Ovenu sponsors a guide dog puppy named Selsey

February 26, 2021

The oven valeting franchise Ovenu is supporting the Guide Dogs charity by gifting it £10,000 to sponsor a black Labrador puppy named Selsey. The company says that more than 100 of its franchisees across the UK have contributed to the initiative over the past couple of years, together with staff at its Wokingham headquarters.

In addition to the initial contribution, Ovenu founder and managing director Rik Hellewell, has pledged that the franchise will donate a further £5,000 to the charity over the next year or so to fund Selsey’s upkeep and guide dog training.

Hellewell said: “We know charities’ incomes have been hit hard by the pandemic and everyone at Ovenu wanted to do something positive to make a difference.”

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Having suggested the Guide Dogs charity and its puppy sponsorship scheme, which helps those living in the UK with sight loss, Hellewell chose to name the puppy Selsey, in tribute to his late father-in-law who had strong ties to the seaside town.

Hellewell continued: “My love and support for the Guide Dogs dates to my late teens, when I worked in a pub opposite the charity’s headquarters in Wokingham. I used to see a lot of the handlers and trainers with the dogs, and sometimes they brought them into the pub to familiarise them with groups of people and the noise. Everyone here at Ovenu is eager to see Selsey progress and look forward to the moment she is able to transform someone’s life.”

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Victoria Noyce-Guthrie of Guide Dogs, said: “We rely on donations and this kind support will allow us to make a life changing difference to someone with sight loss by providing a guide dog. We hope that during these difficult times the news of Selsey being born and the ‘pupdates’ about her training journey will be something positive that Ovenu and its clients throughout the UK can look forward to.”

Commenting on current business trading during the pandemic, Hellewell said: “Our franchisees have been reporting brisk business as more people are staying at home and are spending more time cooking and baking – so their services are in demand.

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“We have also recruited 11 new franchisees and four sub-contractors over the past few months, establishing new territories or replacing previous franchisees who have retired. I have confidence in the product and the business model and believe the arrival of the vaccines signal that better times lie ahead.”

Ovenu franchisees plan to share the regular ‘pupdates’ on Selsey with clients to raise further awareness of the charity and has also set up its own Just Giving page where people can make their own donations: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ovenuforguidedogs

Source: Franchise World

German Doner Kebab to open 47 new restaurants in the UK by the end of this year

February 24, 2021

Fast casual brand German Doner Kebab has announced it is on track to open 47 new restaurants in the UK by the end of 2021, almost doubling its portfolio.

German Doner Kebab has seen UK total sales in 2020 increase 81% from the previous 12 months and opened 12 restaurants last year. Same-store sales for 2020 were also up 51% on 2019.

Key locations in the expansion will include Manchester, Newcastle, Blackburn, Huddersfield, Stockport, Stirling and additional sites in London and Glasgow. Rich Collie, who joined from Nando’s as head of project management, will manage the build-out of the expansion plans.

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GDK employs 1,500 people in the UK, with a development pipeline of 350 franchise units over the next seven years.

The brand will forge ahead with international growth in 2021 with sites planned for Canada and US following the launch of its first restaurant in Ottawa. Further growth is also set to be announced for Ireland and Spain, as well as Saudi Arabia.

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Chief executive Imran Sayeed said: “The next 12 months are going to be extremely exciting for GDK as we expand our footprint and reach more consumers across the UK and our international growth regions.”

He added: “We have developed strong franchise relationships in key global locations and we are now working closely with our partners to take forward development plans and bring the German Doner Kebab experience to new regions.”

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German Doner Kebab opened its first restaurant in Berlin in 1989. Based in Glasgow, the brand is owned by the Hero Brands group.

By Katherine Price

Source: The Caterer

Right at Home shortlisted for four Encouraging Women into Franchising awards

February 23, 2021

Right at Home UK has received four nominations for this year’s NatWest Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWiF) Awards.

The home care provider has announced that its chief operating office Lucy Campbell has been shortlisted for Woman Franchisor of the Year, having also won the coveted accolade in 2020.

Meanwhile, Sam Wright, managing director and franchise owner of Right at Home High Wycombe and District, is shortlisted in the Woman Franchisee of the Year category.

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Wright opened Right at Home High Wycombe and District in July 2017 and less than two years later, it was rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission in its first full inspection.

In addition, National People and Brand Development manager, Heather Keep, who is responsible for Right at Home’s marketing, training and recruitment offering, is shortlisted in the Woman Franchise Employee of the Year category alongside Susie Long, registered manager of Right at Home High Wycombe and District.

The news follows the announcement that Right at Home won its fourth Best Franchise Award last week.

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Right at Home UK CEO, Ken Deary, said: “On behalf of the Right at Home network, I’d like to congratulate our finalists Lucy, Sam, Heather and Susie.

“I’m delighted our finalists have achieved the recognition they deserve. The past year has seen our clients rely on our services like never before and our network has worked around the clock to ensure we continue providing the highest quality care and support.

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“Sam and Susie are doing an outstanding job supporting their vulnerable clients to stay safe at home during the pandemic, and at national office, Lucy and Heather ensure our network of franchise owners have all the tools, guidance and resources they need at their finger-tips, so they can concentrate their efforts on their clients and staff.

“I wish all four of our finalists the very best of luck.”

The national will take place virtually on the evening of March 11.


Source: Home Care Insight

OSCAR Pet Foods will be waving their pet’s toothbrushes to help raise awareness for Pet Dental Health Month

February 22, 2021

Throughout February OSCAR Pet Foods will be waving their pet’s toothbrushes to help raise awareness for Pet Dental Health Month.

Approximately 80% of dogs and cats over 3 years old have a form of dental disease, so it is important we look after our pet’s oral health. There are many things we can do to look after our pet’s teeth but the most effective way of reducing plaque is through regular brushing and cleaning.

Veterinary Dental CareOSCAR Pet Foods

Dental problems aren’t usually noticed until an animal is in a lot of pain, which is why it is important to have regular checks with your veterinary practice. Once tartar has formed, professional scaling and polishing under general anaesthetic will be required through your veterinary practice. This will provide a full scale and polish, and any damaged teeth that may be causing pain and discomfort will be removed.

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If pets don’t receive early treatment dental disease can progress quickly, which can lead to irreversible damage. It can also lead to many other illnesses such as kidney, liver and heart conditions.

Early signs of dental disease may include:

  • Bad breath
  • Pain and difficulty eating
  • Excessive drooling and staining around the mouth
  • Buildup of plaque and tartar
  • Wobbly, missing or broken teeth

Teeth Brushing

The key to management of dental disease is prevention, and it is possible to brush your dog’s and cat’s teeth, especially if trained from a young age.

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Consider your pet’s temperament before attempting to brush their teeth in case they are uncomfortable with having their mouth handled.

  • Begin with gentle handling (if tolerated) around the mouth, teeth and gums. Reward with lots of fuss and praise for a positive experience.
  • Once comfortable with gentle handling, begin touching the teeth with your fingers and add dog and cat toothpaste for your pet to lick.
  • Do NOT use human toothpaste as this can be toxic to your pet.
  • Introduce a toothbrush with the paste on and allow your pet to lick the toothbrush. It takes a few days for them to get used to this.

Once your pet is feeling more comfortable you can begin to brush. Start with the side teeth first and then move to the rest of the teeth as they gain confidence. This may take several days.OSCAR Pet Foods

Use toothpaste designed for dogs and cats and NEVER use human toothpaste. Take your time to allow your pet to become accustomed to the paste, toothbrush and the handling. It can take a month to build up confidence.

Specific foods designed to support dental care

OSCAR Pet Foods offer two types of dental support in the range:

STAY-C® 50* is a specialist source of Vitamin C that dissolves in the saliva and is coated onto our kibble to help support healthy gums and manage plaque and tartar buildup. It is found within our Wheat Gluten Free range in Maize, Lamb & Rice and Maize, Chicken & Rice.

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Bitter Orange Extract offers dental support with an antibacterial effect that helps to limit the buildup of bacteria on teeth to support healthy gums and this is found throughout the OSCAR cat range.

Alternatives to brushing your pets teeth

If you are unable to brush your pet’s teeth there are other alternatives available for you to try such as:

  • Oral gels for neutralising plaque and bad breath
  • Dental chews to help prevent plaque buildup
  • Oral such as rinses for reducing plaque and freshening breath
  • Dental diets formulated to help prevent plaque buildup

Do you need further dental advice for you dog or cat?

If you need any further advice on dental care for your pets or would like to find out more about the dental care in our dog and cat foods, call us on freephone: 0800 195 8000 or email: direct@oscars.co.uk.

TaxAssist Accountants runs four online Discovery Sessions in four countries in the same month

February 18, 2021

TaxAssist Accountants Franchise – Leading tax and accounting franchise opportunity promoted in the UK, Canada, USA and Australia as expansion continues apace.

In a first for the established small business accounting franchise, TaxAssist Accountants held multiple Discovery Sessions in the same month across the globe, as it continues with its ambitious expansion plans.

For David Paulson QFP, Senior Vice President, Franchise Development, it is milestone moment, and the realisation of years of planning.

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“Expansion across North America and Australia, as well as the UK and the Republic of Ireland has been a long term aim of The TaxAssist Group, and the interest we are now experiencing is very encouraging,” he said.

“We are promoting single unit franchise opportunities, as well as area representative opportunities in the USA. The sessions provide an overview of the range and depth of technical, marketing and business development support on offer through the franchise, and the scope and potential of the business model.

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“I am involved in all of the online Discovery Sessions, alongside senior colleagues from both the UK and host countries, choosing a convenient time that works well across different continents, resulting in very positive feedback received from delegates.

“I’d encourage anyone who is thinking about running their own accounting practice for small businesses to get in touch. There is a huge demand for the services of a quality accountant right now – and will continue to be – as clients reach out for help to understand what their business is doing, how to access finance, plan for the future and make key business decisions. The visibility of our shop premises means we are ideally situated to attract and support clients, while offering our accountants the ability to build substantial practices.”

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Wendy’s is opening its first branch in Britain in 21 years as American burger chain makes comeback

February 17, 2021

WENDY’S is making a comeback in Britain – 21 years after the American burger chain left.

Known for its square burgers, Wendy’s is planning to open two branches in the first half of this year and more are set to follow.

Wendy’s will open its first restaurant in Reading followed by a second in Oxford.

The fast food firm could also open locations in London, saying it is “exploring additional opportunities” in the capital.

The restaurant is actively looking for people to become franchise owners.

Franchises are owned and managed by an individual but under the umbrella of a well-known brand.

Wendy’s has not yet revealed how many locations it plans to open or how many jobs it will create.

Wendy’s is the third largest burger chain in the world after McDonald’s and Burger King, and already has 6,700 outlets in 30 countries around the world.

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Bosses first revealed Wendy’s was returning to British shores back in late 2019, when it told investors it would open its first outlets within 12-18 months.

This isn’t the first time Wendy’s has tried to cross the pond – it first came to the UK in the 1980s and 1990s, but decided to close all their UK stores in 1999.

Since then several American burger joints have successfully set up shop here, including Five Guys and Shake Shack.

A Wendy’s spokesperson said: “I can confirm that Wendy’s will be opening in the United Kingdom in the first half of this year.

“Our first location will be in Reading and I can also confirm that we will open a restaurant in Oxford.

“We are also exploring additional opportunities in the London area.

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“The brand is excited to enter the UK with Company owned and operated restaurants this year, and we are looking for franchisees to grow with us across the UK.”

Wendy’s was founded in Ohio, USA in 1969 and is now the world’s third largest burger chain after McDonald’s and Burger King.

The Wendy’s USA menu includes hamburgers, breakfast burgers, croissant bun burgers, chicken nuggets and more.

Wendy’s has not yet revealed what will appear on the menu in the UK.

Wendy’s has brought back its chicken burger to restaurants in America along with other fast food chains, sparking a “chicken burger war”.

In the UK many fast food chains like McDonald’s and KFC are yet to return to full menus, offering limited menus since the coronavirus pandemic started.

By Lynsey Barber

Source: The Sun

Home care giant Bluebird Care appoints new managing director

February 16, 2021

National home care firm Bluebird Care has announced the appointment of a new managing director who used to work for Four Seasons Healthcare and now sees home care as ‘the future of social care’.

Phil Pegler has joined Bluebird Care – one of the leading national brands in the home care sector with over 220 franchise offices across UK and Ireland – after working for Four Seasons Healthcare, where he was interim programme director.

Mr Pegler replaces Wayne Smith, Bluebird’s finance director, who was acting interim managing director during the last year.

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Home care helped my family ‘stay in their own homes for longer’

Mr Pegler has worked as a care leader since 2011 – when he joined the home care provider Carewatch, as group chief executive and sees home care provision as ‘the future of the social care sector’.

Phil Pegler said: “I’ve seen on a personal level how home care services have enabled members of my family to stay in their own homes for longer and, more importantly, safely. This has given me a very useful insight into how good home care should be delivered and the benefits it can bring to so many people.

“Bluebird Care has over 30 offices rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This is an impressive achievement and is something I am keen to help our franchisees build upon.

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“I look forward to working closely with the Franchise network to help drive the business to achieve even bigger things.”

He added: “Bluebird Care has expanded its customer offering into areas of live-in care, specialist dementia care and end of life care services across many locations. I truly believe that Bluebird Care is now well placed to expand its reach even further across the UK and Ireland.”

Jennifer Sheets, chief executive and president of Caring Brands International, which owns Bluebird Care, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Phil to Bluebird Care. He brings a wealth of experience, along with passion and huge insight into both the care sector as well as the franchise model.

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“It is a very exciting time to be joining us – all of the team at Bluebird Care have shown immense commitment and focus during this pandemic. I especially want to thank Wayne Smith, finance director, for all his guidance and governance over the last year while acting in the interim managing director role.

“The resolve and persistence the Bluebird Care team has demonstrated positions us quite favourably for continued growth in the UK and Ireland.”

Article By: Angeline Albert

Source: Home Care

Camile Thai Kitchen has strengthened its executive board

February 15, 2021

Camile Thai Kitchen, the UK and Ireland Thai food chain, has made moves to strengthen its executive board with the appointment of Brian Caulfield and Andy McCue to the Camile board of directors.

McCue will take on the position of Non-Executive Chairman as part of the move. The company also plans to open up further locations in Ireland and abroad to be announced soon. Caulfield is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and angel investor, well-known in the Irish investment community.

Camile Thai Kitchen added that McCue served as CEO of Paddy Power, where he led the business, embedding a new growth strategy which delivered record revenues and profits. McCue was the last Irish bookmaker’s chief executive in 2015, when he led the company through its merger with betting exchange Betfair. After Paddy Power he joined The Restaurant Group plc as CEO. McCue brings plenty to the table, as he was responsible for purchasing the iconic Wagamama business for The Restaurant Group, as well as his experience with tech focussed Paddy Power.

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Brody Sweeney, founder and CEO of Camile, expressed his delight at both McCue and Caulfield joining the board: “We are really pleased to have attracted directors of the calibre of Brian and Andy to our board. It shows our serious ambitions for Camile Thai Kitchen and it’s future growth. I’m excited to officially welcome them both to our Camile Family.”

Speaking on his appointment Caulfield stated: “I am very excited at the opportunity to become a non-executive Director of the Camile board. As a Camile Thai Kitchen fan, it is amazing to see such a strong, and globally impactful company coming out of Dublin.”

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McCue said: “Camile provides a very exciting tech-focussed hospitality business model and I look forward to being given the opportunity to help Camile grow further.”

Sweeney added: “2020 has been a milestone year for Camile Thai Kitchen. With many restaurants suffering the consequences of pandemic restrictions, we were very fortunate to see a 59 per cent increase in systems sales in the UK and a 40 per cent increase in Ireland. We owe this to our largely suburban, delivery focussed business model. This growth has enabled us to proceed ahead of time with our drone and robotics-focused tech strategy.”

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Car salesmen switch career by investing in a two-region LockFit franchise

February 12, 2021

Two sports car salesmen from the West Midlands have switched careers by investing in a two-region locksmith franchise for Coventry and Warwick/Leamington Spa, reports LockFit.

Chris Hitches (31) and Lewis Moore (30), both from Knowle near Solihull, had previously worked for Porsche and BMW but despite the radical shift in career, the childhood friends say they have already achieved success.

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Hitches explaining their decision to join the franchise said: “The car industry had been going through some major changes which neither of us was able to control partly down to Covid-19, so we have been looking into various investment opportunities for a while.

“When we saw what LockFit was offering, we were both really keen. The start-up costs were very modest but in terms of training, support, and credibility, LockFit stood out a mile and it’s been fantastic right from day one.”

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Established in 2018, LockFit is a 24-hour mobile locksmith service for both commercial and domestic customers. Its service includes assisting customers who have lost keys, locked themselves out or need to secure premises following a burglary. The company says it has sold nearly 50 franchise territories across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Theatre School Franchise Helps To Boost Confidence In Children With Competition Launch

February 11, 2021

With more reports emerging about the crushing effect that Covid has had on children, one theatre school franchise is helping to bring back confidence. More than 62,000 pupils in England have been tracked from May to December by ImpactEd, with some worrying results.

This has been the largest review of schoolchildren in the Covid era and the report warns of the potential for a lost generation. Anxiety levels are rising and wellbeing has tumbled according to the report, with those in their exam years feeling the pressure of trying to catch up.

The most alarming research uncovered that the closure of schools has not just impacted education, but on mental health too. Multi-award winning Razzamataz Theatre Schools has listened to thousands of children across the UK discuss their concerns during online performing arts classes as well as dedicated wellness sessions.

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The impact of the pandemic can be summed up by student Libbi who attends Razzamataz Maidstone: “To highlight children’s mental health week, I thought I would drop a message to say that Razzamataz has saved me. When I had a rough patch with my mental health Razzamataz picked me up and made me feel like there was a place I belong. Whenever it was Saturday I was always at my happiest. The Razzamataz team support is brilliant and I really am grateful for that. Now I would say my mental health has never been better.”

To reach out to even more young people, all of the schools within the network will be launching Razz’s Got Talent, a competition that aims to give young people something positive to aspire to. Unlike some TV competitions, there will be no Mr Nasty or negative comments, the schools will be working with a judging panel of professional performers who can give positive support to every competitor.

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Children from the age of 6 to 17 can enter for a chance to win a year’s scholarship to attend their local Razzamataz school. The competition is open to current students as well as those that have never had any formal training before. Supporting local talent and giving back to the community to help young people with their performing arts training is high on the agenda for the theatre school franchise, especially now when confidence is at an all-time low.

“Razz’s Got Talent is a really fun way for children to enter a talent contest in a safe and caring environment,” says Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz Theatre Schools. “We only give really constructive and positive feedback because we know it takes a lot of courage and determination to enter a talent competition and we want this experience to be a really positive one that they can learn from.

“This is also a great opportunity to see what undiscovered talent we can find and for existing students, it gives them the chance to hone their skills and shine individually in front of a panel of industry judges.”

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The judges are looking for raw talent and will talk to the children to understand where their passion for performing arts can take them. “We know children have had a lot of challenges over the last year; for some, it has really knocked their confidence and will impact their mental health,” adds Denise. “Our Principals and teams of teachers have worked so hard to help students and the feedback we have had from families has been so wonderful. This is another opportunity for us to give back again to local communities by nurturing young performers.”

Razzamataz teaches all three disciplines of dance, drama and singing, to create ‘triple threat performers.’ Children taking part in Razz’s Got Talent can showcase one or all of these skills. Applicants should prepare either a song, dance or drama piece or a mixture of all three that lasts no longer than three minutes. Children and young people should apply directly to their local school to find out closing dates and any other details. All auditions will be held remotely online to keep within government guidelines.

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