Green Motion helps primary school go green

January 25, 2020

A low emission car rental company, Green Motion International is considered publicly, and by industry experts, as amiable ambassadors in the movement towards a more sustainable future.

Recently, the company’s Leicester branch gained local attention after they offered support to a local primary school’s eco initiatives. Abbey Mead Primary Academy in Leicester began their commitment to sustainable practices last year by encouraging pupils to cycle to school and educate classes on the importance of recycling as well as activities in their new ‘Eco Warriors’ club.

After hearing of the local primary school’s new motivation to improve their eco status, the Leicester Green Motion branch donated £2,100 to cover the cost of new bike sheds and recycling facilities which is of great benefit to both the local community and the children’s understanding of global warming.

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The branch have expressed that they will continue to support the primary school after its financial investment through any guidance they require, and by offering agents as volunteers to supervise environmental initiatives, such as the school’s ‘Eco Warrior’ club.

Working towards a sustainable future

Green Motion takes its role as stewards of the environment extremely seriously, and the protection and care of the environment is a vital part of Green Motion’s core business model. Its efforts are reflected in the countless awards celebrating their work in combating climate change, including commendation from several official UK and international environmental bodies.

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As well as its ecological drive, the company has also committed themselves to social and community causes, such as the Winter Night Shelter, Alzheimer’s Society, cancer support charities and other fundraisers, like Comic Relief and the Australian Firefighters fund.

Whilst the climate crisis is a colossal mission, Green Motion’s fight against global warming has begun from the foundations of each and every rental station. Every location in the company’s vast network – spanning across 47 countries – is internally designed utilising renewable materials from ethical, environmental suppliers as well as using only recycled stationery in store.

A consideration each franchisee must make prior to joining the Green Motion network is how they can commit to essential rental station requirements, such as censored low energy lighting, recycling units, environmentally friendly cleaning and of course fleets inclusive of low emission vehicles.

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All staff are encouraged to adopt the core principles of the Green Motion ethos with many agents choosing to further their pledge from sustainable practice in office, to exchanging paid work hours to volunteer within their local communities.

Late last year, Green Motion UK proudly announced their carbon neutral status making them the only carbon neutral car rental company in the UK.

At the beginning of 2019, the UK franchise heads decided to extend the gift of reducing carbon emissions to their customers by committing to offset all journeys taken by their clients and also to do the same for all energy used within each of the 30 UK locations. The company is able to do this by donating the funds to cover the UK franchises carbon footprint, to the wind turbine projects in India and the re-forestation of the Amazon rainforest.

Green Motion is very rightly pleased with their ecological efforts, however, one UK branch in particular has surpassed the eco rental company’s expectations, driving the whole network towards even more intense environmental goals. Water-less car washing has recently been introduced at the Green Motion Edinburgh Waverley branch, which has reduced water use by 200 litres per vehicle washed.

In a generation of compliance, denial and concerning public reluctance to change, eco car rental company Green Motion is spearheading the way towards a sustainable future by caring for their local communities, as well as focusing on the bigger picture of global warming.

Whether you’re carpooling, abandoning your usual cycling commute in protest to the winter weather, or looking to hire a car for a trip away, be sure to opt for the car rental company that is socially and ecologically responsible – Green Motion.

By Leena Sidat

Source: Leicester Mercury

F45 continues UK expansion amid stock market listing rumours

January 25, 2020

F45 is expanding its UK footprint with the launch of two new studios in Manchester.

The Australia-based franchised operator already has a presence in a number of big UK cities and towns – including London, Brighton, Birmingham and Reading – and is now spreading its reach in the north-west of the country.

Scheduled to open in February, the two sites – F45 Manchester Northern Quarter and F45 Salford Central – will follow the same high intensity, group training format that the brand has become synonymous for.

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Both studios will be operated on a franchise deal.

“The brand has grown at an enormous rate throughout the UK and all over the world and it is a real testament to its innovative concept that delivers amazing results,” said Max Lilley, owner of F45 Salford Central.

Michael Dean, UK sales director for F45, added: “Our goal is for there to be an F45 studio on almost every corner of the world – and with the accelerated growth we have seen since the UK launch in 2017, we are confident that we can make this happen.”

The chain is planning further UK and Ireland openings for 2020 – including locations in Southampton, Dublin and Cheltenham.

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The latest openings come as US-based financial news service Bloomberg reported that F45 could be planning to list on the stock market in the US.

In a news report, Bloomberg claimed that the company had “filed confidentially for a U.S. initial public offering, according to people with knowledge of the matter”.

HCM has contacted F45 for a comment on the potential listing.

By Tom Walker

Source: Health Club Management

Gold’s Gym reports ‘strongest year of growth in company history’

January 24, 2020

Gold’s Gym completed 22 US franchise agreements and a total of 35 new openings worldwide during 2019 – the most in a single year in the company’s history.

The franchised fitness giant’s growth during the year focused on emerging markets, with nine new sites opening in Japan, eight in India, five in Saudi Arabia and four in Egypt.

It also secured new international master license agreements for Iraq (five clubs), Australia (30 clubs) and New Zealand (10 clubs).

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On its domestic US market, its biggest new franchise deals were for North Carolina (eight clubs), Tennessee (five clubs) and Southern California (four clubs).

Also throughout 2019, the company worked to consolidate and optimise brand ownership through franchisee acquisition of company-owned clubs.

“This past year of success serves as proof that the Gold’s Gym franchise opportunity is more attractive than ever as an investment in the fitness industry,” said Gold’s Gym president and CEO Adam Zeitsiff.

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“Our continued franchise development achievements from 2019 have set the stage for what we anticipate will be another impressive year of growth on a global scale.

Craig Sherwood, Gold’s Gym chief development officer, added: “As we head into 2020, I feel we are equipped with the perfect recipe for success: the right corporate leaders, the right franchisees and the right business model.

“With some major expansion opportunities already in the works, my team and I are proud to play a role in continuing to grow this brand 55 years beyond its inception.”

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Gold’s Gym now has more than 700 locations serving 3 million people across six continents.

By Tom Walker

Source: Leisure Opportunities

The last Chick-fil-A in the UK is shutting down after months of nonstop protest

January 24, 2020

The last Chick-fil-A remaining in the United Kingdom is shutting down after four months following protests over the chain’s history of espousing anti-gay rhetoric and donating to anti-LGBTQ hate groups.

The franchise, tucked away in a luxury hotel in the Scottish Highlands, spawned outrage nationwide when it opened.

The fast-food chain had previously opened another location in the U.K. that closed abruptly barely a week after opening. It also spawned protests when it opened in a shopping center.

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The first bisexual man elected to the Scottish Parliament, Patrick Harvie, called on the hotel chain to shut down the franchise when it opened late last year. Harvie is also co-leader of the Scottish Greens party.

He pointed out that a different location gets a lot of business from Parliament and urged his fellow legislators to pressure the chain into dropping the controversial fast-food chicken franchise.

“MSPs, as well as visiting delegations from other countries, often use their hotel on Holyrood Road, and many organizations hold briefing events there when the space inside Parliament is full,” he told The National. “So we have a special responsibility to challenge them to drop their association with this toxic U.S. company which funds campaigns to undermine LGBT+ people’s safety and human rights.”

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A statement on the hotel’s website confirmed the location’s closing, describing it as a “pop-up.” When it opened, there was no indication the restaurant would be temporary.

LGBTQ activist Scott Cuthbertson started a petition when the location launched that eventually garnered over a thousand signatures urging the hotelier to dump the restaurant chain.

Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A – and current CEO’s father – donated money to anti-gay groups like the Marriage & Family Foundation, the Georgia Family Council and the ex-gay therapy group Exodus International. As recently as 2017 Chick fil-A donated $1.8 million to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a group that opposes same-sex marriage, and to The Salvation Army, a group with its own history of anti-LGBTQ actions.

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The company has faced repercussions for its donations, getting forced out of college campuses and airports and protested in schools and in Canada. At the same time, conservatives made Chick-fil-A a symbol for their fight against LGBTQ equality.

The chain recently announced they would reconfigure their charitable-giving guidelines to exclude groups with anti-LGBTQ policies. The decision to backtrack after years of nonstop support from the religious right caused evangelical leaders and politicians to immediately attack the chain they had previously fought to defend so vociferously.

By Bil Browning

Source: LGBTQ Nation

Fit Body Boot Camp Named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s 41st Annual Franchise 500® List

January 23, 2020

Marking another milestone for the world’s fastest growing fitness boot camp franchise, Fit Body Boot Camp has landed on Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2020 Franchise 500® list, the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. The franchise ranked at No. 437 as a result of its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability and brand power.

Appearing on the Franchise 500® is a highly sought-after honor in the franchise industry and recognized as an invaluable resource for potential franchisees. The Franchise 500® ranks brands that rose to the top reveal the newest trends, as well as the industries that continue going strong, decade after decade.

“This past year has been full of milestones as Fit Body Boot Camp continues to pave the way in the indoor group training segment and this ranking further solidifies the proven success of our brand’s business model,” said Bedros Keuilian, Founder and CEO. “It has been so rewarding to see our franchisees become small business owners and make a difference in the communities in which they operate and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for them and our brand.”

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To compile the ranking, all franchises are given a cumulative score based on more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500® in ranking order. Over its 41 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. Fit Body Boot Camp’s position on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity.

From a business investment perspective, Fit Body Boot Camp is known as the ‘anti-franchise’ franchise, having no percentage-based royalty fee like most franchises. Rather, all franchisees pay a monthly flat rate that allows them to grow their business without giving an increasing percentage to the franchisor. Boasting record low startup and operating cost and multiple revenue streams, Fit Body Boot Camp is an attractive investment opportunity for potential franchisees. To date, the brand currently has nearly 500 locations open with another 100+ in development.

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Founded in 2009, Fit Body Boot Camp is the world’s fastest growing fitness boot camp, offering members around the world affordable, high-intensity, 30-minute fat loss boot camps that challenge the body and deliver results. As an established, award-winning brand, Fit Body Boot Camp has been recognized by Inc. Magazine on its Inc. 5000 list for fastest growing companies in the United States and Entrepreneur Magazine on its Franchise 500 list. With over 600 locations in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K., Fit Body Boot Camp is growing through franchising, offering a best-in-class investment for qualified prospects.

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Slim Chickens to replace Ed’s Diner at Bluewater Shopping Centre

January 23, 2020

A new southern fried chicken restaurant is set to open at Bluewater shopping centre. The Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG) will convert their Ed’s Diner, located in the upper mall by the Showcase Cinema, into a Slim Chickens, also owned by BRG.

It is set to rebrand next month, according to Big Hospitality .

Job adverts have been posted on Indeed for two kitchen team members and a front of house employee.

We could be seeing a lot more Slim Chickens in the UK as BRG, who used to run Giraffe in Bluewater too, look to expand the franchise this year.

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Slim Chickens prides itself on fresh hand-breaded chicken using homemade recipes cooked to order and served in a “friendly Southern hospitality”.

The menu features wings, tenders, chicken sandwiches, wraps and salads.

As a meal, these come with fries, Texas toast, bottomless soda and a choice from a variety of house sauces including garlic parmesan and cayenne ranch.

Meals are priced from £7.45 to £13.45 if you are really hungry.

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You can also get a variety of sides and milkshakes, with beer fans rejoicing at Camden Hells for £3 with a meal.

All this topped off with a jar dessert containing different variations of brownie if there’s still any room.

Founders Greg and Tom launched their first Slim Chickens venture back in 2003 in Fayetteville, Arkensas.

They now have more than 80 branches in America and have opened six UK stores in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Brunswick, Soho and James Street in London.

Bluewater is set to be number seven and the first of its kind in Kent.

By Andy Robinson Senior Reporter

Source: Kent Live

EweMove and Martin & Co parent firm sets up mortgage arm

January 22, 2020

The Property Franchise Group – which operates five High Street agency brands and the EweMove hybrid – has set up a financial services division.

It looks set to handle mortgages for the agency brands to offer clients.

TPFG has told its shareholders that it intends to pursue a “buy and build” strategy to develop this new division, targeting the acquisition of “quality financial services businesses which are relevant to the group’s core business.”

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This division will operate as a subsidiary TPFG and will service its existing franchisees.

“This strategy seeks to enable the [new] division to capitalise on the significant volume of leads generated by the core business, whilst the property franchisees are able to generate further revenue without adding to fixed overheads” says the franchise giant.

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Financial services will be available as a new franchise opportunity, with TPFG holding the master franchise rights and delivering to its franchisees a separate financial services brand, back office systems, a supply of “whole of market” mortgage products and a compliance function.

To kick start the division, TPFG has acquired a 72.25 per cent stake in Auxilium Partnership Limited, a protection advisory business.

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Auxilium Partnership was launched by Mark Graves in March 2019 with the aim to enfranchise, educate and encourage intermediaries, such as mortgage brokers, to develop their protection business.

It’s been announced that Graves, who has 30 years experience in life assurance, will now lead TPFG’s financial services division.

By Graham Norwood

Source: Estate Agent Today

Inside Love Brownies in Canterbury – the new café entirely dedicated to the chocolate treat

January 22, 2020

A new café has just opened in Kent – and it’s good news for chocolate fans.

That’s because the brand new opening in Canterbury city centre is entirely dedicated to gooey, fudgy brownies.

Love Brownies, in the former Kent Reliance in Rose Lane, is the chain’s ninth franchise in the UK.

The store, which opened on Thursday (January 16), sells a range of weird and wonderful chocolate brownies – as well as the classics.

Just some of the flavours on offer include salted caramel, coconut, double chocolate, morello cherry and raspberry.

All of its brownies are gluten-free, and a range of vegan options are also on offer.

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And it doesn’t stop at brownies either, as it also offers a breakfast and lunch menu as well as coffee and famously indulgent hot chocolates.

Writing on Facebook, a spokesman for the company said: “Canterbury we are open!

“Indulgent brownies, milkshakes and hot chocolate that has to be tasted to be believed! We also offer a tempting range of breakfast and lunch options.

“Visit us on Rose Lane, Whitefriars shopping centre.”

Love Brownies was founded in 2009 by Chantal Teal, who is also the businesses head chef.

Starting out as an online gifting site, the first shop was opened in 2016 in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, and quickly became a well-established venue offering delicious luxury chocolate brownies, cakes and beautifully packaged chocolate gifts along with freshly brewed coffee.

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Now operating a franchise model, Love Brownies has outgrown its original kitchen, which is now a larger café, and opened a commercial kitchen right in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

With capacity for producing 10,000 brownies per day, all locations are supplied with hand-made brownies on a next day delivery basis, ensuring fresh, top-quality brownies at every single venue.

A mission statement on the Love Brownies website reads: “We want every single one of our cafés to be the absolute best that it can be – wherever you live you deserve the complete Love Brownies experience (trust us, it’s a real treat!).

“This means that behind the scenes we have an amazing team of colleagues, suppliers and contractors all working hard to get things tip-top.”

It adds: “Love Brownies is a delightful place to enjoy breakfast, lunch and of course, an award-winning brownie.

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“Whether you’re a tropical coconut connoisseur or like your brownies fruity and opt for fresh raspberry or zingy orange, we have something for everyone. Oh, and our hot chocolate is to die for.

“But a visit to Love Brownies isn’t just about experiencing a taste sensation. Yes, that’s top of the list, of course. But we want to make sure you always leave feeling like you can’t wait to come back.

“Making sure that we have colouring-in and games to occupy little ones whilst they enjoy their babyccino, stocking our loo with emergency supplies in case you get caught short, and making sure that your brownie is on the house if you pop in on your birthday – these are things we think set us apart from the rest.”

Love Brownies is open seven days a week.

By Lauren MacDougall

Source: Kent Live

Domino’s Shares Gain 14% in 6 Months: Will Growth Continue?

January 21, 2020

Domino’s Pizza, Inc. DPZ is riding high on solid brand positioning, international expansion and various sales building initiatives. With a decent share price appreciation, Domino’s is currently a profitable investment choice.

Shares of Domino’s have outperformed the industry in the past six months. The stock has gained 14% against the industry’s decline of 1.8%. Moreover, an upward revision in earnings estimates for 2020 reflects analysts’ optimism in the company’s growth potential. Over the past 60 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its 2020 earnings has moved up by 0.5% to $10.55 per share. Let’s delve deeper.

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Robust Same-Store Sales & Unit Expansion Bode Well

The pizza category is a fast-growing segment in the U.S. quick-service restaurant industry and Domino’s is one of the largest pizza chains worldwide. In the United States, the company is the market leader in the delivery segment and ranks second in the carry-out division. Notably, the third quarter of 2019 marked the 34th consecutive quarter of positive same-store sales, domestically.

Since Domino’s earns a chunk of its revenues from outside the United States, it remains committed toward accelerating presence in high-growth international markets to boost business. The company’s international growth continues to be strong and diversified across markets, courtesy of exceptional unit level economics. Notably, the third quarter of 2019 marked the 103rd consecutive quarter of positive same-store sales in its international business. Globally, Domino’s opened 829 and 1058 net stores in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Also, in the first nine months of 2019, the company opened 574 net new stores.

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Furthermore, many international franchisees are steadily generating robust returns. Apart from the established markets such as Canada, Japan, Italy, the U.K., Ireland, Switzerland and South Korea, the emerging markets like Brazil, China, Indonesia and Turkey have been posting solid growth. Australia, Russia, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia are also gaining momentum.

Domino’s continues boosting sales through regular limited time offers (LTO). Moreover, the company is investing heavily in technology-driven initiatives like digital ordering to boost sales. By the end of the fourth quarter of 2019, the company will launch GPS tracking technology. Meanwhile, it has started driverless pizza delivery services in Houston, TX.

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Focus on Franchising Favors Earnings

Domino’s has a wide franchise network, both domestically and internationally. Reducing the company’s ownership of restaurants and focusing more on re-franchising minimizes its capital requirements and facilitates earnings per share growth and ROE expansion.

In addition, free cash flow continues to grow, allowing reinvestment for increasing brand recognition and shareholder return. In fact, the company has increased dividend by 25%, 24%, 23%, 21% and 20% in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively, after initiating regular dividends in 2013.

Moreover, Domino’s is less susceptible to food inflation courtesy of franchising compared with other pizza companies with global operations. The company’s recapitalization deal also makes cash available for potential special dividend and share repurchases, subject to the board’s approval. During third-quarter 2019, it announced a new $1 billion share repurchase program.

Source: Yahoo Finance UK

Snap Fitness Poised for Continued International Expansion in 2020

January 21, 2020

New clubs, new territories and new milestones are on the horizon for Snap Fitness. With more than one million members and 2,000+ clubs open or scheduled for development globally, the world’s 24/7 fitness brand is positioned to continue its international growth and brand development in 2020.

Snap Fitness celebrates the new year with its 100th club opening in Europe and the launch of a new state-of-the-art club design with bespoke lighting and the latest fitness technology in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Additional key markets for expansion in 2020 include Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

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“Whether we are expanding in current partner countries or entering new markets, communities are embracing our 24/7 model that provides fitness opportunities for everyone,” says Allison McElroy, Chief Global Development Officer of Snap Fitness’ parent company, Lift Brands. “New gyms are in development across the world, and our international expansion is a priority in 2020.”

Snap Fitness’ growth exploded in 2019, including the first-ever club opening in Taiwan. The brand also experienced significant growth of 46 percent in the Asia Pacific region and an overall membership increase of nine percent.

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“Snap Fitness transcends trends by offering consistency in a market that is crowded and fast-moving,” says Weldon Spangler, CEO of Lift Brands. “The Snap Fitness advantage is to continually innovate our gyms and make fitness accessible to everyone at any time. Our success provides more people opportunities to find success in their fitness goals.”

Snap Fitness offers a boutique atmosphere, the latest technology and a variety of equipment to help each member achieve and see results.

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About Lift Brands

Lift Brands is a leading innovator in the fitness industry as the parent brand to several fitness franchises and fitness brands worldwide including Snap Fitness, 9Round International Franchise, YogaFit Studios Franchise, Steele Fitness, and Fitness On Demand. With more than 1 Million members and 2,000+ locations open or scheduled for development in more than 26 countries, Lift Brands delivers results through the most rewarding fitness experiences in the world and changes lives daily.

Source: PR News Wire