Notts-based Franchise Ohannes Burgers Are After UK-Wide Domination

April 26, 2021

Amidst the general misery within the food and drink sector during the past twelve months, one chain has managed to not only survive, but thrive. Ohannes Burgers, with their four – and soon to be six – Nottingham branches, pride themselves on putting the freshest ingredients and commitment to quality above all else. And with their West Bridgford and Mansfield locations set to open soon, joining their branches in the City Centre, Arnold, Hucknall and Sherwood (as well as a further store planned for Beeston), we thought it was high time to catch up with owners Deniz & Mehmet Yaziciolgu and Murat Yer to find out the secret of Ohannes’ success…

 

What makes Ohannes stand out from other burger restaurants?

There are a few things: we only use fresh ingredients, so there are no nasties or additives, our taste combinations are next level, we include our famous seasoned fries and handmade aioli free with every burger, our restaurants and packaging are a work of art, and we always listen to feedback in order to continually improve. We also pride ourselves on our range of sauces, which are made daily using only the finest and freshest ingredients.

We emphasise our use of the freshest ingredients, because fresh is always best. We pride ourselves on creating great tasting wholesome burgers, which is why we call our food ‘guilt-free’ because we only use the finest ingredients. The crunch of fresh lettuce, the sizzle of our handmade locally sourced burgers, the softness of our pretzel buns, all topped with sauces we make from scratch – as far as we know, there’s no other burger brand that can claim to make it all themselves. We care about people, the planet and the food we put into our bodies, that’s why it’s important to us.

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What’s your favourite burger on the menu?

The Big Lebowski Burger – we like to call it the bad boy of burgers – 100% British beef patties topped with salsa, red kidney beans, jalapenos, cheese slices, fried onions, handmade aioli, fresh lettuce, tomato, pickle, ketchup all stacked in a sweet pretzel bun and served with our seasoned fries and famous aioli. It’s a perfect combination of meat meets Mexi, the flavours work well and it’s one of our best sellers. Our sides come a close second – the spicy chicken strips and mozzarella sticks.

How have you managed as a business during the pandemic?

As you can imagine, it’s not been easy. Opening four branches during a pandemic has been a challenge but we have pulled it off. Educating staff and drivers on keeping everyone safe and changing procedures has been a big challenge. Luckily, as we offer takeaway, we were already set up to keep getting our food out to people. We also learnt to adapt to the changing market through our product offering and what customers want – we will be adding milkshakes and ice-cream to our branches soon, all sourced from a local farm.

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Ohannes is set up as a franchise programme – how does that work?

Our franchise programme works by interested parties getting in contact with us and going through an application process. We have a rule regarding distance between branches so we have reached full capacity in Nottingham, but have our Liverpool branch opening really soon. Our team of designers, in-store experts, and retail professionals work with the franchisee to create their branch. We have plans to expand the franchise nationally – so watch this space.

You currently have four venues open in Arnold, the City Centre, Sherwood and Hucknall, a further two about to open in Mansfield and West Bridgford and another planned for Beeston. What do you have planned for the future of Ohannes?
We want to see an Ohannes on every high street in the UK – why not? It’s always good to dream big and we believe we have the right structure in place to deliver it. Our franchisee programme is well established and our brand is growing through our social channels. We have a real passion for what we do and we believe we have flipped the idea of ‘fast food’ into a new era. Because of the fresh ingredients we use, our strong brand values, and our commitment to delivering a unique customer experience we believe we have the formula for franchise success. Life is short, eat the burger!

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Co-op convenience store has opened its third franchised unit this year

April 23, 2021

Co-op has opened its third franchised unit this year in St. Helens, Merseyside. The outlet, a former SPAR, has been extended and transformed into a new 3,000 sq. ft. Co-op convenience store.

 
Stephen Richards, the store owner, commented: “We’re really excited to launch Co-op’s first franchise store in the town. It looks fantastic and we are looking forward to welcoming the community into their new store, where we have worked to develop the range, choice, products and services locally that will create a really compelling offer in the community.”

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Martin Rogers, head of new channels at the Co-op, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Stephen and his store to the Co-op family, which is testament to the compelling franchise model we can offer independent retailers.

“Located in a great community and opposite a large sixth form college, this store is going to help us reach a younger demographic and help drive awareness of the Co-op values to new audiences.”

The Co-op says that customers will benefit from a comprehensive range of fresh, healthy produce, ready meals and pizzas along with an in-store bakery, award-winning wines, Fairtrade, free-from, and vegan options and a wide range of everyday grocery essentials.

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The store also offers a large food to go proposition including sandwiches, drinks, Costa Coffee and a hot food range. The Co-op adds that the local community also benefits with funding to local causes through its Co-op Membership scheme.

Co-op franchises operate in a variety of settings from universities and independent retailers to Nisa partners, and recently opened its first franchise outlet at a service station in Cornwall. The company says that it offers a full-service franchise model and a unique proposition for independent retailers.

Source: Franchise World

InXpress Holdings Ltd. Names Four Senior Executives to its Board of Directors

April 22, 2021

InXpress Holdings Ltd, a software-enabled global franchisor of transportation and logistics services, today announced it named four senior executives to its Board of Directors: Omar Simmons, Executive Chairman of one of the largest Planet Fitness franchise and Managing Director at Exaltare Capital Partners; Arnold Goldberg, former Senior Vice President and Senior Product Technologist at PayPal; Brendan Mulryan, Vice President at Etsy; and Jan Uhrich, former VP Services at Dell.

 
The new directors add complementary skills to reinforce InXpress’s long-term commitment to provide world-class transportation and logistics solutions to small and medium sized businesses.

Last year Hudson Hill Capital (“HHC”) acquired InXpress. Commenting on the appointments, Eric Rosen, Managing Partner of HHC, said, “These senior executives within technology, ecommerce, and franchising will strengthen the InXpress business globally. Each individual brings many years of relevant experience that will strengthen our technology, franchise, and service expertise to enhance the experience of our customers.”

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Based in Manchester, U.K., InXpress is an international franchisor of parcel, freight, and delivery logistics services serving SME customers through a software platform and global network of nearly 400 franchises in 14 countries. The company maintains relationships with tier-one parcel, air, and freight carriers around the world, offering discounted rates to franchisees that form relationships with SME customers through its direct salesforce. The Company also offers its SME customers and franchisees a SaaS platform, enabling franchisees to effectively manage customer service and customers to centrally manage their transportation and logistics requirements.

Mr. Simmons, a seasoned private equity professional with nearly 30 years of experience, currently serves as Managing Director at Exaltare Capital Partners, which he co-founded. He is also Executive Chairman of ECP-PF Holdings, one of the largest Planet Fitness franchise with health clubs in Connecticut, New Mexico, and New York. Prior to that, Mr. Simmons worked as a Director at Windjammer Capital Investors and co-founded Reliant Equity Investors. He also worked at leading private equity firms such as Summit Partners and McCown DeLeeuw. Mr. Simmons graduated from Harvard Business School with honors, after graduating from Princeton University.

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Mr. Goldberg spent the majority of his 30 year career as a senior product and technology executive working with four high-growth companies – PayPal, Box, LinkedIn, and eBay. He joined PayPal in 2013 and served in senior product and technology positions, including his most recent role as Senior Vice President, Chief Product Architect, where he partnered with the CEO to transform the product and engineering functions. Prior to PayPal, Mr. Goldberg worked as Vice President, Engineering at Box; Vice President, Platform Engineering at LinkedIn; and Senior Director, Systems Development at eBay. He also served with Hyperion Software, IBM, and ABB. Mr. Goldberg began his career at Harris Corporation after graduating from the University of Florida with a BS degree in computer engineering.

Ms. Uhrich is a Fortune 50 company senior executive with deep experience in technology and services. From 2013 to 2016, she was Chief Delivery Officer at Sutherland responsible for global services delivery, technology, IT, and human resources. Ms. Uhrich spent 17 years with Dell delivering new solutions and services, including starting and building Dell Global Support Services. Prior to Dell, she served for eight years as Senior Director Product Development with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and began her career at Apollo Computer after graduating from Penn State University with a BS degree in computer science. She received her MS degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Mr. Mulryan currently serves as Vice President, Member Services at Etsy. Prior to Etsy, he worked as Vice President, Customer Success at SaaS startup Docurated (acquired by Quark Software) and held various Program Management roles at Google. Mr. Mulryan possesses logistics experience as well, working with CEVA Logistics China and the Maersk Group. Mr. Mulryan earned a Diploma in Operational Research and Management Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a BS in Finance from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

Mark Taylor, Global CEO of InXpress said, “We look forward to benefiting from the diverse skills and insights that Omar, Arnold, Jan, and Brendan bring to help accelerate our growth, build strong relationships with our partners, and enhance our software platform.”

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Razzamataz Theatre School Bringing Back Opportunities For Talented Kids

April 20, 2021

Razzamataz Theatre Schools is once again working with The Stage newspaper to offer youngsters the chance to win thousands of pounds worth of training in dance, drama and singing.

 
During lockdown, the franchise theatre schools remained active and held many online classes for children up and down the country. The Principals and teachers have been in awe of the dedication of children to continue to participate in their performing arts training from their living rooms, bedrooms and gardens.

“Our students have shown a huge amount of resilience during the last twelve months and have proved their dedication to the performing arts,” says Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Principal of Razzamataz. “We are delighted to be able to offer them this opportunity to give them something exciting and challenging to aim for.” In fact, Denise started her own journey in the performing arts by responding to an advert her mum had seen in the local paper for auditions looking for local raw talent.

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For young people with the drive and determination to make it in the world of performing arts, but who don’t have the training behind them, this is a fantastic opportunity to win a year’s worth of tuition, worth up to £855, at their local Razzamataz. Former students have gone on to be successful in many West End shows including Hamilton, &Juliet, Matilda, School of Rock and many TV shows as well as a starring in a Disney movie.

Many past students have also shown how performing arts has made a positive impact on their lives and given them the belief that through hard work and dedication, they can go on and achieve their dreams be it becoming a doctor, lawyer or teacher.

Razzamataz is passionate about the power of performing arts and the positive impact that it makes on young people. With the many missed events for children that has occurred during the lockdowns, Razzamataz is delighted to be able to open up the audition to both current students and those that have never had any performing arts training before.

As well as the financial assistance, the scholarship offers a huge boost in confidence with many past winners explaining that it gave them the belief to go on and follow their dreams.

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“With so many activities suspended over this past year, it’s has been tough on many children who live for the thing they are most passionate about,” adds Denise. “We teach thousands of children across the UK and we know through feedback from parents just how performing arts can transform young lives. Although we have many children who go on to perform as professionals, we also have many students who come to us to build their confidence and learn valuable life skills. We urge all children to give the audition process a go and we applaud them all for stepping out of their comfort zone and trying something new.”

To ensure as many children from the age of 6-18 can enter, Razzamataz has created a scholarship system where students and young people in the local area film a short demo of no more than two minutes long showing them performing either a musical theatre song and dance, commercial dance (hip hop or street), pop song, drama improvisation or scripted drama piece. The demo does not have to be professionally filmed. Applicants will also complete a short application form detailing why they would like to take this opportunity.

“There will be teams of judges throughout the UK helping Principals select a winning candidate,” adds Denise. “We are not looking for a fully polished performance, it is the potential that we want to see. In fact, natural talent and a willingness to learn are what we are really looking for. Our teams of teachers will be able to take this raw talent and nurture it to give the young person an all-round theatre arts training.”

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Past winners within the Razzamataz network include Robson Broad, current cast member of Hamilton in the West End. Robson was a scholarship winner when he was 12 and said at the time: “I was thrilled to win the scholarship. Seeing my picture in The Stage newspaper, being interviewed, going to a proper photo shoot has been amazing. I have much more confidence and ambition because Razzamataz and The Stage have shown their belief in me. One day I hope I will get the chance to go to The Stage party wearing a RED badge (cast member!) The biggest advice I got from the day is work hard and keep trying, because what at first seems impossible can become possible. Dreams can come true…so fingers crossed!”

To apply to The Stage scholarship, contact your local Razzamataz school.

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New Radfield franchise owner inspired by home carer mum to enter sector

April 19, 2021

Radfield Home Care has welcomed another new franchise partner into its expanding national network, launching a new office in Cheshire.

Husband and wife team, Julie and Kevin Scott are preparing to open the new branch in the Chester and Ellesmere Port territory in mid-2021.

 
After living and working overseas for 10 years, they were inspired to return home and give back to their local community after witnessing Julie’s mother’s experience of giving and receiving care.

“We came back to Chester to settle here and to get involved in the community around us. We want to be able to give something back to the community and get involved in making peoples’ lives better,” Julie said.

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“I was inspired by my mum who, at 50, decided to become a home care professional. I was inspired at what a difference she was making to peoples’ lives; sometimes she would be the only person they would see each day. My mum then needed personal care at home herself when she had a terminal illness and the people who came to help her were lovely and very professional.”

Before launching the business, Kevin, Julie and their two sons lived in the Middle East. Kevin has worked in the oil and gas industry for nearly 15 years, and Julie started her career in finance but, more recently, spent a number of years working in childcare and schools.

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Commenting on their decision to open a franchise, they said: “We decided on the franchising route as we then get access to all of the knowledge and support from a company that is established. The support in all aspects of running a business is crucial as we are new to social care. Having support from experienced professionals can only make us grow stronger. We chose Radfield Home Care as we found it to be very professional but, on the same hand, very caring and family orientated, which really appealed to us.”

Founder and franchisor Dr Hannah MacKechnie said: “We are delighted to welcome Julie and Kevin to the Radfield network. It is great to see the brand continuing to expand nationally and values-driven individuals with a passion for quality care join the network.

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“Julie is working with the support team to prepare the business for launch in the weeks ahead – recruiting their registered care manager, applying to the Care Quality Commission, beginning their early promotional activity and setting up their business structure. I look forward to seeing them begin trading, neighbouring the original Radfield business based in Shrewsbury.”

Source: Home Care Insight

23.5 Degrees opens 80th Starbucks store in just eight years

April 14, 2021

The first UK Starbucks franchisee, 23.5 Degrees, has opened its 80th Starbucks outlet in King’s Lynn, Norfolk as part of its ongoing expansion programme to reach 300 stores by 2027.

 
Mark Hepburn, managing director of 23.5 Degrees, said: “The last year has been challenging but opening this Starbucks store demonstrates our commitment to our ambitious growth plans.

“We could not have achieved our success without our investors, contractors and Starbucks itself. Most importantly, I’d like to thank our partners who have delivered day in day out to ensure we continue to serve our customers and build the business.”

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Despite the coronavirus pandemic, 23.5 Degrees reports that it opened seven drive through stores last year, stretching from Canvey Island in Essex to Peterlee in County Durham, as the business targets 100 stores by March 2022.

23.5 Degrees says it is actively seeking both freehold and leasehold drive through opportunities on main arterial routes, close to major retail destinations or on large industrial estates. Locations should also be a suitable design for its three standard sized units of 1,500, 1,800 and 2,200 sq. ft. The company says it will also consider high street units in prominent footfall locations with a minimum size of 1,500 sq. ft.

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Hepburn added: “We’re able to move fast on great new sites. Our use of modular design and build enables our landlords to have our stores trading faster. We’re keeping our foot on the gas and plan to reach 300 stores in the next six years.”

23.5 Degrees opened its first Starbucks store in Liphook, Hampshire, in February 2013 and reports that it has invested more than £28m in the UK economy to date through building and buying stores. The company says it employs more than 1,300 and has a track record of developing its people, as many current managers and area managers started out as baristas. The new King’s Lynn store, the first Starbucks drive through in the town, will create 25 jobs for the local community.

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Cake Box to grow its estate after ‘record year’

April 13, 2021

Egg-free cake specialist Cake Box is set to significantly grow its estate across the UK after announcing record revenue for 2020/21.

 
In a full year trading update, the business said it delivered a strong performance with like-for-like sales at franchise stores up 14.7% in the 40 weeks from 1 June 2020 to 7 March 2021. As such, it expects to report a 16% revenue increase for the year with adjusted profit before tax in line with market expectations.

Cake Box increased its portfolio with a ‘very strong opening programme’ in the second half of the year with 17 new stores in locations including Gloucester, Epsom, Ipswich and Hove. Overall, there were 24 store openings taking the total number of franchise stores to 157 at period end.

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This is set to continue in 2021 and beyond as the business is currently holding franchise deposits for 52 sites across the country.

It is also trialling five Cake Box kiosks with a national supermarket chain and described the results so far as ‘encouraging’.

The expansion is supported by a bakery and distribution centre in Coventry which came online in March. The firm has two other facilities in Enfield and Bradford.

Elsewhere, progress was made on delivery as Cake Box rolled out its own-brand delivery platform with ‘pleasing early results’. This, it said, complements existing click & collect and third-party offerings. Notably, online sales were up 84% year on year.

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“I am very pleased with the strong trading momentum in the second half, continuing the recovery we saw as our shops began to reopen from May last year. Customer appetite for our products has continued to grow, with good traction across our expanded online and delivery services,” said Sukh Chamdal, co-founder and CEO of Cake Box.

Chamdal thanked Cake Box franchisees who he said helped the firm “emerge stronger from a year marked by the global pandemic”. The business welcomed 15 new franchisees over the course of the year as part of the 24 new store openings.

“Despite continued uncertainty in the operating environment, our unique proposition for customers and new and existing franchisees remains highly attractive and we are confident of making continued progress in the years ahead,” he added.

By Amy North

Source: Bakery Info

Mamma Dough to launch franchise model for nationwide rollout

April 12, 2021

South London pizza restaurant group Mamma Dough is launching a franchise model to help it expand across the country.

 
The group, which operates sites in the suburban London locations of Honor Oak Park, Brixton, Peckham, Ladywell, Sydenham, South Norwood and Tooting Bec, says the move is in a response to the expected boom in the London-restaurant scene post Covid.

Mamma Dough was founded in 2014 by Jake Harrison and has grown from its debut restaurant in Honor Oak Park to having seven sites in south London. It is now looking to extend its reach across the capital and around the UK in the coming years through franchising.

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“We’re looking for someone who fits with our ethos, as we want to be a partner at every step of the way,” says Harrison,

“We’ve already got brand awareness and industry credentials, so are looking for ambitious, hard working managers or head chefs or entrepreneurial people in general, who are looking to go into self-employment with the security of a brand who’s done it before.”

The company says it has been approached for franchising in the past and that the post lockdown environment, with people likely to choose to eat in neighbourhood locations as well as continue to order food to eat at home, means that the time is right to pursue such a model.  

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“We truly feel now is the right time for Mamma Dough to spread its wings and take our famous style of pizza to a wider audience,” adds Harrison.

“As a result of Covid and the efficiency games and business model reshape, Mamma Dough is now in a position to seriously explore the next step with franchising.”

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Right at Home franchise owner takes on new London branch

April 7, 2021

A Right at Home service based in Farnham is set to branch out into Richmond and Twickenham after acquiring the franchise for this area.

Alastair Shanks, managing director of Right at Home GF, which was rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC in June last year, will take the reins of Right at Home Richmond and Twickenham, previously known as Right at Home Twickenham and Weybridge, from former owner Michelle Apostol.

 
He commented: “Michelle has worked tirelessly to build up the branch and an excellent staff team, so I am fortunate to take on an established care business with a reputation for providing high quality care. I’m looking forward to working with Michelle’s staff to develop our services further and help more people live independently for longer.”

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Apostol, who ran the service for seven years, said: “It has been an immense pleasure to develop the business with the backing of an excellent team of caregivers and support staff but now feels like the right time to hand over the reins. I know that with Alastair in the saddle, both staff and clients will be in great hands,” says Ms Apostol.

Shanks has changed the business name to Right at Home Richmond and Twickenham to reflect his focus on the two towns and surrounding areas.

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He said the transaction will be seamless for clients, with the same caregivers continuing to provide the same standard of care.

“My first priorities will be ensuring our clients receive excellent care and supporting the staff team in enjoying their jobs,” said Shanks.

“We will recruit even more fantastic caregivers with a view to helping more people live comfortably and independently in their own homes.”

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Sara Woodley, an experienced registered manager at Right at Home GF, will support the existing care manager and office team at Right at Home Richmond and Twickenham and will take on the registration of the franchise with the CQC.

By SARAH CLARKE

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Oven Wizards franchise launched in Meon Valley

April 6, 2021

A NEW oven cleaning business is coming to the Meon Valley and surrounding areas. Caroline and Sean Whelan are launching their own Oven Wizards Franchise.

The pair have lived and run successful businesses in the local area for a number of years and believe there will be a strong demand for their services.

 
Caroline said: “We were looking for a business idea that would be something we would enjoy doing and that would provide a great service to local people. We came across the idea of an oven cleaning business and then started to research the market. We soon realised that becoming Oven Wizards offered us a great opportunity, particularly with the support of a successful franchise brand.”

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John Graham, owner of the Oven Wizards business said: “From the first time we met Caroline and Sean we knew they would make a great success of running an Oven Wizards Franchise, particularly because of their great passion for customer service.

“There is a growing demand from people who want to have their ovens professionally cleaned because it is probably the hardest and most hated job in most households.”

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Oven Wizards have provided Caroline and Sean with comprehensive training which will enable them to professionally clean all sorts of makes and models of ovens.

As well as Fareham and Bishop’s Waltham, Caroline and Sean also cover the surrounding towns of New Alresford, Botley, Whiteley, Locks Heath and Waterlooville.

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A recent Survey indicates that oven cleaning is one of the most hated chores in the home.

Source: Hampshire Chronicle