Bluebird Care hosts awards night to celebrate franchise network

October 19, 2021

Bluebird Care has recognised the achievements of its national franchise network at a dedicated awards ceremony.

The Franchise Business Awards, which took place virtually earlier this month, presented six business accolades to visiting care and live-in care teams across the UK.

The ‘Small Business Award’, given to franchises demonstrating exceptional growth over 12 months, reflected in their turnover accounts, went to Bluebird Care Sunderland.

The franchise had tripled its turnover in the last year, whilst maintaining a sustained high level of quality and compliance.

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Bluebird Care West Berkshire/North Hampshire picked up the ‘Spirit Award’, for demonstrating commitment to the brand and devotion to its staff and customers.

Meanwhile, the ‘Medium Business Award’ and ‘Large Business Award’ were awarded to Bluebird Care South Gloucestershire and Bluebird Care Carlow, Kilkenny & Waterford respectively. These awards are allocated to the franchises demonstrating growth, staff retention, customer acquisition, and quality and compliance, relative to their size.

The ‘NMF Digital Marketing Award’, newly introduced for 2021, looks at a franchise’s ‘reputation score’, engagement in National Marketing Funds (NMF), and overall local marketing activity.

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The winner, Bluebird Care Peterborough & Rutland, had the highest reputation score – based on reviews, directories, social media and website updates – across the whole Bluebird Care business.

Finally, Bluebird Care Winchester, Eastleigh & Petersfield was handed the ‘Franchise of the Year Award’ after a strong financial year and demonstrating exceptional customer feedback.

Hannah Banfield, Marketing and Communications director, commented: “After a particularly difficult 2020, it was great to be able to celebrate our excellent franchises with an element of normality to proceedings.

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“Despite being carried out digitally this year, the ceremony itself is among one of the most rewarding occasions for a business like ours, because it provides a great opportunity to reflect on the previous year, to address all of our valued franchise owners and their dedicated and hardworking staff, and share the success and achievements of some of the most deserving businesses. Congratulations to all of the winners.”


Source: Home Care Insight

Domino’s to create 8,000 jobs in UK and Ireland

October 18, 2021

US pizza franchise giant Domino’s unveiled plans Thursday to create 8,000 new jobs in the United Kingdom and Ireland after a strong pandemic performance.

The group’s British-based division added in a statement that it had thrived despite the ongoing supply chain crunch, high inflation and a challenging labor market.

Domino’s noted, however, that supply chain issues and rising wages were starting to impact the business, adding that labor availability and food cost pressures were set to extend into next year.

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“While we see these pressures continuing into 2022, our success in managing them to date provides us with confidence that our growth momentum will be sustained,” said Chief Executive Dominic Paul.

“We’re proud to be creating new jobs to support that growth and today are announcing that we are recruiting 8,000 new colleagues across the U.K. and Ireland.”

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The division’s sales boomed by almost 10% in the 13 weeks to the end of September to 375.8 million pounds ($512 million), compared with the same period of last year.

“We have built on our strong performance through the pandemic as restrictions have been lifted, with our collections business continuing its recovery and our total order count growing in a profitable and sustainable way,” added Paul.

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Food delivery companies, including app-based Deliveroo and Uber Eats, enjoyed soaring sales during the pandemic as lockdowns triggered surging demand.

Source: Daily Sabah

Burger King UK prepares for whopper £600m London listing

October 14, 2021

Fast-food chain Burger King is preparing to float on the London Stock Exchange for around £600m, according to reports.

Burger King UK is understood to be in advanced discussions with potential advisers, including Investec and Numis bankers, as the company readies itself to list next year, according to The Times, which first reported the news.

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The restaurant chain, owned by private equity group Bridgepoint, reported sales of £117m in 2020, an increase of £16m from its 2019 sales in spite of the pandemic.

The news comes as a number of other leisure sector companies consider listing, including Mexican food chain Tortilla which made its debut on the junior Aim stock market with a £70m flotation last week.

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Burger King UK and Bridgepoint, whose other investments include Hobbycraft and Itsu, are expected to put together their listing plans in the coming week. The companies may also explore the possibility of a sale which, according to The Times, could be worth £500m to £600m.

Burger King became part of Restaurant Brands International (RBI) group, listed in New York, in 2014. Three years later Bridgepoint bought the master franchise for the UK along with Caspian UK Group – one of the biggest Burger King franchises with 74 restaurants.

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The majority of UK’s 530 sites are owned by franchisees but under Bridgepoint the restaurant has been buying back some of these.

The restaurant chain have been contacted for comment.

By Farah Ghouri

Source: City AM

Home Instead UK founder launches new franchise brand to ‘enrich lives’ through sports

October 13, 2021

Trevor Brocklebank, the entrepreneur who founded Home Instead in the UK in 2005, has launched a new franchise brand focused on supporting people to improve their mobility and boost their mental wellbeing.

Brocklebank has teamed up with Rob Oyston, founder of Mobi-Game, which offers a range of activities for the health and social care sectors based on adapted games, sports and dance.

The company been renamed ‘Rise’ and, together, the partners plan to scale the business and develop it into a franchise model.

Its first territory was set up in Cardiff last month, ahead of the company’s official launch at the International Franchise Show in London.

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Commenting on Rise, Brocklebank said: “There is enormous potential for Rise to support a wide range of people and I’ve already seen first-hand the impact that sports-based activities can have on people of all abilities.

“The model is ideal for a franchise roll-out as local owners can position themselves as the go-to expert for these enriching activities that bring benefits to both participants, their carers and families too.”

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Speaking about some recent sessions, Oyston commented: “We ran a session at a children’s hospice recently where the children were supported to kick balloons, emulating a game of football. Carers were able to join in, providing wellbeing benefits to both the carers and children.

“In the future, siblings and parents will be able to join in, bringing the family together with a shared, multi-generational experience.

“And to see a group of care home residents taking part in a tennis ‘match’ is just brilliant.”

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Rise has been working closely with a number of care home groups and individual care homes and has recently run a session at a children’s hospice. The team also supports healthcare professionals.

“The range of people we support is really wide and varied. One of the key elements of our sessions is the opportunity for each individual to reminisce, which is stimulated through story, music, video and images,” said Brocklebank.

“Through our regular sessions we see people progressing and, importantly, having fun which is a joy to see.”


Source: Home Care Insight

Home care providers named in British Franchise Awards shortlist

October 11, 2021

Two home care providers have been named finalists in the 2021 bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards.

Right at Home and Visiting Angels have both been nominated in separate categories.

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

This year saw a record number of entries submitted across all categories, leading to an overall increase of nearly 30% when compared to 2020.

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Right at Home will be battling it out against five other franchise brands to take home the coveted Franchisor of the Year accolade next month.

It is also in the running for the Leadership and Culture title, which seeks to celebrate the businesses that have shown a commitment to caring for the wellbeing of staff and franchisees while championing a supportive network.

Meanwhile, Alastair Shanks, managing director of Right at Home Guildford and Farnham, has been shortlisted for the Local Focus award.

Commenting on Right at Home’s nomination, Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchising Association, said: “Over the years, Right at Home has built a team with specialist skills and experience in all areas of business and franchising. As a network, they have achieved consistently high returns, backed by stand-out performances in key areas such as compliance and client and employee satisfaction. These results, and the calibre of support from the National Office team, have become a key driver for people choosing to join the Right at Home franchise network.”

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Visiting Angels has been shortlisted in the Emerging Franchisor category, which celebrates franchises that have shown passion for their brand and the franchising industry as a whole, while continuing to recruit and support franchisees through their business journey.

One of America’s largest home care franchises, Visiting Angels has grown to have over 700 businesses in five countries. It continues to make a name for itself in the UK, with 13 offices located across the country.

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Wilkins said: “Despite the additional pressure put on Visiting Angels in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the limitations caused by Brexit, the team has continued to recruit carers and build a successful, trusted business. Staff turnover for care staff is regularly considered to be quite high but the fact that Visiting Angels has a staff turnover rate of just 17% speaks volumes.

“A big congratulations to Visiting Angels for their continued successes during what was an exceptionally difficult period for the care sector.”


Source: Home Care Insight

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

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