Slim Chickens signs second franchise deal as it continues to push ahead with roll out

November 30, 2020

Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG) has signed a second franchise partner for its US-hatched, fast-casual chicken brand Slim Chickens.

The new deal between Boparan and franchisee KK Restaurants SW will see the group open five Slim Chicken restaurants across the south west of England, with the first due to launch in Exeter next month.

It will be the tenth Slim Chickens restaurant in the UK and comes hot on the heels of the chain’s largest opening to date​ at Manchester’s Trafford Centre earlier this month.

KK Restaurants SW has experience rolling out restaurant brands in the south west region, having previously signed deals with Pizza Hut Delivery and Costa Coffee.

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“Slim Chickens is a scalable brand with bags of potential, and we are delighted to be partnering with BRG to bring better chicken to customers in the south west,” says Simon Wright of KK Restaurants SW.

This is the second franchise agreement for Slim Chickens in the UK.

The first was signed with JRK Restaurants in February​ as part of plan to open five restaurants under the brand along the south coast in the next four years.

Slim Chickens was founded by Tom Gordon and Greg Smart in Arkansas in 2003 and now trades from more than 100 US restaurants.

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BRG signed a master franchise agreement with the brand for the UK and Ireland in 2018 and has since opened restaurants in London, Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham.

“We are pleased to have secured a franchise partner as experienced as KK Restaurants SW,” says Judd Williams, BRG’s franchise director.

“This supports our ambitious growth plans to roll-out the Slim Chickens brand across the UK.”

By James McAllister

Source: Big Hospitality

Happy 20th OSCAR Anniversary

November 25, 2020

Neil and Shelley Harvey, OSCAR Pet Foods Market Drayton

In the twenty years since Neil and I started our business times have changed. Especially, when it comes to meeting customer’s needs. And 2020 is proving to be no exception! Pre Covid, our customers enjoyed the benefits of good ingredients and the personalised nutritional advice for their pets, as well as the luxury of having heavy bags of dog food delivered straight to their door.

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Post Covid, our customers enjoy all the same benefits but our socially distanced home delivery has come into its own: allowing them to shield or self-isolate safely, work from home (if necessary) or have pet food delivered securely whilst they get on with their busy lives.. Not to mention a guaranteed supply of quality foods – we never run out! We love meeting and looking after our customers and are always happy to give them one less thing to worry about when their worlds are turning upside down.

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Naturally, pet owners want the best for their pets and our love of animals, combined with twenty years of experience, means helping customers solve pet problems with advice and expert tips on healthcare is an increasingly valuable part of our friendly service.

“It’s true that the OSCAR business model offers inherent flexibility and for those of us who have chosen franchising with lifestyle consideration in mind the quality of work life balance is a definite plus.”

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“I can honestly say, hand on heart, that even after 20 years I still get just as excited about going to meet a new pet as I did 20 years ago”

Would you like to find out more about business opportunities with OSCAR?

Call: 0800 068 1106

Cake Box to open 20 new franchise stores by March

November 23, 2020

Cake Box Holdings PLC (LON:CBOX) said it expects to open around 20 new franchise stores during the current financial year ending in March despite COVID-19 uncertainty.

A new warehouse and distribution facility in Coventry is also forecast to open in the second half.

Its estate, which counted 139 stores in September, has remained open during the current lockdown except the majority of shopping centre kiosks.

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Sales increased 2% in the first two weeks of November, following a 13% jump in October.

Online sales kept growing following the launch of the baker’s delivery service, surging 56.5% in the six weeks since the end of September.

The cakes retailer hiked the interim dividend by 15% to 1.85p per share following a defensive first half despite the pandemic.

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In the six months to September 30, revenue dipped 2% to £8mln while pre-tax profit shed 4% to £1mln. At period-end, net cash was £3mln, which allowed repaying the funds taken under the government’s furlough scheme and issue a special dividend of 3.2p in October.

Shares rose 4% to 197.75p on Monday at the opening bell.

By Giulia Bottaro

Source: Proactive Investors

Babyballet Dartford lockdown classes prove a hit as dance school lands double celebration at national awards

November 20, 2020

A dance school which kept twinkle-toed toddlers occupied online during the first lockdown has scooped a national award.

The Babyballet franchise in Dartford has been named among the most loved music, dance or performing arts activities in the UK.

It scooped the major accolade at the What’s On 4 Kids Activities Awards, launched in 2007, to celebrate the best kids clubs, along with leaders and volunteers.

Awards are nominated and voted for by a panel of experts, parents and carers and the results were unveiled as part of a virtual ceremony held last month.

Keeping little ones occupied during the first lockdown in March was a struggle for many parents as activities became increasingly home-based.

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But the dance school, which is targeted at toddlers and babies from six months upwards and also serves Bexley and Bromley, kept classes running online and delivered with aplomb.

“This year has been without doubt the toughest in my businesses history,” says Jessie Lilley, owner of Babyballet Dartford, Bexley, Bromley.

The 39-year-old, who grew up in the area, continued: “But that goes for every company in every industry. My team and I moved our classes online during the first lockdown, so that we could continue teaching our 1000 plus babyballet stars to dance.

“Keeping them happy and active was my main priority!”

On top of this feat there was also an individual accolade for one of the ballet school’s much loved teachers.

Baby ballet instructor Jade Allen, who has taught at the school for six years, was voted the most loved activity leader manager in the South East.

Affectionately known to the the children as Miss Jade, the teacher was overwhelmed to become a winner.

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“The South East is a big place, and I am bursting with pride to have won,” said Jade.

“The team at babyballet Dartford, Bexley and Bromley are like family to me and I adore teaching the classes.

“I can’t wait to get back into the dance studio and see my little stars, with social distancing measures in place to keep them all safe.”

Although the dance classes are closed during the second lockdown, registrations are open for future face-to-face sessions.

“We have returned once and the magic of our classes remained, even with the new safety procedures in place,” added owner Jessie.

“I am counting down the days until I can open the doors again.”

The franchise is headquartered in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and has 83 locations across the UK.

By Sean Delaney

Source: Kent Online

Costcutter Supermarkets Group celebrates another successful Co-op franchise conversion

November 18, 2020

Costcutter Supermarkets Group (CSG) reports it is celebrating a further successful franchise conversion by transforming its company-owned store in Fremington, North Devon to a Co-op store.

CSG’s says that its market-leading business growth transformation programme, Shopper First, proved instrumental in helping the store develop and deliver continuous sales growth by ensuring it had a strong, relevant offer for today’s convenience shopper, which saw the potential of the Fremington outlet to become a Co-op franchise.

The conversion of the 2,600 sq.ft. store to a Co-op, saw a joint £250,000 investment from both CSG and Co-op, and has created six new jobs, said CSG. The store now offers the award-winning, ethically-sourced, Fairtrade Co-op Own Brand range and focuses on fresh healthy produce, wines and ready meals, along with a wide selection of Free-From and vegan products.

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The Co-op franchise opportunity through CSG aims to offer retailers and investors across the UK the opportunity to open a Co-op store, with the combined support of both CSG and the Co-op.

Lucy Frost, director of franchise at CSG, commented: “The Fremington store marks another milestone in our exclusive convenience retail-franchise agreement with Co-op and clearly demonstrates our commitment to widening our reach and building on our joint success in convenience retailing.

“Alongside our work with investors and independent retailers to progress Co-op franchise opportunities, we have continued to explore how we can build on the successes we have seen in the transformation of our other company stores to Co-op franchises and Fremington was the obvious next choice to help us expand our franchise footprint. Previous company-owned stores have increased turnover by a minimum of 50 per cent, and we’re confident that Fremington will follow a similar path.

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“Our experience of operating in the convenience sector for over 30 years, together with the strength of the Co-op offer, which shoppers love, has created a strong franchise model. We continuing to work through an exciting pipeline of investors and retailers keen to realise the success that a Co-op franchise can offer.”

Martin Rogers, head of new channels at Co-op, added: “At the Co-op we are always looking for ways to reach new customers and members, and our latest franchise store is a great example of how we are growing our brand to generate mutual value with a likeminded partner.

“Our Co-op purpose is about connecting communities, bringing people together and making a difference and every time our own brand products are purchased with a Co-op Membership card, you know you’re helping communities here and around the world. We have the capability to deliver franchising at scale and we’re confident this will continue to be an attractive proposition for potential investors.”

CSG operates four brands across the UK and the Republic of Ireland consisting of Costcutter, Mace, Simply Fresh and Supershop.

Source: Franchise World

Molly Maid recognised for award-winning franchisee support

November 17, 2020

The Best Franchise Awards recognises exceptional UK franchisors as rated by their franchisees and Molly Maid have once again received the prestigious 5-star rating.

The 2020 awards will be one for the record books considering the significant efforts leading franchisors like Molly Maid have delivered to franchisees to help them overcome the impacts of the coronavirus. Franchisees are asked to anonymously rate their satisfaction in key areas of the support they are provided such as; training, culture and relationships and leadership.

Molly Maid’s comments
With hundreds of franchisors all shouting about how good their training and support is, standing out from the crowd with this high rating is something that we are really proud of.

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We are equally as proud of the direct feedback from franchisees about the support they received during the current pandemic. Their feedback highlighted how closely they felt supported during these unprecedented times. Firstly how we helped to protect their business with our guidance on how to secure funding through Government schemes, then providing our processes to help them in the reassurance to their staff and customers through the development of our HomeSafe procedures.

Our HomeSafe processes enabled our franchisees to be some of the first businesses back following lockdown, allowing us to safely continue operating regardless of the restrictions in place and is why we have already returned to over 85 per cent of our pre-COVID sales levels.

We have captured just some of the feedback provided by our franchisees which helps to show how we achieved such a high rating.

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One of the reasons I chose Molly Maid was the incredible support they give to the franchisees. I have not been disappointed.”

The advice during the COVID pandemic has been detailed, measured and accurate. It reflects Government policy but was also understanding and encouraging. It set me apart from other businesses who did not have this support and allowed me to resume service confidently and with a competitive edge through the new systems developed.”

Without their continuous support and understanding of the situation, my business would not have continued. Their constant updates gave me a full understanding of expectations to staff and to the business. Their support was above and beyond their duty.”

I would have no hesitation in recommending a Molly Maid franchise to a prospective franchisee, who was in the correct position to grow and develop the business. I would not recommend it to someone who thought it was an easy option, because as with all businesses it requires dedication and hard work to achieve the results.”

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I hope the above feedback helps to paint a picture of why Molly Maid provides the perfect platform to launch your own business, gain really close support along the way, and become part of the market leaders within the ever growing domestic cleaning sector where cleanliness and healthy homes are a priority for everybody.

Source: Franchise World

Dream Doors Stoke achieves a record-breaking monthly turnover of more than £222,000

November 16, 2020

A family-run Dream Doors franchise for Stoke has achieved the highest monthly turnover for a showroom of £222,566, setting a new company record for the kitchen makeover brand.

Allan James, a former engineer and the Dream Doors franchisee, employs five members of his family, sons Glyn (showroom manager) and Martin (a fitter) and his nephew Kelvin Fradley (sales director), along with Fradley’s daughter Joy Fell (showroom administrator) and James’ nephew by marriage Richard Ridgeway (a fitter).

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Commenting on their achievement, Fradley said: “When you get a good month like September there are a number of factors involved, which always includes a bit of luck, but there’s no magic button to push. We do the same things week in and week out and you just have some weeks where it really clicks into place – we just happen to have had three or four weeks like that in a row.

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“It’s all a team effort and I’m of the belief that there’s no such thing as a duff lead; if it’s potentially an order for £600 or £6,000, it doesn’t matter, because you never know what that sale will turn into until you go and talk to the customer. I think being a family business is our biggest strength and we do our best to support each other.”

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The previous record for the highest monthly turnover in the Dream Doors network was £213,000 achieved by its Oxford showroom in June 2014. Dream Doors is looking for more franchisees to join its network and has some territories available particularly in the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Scotland.

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German Doner Kebab hires former Nando’s exec

November 12, 2020

German Doner Kebab, which is set to open 12 restaurants by the end of 2020 in the UK, has appointed Rich Collie as head of Project Management. Collie, who has worked for Nando’s over the past eight years as a project manager, will oversee the build-out of GDK’s expansion plans, which includes opening 40 restaurants during 2021 and 350 over the next seven years, according to a company press release.

“Our game-changing kebabs are revolutionizing the kebab and we are excited to be bringing Rich into the German Doner Kebab family as we maintain our mission of building the fast-casual brand of the future,” CEO Imran Sayeed said in the release. “We are currently building further momentum in our plans for growth and have developed a strong growth pipeline with some of the UK’s most established franchise entrepreneurs.

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Collie, who will be responsible for the delivery of new restaurant fit-outs, liaising with contractors and consultants to meet brand standards and launch schedules, will also manage the building and maintaining of close relationships with German Doner Kebab’s multi-unit franchise partners as they build their respective restaurant portfolios.

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“It’s very exciting to be joining German Doner Kebab as it enters a new period of relentless growth,” Collie said. ‘”The brand has truly disrupted the fast-casual space in the U.K. and there is huge consumer demand throughout the country. GDK’s growth ambitions are second to none and I look forward to contributing to the success of the business as it matures and brings the German Doner Kebab experience to even more people across the U.K.”

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Based in Glasgow, Scotland, GDK has 70 restaurants in U.K., Europe and the Middle East, and is expanding in the U.S., Canada, Saudi Arabia and Ireland. Further international growth in 2020 includes two sites in Canada, two in Sweden and one in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. The brand’s first site in North America opened in Canada’s Ottawa at the start of September, with a further restaurant opening recently in Surrey, Vancouver.

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TaxAssist directors share future plans at first virtual regional meetings

November 11, 2020

TaxAssist Group directors have hosted nine virtual interactive meetings, delivering key messages to the TaxAssist Accountants network.

With COVID-19 preventing face-to-face regional meetings this year, TaxAssist Accountants took the opportunity to move these important annual events online, to great success with all franchisees attending the one specific to their region.

The events offer a chance to provide a network update, detail new initiatives, discuss future plans and opportunities and receive feedback, to ensure that every franchisee feels engaged, informed and supported, so that they can take full advantage of all of the help and services on offer to them through the Support Centre.

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Group Operations Director, Sarah Robertson – who was joined by Group Commercial Director, Daren Moore and Group Business Development Director, James Mattam – explained: “The regional meetings proved more important than ever this year, providing a much-needed forum to come together to reflect on 2020 and discuss future plans.”

With a focus on moving business forward, the following topics were covered during the meetings:

  • Sector update – Changes we’ve seen through the pandemic, how valued TaxAssist’s services have been to clients and going forward, clients will need help with funding and support with business decisions.
  • Growth opportunities – We are seeing more start-ups, more clients looking to switch accountant due to lack of support and service, more businesses now looking to appoint a professional as business is becoming ever more complicated and the chance to purchase blocks of fees from retiring accountants.
  • Digitalisation – The continuing move to full digitalisation and automation further fuelled by ongoing software/technology changes and the next phase of Making Tax Digital and the opportunities these present to the network.
  • COVID19 support – There will be further COVID-19 recovery related announcements and changes, and TaxAssist Accountants are well placed to support its network with increased demand of more services from clients.
  • Service opportunities – How to utilise data to maximum advantage, available tools to support additional services, including future masterclasses, webinars and training.
  • In-House teams – Development of existing insourcing teams – payroll and tax – and the roll out of new services including Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains Tax and personal tax.
  • New websites and brand positioning – New designs and features enabling each franchisee to communicate with prospective clients & existing clients about the extended range of tax services, advisory and digital offerings available.  A brand positioning exercise across all sites has been implemented to broaden our reach to more established businesses who are looking to switch to TaxAssist Accountants.
  • Driving up growth – Local advertising being adapted to those potential clients now working from home, training and support converting clients over video meetings, cross-selling more services which clients had stated they wished to learn more about from our client satisfaction survey and generating more referrals on the back of our enhanced reputation during lockdown and beyond with our full support to clients.

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Sarah added: “The meetings all proved to be tremendously useful, as myself and my fellow directors were not only able to present our key messages to the network, but garner the mood around the UK, how franchisees are performing and what more they want from us. We’ve been encouraged by positive feedback that franchisees feel well supported, are busy, open for business and ready to expand their practices.

“With the combination of our prominent online brand positioning and high street visibility, we know that as the economy recovers from the events of 2020, we are well placed to service the increased demand for local, quality tax, accountancy and advisory services and see many opportunities for growth ahead for our accountants.”

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Code Ninjas coding schools spread around UK

November 10, 2020

US-based kids coding franchise Code Ninjas is live in six UK locations and plans to open a further 22 around the nation.

Budding ‘ninjas’ can enjoy coding, gaming and drone building at locations in Hampshire, Greater London, Hertfordshire and Berkshire.

The next round of launches will be hot on the heels of the late summer grand openings, with programmes opening up in Potters Bar, Chelmsford, Croydon, Welwyn Garden City and Hammersmith before the end of January.

The Code Ninjas network has grown at a rapid rate. With plans for 22 more locations already in the pipeline, the US-born kids coding school is on track to deliver their fun, interactive coding curriculum to ‘ninjas’ aged 5-14 throughout the nation by 2021.

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“In late August, we celebrated the grand opening of our very first UK location in Watford, Hertfordshire – that was a momentous occasion for Code Ninjas and something the entire team has been working towards for a number of months,” said Justin Nihiser, CEO.

“It was also around this time that I joined the Code Ninjas team. Stepping up to take the reins of a global kids coding franchise during a pandemic has certainly been a challenge but one I was proud to take on.

“Despite the economic challenges caused by the lockdown period, I’m pleased to have witnessed such impressive growth first-hand.

“All of the locations we’d planned prior to the 23rd March are now fully operational and our network has almost doubled during the second two quarters of the year. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as we plan for 2021.”

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Code Ninjas Watford, the brand’s UK flagship location, opened its doors on Saturday 11th July.

“It’s an honour to be part of Code Ninjas and play such a vital role in spearheading the growth of the brand on British soil,” said Jass Patel, who owns the centre with wife Reena.

“We both feel so passionately about Code Ninjas’ commitment to delivering quality coding education and are thrilled to have the opportunity to support that mission in our community.

“We’re in for a busy few months but can’t wait to make our mark on the state of children’s coding education in the UK.”

Just one week later, Code Ninjas Pinner followed suit, launching on the 18th July. On the 22nd August, Code Ninjas Enfield welcomed budding ninjas from across Greater London. On the 24th August, a centre opened in the Hampshire town of Chandler’s Ford. Code Ninjas Langley, the first location to launch under the brand’s new Studio model, launched in Langley College on the 19th September.

Biraj Nakarja, one of the four franchisees behind Code Ninjas Langley, was over the moon to welcome students, parents, families and friends to their grand opening event.

“Despite the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we still made the most of our launch party, inviting our community to help us celebrate our new business,” said Biraj.

“We’re very proud and excited to bring the Code Ninjas programme to local children and, now that we’re open, are looking forward to making a real impact on the state of coding education in our area. We’re providing a service that is so in demand and fundamental for the future of the next generation.”

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Along with the rest of his team – wife, Sital, and long-term friends, Raman and Karnvir Bath – Biraj plans to open a second location, in nearby Windsor, within the next year.

“Essentially, we’re establishing ourselves as the go-to providers for kids coding education across east Berkshire. Our first priority is to build momentum with our initial location before setting our sights on getting our second location off the ground. Although we definitely have to take the current economic climate into consideration, we feel confident in our ability to grow with the backing of the Code Ninjas team to guide us,” said Biraj.

Despite the delays caused by the pandemic, the majority of the UK network have already made the initial steps towards opening a second location. Justin and the support team, based in Pearland, Texas, have been impressed by the network’s commitment to delivering the Code Ninjas curriculum at such a crucial time.

“With a system of determined and passionate franchise owners and corporate staff that believe ardently in Code Ninjas’ mission, our work will result in better problem solving and critical-thinking skills for our ninjas. Building these STEM-related skillsets at a young age equips Code Ninjas’ students with valuable tools to navigate today’s increasingly tech-centric world.”

By Jonathan Symcox

Source: Business Cloud