans for larger numbers of stores “bodes well for medium to long term growth”.

As previously announced in September, the company declared a special dividend of 3.2p per share, which will be paid on October 23.


Source: Evening Standard

easyStorage welcomes its first franchisees in Scotland

October 13, 2020

easyStorage is pleased to welcome its first franchisees in Scotland, Tariq Din and Shkoor Anwar, who will expand the reach of easyStorage’s no-frills, mobile storage facility. The depot based at Glasgow, will serve both the public and commercial businesses.

easyStorage, part of the easy family of brands founded by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, promises affordable self-storage, up to half the price of traditional storage facilities with an online fixed price booking service. The company explains that unlike traditional self-storage, easyStorage brings easyPods to the customer’s door, where items are loaded onboard and transported to a secure facility.

By using easyPods, its storage depots are able to store more, as they can be stacked high and deep for maximum efficiency without wasting valuable real estate. With better space utilisation, easyStorage says it is then able to pass the savings it makes on to customers.

In addition, through easyStorage’s collection and return service, customers don’t have to do all the lifting and packing, resulting in a convenient service. Customers can also access their items whenever required at an easyStorage facility, with their easyPods transferred to a viewing area.

Prior to embarking on their venture, easyStorage says that the new franchisees have accumulated vast experience in sales and operations within retail, hospitality and business sectors, with multiple brands and FTSE companies and are the 14th franchisees to join the network.

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Nigel Dawson, franchise director and co-founder of easyStorage, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Tariq and Shkoor as our newest franchisees and the first in Scotland to join the easyStorage team. They will be providing their customers in Glasgow with great customer service and a unique, well-priced storage solution.

“Our investment in technology, franchise support infrastructure, along with a well-known and trusted brand means that a franchise with easyStorage is able to launch from a position of strength.”

Din and Anwar’s easyStorage depot at Glasgow will be able to hold over 500 easyPods and will offer 24-hour security. Commenting on why they chose the franchise the pair said: “We were seeking a business model and brand that would have strong recognition and synergy with a product that would appeal to us and provide customers a great service.

“easyStorage fitted the bill; offering a business model that is stable and resilient, especially in the current climate and we are also delighted that we will be bringing easyStorage to Edinburgh next year.”

The company is looking to expand further and explains that its franchise is designed to offer a relatively low cost entry, with no requirement for franchisees to have their own warehouse initially, as it will provide storage facilities. easyStorage says that franchisees are given comprehensive training in business management and smart technology and have the chance to shadow existing franchisees.

Source: Franchise World

OSCAR Pet Foods and Leading the Way Pet Care join together in offering top tips for pet safety during firework season

October 12, 2020

Bonfire night can be a worrying and stressful time for cats, dogs and rabbits. Loud, screeching fizzles and snaps, blinding flashes of light and noisy whoops of delight can be terrifying for pets who have truly sensitive hearing – even at the quietest of times.

OSCAR Pet Foods, one of the UK’s top pet food home delivery services, is only too familiar with the problem. Thanks to close customer relationships with pet-owning clients, their Local Nutritional Advisors are well placed to support pets who suffer from fear of fireworks. Caring customers are always keen to learn how they can prevent their pets being traumatised and so, this year, OSCAR Pet Foods have teamed up with their sister company – Leading the Way Pet Care – to strengthen their ability to help. Delivering quality nutrition alongside essential pet care lies at the heart of these franchises, and their combined commitment to pet welfare strikes a chord as bonfire night approaches.OSCAR Pet Foods and Leading the Way Pet Care

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Fireworks at this time of year can go on for several weeks before (and after) November 5th and this stress can have serious implications for pets; affecting their health and behaviour – especially if experienced over long periods of time. Even though many organised firework displays will not be going ahead this year, due to Covid, many people will be planning fireworks at home in their small family bubbles.

Recognising stress is the very first step towards helping your pet:

Is your rabbit stamping its feet, staying motionless, trying to escape, or losing its appetite? Is your cat hiding in high places, house soiling or refusing to eat? Is your dog panting, pacing or being clingy?

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These, and many more signs of stress, together with top tips to help keep your pets safe and settled during fireworks, can be found here.

OSCAR Pet Foods and Leading the Way Pet Care


Offering helpful advice and expert tips to keep pets calm and safe during bonfire season is just one of many sought after services that Leading the Way Pet Care offers to caring pet owners. Alongside OSCAR’s stand out reputation for nutritional excellence, Leading the Way delivers an exciting business opportunity providing professional dog walking and friendly pet care throughout the year for caring pet owners who juggle busy lives with responsible pet care.

If living with Covid for the last six months has taught us anything, it’s that our pets are playing an increasingly important role in our lives: offering us much-needed comfort and company as we face uncertain restrictions and changes.

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With pet ownership hitting an all-time high, bright franchising opportunities now exist for pet loving business seekers.

If you fancy the freedom of being your own boss, a healthy change in lifestyle and the joy of helping to look after much-loved pets, this could be a perfect opportunity for you.

Tim Hortons’ UK expansion to create 2,000 jobs

October 9, 2020

Canadian fast food chain Tim Hortons is planning a major expansion in the UK, hoping to capitalise on increased demand for drive-through dining.

The move comes despite the recent collapse in sales at the chain due to the coronavirus crisis.

The firm told the Telegraph it hopes to open an outlet in “every major city and town” over the next two years.

The growth could create around 2,000 new jobs, it said.

Tim Hortons, which is known for its coffee and donuts, opened its first UK location in 2017 and now has 23 locations.

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The brand is owned by fast food giant Restaurant Brands International (RBI), which also owns Burger King and Popeye’s Chicken. Together, the company has more than 27,000 restaurants globally, which it operates through a franchise model.

The firm has been pushing to expand that footprint, especially outside the US and Canada. In August, chief executive Jose Cil said the firm remained focused on that goal, despite the upheaval caused by the pandemic.

“We cannot predict exactly when the dust will settle, but we’re confident that we will be well positioned to capitalise on opportunities for growth as we emerge from the crisis and continue toward the 40,000 restaurant goal we talked about last year,” chief executive Jose Cil told investors.

Sales collapse

Sales at RBI dropped more than 20% in the three months to July, as lockdown forced many locations to close or restrict their offerings.

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At Tim Hortons, which has more than 4,900 locations globally, sales fell more than 30%.

Mr Gil said the firm expected to end 2020 with roughly the same number of restaurants as the year before, despite unusually high numbers of closures.

In June, Burger King’s UK boss warned it might have to close up to 10% of its restaurants.

Tim Horton’s had just 937 locations outside of Canada as of June, including 23 in the UK.

The first new UK location is planned for Milton Keynes, according to the Telegraph.

Source: BBC