Co-op Unveils Plans for New Franchise Store

May 31, 2021

The company has signed its next university franchise store, with a shop set to open at Keele University in September.

With university stores already operating at Leeds, Kent, Newcastle, Oxford Brookes and Stirling, Keele is the seventh Co-op franchise store to open across six universities, supporting the Co-op’s strategy to get closer to communities and to where what its customers want, need and, care about.

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Stocking a tailored range of great value and quality Co-op own brand products, as well as a wide range of Fairtrade, free-from and vegan options, it will bring both value to the campus experience and students’ pockets, with the Co-op being the only grocer to offer an exclusive 10 per cent student discount to TOTUM card holders.

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Martin Rogers, head of new channels at Co-op, said: “Our university franchise stores are a great opportunity for us to grow our brand, share our values, and get our products into the hands of the next generation of customers and members and as the exclusive retail grocery store franchise partner for The National Union of Students (NUS) and we’re already serving c.150k students up and down the country.”

Source: Retail and Leisure International

The Massage Company prepares to launch London flagship

May 28, 2021

Membership-based massage franchise The Massage Company (TMC) is continuing its UK growth and gearing up to open its first London location at Putney Exchange, on 22 July 2021.

Adding to its existing centres in Camberley, Tunbridge Wells, High Wycombe and Sutton Coldfield, the new destination will mark TMC’s fifth franchisee location in the UK and comes at a time where the business is seeing a marked increase in demand for massage services following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

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Open seven days a week, TMC’s new 1,900sq ft location will house eight treatment rooms and a team of up to 20 highly trained therapists.

Greater London retail property expert and director of CBRE Matt Gillson once again collaborated with TMC on securing this venue and will continue to advise on additional territories where TMC is looking to open new facilities.

The Putney Exchange location will operate under a franchise agreement on a 10-year lease.

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TMC was originally founded by Charlie Thompson and Elliot Walker with the goal of bringing high-quality massage to the mainstream. Its first location opened in Camberley in March 2016.

By emphasising the benefits of massages being a part of a healthier lifestyle, TMC aims to create accessible and purpose-built facilities that provide exceptional massage therapy by highly trained therapists – at an affordable price.

Walker commented: “The pandemic has been a source of great stress for many people, and TMC’s presence will help meet the increased demand for greater accessibility to quality massage therapy.

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“We’re delighted to be working with CBRE as we continue to expand our centres across the UK to meet the demand of wellness services, especially as lockdown restrictions ease and people are looking for ways to continue their self-care journey as part of a regular healthy lifestyle.”

By Megan Whitby

Source: Leisure Opportunities

Treat for geeks in store as couple prepare to open new town centre business

May 27, 2021

A gaming family is set to turn a hobby into a business with the launch of a Geek Retreat store in Ipswich town centre.

Newly-weds Sharon Lockhart and Rob Harden are busy planning the new gaming shop from their garden shed in Bedfield, near Debenham.

They hope to open it by September or before — subject to planning permission.

Ex-teacher Sharon and former accountant Rob — who commuted to London for many years — tied the knot in December after originally postponing the ceremony due to the Covid pandemic.

Sharon — who has also run events and social media — said they decided to apply to run a store on a franchise basis after hearing about it from their eldest son, who is a customer where he lives.

Gaming retailer Geek Retreat announced its plans to expand into Norfolk, Suffolk and north Essex in November last year by launching 14 new stores around the country and many more over the coming years.

The business was started with a store in Glasgow in 2013 with its comic bookstore, gaming café and events hub format and from there expanded to 14 other city centre locations.

It aims to provide customers with a space to enjoy “geeky” interests and games, and also a “safe place to meet and play in an inclusive, welcoming, and social environment” for vulnerable customers such as those on the autistic spectrum or with mental health issues.

Rob went up to Glasgow to meet the team including franchise founders Peter Dobson — its chief executive — and Steve Walsh and liked the inclusive nature of the business. Both felt the business fitted their family — which includes six children and partners, and one grandchild — perfectly.

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“We both decided during lockdown to do something different,” explained Sharon.

“When we heard that there was a chance to get involved in the business and to open our own store, we jumped at the chance.

“Rob went to Glasgow to meet the founders Steve and Peter and we knew straight away that this was the perfect fit for us.

“We love the idea of people socialising and especially after a year of being so isolated from other people. We are a gaming family so a lot of what is offered in the shop is our interests anyway. Plus we love shakes and treats.”

They have set up their own limited company to run the Ipswich store on a franchise basis.

“This is the best of both worlds for us — we get to run our own family business but supported all the way by the amazing experience and knowledge of the head office,” said Sharon.

“We are doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work, getting the plans together takes a lot of work but is super exciting. We are also setting up social media and community contacts, ordering stock and building a community.

“We like that people are already chatting in our social groups about their interests and have had people say they are nervous to go out but they feel comfortable and cannot wait to come to the shop when we open.”

Their aim when the shop opens is to attract people from all walks of life, said Sharon.

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“That is the lovely part. There are lots of people out there with really strong interests in gaming and we want to provide the right environment for them to pursue their passions. We will have regular events for lots of the most popular games with special offers and prizes.

“But we also want to have special nights for those with autism and run things like mums and tots groups too — we want everyone to feel welcome, our mission is to be the friendliest place to meet, eat, shop and game.

“It is a fun café with an opportunity to try a new game, trade or participate in special events and tournaments.”

There’s already a great deal of interest and they attracted more than 200 Facebook followers in just over a week. The feedback so far has been “extremely positive”.

They have met with experts in various games and are working with them to develop groups and events when they open. They have also been talking to special needs support groups.

The whole family has got involved with the older children helping out with ideas. Even their eight-week-old grandson has a costume ready.

Their plan is to work together to build the gaming community in Ipswich, said Sharon.

“We want to be more than a shop,” she explained.

“The timing is right for people to want to do something — and the food is excellent too — comfort food with geek culture-themed shakes.”

They had chosen Ipswich for the venture as they live locally and feel it will give people a reason to come to town to meet up with friends or like-minded people, she said.

“We have been sad to see the devastating effect of Covid on the town centre and it is destination shops like Geek Retreat that will help bring people back to the shops.”

If planners give their proposals the thumbs up, the couple hopes to launch the shop in a former Age UK store in Upper Brook Street.

The new franchisees aim to be at the Comicon at Trinity Park in Ipswich on July 17/18 to meet people.

By Sarah Chambers

Source: Ipswich Star

Wine delivery platform launches franchise scheme for nationwide rollout

May 26, 2021

Drop Wine, a London wine delivery app, has announced that it is launching a new franchising plan as it aims to expand across the UK.

Drop Wine, based in Covent Garden, is aiming for a nationwide rollout of its one-hour wine delivery service.

Under the new franchise model, franchises will be encouraged to open their own bar and store, which will function as a delivery hub.

It is aiming to operate 85 sites nationally within the next three years, with plans to open 15 new franchise sites over the next 12 months across the South East.

The national franchise expansion follows a crowdfunding campaign that saw Drop raise more than £500k.

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Ian Campbell, Drop’s co-founder, commented: “We are excited to be increasing Drop’s footprint and bringing our expertly curated wine delivery service to wine lovers across the UK.

“We have seen a significant increase in sales over the past year as customers not only opt for the convenience of one hour delivery, but also our feature-rich virtual wine cellar experience that allows them to discover the unique, quality wines without feeling overwhelmed or confused.

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“Lockdown has transformed consumer expectations around convenience and speed of delivery. What initially became a solution to supermarket queues and booked out delivery slots, has since become a long-lasting shift in customer behaviour.”

By Chloe Shakesby

Source: BDaily

Home care franchise grows with six-figure funding

May 25, 2021

A Leicestershire-based home care franchise, Home Instead, has opened its first high street shop in Loughborough after securing six-figure funding from HSBC UK.

The funding has enabled Home Instead franchisee Charlotte Johnson to purchase a store situated on Church Gate Street. Jane Hunt, MP for Loughborough, attended the ribbon opening ceremony.

Serving communities across Charnwood, Coalville and Loughborough, Johnson’s Home Instead Charnwood team will offer a range of services to local residents, from housekeeping and meal preparation to personal care and specialist dementia support.

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Home Instead provides home care services across the UK, supporting the elderly to remain independent and continue to live in their own homes for as long as possible.

Johnson said: “After launching our business in 2017 following a 14-year stint in manufacturing, design and retail, I’m delighted to be able to open the first shop in Loughborough.

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“Our clientele want expert advice for their elderly relatives in-person, so it was important for us to invest in the high street to ensure we provide those important human touchpoints for our customers.

“I would like to thank HSBC UK and in particular our relationship manager Mark Greasley, who made the process completely seamless for our business.”

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Paul Armstrong, HSBC UK area director for the East Midlands, added: “HSBC UK was pleased to support Home Instead Charnwood with the purchase of their new shop. It’s an exciting time for the business and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

Over the next couple of years, Home Instead Charnwood hopes to expand the business by opening new shops across the East Midlands.

By Adam Beech

Source: Insider Media

Pet Industry Growth

May 24, 2021

There has never been a better time to consider a franchise opportunity with OSCAR!

The pet industry is a vibrant growth market and provides an excellent business opportunity. It’s no surprise it attracts significant interest when there is a growing tendency for individuals wanting to work with pets.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 3.2 million households have acquired a pet, according to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association. With the boom in pet ownership, there are now 34 million pets in the UK including 12 million cats and 12 million dogs, 3.2 million small mammals such as guinea pigs and hamsters, 3 million birds and 1.5 million reptiles. There are also 5 million aquaria. This equates to 17 million households (59%) responsible for a pet’s welfare.

Companion animals have been driving industry sales, and that’s a trend that will continue for the foreseeable future.

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Our nationwide network of Local Nutritional Advisors delivers an exciting range of nutritious pet foods (including small animal, wild bird and fish food), tasty treats, boredom-busting toys, healthcare and pet accessories straight to your door.Oscar Pet Foods Franchise UK

The importance of your pet’s happiness and health drives us to deliver nutritional excellence. That’s why our dog and cat food range only contain scientifically proven ingredients to maximise vitality: tailored to reflect life’s changing nutritional needs. From Puppy & Kitten Care through to Adult & Senior Care our extensive range includes grain-free, gluten-free and weight control options.

Fortunately, with 25 years of successful franchising behind us, OSCAR understands that not all franchisees have the same needs. That’s why we offer bespoke franchise packages based on choice and flexibility: choice of financial investment, and flexible start-up packages that manage expanding knowledge and expertise at a comfortable pace.

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At OSCAR we look for honesty, positivity and enthusiasm. That’s because great franchising is all about the close franchisor and franchisee relationships. We work as a team because our success is your success. That’s why we’re keen to share a wealth of valuable tips and strategies from our nationwide network of franchisees to help you on your way.

As the demand for safe home-delivery of quality pet food increases, OSCAR is looking to expand its network of franchisees across the UK. If you are currently considering your career options, self-employment with OSCAR presents a fantastic opportunity to combine a successful business venture with much-needed community support. We’d love to hear from you.

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New TaxAssist Accountants shop opens in Market Harborough

May 21, 2021

Paul Simpson has recently opened his first shop at Myriad House, 114 St Mary’s Road in Market Harborough.

Paul Simpson launched his TaxAssist Accountants business in March and has already made a real impact on his local community, with his enthusiasm, energy and mission to ‘Help small business owners realise their dream’.

His welcoming shop, in the heart of Market Harborough, offers businesses and individual tax-payers advice and support with all of their tax and accounting needs, as well as a range of advisory services, including business planning, Cash Flow Management, R&D tax credits and estate and life planning.

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Paul said: “I am delighted that the shop has opened on schedule on 17th May 2021. This was always the intention to fit in with the Government roadmap and the easing of restrictions. The shop is a lovely relaxing environment to work in, and everyone that walks past is having a good look! I would encourage anyone interested in finding out more about our services to contact us for a free initial consultation – either face-to-face, by telephone or online.

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“I have been working hard networking and promoting the business, and I’m pleased to say I have already signed up 26 clients, and I am actively speaking to another 22 potential new clients. I have ambitious growth plans, and plan to open further shops in the local area over the next few years.”

If you share a passion to help your local small businesses, a TaxAssist franchise can provide the systems and support you need to be successful.

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Regular Virtual Discovery Days are being held, where you can find out more about the technical, marketing and business development support on offer. Call 0800 0188297 to register your interest.

Why a care at home franchise?

May 20, 2021

Care at Home facts and statistics: covering the number of providers, service users & the workforce and how the market is continuing to grow, year on year.

The number of people receiving care in their homes in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland has been growing steadily mainly due to better medicine, more exercise and improved nutritional understanding.

People need extra care and support in their homes for a variety of reasons, such as old age, physical disability, dementia or sensory impairment. Moving out of your home to receive care is a huge step, and many prefer to remain where they feel the most comfortable: In their own home, in their own surroundings, with all their own things, as the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt said at the Caremark National Conference 2021 recently to the 110 franchised business owners: “It’s much more humane to stay at home, it’s what all of us want for ourselves and our loved ones.”

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This article contains the most up-to-date statistics on the UK’s adult social health care sector, including:

  • The number of people receiving home care
  • The number of home care providers/agencies
  • The number of care workers providing domiciliary care

How many home care providers are there in the UK?

There are just over 10,100 home care providers in the UK which are registered and regulated by their country’s regulatory body, such as the CQC in England and due to demand this is expanding all the time.

  • England: 8,891
  • Wales: 381
  • Scotland: 759
  • Northern Ireland: 72
  • UK total: 10,113

Figures correct as of Monday 19 April 2021. Data gathered from which lists all home care providers registered with their country’s regulatory body.

How many people receive home care in the UK?

The number of people receiving domiciliary care in the UK is more than 950,000*.

  • England: 814,000 (2020) – source: National Audit Office
  • Wales: 28,596 (2018/19) – source: StatsWales
  • Scotland: 91,810 (2019/20) – source: Public Health Scotland
  • Northern Ireland: 23,425 (2019/20) – source: Department of Health

UK total: 957,831

*There is no UK-wide dataset as each country is responsible for its own data collection. This means there are discrepancies in the ways data is collected and reported. The above figures should be viewed as estimates.

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How many people work in home care?

The UK domiciliary care workforce totals nearly 823,000*.

  • England: 715,000 (2019/20) – source: Skills for Care
  • Wales: 21,421 (2018) – source: Social Care Wales
  • Scotland: 71,340 (2019) – source: Scottish Social Services Council
  • Northern Ireland: 15,200 (2018) – source: Skills for Care

UK total: 822,961

*There is no UK-wide dataset as each country is responsible for its own data collection. This means there are discrepancies in the ways data is collected and reported. The above figures should be viewed as estimates.

UK home care forecast

In the years to come, the demand for adult social care is projected to increase significantly, largely due to the UK’s ageing population.

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) predicts that 57 per cent more adults aged 65 and over in England will require care in 2038 compared to 2018. The percentage increase projected for adults aged between 18 and 64 over the same period is 29 per cent, according to a report published by the National Audit Office (NAO).

Commenting on this growth, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt also told the Caremark Franchise owners earlier this year: “You are in the middle of one of the biggest trend lines in terms of the way society is changing; because of the way our population is growing older.”

More people in need of care means that there must be more people to provide care. To find out more around how you could be heading up your very own Caremark franchised business, with full training and ongoing support all the way, then please click here, or give the Caremark Franchise Recruitment Team a call on 01903 266392. Caremark are a full member of the British Franchise Association and are the biggest wholly UK owned and run domiciliary care franchisor, with a demonstrable history of franchise success in the sector dating back to 2005.

Oggy Oggy franchise continues expansion as appetite for pasties grows

May 19, 2021

For Plymouth Oggy Oggy franchisee Lesley Park pasties are coming home – she’s opening a new outlet close to the Barbican spot where she was born.

The appetite for the snacks shows no sign of being satisfied, with Lesley, and her co-franchisee husband Malkolm, now controlling a fourth Plymouth outlet and eyeing further expansion.

The couple have signed a six-year lease on a commercial unit in Southside Street, on the Barbican. The property was formerly a Subway takeaway and more latterly the Barbican Cocoa Rooms, but it has been empty since that business closed in 2020.

Now Mr and Mrs Park are opening it up just four months after they launched their third pasty emporium, in a former vegetable shop at Plymstock Broadway.

And the couple, who already operate the Oggy Oggy outlets in the city centre’s Armada Way and in Plympton, are already making plans to create a branch in Ivybridge.

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But first the paint has to dry at the new Barbican outlet, which like Plymstock will be takeaway only, and Mrs Park said: “It’s a great location, and I was also born near there. I have family roots in the area and I’m really excited to be back to them. You could say pasties are coming home.”

She said the venture will sell the popular range of Oggy Oggy pasties, of course, but with more on offer too.

“We are doing breakfasts, cakes, paninis, jacket potatoes, baguettes, salads and hot drinks,” Mrs Park said. “We will open from 8am to 5pm but also in the evening when there are events on the Barbican.”

Mr and Mrs Park’s Oggy Oggy outlets, part of a franchised chain of about 20 around the South West, “pivoted” in 2020 to cope with Covid restrictions.

They have been 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.

But the bricks-and-mortar stores are important and Mrs Park said she has been scouting locations in Ivybridge for a potential fifth outlet.

And she is creating jobs, with three full-time and four part-time staff needed at the Barbican unit and brining the total across the four outlet to about 35 workers.

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“We would like to get to the stage where we have five shops,” Mrs Park said. “Then we could employ an area manager and semi-retire, leaving someone to look after them.”

The multi-national fast-food Subway brand shut its Barbican franchise in 2018 because of “diminished trade and traffic”, as the Southside Street outlet failed to fit in with an area changing from pub-led to food oriented.

Mum-of-two Beccy Elwell then opened the Barbican Cocoa Rooms in the unit in October 2019. But when she launched the independent cake and confectionery business she had little reason to suspect prolonged roadworks, a stormy winter and then the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic would mean the business was hardly able to generate any income.

The venture suffered its first setback when the Barbican was subject to major roadworks, including a six-week closure, as part of a £2million revamp ahead of planned Mayflower 400 events, which then had to be postponed.

The business had only just weathered that disruption when the city was battered by a series of storms – including Ellen, Dennis and Jorge – in early 2020.

That caused footfall to melt away on the Barbican and in March Prime Minister Boris Johnson put the nation into lockdown. Despite bravely soldiering on, Ms Elwell had to call a meeting of creditors and appointed liquidators in August 2020.

By William Telford

Source: Business Live

Code Ninjas Ranked as a Top New Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine

May 18, 2021

Code Ninjas, the world’s largest and fastest growing kids coding franchise, announced today that the company has been ranked on Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual Top New Franchises and Fastest-Growing Franchises lists. Code Ninjas came in at No. 17 on the Top New Franchises list, which features 100 rising stars in the franchise world.

Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual Top New Franchises list features up-and-coming businesses that have been franchising for five years or less. The rankings are judged based on each brand’s score received in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list that covers key areas including financial strength and stability, company size and growth, brand recognition and franchisee support. This prestigious list emphasizes attractive franchise brands across the U.S. to help potential business partners make high-upside investments.

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“After a year of global uncertainty, Code Ninjas is already seeing a recovery of sales and increased growth. Being ranked as a Top New Franchise is an opportunity to recognize and thank all of our franchise owners and team members for their hard work in serving our ninjas during this time,” said Justin Nihiser, CEO. “Everyone at Code Ninjas understands the importance of providing children with the experience of coding, especially during continuous uncertainty and change in their lives. We are excited to see where we go next, as this is just the beginning of our story.”

In February of 2021, Code Ninjas celebrated having 300 locations open for the first time in company history. They reached this notable milestone in less than five years of operation. In fact, 98 locations opened worldwide in 2020 alone, helping cement Code Ninjas as the global leader in the kids’ coding category.

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At Code Ninjas, kids learn how to code in a fun, safe, and social learning environment where gaming is celebrated, and STEM is cool. The franchise offers kids the opportunity to dive into fun, challenging, and rewarding projects and activities that will engage them and bring out skill sets that will benefit them as they grow. Everything about Code Ninjas is built around fun, which keeps kids coming back. The curriculum is self-paced, but not self-taught; kids get immediate help and encouragement from Code Senseis™ and fellow students as they advance from white to black belt, on the nine-belt program that makes up Code Ninjas CREATE. Younger kids are able to take part in Code Ninjas JR, and all ages are able to take part in summer camps instilling the problem solving and critical thinking skills into the leaders of the future.

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Source: PR Newswire