Co-op eyeing 40 franchise stores by the end of the year

July 9, 2021

The Co-op is set to take its franchise estate to almost 40 stores by the end of the year, well ahead of its original target.

The convenience retailer said in March that it wanted to double the number of franchise stores to 30 by the end of 2021. However, it has already reached 28 stores and has plans to open a further 11 in the next few months.

 
Co-op opened 14 franchise stores over an 11-week period from mid-March.

The franchise estate covers a range of store types and locations spanning community neighbourhoods, city centres, university campuses and petrol forecourts, as well as its first service station, which opened in March.

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Its seventh university franchise store, in Keele, is set to open in September.

“The quality, convenience and values of Co-op are resonating more strongly than ever with a growing proportion of the population and we’re delighted to see more of our valued independent retailers choosing Co-op as their franchise partner,” said Co-op head of new channels Martin Rogers.

“We’re a business that’s growing and innovating to give our customers more of what they need, and the breadth of our franchise operation is allowing the Co-op brand to reach even more of our customers in new communities.

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“We started the year with 14 franchise stores, which we’ve already doubled, and will be at around 40 by the end of 2021. This is all testament to the strength and diversity of the model and the flexibility of the proposition.

“We’re looking for the right retailers in the right locations who share our values and principles to become part of the Co-op community and grow their business with us.”

By Alice Leader

Source: The Grocer

Franchise Theatre School Congratulates Scholarship Winners

July 7, 2021

The world may have been put on hold but that hasn’t stopped children and young people dreaming of their futures. For those with a passion for performing arts, Razzamataz, a national theatre school network has helped keep those dreams alive with a prestigious scholarship worth up to £855 per student.

Over the last few months, all of the part-time franchises in the Razzamataz Theatre School network have worked alongside the prestigious newspaper for the performing arts industry The Stage. Together, they have created an exciting scholarship opportunity for children and young people across the UK. The network are offering thousands of pounds worth of free tuition, something which means a great deal to many families trying to support their kids.

 
“We are so proud to once again offer these prestigious scholarships in association with The Stage newspaper,” says Denise Hutton Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz Theatre Schools. “It’s been particularly challenging for business with all the lockdowns but we were all determined that our students and young people in the community would not miss out on this wonderful opportunity. Although the impact of Covid has hit small businesses like ours very hard, we collectively felt that it was important to continue to offer as many opportunities as possible to support young people who have had to show incredible resilience over the last year and a half. A huge congratulations to all of our scholarship winners and we are delighted to welcome lots of new students to the Razzamataz Family.”

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The scholarships were open to all young people between the ages of 6-18. Both current Razzamataz students and those that haven’t had any formal training were eligible to apply. For young people who have had to continue their practice at home while in lockdown or isolating, they have shown a huge amount of drive and determination.

“The performing arts is wonderful but competitive career but our students have proved that they have the resilience to work their way through the difficult times,” adds Denise. “For children who have never had any training before, we are so delighted to welcome them to Razzamataz and the excellent training that our schools offer. We know what a positive impact that the performing arts can offer all children so we are so pleased that our franchisees have continued this exceptional offer.”

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Former Razzamataz scholarship students have gone on to be successful in many West End shows including Hamilton, &Juliet, Matilda, School of Rock and many TV shows as well as a starring in a Disney movie.

As well as the financial incentives, the auditions gave students something positive to look forward to. Performing arts professionals across the UK helped to make the difficult judging decisions, giving students the opportunity to stretch themselves and aim high.

Razzamataz Theatre Schools teach thousands of children. With more than 20 years’ experience, the Principals have seen first-hand how performing arts can transform young people’s lives. With the focus now firmly on children’s physical and mental health, there is more demand than ever before for the Razzamataz classes.

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“We have talked for years about how important the arts are for children,” adds Denise. “Our classes help to develop confidence, teamwork, resilience and can help with both physical and mental health. The lockdowns have really shined a light on the fact that more needs to be done in these areas so we are really delighted to be part of the movement to promote the arts.”

Although for much of the last 18 months, the schools have been closed or operating with restrictions, that hasn’t stopped new franchisees from joining the network. So far in 2021, five new schools have joined the Dragons’ Den backed franchise with many existing franchisees growing their original territory.

The new franchisees join the ten new Principals who joined the network in 2020. Even during the pandemic, Razzamataz was able to continue to grow the network and continue the high level of support and training.

Source: Franchising

Good Oaks Home Care Set To Expand Into The Midlands With Three Offices Opening

July 6, 2021

Good Oaks Home Care, a premium home care and live-in care franchise, is continuing its expansion as three new franchised offices recently opened.

The three new offices will provide personalised home care in Worcester, Cheltenham and Derby.

 
The Midlands will also be getting a first as Good Oaks Home Care is the UK’s only carbon-neutral franchising care company. The company is involved in tree planting initiatives in both the UK and the Amazon Rainforest. They have introduced the Good Oaks’ Proprietary COVID-19 Secure Standard for Infection Control which goes above and beyond sector guidelines to ensure the utmost COVID-19 Security. These enhanced measures include, but are not limited to; temperature checks before carers start placements with clients, enhanced infection control training and full PPE, weekly Covid-19 tests and our COVID-19-secure code of conduct. Throughout the Pandemic, Good Oaks has been recognised as a going above and beyond for their communities with numerous award nominations, including at the prestigious Home Care Awards.

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To support this growth and keep to the company’s sustainable and ethical principles, the team at the Support Office plans to double in size, bringing in a variety of experts in their fields.

Co-founder of Good Oaks Home Care, Ben Ashton, said they were delighted to welcome the new Midlands offices into the Good Oaks team. He said: “We feel very proud of our team and everyone in it shares our ethos, passion and enthusiasm for providing the very best care possible for our clients. Good Oaks employs a unique partnership approach, treating clients and their families as the experts in their condition that they are. We work closely and proactively to ensure that we support the whole family to keep their loved-one in their home.

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“We truly believe that by supporting, valuing and developing the caring people who work with us, providing great rates of pay and career progression, we do create the best experience for everyone.

“We are proud of how our teams consistently go above and beyond for clients.”

Source: Franchising

Franchise Brands posts record sales at Metro Rod

July 5, 2021

Franchise Brands PLC (LON:FRAN) said its drainage solutions division Metro Rod has posted record sales for the six months to 30 June.

 
System sales at the B2B division increased by 21% compared with 2020 and 17% compared with 2019 to £23.8mln, with June in particular surging £4.3mln, up 41% from last year and 26% from 2019.

The wider group has benefited from the easing of lockdown restrictions across the UK.

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Willow Pumps, which was acquired in October 2019, has greater exposure to hospitality and was more impacted by lockdown, but invoiced sales were up 9% compared with 2020.

The franchise business said Willow Pumps continues to facilitate the growth of pump-related work within Metro Rod, where pumps system sales have jumped 159% to £700,000.

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The B2C division has also performed strongly, and 40 new franchisees have been recruited taking the number of B2C franchisees to 393, the AIM-listed company said.

It added that it should deliver a full-year performance at least in line with market expectations.

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“I have been pleased by the speed at which the demand for our services has grown as the lockdown restrictions have been lifted,” said executive chairman Stephen Hemsley.

“Throughout the pandemic I have been particularly encouraged by the resilience of our franchisees. Their entrepreneurial spirit and continued commitment to serve our customers gives me huge confidence in the future of Franchise Brands.”

By Giulia Bottaro

Source: Proactive Investors

Bluebird Care franchise offers clients a trip down memory lane

July 2, 2021

Bluebird Care Birmingham East and North has launched a new project for its customers, offering them a trip down memory lane.

 
The franchise is producing keepsake booklets that combine images, saved items or memorabilia, with a caption to economy each memory.

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Suresh Dakshinamurthy, director of Bluebird Care Birmingham East & North, commented: “Memory Lane is very close to everybody in the office. It brings out the untold story of our customers, and its inception will bring our staff members closer to those customers.”

Bluebird Care is allocating one staff member to a customer to produce a Memory Lane keepsake book. The first copy (pictured) was produced for a 99 year-old Bluebird Care client, who turns 100 next year.

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Dakshinamurthy added: “The bond between carer and customer is vitally important. The Memory Lane project allows the two sides of that relationship to understand one another better. We hope that translates to a better bond, and a higher level of service offered to our customer. Not only that, but the book itself is great. It looks aesthetically pleasing and will be a hit for our users and their families.”

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Bluebird Care Birmingham East and North has deployed the Memory Lane project as part of the ‘Beating Isolation’ roll out, which has involved Bluebird Care franchises from across the network carry out activities and projects to tackle the challenges their services users commonly face.

By SARAH CLARKE

Source: Home Care Insight

Tim Hortons emerges as the most searched franchise in Canada

June 30, 2021

Tim Hortons is a franchise often synonymously known with Canada, and it appears the country’s web searches justify that notion.

 
Data analysts at PACK & SEND, a technology-driven logistics company with franchises across Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, used Google search data to identify the most popular franchise businesses around the world. They also investigated which country’s residents are most interested in taking on this unique style of business venture.

When it comes to Canada, Tim Hortons was the most Googled-franchise business, and overall, the country was seventh on the Top 10 list of Google searches regarding a franchise business with 42 per 100,000 people.

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Canada placed behind (in order) Australia, South Africa, Ireland, The UK, The US, and Iceland.

When considering raw search volume, Americans performed the most Google searches for franchise business terms, with a total of 208,290 searches in just 12 months, while Canada had 19,760.

The study revealed McDonald’s as the most searched franchise business in the world, taking the top spot in 78 of the 97 countries analysed.

KFC came in second place, topping the table as the most-Googled franchise business in nine countries, including Luxembourg, Thailand, and Indonesia.

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Other popular franchise opportunities included Burger King (in Namibia, Turkey, The Central African Republic, and Estonia), Dominos (in Bulgaria and Kazakhstan), Jollibee (in Japan and The Philippines), and Hardees (in Mongolia).

Mike Ryan, UK CEO at PACK & SEND commented on the findings, “It’s interesting to see the fast-food industry currently dominating the world’s Google searches when it comes to hunting for franchise opportunities. This is likely due to the seemingly universal and accessible nature of fast food and takeaways.”

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Tony Macaroni franchise ready to expand restaurants into England and Wales

June 29, 2021

Tony Macaroni, the award-winning Italian casual dining brand, is ready to expand its restaurants into England and Wales. The Glasgow-based chain is part of the Viva Italia Group which also includes Mozza, Nardini and The Wine House 1821.

Tony Macaroni currently has 19 restaurants across Scotland and Northern Ireland with five more scheduled to open by the end of the year.

 
Sep Marini, managing director of Tony Macaroni, said that he is looking to bring the brand to towns and cities down south, fulfilling a long-held ambition to have a Tony Macaroni restaurant on every high street throughout the UK.

Marini commented: “While 2020 has proved to be challenging for many brands, we have continued to enjoy success. We’ll be standing at 24 Tony Macaroni restaurants in Scotland and Northern Ireland by the end of the year, and we are now ready for the next chapter.

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“We want to partner with the best operators in the country to help them bring the Tony Macaroni brand to people all over England and Wales. Our brand is much-loved throughout Scotland, because we follow a formula that works. I firmly believe we can emulate this success the length and breadth of the UK with experienced franchisees who can build themselves a fantastic business.”

Tony Macaroni opened its first restaurant in 2007 and now employs around 500 people across Scotland and Northern Ireland. The company says that its restaurants offer authentic Italian food at affordable prices, with everything cooked to order under the direction of a head chef.

Last year, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the company said it saw a 400 per cent increase in takeaway sales and was recognised in the Pizza, Pasta & Italian Food Industry Awards by winning the title of Restaurant Chain Award 2020. The award category was for chains with over 10 sites and looked at how the business ‘weathered the storms of Covid-19’.

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Marini continued: “Our menu was redesigned, inspired and crafted by the amazing Italian celebrity chef Fabio Campoli and his team three years ago. This brings standardisation to all our procedures, from prep to service, and ensures consistent quality throughout the group as we expand – perfect for franchising and a real selling point.

“When you combine our incredible food with the fact Tony Macaroni is a great affordable choice for every kind of occasion, you can see why our turnover is so steady. I think ambitious operators are going to be excited by the potential to open a sizeable number of Tony Macaroni’s in their chosen territory.

“This is an exciting time for the industry, full of opportunity and there are some great deals to be done on desirable sites. The smartest operators are already taking full advantage of the current situation in the marketplace – including less competition, cheaper rents and landlord incentives.”

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Caremark to undergo brand refresh in franchise recruitment drive

June 24, 2021

Caremark has announced that it will undergo a brand refresh in a bid to step up the recruitment of franchisees across the country.

 
The care provider, which has more than 110 existing franchises in its UK network, said it still has new territories available in the “ever-growing market sector”.

It has partnered with SandisonPay to support the business with marketing and design expertise in order to achieve its ambition.

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The agency said the brand refresh will lean on the past successes of Caremark and use these as building blocks to create a new “energetic face” for the business that reflects the positivity of its plans for the future.

Fresh colours, fonts, and imagery will breathe new life into videos, animation, digital media, an advertising campaign, and a range of collateral and presentation materials.

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Claire Pay, managing director at SandisonPay, sees this foundation as the ideal basis for some highly-effective marketing materials: “With such an interesting, successful and socially-minded product, the strategic and creative opportunity is incredibly exciting. We have plenty of experience in franchise recruitment, so we are not only delighted to partner Caremark but also perfectly placed to help.”

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Four pillars will underpin the marketing strategy; the scope and availability of the franchises, the strength of the current business numbers and the potential returns, the scale of the opportunity in an ever-growing sector, and the level of training and support from comprehensive in-house training to ongoing support that’s in place across the network.

By SARAH CLARKE

Source: Home Care Insight

Itsu eyes growth after signing Bridgepoint deal

June 23, 2021

Growth is on the menu at Asian-inspired food brand itsu after the business signed a deal with international alternative asset group Bridgepoint. The agreement, which involves Bridgepoint taking a minority stake in the company, is expected to create thousands of jobs within the UK.

 
The new partnership between itsu and Bridgepoint secures growth for the restaurant group, including 100 new outlets, creating 2,000 jobs in the UK within the next five years.

itsu‘s founder Julian Metcalfe said: “We are thrilled to be teaming up with Bridgepoint again after our success together at Pret a Manger during the dynamic 2008-2018 era.

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“We’ve spent months in lockdown working with them to ensure itsu will be well-funded for long-term growth. Never before has enjoying healthy, nutritious food been so uppermost in customer’s minds. This is what itsu does beautifully for about £7 per head.”

The new sites are in addition to the deal itsu has recently signed with Pizza Hut and other major franchise operators in the UK, France, and Belgium.

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Benoit Alteirac, partner at Bridgepoint, said: “We see a global opportunity for itsu. Their standout offer is an exciting and contemporary attitude to healthy and nutritious food with nearly 40 per cent of it being plant-based.

“Itsu combines affordable, convenient, and fresh food with an outstanding operational model coupled with deep-rooted brand values. We recognise their time is now and their ambition, goals and purpose are so relevant in this post pandemic era.”

By Adam Beech

Source: Insider Media

Right at Home UK receives national Top 20 Homecare Group Award

June 22, 2021

National homecare provider Right at Home UK has once again been recognised as a top 20 homecare group in the UK. The accolade has been awarded by the leading independent review website, homecare.co.uk. This is based on the homecare group’s reviews from the people they care for, as well as their friends and relatives. With an overall group score of 9.8/10, the provider retains its position as the most highly rated major homecare franchise brand in the UK.

 
Right at Home, whose headquarters are based in Liverpool, has almost 2,000 reviews on homecare.co.uk, across its network of 65+ offices in England, Wales and Scotland. As well as achieving a top 20 homecare group award, 24 of Right at Home’s locally owned and operated offices are named in the list of top 20 homecare providers for their respective regions.

The awards are calculated using a combination of the number of reviews received and the average of each of the ratings. Review scores are based on six categories: overall standard; staff; care/support; management; treated with dignity; and value for money.

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Highlights from the awards include: • Four Right at Home offices in London being named in the top 20, out of 1,477 providers • Five Right at Home offices in the East of England named in the top 20, out of 1,089 providers • Four Right at Home offices in the South East of England named in the top 20, out of 1,513 providers • Five Right at Home offices in the North West of England named in the top 20, out of 1,017 providers

Commenting on the award win, Right at Home UK CEO, Ken Deary, said: “This is fantastic recognition for our network who have worked tremendously hard to continue delivering the highest standard of care and support to our Clients throughout the pandemic.

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“I’d like to thank each and every one of our CareGivers for their hard work and commitment during what has been a very challenging time. The reviews we have received from Clients and their families have been very humbling. I could not be prouder of our network, who are consistently bringing our motto of ‘making a difference every day’ to life.”

Homecare.co.uk’s Reviews Manager, Amanda Hopkins, said: “As people live longer with multiple health conditions, homecare providers, which offer tailored care to people living in their own homes are becoming increasingly important in today’s society.

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“During the pandemic, homecare providers have played a key role in caring for elderly and disabled people, with many self-isolating at home, and their friends and family unable to visit due to Covid restrictions.

“Right at Home UK has proved that it provides a high standard of care and we’d like to congratulate it on being a top homecare group! Our reviews provide a valuable insight into the quality and kind of care given by providers and can be a vital source of information for those looking for care at home.”

Right at Home provides high-quality care services to adults in the comfortable and familiar surroundings of their own home.

By Amy Mitchinson

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