Tiny Toes Ballet offers free online classes to support parents and teachers

January 29, 2021

A PEMBROKESHIRE dance school, Tiny Toes Ballet, is keeping a step ahead of lockdown by offering free online classes for children.

Tiny Toes Ballet, which holds children’s dance classes in Haverfordwest and Pembroke, is making the offer to help support parents and teachers who are home schooling due to lockdown.

Its eight-week course of classes combines drama, dance, cookery and more, and is aimed at children aged seven and under.

Sonia Murison, who runs the Pembrokeshire Tiny Toes Ballet franchise, says she is delighted to be able to help keep children learning through lockdown.

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“Every week we provide fun and engaging dance classes, where our little ones learn through our dance programme that is fully integrated with the early years foundation stage curriculum,” she said. “We get to teach to over 130 amazing pupils here in beautiful Pembrokeshire. We love to help our little dancers learn through using rich sensory props, story time, fun activities and so much more.

“We have so much fun in just one 40-minute class and now we are bringing these fantastic classes back online through Zoom to our dancers once more.

“We love looking forward to seeing our dancers on Zoom live every week; we are not just a dance class – we have made an amazing Pembrokeshire Tiny Toes Ballet family.”

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Tiny Toes Ballet was founded in Swansea in 2011 by Emma Morgan, an experienced primary school and ballet teacher, and has grown to have 14 franchises all over the UK.

Emma said: “We’ve centred the activities on themes that we know children love – Three little pigs,

Under the Sea, Down on the Farm and Superheroes, for example. The classes will run for eight weeks and we’re encouraging as many people as possible to get involved.”

By Ruth Davies

Source: Western Telegraph

Realising an ambition as Ovenu Petersfield launches

January 28, 2021

Reassessing life following five days in hospital on oxygen therapy battling Covid-19, Rob Cunningham a former development baker, decided the time was right to realise his ambition of running his own business and has launched Ovenu Petersfield.

Cunningham, 52, along with his wife Claire and daughter Charlotte, moved to Hampshire 18 years after Cunningham joined a bakery company where he was head of innovation developing sweet bakery treats for high street names such as Costa, Pret a Manger, Starbucks and Waitrose. Prior to that he was a baker for Greggs and Bakers Oven rising to the position of production area manager.

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Commenting on his decision, Cunningham said: “Thankfully, I’ve made a full recovery, but lying in a hospital bed was the impetus I needed to take stock of my life and to think about what is important for myself and my family. I’ve been a baker for 37 years and always had an ambition to be my own boss, but never seemed to have time to take things further.”

By taking voluntary redundancy whilst planning his new career, Cunningham saw an opportunity with Ovenu and chose the franchise because of the amount of training and support it provided, together with its proven business model.

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Cunningham added: “It’s a little daunting to be launching a business during lockdown but I’m determined to succeed, and I have Covid-secure procedures in place to keep myself and my clients safe.”

Ovenu Petersfield, which covers Petersfield and surrounding areas, including The Meon Valley, Liss, Waterlooville, Denmead and Clanfield, will accept bookings at its discretion, with the strict stipulation that both parties observe the two-metres social distancing rule, along with guidelines on hygiene and cleanliness.

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Rik Hellewell, founder and managing director of Ovenu, commented: “Rob has a great attention to detail, together with fantastic people skills and certainly knows his way around an oven. Despite these challenging times, he has the necessary drive and determination to create a real recipe for success.”

The Ovenu valeting process involves dismantling key components of an oven such as the door, interior panels, fan, and shelves and placing them into design-registered tank equipment, which uses safe, non-caustic and biodegradable products to clean the oven parts.

Source: Franchise World

Papa John’s introduces flexible franchising formats beyond the high street

January 26, 2021

Papa John’s has announced the introduction of some new flexible franchising formats for its pizza delivery and takeaway stores for 2021.

The company’s aim is to expand its reach beyond the established high street store by providing even more convenience for customers by opening in brand new locations such as stadiums, leisure attractions and other ‘non-traditional’ venues.

Justin Gilbert, director of business development at Papa John’s UK explains: “We are always challenging ourselves to do better. As Papa John’s grows in popularity, we want to ensure that our customers can relax and enjoy their favourite treat in even more locations which suit them.

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“Therefore, we are adding further flexible options relevant for a variety of operators who align with our brand values. They will already have a complementary business with an existing customer base and will be looking to add a quality hot food option through an established, proven global brand.

“Papa John’s has been able to provide a year-round revenue stream for the successful franchised outlets already located on holiday parks in the UK. For stadiums or other leisure venues, the attraction of Papa John’s can add to the proposition. One existing site even offers pizza parties for visitors. It’s all about how Papa John’s can add the valuable fun factor, enhancing customer experiences and making memories even more memorable.

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“Non-traditional franchised outlets generally have a slightly different business model compared to our high-street retail stores. They may be collection only or may have reduced or seasonal opening hours, have a pizza slice offer or a flexible menu. Just like our pizzas, we aim to ensure we have the right ingredients for everyone and so now, we can offer flexible franchise options to suit a bespoke development plan.

“This may be a franchise package which includes a fully fitted out store, a kiosk, modular unit, or a mobile kitchen. We are hungry for perfection and so by thinking differently and finding out what will make a great outcome, we work backwards to create innovative solutions that are great for our customers and franchisees. We are open to new ideas and look forward to working with operators who are committed to delivering to the communities they serve.”

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Papa John’s says that it provides help with location selection and offers a full turnkey opening of stores. The company has various opportunities available across the UK for both its new ‘non-traditional’ format and its multi-unit franchise.

Source: Franchise World

Bluebird Care’s first-ever care assistant becomes franchise director

January 25, 2021

Bluebird Care’s first-ever care assistant has climbed the ranks to become a director of a franchise.

Allen Vanderwyk-Coyne joined the business in 2006 as care assistant for Bluebird Care Mid-Staffs, the provider’s first franchise.

He has spent the last 14 years cultivating his career to take him to the top of the company and describes buying the franchise as a “dream come true”.

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“I am Bluebird Care through and through. Starting as the first franchise Care Worker 14 years ago, to now buying the business, is an absolute dream for me. I have worked in the care sector for around 27 years. I still love it as much today as I did when I first started,” Vanderwyk-Coyne said.

“Bluebird Care has afforded me so many opportunities to advance my career and I am so grateful to be the Director of Bluebird Care Mid-Staffs. I would recommend Bluebird Care to anyone looking for a meaningful and rewarding career.”

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Victoria Brown, franchise development manager at Bluebird Care, added: “We were delighted to award Allen the franchise. The operational knowledge he has gained over the last 14 years, coupled with his commitment to the brand, and motivation to deliver outstanding care in his community, will no doubt be the driving force behind Allen’s continued success.

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“As franchisor, we will continue to provide him with our award-winning support in all aspects of the business, now as a franchisee. From finance, business systems, IT, to field-based marketing, business development and quality assurance, we pride ourselves in offering continuous learning and development plans for our franchisees, plus initial training to give our franchisees the detail, knowledge, and assurance to set up and run the business.”


Source: Home Care Insight

Caremark franchise trials robots to tackle loneliness

January 22, 2021

A Gloucestershire home care provider is helping to alleviate isolation and loneliness during the pandemic by offering a robot which acts as a companion.

Caremark Gloucestershire is trialling ‘Genie’, a voice-activated robot designed to offer connectivity and support to older people.

Developed by Bristol-based care technology company Service Robotics, the GenieConnect service provides free video calling, welfare video monitoring with alerts, entertainment and access to online shopping and remote medical support.

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During the trial, Genie is being used to allow Caremark customers to speak to and see their friends and family.

Mike Folkes, managing director of Caremark Gloucestershire, said: “Since the first national lockdown in March, even though our carers were still able to support customers in their own homes, it was clear that people were struggling with the isolation.

“Friends and family were not permitted to visit and even though some people were able to do video calls with their loved ones, there were many more who did not have, or understand, the technology.

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“We began looking for solutions and GenieConnect seemed perfect because it was created specifically with older people in mind.

“We are the only home care company in Gloucestershire taking part in the trial and we’re already delighted with how successful it has been.”

GenieConnect was the brainchild of Service Robotics founders Rob Parkes and Tim Morgan. They have elderly parents who found themselves living alone after losing their respective partners, so after seeing first-hand how quickly a full and happy life can become lonely, Rob and Tim decided to use their innovation, skills, and experience to create the service.

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Whilst initially aimed at older adults, it is now also being used by a range of people experiencing feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Folkes added: “Ultimately, Genie will be able to do so much more and working in partnership with Service Robotics, we’re very excited about the long-term benefits of using this technology.”

Service Robotics CEO and co-founder Rob Parkes said: “One of the commonest fears of older adults is that something will happen, they’ll be incapacitated some-how, and nobody will know. By using Genie’s check-in facility, we can offer peace of mind.”


Source: Home Care Insight

Fireaway Pizza aims for 100 in 2021

January 20, 2021

Takeaway pizza concept Fireaway has launched its 50th site today, with a further 50 new sites to open over the next year.

Though franchising “wasn’t the plan” initially, following the opening of its first site in 2016, a franchise-heavy roll-out has allowed the business to expand at pace, and will comprise its growth strategy going forward, founder Mario Aleppo has told BigHospitality ​sister site MCA.

Fireaway opened eight stores during the pandemic, including its latest today in Manchester, and is set to open in Cumbernauld, Dartford, Tunbridge Wells, Northampton, Shrewsbury, and Coventry over the next six weeks.

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“They’re all ready to go they’re just waiting to open,” Aleppo said. “We have another ten that are under construction, and the rest are secured locations, but the shops haven’t been found yet.”

Targeting a mix of high-street and residential locations, all but one of the upcoming openings will be via franchise partners, and will offer the brand’s ‘designer pizza’ menu for takeaway and delivery via the Fireaway website as well as on Just Eat, Deliveroo and Just Eat.

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Based on “Subway-style” service, consumers can build their own pizzas from a choice of 25 different toppings for £10.99, with pizzas moving from prep to plate in just 180 seconds.

“We operate a fast, create your own for one price model,” said Aleppo. “It’s worked well, especially at the moment with consumers being slightly more careful with how they spend their money.

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“We also aim to offer a fresher, healthier pizza compared to our competitors in takeaway. Most of the products come from Italy, and we work with an Italian recipe. We keep it as authentic as possible.”

By Georgia Cronin

Source: Big Hospitality

In Home Care opens Chelmsford branch as part of UK expansion plans

January 19, 2021

Home care franchise, In Home Care, has formally opened its first new branch of the year in Chelmsford.

The branch is part of In Home Care’s vast expansion plans, which will see additional locations open in London, Hertfordshire, and in the Republic of Ireland.

In Home Care Chelmsford will provide hourly, overnight, and live-in care services for individuals with physical and learning difficulties from February. These services also include tailored dementia care and companionship, as well as elderly care.

Natasha Shillingford, director at In Home Care Chelmsford, said: “I am proud to be overseeing In Home Care’s new Chelmsford branch and excited to be aiding vulnerable people in our community. In Home Care is a company which really does have care at its heart – we believe that everyone is entitled to the best possible support and that includes the carers who come to work for us.

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“The Covid-19 pandemic has shown just how vital home care is for people requiring a little extra support, and provides reassurance to their family members and friends who may not be able to visit during lockdown. Our carers can carry out tasks such as managing personal care and assisting with medication, through to companionship and even taking care of the home or pets.”

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In Home Care co-founder Claire Simmons (pictured) added: “It has been a monumental 12 months for In Home Care and we’re proud to be bringing our support services to the communities in and around Chelmsford. We have a great team working with us across our network and are looking forward to welcoming our new customers and carers to the In Home Care family.”

Since being founded in 2011, In Home Care has grown significantly, with more than 180 staff and seven franchises in total already completed, spanning Hampshire, West Sussex, Surrey, and Hertfordshire.


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Crepe Delicious Expands Into UK

January 18, 2021

Crepe Delicious has signed area master development with the well-respected Master Franchisee, Pheby Food Concepts Ltd. to open multiple locations in United Kingdom. The move into United Kingdom marks the 9th country outside of the U.S and Canada where Crepe Delicious will have presence.

The first Crepe Delicious is scheduled to open United Kingdom in Fall 2021 with a projected total of 28 locations by 2025.

“We have had great success word wide and seek to continue growth” said Elik Farin, COO of Crepe Delicious Holdings Inc. “International consumers really enjoy all that our brand has to offer, and we look forward to bringing the great concept and variety.”

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Crepe Delicious currently has over 65 locations globally.

About Crepe Delicious:

Crepe Delicious is a rapidly growing creperie, offering sweet and savory crepes as well as hand crafted gelato made fresh at the premises, selection of panini sandwiches, salads and premium beverages. Crepe Delicious offers a comfortable relaxed environment which you can enjoy your time and your crepe. Whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, Crepe Delicious is a healthy meal option.

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Founded in 2004, By Mr. Oded Yefet, Crepe Delicious is committed to healthy eating. The company uses only the finest and freshest ingredients to fill its signature crepes.

Crepe Delicious offers an outstanding opportunity for potential franchisees to run a turn-key operation receiving full training and support to establish, manage and grow the business.

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Success is in-store for easyStorage’s new franchisees with help from d&t

January 14, 2021

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is best known for creating easyJet in 1995 when he was just 28 years old. He has since developed and retained ownership of the ‘easy’ brand which has now been extended and licensed to many other sectors – all dedicated to offering consumers more value for less.



easyStorage is a member of the ‘easy’ family of brands and was founded in 2018 by Tim Slesinger (CEO) and Nigel Dawson (franchise director), offering the no-frills, well priced approach to storage. Its success is based on the fact that this rapidly growing industry, in its current form, can be inefficient and therefore more costly than it needs to be.

Unlike traditional self-storage, easyStorage brings easyPods to customers’ doors. Items are loaded there and then, the easyPods are closed using security seals and taken to an easyStorage secure storage facility.

And, unlike walk-in self-storage, easyStorage takes advantage of storing high in its warehouses, using cubic meters that are often otherwise wasted. Each pod is priced sensibly and on an ‘as needed’ basis. As a result, storage plans provide a cost-effective alternative to renting lockups or other storage space. Customers can still visit and access their items by booking an access visit at their local facility.

In September 2019, chartered accountants and business advisory experts d&t, were asked to work with potential new franchisees interested in joining easyStorage to help them with their business plans. Since then, easyStorage has now appointed d&t as its head office accountancy practice as well as providing the QuickBooks license and support for the whole franchise network.

Karolina Jankos, head of operations at d&t explains: “One of the services d&t offers is assistance from our expert advisors for business planning for franchisees. Although the franchisee does the basic ‘information gathering’ including research on competitors, SWOT and risk analysis, we help with evaluation and number crunching to ensure franchisees have a viable and workable plan particularly when it comes to the finances.

“We look at the projections for the next three years, profit and loss, cashflow and balance sheet. If franchisees need to raise finance to buy the business, then we build in loan repayments into the forecasts. It is important to be able to check projections against reality so now easyStorage has franchisees that have been trading long enough, we can use this data to ensure plans are realistic.”

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Discovery days

Louise Harris, QFP, head of strategic partnerships at easyStorage confirms: “I worked with d&t before I joined easyStorage on another project and liked their approach. d&t staff now attend our franchise discovery days where possible to gain a deeper understanding of our business which helps when it comes to planning. When candidates are ready to proceed, we introduce them to d&t for assistance with the business planning aspect of their franchise application.

“easyStorage has only been running for a few years but we already have franchises in place across the UK. We are currently recruiting for new franchisees in strategic locations, particularly the Midlands and the North and in Cornwall. For this reason, we don’t have long trading histories to help with forecasts. Therefore, we supply the background and work to date trading history figures which are updated regularly along with data from our pilot franchises.”

Harris added: “There are many aspects that need to be worked into the forecasts, it maybe that a potential franchisee already works in the sector or a neighbouring territory is already doing well and has done extensive marketing, this can all influence how quickly a new franchisee will get off the ground. d&t works with the potential franchisees to factor in these points and develop a realistic, workable business plan.

“d&t has experts in tax planning, accountancy and financial planning so I know franchisees are in safe hands when we introduce them to the team to develop viable business plans for the future.”

Phil Archer, asset finance manager at d&t confirms: “2020 was certainly a challenging year in every respect. However, we have worked with more than half a dozen new easyStorage franchisees in the past 12 months, who have either opened or are set to open shortly. The detailed financial plans we have supplied to ensure forecasts and cashflows are realistic, have been used to go on to secure borrowing such as vehicle finance or other bank loans essential to start the franchise.”

Karolina Jankos, head of operations at d&t concludes: “It has been a pleasure working with the new franchisees for easyStorage so far and we have more business plans in the pipeline with other candidates. We are looking forward to seeing how those plans evolve into real life as new franchisees continue to join easyStorage in the future.”

Source: Franchise World

Oggy Oggy pasty franchise expands with new Covid safe takeaway

January 13, 2021

The Oggy Oggy pasty empire continues to grow despite the Covid pandemic with a new outlet about to open in Plymouth – but as a takeaway only.

Lesley and Malkolm Park, who already operate two Oggy Oggy franchise stores in the city, have signed a six year lease on a former vegetable shop at Plymstock Broadway.

Work has now begun to convert the unit into a pasty takeaway as that is the only form of trading allowed during the current coronavirus lockdown.

Mrs Park, who already operates the Oggy Oggy outlets in the city centre’s Armada Way and in Plympton, said the new venture will be designed as a takeout only, unlike the other more cafe-based models.

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She said that although it could be converted in future, the likelihood is that takeaway only is the way businesses will have to operate for the foreseeable future.

“Takeaway is the only way forward,” Mrs Park said. “We could maybe offer some tables eventually, but not at the moment.

“So takeaway seems the way to go, and there is a large footfall in the area of Plymstock. We will also be able to carry out our frozen pasty deliveries, and maybe throw in milk, bread and eggs to help people in this difficult period.

“We open in three to four weeks,” she added. “We are starting the fit out with the floors and then the electrician comes in.”

Mrs Park’s Oggy Oggy outlets, part of a franchised chain of nearly 20 around the South West, have already “pivoted” to cope with Covid restrictions.

The new unit will join them in working with Deliveroo, Just Eats and Uber Eats, and supply phone orders and carry out deliveries of frozen pasties, sausage rolls and cakes to people at their homes.

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Mrs Park has even spread the supply of frozen goods nationally by using postal deliveries across mainland UK. Among a multitude of online offers are the pasty selection box, the vegan box, cake box, and even cream tea box.

“We have been smart and went online, doing the frozen pasty deliveries,” Mrs Park said. “We even ring people up, especially the elderly, and ask if we can get them anything.”

Mrs Park already employs 16 people and will add another five staff at the Plymstock Broadway venture.

“Just drop your CVs in through the letterbox,” Mrs Parks said to aspiring pasty workers.

By William Telford

Source: Business Live