Caring couple shortlisted for franchise ‘Oscars’

October 7, 2021

Pet business franchisees David and Sallyann Gray have been shortlisted for the Local Focus award of the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards.

PetPals is recognised across the UK for its pet care services, such as pet sitting – plus Darlington and Yarm franchisees David and Sallyann have hosted regular charity fundraising events over the years, raising thousands of pounds.

Known as the ‘Oscars’ of the franchising industry and set to take place in Birmingham on November 30, the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards evening is the flagship event in the franchising calendar.

David and Sallyann will be battling it out against two other franchise brands to take home the coveted Local Focus accolade in November.

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Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchising Association, said: “With a strong moral compass guiding both David and Sallyann, they are both clearly committed to giving back to their local community. In the 15 years that they have been operating, they have raised approximately £15,000 for worthwhile causes – a significant proportion of this (around £6,000) has been donated to UK-based Dogs For Good – a charity that trains assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, children with autism and adults with dementia.

“To be nominated for this prestigious award is a huge achievement and they should be extremely proud of their achievements.”

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Andrew Brattesani, head of franchising, HSBC, said: “David and Sallyann should be incredibly proud of their nomination. Working with organisations like The Princes Trust, the business also provides work experience for local young people which gives them a vital first step on the career ladder.”

This year saw a record number of entries submitted across all categories, leading to an overall increase of nearly 30% compared with 2020. Despite what has been a challenging 18 months for most standalone businesses, the franchising sector has shown strength and resilience. As a result, many bfa members have reported their highest ever level of recruitment and one of their most successful years for profitability and business development.

By Justine Thompson

Source: Pet Business World

Cake Box sales jump as retailer opens 20 new stores

October 5, 2021

Cake Box has revealed that its sales have almost doubled for the past six months amid a strong recovery in customer demand.

The high street cream cake retailer said it was buoyed by its continued expansion, opening 20 new franchise sites over the six months to September, to bring it to a total of 174 stores.

The firm also stressed that it is in a “robust” position despite industry concerns over supply chain pressures in the food sector.

Sukh Chamdal, chief executive officer and co-founder of the chain, said it has “several months of ingredients and the right measures in place to ensure that no event goes uncelebrated and no slice of cake goes unbaked, undelivered or uneaten”.

It came as the retail business said trade has been “strong” across both its store estate and online operation.

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Cake Box said total revenues for the half-year were up 91% to £16.4 million against the same period last year.

It added that franchisee online sales increased by 68% to £6.7 million, as it saw higher sales through delivery platforms such as Uber Eats Just Eat and Deliveroo.

The firm added that it has a strong pipeline of new potential franchisees, with 62 deposits held for potential new openings at the end of the period.

The appeal of the Group’s franchise proposition is reflected in the current pipeline of new potential franchisees, with 62 holding deposits held at period end.

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Mr Chamdal said: “Our performance during the last six months demonstrates the ongoing appeal of our unique cake offering.

“With strong sales growth accompanied by record expansion of our store estate, the Board is confident of making further progress in the second half and meeting full year expectations.

“In short, more customers are enjoying our delicious egg-free cakes, and more of our fantastic franchisees are selling it to them.”

Shares in the company rose by 5.3% to 354p in early trading.

By Henry Saker-Clark

Source: Independent

Extrawurst franchise is introducing its ‘simply better’ German bratwurst brand to the UK

October 4, 2021

Extrawurst, a leading authentic German bratwurst fast-food to go brand, is launching its franchise concept into the UK. The company has over 30 sites in Germany with more than 10 openings in the pipeline and many in other markets around the world. The business sells over 2.5 million sausages a year and have expanded its concept to a global audience with sites in Asia, South America and Europe.

Extrawurst, founded in 1981 by Lothar Hagebaum and now run by his son Kim, says it prides itself on the quality of its iconic Original German Bratwurst sausages which are supple, meaty, perfectly seasoned and seductively fragrant. The signature menu items are made to an authentic secret recipe under the careful scrutiny and sign off by Extrawursts German master butchery team which creates an unrivalled eating experience.

The UK business has appointed Sam Shutt, a former Debenhams head of retail hospitality operations, as chief executive officer of Extrawurst UK to lead the strategy of opening multiple sites across the UK in the next three years with a master franchise model. The brand will launch with three shop format units in the Birmingham City Centre, Nottingham City Centre, and West Midlands Regional Shopping centre in Q4 2021 which will be operated by the Extrawurst team.

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Shutt said: “The UK fast-food to go brand market is expected to recover from the pandemic at a faster rate than the total eating out market so there’s an opportunity for an innovative new offer on the high-street which delivers an exciting range of good value quality food.

“As a nation we love sausages, they are the perfect food to eat on the go all through the day, whether as a breakfast snack or a lunchtime meal with a coffee. We are confident our menu will appeal to consumers and entice them to become Bratwurst enthusiasts.

We will be rolling out our franchise model into 2022 which will be a compelling and an affordable option for many with the potential to drive a great return.”

Franchise formats
There will be three Extrawurst franchise formats which will be located in shopping centres, high streets, street food markets, festivals and events.

  • Macro – a counter service shop format with a small seating/standing area perfect for high street and shopping centre locations.
  • Midi – a relocatable container which can be positioned in retail and industrial parks, food markets and events.
  • Micro – a standardised bicycle, e-bike or tuk-tuk for seasonal events and pop up venues.

Christian Leding, managing partner at Extrawurst said: “We are excited to launch our unique, premium and delicious Bratwurst fast-food to go offer to the UK and as we are lucky to have a highly experienced UK partner, we are confident that it will be a success.

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“We have over 40-years’ experience building Extrawurst into one of the top five Bratwurst street food concepts in Germany with a proven track record of creating successful franchise partnerships to deliver long term success for our affiliate teams. We are looking forward to welcoming more franchisees into our business and celebrating success.”

Extrawurst adds that British people are huge sausage fans with an average person eating 2,700 sausages in their lifetime. However, most people only experience German bratwurst at Christmas markets or abroad so there is an opportunity to bring the flavours of Germany to more people all year round. The menu will consist of a choice of pork Bratwurst sausage in a bun, a range of famous Currywurst options, as well as Frikadelle and Schnitzel options all served with a choice of sauce toppings, sides and spices. It will also be a introducing a vegan Bratwurst to the UK market.

Artisan coffee roasters
Delivering a premium quality coffee to customer perception, Extrawurst has partnered with local artisan coffee roasters, Rounton Coffee Roasters. Its Fairtrade coffee is sourced from Brazil with 100 per cent Arabica beans and freshly roasted in small batches exclusively for Extrawurst

Dave Beattie, founder of the company said: “We are so pleased to have been selected to work alongside Extrawurst as the iconic Bratwust brand enters into the UK market. Working together, we know that we can offer an unparalleled product and service that stretches all across the UK. It is exciting for us to be part of such a great journey.”

Source: Franchise World