Nine franchisees celebrate 15 years with TaxAssist Accountants

September 28, 2021

2021 has seen several TaxAssist franchisees across the UK celebrate landmark anniversaries

TaxAssist Accountants has recognised the brand loyalty of nine of its franchisees with gifts to celebrate their 15th year in practice with the franchise.

Keith Adams (Bath, Bedminster, Bristol South and Clifton), Steve Andrew (Oldham), Nick and Pat Brook (Barnsley, Huddersfield and Sheffield North), Drazen Coric (East Finchley), Dave Forrester (Bingley, Ilkley and Keighley), Gary and Cheryl Jacks (Chester, Ellesmere Port, Wallasey and Queensferry), Indira Mandalia (Pinner), Alex Smith (Peverell and Plymouth) and Ian Smith (Horfield) all now operate substantial practices, having started with no clients back in 2006. Some also operate from multiple premises and have more than one franchise territory.

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Alex Smith praised the franchise, which he joined when he was 30 years old, after deciding to relocate from Surrey to Devon to start a family and a new life.

“Thank you so much, the time really has flown, it is a significant milestone. When I joined, I’d had three previous roles, none exceeding four years and I hadn’t really found my true vocation if I’m honest,” said Alex.

“TaxAssist has given me this and so much more. I often consider myself so lucky to have foundTaxAssist Accountants  a career and ‘extended family’ of colleagues where I do genuinely enjoy working. So, thank you to all the Support Centre team. A truly unique company.”

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Drazen Coric was also keen to praise the franchise, adding: “I have enjoyed my time with the network and will hopefully continue for many more years to come.

“It is great to be able to work within our local community and help small businesses and individuals with a range of services. This has seen my wife and I make many new friends and acquaintances over the last 15 years.

“Thank you to the Norwich team for all support and encouragement you have given us in this time.”

Ian Smith added: “15 years has passed by so quickly and I have grown as a person from a standing start to running my own profitable business – I could never go back to working for someone else. Thanks for all the support and the opportunity to build my own business – it’s been an experience that fulfilled one of my earliest ambitions to be my own boss.”

If you are interested in joining the TaxAssist Accountants network, regular Virtual Discovery Days are being held, where you can find out more about the technical, marketing and business development support on offer.

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Boost for Winkworth – leading agents take over brand’s Ealing and Acton franchise

September 22, 2021

Jonny Dyson, a leading London estate agent and the former regional director of John D Wood & Co., has joined Winkworth with the acquisition of its Ealing and Acton office franchise in West London.

Dyson has taken over the Winkworth Ealing and Acton office, in partnership with Terence Long, a previous employee of Winkworth offices including Notting Hill, Chiswick and Ealing & Acton.

As well as John D Wood, Dyson – who has been an estate agent for more than a quarter of a century – has also worked at director level at Jackson-Stops and Hamptons.

He said of the acquisition: “I needed a new challenge and left John D Wood after four years of running 10 London offices at the beginning of last year. The lockdown then gave me time to think properly about what I wanted to do for the next chapter of my career, and that was to run my own business.

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“I was very impressed with the Winkworth network and its expansion in London, and so when the opportunity arose to buy the Ealing and Acton office franchise I talked to an old friend and fellow professional, Terence Long, and we decided this would be a great way to start a business as partners.”

He added: “It helps that it’s an area that we both know very well. There are some wonderful streets around Ealing Common, with very attractive houses, and Winkworth operate in the mid to top end of the market. Ealing offers great value for people moving out of more central areas such as Notting Hill and Kensington in search of more space. The area is incredibly well-connected, with the underground, Crossrail about to open, plus road access to the M40, M4 and M25.

“The office has a strong property management team with some very longstanding clients and a great lettings operation. We are investing heavily in the office in order to drive forward the business with a fresh approach and the backing of the Winkworth marketing and head office team.”

Dyson and Long have plans to expand further, with more Winkworth franchises around West London already in the pipeline.

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“There is huge potential in West London and we will be looking to grow our business with Winkworth. It is very exciting to be in charge of our own business yet have the firepower of the Winkworth network across London and in the country working with us,” Dyson added.

Dominic Agace, chief executive of Winkworth, which has 60 offices in the capital, part of a nationwide network of over 100 offices, said: “We are delighted that Jonny and Terence have joined us, bringing their exceptional experience and knowledge of the property market and London agency to Winkworth.”

Lucy Britton, head of talent and recruitment at Winkworth, said: “We are always looking to identify talented, ambitious individuals who may be interested in opening a new office or taking over an existing franchise and are very happy to have a confidential discussion about their future plans and how they could join our network.”

By Matthew Lane

Source: Estate Agent Today

Workspace provider signs Scottish franchise agreement

September 21, 2021

Flexible workspace provider IWG – which includes Regus and Spaces – has signed a franchise agreement in Scotland to help meet growing demand for hybrid working.

The new deal will serve towns and suburbs mainly used by people to commute into Edinburgh and Glasgow in the central belt.

It will see three franchise-owned centres opened across Lanarkshire between now and 2024.

IWG workspaces in Scottish suburban areas have seen a 20-25% increase in enquiries for its centres during the last quarter.

The franchise partnership will be led by Tommy Nevin of BT and EE franchisees, Graeme Orr a freelance project management consultant, Tony McCabe and Scott Gibson; both experienced operations directors.

Nevin is one of Scotland’s most experienced franchise investors and with McCabe and Gibson, now runs 70% of BT’s Scottish operations through his existing portfolio.

He is planning to move BT staff members to the first IWG franchise centre in the country.

The pandemic has accelerated demand for flex workspace outside the UK’s cities, with many seeking greater freedom in where and how they work in the long term.

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Julian Chambers, head of franchise at IWG for the UK and Ireland, said: “We’ve seen the demand soar considerably around the world in 2021, with more than a 350 percent increase in new locations committed by franchise partners so far this year, compared to the same period in 2020.

“Our UK partnerships have played a huge part in this and now, we are delighted to bring the opportunity to Scotland where there is still plenty of unmet demand across the country.”

Orr added: “It’s a hugely exciting time for the flexible workspace sector and we’re delighted to be spearheading IWG’s franchise network in Scotland.

“For years, people have commuted to cities such as Glasgow, Edinburgh and further afield for work, sometimes spending over two hours on public transport or on the motorway.”

By John Glover

Source: Insider

Promedica24 appoints UK head of Franchise Development

September 20, 2021

Live-in care provider Promedica24 has appointed Michael Browne as UK head of Franchise Development to support business growth in the UK market.

Browne joins the company with 20 years of franchise industry knowledge and expertise, having managed the franchise operations of one of the UK’s leading parcel delivery companies.

His experience also includes developing franchise models for franchisors, supporting the training and development of franchisee networks, and driving profitable growth for businesses in the UK and overseas.

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At Promedica24, Browne will oversee the development of the existing franchisee network, implement strategies for recruiting and onboarding new franchisees, and direct the growth of the UK franchise network to reach new clients who require affordable, personalised live-in care services in the comfort of their own homes.

Commenting on his new role, Browne said: “I’m delighted to be joining the Promedica24 team and guide the direction of its UK network over the coming years.

“As UK Head of Franchise Development, I will be responsible for implementing the franchise development strategy and onboarding new franchisees to ensure families and their loved ones across the UK can easily access personalised, affordable care and support in their own homes.

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“Promedica24 has already built a world-class franchise model consisting of over 100 franchisees in the UK and Europe. I’m looking forward to continuing the momentum the company has built and working with the franchisees to cement Promedica24’s position as a leading live-in care provider”

Promedica24 said the appointment cements its commitment to investing in the growth of its UK franchise network and providing all franchisees with the “highest quality mentorship and support”.

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Darren Housden, sales and marketing director, said: “Michael is a highly skilled business leader bringing a wealth of experience to the business, and we’re delighted to welcome him to his new role at Promedica24.

“The live-in care market is one with huge potential for growth due to the rising number of people choosing to receive full-time care in their own homes. Michael will play a vital role in strengthening our position as a leading live-in care provider in the UK by overseeing the development of our franchise network and expanding our trusted live-in care services throughout the whole of the UK.”


Source: Home Care Insight

Sushi Shop set for multiple store roll-outs as it accelerates franchise plan

September 17, 2021

Premium Japanese restaurant chain Sushi Shop has set out plans to acquire a number of regional master franchisees across the UK.

Built largely on a digital, delivery and takeaway concept, Sushi Shop’s business model has proven resilient throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, growing by double digits in 2020.

The shift towards delivery benefited the brand’s offer and it is now looking to build on this success by expanding in key regional UK cities.

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The chain, which specialises in premium sushi, sashimi and other Japanese specialities, is seeking ambitious hospitality operators interested in becoming a multi-site franchisee of the brand.

It has identified four regions where partners are required to open at least 10 sites in the coming years. These include London, the Midlands, North of England and Scotland.

Sushi Shop said its model offers an opportunity for rapid expansion in towns and cities throughout the UK, as with limited hot food options the stores can largely operate in A1 retail spaces.

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It said franchisees could expect “high margins with controllable costs, giving exceptional returns”.

The company has appointed property advisor Christie & Co to recruit master franchisees around the UK.

Sushi Shop was founded in 1998 by Gregory Marciano and Herve Louis.

The brand has established an international network of company-operated and franchised stores across 12 countries, having been part of AmRest, the European multi-brand franchise restaurant group, since 2018.


Source: FEJ

Businesswoman acquires UK franchise for national alterations company

September 13, 2021

Leeds businesswoman, Neluka Dunning, has acquired the UK franchise license for national alterations and repairs business store, The Zip Yard, in a six-figure deal.

The UK franchise deal will see Dunning take control of 15 The Zip Yard stores based across England, Scotland and Wales with ambitious growth plans already underway.

Under her ownership, The Zip Yard has signed a deal with Tesco to trial the alterations stores within a number of its Tesco Extra stores, with the first opening last week in Stretford, Old Trafford, Manchester.

The second will open in Toton, Nottingham, next month.

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Dunning – who is originally from Swansea but has lived in Leeds for the past 20 years – took over the Chapel Allerton The Zip Yard store in 2019, improving customer service and brand perception which saw monthly sales increase by 20% in the first few months.

The pandemic and lockdowns impacted the business severely but since reopening, sales have returned to normal levels.

This success led her to consider the potential for other Zip Yard stores and the deal for the UK franchise was struck earlier this year.

Dunning said: “The Zip Yard is a special business as it is the only national tailoring service that specialises in alterations and repairs, with spacious fitting rooms, specialist tailors and seamstresses on site in every store to ensure customer garments fit perfectly.

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“For me, what sets The Zip Yard apart is our level of customer service. We want every customer to feel they’ve had a personal and highly professional experience.

“From the greeting they receive at the front desk, to the consultation, measuring and pinning by one of our expert seamstresses or tailors through to the care we take with each garment when it is left with us in store.

“Customers receive a text message as soon as their garment is ready. It’s a slick service, which we know our customers love.

“Sustainability is something we’re passionate about, with almost £140m worth of clothes being thrown away each year, we recognise the opportunity we have to make a difference by rescuing clothing from landfill.

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“From zip repairs to altering trouser lengths or tailoring a favourite jacket or dress – our company mission is to give as many people as possible the opportunity to extend the life of their clothes and love and feel great in what they own.

“There are currently 40 Zip Yard stores in Ireland, so the potential for growth in GB is huge.

“As I see it, it’s my job to make The Zip Yard a nationally recognised brand, and nurturing our current franchisee relationships teamed with our relationship with Tesco and opening more stores across England, Scotland and Wales is key to fulfilling that potential.”

The Zip Yard is currently looking for new franchisees to join the company. The Ireland franchise remains under the ownership of The Zip Yard’s founder.

By Miran Rahman

Source: The Business Desk

Co-op to open eighth university franchise store, in Aberdeen

September 10, 2021

The Co-op will open its eighth university franchise store next week, in Aberdeen, taking the number of students it serves to more than 150,000 across the UK.

The 1,600 sq ft store will sit in the main student accommodation area of the campus, catering for students who need to top up on grocery, BWS and “treating”. There will be hot food, bakery, coffee and food to go available as well.

It will also be running a ‘Feed the Flat for £5’ deal to help bring new students together “at this new time in their lives”. It aims to provide students with a range of products to live off without leaving the campus, the retailer said.

”Many campuses are often very light on or have no offer at all around a meal for tonight and this is one area where can add real value” Co-op head of new channels Martin Rogers told The Grocer.

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Its other university franchise stores, based more centrally on campus, look to cater to students’ unique trading pattern: “on the hour, every hour”. They include Keele, which opened last week.

“We have spent a lot of time and effort with our partners ensuring that customers and members can get in and out as quickly as possible, often between lectures and appointments,” added Rogers.

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“We are also proud that our university and student union partners employ several hundred students in these stores, helping them pay their way through university and creating more employment opportunities in our wider Co-op.

“The power of our partnerships across university campuses is helping us to grow lifetime loyalty and brand advocacy.”

The site in Aberdeen is due to open on 16 September.

By Alice Leader

Source: The Grocer

Hays Travel offers would-be entrepreneurs a chance to take on franchise business

September 7, 2021

Hays Travel, the UK’s largest independent travel agent, is opening up franchise opportunities to new applicants across the UK.

The firm says the franchise model allows people who want to run their own business to benefit from the support, expertise, buying power and security of being part of the Hays Travel brand.

Retail Director Jane Schumm will personally support businesses and says she is looking for ‘ambitious, motivated people who are passionate about travel and having their own successful business’.

“The time is right now for small businesses to think about how to increase their profitability and be ready for the bounce-back from the pandemic and know they will be supported with all the regulatory requirements in this sector,” she said.

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“We’ve seen our franchise work successfully already and we know it is a viable option that brings all the benefits of being part of the Hays Travel family while retaining independence.”

Hays’ first franchisee was Don Bircham, who joined in 2014 with 14 shops and turnover of £30million. In the last seven years since, he has trebled his shop network to 44 in the North West of England and Wales, and increased his turnover to over £100million.

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“As a Hays Travel franchise, we enjoy the support of all the Hays Travel departments, from IT, HR, payroll, and finance, to marketing and social media as well as state-of-the-art technology and efficient back office functions,” he said.”Another huge advantage is the access to top commercial teams who have considerable buying power to negotiate excellent commission rates, staff incentives and educational trips.

“This is something we could never achieve without the scale and reputation of Hays Travel behind us.”As well as existing travel agents, people who have no experience in travel retail, but see this as an opportunity to invest in a new direction are welcome to apply.They receive benefits including the use of the Hays Travel trading name, technology, support services such as payroll, IT and management accounts, to access to day-to-day help with HR and customer service.

By Kevin Clark

Source: Sunderland Echo

Papa John’s multi-unit franchisee sees portfolio approach 20 stores

September 6, 2021

One of Papa John’s multi-unit franchisees, Abid Hussain, has added three new stores to his portfolio which now sees him running almost 20 pizza outlets across the UK. Before joining Papa John’s in 2016, the franchisor said that Hussain worked in advertising and marketing in London and was also a consultant in a web firm.

Explaining his route to becoming a franchisee, Hussain said: “It was a friend who first introduced me to Papa John’s. I did my research and became a partner in my cousin’s Taunton store before purchasing that and becoming a franchisee. Since then, I haven’t looked back!

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“My goal is to continue to expand, bringing everyone’s favourite pizza treat to more and more families and friends to enjoy together in new locations, as soon as suitable sites become available.”

Amit Pancholi, UK director of business development at Papa John’s commented: “Abid’s commitment and work ethic and adherence to our core values is inspiring. With the support of his extended team, he has built a substantial multi-unit franchise operation. His hunger for success ensures his passion for great service, achieved by empowering his people, always delivers.

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“As a franchisor, we congratulate Abid on opening these new stores and will continue to work with him to support his future growth plans. We are always looking to welcome new franchisees who are keen to develop the asset of a multi-unit portfolio of franchised Papa John’s to run as clusters of stores, and we can help develop a long-term strategic vision for developing a successful partnership with us.

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“We also work with committed venues looking to add a new revenue stream by offering a top-quality, branded hot food offering to their existing customers. We have flexible format options to suit different business models from holiday parks to pubs to sports stadiums and beyond.”? The company added that those interested in running a Papa John’s franchise, incentives are on offer to open this summer.

Source: Franchise World