Home Instead launches new franchise in Belfast, creating 50 jobs

February 24, 2022

Home Instead UK has opened a new office in Belfast, creating 50 new jobs in the area.

Roger and Louise McLaughlin (pictured) have set up the franchise on Lisburn Road and want to use their own experiences of caring for older relatives as an inspiration to help other families in the city.

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Roger said: “My gran lived with my family when I was a child. We only wanted the very best for her and my mum cared for her every day. It can be tough giving a loved one support 24 hours a day; getting professional care can ensure that the time you spend together is quality time.”

A qualified radiographer, Louise brings to the business her clinical experience and knowledge of common physical pain-points faced by the elderly, while Roger will use his experience in finance and operations in the care sector to run the business.

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Louise said: “Roger and I are determined to make the process simple by working closely with clients and their families to get an understanding of their care needs and how we can make a difference. In my current role as a healthcare professional, I see the challenges that some older adults face every day. Some older patients don’t have someone to take them to an appointment or pick them up, waiting hours for ambulance transport or having to struggle taking public transport alone. For many, care is the salvation for living a healthy, happy and safe life at home.”

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Source: Home Care Insight

Southampton businessman, Adie Twining, swaps McDonald’s for a career in the classroom with Tutor Doctor

February 22, 2022

Adie Twining, a Southampton businessman, decided to reshape his career path during the pandemic after almost 30 years in a corporate role with McDonald’s by becoming a franchisee with Tutor Doctor, the in-home and online tutoring franchise.

Twining explained that after working for the multinational fast food company, he wanted to do something that improved the life chances of young people which also enabled him to retain his involvement and active fundraising with local charities – Simon Says and Ronald McDonald House Charities – both of which are very close to this heart.

Nine months after launching his Tutor Doctor franchise, Twining says he is now working with many families across the region and achieving a better work-life balance with a sense of pride and satisfaction that he has always dreamed of.

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Twining comments: “Working in the community means the world to me. Having moved to Southampton from Cornwall, I feel my roots of 30 years are here. I have a lot of love and pride for the region, and it makes you feel great to be making a difference for local students. I’ve been able to already help so many local families and children. Schools are doing a great job, but with the learning loss from the pandemic, they are under pressure, and we can help support students, families and schools with this catch-up. As a local resident, that means a lot to me.

“I underestimated the feeling of reward I would receive from this work and the satisfaction and sense of partnership you get from being part of a team, working with tutors, students and their families. My priorities have also changed over the years, and the pandemic allowed me the time to reflect on what matters most – giving back whilst also having a successful business so I can provide for my family now and in the future.”

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Franchising background

Twining said he had worked his way up the corporate ladder to become director of franchising at McDonald’s, after graduating with a business studies degree from the University of Southampton. With family commitments coupled with the pandemic he decided to leave his successful corporate life to run his own business.

Twining added that he and his wife, Tracy, feel they are very lucky to have been brought up by parents who understood the value of a good education. The couple have tried to do the same for their three children, each of whom have benefited from private tuition built upon school learning, which contributed to their academic achievements and self-confidence.

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Twining continues: “We have worked hard to attract an outstanding group of local tutors. They share our vision and are fully committed to delivering an outstanding learning experience for the young people whose parents entrust us with their education. Not only do they provide support on specific curriculum content, but they also help their students to build confidence and develop the skills required to become lifelong learners.

“The education sector and our clients have embraced me with open arms, and I’m so pleased that I made the move when I did. I’m really excited about my future and being able to empower as many students as possible to achieve their full potential – being able to equip them with all of the tools they need to succeed in school, in work, and in life is how I will measure the success of my business.”

With ambitious goals for his Central Southampton and Salisbury territory, Twining would like to expand into other towns and cities over the next five years. He would also like to bring Tracy into the business to make use of her HR and training skillset, and looking even further ahead once retired, for one of his children to take on his legacy.

Source: Franchise World

Hampshire Starbucks franchisee 23.5 Degrees sees sales soar in pandemic

February 21, 2022

THE UK’s biggest Starbucks franchisee saw sales soar despite the pandemic as it invested in drive-through coffee shops and digital platforms.

23.5 Degrees, based at Hedge End, was the American coffee giant’s first franchisee in the world and opened its 85th outlet last year.

23.5 Degrees’ franchised stores locally include those at Hedge End, Southampton’s Town Quay, Havant and St Leonards near Ringwood.

Its annual report and accounts show sales in the year to August 31, 2021, reach £66.7million – up from £35.7m in 2020.

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Profit after tax reached £8.54m after a loss of £2.4m in 2020.

Finance director Luca Contardo wrote: “The year to August 31 2021, heavily affected by the Covid pandemic, presented numerous challenges for the group as it operated within the rules and restrictions introduced by the authorities in order to contain the spread of the virus.

“Nonetheless, the business performed strongly, aided by the government stimulus packages introduced to support the hospitality sector and the wider economy. Operationally, the teams adapted well to ever changing health and safety rules, which saw multiple tiers of restrictions applied across the country for the majority of the year and the business reacting quickly to changes, putting its partners and customers’ safety at the front of decision-making processes.”

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He said the company opened 12 stores in the year – 10 drive-throughs and two in retail parks, creating 479 jobs. The business employed 1,382 staff.

“During the last 12 months the business has invested in its new sales channels, being delivery, mobile order and pay (MOP) and kerbside, which were initially launched in July 2020,” Mr Contardo wrote.

“The directors firmly believe these new channels, together with the drive-through model, were amongst the factors which allowed the business to successfully navigate through the last 18 months.

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“Considering all of the challenges faced by the business in the last 18 months, the directors are delighted with its performance this financial year and with how it has navigated through the turbulent trading environment caused by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.

23.5 Degrees opened its first store in Liphook in 2013 and bought 16 from Starbucks in 2015, doubling its number of outlets.

By Darren Slade

Source: Daily Echo

Papa Johns Puts Hemp on the Menu in U.K. and Russia

February 17, 2022

Papa Johns has become the first global quick-service restaurant brand to put superfood hemp seeds on the menu, with the launch of its new limited-edition Hemp Sticks in two key markets.

Now available in the UK and Russia, the launch marks Papa Johns’ first major product innovation of 2022, as it seeks to further strengthen its ‘Better Ingredients. Better Pizza’ commitment to food superiority, a key component in last year’s rebrand announcement.

Handmade using Papa Johns’ fresh never frozen, six ingredient dough, the Russian Hemp Sticks recipe uses Papa Johns’ special garlic sauce and a sprinkle of shelled hemp seeds, while the UK recipe swaps special garlic sauce for garlic butter sauce and also includes mozzarella.

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In recent years, Gen Z and millennials have become the biggest purchasers of better-for-you foods, a trend which Papa Johns has responded to with its enhanced and award-winning plant-based, flexitarian and healthier choice menu options.

The new product launch is being supported via an integrated marketing campaign, in association with independent nutritionists and media personalities, to drive consumer trial of hemp seeds by debunking popular misconceptions.

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This latest campaign is also underpinned by new Woodstock-inspired creative to highlight that hemp is high in plant protein, vitamins and other nutrients.

PR, social media and paid media promotion will be deployed in both launch markets.

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PR will focus on demonstrating the euphoria of natural highs, executed as ‘highest’ food delivery stunts. The UK stunt stars TV daredevil turned plant-based chef, Matt Pritchard, abseiling down a cliff face to deliver the Hemp Sticks. In Russia, ‘roofer’ influencers, Angela Nikolau and Ivan Beerkus, will receive their delivery by drone, at the top of skyscraper.

Jo Blundell, VP of International Marketing at Papa Johns, says: “With the launch of Hemp Sticks, Papa Johns has become the first global [quick-service] brand to make superfood hemp available to all. Premium, innovative ingredients are the very core of our pizzas, so Hemp Sticks will offer pizza fans a new way to enjoy our iconic breadsticks and help to dispel some of the misunderstanding surrounding this 100% legal, delicious seed.”

Source: QSR Magazine

Franchise Brands agrees £49.8m takeover of Filta Group

February 16, 2022

Multi-brand franchise business, Franchise Brands, has agreed a takeover of Warwickshire-based commercial kitchen services provider Filta in an all-share offer valued at £49.8m.

Macclesfield-headquartered Franchise Brands has agreed to pay 1.157 new share in exchange for each Filta share.

The enlarged group will have a combined market capitalisation of approximately £191.2m.

The boards of the two companies have recommended the deal.

Stephen Hemsley, Executive Chairman of Franchise Brands, said: “Bringing the businesses together will enable us to offer a broader range of complementary services to our combined customer base, providing competitive advantages in our ambition to offer a “Water In, Waste Out” service to commercial customers and significant opportunities for future growth.

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“With the benefit of greater scale, we will be able to leverage the combined group’s expertise and shared services, including our scaleable technology, to drive future growth in revenue and profits, including by growing and developing Filta’s UK and European franchise business.

“The Enlarged Group will also be well positioned to expand in North America, given Filta’s well-established and successful franchise business in the region.”

Jason Sayers, CEO of Filta, said: “Filta delivered a strong performance in 2021 as the restaurant and hospitality market recovered from the impact of Covid-19.

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“Despite some ongoing Covid challenges, new contracts were won, and we bounced back to deliver a record second half, which is testament to the resilience of our business model and the exemplary efforts of the entire team.

“Franchise Brands offers an ideal home for our customers, business, talented staff and franchisees.

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“Our Board believes there are greater benefits to be had from the more diversified range of services the larger group will offer, as well as a broader customer base and greater shared resources to support future growth.”

Filta’s chief executive Jason Sayers will join the Franchise Brands board as managing director of Filta and Brian Hogan will become group chief financial officer.

By Shelina Begum

Source: The Business Desk

One Stop opens 250th franchise store

February 15, 2022

One Stop is starting the new year by celebrating a key milestone with the opening of its Aylesbury store, marking 250 franchise stores for the group.

The new store in Fairford Lyes, Aylesbury is owned by Raj Paranthaban and was welcomed by the local community, including town Mayor, Cllr Anders Christensen and Chairman of Coldharbour Parish Council, Cllr Andrew Cole, who ‘cut the ribbon’ to declare the 3,600 sq ft store officially open.

Head of franchise at One Stop, John Miller, commented: “Our congratulations to Raj on his latest One Stop opening, which looks superb and is a fresh, modern store; ideally placed for local residents.

“Raj is similar to many of our franchisees who now run multiple One Stop sites and is a key reason we’ve seen such an acceleration of new openings. Our brand-new state-of-the art EPOS and technology means that multiple sites can be run with ease, away from the stores – at home if necessary – and has always part of our long-term investment plans.

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“Over the past couple of years we have also seen the growth of local shops and how important these are to our communities during the pandemic.”

“We’ve worked hard to support our franchisee had to and provide what we believe is the best franchise package on the market. This has helped us to grow in the way we have, with the right franchisees for our brand.

“Raj also owns a local fish and chip shop / seafood restaurant, ‘Salt & Vinegar’, as well as his first One Stop store which he opened last year. He will be bringing between 20 – 25 new jobs to the area, with the opening of the Fairford Leys site and is also looking to introduce other services including a fresh butchers and deli counter.”

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The site was formerly a charity shop, but it is hoped the new convenience store will breathe new life into the area.

Speaking on the new opening, Raj said: “I can see why there are so many One Stops now; my experience has been nothing short of brilliant. I was previously with another symbol group, so I’m easily able to compare. The support you get from One Stop is fantastic, from the area manager to the new store team. They’ve all been so helpful and spent a great deal of time making sure that everything was ‘just right’. I’m really happy with everything.”

“Everything has been finished to a really high standard and we have a store that is very welcoming and open. Due to the pandemic we wanted everything to feel airy and safe so we’ve really opened it up with a high ceiling and plenty of room to move around in.

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“My customers have already given us great feedback and were pleasantly surprised at how good the prices were compared to other local stores. 99% of the customers we serve come to my fish and chip shop, so I knew they would support me. In turn I want to do as much as I can for them. I know for example that there are no launderettes – they all closed down – so I’ll soon be setting up a drop off service to help people out.

“I’ve also started delivering to our more vulnerable customers who are still shielding. They have my mobile number and they call me if they need anything. I’ll drop it off for free and they can pay me next time they’re in store.”

Source: Convenience Store

Why intellectual property rights protect much more than a name

February 14, 2022

By Rik Hellewell, founder and managing director of oven cleaning franchise, Ovenu.

One of the most important things when it comes to setting up a business, apart from a robust plan, is its name.

An effective brand creates a positive perception and contributes to its success. Getting it right is crucial, which is why I’m surprised too many fail to conduct due diligence.

There are those either unaware of the possible pitfalls of choosing a name, or who are simply prepared to ride roughshod over intellectual property rights and take a chance they will not get caught out.

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Our solicitors recently contacted a start-up with a similar name to Ovenu, which also provided an oven valeting service.

It was pointed out that they were in breach of Ovenu’s intellectual property on two counts – its name and trading style. The managing director accepted the transgression and within days replied to say the business had closed and its website and social media wiped.

To be clear Ovenu only asked that it come up with an alternative name that did not infringe on our intellectual property. And before people grumble about overbearing tactics, it’s my responsibility to protect the livelihoods of our 120 plus franchisees across the UK that depend upon the Ovenu brand. In fact, Ovenu is contractually obliged to look after its stakeholders.

There are many oven cleaning firms up and down the country and I have no interest in shutting them down. Having founded this franchise back in 1994, I’m focused on Ovenu, which is a respected and recognised brand with a reputation for a quality service.

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Companies House register

Those looking to compete with an established brand ought at least to research the Companies House register. It’s completely free and a few minutes of online browsing will easily avoid such issues, which let’s face it, can turn out to be extremely costly if a start-up suddenly must change its branding.

The lesson is that anyone looking to ‘piggyback’ off a successful business, or who randomly produces a similar name or style without at least conducting a cursory check, does so at their own significant risk.

All businesses should appreciate their intellectual property is vital to protect not just a name or idea, but their long-term viability.

To conduct a free search of company names, visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/companies-house

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About Ovenu

Ovenu is a leading UK and international domestic oven cleaning and valeting specialist. All cleaning products used by Ovenu are environmentally friendly, bio-degradable and conform to the latest government REACH regulations. Ovenu’s Carbon Remover is also approved by the Vitreous Enamel Association.

The Ovenu valeting process involves dismantling key components of an oven and placing them into design-registered equipment, which uses non-caustic, non-toxic and biodegradable products to clean the oven parts. Ovenu is a full member of the Approved Franchise Association.

Franchise agency opens latest branch as part of London expansion

February 11, 2022

Franchise estate agency chain Winkworth has expanded its presence in prime south west London with the opening of a new Wimbledon office.

The new office franchisees are Mana Legha and his business partner and wife Gabriela, who has over 13 years’ experience working in prime property in the capital for Knight Frank and Savills, specialising in new development sales.

This is Winkworth’s 15th office in south west London, with more than 60 branches in the capital and a nationwide network of more than 100 outlets.

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Mana Legha says: “Wimbledon has an enormous cachet as a place to live and has a global reputation, thanks to Wimbledon fortnight, when tennis fans across the world are focused on SW19. Demand for the area is very strong as people look to move to larger homes, close to green spaces such as Wimbledon Common, in an area with outstanding independent and state schools and excellent transport links to the West End, City, Gatwick and the coast.”

Gabriela Legha adds: “The location appeals to London buyers and international clients looking for a London base, as well as young professionals and families looking for an attractive place to live. Wimbledon is one of London’s smartest villages, with wonderful shops, riding stables, cafes, restaurants and pubs, and a real village feel. We are delighted to have joined Winkworth and to be part of such a powerful upmarket brand – a perfect fit for our Wimbledon office.”

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The company says the latest opening is part of its expansion strategy in London.

By Graham Norwood

Source: Letting Agent Today

The TaxAssist Direct Group makes changes to its Board

February 9, 2022

Daren Moore FCCA becomes Group Managing Director, Sarah Robertson becomes Group Director and the UK Managing Director, while TaxAssist Franchisee Mike Melling is appointed as new Group Development Director.

After 22 years at the helm of The TaxAssist Direct Group – which includes the TaxAssist franchise in the UK, Ireland, Australia and North America – Karl Sandall has stepped down as Group Chief Executive Director along with Phil Sullivan, Group Finance Director, who has been with the business for 14 years.

They are now embarking on new roles as non-executive directors and will be advising and supporting the Executive Director Team. This comes after Karl and Phil sold a large percentage of their shares, resulting in franchisees taking ownership of almost 60% of The TaxAssist Direct Group Ltd.

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Daren Moore FCCA becomes Group Managing Director, and will oversee the entire Group operation, expansion and development of the franchise and various client services. Sarah Robertson becomes Group Director and UK Managing Director and will be focused on looking after all aspects of support provided to the UK network. James Mattam continues in his role as Group Business Development Director, focusing on driving client acquisition across all Group companies.

TaxAssist Accountants franchisee Mike Melling has been appointed as Group Development Director, a role he will undertake while continuing to operate his highly successful multi-site franchise in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. Mike is also a director and investor in TaxAssist Direct USA Inc and in the soon to be launched TaxAssist Financial Services.

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Daren said: “I would like to thank Karl and Phil for the tremendous energy, enthusiasm, dedication and professionalism they have both brought to The TaxAssist Group over the last two decades, helping to make it the global success story it is today.

“I would also like to thank our fantastic franchise network in all of the countries we operate, who have provided the ultimate vote of confidence in us as a board and the TaxAssist business model, by choosing to invest in the TaxAssist Direct Group, which we believe to be the first of its kind in franchising.

“With a focused strategic plan with growth and innovation at its core, the evolution of the TaxAssist brand, and the addition of relevant products and services, as a team of directors, we have never felt more positively about the medium-term future and the opportunities it will present for our Group operations.

“We look forward to working with the TaxAssist Support Teams and franchisees across the world to exceed our plans and share in the fruits of that success.”

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Glasgow-based German Doner Kebab serving up scores of new UK restaurants in 2022

February 8, 2022

Glasgow-headquartered German Doner Kebab is set to open 78 restaurants in the UK this year – creating thousands of jobs, and including new Scottish locations – while it is also targeting further international growth.

It says the plans seals its position as “the UK’s fastest-growing restaurant chain”, will build on the 39 restaurants opened during 2021, and will create about 2,900 jobs throughout the country.

The chain – part of the Hero Brands group – has outlined how new locations are set for Aberdeen, Leeds, Brighton, Portsmouth, Great Yarmouth, and Stoke – and additional sites in Glasgow and London.

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The “fast-casual brand” is already present in Scotland in Edinburgh, in December opening in the St James Quarter, its third restaurant in the city, and also present in the likes of Dundee and Stirling.

The latest expansion news comes as German Doner Kebab also flagged a “significant” rise in UK total sales in 2021, up 75 per cent from the previous 12 months. Same-store sales were also up, jumping 27 per cent from 2020.

The firm added that it has grown to more than 3,500 staff in its restaurants throughout the country, with a development pipeline of 350 franchise units over the next seven years.

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It also said it has grown “at great pace” in the UK, Sweden and Middle East, and is now “rapidly” expanding in the US, Canada, Saudi Arabia and across other key locations in Europe, with more than 80 restaurants worldwide.

Chief executive Imran Sayeed said: “2021 has proven to be a landmark year in the German Doner Kebab story; however, the next 12 months are going to be even bigger as we open 78 restaurants and double our UK portfolio.

“We have been extremely agile during the pandemic, listening to the needs of our customers, and responding to the huge demand for our game-changing kebabs.

“This has enabled us to build greater levels of brand awareness and customer loyalty as we bring the German Doner Kebab experience to more cities and towns throughout the UK.

“We are now looking forward to building on this wave of momentum as we develop the fast-casual brand of the future and bring a fresh and exciting alternative to the Gen Z and Millennial audience.”

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German Doner Kebab, which opened its first restaurant in Berlin in 1989, is pursuing international growth in 2022, with plans in place to open 11 restaurants in North America, while the brand is also set to open its first restaurant in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this year. Further growth is also set to be announced for Ireland and Spain.

Mr Sayeed continued: “The global demand reflects our position as one of the world’s most exciting fast-casual brands.

“We have developed strong franchise relationships in strategic global locations and we are now working closely with our partners to take forward development plans and expand our reach into new regions.”

The brand in October unveiled major global growth plans, including targeted rapid expansion in North America and the Middle East plus the UK – including opening up across New York, New Jersey and Houston in Texas in 2022.

By Emma Newlands

Source: Scotsman