New Minuteman Press Printing Franchise Opens in Hove, England

August 31, 2021

Romi Pinsent and Her Father Russell Pinsent Take Over 30-Year Independent Print Centre TJ’s Branding Solutions, Which Has Been Converted and Rebranded as Minuteman Press, Hove

Romi and Russell Pinsent are the new owners of Minuteman Press in Hove located at 186-188 Portland Rd. They bought the long-running independent print shop TJ’s Branding Solutions, which operated for 30 years, through Minuteman Press International’s conversion programme. Romi says, “We are so excited to carry the legacy of TJ’s Branding Solutions and expand our products and services through Minuteman Press to benefit our local business clients and community.”

TJ’s Branding Solutions laid a solid foundation for Romi and Russell as they look forward to continuing to build the business that was started by original owner Tony Jenner. Romi says, “The store that we have bought has predominantly been a sign writing store that already supports existing businesses and has a good customer base. The work done within the store already supports local businesses by assisting them to promote their own business by way of designing logos, shop fronts and vehicle livery.”

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Romi explains how Minuteman Press in Hove will be expanding the centre’s capabilities, saying, “We are looking forward to providing more in-house offerings to our customers. Our Xerox digital machine will allow us to complete larger print jobs in-house. We intend to build long-lasting relationships with our existing customers so they come back and feel valued as we work hard to help them grow their business! Alongside direct marketing to grow the business, we believe positive experiences and word of mouth referrals will help us spread the word about Minuteman Press in Hove. We will do all we can to best serve our clients and support local businesses.”

On selling the business through Minuteman Press, Tony Jenner says, “Minuteman Press Regional Vice President Mark Jones approached me at a good time and asked me if I was interested in selling my business. I have been running TJ’s Branding Solutions for over 30 years and was looking at a chance of direction. I was looking to retire and enjoy what I have achieved and spend more time with family. This was a great opportunity to sell at a good price with no broker fees. What was there not to like? It was a smooth exchange and transfer that was done – I would recommend it.”

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Journey to Minuteman Press

Romi and Russell are no strangers to owning their own business. Romi shares, “Before franchising, our background was and still is running care homes. It is an enjoyable business to run, supporting the more vulnerable people within society but it is riddled with legislation and we wanted to explore a new venture that was more creative and had an opportunity for growth. We wanted a change for us and a new business venture seemed the way forward.”

Why Minuteman Press? Romi answers, “We have over 40 years of business experience between us however we were cautious about moving into a new industry as our experience is only in our other business. We visited a franchise show with the intention of looking at a hospitality franchise but quickly realized that this wasn’t something we wanted to explore due to having to work evenings and weekends.”

She continues, “We met the Minuteman Press representatives at the franchise show in London who explained to us the way that Minuteman Press worked. We were immediately excited knowing there wasn’t a store in our area and we felt that with the support of the Minuteman team and buying into a global franchise, we would be as equipped as possible to move into a new industry and grow a print business.”

Researching & Buying the Business

Romi and Russell were also impressed by the consistency they saw in visiting several Minuteman Press locations both in the UK and during a visit to the USA. Romi says, “It was an easy decision to move forward with Minuteman Press. The information provided at the franchise show was the very start of things for us, we were then invited by Mark Jones to visit a number of stores within the UK which helped us to understand what we were buying into and how the shop might look. When speaking to the store owners, we could see that the businesses were working well. We were impressed by the consistency across the stores, we were also lucky enough to visit some stores in Florida and felt the same way. Even in another country, the Minuteman Press brand was consistent and store owners reported the same things, that you can be successful if you follow the system and dedicate time to the business.”

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Throughout the process, Romi and Russell liked the approach that Minuteman Press took in speaking with them. Romi says, “There was no pressure from anyone at Minuteman Press to buy the franchise and there was so much time afforded to us to see stores, ask questions, and talk through any concerns that we felt that the decision we were making was well-thought-out and a good business decision.”

Romi adds, “The intention at the start was to purchase a new store and grow it from the ground up however once we had decided on the franchise, Mark Jones undertook some market research and found an existing independent print shop in TJ’s Branding Solutions where the owner wanted to retire. As a result, we began the process of purchasing the store.”

“The purchase of the store was delayed in part by the pandemic however, throughout the whole process, Mark Jones supported us in liaising with the seller, solicitors, and accountants to make the process as easy as possible. There was never a question that couldn’t be answered! We secured the store on the 3rd June 2021. Russell and I are both excited to work with the Minuteman Press franchise support team and to grow the business in the local area. Russ has lived in the city since he was 5-years-old and I have lived here all my life. We are proud to call Brighton and Hove our home, we love where we live and want to offer the best service to all local businesses here!”
– Romi Pinsent, co-owner, Minuteman Press, Hove (formerly TJ’s Branding Solutions)

Franchise Training and Support

As Romi and Russell work to build their own legacy with Minuteman Press in Hove, Romi is excited to have the continued support and backing of Minuteman Press International. She says, “As previously mentioned, the ongoing local support from Mark Jones has been unwavering and this continued with the training we received from Mike Jutt, Pete Taglino, and Tom Carnesi through the Minuteman Press training school that we attended via Zoom. We really appreciated the expertise and knowledge that they shared with us. It was at training school that we really began to understand the Minuteman Press system and how to run our printing business, which is why we signed up with a franchise in the first place.”

She continues, “We then moved into the store for onsite setup and met our staff. We were supported for a number of weeks by the local Minuteman Press team of Mark Jones, Dave Watson and Sam Fernandes. The first few weeks were hectic when we were operating and implementing the Minuteman Press way of working. Throughout the setup, the support from the UK team was second to none. They were there for us at every stage to support us with the re-branding.”

Romi concludes, “Overall, As a local business ourselves, Minuteman Press in Hove is excited to work with other local businesses. We look forward to seeing where this incredible journey takes us as we build and grow together.”

Source: Franchising

Code Ninjas Partners with Absorb Software to Train, Increase Kid Coders

August 27, 2021

Code Ninjas, the largest and fastest growing kids coding franchise in the world, has recently partnered with Absorb Software to better support their franchisees. Utilizing Absorb Software to integrate written materials and videos to enhance training was a benefit to hundreds of Code Ninjas locations in the US, Canada, and UK.

“Ensuring that our franchisees have everything they need to successfully run their business is important to our Home Office team,” explained Justin Nihiser, CEO of Code Ninjas. “Partnering with Absorb Software has allowed us to not only increase the amount of training we can provide, but also the ease to which it is accessed throughout our global organization. From individual summer camps to how to engage with the community, the trainings are further enabling our franchisees to succeed on all sides of their business.”

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Each Code Ninjas franchisee owns and operates their own location(s), meaning that they are responsible for implementing the marketing materials, operational tactics, and curriculum that the Home Office team provides. Understanding how best to not only use materials provided, but also quickly and easily access the platforms they exist on as well, is key to the success of the franchisee. Director of Training Jamie Handy was brought on to the Code Ninjas Home Office team in December 2020 to lead efforts to improve training for franchisees.

“When deciding on the right Learning Management System for Code Ninjas, we looked for three things in particular – a system that was scalable, easy to use for our franchise system, and a great value for the offering. Absorb Software met all of those requirements,” shared Handy. “The Absorb Software team worked tirelessly to ensure that we had the correct products that Code Ninjas needed and provided step-by-step onboarding to make sure the set up would be ready and seamless at launch. This partnership has already shown impressive results.”

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Within the first 60 days that Code Ninjas franchisees were able to access materials through Absorb LMS, 700+ users had accessed their account. This included Code Ninjas franchisees, Center Directors who are front facing at their locations, and Code Senseis™ who directly interact with the kids who come into the locations to learn to code.

“Partnering with Code Ninjas, a company that understands the lasting impact of quality training, speaks to the foundation of why we built Absorb LMS,” said Mike Owens, Founder and CEO of Absorb Software. “Not only are they giving kids the opportunity to learn valuable skills, but they’re also setting franchisees up for success by keeping them aligned with the company’s mission and values. It’s exactly the type of use case at the center of our wheelhouse.”

Code Ninjas has 300+ locations open in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom – all of which have access to trainings and information now housed on Absorb Software.

Source: Franchising

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ActionCOACH boosts fundraising efforts for children’s cancer charity

August 25, 2021

The world’s number one business coaching franchise ActionCOACH has partnered with Children with Cancer UK to help raise money for the charity. Throughout September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Action Coaches across the UK are raising funds by delivering seminars for business owners – and 100% of the ticket price is being donated to the charity.

Children with Cancer UK lost 40% of its funding in 2020 due to the pandemic, impacting both the research and welfare projects they crucially support and deliver. They are the leading national children’s charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer. Julie Wagstaff, UK Co-founder of ActionCOACH, is thrilled to be launching the initiative.

“I think everyone has been affected by cancer at some point in their lifetime,” said Julie. “But childhood cancers are particularly agonising to encounter and it’s a shocking statistic that on average 12 children and young people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer every day. We’re determined to help raise both awareness and funds for a brighter future for the children and families touched by cancer. We understand that children are the dreamers and entrepreneurs of the future, and that’s why we want to encourage business owners to get involved and help us make an impact on so many families across the UK.”

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Around 4,500 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK, with it being the leading cause of death in children aged one to 14 years old. Survivors can face a lifetime of serious health issues as a result of the intensive treatment used to treat their cancer, so the charity’s funds also focus on research for new therapies that are safer, kinder and with fewer toxic side effects. So far, the ActionCOACH UK network of 200+ coaches has raised over £27,000 for the charity, but they don’t want to stop there.

Cliff O’Gorman, CEO of Children with Cancer UK said: “We are so grateful for the fantastic support of ActionCOACH UK and their ongoing commitment to fundraise for Children with Cancer UK with such a great initiative. We are delighted that they share our mission to improve survival rates for children and young people diagnosed with cancer. The impact of this partnership is far reaching as it will help us continue to fund vital, life-saving research and find kinder, safer treatments with fewer toxic side effects.”

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Slim Chickens Opens New Location in the U.K.

August 20, 2021

Slim Chickens, a leading fast casual franchise, which features dine-in and drive-thru service in the better-chicken segment, announced today its new restaurant opening at Exeter Cres, Bournemouth BH2 5DD. Seasoned restaurant operator groups JRK Restaurants and Boparan Restaurant Group are at the helm of the new location.

The better-chicken brand has opened more than 135 locations across the United States and the United Kingdom, and is known for its passionate group of followers in the markets in which it operates. With more than 600 locations in development, the brand’s momentum shows no signs of slowing down.

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“As we continue to expand across the globe, we are so glad to have groups like JRK Restaurants and Boparan Restaurant Group along our side propelling our growth,” says Jackie Lobdell, vice president of franchise development at Slim Chickens. “I know these groups will do an amazing job introducing the brand to the local Bournemouth community.”

The brand prides itself on its cooked-to-order fresh food and strong devoted fanbase, also known as “Slimthusiasts.” Slim Chickens has distinguished itself in the “better chicken” segment by offering high-quality food and 17 house-made dipping sauces, allowing customers to enjoy a different flavor profile with each visit. Its menu is broader than many in the segment, offering chicken tenders, fresh salads, sandwiches, chicken and waffles, chicken wings and unique side items. Fans also resonate with the southern contemporary look and feel and open and inviting layout of Slim Chickens restaurants, which speak to the hospitality mindset that anchors the brand.

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The Slim Chickens franchise opportunity differentiates itself with prime markets available for multi-unit development, a passionate leadership team and world-class franchisee support system. As Slim Chickens expands, it is awarding franchise opportunities to qualified, experienced and passionate multi-unit groups looking to add a dynamic segment to their portfolio.

Source: QSR Magazine

Taiwanese‌ ‌’bubble‌ ‌tea’‌ ‌franchise‌ ‌opens‌ ‌fifth‌ ‌UK‌ ‌site‌ ‌

August 16, 2021

The company, Gong Cha, will open a 65sq. metre cafe at 3 Garrick Street, in London’s Covent Garden

Gong Cha, a tea drink franchise headquartered in Kaohsiung, Taiwan has announced plans to open its fifth ‘bubble tea’ site in the UK, at London’s Covent Garden.

Entitled Gong Cha, the 27-year-old brand, will open the 65sq. metre cafe at 3 Garrick Street, WC2.

Over 40 bubble tea variations will be available at the site which will open daily from 11am each morning until 8pm.

Tea bases can be selected from the options of black, oolong, green or earl grey Tea.

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According to the franchise, the bubbles in bubble teas are “chewy pearls” of tapioca balls, which “bring life to the drinks”.

Other additions to the teas are Gong cha’s milk foam (a sweet and savoury combination), coconut jelly and pudding.

Justin Liew, head of Gong cha England, said: “Gong cha has led the way in the premium bubble tea market, and we anticipate high demand in Covent Garden as local workers, shoppers and tourists enjoy our teas.

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“They are refreshing at any time of the day, so we are offering extended opening hours to offer the opportunity to try tea from morning till night.”

The franchise also has stores in Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle. The company started trading in the UK in 2019.

By Laura McGuire

Source: Catering Today

Upminster Costa Coffee sponsors under-11s football team

August 12, 2021

An Upminster football team have proudly worn their new kit, sponsored by a local café.

The Upminster Park Rovers under 11s football team were given the red and black football gear by Costa Coffee staff.

The coffee branch is run by individual franchisee, Goldex Investments Essex ltd.

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Managing director, Kafeel Khan, said: “Community and charity are at the heart of our business, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to give something back.

“It was so wonderful to be able to support these youngsters.

“We would like to wish them every success for the new season.”

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The company has previously sponsored Hall Mead School’s Year 10 boys’ football team.

Last month Upminster Costa staff cleaned up rubbish left in Upminster Park.

Upminster Park Rovers finished as league champions in Division Four of the Brentwood Alliance League, winning their last game 3 – 2.

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Their first match of the new season is due to be played on September 5 against Collier Row.

By Sally Patterson

Source: Romford Recorder

Courier firm to launch UK franchise network

August 9, 2021

A courier firm in Wellingborough, which has grown rapidly since starting as a one-man band in 2018, has created a UK network of franchisees, with the first one launching in Luton.

AJS Express Parcels was founded by owner Tony Spooner after he spotted a gap in the market for an eco-friendly, responsible delivery company. Fast-forward two years and the business has grown exponentially to a firm that now has a warehouse, a team of drivers, a fleet of vehicles and is now launching a UK network of franchisees.

The firm’s first franchisee is Hungarian-born Gabor Szalay who came to the UK in 2005. He operates across Luton, Leighton Buzzard and Dunstable, offering Same Day Deliveries and an Urgent Service which covers any requirements customers may have, including pallets, packaging and medical deliveries. He also offers a Next Day Pre-Bookable Service to his customers.

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“For so long I wanted to own and run my own business but I didn’t have the confidence or the know and let people talk me out of it,” said Szalay.

“Now I have teamed up with Tony Spooner and Lauren Dean at AJS Express Parcels and am working with them to build a Franchise Courier Network that will serve the people and businesses of Luton, Leighton Buzzard and Dunstable. With Tony and Lauren’s mentoring, I have learned a lot in the last few weeks and clearly there is plenty more to master on the way to success but I am really enjoying the journey.”

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“Gabor is doing fantastically well already,” said Spooner. “He has secured some repeat business and has some great quoting opportunities with organisations in his area. We have also signed another franchisee who will be covering Macclesfield, Buxton and Stockport.

“Since we launched, our organisation has undergone fantastic growth and we’re proud that we’re a local company that can now offer national scope to our customers. If the growth of our franchise network continues at this pace, we will soon become a national brand, taking on major parcel and pallet carriers.”

By Sam Metcalf

Source: The Business Desk

Why a Caremark franchise for this husband-and-wife team?

August 9, 2021

We talk to David and Caroline Balmer as to why they originally chose to invest in a Caremark franchise, but also as to why they are investing in a second territory.

Caroline was already hugely experienced in the provision of care at home even before investing in her own care at home business with Husband David, as she was in an employed Care Manager role, skills she transferred straight into the business.

So, it was a home care business they wanted, but why a Caremark franchise in particular? They did plenty of research and found the model was the best suited to what they wanted for their business, not only the extensive range of services they could provide, but also the ability to provide: “good care at a reasonable price” David explained.

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Although Caroline’s care experience was useful for them initially, she does say it was hard at first to juggle heading up the business at the same time as being Care Manager and feels much more at home now, focusing more on the financial aspects of the business while David focuses more on the operational side of things, developing the business through marketing and submitting tenders while forming relationships with the local authority, leaving their Care Manager to run the care delivery side of things.

When reflecting on running a care at home business during Covid-19 David enthused that the constant stream of advice and guidance was invaluable to them to adjust their ways of working: “The up to date emails and information coming through from the support team really helped to keep our clients and staff safe, helping us provide the care the community needed, freeing up beds for people who were particularly afflicted with Coronavirus and helping to alleviate the pressure on the NHS.”

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So, a few years down the road and the business has grown to a level where they feel the time is right to invest in another territory, a territory neighbouring their existing business in Worcester & Malvern Hills, which will be in Wychavon & Wyre Forest.

When talking of their free time, David and Caroline agree that owning a Caremark franchise gives them the flexibility to have a happy work life balance, giving Caroline time for her 3 horses and David time for the golf course.

You don’t need to come from a care background like Caroline, as full training is given and ongoing support is provided through a network of Regional Support Managers and Head Office Support Team. If you have the relevant investment, drive and business acumen then talk to us today on 01903 266392 or click here to find out more about joining the Caremark Network, who David & Caroline now describe as friends.

New staff recruited to TaxAssist Group support teams

August 5, 2021

New recruits have recently joined the in-house Payroll and Tax Consultancy and Technical teams, Business Development, Global and HR teams to meet growing demand from the TaxAssist global network.

As the TaxAssist Accountants franchise network grows, now standing at 268 franchises globally, recruitment of new staff has continued apace across a number of teams, bolstering support and services to franchisees and their clients.

While the Norwich-based Support Centre is still officially closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this has not hindered recruitment, with vacancies quickly filled with top quality candidates.

The two in-house teams, which offer bespoke services for franchisees, continue to go from strength to strength. The Payroll Team has doubled in size having taken on a new Team Leader Zoe Scarff, who is joined by Payroll Administrator Katherine Aves.

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Diane Deller, who heads up the Tax Consultancy Team, has recently been joined by two further Tax Managers. Both further enhance the range of services that the team provides. Victoria Seeley CTA will be working with both the Technical Team and with Tax Consultancy Team to provide additional resource, working in the area of personal tax after some excellent experience gained with local and national firms. Josh Smith, ACCA CTA, previously worked for a large regional firm of accountants, focusing on corporate tax advice, which complements the existing services TaxAssist provides to its franchisees. Administration Officer Millie Hendrey has also joined the team to provide extra support.

Victoria Morgan has joined the Business Development Team as Group Marketing Manager (Maternity Cover). Victoria is a qualified marketing professional, with senior management experience in developing and delivering marketing strategies to drive sales and growth, in both B2B and B2C environments. Reporting to the Group Business Development Director, Victoria oversees the Marketing, Communication and Inbound teams, implementing the national and local marketing campaigns for the acquisition of network leads.

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As marketing initiatives push up telephone enquiries from clients, Amber Nash has joined the Business Development Team, working alongside an experienced team of four Inbound Executives, qualifying telephone enquiries from clients on behalf of franchisees.

With TaxAssist Accountants now having expanded to the Republic of Ireland, Australia, the USA and Canada, Harry Brown has joined the Global Team as Recruitment Officer. He is providing support in all countries to the Managing Directors, Master Franchisees, Area Representatives and the Global Team at the Support Centre.

Jill Mackman joins the Support Centre Team as Group HR Manager on a permanent basis having been in this role on a temporary basis since February 2020. Jill also works as the PA to the Group Chief Executive.

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Heritage Healthcare expands franchise with new office in Windsor

August 4, 2021

Heritage Healthcare has expanded its franchise with the launch of a new office in Windsor.

Following CQC registration, Heritage Healthcare Windsor has opened its doors to clients and carers across Windsor, Maidenhead, Slough, South Bucks and the surrounding areas.

The new site is led by franchisees, Prabjot Kaur Dhillon and Tony Singh Dhillon, with support from registered manager, Brigid Dos Santos.

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Michelle Fenwick QFP, Director of Heritage Healthcare Franchising Limited says: “We are very excited about the launch of the new Windsor office. Prabjot and Tony’s dedication truly highlights that you don’t need to come from a health and social care background to deliver high quality care services. They will be a great asset to the Heritage Healthcare Franchise network.”

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Franchisee Prabjot said: “Our business is based on key values that are transparent across Heritage Healthcare. These include uncompromising standards, to exceed client expectations, to make a real difference in peoples’ lives and provide a service that is driven by our clients’ needs. We will recruit employees that are trustworthy, reliable, honest and person-centred.”

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Heritage Healthcare first opened in 2008 with home care offices in Guisborough and Cleveland, before launching into the franchise sector in 2013.


Source: Home Care Insight