Tim Hortons emerges as the most searched franchise in Canada

June 30, 2021

Tim Hortons is a franchise often synonymously known with Canada, and it appears the country’s web searches justify that notion.

 
Data analysts at PACK & SEND, a technology-driven logistics company with franchises across Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, used Google search data to identify the most popular franchise businesses around the world. They also investigated which country’s residents are most interested in taking on this unique style of business venture.

When it comes to Canada, Tim Hortons was the most Googled-franchise business, and overall, the country was seventh on the Top 10 list of Google searches regarding a franchise business with 42 per 100,000 people.

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Canada placed behind (in order) Australia, South Africa, Ireland, The UK, The US, and Iceland.

When considering raw search volume, Americans performed the most Google searches for franchise business terms, with a total of 208,290 searches in just 12 months, while Canada had 19,760.

The study revealed McDonald’s as the most searched franchise business in the world, taking the top spot in 78 of the 97 countries analysed.

KFC came in second place, topping the table as the most-Googled franchise business in nine countries, including Luxembourg, Thailand, and Indonesia.

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Other popular franchise opportunities included Burger King (in Namibia, Turkey, The Central African Republic, and Estonia), Dominos (in Bulgaria and Kazakhstan), Jollibee (in Japan and The Philippines), and Hardees (in Mongolia).

Mike Ryan, UK CEO at PACK & SEND commented on the findings, “It’s interesting to see the fast-food industry currently dominating the world’s Google searches when it comes to hunting for franchise opportunities. This is likely due to the seemingly universal and accessible nature of fast food and takeaways.”

Source: Franchise Info

Tony Macaroni franchise ready to expand restaurants into England and Wales

June 29, 2021

Tony Macaroni, the award-winning Italian casual dining brand, is ready to expand its restaurants into England and Wales. The Glasgow-based chain is part of the Viva Italia Group which also includes Mozza, Nardini and The Wine House 1821.

Tony Macaroni currently has 19 restaurants across Scotland and Northern Ireland with five more scheduled to open by the end of the year.

 
Sep Marini, managing director of Tony Macaroni, said that he is looking to bring the brand to towns and cities down south, fulfilling a long-held ambition to have a Tony Macaroni restaurant on every high street throughout the UK.

Marini commented: “While 2020 has proved to be challenging for many brands, we have continued to enjoy success. We’ll be standing at 24 Tony Macaroni restaurants in Scotland and Northern Ireland by the end of the year, and we are now ready for the next chapter.

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“We want to partner with the best operators in the country to help them bring the Tony Macaroni brand to people all over England and Wales. Our brand is much-loved throughout Scotland, because we follow a formula that works. I firmly believe we can emulate this success the length and breadth of the UK with experienced franchisees who can build themselves a fantastic business.”

Tony Macaroni opened its first restaurant in 2007 and now employs around 500 people across Scotland and Northern Ireland. The company says that its restaurants offer authentic Italian food at affordable prices, with everything cooked to order under the direction of a head chef.

Last year, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the company said it saw a 400 per cent increase in takeaway sales and was recognised in the Pizza, Pasta & Italian Food Industry Awards by winning the title of Restaurant Chain Award 2020. The award category was for chains with over 10 sites and looked at how the business ‘weathered the storms of Covid-19’.

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Marini continued: “Our menu was redesigned, inspired and crafted by the amazing Italian celebrity chef Fabio Campoli and his team three years ago. This brings standardisation to all our procedures, from prep to service, and ensures consistent quality throughout the group as we expand – perfect for franchising and a real selling point.

“When you combine our incredible food with the fact Tony Macaroni is a great affordable choice for every kind of occasion, you can see why our turnover is so steady. I think ambitious operators are going to be excited by the potential to open a sizeable number of Tony Macaroni’s in their chosen territory.

“This is an exciting time for the industry, full of opportunity and there are some great deals to be done on desirable sites. The smartest operators are already taking full advantage of the current situation in the marketplace – including less competition, cheaper rents and landlord incentives.”

Source: Franchise World

Caremark to undergo brand refresh in franchise recruitment drive

June 24, 2021

Caremark has announced that it will undergo a brand refresh in a bid to step up the recruitment of franchisees across the country.

 
The care provider, which has more than 110 existing franchises in its UK network, said it still has new territories available in the “ever-growing market sector”.

It has partnered with SandisonPay to support the business with marketing and design expertise in order to achieve its ambition.

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The agency said the brand refresh will lean on the past successes of Caremark and use these as building blocks to create a new “energetic face” for the business that reflects the positivity of its plans for the future.

Fresh colours, fonts, and imagery will breathe new life into videos, animation, digital media, an advertising campaign, and a range of collateral and presentation materials.

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Claire Pay, managing director at SandisonPay, sees this foundation as the ideal basis for some highly-effective marketing materials: “With such an interesting, successful and socially-minded product, the strategic and creative opportunity is incredibly exciting. We have plenty of experience in franchise recruitment, so we are not only delighted to partner Caremark but also perfectly placed to help.”

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Four pillars will underpin the marketing strategy; the scope and availability of the franchises, the strength of the current business numbers and the potential returns, the scale of the opportunity in an ever-growing sector, and the level of training and support from comprehensive in-house training to ongoing support that’s in place across the network.

By SARAH CLARKE

Source: Home Care Insight

Itsu eyes growth after signing Bridgepoint deal

June 23, 2021

Growth is on the menu at Asian-inspired food brand itsu after the business signed a deal with international alternative asset group Bridgepoint. The agreement, which involves Bridgepoint taking a minority stake in the company, is expected to create thousands of jobs within the UK.

 
The new partnership between itsu and Bridgepoint secures growth for the restaurant group, including 100 new outlets, creating 2,000 jobs in the UK within the next five years.

itsu‘s founder Julian Metcalfe said: “We are thrilled to be teaming up with Bridgepoint again after our success together at Pret a Manger during the dynamic 2008-2018 era.

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“We’ve spent months in lockdown working with them to ensure itsu will be well-funded for long-term growth. Never before has enjoying healthy, nutritious food been so uppermost in customer’s minds. This is what itsu does beautifully for about £7 per head.”

The new sites are in addition to the deal itsu has recently signed with Pizza Hut and other major franchise operators in the UK, France, and Belgium.

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Benoit Alteirac, partner at Bridgepoint, said: “We see a global opportunity for itsu. Their standout offer is an exciting and contemporary attitude to healthy and nutritious food with nearly 40 per cent of it being plant-based.

“Itsu combines affordable, convenient, and fresh food with an outstanding operational model coupled with deep-rooted brand values. We recognise their time is now and their ambition, goals and purpose are so relevant in this post pandemic era.”

By Adam Beech

Source: Insider Media

Right at Home UK receives national Top 20 Homecare Group Award

June 22, 2021

National homecare provider Right at Home UK has once again been recognised as a top 20 homecare group in the UK. The accolade has been awarded by the leading independent review website, homecare.co.uk. This is based on the homecare group’s reviews from the people they care for, as well as their friends and relatives. With an overall group score of 9.8/10, the provider retains its position as the most highly rated major homecare franchise brand in the UK.

 
Right at Home, whose headquarters are based in Liverpool, has almost 2,000 reviews on homecare.co.uk, across its network of 65+ offices in England, Wales and Scotland. As well as achieving a top 20 homecare group award, 24 of Right at Home’s locally owned and operated offices are named in the list of top 20 homecare providers for their respective regions.

The awards are calculated using a combination of the number of reviews received and the average of each of the ratings. Review scores are based on six categories: overall standard; staff; care/support; management; treated with dignity; and value for money.

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Highlights from the awards include: • Four Right at Home offices in London being named in the top 20, out of 1,477 providers • Five Right at Home offices in the East of England named in the top 20, out of 1,089 providers • Four Right at Home offices in the South East of England named in the top 20, out of 1,513 providers • Five Right at Home offices in the North West of England named in the top 20, out of 1,017 providers

Commenting on the award win, Right at Home UK CEO, Ken Deary, said: “This is fantastic recognition for our network who have worked tremendously hard to continue delivering the highest standard of care and support to our Clients throughout the pandemic.

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“I’d like to thank each and every one of our CareGivers for their hard work and commitment during what has been a very challenging time. The reviews we have received from Clients and their families have been very humbling. I could not be prouder of our network, who are consistently bringing our motto of ‘making a difference every day’ to life.”

Homecare.co.uk’s Reviews Manager, Amanda Hopkins, said: “As people live longer with multiple health conditions, homecare providers, which offer tailored care to people living in their own homes are becoming increasingly important in today’s society.

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“During the pandemic, homecare providers have played a key role in caring for elderly and disabled people, with many self-isolating at home, and their friends and family unable to visit due to Covid restrictions.

“Right at Home UK has proved that it provides a high standard of care and we’d like to congratulate it on being a top homecare group! Our reviews provide a valuable insight into the quality and kind of care given by providers and can be a vital source of information for those looking for care at home.”

Right at Home provides high-quality care services to adults in the comfortable and familiar surroundings of their own home.

By Amy Mitchinson

Source: BDaily

Caremark franchise launches animal assisted therapy service

June 18, 2021

A Caremark franchise based in North Yorkshire has become one of the UK’s first home care providers to offer a dedicated dog therapy service for its customers.

The Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) service offered by Caremark Redcar and Cleveland involves the use of trained labrador dogs who are taken into people’s homes or out in the community to provide companionship and friendship.

 
The service is being offered to existing Caremark customers, as well as anyone else who would benefit from animal-based therapy.

Staff at Caremark are also benefiting from interaction with the dogs following a year which has seen them working continuously on the front-line during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The service was the brainchild of Caremark Redcar and Cleveland managing director Michelle Jackson.

She has a labrador called Acer who initially was brought into the Caremark office in Guisborough and became an instant hit with the head office team.

Having seen the positive impact Acer had on staff, he was taken to a community event, before the pandemic, called ‘Safe Place’, which saw staff and customers coming together each week to take part in activities in a social setting.

Jackson commented: “The customers all loved Acer and it was wonderful to see them interact with him, so it gave me the idea introducing dogs as therapy on a wider scale.”

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Just prior to the first Covid-19 lockdown, Acer, along with Jackson’s two younger Labradors, Asha and JJ, were being used in an initiative called Therapy Tuesday, where they were brought into people’s homes to provide companionship.

This has now led to the launch of the Assisted Animal Therapy service, with all three dogs having to undergo professional training to ‘qualify’ as therapy animals.

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The training is being carried out by dog training and behavioural expert Cath Jarred, who runs The Dog School in Redcar.

Jarred said: “Dogs, like people, learn at different rates, so it’s been about working with the abilities of each dog and making sure that when they go into people’s homes, or out in the community, they have the correct temperament and doing as they are asked.”

By SARAH CLARKE

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Starbucks ‘drive thru’ wanted in north Belfast

June 14, 2021

The Irish franchise holders of the Starbucks brand want to open a “drive thru” coffee shop within a recently revamped north Belfast retail park.

 
An application for planning permission has been lodged by the two brothers who control the island of Ireland franchise for the Seattle-headquartered coffee shop giant. If it is a Starbucks, it will be the first in north Belfast beyond the nearby city centre.

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Ciaran and Colm Butler, through their company Raspet Limited, have asked permission to build in what is currently a car park at the Hillside Retail Park on the Crumlin Road, now anchored by Lidl following the February opening of its store on the site. They want to build a “Drive-Thru Coffee Shop with Erection of Single Storey Coffee Shop”, according to the planning application.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Lidl opened the doors of its Hillview Retail Park store in February following the revamp after more than a decade lying derelict.

The Crumlin Road site is owned by Killultagh Estate’s Hillview Belfast Limited, which announced last year that Home Bargains and a day centre for the elderly will also be tenants.

Meanwhile, a former city centre taxi depot is to be turned into a restaurant if planning permission is granted.

And the planned restaurant on Union Street, just behind the old Belfast Telegraph building, may well be Greek-style if the name of the developers offers a clue.

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Kyrillos Investments, which is owned by London-based Mary and Michael Kyriacou, has lodged planning permission to transform the old A1 depot into the restaurant.

The plan is to extend the ground floor and turn the first and second into two one bed apartments accessed from Little Donegall Street.

Architect Rory Caithness of Caithness Architects on the Holywood Road was not immediately able to reveal further details, and the developers did not respond to a request for comment.

By John Breslin

Source: Belfast Telegraph

Wingstop Announces Minority Investment in Wingstop UK Franchisee

June 11, 2021

Wingstop (NASDAQ: WING) the award-winning wing concept with more than 1,500 locations worldwide, today announced a minority investment in the UK business, which is operated by its UK franchisee, Lemon Pepper Holdings Ltd. (LPH). This investment follows strong performance in the UK and underscores the brand’s confidence in the market as a key growth lever for global expansion.

 
“We are thrilled to partner with the Lemon Pepper team as they grow their brand presence in the UK, a market with tremendous long-term potential,” said Wingstop CFO Michael Skipworth. “We believe this strategic use of our capital will strengthen the development pipeline in that market and I am excited to join the Lemon Pepper Holdings Board of Directors and play a role in helping achieve the potential for the Wingstop brand in the UK.”

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Wingstop entered into a 100-restaurant agreement with LPH in 2017 as the sole franchisee for the UK market. LPH successfully opened Wingstop’s first restaurant in the heart of central London and its portfolio now has a mix of high street, shopping mall and ghost kitchen locations. LPH was founded by Saul Lewin, Tom Grogan, Herman Sahota and Paddy Bamford.

The UK saw its highest sales growth in 2020 and continued to open seven new locations despite successive national lockdowns. This investment follows the opening of a new Wingstop restaurant in Reading last month – the first outside of London and one of several planned new openings this year, which will include Manchester, Kingston-upon-Thames, Birmingham Bullring and Bristol.

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“Since launching in the UK market in 2017, Wingstop has brought its flavoursome chicken wings to thousands of hungry guests across several high-profile locations,” said Grogan, director of LPH. “We’ve been delighted by the overwhelming response from guests and look forward to bringing our brand to more regions of the UK in coming years.”

In pursuit of becoming a Top 10 Global Restaurant Brand, Wingstop continues exploring expansion opportunities in Europe as well as in key markets around the world including China and Canada, where its first restaurant is planned to open by 2022.

Dow Schofield Watts and Baker McKenzie served as advisors to Wingstop for this transaction.

Source: PR Newswire

Itsu plans up to 150 additional UK sites

June 10, 2021

Itsu has the potential to add a further 150 sites to its UK estate, chief executive Ganan Kanagathurai has said.

Speaking to MCA, BigHospitality​’s sister site, Kanagathurai announced that the Asian-inspired chain is to open its first UK franchise site later this year, as well as its first in Europe, as the business looks to expand its footprint in this country and internationally.

 
Itsu will open its first UK franchise units in Leicester and Reading, and its first shop in Europe within Brussels Airport – the latter in partnership with HMS Host, with more to ‘hopefully’ come next year.

Kanagathruai said that while Itsu had been focusing more of its time on opening stores outside London over the past three or four years, this thinking had been accelerated during the pandemic.

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“It would take a brave person to invest in zone one at the moment,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of growth opportunities outside London.”

He said Itsu was looking at opening in market towns and town and cities outside the capital where the propensity to consume Asian food, and make more adventurous food choices, was highest.

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Market mapping carried out by the operator, alongside third parties, has suggested the brand has the potential to add a further 150 sites to its estate in the UK, explained Kanagathruai. In terms of new openings, he said that these would be a mix of franchise and company-owned and operated stores in the UK, but franchise-only sites internationally.

He said the business had been working on a franchise model for several years and had been very selective about who it works with “in term of finding the right individuals and organisations that see the world like us, have the same cultural views, and care for their people like we do”.

By Georgi Gyton

Source: Big Hospitality

Home Instead announces charity’s rebrand

June 9, 2021

Leading home care provider, Home Instead, has rebranded its charity, previously known as the Bring Joy Foundation, as Home Instead Charities.

 
The home care provider said the rebranding, which took place at a virtual event last month, was designed to align its charity with the company’s global social purpose mission and emphasise its connection to the Home Instead brand.

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Executive Director, Penny Hamer, said: “The new brand positioning will help to connect us with the Home Instead network of franchise offices around a common cause, for the good of our communities.

“It also makes us part of a global collective of Home Instead Charities who are working to influence and change the future for so many lonely and isolated ageing adults. We are looking to fearlessly create a world today that we want to grow old in tomorrow.”

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The relaunch event was attended by the company’s UK franchise network and national office team as well as Home Instead founders Paul and Lori Hogan along with colleagues and franchisees from the US, Canada, Germany and Ireland.

Home Instead Charities in the UK is chaired by Martin Jones, CEO of Home Instead UK. Lori Hogan and Roger Baumgart, CEO Emeritus/Chairman Home Instead Charities US & Canada, are trustees along with Ruth Brown, Director of Business Development of Home Instead UK, Diana Stephenson of Calvin Marketing and UK franchisees Clare Jefferies and Luke Norbury.

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By SAM LEWIS

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