Co-op to open franchise store on Newcastle University campus

August 16, 2019

Newcastle University Student Union has joined forces with the Co-op in a move which will see the retailer’s first franchise store open in the North East later this year.

The agreement will see the existing students’ union store extended and transformed with a fresh new-look in time for Fresher’s this September.

The new-look store will be managed and run by Newcastle University Students’ Union, providing employment opportunities for students.

The new 2,500sq ft store will offer Co-op’s full range of fresh, healthy foods, extended vegan and free-from offerings and a wide range of Fairtrade products.

Compostable carriers are available for customers who forget their bag-for-life. The not-for-profit bags – priced at 5p – offer an environmentally friendly alternative to the single-use plastic bags they replace. The store also includes a free refill tap for water.

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A funding boost for local causes is also on the cards through the Co-op’s Membership scheme. Members receive a 5% reward when buying own-brand products, with the Co-op donating a further 1% to causes in the area.

Graham Hattam, Newcastle University Students’ Union director of commercial, said: “We are excited to announce the introduction of a Co-op store into our Students’ Union and bring the first franchise store in the North East to our very own campus. This initiative supports our focus on providing healthy, affordable, fresh food and drink for students on campus, and complements our overarching objectives around enhancing the student experience. NUSU has been awarded ‘Students’ Union of the Year’ for the last two years consecutively, and a huge part of this success has been driven through delivering these types of initiatives which directly address the wants and needs of our students“.

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Martin Rogers, Co-op’s head of new channels, said: “This is an important development for Co-op. Our Franchise stores provide an exciting opportunity to grow our brand and create value for our partners and communities. At the heart of the Co-op it is about connecting communities, bringing people together and making a difference. In line with other work we are doing with Students’ Unions across the country Newcastle Union is a natural progression, with the new store having the choice, ease and convenience tailored to serve campus needs. We look forward to working closely with Newcastle Students Union and serving the campus community.”

The latest Co-op franchise store to open was on Kent University campus last month, which followed the opening of a franchise store on Leeds University Campus earlier this year (February).

By Fiona Briggs

Source: Retail Times

Why choose a Franchise as your next career move?

August 16, 2019

In today’s fast paced world, businesses encounter demanding challenges with increased risk and often, high uncertainty. Anyone considering their long-term business strategies and goals should minimise their exposure to these factors as much as possible. In the last four years, the UK franchise industry has grown by an incredible 10%, meaning this sector now contributes over £15 billion pounds to the UK economy. However, despite this impressive growth and over 550,000 people now employed in the franchise industry, a franchise business tends to come as an afterthought for many business people and would-be entrepreneurs.

Despite this lack of consideration, why is franchising becoming such a popular option? Really it comes down to three things; reducing risk; a wide variety of business opportunity and an increased chance of success. This is all achievable provided you’re prepared to put the work in.

A diverse future ahead Franchising has evolved significantly over the last 30 years. While it was once renowned with fast food giants such as McDonalds and Subway, there are now thousands of franchise brands that cover an abundance of business models and styles.

Today, franchising also goes beyond just selling physical products. Services such as cleaning and consultancy are all rapidly growing opportunities, as are home-based businesses. Our own story here at Zero Dry Time is testimony to the rising popularity of franchising in the Cleaning services sector.

The UK has in excess of 26 million households and many hundreds of thousands of businesses that require carpet and upholstery cleaning.

Proven successful track record Investing in a business with a demonstrable demand for its product or service and a history of success, significantly reduces a franchisee’s exposure to risk. Successful franchise companies tend to be those with clear business processes that consistently deliver positive results to their customers.

An established brand Anyone who has built a business from the ground up will at some point mention developing a strong brand. This can be a slow and exhausting process. One of the biggest advantages of franchising is that you are buying into an already well-established brand that has a perceived value in the eyes of their consumers.

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Again, this increases the business’s likelihood of success and subsequently reduces the risk factor.

Training and support Sometimes people forget that it’s in the company’s interest to give it’s franchisees the greatest possible chance to succeed. Most people who set up their own business must learn through trial and error, or at the expense of a business coach. They need to understand and learn the franchise’s values, business model and processes.

Beyond initial training, a good franchise continues to support its franchisees, helping them building better, more profitable relationships as they go. A reputable franchise continuously launches new products and marketing strategies to further support franchisees, making more sales collateral available, allowing franchisees more time to focus on building their customer base.

Like any other business, franchises can’t predict situations beyond their control, such as Brexit, fluctuating exchange rates and market volatility, but they are an excellent option for people interested in starting a new business, who want to reduce their risks and significantly increase their chances of success.

By Sarah Chapman

Source: BDaily

Husse Pet Food Opens in Newton Aycliffe

August 16, 2019

The Husse Pet Food franchise has expanded its locations to the South West County Durham region, with its newest location being homed to Newton Aycliffe’s Lyn and Baz Elkin. The business acts as a distributor of the Husse (pronounced Hoo-say) super healthy premium pet food, a Swedish brand with over 32 years of experience in the animal diet industry.

The Newton Aycliffe pair have begun their new journey less than 3 months ago, choosing to focus on the animal dietary care area, with Baz trading in a career of over 20 years in childcare and Lyn working part-time in accounts, they are now excited to focus on their newly found passion.

“Having looked at many franchises over a period of time, we kept coming back to the Husse franchise. We did a lot of research into the pet food market, and being fussy about what we feed our own pets, we realised that no other pet food business has the same hands on caring attitude that Husse has. We believe that we are a company that actually cares what your pet eats and this is reflected in the Husse ethos, using only the highest quality, human grade ingredients which is also GMO free.”

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Whilst the business mainly offers quality food catered for our canine and feline friends, some equine products are also available. General food is not the only option though, with alternative choices being on offer which can accommodate your animals dietary needs.

These consist of weight loss and gain options, allergy aware selections, and even ones which contribute to general health improvement.

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The two pet nutritionists provide free check up services, which allow your dogs to be monitored and given free sampling of products which they feel will benefit your pet. Free advice is also provided, allowing you to make well informed decisions on your animal friends needs.

The general benefits of using these services is that the changes made allow you to receive a tailor made diet, with free home delivery and on hand pet nutrition advice.

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Although it’s still early days with this new endeavour, the Aycliffe chain has already garnered a good number of customers in its South West Durham area which covers all of the main towns such as Newton Aycliffe, Darlington, Bishop Auckland and Crook, with free delivery of sampling on offer, provided feedback of the products is given.

The duo plan on launching an official business opening towards the late summer, including a dog show and games for everyone to enjoy.

Source: Newton News

Chichester store celebrates best trading period yet

August 16, 2019

A Chichester kitchen retailer is celebrating after its best 12 month trading period yet. Kitchen retailer, Kutchenhaus said it is ‘defying the ongoing pressures on bricks and mortar retailers’ on the high street, and reported 50 per cent growth in year-on-year revenue.

The store, which serves customers across an approximate 40-mile radius catchment area, is managed by franchisee owners Andy Barwell and Paul Turner, who have operated the business since September 2017.

Andy, co-owner of Kutchenhaus in Chichester, commented: “The last 12 month has been the best trading period for us, across both our main Chichester store, and our second store in Romsey.

“Between Paul and I, we have experience of more than 20 combined years in the industry and can offer a bespoke design service to our customers. We were already familiar with the Kutchenhaus product and the reps from selling in our previous roles, which drew us to the brand, and Kutchenhaus have given us the support and resources we needed to make the store a success.

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“Due to the revenue growth, we are considering the possibility of expanding and opening more stores, as well as hiring additional staff for our current stores.

“We have just recruited an area support manager to help with installations and ensure the customers receive consistent levels of great service. The Kutchenhaus store in Chichester boasts 2,100 square foot of retail space and four staff are employed across customer services and kitchen design.”

The company growth is primarily down to the quality of the in store customer experience the German designed and manufactured kitchens that Kutchenhaus is famous for and the increased consumer demand for affordable quality. The business is now forecasting a 12-month revenue growth target of another 50% as it looks to build further on its success.

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Sean Ford, national head of sales and operations for Kutchenhaus, said: “Kutchenhaus is on an ambitious growth path over the next two to three years, so it’s fantastic to see the progress Andy, Paul and the team are making at our Chichester business.

“There’s no doubt trading conditions are tough for many bricks and mortar retailers and the home improvement market is extremely competitive, but we find that our franchise owners are bucking the trend by creating an engaging store environment and delivering a high-quality end product.”

Established in 2004, Kutchenhaus is a franchise business owned by Europe’s largest kitchen manufacturer, Nobilia. Customers can both buy online at or one of its 28 showrooms across the UK. Potential franchisee partners interested in finding out more, can access further business information at

By Joe Stack

Source: Chichester

Home care company among best in West Midlands

August 14, 2019

Radfield Home Care – A HOME care provider from Herefordshire and south Shropshire has been named as one of the best providers in the West Midlands.

Radfield Home Care have been listed The Top 20 Home Care Awards 2019 recommended home care providers in each region of the UK after clients, or their relatives, can leave feedback online,

Similar to Tripadvisor for the tourism industry, provides a platform for feedback based on the quality of staff, standard of care received, office management team, dignity of services and value for money.

The awards recognise the top 20 providers in each region and nationally that have the highest user-review rating, with Radfield Herefordshire and South Shropshire achieving an average score of 9.8 out of 10.

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Owner of Radfield, Kiain McKean, said: “I am delighted to be awarded in the top 20 Home Care Providers in the West Midlands.

“My team and I pride ourselves on delivery of care and support we provide to our clients. Exceptional care by exceptional people at the heart of our business.”

Radfield Home Care is the first healthcare company in the UK to become a Certifed B Corp, an ethical accreditation that puts people and the planet above profits.

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The firm’s founded, Dr Hannah MacKechnie, said: “This is the second year in a row we have been recognised in’s Top 20 awards, but it is great to see this year our impact has been felt further with more of our franchise offices being listed.

“This award recognises how Radfield Home Care’s focus on private care services translates into high quality care that clients value in their local community.

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“Recognition across multiple regions as well as a group nationally will only further support our franchise partners as clients regularly review when deciding on a provider.”

By James Thomas

Source: Hereford Times

Five new franchisees join TaxAssist Accountants

August 14, 2019

Five new franchisees have recently completed their initial training and have begun trading as TaxAssist Accountants in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Mark Gibbs (Southend on Sea), Martin Murray (Swinton), Salmaan Shaikh (Surbiton) and Prav Tyagi (Manchester South), along with Declan Browne (Newbridge, County Kildare) are the latest franchisees to become part of the TaxAssist Accountants network in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Martin Murray, a FCCA qualified accountant with almost 30 years of experience, said: “Having followed TaxAssist’s progress over a number of years and long history of continuing success and development, I feel confident it will accelerate my practice development beyond what I could achieve on my own. The TaxAssist Brand and operating framework is modelled to give the most efficient working processes which are essential in a very competitive and vibrant sector of the market. I believe this translates into the best value for money a small business can get from their accountant.”

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Before joining the TaxAssist network, Prav Tyagi gained more than 20 years’ experience in the finance, risk and regulatory world of UK national and global banks.

“What attracted me to TaxAssist Accountants is its unique approach of ‘retail’ accountancy shops use of scalable integrated software suite, active use of social media, and a strong technical, marketing and operational support team backing you and your business to grow,” explained Prav, who is a Fellow member of both the Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) and Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA).

“I am confident of TaxAssist franchise model and look forward to build up a successful accountancy practice.”

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Salman Shaikh, a Fellow member of ACCA, worked in a variety of accountancy practices for 15 years before being attracted to the TaxAssist franchise opportunity and praised the initial training he received at the Support Centre at Norwich’s Broadland Business Park.

“All the staff have always been supportive, and the organisation culture is professional, progressive, friendly and positive. To work in an accounting practice is one thing, and to run one of your own is entirely another one. With TaxAssist I always get personalised continued support, which really a great thing. Joining the network as franchisee has been a wonderful experience.”

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Karl Sandall said: “We were delighted to meet such a fantastic group of new franchisees and we look forward to helping them to grow their practices. They were joined by four other new franchisees who also completed their training and will be shortly be taking the reins of existing practices.”

Group Business Development Director celebrates 20 years

August 14, 2019

Group Business Development Director James Mattam has recently celebrated his 20th anniversary with The TaxAssist Group

It was 26th July 1999 that James Mattam joined the fledgling franchise TaxAssist Accountants to be part of a team of just four staff and a network of 41 franchisees.

Having just completed his honours degree in Business Information Systems, James was recruited as IT Manager to build websites and provide support to franchisees. Promotions to Marketing Manager and Senior Business Development Manager followed, before joining the Board of Directors in 2016.

Reflecting on his experience with The TaxAssist Group, James said: “I’ve had a fantastic 20 years working with TaxAssist. I feel very fortunate to have found such a forward thinking and supportive employer which has enabled me to grow both on a personal and professional level and one which I am proud to represent at Board level. I am very much looking forward to the next 20 years!”

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To celebrate James’ special anniversary, Karl Sandall, Group Chief Executive of The TaxAssist Group presented him with a cake and a card and thanked him for his hard work and dedication.

Karl said: “Many congratulations to James for reaching this milestone anniversary and also for dedicating himself so enthusiastically to helping to grow the network so successfully.

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“Having spent his entire full-time career with TaxAssist Accountants, James has witnessed and embraced huge changes in technology and software over the years and he has played a fundamental role in delivering record client leads to the network, developing new marketing, brand and business development strategies and the expansion of our network of shops.

“James’ recent achievements have involved the launch of a national television brand campaign – the first of its kind in the UK for the accounting sector – and expanding the social media programme for the UK franchise network to drive more awareness in each local territory.

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“The TaxAssist Accountants Support Centre in Norwich, which has recently expanded to allow for anticipated growth, has 51 members of staff with 359 years of experience between them. If you combine this figure with the 1,086 years of combined service of our network of 215 franchisees, this really highlights the stability of support and the experience of the accountants around the network.”

Karl Sandall himself heads towards 20 years in franchising in 2020 which also marks the 25thanniversary of the founding of the TaxAssist Accountants franchise.

Dream Doors franchise expands in Telford and Wrekin

August 14, 2019

Kitchen facelift experts Dream Doors will be opening a Shropshire showroom in Wellington with the help of a £10,000 High Street Grant from Telford & Wrekin Council.

The makeover company specialises in kitchens and bedrooms and prides itself on providing a personal, friendly service that focusses on customer satisfaction.

Since its foundation in 1999, the enterprise has expanded and now has over 90 independently owned showrooms across the UK.

The Wellington showroom will be headed up by local businessman Chris Nowell who is looking forward to opening up at 8-10 Church Street.

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Chris said: “I always wanted my own business and Dream Doors has given me the opportunity to combine the reassurance of an established national brand along with the personal approach of my own business which I see as being part of the local community.

“I’ve got a busy few weeks ahead, but hope to open in August. As well as introducing a specialist showroom to the region, I will also be creating some new jobs. It’s an exciting time and I am very grateful to the council for their support.”

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The incentive grants are one of the many ways the Council is supporting businesses and rejuvenating high streets as part of its Pride in Our Community High Street initiative.

Councillor Lee Carter, Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member for finance, commercial services and economic development, said: “I am delighted to see yet another enterprise opening up in Wellington with the help of one of our business grants.

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The grants really are making a difference, and helping people to realise their dreams, creating jobs and boosting the local economy.”

Source: Shropshire Live

Meet the fitness group hoping to bring a friendly flavour to Clapham Common

August 14, 2019

One Element ​is holidng its first session on August 17, with regular meet-ups to take place on Mondays and Wednesday evenings, and Saturday mornings.

Josh Bartlett, One Element Clapham Founder. first discovered the group when he caught a glimpse of a session taking place on Twickenham Green.

He quickly decided to join the community.

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“After being a member for a number of years I saw huge potential for a new One Element community in the Clapham area, which is fast becoming a hotspot for fitness lovers in London,” Mr Bartlett said

“This franchise allows Clapham residents to benefit from a tried-and-tested fitness programme, as well as the social elements of a friendly community too.

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“My vision is to build a close-knit group that meets regularly to work towards their own fitness goals, together.”

Source: Wandsworth Guardian

Does bubble tea sound like your cup of tea?

August 13, 2019

Chatime was the very first bubble tea shop to open in Norwich, located in the city centre on Dove Street. It opened in 2016 and has been serving bubble tea seven days a week ever since.

We spoke to Shell Pizzey, owner of Chatime in Norwich, to find out more about what bubble tea is, how it’s made and what flavours you can enjoy.

What is bubble tea?

Traditionally a milk tea, bubble tea has evolved into a refreshing fruit tea too. It can be served hot or cold, making it suitable all year around. Bubble tea straws are much thicker than a standard straw because they’re designed to allow you to consume the toppings as you’re drinking. In most bubble tea shops you’ll see a machine that seals the top of the cup with cellophane. This is great if you’re on the go because you don’t have to drink it straight away. When you’re ready, you can pierce the cellophane with your straw and enjoy.

Chatime Norwich offers a selection of bubble teas, coolers and mousses. Their bubble tea isn’t made with a powder, it’s a fresh tea and all ingredients are imported from Taiwan. There’s a secret to getting your straw through the seal. Shell told us: “The trick is to put your thumb over the top of the straw to make it airtight. That way, you won’t struggle to pierce the seal and it won’t spill out when you do.”

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When was it invented?

Bubble tea originated in Taiwan in the 80s, and is now available in countries all over the world. It was given the name ‘bubble tea’ because of the thick layer of foam that forms on the top after it’s shaken. The first Chatime store opened in 2010 in California, United States.

How is bubble tea made?

There are two main types of bubble tea, made with milk or without. “At Chatime Norwich our most popular milk teas are the Chatime milk tea, the chocolate milk tea, and our honeydew milk tea is really popular too. If you’d prefer a fruit tea, our passion fruit green tea and peach green tea are our customers’ favourites,” Shell told us.

What flavours and toppings are available?

There are toppings galore to choose from, it’s these toppings which make bubble tea unique. The original and most popular topping is tapioca balls, which are a starch made from the root of cassava plants. You can opt for one of the jelly or popping pearl toppings if tapioca balls aren’t to your taste. Shell said: “Our most popular topping is the tapioca balls for those who prefer a traditional bubble tea. We find our younger customers go for the popping pearls. These are available in many different flavours. From September 1 we are offering two new toppings, lychee popping pearls and grass jelly.”

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Is bubble tea suitable for vegetarians and vegans?

Bubble tea is typically suitable for vegetarians, but this depends on which toppings you have. Shell explains: “At Chatime Norwich, all of our toppings are suitable for vegetarians except pudding and mousse.” Some bubble teas are suitable for vegans because they can be made with dairy-free milk. Chatime creates vegan-friendly bubble tea using soy milk.


Keep an eye out for the special drinks that Chatime sell throughout the year. Currently they have two summer specials, green apple tea mojito and curacao tea mojito. Both of these are non-alcoholic and will be available until the end of the summer. Chatime is a global franchise, operating in 38 countries. Chatime Norwich offer a loyalty card that rewards you with a free topping once you’ve got six stamps and £3.20 off your order once your card is filled. It’s available on Deliveroo, and has been since opening. Shell said: “We have a lot of Deliveroo orders, it’s been very successful. We have an average rating of 4.8 out of five.”

By Charlotte McClure

Source: EDP24