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Trend Transformations rebrands again and pushes eco message

Kitchen and bathroom makeover franchise Trend Transformations has rebranded again while the business moves its existing Granite estate to the new Trend brand. In 2017, the business, which has more than 20 showrooms in the UK, rebranded to Trend Transformations, but two years later most of its showrooms remain Granite Transformations. At the start of this year, the […]

One stop celebrates success of five-year franchise pilot as stores sign up to continue

One Stop is celebrating five successful years of its franchise operations by signing up store owners for a further five years. All of whom are delighted with how their businesses have grown since the pilot started, despite a highly competitive market. One of the first franchisees to sign up with One Stop again were Shelley […]

EMS studio operator Bodystreet adds two locations – targets 200 UK sites by 2025

Fitness studio operator Bodystreet has expanded its UK operations with the opening of two new studios. The franchise-based company has opened sites in Coventry and Edinburgh, bringing the number of properties in its portfolio to eight. Bodystreet studios offer a combination of personal training with electrical muscle stimulation (EMS). The company launched with a single micro-studio in […]

Home Services Franchise UK – Should You Buy UK Home Service Franchises?

Home Services Franchise UK – the TOP 10 MUST KNOWS about finding and running successful UK Home Services Franchises. Home services franchises UK operate in a sector that can rely on steady, consistent market demand. Should you, then, invest in a home services franchise UK? While discussing franchise market research, we made an important point: […]

IWG to sell Japanese office business in £320m deal

Offices provider IWG has signed a deal with a firm in Japan which will see it sell its operations in the country, as the group targets more international partnerships. The company, formerly known as Regus, will sell its Japanese operations to Tokyo-listed TKP for £320 million. TKP will also be able to operate IWG’s Regus, […]

Why buying a franchise is still a good investment despite economic uncertainty

You’ve decided you’re ready to invest in a franchise; you’re up for the challenge of owning your own business and taking the plunge into business life. But before you take the plunge, you’re still unsure if your investment will weather any potential economic storms. While any new business venture has the possibility of failure, the […]

Oris establishes first boutique in the UK as its London pop-up becomes permanent

Oris chairman Ulrich Herzog told WatchPro last year that he hoped to establish a permanent boutique for the brand in London following the success of a pop-up in the West End run originally as a franchise with Fraser Hart. Securing a long term lease on the site on South Molton Street, which runs parallel to […]

Former police officer launches new Caremark franchise

A former police officer and clinical sales manager has opened a new Caremark branch in South Birmingham. Herkesh Malhi, from Quinton, volunteered as a Special Constable for over than 12 years whilst also working for various organisations specialising in medical solutions for people living with hypertenstion, respiratory and wound healing problems. Due to family commitments, […]

Perth fast food plan will “revitalise” area

Pepe’s Piri Piri UK – A newly formed company is confident its proposal to create another fast food outlet on Perth’s Crieff Road will “revitalise” the area. Papa’s Perth Ltd, which was only incorporated by joint directors Aasim Aater Amin and Abdullah Ali last November, has applied for permission to convert the formers Farmfoods store […]

BFA/HSBC Franchise Awards 2019 finalists announced

The BFA has announced the finalists for the annual BFA/HSBC Franchise Awards for franchisors and franchisees. Franchisor awards This year the awards has two new categories for Social Enterprise and Leadership & Culture. With the franchising sector continuing to move forward, the BFA explains that, so do the awards, and the new categories introduced are […]

Artisan Italian ice cream shop to open its first UK store in Newcastle – and it looks amazing

We Love Puro has been selling gelato and coffee from shops in Italy and Spain for several years, but has chosen a former city centre betting shop as its first UK branch. You may have seen it on your holidays, but now this artisan Italian ice parlour is opening its first ever UK branch in […]

Fitness duo bring ‘Energie’ to the community of Bognor Regis

Energie Fitness Franchise UK – Hundreds gathered for the launch party of a brand new gym in Bognor Regis last night. Gym owners Mia Aguilera and James Hadley were joined by their full team of staff, new members and intrigued visitors for the launch of Energie Fitness Bognor Regis in Shripney Road. After months of […]

Peterborough’s Five Guys restaurant opening date revealed

The opening date for a new Five Guys restaurant – the recently announced addition to the Peterborough city centre eating out scene – can be revealed today. The fast-growing burger and fries franchise is currently taking shape, hidden from view, in the former Chimichanga Tex-Mex restaurant premises in Church Street, overlooking St John’s Square, where […]

Bluebird Care gains ‘Outstanding’ rating for Southern branch

A Bluebird Care franchise based in Berkshire has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC during its first inspection. Bluebird Care Reading, Wokingham, Windsor, Maidenhead and Bracknell was rated ‘Outstanding’ for two out of five areas – responsive and well-lead – and ‘Good’ for being safe, effective and caring. At the time of inspection, 70 people […]

EweMove in profit as Property Franchise Group reports solid figures

EweMove Franchise UK. Hybrid estate agency has reported a modest pre-tax profit of some £400,000 as part of the 2018 results of its parent company, The Property Franchise Group. EweMove’s sales completions grew by 22 per cent in 2018 and its lettings completions grew by 26 per cent, says a TPFG statement. Other operational highlights […]

Hungry Cake Box customers drive growth

Cake Box has reported a rise in full-year sales as the retailer continues to enjoy stellar growth. The firm, which debuted on London’s junior market in June, said like-for-like sales grew 6.5% in the year to March 31, with total revenue set to rise 30% to £17.1 million. It expects profits for 2019 to be […]

HITIO Gym signs its first UK franchise agreement

The Norwegian gym chain, HITIO Gym, has signed its first UK franchise agreement, as part of the company’s international expansion programme. Combining a traditional gym and studio offering with combat sports training, HITIO was founded in 1998 by Per Christian Pedersen and Fredrik Bjertnæs and has grown to a network of 32 clubs across Norway. […]

Northwich lettings agency scoops second award of the year

A NORTHWICH lettings business has scooped its second award of the year, having been put forward by a panel of expert judges. Belvoir Lettings, in Castle Street, had already won the Gold Award for Lettings within Northwich at the British Property Awards (BPA), picking up the gong in January. The company has now been awarded […]

Coffee Blue Launches Mobile Cafe Franchise in Neath

Coffee Blue is delighted to announce the launch of our new franchise in Neath, South Wales. Franchisee, Emma Shepherd, will be delivering delicious fresh coffees – along with a wide range of hot and cold snacks – throughout the local area from the back of one of Coffee Blue’s state-of-the-art converted vehicles. Emma is thrilled […]

Neighborly adds Dream Doors to its home service brands

Neighborly, one of the world’s largest companies of home service brands has announced the acquisition of the UK franchise, Dream Doors. The first acquisition this year for Neighborly now brings its total number of service brands to 22 with nearly 3,700 franchisees and over 850 colleagues across nine countries. The Dream Doors deal includes 91 […]

Franchisee-led buyout at Cash Generator stores

The private investment company, Rcapital, has completed a franchisee-led buyout of Cash Generator, the buy and sell store. The franchisee buyout follows a successful and complex restructuring when the business was owned by its former U.S. parent, CNG Inc. Rcapital says that it acquired the business in September 2017 after the owners had designated its […]

Bluebird Care appoints new directors to franchise support centre

National home care provider Bluebird Care has announced the appointment of two new additions to its franchise support centre team. Hannah Banfield, has joined the company as marketing director and Vicky Brown has been appointed franchise recruitment manager. Banfield has nearly 20 years of marketing and franchising experience, most recently working as head of marketing […]

Baby Sensory and Sea Life trial UK’s first ‘underwater’ sensory experience

Baby Sensory has announced a new collaboration with the aquarium brand, Sea Life UK, to trial the UK’s first ‘Sensory Under the Sea’ sessions for babies and parents in a ‘never-seen-before, water-based setting’. The specially created sessions, which immerse babies and parents in a world of underwater tranquillity, seek to extend the developmental benefits of […]

MF Pilates franchise launch by Matt Fiddes

The fitness and martial arts brand, Matt Fiddes, has announced the launch of a new franchise MF Pilates, with Megan Barton Hanson as its celebrity ambassador. Adding to a portfolio of over 1,000 successful training schools in the UK and overseas, the company explains that Matt Fiddes is using his award winning formula to offer […]

Sodexo Launches First Crussh Site After Striking Franchise Deal

Caterer Sodexo has opened its first Crussh site since it struck a franchise deal with the healthy food and juice chain last year. The new outlet in main building at City, University of London in Northampton Square, was officially opened by former England rugby player and Sodexo ambassador Matt Dawson. Sodexo has provided the catering […]

Jon Smith Subs’ franchise UK opening

Jon Smith Subs, the U.S. sandwich chain has landed in the UK after securing a six-figure finance facility from HSBC UK to open its first outlet in Hammersmith, West London. Omar Al-Magribi, the franchisee, has used the HSBC funding to renovate and fit-out the restaurant, including kitchen equipment and shop interior. The sandwich brand is […]

Boutique gym opening in Cornhill this summer

As previously reported, plans by the Lincolnshire Co-op were given the go ahead by the City of Lincoln Council towards the end of 2018 to change the use of the first floor of the building at 31 Sincil Street to create a gym – énergie Lincoln City. The entrance to the 7,304 square foot unit is between […]

Inglot Cosmetics Ireland agrees new deal with Next

Inglot Cosmetics Ireland is expanding its UK operations with the opening of two new concession stores in retailer Next. The new deal comes as the family-run makeup franchise, with roots in Mullingar in Co Westmeath, marks 10 years in business. Next will allocate space to Inglot in two of its biggest stores in Manchester, the […]

Spice up your life with new Goa Spice restaurant in Mexborough

It’s time to spice up your life with the arrival of new Indian restaurant, Goa Spice, in Mexborough town centre. Entrepreneur brothers Mamun and Masum Ali, who own the Goa Spice franchise, have set up shop in Mexborough with their new creative dining experience. Mamun said, “Goan cuisine consists of regional foods popular in Goa, […]

Birkenhead’s Wimpy restaurant completes remarkable turnaround

THE WIRRAL Wimpy restaurant found by inspectors to have a catalogue of problems including rodent infestation and mouldy food has completed a remarkable turnaround. The store in Birkenhead was given a Food Hygiene Rating of ‘one’ in August 2018 for issues including dirty and greasy surfaces and floors, and was told to improve by Wirral […]

Right at Home on a roll with four more award nominations

Home care provider Right at Home has received four nominations in the 2019 Natwest Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Awards. The company’s director of operations, Lucy Campbell, is shortlisted in the Woman Franchisor of the Year category; franchise owners Karen Myres (Preston) and Amy Popat (Solent) are both shortlisted for Woman Franchisee of the Year; […]

Skin-care brand This Works expands beyond sleep-focused products

This Works, the U.K. skin-care brand founded in 2003, launched a new category of products this month called Morning Expert to build out a strategy of serving customers 24 hours a day. The new collection, which consists of five products including a serum, an eye cream and an aromatherapy oil, is being positioned as a new […]

Famous New York street food company heading to London

Halal Guys UK – Food enthusiasts with a particular love for hot, steaming platters of chicken, beef, falafel over rice are in for a treat. Those who have visited New York will recognise the bright yellow design of the franchise, and will perhaps remember seeing winding queues for travellers all waiting for a taste of […]

Southampton mobility store Ableworld takes top franchise award

THE Southampton branch of Ableworld has been named the company’s ‘Franchise of the Year 2019’. Run by director and store manager Jeff Newman and his son director and stairlift and engineering manager, Steven Newman, the Southampton store is Ableworld’s most successful franchise to date and has ambitions to become one of the largest mobility retailers on the […]

Right at Home shortlisted for national Customer Engagement Award

Home care provider Right at Home Solent has been shortlisted for the Customer Engagement Award at the bfa HSBC Franchise Awards. Right at Home Solent, which covers Southampton, Fareham, Gosport and New Forest East, is run by husband and wife duo, Kev and Amy Popat (pictured centre-left and centre). As well as offering services including […]

New Noodle bar to create 15 jobs in Nottingham

Oodles Chinese UK – Some 15 jobs are set to be created in Nottingham after a fast casual dining brand revealed it is to open in the city. Oodles Chinese, which already has six branches in the UK, will officially opened its doors on Mansfield Road, on Saturday March 30th. The opening is part of […]

How Orangetheory Fitness built a $1,000,000,000 empire

Yahoo Finance sat down with CEO of Orangetheory, Dave Long, to find out how a boutique fitness studio became a behemoth with $1 billion in sales in 2018. “Orangetheory has always been a science-backed workout.” Long said. “The classes are about an hour long, but within that hour, we’re monitoring your heart rate and we’re […]

Home Instead Senior Care managing director appointed to The Silver Line board of trustees

The Silver Line, the charity founded by Dame Esther Rantzen DBE, has appointed Martin Jones, managing director of Warrington-based home care company, Home Instead Senior Care, as a member of their board of trustees. The Silver Line is the UK’s only confidential, free helpline for older people. Home Instead Senior Care is a home care […]

Mum-of-one started £3million trampolining business with just £200

The mum-of-one started indoor trampolining venue Bounce with £200 that she borrowed from her husband after she missed out on a promotion five years ago. Now more than 35,000 people attend Bounce classes every month, in over 205 franchises across the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Kimberlee, who is originally from Sydney, Australia but […]

New mums get back in shape at exercise classes – and take baby along too

Sweaty Mama Franchise UK – NEW exercise classes for new mothers wanting to get back to fitness are going strong in Skipton, Barnoldswick and Sutton in Craven – and mums are encouraged to take their babies along. The classes are run by Sarah Schofield Lord as part of the burgeoning ‘Sweaty Mama’ franchise – she says that […]

Work underway on Kirkby’s new Subway

A new Subway is set to come to Ashfield Shopping Precinct, in Kirkby in Ashfield. Building work has started on the former Kirkby fruit and veg shop, between Boots and the library. A new Subway is set to come to Ashfield Shopping Precinct, in Kirkby in Ashfield. Building work has started on the former Kirkby […]

TrustFord wins 2019 Fleet News Award for Fleet Dealer of the Year

TrustFord Franchise UK. TrustFord’s investment in its fleet operation and the determination to ensure it stands out from other dealers has led to further UK expansion, with a focus on its mobile division. As part of its dedication to “minimising downtime and maximising ease of operation” TrustFord appointed aftersales representatives within its fleet team to […]

Crussh announces first site opening in partnership with Sodexo

Crussh Fit Food and Juice Bars has opened its first site in partnership with hospitality company Sodexo, at City, University of London, on 18 March 2019. The new kiosk at City will offer the company’s classic menu, offering a range of healthy food from breakfast pots, toasties, salads, wraps and healthy treats, alongside Cold Press juice and organic […]

Stockport Firm Nominated for Major British Franchising Association Award

Window to the Womb, based in National House on Wellington Road North, has grown from one franchise clinic in 2014 to national coverage by 2019 and now scans in excess of 120,000 expectant ladies per year. With a forecasted annual growth of 20% in 2019, many of its franchise partners are now multisite operators; all new […]

Italian wine bar in city centre not re-opening despite signs

Wine cafe Veeno will not be reopening in Norwich despite signs all over the empty venue claiming the closure is “temporary”. Veeno closed less than four months after opening in Castle Mall but since its demise at the end of January, signs on the unit state: “Veeno is closed temporarily. We will be reopening again […]

Orangetheory Fitness Hands UK Consumer Brief To Ketchum

Ketchum has been appointed by Orangetheory Fitness, a global fitness franchise offering workout classes using wearable heart rate technology, to develop and execute a consumer engagement strategy across London and the South of England. Ketchum has also been tasked with building the brand’s social media presence, from channel distribution strategy to community management and publishing […]

Newly launched Horsham business delivers top-notch customer service in first week

One week of trading and already outstanding customer reviews, Drain Doctor has reason to celebrate the launch of its new business, providing a 24/7 plumbing and drainage service to local homeowners and businesses in and around Horsham. Drain Doctor owner Will Melliard, who has practised customer care for over 19 years, is determined to bring […]

Offbeat Donut has secretly franchised in Prague – and is plotting more Irish stores

OFFBEAT DONUT CO quietly opened its first overseas location in Prague at the end of last year and is planning more new outlets in the Czech city – as well as Ireland. Speaking to Fora, Offbeat founder Brian O’Casey said that the central European outlet is not only the chain’s first store outside is home country, […]

Caremark Sutton expands award-winning service into Epsom

Caremark UK – People who live in Epsom, Reigate and Banstead are now able to access the services of an award-winning health and social care company from Sutton. Caremark provides home care, live-in care, as well as support for people with learning disabilities, mental health issues, as well as those with complex care needs. Now […]

Greggs rolls out hot self-serve cabinets to boost afternoon sales

Greggs is beginning the roll-out of hot self-serve cabinets as it increases the range of hot food options for customers throughout the day. The high street chain, which now numbers almost 2,000 stores UK-wide, describes hot food as a “key area of development” for the business. The investment in new catering equipment reflects the fact […]

New drive-thru Starbucks to replace Ramsbottom Esso garage site

An Esso garage site in a local market town is about to be replaced by an international coffeehouse chain. Starbucks is set to throw open the doors to its first franchise in Ramsbottom. Locals will be able to grab coffee inside or via the brand new drive-thru which will be located at 40 Stubbins Lane. […]

Co-op joins forces with Kent University

Co-op has joined forces with the students’ union at The University of Kent to transform its stores – known as the SU Shop & SU Shop Park Wood. The agreement with Kent Union is the Co-op’s first franchise store on campus in the South of England and its second franchise on a university campus UK-wide. […]

Domino’s Grabs Slice Of Irish Franchise

Domino’s Pizza Group, the operator of the Domino’s chain in UK and Ireland, is reported to have agreed a €12.5m deal to acquire a 15% stake in Shorecal, its biggest Irish franchisee. According to The Irish Times, the Caldwell family will retain majority control of Shorecal, which operates nearly 30 Domino’s outlets in Ireland. It […]

Franchise Brands on the prowl for acquisitions

“2018 has been a period of significant change for the team at Franchise Brands as we have integrated Metro Rod and further developed our shared support services of IT, finance, marketing and franchisee recruitment,” said executive chairman, Stephen Hemsley. The multi-brand franchisor, Franchise Brands PLC (LON:FRAN), is looking forward to the year with confidence after making a […]

Neighborly Acquires the U.K.’s Dream Doors, Its 22nd Service Brand

Neighborly, formerly Dwyer Group, has been on a buying spree since being acquired in mid-2018 by Harvest Partners, a New York-based private equity firm. The latest acquisition is Dream Doors, which has 91 locally owned and operated franchise showrooms in the U.K. Dream Doors specializes in fully fitted kitchen makeovers, bedroom wardrobes, replacement doors and […]

Mothercare sells Early Learning Centre to The Entertainer

Troubled retailer Mothercare is selling its Early Learning Centre business to toy chain The Entertainer as it ramps up turnaround efforts. The group said it had agreed the deal for up to £13.5 million in a move to help slash its debt pile. The Early Learning Centre (ELC) is run within 80 Mothercare stores in the […]

Roosters Piri Piri: the chicken brand that’s ruffling feathers

Having started life as a traditional fried chicken shop in Ealing Broadway in 1992, Roosters Piri Piri has come a long way. For one thing, its chicken is now steam cooked and then finished on a grill rather than deep fried. More significantly, however, is that the one restaurant has grown to 42, with ambitious […]

Domino’s sees UK store openings hit by franchisee dispute as profits fall

Domino’s Pizza has posted falling annual profits and admitted store openings will be hit this year amid an escalating row with its franchisees. The pizza delivery company said that, while its pipeline of new stores is set to hold firm in 2019, the actual number of openings is likely to be lower given “ongoing franchisee […]

Jobs boost for Inverness as sweet shop prepares to open in the city centre

The Inverness branch of Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe on Church Street will be the only one of its kind in the city following the closure of Victorian Market’s confectionery store. The new Victorian-styled store is geared to bring nine full-time and part-time jobs to the city. Susan Young, managing director of the franchise, says […]

Co-op CEO named as finalist for women’s business award

// Co-op CEO Jo Whitfield announced as finalist for Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award // Whitfield is the first female CEO of a British food retailer // Winners will be announced in May Co-op chief executive Jo Whitfield has been announced as a finalist for the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award. The award is the longest-running for […]

Build-A-Bear Launches One-for-One Hugs N’ Hope™ Bear to Help Provide Furry Friends to Children in Need

To further the company’s mission to add a little more heart to life, Build-A-Bear and Build-A-Bear Foundation™ today announced the launch of Hugs N’ Hope™ Bear, a new teddy bear that gives the fans the chance to help share comfort and hugs with children in need. Starting today, for every Hugs N’ Hope Bear sold […]

Greggs sales top £1 billion for the first time as vegan sausage roll storm brings in more customers

Sales at Greggs have topped £1 billion for the first time – and the firm predicted even better times after the launch of its vegan sausage roll helped drive a surge in customer numbers. The bakery chain posted a 15% rise in pre-tax profits to £82.6 million in 2018, with sales rising 7.2% to just […]

National mobility retailer more than doubles the size of its Cheshire store

Ableworld has relocated its Congleton store 200 yards from its previous premises, doubling the size of the shop in the process, with the retailer now planning to introduce more ranges to its shelves. According to the national mobility retailer which boasts 34 stores across the UK, the new Cheshire store has undergone a new facelift […]

The Halal Guys London: Menu, opening date and everything you need to know about the Leicester Square restaurant

London’s street food scene has never been better, but New York is looking to show us a thing or two in 2019. This month, the capital is set to welcome one of the biggest names in Stateside street food into its culinary fold: The Halal Guys is opening its first UK location in just a couple of weeks. So who […]

Rybrook Group acquires JLR Stoke from Pendragon

Rybrook Group has completed its acquisition of the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) franchised car dealership from Pendragon Premier Limited. Completed for an undisclosed sum on February 28, the deal has seen the facility integrated within Rybrook Cars Limited and lose its previous Stratstone branding in favour of Rybrook Land Rover Stoke and Rybrook Jaguar Stoke. […]

Speedy Freight nominated for major franchising award

Speedy Freight has been shortlisted for the Franchisor of the Year Award at the BFA HSBC Franchise Awards, to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on June 27. Speedy Freight offers a range of bespoke solutions to logistical challenges, such as linking with manufacturing systems, shipping, warehousing and final mile delivery across multiple industries, from […]

Oscar Pet Foods nominated for two major franchising awards

Oscar Pet Foods has been shortlisted for two awards at the bfa HSBC Franchise Awards, to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on June 27. It is the only company to have been nominated in two separate categories, showing the franchise’s commitment to best practice and enabling franchisees to thrive, getting the nod for Brand […]

Couple scoop funding for gelato franchise

Icestone Gelato UK. A husband and wife team are to launch their first business venture by opening a dessert parlour in Durham after securing a five-figure loan from HSBC. Adil and Saira Malik will open an Icestone Gelato at the newly developed Riverwalk Shopping Centre, using the £98,000 Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) loan to refurbish […]

Swimtime UK nominated for major franchising award

Swimtime UK has been shortlisted for the Social Enterprise accolade at the bfa HSBC Franchise Awards, to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on June 27. In being shortlisted as finalists, Swimtime UK shows that its commitment and investment in people both inside and outside its business is all the more worthwhile, valuing individuals, progressive […]

The Halal Guys Announces Upcoming London Location

New York City staple The Halal Guys is opening its fast-food chain in London, bringing gyros, platters, falafel, baklava, baba ganoush and more to the UK capital. Having spread across the US and opened in three Asian locations with its Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavours, The Halal Guys are set to offer London authentic dishes using […]

Gym franchise opens in South East London thanks to NatWest funding

A new franchise of global gym brand Anytime Fitness has opened in South East London thanks to a £446k funding package from NatWest. Located in Grove Park, the refurbished former warehouse is now a 6,500 sq ft multi-purpose fitness space with two studios, free weights area and a range of equipment. The gym is managed […]

Radfield Home Care shortlisted for major franchise award

Radfield Home Care has been shortlisted for a prestigious accolade at the bfa HSBC Franchise Awards. The family business is hoping to scoop the Emerging Franchisor of the Year award when the winners are announced at the Vox, Birmingham, on June 27. The company, formerly Radfield Residential Home, ran as a care home for 26 […]

Lytham lofts firm earns national nomination

Lytham-based Access4Lofts has been shortlisted for the Emerging Franchisor of the Year Award at the bfa HSBC Franchise Awards, to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on June 27. The company installs loft hatches, loft ladders, boarding, lighting and insulation so that customers can utilise their loft space for storage, without the vast expense of […]

Grilled chicken franchise sets sights on former Matabeau café

HEREFORD’S complement of eateries could soon face new competition from a grilled chicken franchise – Pepe’s Piri Piri. A let has now been agreed at 21 Commercial Street, formerly the Matabeau Café, which has been empty since the business closed in January 2017. Multi-national franchise Pepe’s Piri Piri has now made a planning application to […]

Freshly Brewed For Success: Why Coffee Franchises Are Booming

Coffee Franchises UK – Here in Britain, we might be known as a nation of tea drinkers – however coffee now seems to have overtaken tea as the UK’s drink of choice 2017 research reported that Britons were now spending up to £2210 in our nation’s coffee shops, with a reported 80% of adult Britons visiting a […]

First look at the new TGI Fridays in Bolton

TGI Fridays opens its first restaurant in Bolton on March 21, four days earlier than initially planned. The new Fridays is in Middlebrook Leisure and Retail Park in the former Next premises, next to Vue Cinema. The pictures, posted online by Middlebrook, show the hoardings outside the premises have been taken down revealing the new […]

Bakery welcomes 1,400 customers in first few days

A NEW bakery in Worthing has welcomed more than 1,400 customers through its doors in the first few days. Warrens Bakery has opened its latest store at number 64 on Montague Street. The Worthing bakery is the second Warrens Bakery to open in West Sussex and was officially opened by Worthing Deputy Mayor, Cllr Hazel […]

US firm cuts deal for kitchen makeover franchise group

A premium kitchen makeover and bedroom wardrobe franchiser with more than 90 showrooms across the UK has been acquired by US-headquartered Neighborly. Dream Doors was founded on providing kitchen makeovers and recently expanded to offer custom wardrobes in bedrooms. Founder and chairman Troy Tappenden will be stepping down and departing from the company. The Dream […]

TRT Holdings puts brakes on Gold’s Gym sale

TRT Holdings, the majority shareholder of Gold’s Gym, has cancelled its plans to offload the gym chain. The US-based private holding company, which also owns Omni Hotels & Resorts, announced in July 2018 that it would explore a sale of the company in order to “focus on its core businesses”. It has now, however, decided […]

New franchise opens after HSBC funding

Wrapchic, a new Indian burrito fast food franchise in Redditch, has been launched after funding was secured from HSBC UK. MKC Enterprise, which is owned by Gitesh Adeshara, Tripti Rao and Komal Patel, has opened its first Wrapchic franchise in the town and second overall. The partners, who successfully opened their first Wrapchic in December 2018 […]

New women-only gym planned for Kettering’s town centre

Gymophobics – A gym for women which promises no clanking weights or loud music could open in Kettering’s town centre. National operator Gymophobics has applied to convert 10 Horsemarket, opposite the bus stops, into a gym facility. If approved it would provide a space for women from the age of 17 upwards to complete exercise […]

Booming pet sector is good news for North Wales economy

The pet sector in North Wales is now worth more than £70m a year – supporting hundreds of jobs across the region. The pet market in the UK is one of the largest in Europe, with 47 percent of people claiming to own a pet in their house. It not just the sheer number of […]

Hotel Chocolat sweet on overseas start-ups as profit and sales jump

Retailer Hotel Chocolat has hailed “encouraging early signs” for its overseas start-ups as it rang up a 7% rise in half-year profits. The chocolatier posted profits of £13.8 million for the six months to December 30, with sales up 13% to £80.7 million, helped by the launch of another 14 stores across the UK and Ireland. […]

Sweet relief for Heavenly Desserts bosses after threat to close down

A new dessert shop in Walsall, Heavenly Desserts, has been given a stay of execution after planning chiefs chose not to refuse retrospective planning permission. Despite only opening this week following a £200,000 refurbishment, Heavenly Desserts faced being shut down due to a number of planning concerns raised by officers. But on Thursday (February 21) gave […]

HITIO Gym names Majid Alamgir as UK Head of Sales

Thursday 28 February, 2019 – HITIO Gym has announced the appointment of Majid Alamgir, award-winning salesman and senior health and fitness professional, UK Head of Sales, to lead the Norwegian franchise’s expansion in the UK.  Combining a traditional gym and studio offering with combat sports training, HITIO has become one of the largest fitness chains in […]

The Body Shop reveals 2.3% uptick in full-year like-for-like sales

The Body Shop reveals 1.7% sales rise to £797.5m in its 2018 financial year Full-year EBITDA climbs by 62%  UK like-for-like sales increased 2.3% The Body Shop has revealed a sales uptick amid a 62 per cent climb in full-year operating profit. The beauty retailer has posted a 1.7 per cent sales rise to £797.5 […]

Freshly Chopped creates ‘Brexit proofed’ supply chain as it opens first UK outlet in Manchester

Healthy fast-food chain Freshly Chopped has opened its first outlet in the UK as it assesses potential Brexit impact before further expansion. The new store in Manchester marks the franchise’s 60th store in total; with recent hubs opening this year including Drogheda and Cavan. Co-founder and managing director Brian Lee said it took the company […]

Petpals launch ‘Easy Start’ franchise

British Franchise Association (BFA) member and UK-based multi-service pet care franchise Petpals has launched a scheme to make it easier to purchase one of its franchise businesses. Under the new ‘Easy Start’ scheme, anyone buying a Petpals franchise will only be required to pay a fee to cover the costs of initial training and launch marketing, […]

WH Smith unveils new look store at Royal Blackburn Hospital

WH Smith has opened the doors for their newly re-launched store in Royal Blackburn Hospital. The new and improved store has reopened incorporating an M&S Food To Go shared space. It now offers patients and visitors a range of M&S chilled food, alongside WH Smith’s offering of news, books and convenience products. The opening of the […]

Haute Dolci Bolton opens its doors in Bradshawgate

The Haute Dolci franchise is opening in Bradshawgate bringing a luxury dessert experience to the town. Mohammed Bhuta from Daubhil, a self-confessed life-long dessert fan, is heading up the operations with the help of his sister Safiya. Mr Bhuta said: “I’ve been into desserts since I was a kid and I have always wanted to […]

The Unstoppable Success Of The UK’s First CBD Restaurant

The Canna Kitchen is a vegan and vegetarian restaurant that opened at the end of 2018 in Brighton, England. It’s also the UK’s first restaurant to infuse their dishes with CBD and other similar cannabinoids. Interest in all things hemp and CBD-related is booming in the UK. As a result, this restaurant immediately became a sensation, with acres […]

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Martin Jones, Managing Director, Home Instead Senior Care

Martin Jones is responsible for leading the entire UK operation of Home Instead Senior Care, the world’s largest multinational network of franchises specialising in non-medical in-home care for the elderly. He sat down with Home Care Insight to discuss the challenges of providing personalised home care in a growing market, what it takes to become […]

Domino’s hurt as delivery firms offer more choice, shares fall 10 percent

Domino’s Pizza Inc missed analysts’ estimates for quarterly same-store sales on Thursday, sending its shares down 10 percent and underscoring pressures the company is facing from food delivery startups that are offering diners more choices. The largest U.S. pizza chain has been investing in technology to simplify its ordering process and to cut delivery times […]

Franchise businesses are an increasingly popular choice

The Welsh franchise sector is a growing market currently worth £500m. NatWest Director of Franchise, Kate Pullen, talks to South Wales Argus Business about why franchise businesses are becoming increasingly popular with entrepreneurs. There are lots of statistics that underline the strength of the UK’s franchise sector. From its contribution to the country’s economy right […]

Hilton eyes possible franchise deal as Northern Ireland hotel goes on market for £7m

The Hilton Hotel in Templepatrick is on the market for around £7m, with at least one investor from Northern Ireland considering acquiring the property, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal. The hotel, golf and country club is being marketed for sale by agency Christie in London on behalf of Hilton. A spokeswoman for the hotel yesterday […]

Norwich coffee shop launching UK-wide including flagship in new city hotel

The founder of Alchemista in the Norwich Lanes is set to roll out the chain nationally including a “coffee lab” in a new 50-bedroom boutique hotel he is launching in the city. Dennis Bacon, who also owns 38 St Giles Street bed and breakfast, was granted permission in March 2018 for a hotel and spa […]

Veeno reviews estate as it closes two sites

Italian wine cafe chain Veeno, which operates 17 aperitivo-style cafes across the UK, has closed two of its sites and is conducting a review of its estate, it has been reported. The company – which comprises 12 company-owned bars and five that are run as franchises – has already shut its Harrogate restaurant as part […]

KFC to close its Cribbs Causeway restaurant as The Mall suffers second blow in a day

KFC has confirmed it will be leaving The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, just hours after McDonald’s revealed they would also be closing its store. A spokesperson has this afternoon announced the popular fried chicken franchise would be shutting up shop at Bristol’s largest shopping centre next month. Although the chain will be leaving The Mall itself, another […]

Haven Motor Company to open Horsham SsangYong franchise

Haven Motor Company has announced its appointment as part of the SsangYong UK franchise with news that it will open a new dealership in Horsham. The dealership will operate the SsangYong franchise from its premises at Handcross Road, Plummers Plain, Horsham. Dealer principal of Haven Motor Company, Stephen Surrey, said: “We are very pleased to […]

UK Retailer The Co-op Announces Franchise Recruitment Programme

UK retailer The Co-op has announced details of a new franchise programme, which offers independent retailers the opportunity to become a part of the brand. The retailer aims to expand its business by adding new Co-operative branded stores through this programme. This programme is in addition to the retailer’s plan to launch around 100 new stores […]

UK Franchise calls for high street reform in 2019

Mathnasium, a UK franchise, has made a plea to UK commercial landlords and planning departments to review and reform their planning policies to allow for a more diversified high street. Mathnasium, a Maths tutoring franchise, claims its growth has been thwarted due to high street restrictions. Despite the demand from franchisees and students for Mathnasium […]

Jewellery made from handprints, fingerprints and paw prints

Smallprint Franchise UK. A BUSINESSWOMAN is creating unique jewellery from the fingerprints of customers’ loved ones, the handprints of their babies and even the pawprints of their pets. Sara Thomas had a 30-year career in retail, buying for Beales and Haskins, before setting up on her own. She bought the local franchise for Smallprint, which […]

This brand new McDonald’s has opened offering table service

A new McDonald’s franchise has opened in Walsall creating 110 new jobs. The two-storey fast-food restaurant is loaded with new technology including self-order kiosks, table service and the chance to order on your phone then ‘click and collect’ from store. Local franchisee Doug Wright is the owner of the new Black Country chain which officially […]

Angus car dealership expects sales to accelerate with new site

Angus car dealership Mackie Motors opened a third location yesterday with the launch of a MG franchise. The firm has more than 70 staff at its sites in Arbroath and Brechin, which covers the Renault, Nissan and DACIA brands. Managing director Kevin Mackie said he hoped the additional premises would lead to his firm growing […]

US sandwich brand Jon Smith Subs targets 15 UK locations

The UK master franchisor of a Florida-headquartered sandwich brand that opened in London last month has revealed plans to open up to 15 sites in the next few years.  Jon Smith Subs UK master franchisor Hasna Sheikh Ali runs the business with her shareholder sons, Omar Al-Magribi and Yousif Al-Magribi. Yousif also owns the Bournemouth […]

US quick-service chain sets sights on rapid UK expansion

Halal Guys, an American chain with 200 restaurants under its belt, has opened its first site in the UK and plans to launch more in 2019. The Halal Guys, a gyro and chicken concept from New York, has made the UK its latest international stop after earlier forays into Canada, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia. The […]

Martial arts-focused gym operator HITIO signs first UK franchise deal

Fitness operator HITIO Gym has signed its first franchise agreement in the UK. The Norway-based chain, which combines a traditional gym and studio offering with combat sports training, has revealed plans to open its first club in South London in the summer of 2019. The signing of the first UK franchise is part of the chain’s plans […]

F45 is the most popular workout you’ve never heard of

F45, a fast-growing HIIT franchise, is poised to have more studios than Pure Barre and SoulCycle combined. From the first time you encounter trainer Cory George in the gym, it’s immediately evident why he’s the one demoing the workouts. A 6-foot-3 former football and volleyball player from Grass Valley, California, the muscular 27-year-old looks like a personal […]

Florida sandwich brand creates 10 jobs with first UK venue in West London

Jon Smith Subs, a sandwich brand headquartered in Florida, has arrived in the UK. Six-figure funding from HSBC enabled entrepreneur Omar Al-Magribi to create 10 jobs with the launch of a Jon Smith Subs shop in West London. Omar used the finance facility to renovate and fit out a unit in Hammersmith, acquiring and installing […]

Co-op to launch first ever franchise stores

Co-op will launch franchise stores this year for the first time ever Franchised stores will offer customers the same access to the Co-op’s membership scheme The stores will also provide a 5% reward on any purchase of own-brand lines The Co-op has announced plans to launch franchise stores, the first time the grocer would pursue […]

Four Star Pizza’s online sales jump 31% higher

Irish owned pizza chain Four Star Pizza has reported revenue growth of 8% for 2018, on the back of a 31% jump in online sales. The pizza chain operates 55 stores across the island of Ireland, including 14 in Northern Ireland. After an investment of over €1m in the brand, it opened six new stores […]

‘No glass ceiling’ for Home Instead’s UK market penetration, says MD

Home Instead Senior Care, the world’s largest multinational network of franchises specialising in non-medical in-home care, will open at least five new franchise offices in the UK this year, surpassing the 200 mark. But this is just the start of the care provider’s plans for UK market penetration, according to managing director Martin Jones. He […]

Minuteman Press Franchise in Norwich, England Helps Lead the Modern Printing Industry in the United Kingdom

Philip Milburn has assumed ownership of a firmly established Minuteman Press franchise in Norwich, England. After twenty years under the previous owner, Philip’s desire for growth and tireless dedication to every project is introducing new life to the business.  In fact, since Philip bought his Minuteman Press franchise in June of 2018, he and his team have received […]

Talking Tots celebrates ten years caring for children across Maldon, Chelmsford and South Woodham Ferrers

Talking Tots held its ten-year birthday celebration with parents and children at Creepy Crawlies Soft Play Centre in Hamberts Road, South Woodham Ferrers, one of the first venues the group ever met at. The party was attended by more than 50-children aged from just 15 months all the way to 11 years old. Mums, dads […]

Henrys Cars opens new Glasgow Suzuki franchise

Henrys Cars has added to its franchised representation in Glasgow by joining the Suzuki GB dealer network. The Honda, Skoda and SsangYong franchisee’s opening of the new 12-car showroom in Titwood Road, to the south of Glasgow city centre, is the result of a £800,000 investment. Dale Wyatt, director of Automobile at Suzuki GB PLC, […]

Property Franchise Group sees ‘material’ results improvement

The Property Franchise Group said it expected to report a ‘material’ improvement in its annual results, in line with market expectations. The company said its hybrid brand, EweMove, had traded profitably throughout the year and would show a significant improvement over 2017. ‘Consequently, the company expects to report trading for 2018 in line with market […]

Camile Thai Kitchen thriving in a booming market

With 20 restaurants and counting, Camile Thai is thriving in its niche as a healthy online delivery restaurant. With a food product that is perfectly tailored to holding its heat and quality during delivery, as well as providing high-end user experience, the brand is positioned well to reach its target market of time-poor, cuisine-curious young […]

Starbucks’ first UK franchisee has opened its 60th Starbucks outlet

Starbucks’ first UK franchisee, the Southampton-based company 23.5 Degrees, has opened its 60th Starbucks outlet. The new store in Sheffield, South Yorkshire has created 20 jobs for the local community, including 23.5 Degrees’ first apprentice. Mark Hepburn, managing director of 23.5 Degrees said: “Reaching our 60th Starbucks store just six months after opening our 50th demonstrates our […]

Franchise sector generates £17.2bn to the UK economy

Franchise sector in the UK is continuing to grow according to the latest BFA/NatWest Franchise Survey. The survey finds that the franchise sector has increased by 14 per cent in both its contribution to the UK economy of £17.2bn (2015: £15.1bn) and the number of people employed in franchising rising to 710,000 (2015: 621,000). Additionally, […]

Dream Doors franchisees achieve impressive results

Dream Doors, the UK’s No. 1 kitchen makeover company, is set to have its best year ever, with a projected annual turnover of £50m and a new product range going on sale. Newcomers to the business in 2019 will have the potential to earn a six-figure salary quickly, and benefit from joining one of the […]

Pet food franchise offers new opportunity

Heights Farm, a pet food company is looking for franchisees to help its expansion into Warrington. Heights Farm Premium Pets Food’s, a family-run business based in Bolton, is set to expand to Warrington, Southport and Aston under Lyne. The brand is now looking for pet-loving entrepreneurs to join the team as a franchisee and help […]

Anytime Fitness launches its new gym design

Anytime Fitness has opened its first new look fitness club in the UK at Croxley Park, Herefordshire. The two-floor 7,000 sq. ft. club with a more open and functional layout features a modernised interior and overhauled colour scheme. In line with the brand’s evolved look and feel, the design changes are in response to the […]

‘Drawn to the ethos of the TaxAssist vision’

Six new franchisees joining TaxAssist, the small business accountancy network brought the total number of franchisees recruited by the company last year to 19. One of the new recruits Alex Chidlow, a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, has 18 years’ senior finance experience in small and medium-sized enterprises and blue-chip organisations. Chidlow, […]

Papa John’s franchise is recruiting

Papa John’s is a leading pizza franchise with well over 400 stores in the UK and over 5,000 stores in more than 40 international markets and territories. Since 1984, when Papa John’s first started out in the U.S., the company has recruited and worked successfully with hundreds of franchisees. Naturally, we look for the very […]

Family launch their new Hampshire One Stop

Formally ML Convenience, the family-run shop in the Holbury Shopping Precinct has been transformed into a One Stop franchise store. Meet Singh and his wife Lakhvir Kaur own the shop, along with their two sons Manraj and Mantaj Singh. The rebranded store opened its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday, operated […]

Slim Chickens Adapts to Expand Brand Overseas

When I last talked with Sam Rothschild, COO of Slim Chickens, the Southern fast-casual concept had just signed a major franchise agreement with Kuwait-based Alghanim Industries to expand in Kuwait and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa. Fast forward two-plus years, and Slim Chickens’ second Kuwait restaurant has just opened in the Jazeera airport terminal […]

Oyo Rooms to invest $50 million to expand its operations in the Philippines

One of India’s leading startups, Oyo rooms has planned to invest $50 million to enter into the Philippines. The company is on an expansion spree where it has already started its operations in other South Asian markets, including Indonesia and Malaysia. In the last 18 months, the Gurugram based startup has launched its operations in […]

Dozens of jobs could be created with opening of new fast food outlet at Brampton

A new Burger King outlet has opened at Brampton Hut Services on the A14. The fast food restaurant has created an initial 14 new jobs, with the team expected to grow to 25 during peak trading. Jason Doe, area manager at EuroGarages, which is running the Burger King franchise, said: “Brampton Hut Burger King represents […]

Comptoir performance “in line with market expectations”, shares up

Comptoir shares rose on Friday after the company confirmed that its annual results would be in line with market expectations. The Lebanese mediterannean restaurant chain said on Friday that trading for the 52 weeks to 31st December 2018 proved “in line with market expectation”, with a strong finish expected in the second half of the year. Over the […]

Franchise giant Belvoir says fees ban effect will be ‘less than expected’

Belvoir has this morning told shareholders that the effect of the Fees Ban coming into effect in June will be less than expected. In a statement to the City the firm says: “The Board has assessed that the impact from the ban on tenant fees will be less than the previously estimated eight per cent […]

Bolton Sweaty Mama coach talks exercising and post-natal depression

Sweaty Mama Franchise UK. BONDING with your baby can be one of the great joys of maternity leave but for some it can be a struggle. Around one in 10 mothers may suffer from post-natal depression, which can lead to difficulty bonding with their baby. A NEW mum in Bolton has found her mums and […]

PJ’s Coffee – Coffee Café brews up expansion

PJ’s Coffee has passed an important milestone. The New Orleans-based coffeehouse surpassed 100 locations by the end of 2018. It plans to open an additional 30 stores by the end of this year. PJs Coffee awarded 22 franchises representing 37 licenses 2018. It opened 17 new stores, one of which marked PJ’s Coffee’s presence in […]

Green Motion seeks franchisees as part of expansion programme

Low emission vehicle rental firm Green Motion is looking for further franchisees as it accelerates its expansion in 2019. The company, which launched 12 years ago, currently has 20 UK branches including at all of the UK’s major airports as well as other sites including London, Manchester and Edinburgh. It also launched a new city centre programme late last summer and […]

Domino’s sells more than 500,000 pizzas in record UK trading day

Domino’s sold more than 535,000 pizzas in the UK on the Friday before Christmas – equivalent to 12 a second over a 12-hour trading day – but a weaker international performance has forced the company to slice its profit guidance. The strong run-up to Christmas helped group sales to rise by 5.5% year on year […]

Sorbet flops in the UK, blames ‘work ethic’ and poorly trained therapists

Sorbet UK is closing down after three years. Sorbet founder Ian Fuhr has blamed a tough trading environment, a “different” work ethic and inferior beauty therapist training. The closure won’t affect the South Africa operations, as Sorbet UK is a different entity. The Sorbet beauty salon concept, which proved hugely successful in South Africa, has […]

New noodle bar set for Nottingham

Chopstix has doubled its presence in Nottingham with a new opening. The noodle bar will open a site in the city’s Intu Victoria Centre. The group, which currently operates nearly 40 company-owned sites across the UK, plus a number of franchise units, already operates a store on Clumber Street. The opening at the Intu Victoria […]

McDonald’s adds bacon to the Big Mac for first time in UK history

McDonald’s will add bacon to its famous Big Mac burger recipe for the first time ever in the UK. Until now, the brand’s star sandwich has consisted of two beef patties, Big Mac sauce, lettuce, a slice of cheese, pickles and onions. This is the first time since the Big Mac was launched in the UK in […]

UFC GYM to open in Surrey and Nottingham as world famous brand expands to UK

If you’ve not heard of UFC GYM before, no doubt you soon will. Famous across the world in countries including the United States, Australia, Canada, and United Arab Emirates, the concept is now on its way to England. In fact, the first two UK locations confirmed are Woking and Nottingham. Expected to open at both sites […]

Grocery franchises & fascias: what do they have to offer and how much do they cost?

Grocery franchises UK. There’s been huge change across the convenience sector in the past two years, and with that might come a temptation for retailers to see if the grass is greener on the other side. But switching is a major decision. From their customer service, to the costs involved, the range they carry and […]

Freshly Chopped might have to rethink its menu thanks to Brexit

Freshly Chopped, a salad bar chain is working on its next supermarket products – and a potential foray into China. AFTER MONTHS OF waiting to unveil his company’s first foray into Britain, Brian Lee from Freshly Chopped is about to see that patience come to fruition. In less than two weeks, the salad bar chain will […]

EMG Motor Group launches redeveloped showroom in Duxford

EMG Motor Group is celebrating the launch of its recently redeveloped showroom and vehicle display area, acquired the former Duxford Motor Group in November 2017. It was then that the dealer group took over the Mitsubishi franchise too, which is situated on the A505 between Royston and Cambridge and in a prime location opposite the […]

Woodbury’s Creation Station named in top franchise list

A Woodbury-based creative arts and crafts activity provider has been given national recognition. The Creation Station – the brainchild of Sarah Cressall – has been named in the top 20 of the UK’s top 100 UK franchises. The ‘definitive’ league table, with the Woodbury business at number 15, was compiled by Elite franchise magazine. Sarah […]

Papa John’s is launching a vegan pizza due to popular demand

Any vegan who craves a bit of cheesy goodness in the form of a pizza will be delighted to know then Papa John’s is finally offering a non-dairy alternative. The decision from the American pizza giant comes after heavy petitioning from those who want options suitable to their lifestyles. A petition from last year amassed […]

Cleaning franchise looks to shine on high street

Bright & Beautiful, a cleaning franchise in Rossendale is set to establish its own high street presence. Nicola Bailey, of Bright and Beautiful, was the winner of the best service business prize at the 2018 Rossendale Business Awards. And now she’s using that momentum to open a drop-in laundry and ironing shop in Bank Street, […]

Belvoir scoops gold award for consistent customer service

BELVOIR Lettings has scooped a coveted award as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. The Castle Street letting agency picked up the Gold Award for Lettings as judged by the British Property Awards (BPA). Following several rounds of mystery shopping, Belvoir was found to have the highest-rated customer service in the area. Franchise owner James Whalley […]

Helensburgh couple win marketing award for their business

Minuteman Press Franchise UK. The owners of a Helensburgh-based business which supports the growth of other companies in the area are celebrating after receiving recognition for their own efforts. Husband and wife Richard and Jayne Morgan, who run the Burgh branch of Minuteman Press in John Street, were awarded Best Print Marketing Agency at the […]

Dog lovers urged to consider new franchise

DOG lovers across Yorkshire are being encouraged to run their own business with a new boarding franchise – Digs for Dogs. Digs for Dogs, a home boarding and dog walking service, are offering two options for start-up businesses, which ensure that owners can go on holiday safe in the knowledge that their pet is with […]

Taco Bell targets 200 UK stores within five years

Taco Bell could have more than 200 restaurants operating within the next five years if the UK market’s appetite for the brand takes off in the way it expects, its European boss has said. The Tex-Mex chain presently operates more than 30 stores after a flurry of new openings in the past 12 months, with […]

Warrens Bakery to open second Canterbury site

Warrens Bakery has revealed it is to open a second site in Canterbury this month, following the success of its opening in the city in December. The first store, which officially opened on 18 December, welcomed nearly 700 customers during its first three days of trading, Warren’s said. So far, the most popular products at […]

Former UK Soldier Brings Discipline to New Drainage Business in Cardiff

With a background of military discipline and self-control, former soldier Shaun Bartlett is now applying his skillset to launch his first new business venture, a Drain Doctor Plumbing franchise, covering Cardiff and its surrounding area. Prior to the acquisition of his new plumbing and drainage franchise, Shaun wanted a new challenge and business opportunity in […]

Cake Box opens new store with £123k funding

Egg-free cake supplier Cake Box has opened a new store in Slough, using a £123,000 funding package from HSBC. The new shop is the second owned by franchisee Rick Bhambra and the second Cake Box in the Slough area, with the other based in the town centre. Bhambra used the funding package from HSBC to […]

Gourock mum-of-two is encouraging local kids to get creative

ARTventurers Franchise UK – A GOUROCK mum-of-two who checked out of her career in retail is now encouraging local kids to get creative. Cheryl Gray was so disheartened with her job after returning to work following the birth of her oldest son, now six, that she decided to change she would have to change direction. […]

Business boost for Rossendale as eco-friendly housekeeping franchise opens new shop

Rossendale has been given a business boost with a new eco-friendly cleaning and laundry shop set to open in its town centre. Bright & Beautiful, the award-winning professional domestic housekeeping franchise, will open its doors on 18th January to local residents in and around the town. The success of Bright & Beautiful’s cleaning service has […]

Make a difference to your level of care with Bluebird Care

Regardless of your needs, we all want to receive the very best care and ensure we are being looked after properly. Bluebird Care puts you at the heart of everything they do, providing the highest level of care across Heywood, Middleton, Rochdale and Whitworth. Fully trained and dedicated staff put you first, from the comfort […]

UFC Gym® UK Announces First Two Locations Opening In April 2019

UFC Gym, the first major brand extension of UFC®, today announced that the first two United Kingdom based locations will open in Nottingham’s City Centre (157 Huntingdon Street, Nottingham, NG1 3NL) and in Woking (12 – 14 The Centrium, Victoria Road, Woking, GU22 7PB) in April 2019. The new fitness facilities enter the UK and […]

Home Instead beats Mcdonald’s to top spot in UK franchise ranking

Home Instead Senior Care has been named the UK’s number one franchise company for the second consecutive year, beating Mcdonald’s and Snap-on Tools to the top spot. The home care provider was recognised for its “continuous commitment to care” in the Elite Franchise Top 100 2019. It was also rated for its financial performance, heritage, […]

Year-old KFC franchisee ranked the chain’s most operationally efficient

Splendid Restaurants Colonel has been awarded the ‘World Class Operations’ title at the KFC Franchise Awards for the UK and Ireland, just a year after it began working with the brand. The award is the ultimate accolade of the annual event, recognising Splendid Restaurants Colonel – part of the Splendid Hospitality group – as the […]

Pizza Express CRISIS: Restaurant chain feared to be next high street casualty

PIZZA Express could become the next iconic chain facing closures as the British high street crisis rages on. Fears are growing over the future of the pizza restaurant franchise after it emerged owners may not be repaying its full debt. The company is owned by Chinese private equity firm Hony Capital, which is due to […]

Belvoir Lettings shares rise as it hails success of its assisted acquisitions programme

The assisted acquisitions programme has been embraced by all three networks within the Belvoir Group, with 11 taken up by the Belvoir network, 13 by Northwood and 2 by Newton Fallowell. Belvoir Lettings PLC (LON:BLV) shares rose on Thursday after the UK’s largest property franchise group exceeded its 2018 target for assisted acquisitions by its franchisees. […]

Subway on the hunt for new franchisee for Ryde stores

2 Subway stores in Ryde could soon re-open as the hunt for a new franchisee continues. Applications to take over operations of the stores at High Street and Union Street are currently being accepted and reviewed. Despite only opening in 2014, the High Street store closed its doors last year shortly after being slated and fined […]

Ecocleen expands UK operations

Ecocleen has strengthened its nationwide infrastructure with the opening of a new headquarters and the expansion of its franchise network. The commercial contract cleaning provider has relocated to Howbery Park in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, while four regional directors have joined the business to boost the company’s presence in Essex and the south east of England. Related: Cleaning […]

UK’s Bestway Retail Gets Andrew Cresswell As Its Chief Retail Officer

Andrew Cresswell has been appointed as the Chief Retail Officer, Bestway Retail and he will be in charge of the companies’ owned and franchise stores including the Conviviality brands acquired last year. The appointment is part of a series of changes Bestway Wholesale announced to its senior leadership team, following the recent appointment of Dawood […]

Ableworld branch lays solid foundations for store expansion on the South Coast

Ableworld’s most successful franchise has bold ambitions and a vision of becoming one of the largest mobility players on the competitive South Coast. The latest step in its climb to the top is targeting councils with its equipment. We hear from director, Jeff Newman, stairlift manager, Steven Newman, and Ableworld UK managing director, Mike Williams, about how […]

Award-winning Tiny Toes Ballet School Launches Two New Franchises

Tiny Toes Ballet, the UK’s only pre-school ballet syllabus to be integrated with the Early Years Foundation Stage, is launching two new franchises in Wales – one in Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan and another in Swansea, the city where the business began. Designed for boys and girls aged six months to seven years, […]

Rapido Motorhomes appoints two new dealers

Rapido has welcomed two new dealers into its UK network. Scot Motorhomes will be the sole dealer for both Rapido and Dreamer in Scotland. Scot, which is based in Perth, stocks new and used motorhomes as well as offering sales and hire services. Alistair Blyth from Scot said: “We’ve expanded considerably in the last three […]

Mothercare woes deepen after Christmas sales plunge

Mothercare says it is ahead of schedule in its store closure plan. By March 2019, it will have 79 stores, down from 137 in May 2018. Mothercare’s problems continued over the key festive trading period as the retailer blamed a sharp fall in sales on a tough consumer backdrop and its decision to offer fewer […]

10th Anniversary For West Yorkshire Oven Valeting Firm

Ovenu, a West Yorkshire-based oven valeter is celebrating a successful decade in business. Richard Greenwood, owner of Ovenu Leeds North West, has amassed more than 25,000 oven valets over the last 10 years operating throughout West Yorkshire. Mr Greenwood, who also operates g franchises in Bradford and Wakefield, and his team of professional oven valeters […]

Bright & Beautiful hits 60 franchise milestone

Bright & Beautiful, a national domestic housekeeping service provider and part of Neighborly, formerly the Dwyer Group, is welcoming four new franchisees to its growing network, taking the number across the UK to 60.   Alex Vorwerg will be taking over the Sandbach and Nantwich franchise territory, bringing with him the experience and expertise drawn […]

Another franchise agency chain reports big growth in applicants

Winkworth says it’s seen a huge 78.5 per cent rise in franchise applicants over the past 12 months and says there is “a number of quality openings already in the pipeline.” The franchise giant’s new offices over the past year have included three cold starts in Banstead, Poringland and Northampton, a conversion at Fowey in […]

Snap Fitness and Fitness on Demand owner looks for new leadership and ‘strategic vision’

Lift Brands, the parent company of fitness franchises and brands – including Snap Fitness, YogaFit and Fitness On Demand – will shuffle its top team and create a new strategic vision during 2019. Peter Taunton, Lift Brands’ founder and CEO, is stepping down to take up the role of non-executive chair – described as a strategic advisory role. Current chief […]

Business offering language lessons for children to launch in Gloucester

Chloe Marchand has opened a Kidslingo franchise, that will teach kids from birth to the age of 11. A businesswoman from Gloucester is bringing French and Spanish lessons to children in the area with her new business. Chloe Marchand, an ex-marketing executive, has opened a Kidslingo franchise, that will teach kids from birth to the […]

Franchise agency chain bucks trend with more offices, more customers

Century 21 UK appears to have bucked the trend of closing offices and reduced footfall by marking the opening of 16 new offices across the country in the past 12 months. It describes itself as “one of the fastest growing estate agency franchises in the UK” and says that 83 per cent of its offices […]

Burger King opening branch with new children’s area at Edinburgh Airport

Flying from Edinburgh Airport later this year? You’ll have a new fast food option – Burger King to fill up on before your board, and digital self-service kiosks mean you’ll have plenty of time to get a burger in before take-off. Burger King is due to open its doors in the departures hall of Edinburgh Airport in the coming […]

Orangetheory Fitness launches Altrincham studio

Greater Manchester has become home to the first Orangetheory Fitness studio outside of London. The global fitness brand launched in Florida in 2010 and has since expanded to over 1,000 studios in 17 countries. Altrincham is the first town outside of London to become home to Orangetheory Fitness, with the brand looking to open 40 […]

South Cheshire firms shortlisted in North West Small Business Awards 2019

A number of successful companies in South Cheshire have made it to the finals of the North West FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019. Alextra Accountants of Crewe (pictured), Global Air Training of Tattenhall, and Maid2Clean Franchise in Crewe are among those to be shortlisted. Alextra, which has clients across Nantwich, Crewe and surrounding area, […]

Franchise Brands continues share buy-back programme into 2019

Franchise Brands plc (LON:FRAN) has announced a continuation of its share buy-back programme, with up to £200,000 of shares to be purchased before June 30. The cash generative group said the programme is an offset to the dilutive impact of employee share option awards. Related: Franchise Brands plc lays the foundations for another 10 years It is […]

Property Franchise Group brand snaps up independent agency’s lets

Oxfordshire sales and lettings agency Parkers – one of the brands of The Property Franchise Group – has snapped up the managed units run by independent agent Robert Taylor Estate Agents. Parkers Witney, a second generation family business recently rebranded from Martin & Co to Parkers, took on Robert Taylor’s portfolio of properties from the […]

Auto Trader and Cox Automotive UK sign joint venture deal

The joint venture between Auto Trader and Cox Automotive UK has now been completed following clearance from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK. The new business, Dealer Auction, launched on 1st January, will provide a digital marketplace for wholesale vehicles in the UK. Cox Automotive UK has transferred both Dealer-Auction.com, which is […]

Up and running: Usain Bolt launches Track & Records London

Olympic hero Usain Bolt launches UK’s first Track & Records venue. Zoe Fryday reports Those in search of authentic Caribbean flavour can sample the vibrant rum cocktails on offer at London’s first Track & Records bar, restaurant and late lounge. The entire concept of the venue has been developed in collaboration with world-famous eight-time Olympic […]

Quest to open first UK aparthotel in Liverpool

Australian hospitality brand Quest Apartment Hotels will be opening is first property outside of the Australasian market in Liverpool this summer. The £10m Quest Liverpool City Centre will feature a 100-bedroom serviced aparthotel located adjacent to the Liverpool One complex at 72 Church Street in a former office block. It will be the group’s first property outside […]

Wagamama outperforms rivals with double-digit sales hike

Restaurant chain Wagamama has dished up a double digit hike in half-year sales and earnings less than two months after its £559 million takeover. The group posted a 10% hike in UK like-for-like sales over its first half to November 11 and said underlying earnings rose 9.9% to £25.9 million. It was boosted by a […]

Total Clean Goes Even Greener

Total Clean, the experts in commercial and office cleaning around the UK, always taken their responsibilities for the environment very seriously, with various structures and processes in place to ensure best practice in this area. We are proud of our ISO 14001 certification which gives us a clear framework for environmental management and also subscribe […]

How One Stop’s promotions are reflecting – and shaping – the convenience store marketplace

“Gone are the days,” says John Miller, head of One Stop Franchise, “when you could charge premium prices in convenience stores just for being convenient.” The convenience store chain, which was awarded Franchise Group of the Year 2018 earlier this year at the Retail Industry Awards, is seeing unprecedented growth – which Miller partly puts […]

Papa John’s Proves Popular in Peterborough

Leading pizza franchise, Papa John’s, has opened a second store in Peterborough. Following unprecedented customer demand, Papa John’s has got the city covered with its extra site, now open on Whittlesey Road, Stanground. Phil Gaffer QFP, franchise sales and business development manager comments: “Pizza is certainly proving popular in Peterborough! To meet demand our franchised […]

Jani-King Helps New Franchisees Smash Their Own Targets

As the global leader in the commercial cleaning industry and the world’s largest commercial cleaning franchise company, Jani-King enjoys an enviable reputation. At the very core of their success is their franchisees, the entrepreneurial individuals who recognise the fantastic opportunity Jani-King is able to provide. Two such examples are Alex Printie from Oxford and Desmond […]

Biggest Group of New Recruits Ever Join the Caremark Network

Caremark welcomed its largest ever group of new franchisees to the network earlier in the month. Six new franchisees recently completed their initial franchisee training and are now awaiting registration with the Care Quality Commission which will allow them to open their doors and trade. The new business owners have taken territories across the UK […]

énergie Fitness Scotland Doubles in Size in 12 Months

The low-cost fitness franchise has grown from 6 to 12 clubs in a very short space of time. To double the size of your business in twelve months is a very ambitious target, but this was exactly the target Mike Carr set himself when he took over as Head of Franchise Sales with énergie Fitness […]

Inglot Ireland: what’s next for the family-run make-up franchise taking over London?

It was 2009 when a mother-daughter duo from Ireland met with Wojciech Inglot in London to discuss bringing the Polish makeup brand here. Less than a decade later, Inglot Ireland has just opened its 20th store across UK and Ireland; this one in London – where the family franchise all began. When serial entrepreneur Geraldine […]

Chick-fil-A is the fast-food chain of the year, and things are only getting better

It is a little bit scary how well Chick-fil-A did in 2018. The chicken chain is set to become the third-largest restaurant by sales by the end of this year, according to Kalinowski Equity Research. Doing so would mean catapulting up from No. 7, past competitors like Taco Bell, Subway, and Wendy’s. To do so, Chick-fil-A’s system […]

This is when Burger King in Cheltenham is set to open

It’s a question all Burger King fans in Cheltenham have been asking – when will its new restaurant be open? The fast food chain is revamping a unit in High Street, between Specsavers and David Clulow, and has teased the public with a sign in the window. It says ‘When is burger king opening in Cheltenham’ with […]

Business Awards: Couple forecasting growth across both businesses for 2019

Husband-and-wife Tony and Stephenie Altham have a gift for helping other businesses. As owners of AdGiftsOnline and the BNI Staffordshire franchise, the Newcastle couple support scores of companies – from large banks and Bentley Motors to micro-businesses and one-man bands. Founded 28 years ago, AdGiftsOnline supplies promotional and corporate gifts to businesses across the UK, […]

Charity thanks coffee shop for Christmas gift collection

A Melksham coffee shop helped to collect more than a hundred Christmas presents for vulnerable and disadvantaged children. The new Starbucks Coffee Franchise outlet in Commerce Way invited customers to pick a card off their Christmas tree and donate a gift for the child whose gender and age appeared on it. The presents were then […]

McDonald’s criticised for not paying UK staff extra on Christmas Day

McDonald’s has been criticised by pay campaigners for its policy not to give staff more money for working on Christmas Day. McDonald’s UK does not have a standard hourly wage for staff, with hourly pay ranging between £5.50 and £10 an hour depending on age and experience. The fast food chain said there is no […]

Women and Millennials Help Drive £17bn+ Franchise Sector to Record Levels

New research on UK franchising has revealed a business sector operating at record heights, with much of the recent growth driven by female entrepreneurs and the under-30s. There are now nearly 50,000 franchise businesses collectively contributing over £17bn and 710,000 jobs to the country’s economy, according to data from the British Franchise Association (bfa) and […]

Oltco launches its first franchise in Blackpool

Oltco, the resin bound driveway and flooring company, has launched its franchise model and opened its first franchise in Blackpool, Lancashire. Established in Cornwall as a family business 15 years ago, the business provides driveways and flooring for both domestic and commercial clients. Oltco says it has worked for a number of national clients and […]

The risks of putting all your eggs in one basket

With the growth in popularity of price comparison websites we all understand the benefits of shopping around to get the best possible deal. A major advantage of these sites is that they do all the groundwork for you. Unfortunately, when it comes to financing a franchise opportunity there isn’t a one-stop shop to secure the […]

Motorhome hire business plans a network of 25 ‘hubs’

A new concept, Motorhome Hire Franchise, which caters for UK holidaymakers, has recruited its first franchisee, Alan Amos, who has taken its ‘hub’ in Swindon, Wiltshire. The franchise has been launched by David Gill, who has run Motorhome Hire Scotland since 2010, after he saw a gap in the market for a concept that enabled […]

Baby Sensory’s playtime aboard the London Eye

Baby Sensory has held a series of sensory play experiences in collaboration with Time Out’s ‘Eye-Openers’, taking parents and their babies to new heights as they boarded a capsule on the London Eye. The special interactive sensory sessions involved babies from birth to 13-months of age and included activities such as baby massage, stories, baby […]

Dream Doors’ £750,000 investment in training centre

Dream Doors, the kitchen makeover retailer, has invested £750,000 in a new state-of-the-art training centre, featuring a range of the company’s products alongside the latest appliances from brands Blanco, Franke, Karndean and Samsung. Based in the grounds of the Grade II listed Cams Hall Estate in Fareham, Hampshire, Dream Doors said that this new facility […]

New lower cost special promotion from Snap-on

Snap-on, the manufacturer and distributor of tools, has launched a special promotion to attract new franchisee start-ups from a wider audience for prime territories, which are available across the UK. This new offering from the company will cost franchisees less than £12,000 and is conditional on the franchisee’s business being launched by June 2019. Lisa […]

United Carpets profits plunge after “very challenging” first half

United Carpets profits have plunged from £589,000 to £121,000 after a “very challenging” first half, although it recently saw “encouraging signs” in sales. Like-for-likes increased by 0.1 per cent in the 11 weeks since September, after a 1.8 per cent decrease. United Carpets believes if these “encouraging signs” are maintained, it would create a better […]

Energie Fitness: Gym plan for former Deeside Poundworld store

Énergie Fitness wants to open one of its clubs at a unit on Deeside Retail Park in Queensferry. Approximately £500,000 is expected to be invested in the site by the growing fitness firm, which could create up to ten jobs in the area. Energie Fitness wants to open a gym on Deeside Retail Park, Queensferry […]

‘Franchise king’ Assad Khalil opens another restaurant

A new Pepe’s restaurant has launched in Burnley bringing the number of restaurants run by Assad Khalil to nine. And he hasn’t finished just yet. Assad is already planning to expand the Pepe’s franchise in the near future alongside several Treatz Desserts Parlour and German Doner Kebab (GDK) restaurants. This includes a new Pepe’s at […]

Warrens Bakery Belfast store to be first of ‘many’ in the north

Warrens Bakery, an award-winning UK bakery has outlined plans to open a number of new stores across Northern Ireland. Cornwall-founded Warrens Bakery, which has over 70 stores across the UK, opened its first outlet in the north last week at the former home of Asher’s Bakery. Speaking to The Irish News the chain has now […]

Franchise Brands lays the foundations for another 10 years

Franchise Brands PLC (LON:FRAN) has just celebrated its tenth anniversary. Established in 2008 by Stephen Hemsley and Nigel Wray, the business has come a long way, says executive chairman Hemsley, but there is lot more to come, he adds. Watch: Franchise Brands PLC celebrates 10 years … and counting! The business comprises four main brands – drains […]

Platinum Wave launches recruitment agency Franchise Moves

Edinburgh-based franchise consultancy Platinum Wave is celebrating the launch of its recruitment agency, Franchise Moves. The new agency will recruit franchise professionals across all levels on behalf of brands in every business sector and offer “a discreet service” to assist those in senior roles with their next career move in the industry. Franchise Moves was […]

Hampshire firm celebrates opening of its 60th Starbucks store

A HAMPSHIRE business has just opened its 60th Starbucks store. Hedge End-based 23.5 Degrees opened the outlet in Sheffield’s Drakehouse Retail Park on Friday just six months after hitting its half-century of shops. Starbucks’ first UK franchised business partner, 23.5 Degrees, says it has further expansion plans. Managing Director Mark Hepburn said: “Reaching our 60th Starbucks store […]

Franchisee gets funding for more Tim Hortons sites

A franchise company has secured funding to open three drive-through Tim Hortons sites in Scotland. Pizza Cake, which also operates Domino’s Pizza franchises, opened its first Tim Hortons site on Friday (14 December) in Stenhousemuir, as previously reported  by British Baker. The franchise company, owned by Graeme and Lisa Tobias, plans to open two more Tim Hortons […]

Puddle Ducks franchise launches first ever TV ad campaign

Franchise Company, Puddle Ducks, which provides swimming lessons for babies and children aged 0 – 10yrs, has just launched its first television advertising campaign – the first ever in the learn-to-swim sector. The commercials, ‘Bubbles’ and ‘Hold On’ made by Manchester-based Standby Productions feature a supportive and very proud duck who encourages his little swimmer […]

Less than 1 percent of people who apply get to open a Chick-fil-A – here’s what it takes

The first Chick-fil-A restaurant opened in 1967 in Atlanta’s Greenbriar Mall. The menu offered just a few classics, including the now-famous chicken sandwich, which sold for $0.59. Today, the chain employs 120,000 people in 2,300 restaurants across 47 states. It first opened its doors to New Yorkers in October 2015, at the corner of 6th […]

London’s NYC-Inspired Soho Dive Bar Is Open at Heathrow Terminal 3

Russell Norman and his business partner Richard Beatty — the restaurateurs behind Venetian-inspired small plate group Polpo — have opened Spuntino, their first airport concession, in Heathrow Terminal 3, 13 December. Spuntino Terminal 3 will offers dine-in dishes familiar to visitors of its Soho location, as well as a range of takeaway options. Norman and Beatty signed a […]

50 new jobs as vegan burger restaurant set to open Reading

Miami Burger, a new vegan burger restaurant is coming to The Oracle, and it’s promising “10/10 for amazing taste” without the unhealthiness that comes with junk food. Miami Burger will open on the top level of The Oracle in Reading, Berkshire in the New Year with a planned launch date of Saturday, January 5. The new eatery […]

Ecocleen – New Head Office And Network Growth

Ecocleen has strengthened its nationwide infrastructure with the opening of a new headquarters and the expansion of its franchise network. The commercial contract cleaning provider has relocated to Howbery Park in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, while four Regional Directors have joined the business to boost the company’s presence in Essex and the south-east of England. “As one […]

Tim Hortons expansion to provide jobs boost for Scotland

THREE new drive-through restaurants are to be established in Scotland after Tim Hortons franchise company, Pizza Cake, secured a multi-million pound funding package from HSBC UK. The restaurants will provide 100 new jobs in central Scotland in management, baking and customer service roles. The HSBC UK funding, which consists of new finance and a debt refinance, […]

23.5 Degrees franchise opens Starbucks drive-thru in Sheffield

A new Starbucks drive-thru store has opened today (December 14) on Drakehouse Retail Park in Sheffield, with franchisee partner 23.5 Degrees. The new store is set to create 20 jobs in the local area, including 23.5 Degrees’ first apprentice. The store will be open between 6am and 9pm Monday to Saturday and 8am to 8pm […]

Bright & Beautiful Derby helps Operation Christmas Child

A Derby-based professional housekeeping franchise, Bright & Beautiful, volunteered to spend the day recently at a Derby depot to pack shoeboxes full of toys, clothes and supplies for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, to deliver gift-filled shoeboxes to over 146 million children in more than 100 countries. Toni Hibbert, franchise owner of […]

Cath Kidston sees sales growth but fails to stem growing losses

Cath Kidston saw sales edge up over its last financial year, but failed to stem losses in the wake of “increased cost pressures from the weaker sterling”. In the 52 weeks to March 25, the fashion and lifestyle retailer saw group sales edge up 1.2 per cent to £130.7 million, driven by strong growth in […]

How franchising enables the next generation of entrepreneurs

In this article Pip Wilkins, chief executive of the BFA, explains why franchising gives budding entrepreneurs the chance to spread their innovative wings. What is entrepreneurship? According to the Business Dictionary, entrepreneurship is defined as the capacity and willingness to develop, organise and manage a business venture along with any of its risks in order […]

Make 2019 the year you fulfil your entrepreneurial ambitions

Aspiring and existing business owners alike will explore the rewarding world of franchising at The British & International Franchise Exhibition, Olympia, London on 1 & 2 February. Whether the new year marks the start of a journey to first-time business ownership or to the expansion of an existing business, franchising offers new and seasoned entrepreneurs […]

New service location for Junk Hunters in Birmingham, rubbish removal franchise

Junk Hunters Birmingham, a franchise rubbish removal and recycling company has announced their expansion into servicing Birmingham, England. The new location is said to facilitate teamwork, faster communication, and help the company better serve the community with the best rubbish removal services. Junk Hunters Birmingham is noted as one of the most successful and fastest […]

7 businesses you can buy in Bristol right now and be your own boss

Ever dreamed of owning your own business and being your own boss? Even if you don’t have a business idea just yet, there are other ways you can own your own company. One way to do this is to buy up a small firm that has already been set up or a franchise of a […]

Domino’s Pizza shares fall 7% amid franchise row

Shares in Domino’s Pizza Group have dived 7% amid reports of an escalating row between the firm and its franchisees. According to the Sunday Times, 11 of the company’s biggest franchisees have written to the board threatening to “declare war” on the firm unless they get a bigger slice of the company’s profits. They warned they […]

Franchising Best Practices 2019

Franchising is a business model based on a marketing concept. A company may adopt this marketing concept as a strategy for growth. Once a franchise agreement is implemented, the franchiser agrees to license intellectual property, procedures, and the technical know-how of the franchise to the franchisee. The agreement also allows the franchisee to adopt the franchiser’s […]

Malvern couple toast phenomenal first franchise year

Malvern couple Stuart Callister and Eve Winkler are celebrating a hugely successful first year in business running their Bright & Beautiful franchise, a national domestic housekeeping service provider and part of Neighborly, formerly the Dwyer Group. Having launched in Malvern in 2017, Stuart and Eve went on to grow their team and are also now […]

The Elite Franchise 100 Reveals the Best Franchises in the UK

Franchising contributes £15.1bn a year to the British economy and employs 621,000 people.1 To celebrate the truly inspirational thought leaders in their field, Elite Franchise 100 has returned to recognise the best brands UK franchising has to offer. From being judged on their financial growth and the scale of their networks to the support offered to […]

Dope Burger is opening on Christmas Day – but they need you to do this

A popular burger restaurant is opening its doors for Hull’s homeless on Christmas Day, and your donations are needed. Dope Burger in Witham will be opening from 10am to noon on Christmas Day in order to feed the homeless in Hull – but there are also plans to hand out essential items such as sanitary products, underwear […]

‘What Norwich needs’ – New sushi bar opens in the city

Matane Sushi has opened at 2 Castle Meadow and owner Andy Lao thinks the fresh, modern bar is just what Norwich needs. Mr Lao, 36, is an experienced Sushi chef – having previously worked at the franchise Sushi Daily in Bury St Edmunds. “Sushi bars are very popular in Cambridge and London and Japanese food […]

Broad Oak Motor Group opens Canterbury Suzuki franchise

Broad Oak Motor Group has officially opened the doors at its new seven-car Suzuki showroom in Canterbury. The creation of the 800 sq-ft facility, through the redevelopment of a used car retail site on Broad Oak Road, marks a new chapter in a long-standing relationship between the Japanese car manufacturer and the retailer, which was […]

Tim Hortons opens its doors in Stenhousemuir next week

The brand new Tim Hortons Drive Through will be hosting a special VIP launch event next Wednesday before opening its doors to the public. People have been patiently waiting for over a year for the new Tryst Road branch of the iconic Canadian coffee house chain to start serving up tasty treats like Timbits – […]

Oyo will be the world’s largest hotel chain by 2023

Oyo Hotels, the five-year-old startup for booking hotel rooms, is aiming to become the world’s largest hotel chain by 2023 as it expands into newer countries in the Middle East, South East Asia and Europe, its founder Ritesh Agarwal said. Oyo, which began with one hotel in Gurgaon in 2013, has grown to over 330,000 […]

Merseyside Headquartered Homecare Company Scoops National Franchise Award For Third Consecutive Year

Leading UK homecare company Right at Home has once again been named Best Franchise in the Management Category at the 2018 Best Franchise Awards which took place on Tuesday 4th December. Right at Home’s UK operation is owned by CEO Ken Deary and its National Office is based in Waterlooin Merseyside. The company provides high […]

easyHotel celebrates ‘transformational year’ with 34% revenue growth

easyHotel has celebrated a “transformational year” that saw total sales increase by more than 25% and revenue by more than 30%. The year to 30 September 2018 saw the super budget hotel group’s total system sales increase from £29.7m to £37.3m, while revenue increased to £11.3m, compared to £8.4m the previous year. Adjusted EBITDA was at […]

Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery opens in Stanway

Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery, the largest franchise of childcare in the UK, has opened its latest centre in Villa Road, Stanway. After passing their OFSTED assessment, the centre welcomed it’s first pupils on Monday. Manjit Sandhu, managing director at Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery Colchester, said: “We were honoured to have the Mayor, Mayoress and Paul […]

New York’s Halal Guys planning 20 UK restaurants

New York’s Halal Guys restaurant group is to open three London sites in 2019, with plans to expand across the UK. The company has signed a franchise deal with ITICO F+B with the aim of launching 20 locations across the country over the next five years. Its first site will replace the L’ulivo Italian restaurant […]

Nando’s says UK sales have jumped to £722.3 million

Nando’s on Thursday revealed sales of its peri-peri chicken have soared in the UK, but admitted expansion costs have hit profits. The restaurant chain, owned by South African investment firm Yellowwoods, saw UK revenue in the year to February 25 rise to £722.3 million from £646.8 million. Total global sales, excluding South Africa, increased 14% to £969.3 million […]

Century 21 UK strengthens presence in London

Estate agency and lettings franchise Century 21 UK continues to make its mark in London with the opening of its new branch, Hampstead and Swiss Cottage, on Finchley Road. The new franchise which opened Friday 5th October 2018, is a family owned business managed by Nafisa Dadabhoy. London born and raised, Nafisa has a passion […]

Stagecoach ponders sale of American operations

Public transport giant Stagecoach is pondering the sale of its extensive American operations which it first invested in back in the late 1990s. The move comes as the group announced a £500 million drop in half-yearly turnover after losing the South West Trains franchise, which ended in August 2017. I Half yearly revenue for the period was £1,230.8 […]

Brewdog’s new Carlisle bar opening delayed

The opening of Brewdog’s new Carlisle bar has been delayed with a company spokesperson saying the bar will open in “early 2019” despite being set to open this week. A spokesperson for Brewdog told Catering Today that the delay “wasn’t unusual” for Brewdog’s projects and added that it was just “one of those things”. Brewdog […]

Is Buying a Franchise Right for You?

The best time to buy a franchise may just be right now. According to a Franchise Resales report, the current demographic and financial ecosystem is ripe for buying a franchise. There is greater access to capital for starting your business than ever before and many baby boomer franchisees are now retiring and their franchises are […]

Casual Dining Group moves into grab-and-go market with franchise agreement

The Casual Dining Group is poised to move into the grab-and-go market after winning a franchise tender for Warrens Bakery.  The group will open its first Warrens Bakery outlet a Bristol Airport in autumn 2019. The bakery, which was founded in 1860 and is the world’s oldest Cornish pasty maker, has stores across the UK. […]

Financial aspects of launching a franchise

There are a number of financial aspects which need to be addressed by a prospective franchisor when formulating a development plan and I propose to look at three key areas. By Mark Scott, director, franchising development at NatWest. 1. How the franchisor obtains its income. 2. The pilot stage and related finance. 3. The development stage and […]

Frankie & Benny‘s owner to buy Wagamama in £559m deal

The takeover will see The Restaurant Group (TRG) swallow up the Wagamama business, founded in 1992, which now has nearly 200 outlets, most of them in the UK. It comes as the new owner seeks areas of growth during a challenging period for the UK‘s casual dining sector, with the likes of Gaucho, Prezzo and […]

Sushisamba Covent Garden: A fresh take on the brand with playful plates that deliver

Younger sisters are sometimes known to be rebellious, keen to differentiate themselves, and often painfully cooler than their elders. So it is with Sushisamba Covent Garden. While the upmarket Heron Tower site is known for attracting London’s Instagrammers and city boys, the newly opened Sushisamba Covent Garden branch has an laid back, effortlessness about it. The newest addition to the […]

Tim Hortons open first Scottish drive-thru – here’s everything you need to know

CANADIAN Café and Bake Shop chain, Tim Hortons, has opened the doors of its first drive-thru in Scotland near Glasgow. Queues of excited fanatics awaited the opening of the new site on Linwood Road, Paisley, for the chance to enjoy Canada’s favourite coffee. 100 free lunches were also given to the first 50 people in the restaurant and first 50 cars in the […]

Protests planned as 74 Post Offices to be handed to WH Smith

Protests are planned across the UK on Saturday after the Post Office announced plans to franchise dozens more stores to retailer WH Smith while closing numerous others. Today the Post Office said it was proposing “to franchise a further 74 directly managed branches to WH Smith,” alongside as the business warns it is “not immune” […]

America’s fast-growing franchise Orangetheory set to open new Altrincham studio

America’s fastest growing studio gym franchise is to open in Altrincham next month. Orangetheory Fitness is opening on the ground floor and basement of part of the unit next door to newly opened Sostrene Grene in the Stamford Quarter. It will be open from 6am to 9pm on weekdays and 7am to 3pm at the weekends. Orangetheory […]

Property franchise giant reveals £3.6m deal

Lincolnshire-headquartered property franchise giant Belvoir Lettings has announced the acquisition of the Gloucester arm of Mortgage Advice Bureau for £3.6m. The listed company has snapped up MAB (Gloucester) through its subsidiary Brook Financial Services. MAB Glos, which trades as Mortgage Advice Bureau, is the largest appointed representative firm of the wholly owned subsidiary of AIM-listed, […]

Pentagon Motor Group announces intention to acquire three TrustFord dealerships

Pentagon Motor Group has announced its intention to acquire three Ford dealerships from TrustFord – in Warrington, St Helens and Runcorn. The sites, which were previously branded as Polar Ford, before being moved in to the Ford owned TrustFord retail group will be rebranded as Pentagon Ford and operated by the Derbyshire-based group which currently […]

International fitness chain F45 Training to open in Bristol

An Australian-owned fitness chain is opening a branch in Bristol. F45 Training, which has more than 1,200 venues across Asia, the Middle East, North America and Europe, is opening on All Saints’ Street near Bristol’s shopping quarter in January. The idea is for people to take part in team-based fitness, with the workout franchise offering […]

New year, new horizons with a franchise

The British & International Franchise Exhibition promises to be the catalyst for change for aspiring business owners when it opens its doors at Olympia London on 1 and 2 February. The turn of the year will, for many, mark the start of a new chapter as they pursue the goal of running their own business. […]

CDG wins tender to open Warrens Bakery site at Bristol Airport

Casual Dining Group (CDG) has added another eating-out brand to its concessions and franchising portfolio, after winning a tender to open a Warrens Bakery franchise store at Bristol Airport. The new site at Bristol Airport will take over from an existing Soho Coffee site, in the autumn. The 84-cover venue will be located landside in Bristol Airport, selling […]

Cake Box sales grow as retailer surpasses 100 stores

Cake Box has reported rapid growth in the first half as the cream cake retailer unveiled its first financial update since going public. The company, which debuted on London’s junior market in June, said revenue was up 44% in the six months to September 30, driven by a record number of new store openings. Pre-tax […]

US Fastsigns chief executive praises Bolton branch of company

THE Bolton branch of global signage specialist, FASTSIGNS, has relocated as part of its plans for continued expansion, and has been praised by one of the world’s leading businesswomen. Catherine Monson, global CEO of FASTSIGNS, flew into the region from the United States to visit the new premises based on Bury New Road. As well […]

Home Is Where the Work Is: The Rise of Home Based Franchises

Home now is not just where the heart is – it’s also where the work is! 2018 has been a year of many stories within the franchise industry, but one that’s certainly stood out has been the continued surge in popularity of home based franchises. The popularity of working from home generally is on the […]

Fitness franchise secures South West sites

Australian fitness franchise F45 has secured two new sites in the South West in deals brokered by Savills. The company has taken leases on a 3,657 sq ft unit in Bath and a 2,200 sq ft unit in Bristol. The Bath site is being opened by rugby payer James Haskell and is due to launch […]

This Is How You Can Get Your Hands On Free Chicken In Cardiff This Weekend

Renowned US brand Slim Chickens is winging its way to the streets of Cardiff this weekend to give consumers an “unmistakable flavour” of the American South. The cult chicken restaurant, Slim Chickens, which is set to open in Cardiff next month, will be handing out free samples of the brand’s chicken tenders alongside its iconic dipping sauces, […]

TRG Concessions and Crêpeaffaire team up

TRG Concessions has entered into a partnership with Crêpeaffaire which will see the fast casual crêpe and waffle specialist make its airport debut before the year is out. TRG works with a wide range of operators to bring formats to transport hubs and is a market leader in the UK airport sector. The existing brand […]

Bridport boasts one of the best care homes in the UK

A BRIDPORT care home has been rated one of the best in the country after receiving an ‘outstanding’ rating in a recent inspection. Coneygar Lodge has been inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) over two days and received the highest accolade. Coneygar Lodge was found ‘outstanding’ in three of five areas – caring, responsive […]

Park’s Motor Group’s McLaren Automotive franchise ‘exceeding expectations’

Park’s Motor Group director Ross Parks has said that the business’ performance with its McLaren Automotive is “exceeding all expectations” as it prepares to start development of a new supercar showroom in Leeds. The Hamilton-based retail group opened the doors to a temporary retail facility with the British super car maker – its first dealership outside Scotland […]

BrewDog launches first airport bar at Edinburgh Airport

BrewDog has opened its first airport bar at Edinburgh Airport. It’s the latest move by the Aberdeenshire craft brewer which has expanded rapidly this year. The bar is in the airport’s new terminal expansion and will be operated by TRG Concessions in a franchise partnership with BrewDog. It’s also the brewer’s third in the Scottish capital. […]

Ovenu reaffirms support for Cats Protection

Ovenu, a Warrington oven valeting firm is repeating its commitment to supporting abandoned and neglected cats across the town, as it launches a charitable drive. Ovenu Warrington is to gather donations of blankets, food and cat toys for Cats Protection throughout December– following on from its successful campaign at the start of the year for the […]

Dutch restaurant group plans dual UK launch of fast-casual concepts

Amsterdam-based hospitality company, The Entourage Group, plans to bring fast-casual concepts The Butcher and Toni Loco to the UK within the next six months. High-end burger bar, The Butcher, specialises in serving up gourmet burgers in a relaxed environment and has earned over £10m (€12m) in the past year. The burger brand, which launched in […]

New chicken shop opening on Black Country high street

Wednesbury is about to get a new chicken shop as Dubai-owned, Chicking, has announced plans to expand into the Black Country, bringing with it new job opportunities. The new international fast-food chain branch is set to open at 48a Union Street, which used to be home to the Acorns Children’s Hospice for the passed 25 […]

5 famous franchises shutting down all over the world

From fast food to fast fashion, franchises have always been a cash cow. Whether it’s Bulgari or Burger King, brands have helped defined the way we live our lives. However, it’s not an easy time some of the biggest brands around the world. Before you dream up your business idea to make you the next […]

WH Smith ventures into Hong Kong with new franchise

UK bookchain WH Smith is to open stores in Hong Kong after securing a franchise agreement with King Power Group (Hong Kong). The WH Smith Hong Kong outlets will open in travel retail locations such as railway stations – there is no mention in the announcement of the airport. “We are currently present in six […]

Bushey Heath Garage opens MG Motor UK dealership

Bushey Heath Garage confident of “a bright future” after becoming the latest addition to the MG Motor UK franchise with the opening of a new showroom in Hertfordshire. The approved Hyundai used cars and aftersales provider has now officially opened its new MG showroom on High Road in Bushey, Hertfordshire. A statement issued by the […]

UAE’s Relam inks franchise deal for new restaurants

UAE-based conglomerate Relam Investment has acquired the exclusive rights to the brand of Casual Dining Group, the owner of Las Iguanas, Bella Italia, and Oriel Grande Brasserie in the UAE. The franchise deal paves the way for Relam Investment to open 11 restaurants in the UAE over the next four years, a statement said. Casual […]

Anytime Fitness’ parent company acquires Basecamp Fitness – plans to roll out franchise globally

Self Esteem Brands, owner of Anytime Fitness, has acquired a new fitness concept with plans to franchise it worldwide. Basecamp Fitness – developed by entrepreneur Nick Swinmurn – currently has five locations in California and is based on providing high-energy workouts. Designed to increase members’ strength while improving their cardio performance, Basecamp offers 35-minute, high-intensity training sessions […]

Fast Growth Performing Arts Franchise In Newcastle Lands Gig At St James’ Park

Youngsters from Little Voices, a fast-growing performing arts school in Fenham are tuning up for a special festive appearance at St James’ Park in Newcastle this weekend. St James’ Park Festive Fayre takes place at the home of Newcastle United Football Club on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November (10am – 5pm) and pupils from […]

Fund manager points to opportunities in UK equities

Billions of pounds have been taken out of UK equities since the Brexit referendum of June 2016 but there are still opportunities that should not be overlooked, a conference has heard. Speaking at the Investival conference hosted by AJ Bell yesterday (November 15), Mark Barnett, head of UK equities at Invesco, said global investors had taken […]

Tim Hortons’ first franchise site to open in Scotland

Tim Hortons has secured its first franchise partner, who will open a site in Scotland by the end of the year. The Canadian chain, which made its UK debut last year, is partnering with Graeme and Lisa Tobias, who are to open a drive-through restaurant in Stenhousemuir. “We have initial plans to open a cluster […]

McLaren Automotive focused on new ‘retail destinations’ in Leeds and Hatfield

Managing director of McLaren Automotive for Europe, David Gilbert, has said that the brand’s retail focus is on its new franchises in Leeds and Hatfield – but new open points would be considered. Gilbert, who was speaking to AM ahead of tomorrow’s (November 14) opening of the British supercar maker’s new manufacturing facility in Rotherham, […]

Motorhome Hire Franchise Launch And Expansion

The market for new and second hand leisure vehicles keeps growing and growing as more UK residents are opting to choose a caravan for the next holiday. Another sector within the industry that is seeing a real boom is the leisure vehicle rental market. At last month’s NEC Motorhome and Caravan Show the UK’s first […]

Swindon franchise Triple Two Coffee opens seventh store in Croydon

Triple Two Coffee was started by David Hodgetts and Sezan Walker in 2016 as a small kiosk in the Brunel Shopping Centre. The team opened its sixth franchise in Cirencester only last month and is planning on opening another 52 franchises and 12 kiosks by 2020. David Hodgetts, co-founder and director of Triple two coffee […]

Finalists announced in 2018 Best Franchise Awards

WorkBuzz has announced the finalists of the 2018 Best Franchise Awards, sponsored by Lloyds Bank and supported by Franchise Worldmagazine. What makes these awards unique is the fact that they are based on feedback from thousands of actual franchisees. To be considered, franchises must have taken part in the Franchise Satisfaction Benchmark survey. In the survey, […]

Mum gets award for growing her kids’ dance class

BUSY mum Liz Chisnall has been recognised for her hard work with an award, after she successfully grew her children’s dance class franchise. Liz, from Emsworth, runs dance classes for children aged 16 months to five years old, under the the diddi dance franchise in south east Hampshire and Chichester. Mum of four, Liz, took over three classes last […]

Brait’s turnaround plan pays off

Investment company Brait’s turnaround plan for its UK clothing retailer, New Look, is paying off as it cuts its losses to €216 million (R3.5 billion) for the six months to end September. Brait, whose biggest shareholder is retail billionaire Christo Wiese, has shown an improvement as compared to the same period last year, when it reported a […]

Tim Hortons awards its first UK franchise to Scots couple

Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons has awarded its first UK franchise to a couple who will open their first drive-thru in Stenhousemuir. Graeme and Lisa Tobias will become the first partners to operate the branch in the Falkirk town by the end of the year. It is set to be the first of a number […]

UK wage growth could rise to three-year high with inflation remaining steady

UK wage growth could hit a three-year high of three per cent when data for the three months to September is revealed tomorrow, according to City economists. Average weekly earnings could reach the three per cent UK wage growth mark – from 2.7 per cent in the previous quarter – while excluding bonuses it could […]

New branches in Manchester and London as agencies defy market

A first-time agent who has previously owned a retail franchise and some buy to let units, has bought the Century 21 franchise for the Salford suburb of Manchester. Abubakr Sehri has lived in Manchester for the last 17 years after moving to the UK in 2001. “I’ve owned a franchise of the convenience retailer Londis for […]

UK economy grows at fastest tick in nearly 2 years

Official figures show that the UK economy grew in the third quarter of the year at its fastest pace for nearly two years. The Office for National Statistics said Friday that the economy expanded by a quarterly rate of 0.6 percent in the July to September period. That’s up from the previous quarter’s 0.4 percent […]

UK, China Named Most Attractive Markets for International Growth

There are a lot of brands pondering international growth, and scholars say the U.K. and China are especially attractive depending on the goals. In the most recent filing of the Rosenberg International Franchise Center (RIFC), both countries rose to the top, but for very different reasons. According to the RIFC, the U.K. is best positioned […]

American chicken chain Slim Chickens plans Liverpool opening

An American restaurant chain which specialises in hand-breaded chicken tenders, marinated wings and house sauces is planning to open in Liverpool. Slim Chickens, which has more than 70 outlets across the US, could be set to replace Ed’s Easy Diner on Lord Street. Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG) has submitted plans to Liverpool City Council for […]

Papa John’s pick out site for new Rotherham base

Leading pizza franchise, Papa John’s, has outlined proposals to take on an empty restaurant in Rotherham town centre that would deliver 20 new jobs. As one of the largest pizza companies in the world, Kentucky-based Papa John’s has over 5,000 establishments, and operates a quality guarantee and commitment to making better pizza. With 400 units […]

European Master & Multi-Unit Franchising Conference Debuts in London

The first-ever European Master & Multi-Unit Franchising Conference debuted this past October 23-24 in London. The European Master & Multi-Unit Franchising Conference, which drew 173 registrants from 15 countries, was produced by Franchise Update Media and MFV Expositions and was held at the Park Plaza Victoria London. The two-day event focused on providing educational sessions and […]

How to make sure a franchisor chooses you

1. Show your passion. Explain to the franchisor why you’ve chosen their network and why you’re the right person to represent the brand and its franchise model. This is particularly important if you have no professional experience in the franchisor’s industry, or no prior experience of starting a business or running a business. While some franchisors […]

Marks and Spencer continues to report sales decline in the first half

Marks and Spencer Plc (M&S) group revenue decreased by 3 percent at constant currency to 4,967 million pounds (5,689 million dollars) in the first half of this fiscal year, which the company said was adversely impacted by Easter timing by an estimated 0.8 percent in Food and 0.2 percent in Clothing & Home and the […]

Manchester restaurant Asha’s joins the KRO Hospitality Group

KRO Hospitality has acquired one of Manchester’s most popular and acclaimed restaurants, Asha’s, located on the city’s vibrant Peter Street.  The award-winning Asha’s has been championing authentic Indian cuisine and culinary innovation since it opened its door in 2015. The venue occupies one of Manchester’s finest Victorian palazzo buildings, with stunning interior design and an […]

EasyHotel continues rapid expansion with Yorkshire double opening

EasyHotel has continued its rapid expansion into the UK market with the opening of its first hotels in Yorkshire – one in Leeds and one in Sheffield. The sites, launched today respectively by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid and the Lord Mayor of Leeds Graham Latty, will seek to offer a budget option […]

Business confidence hits lowest level since the financial crisis

Business confidence in UK has fallen to its lowest level since 2008 amid a lack of progress in Brexit negotiations, according to new figures published today. The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ (ICAEW’s) Business Confidence Monitor index showed a sharp fall in confidence since last quarter from -0.2 to -12.3, lower than […]

Green Motion UK Reinstated on Holiday Autos

Green Motion U.K. franchise network will be reintroduced as a car hire partner on HolidayAutos.com on a trial basis this week, as the company works to improve customer experience. Working in partnership with Holiday Autos, Green Motion’s U.K. master franchise has worked with all of its franchise holders to implement major customer service improvements across […]

Casual Dining Group signs franchise deal with Rُelam Investment in UAE

UK-based restaurant brands operator Casual Dining Group (CDG) has signed a franchise deal with UAE-based conglomerate Rُelam Investment to operate its restaurant brands in the country. As part of the deal, Rُelam Investment has received exclusive rights to operate Las Iguanas, Bella Italia and Oriel Grande Brasserie in the UAE with plans to open 11 […]

Chinese supermarket unveils plans for drive-thru coffee shop

Plans have been unveiled to build a drive-thru coffee shop on the car park of a Chinese supermarket. The Second Cup franchise is hoping to transform the car park for Cheerful Links supermarket, on Victoria Road, Fenton, into a drive-thru coffee shop with additional office space. The Second Cup franchise will be owned by the […]

Black and White appoints new Managing Director

The UK’s fastest growing hospitality business, Black & White Hospitality, has appointed a new managing director to head up its franchising division. Founded by Chairman and CEO Nick Taplin, Black & White Hospitality, whose main shareholder is Marco Pierre White, has now on taken on board Brandie Deignan. Brandie will now oversee the growth of Black […]

OnTheMarket Adds 6,000 Estate Agent Branches Since February Listing

OnTheMarket PLC said Thursday the number of UK estate agency branches covered by listing agreements with the property website was now above 11,500. The company said it has added additional agent firms with more than 6,000 offices to its agreement list since its initial public offering earlier in the year. In mid-February, On The Market […]

Leisure company set for international growth

Inflata Nation, a Southport-based leisure company is expanding overseas. Inflata Nation, which grew out of the Jump Nation trampoline arenas, is currently operating three of its own inflatable theme parks and opened its first franchise this summer. Husband and wife owners Matt and Michelle Ball are keen to grow even further and will open their […]

Carney says this is as good as it gets for growth

The current rate of growth is as good as it gets for UK consumers, Mark Carney has said. Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England was speaking after the central bank decided to leave interest rates unchanged at 0.75 per cent. Mr Carney said the UK economy was “probably growing about as fast […]

Largest UK Costa franchisee offloads 25% of its estate

The UK’s largest franchised Costa Coffee store operator has offloaded 14 of its 60 stores to AM Coffee Holdings in a “multimillion pound” transaction. Goldex Investments, which owned the stores through its subsidiary Goldex (Surrey), said all the branches were in shopping centres and high streets in the Surrey area. Goldex, which also operates the […]

Denny’s surges 25% after saying it will sell company-operated stores to franchisees

Denny’s on Tuesday said it will sell some of its company-operated restaurants to franchisees as part of its refranchising and development strategy. Shares soared 25% following the news, hitting a 52-week high of $18.16 apiece. The company’s third-quarter financial results missed both on the top and bottom lines. Denny’s shares soared 25% Wednesday, hitting a 52-week high of $18.16 apiece, […]

Revealed: When Warrens Bakery will reopen its branches in Bridgwater, Taunton and Yeovil

Three Warrens Bakery branches across Somerset are set to reopen in November. The popular eatery, previously described its ‘oldest Cornish Pasty maker in the world’, temporarily closed its opened stores in Bridgwater, Taunton and Yeovil in October. Signs in shop windows explained cited management changes why the three units were closed while a store spokeswoman added it was due to relocation plans. […]

Budget 2018: Philip Hammond has ‘backed himself into a corner’ if Brexit hits UK economy, says IFS

Philip Hammond will find himself stuck in “a corner” if Brexit goes badly after he announced a spending splurge in his set-piece Budget, a think tank has warned. The Institute for Fiscal Studies said the Chancellor had taken “a gamble” by splashing better-than-expected tax takes on the NHS, roads and the armed forces, among other […]

Popular pizza franchise to give away free pizza when it opens second store

A popular pizza franchise, NKD pizza, is set to give away free pizza when it opens its second store in Corstorphine at the end of this month. NKD pizza is due to open its second store in the Corstorphine area of the city (at 259-261 St Johns Road) at the end of the month, and to […]

Just how big is the Wagamama business in the UK and worldwide?

Wagamama is one of the casual dining sector’s greatest success stories to date. Founded in London in 1992 with a focus on pan-Asian inspired cuisine, the company’s restaurant portfolio comprises 138 directly-operated restaurants in the UK and the US and 58 franchised restaurants in Europe, the Middle East and New Zealand. Wagamama has a commitment to fast-cooked, fresh and healthy pan-Asian cuisine. Its focus […]

Dogs listen up! Canine cafe you can take your owner to is coming to Middlesbrough

A new cafe for humans and hounds is heading to Middlesbrough. Doggie Diner will be opening up its fourth venue – this time on Teesside. The canine cafe, which will be based on Marton Road, will have a number of tasty treats for pooches and owners. Four-legged friends will be able to get their paws on […]

Frankie & Benny’s owner to buy Wagamama in £559m deal

The company behind the Frankie & Benny’s and Chiquito restaurant brands has agreed to buy the Wagamama chain in a £559m deal. The takeover will see The Restaurant Group (TRG) swallow up a business, founded in 1992, which now has nearly 200 outlets, most of them in the UK. It comes as the new owner […]

This is what it’s like inside Cardiff’s new steakhouse

A city street that’s well-known for its wide range of restaurants is set to a welcome a new steakhouse. The new restaurant, called Steakout, is found on City Road in Cardiff and is part of a franchise that’s known for serving up a variety of grilled meats. It’s the franchise’s tenth restaurant, with others located throughout the UK, […]

The Property Franchise Group snaps up city independent agency

A branch of The Property Franchise Group’s CJ Hole brand in Bristol has snapped up an independent lettings agency elsewhere in the city. As well as taking on Piper Property’s portfolio of over 150 managed properties, four staff members of The Property Franchise Group have also been transferred along with the Piper premises on Church Road, […]

UK budget and Bank of England take back seat to Brexit drama

UK budget announcement on Monday and a “Super Thursday” at the Bank of England would normally be key moments for the world’s fifth-biggest economy, but this time they are likely to be overshadowed by the drama of Brexit. Finance minister Philip Hammond and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney have little option but to sit […]

Heywood franchise to close after nine years of business

A Heywood franchise will be closing at the end of the month after nine years of business. Cashbrokers will close for good on 31 October, almost nine years after it first opened on Bridge Street in December 2009. Current and active buybacks will need to be bought before the closure date. Related: Should You Run a […]

UK economy saves £51m a year through food waste redistribution

Collecting and redistributing food that would otherwise go to waste saves the UK economy around £51 million a year, according to a new report from food waste charity FareShare. The Wasted Opportunity Report, carried out by NEF consulting, evaluates the economic and social value of redistributed surplus food, as well as the current and potential cost […]

The Motorhome Hire Franchise launched at NEC show

The Motorhome Hire Franchise, UK’s first nationwide motorhome franchise business was launched at this year’s Motorhome and Caravan Show at the NEC. The Motorhome Hire Franchise was set up by motorhome specialist David Gill who, having run Motorhome Hire Scotland since 2010, spotted a gap in the market for a concept that enabled others to […]

The simple steps to opening a Salad Box franchise, one of the most famous Romanian brands worldwide

Salad Box is a Romanian healthy food chain that started in Cluj-Napoca and expanded throughout Romania and to 11 other countries (USA, UK, France, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Hungary and Algeria) in just a few years, with a simple concept: create your own salad by choosing from a wide range of ingredients. […]

Gourmet Burger Kitchen to close one in five UK outlets

Gourmet Burger Kitchen is to close 17 of its 85 restaurants with the potential loss of 250 jobs in the latest sign of tough trading conditions on Britain’s high streets. The upmarket burger chain has asked landlords and other creditors to support a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) restructuring plan as it admitted it was struggling […]

Toni&Guy in Christchurch closes its doors

CHRISTCHURCH hair salon Toni&Guy has closed its doors after the franchise came to an end. The fashionable salon, situated in the High Street, was part of the highly-successful Toni&Guy chain which has more than 500 branches around the world. Staff have been given the chance to move to alternative branches in the area and customers […]

Franchise India ties up with UK’s popular Chaiiwala eatery to invest in India

Franchise India has tied up with one of the UK’s popular Indian street food and casual dining brands Chaiiwala, with plans to open between 150 and 200 of its outlets in India over the next five years. The company, which brings international brands into India through franchise agreements, said this week it has clinched a […]

US-imported chicken restaurant chooses Cardiff for second UK site

US import Slim Chickens has chosen a shopping centre in Cardiff as the location to launch its second site on these shores. The scheduled opening of the new 92-cover site in the St David’s shopping centre follows the successful launch of the brand’s UK flagship near Oxford Street in central London. The company has plans […]

Coup for OnTheMarket as it signs Britain’s biggest franchise agency

OnTheMarket has this morning announced that franchise giant Belvoir will list all of its 300-plus branches on the challenger portal. This includes the full range of Belvoir sales and lettings properties through its Belvoir, Northwood and Newton Fallowell brands. “We have for some time believed that the property portals landscape was ripe for disruption. OnTheMarket […]

Warrens Bakery to acquire and re-open franchise sites

Warrens Bakery has acquired three former franchise stores and is to re-open them as company-managed sites. The business today (22 October) announced it had bought three of its franchise stores – Bridgwater, Taunton and Yeovil – and would be relaunching them as managed sites following an agreement with its local franchisee. Warrens kicked off its […]

Firms to launch Brexit contingency plans before Christmas

The majority of British businesses are preparing to launch contingency plans before Christmas as hopes of a Brexit deal fade. A survey of 236 businesses for the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) found that many will make “damaging” moves which will include cutting jobs and relocating work overseas. The survey focused on companies employing fewer […]

Two franchisees donate services to BBC’s DIY SOS

Franchisees from Drain Doctor and Bright & Beautiful have donated their services to adapt a family home in North Shields for the BBC television programme, DIY SOS, which helps homeowners improve their property following a change in circumstances. Both franchisees and their team members welcomed the well-deserving family to their new home at ‘The Big […]

Anytime Fitness soars past 150 UK clubs milestone

Franchisee interest continues to swell as Anytime Fitness opens 100 clubs in three years in the ever-growing fitness industry. Anytime Fitness is celebrating its continued success following its 150th club opening in the UK. The milestone was reached with the opening of Anytime Fitness Paignton, Devon, and demonstrates the sustained prosperity that its franchisees are […]

Brexit uncertainty set to hobble UK economy through winter

The uncertainty over Brexit that’s hobbling the British economy is set to go on for longer than expected, leaving companies and households in a limbo. When Britain triggered the two-year timetable to leave the European Union, October’s summit of EU leaders was supposed to be the moment a Brexit deal would be agreed on to […]

Hamleys reaches endgame under ownership of China’s C.banner

The Chinese owner of Hamleys, the world’s most famous toy retailer,‎ has begun exploring a sale of the company just days after reporting multimillion-pound losses. Sky News has learnt that C.banner International, which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, has launched a strategic review of Hamleys, which it bought three years ago. The […]

UK’s Domino’s shares rise on buyback, organic sales rise

Domino’s Pizza Inc’s (DPZ.N) UK franchise Domino’s Pizza Group (DOM.L) launched a 25 million pound share buyback on Thursday after posting a 6 percent rise in organic sales due to a rise in website and app orders. Domino’s shares rose as much as 8 percent after investors shrugged off comments that pointed to full-year pre-tax […]

West Coast rail: Virgin Trains and Stagecoach net £51.2m in dividends

Virgin Trains and Stagecoach shared in £51.2m worth of dividends from the West Coast main line railway, shortly before walking away from another franchise. Virgin Rail Group’s dividends, for the year ending 31 March 2018, are almost double the £27.9m that was given back to its shareholders in 2015. The details come after the firms’ […]

FASTSIGNS® CEO Catherine Monson To Keynote European Master And Multi-Unit Franchising Conference In London On Oct. 23

FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, announced today that CEO Catherine Monson will be the keynote speaker at the European Master and Multi-Unit Franchising Conference on Oct. 23 at the Park Plaza Victoria in London. With over 30 years of experience in franchising, Catherine will share her insights on the strength of the […]

Fraser Brown promotes key member of franchising and commercial team

Nottingham-based law firm Fraser Brown Solicitors has announced the promotion of Fiona Boswell to partner. Fiona, who is a BFA (British Franchise Association) qualified franchise professional and recommended lawyer for franchising in legal directories, joined Fraser Brown in 2015 and has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry. As the head of franchising and […]

UK sushi market expanding with new Tesco partnership

A new partnership between U.K.-based restaurant chain YO! Sushi and British retailer Tesco suggests sushi’s popularity is growing in the United Kingdom. By way of the partnership, YO! Sushi plans to open manned kiosks in two Tesco Extra stores, marking the first time the 74-storefront franchise has made its to-go products available outside its restaurants. […]

Popular pizza franchise set to give away free pizza when it opens second store in Edinburgh

Popular pizza franchise, NKD pizza, set to give away free pizza when it opens second store in Edinburgh at the end of this month. NKD pizza is due to open its second store in the Corstorphine area of the city (at 259-261 St Johns Road) at the end of the month, and to celebrate, the team behind the […]

New McDonald’s to open in Port Glasgow creating 100 new jobs as seven other Scots branches get high-tech £4m makeover

A NEW McDonald’s is to open in Port Glasgow and create around 100 new jobs. Seven other central-belt branches of the popular burger chain are also earmarked for a major face-lift as part of a massive £4m makeover. Steve Tomlin runs the  popular franchise is expanding across the central belt. Restaurants in Clydebank, Balloch, Anniesland […]

New car wash creating 10 jobs on the cards for Carlisle

Handy Andy Car Washes, a new car wash creating 10 jobs could be built at Houghton Hall Garden Centre in north Carlisle, if plans are passed. The franchise Handy Andy Car Washes wants to operate from the site and has applied to Carlisle City Council for planning permission. Four full time and six part time […]

Cake Box has a taste of success with sales jump

London-founded bakery Cake Box put its struggling rival Patisserie Valerie in the shade on Monday, after it revealed a profits upgrade. The firm showed that not all cakes businesses are having a tough time of it — unlike its better-known rival which has suspended shares in the wake of an accounting scandal. Cake Box boss […]

Restaurant chain Burger Singh plans to open 100 outlets in India in three years

When it comes to expansion, Burger Singh is not only expanding in India. In August, the company announced its entry into the UK market through a master franchise deal. Home-grown restaurant chain Burger Singh is planning to raise around Rs 50 crore in series B funding by early next year. The chain that opened its […]

Harry Ramsden’s posts £5m loss after restaurant closures

Harry Ramsden’s, the fish-and-chip shop chain, has swung to a £5m loss after closing a chunk of its restaurant ­estate. The company was hit with £2.4m charge over its decision to exit six sites owned by the company and a further three franchise stores. The business recorded a pre-tax loss of £4.9m for the year to […]

Domino’s Pizza U.K.: A Safe 3.3% Dividend Yield With More Dividend Hikes Expected

Domino’s Pizza UK disappointed the market as its overseas division didn’t perform well due to increasing labor costs. The situation should improve in the current semester. The dividend is 100% safe and will very likely continue to increase. After taking profits around the 350 pence level, I am getting increasingly interested in getting back in. […]

What impact is Brexit uncertainty having on the UK economy?

The Brexit vote to leave the European Union (EU) made by the UK electorate in June 2016, plunged the UK into economic uncertainty. The debate facing policy makers up to that point in 2016 was how to square the circle of improved economic growth and falling unemployment with a lack of real wage growth, and sluggish productivity. […]

Hamleys boss eyes return to profit as toy shop books £12m loss

The boss of Hamleys has insisted the iconic toyshop is on track to become profitable again after the tough UK market left it nursing a £12m loss. Chief executive Ralph Cunningham said a drop in consumer confidence, coupled with Brexit uncertainty and the fallout from terror attacks in London had created “one of the most challenging years […]

Karen Millen buys Coasts UK operations out of administration

Karen Millen has agreed to buy certain parts of the Coast’s UK business out of administration. Under Karen Millen, Coast will trade primarily across its various websites, in concessions across the UK and through wholesale and franchise partners. Coast’s solus stores and the concessions on mainland Europe are not included in the deal. As a result […]

Latest award-winning fast food franchise in bid to open in Co Armagh

The latest fish and chip shop franchise ‘Chipmongers’ has set its sights on opening its fourth outlet in Northern Ireland in County Armagh. Leading retailer Musgrave is behind the award-wining new kid on the block name and now has 10 outlets – with seven of these based in the Republic, including Dublin and Cork. It […]

Whitbread Included In DJSI World For The Third Year Running

Whitbread is the highest ranked UK business in its sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), latest results reveal. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) is the leading global index that evaluates the sustainability performance of over 2,000 companies worldwide. As the UK’s largest hospitality company, Whitbread is committed to always doing business the […]

Meet the company with a plan to green the UK’s train fleet

Alstom launched the world’s first hydrogen powered passenger train in Germany last month, and it has a plan to bring green trains to the UK. Passengers boarding the Coradia iLint train running between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude, small towns in the bucolic German region of lower Saxony, may not know they are making history. […]

Stoneacre Motor Group completes Mill Garages Northeast Ltd acquisition

Stoneacre Motor Group is set to achieve its ambition of becoming a £1 billion turnover car retail group early following the acquisition of four Mill Garages Northeast Ltd Volvo dealerships. The AM100’s 17th-placed retail group – having risen from 25th in 2017 – had set the benchmark sales objective as a target for 2020, but […]

UK expansion dream for mobile spray tan firm owner

Wilde About Tan, a mobile spray tan firm, which was set up to earn its owner a bit of extra cash could soon expand across the UK as part of an ambitious programme. Andrea Wilde, owner of Wilde About Tan, launched her business in 2012, despite reservations over the demand for her service in the Nottingham area. […]

BrewDog to launch craft beer bar franchise

BrewDog is to start offering shareholders the chance to open their own craft beer bars under a franchise agreement. The brewer announced the move in an update today laying out its “blueprint” for the future. BrewDog will initially trial 10 UK locations with its ‘Equity Punk’ shareholders. It says potential franchise locations include Ayr, North […]

How has Britain’s economy fared ten years since the financial crisis?

Britain’s economy is finally off the interest rate life-support brought in nearly 10 years ago after the financial crisis struck. But experts warn “deep scars” left by the recession has made the UK vulnerable to new shocks. When the Bank of England pushed the button on its milestone interest rate rise last November, it marked […]

How UK’s Leon redefined the fast food industry

Ask Leon Restaurants Co-Founder Henry Dimbleby to share lessons learned in launching his fast food fast casual brand and be prepared to take notes, to learn and to laugh as he relates how he and Co-Founder John Vincent went about establishing the quick-service brand and vision of what fast food should be. The partners, who […]

Accountancy franchise from Norwich doubles office space as it aims for growth to “sky-rocket”

TaxAssist Accountants has recently launched new franchises in Australia, based near Perth, and has identified Canada and the US as its next destinations for expansion. The accountancy franchise, founded in Norwich 23 years ago, supports small business with everything from gaining funding to help with bookkeeping. Karl Sandall, group chief executive director, said: “Our aim […]

Get noticed with Fastsigns in Malta

Fastsigns Malta will be overseen by Omar Gauci, representative for Fastsigns projects in Malta. Mr Gauci has been trained by Fastsigns in Texas, where he was introduced to CEO Catherine Monson and given ‘foundation classes’ to learn the brand operations first hand. Fastsigns, a leading global sign, graphics and visual communication franchise that takes care […]

Growing IT Support Firm Shortlisted For Apprenticeship Awards Cymru

Pisys.net, a company that provides affordable IT support and services to businesses across the UK from its head office in Swansea is using Apprenticeships as an integral part of its recruitment programme. Established in 2003, Pisys.net is now one of the leading outsourced IT suppliers, with clients ranging from start-ups to multi-site operations in the public, private and third sectors. Pisys.net will be […]

UK economy shows steady growth, Brexit concerns weigh on firms – PMI

UK economy appears to have kept up most of its steady growth in the July-September period, but uncertainty among companies remained high six months ahead of Brexit, a business survey showed on Wednesday. The IHS Markit/CIPS UK Services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) slipped to 53.9 in September from 54.3 in August, a shade weaker than […]

Co-op launches franchise

The Co-op has revealed details about a franchise proposition, which already has stores operating and has a few more in the pipeline. Ken Towle, chief executive of Nisa, told the IGD conference last week: “We have a great deal of confidence it will allow the brand to get to all places faster than the Co-op […]

Two famous brands reunite over a cup of coffee

Two famous foodservice brands have been reunited as Wimpy UK introduces Lyons Coffee to its latest menu of its franchised casual dining restaurants. The partnership will see the coffee brand owned by UCC Coffee UK & Ireland, named as the exclusive coffee supplier to Wimpy’s nationwide chain. Chris Woolfenden, managing director of Wimpy UK says […]

Papa John’s multi-unit franchise success

This summer Papa John’s celebrated opening its 400th UK store. Since Papa John’s was founded in the U.S. in 1984, over 5,000 stores in more than 40 international markets and territories have been set-up. Many of these are run by multi-unit franchisees. The attraction of running more than one Papa John’s is clear: more stores […]

This new Coventry coffee van will deliver straight to your desk

A fast-growing Coventry company, which specialises in bringing freshly brewed coffee to people’s workplaces, is expanding its operations in the city. Really Awesome Coffee is the coffee equivalent of an ice cream van for coffee lovers. Born out of managing director Kevin Haswell’s love of great coffee and his background in franchising, the first Really […]

Arthur Murray studios stepping up UK expansion

One of the world’s largest dance brands, Arthur Murray International, has announced new expansion plans for its franchise operation in the UK. The company, headquartered in Florida, U.S., has appointed the former UK professional dancer, Gary Edwards of the U.S. television show Dancing with the Stars: All Access judge to spearhead the drive to increase […]

Ableworld growth across the board as the retailer purchases its original franchise

Having recently announced the purchase of its first franchise store in Birkenhead, Ableworld has revealed year on year sales growth of 14 percent across its own group and 15 percent among its franchise group of stores. Discussing bringing the mobility retailer’s original franchisee into its fold of group-owned stores, Mike Williams, Managing Director of Ableworld, […]

Belvoir Franchise Support Team Raise Over £3000 for MS Society UK

Nine members of the Belvoir Central Office Franchise Support Team joined forces to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, raising over £3000 for the MS Society UK. Chief Financial Officer, Louise George, who is a keen athlete, said: “This was a 25-mile walk that took on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, and included […]

Award-winner launches new cleaning business, SOLVED365

A brand new commercial cleaning franchise, SOLVED365, has been launched by award-winner, Sharmin Akter (right), who holds the title of Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the 2018 English Asian Business Awards. The company says that the franchise has been introduced to satisfy the growing demand for the services of Total Solutions Group (TSG), a […]

Qualified NHS carer opens Surecare in Hertfordshire

Karen Carroll, a qualified care professional with over 30 years of experience in the NHS has opened Surecare Hertfordshire. The new branch based at Barnet, officially opened by Alan Plancey the Deputy Mayor of Hertsmere, will offer a range of care services such as person-centred care for the elderly and vulnerable, home services and staffing […]

Hyatt Announces Plans For Hyatt Place London City/East

The hotel will mark the first Hyatt Place in central London and the seventh Hyatt-branded hotel in the United Kingdom Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with Resolution Property, which has teamed up with specialist real estate firm Berkeley Capital Group, to develop a Hyatt […]

Endeavour Automotive officially opens Lotus Colchester dealership

Endeavour Automotive has officially opened its standalone Lotus franchise in Colchester – growing its representation with Geely-owned brands. The AM100 retailer, which now operates 12 sites across the South East, has created the new sports car retail facility in a building adjacent to its Hyundai Colchester business on Fox Street, Ardleigh. AM reported a fortnight […]

Alnwick business raises hundreds to support dog charity

An animal business in Alnwick has proved it is top dog when it comes to fund-raising, by collecting the most in the country for a vital charity. Barking Mad franchisees throughout the UK have donated almost £10,000 to Dogs for Good, which trains dogs to help people with severe disabilities. And north Northumberland’s local franchise […]

UK economy suffers weakest six months since 2011

UK economy has suffered its weakest six-month growth period since 2011, as the figure for the first quarter was revised lower. While the second reading for gross domestic product (GDP) confirmed initial estimates of 0.4% for the second quarter, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said growth was weaker in the first three months of […]

Revive promotes Kelly Blackmore-Lee as business development director

Revive has promoted Kelly Blackmore-Lee from head of franchise operations south to business development director, alongside other senior appointments. She joins managing director Mark Llewellyn, operations director Terry Mullen and franchise director Cathryn Hayes on the Revive board. Previously head of compliance at the British Franchise Association (bfa), Blackmore-Lee was recruited by Revive last year to […]

Jollibee, Asia’s biggest fast food chain, is coming to the UK

Asia’s largest fast-food chain, Jollibee Food Corporation, is set to open its first ever restaurant in the UK. The move is the latest step in an aggressive expansion drive by the Philippine company, which already has more than 4000 restaurants worldwide. Chief Executive Ernesto Tanmantiong said: “We aim to become one of the top five restaurant companies […]

Franchise giant opens new office in the East Midlands

Winkworth has opened an office in Northampton. The operation is owned and run by new franchisee Sunny Kooner, who is joined by an experienced team of property professionals with more than 40 years as residents in the area and over 60 years working in the local property market. “Joining Winkworth is an exciting opportunity to […]

Papa John’s appoints new UK Managing Director

Leading pizza franchise, Papa John’s, has announced the appointment of its new UK managing director: Liz Williams. Williams, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the food industry, will now be responsible for UK operations including overseeing the success of the Company’s network of more than 400 franchised stores throughout the country. Liz Williams, […]

Metro Bank supports hospitality franchise with £14M loan

Metro Bank has announced that it has provided Auriga Holdings Ltd, the restaurant franchise business, with a £13.95 million debt facility – its largest franchise loan to date. The funds will be used by the group to further invest in its estate, with plans to open more hospitality sites over the coming years. London-based Auriga […]

Why entrepreneurs should consider franchising

Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchise Association, explains why franchising may be an ideal route for you to go down as a businessperson. When choosing a career, do you go for passion or wealth? It’s the classic Catch-22 of whether you would rather have a job that you love but with a terrible pay […]

Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records launches first UK restaurant in London

Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records will open a new location in London on October 10 – the first of 15 venues in the UK over the next five years. “After much success with our Track & Records restaurants, we’re delighted to be opening in the UK. I believe this signifies the first time a local, homegrown concept […]

Jeans franchise expanding to Spain and UAE

The two Irish entrepreneurs responsible for bringing the popular Freddy Jeans brand to Ireland will now distribute it through Spain and the United Arab Emirates. Melena Fashion, which was founded by sisters Malindi (27) and Elena (23) Demery three years ago, is expecting to turn over more than €3m this year after it added another […]

Tearoom franchise Beatons is owned by Bournemouth University graduate Patrick Duffy

Bournemouth University graduate Patrick Duffy devised Beatons as a contemporary take on traditional British tearooms. He set up at Tisbury in Wiltshire and then in Blandford, before hitting on the franchising idea which led to tearooms in New Milton and Petersfield, Hampshire. The name and the visual style are inspired by what Mr Duffy calls the “ageless style” of […]

Minuteman Press Printing Franchise in Ashton under Lyne Helps Safety Guide UK Deliver Powerful Educational Resources to Children

Children are benefiting from the partnership between Minuteman Press Ashton and Safety Guide (UK) Ltd and the world can expect the worthy mission to grow MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sept. 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — October 2018 will mark five years since Graham Campbell and Ian Henderson made the decision to turn away from the common […]

Meet the entrepreneur behind Chelmsford’s newest city centre estate agent

Century 21 are the world’s largest residential estate agency with over 8,400 offices in 81 countries – and the latest UK franchise is C21 Chelmsford. The UK franchisor is owned by the SDL group, which is one of the fastest-growing independent property services groups in the UK. The group currently offers national coverage in surveying, […]

After China, Hotel Chain OYO Expands Operations To The UK

OYO founder Ritesh Agarwal has taken another major step — after China, Malaysia, and Nepal, Agarwal has now expanded OYO’s presence to the United Kingdom. In the next 15 – 18 months, OYO plans to offer over 5000 rooms. OYO has already started its operations in four properties in London that offer more than 80 rooms. The UK business […]

Jollibee teases London branch, first in UK

MANILA — Jollibee on Tuesday teased the opening of its first store in the United Kingdom, which will expand its footprint in Europe. The country’s largest fast food operator posted on Twitter a photo of its mascot, with British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce, with the hashtags #JollibeeLondon #1stJollibeeInUK. Pruce professed his “love” for […]

Coffee chain hopes to open first Scottish store in Dundee

Plans have been submitted to Dundee City Council to convert the former Vodafone shop on Murraygate into a cafe. Newcastle-based coffee franchising company Mangobean hopes to refurbish the former mobile phone shop to provide a new cafe – its first in Scotland. The firm is applying to the council for a change of use from […]

Little Voices Reports Booming Demand For Drama And Singing Lessons As Business Expands UK Franchise Footprint

Little Voices, the national drama and singing lesson school headquartered in Lancashire is gearing for more growth as it continues to expand its franchise network in England and Wales. Little Voices provides singing and drama lessons in small groups for boys and girls aged 4-18. Pupils gain official qualifications though LAMDA (London Academy of Music […]

Revealed: The new restaurant with a twist that’s coming to Cheltenham’s Brewery Quarter

A new restaurant with a twist is coming to Cheltenham, creating around 20 jobs. Creams, which serves ice cream, waffles, sundaes, freakshakes, crepes and coffee, will occupy the unit next to Five Guys in the Brewery Quarter. The team behind the project are putting the finishing touches to it at the moment ahead of the launch before […]

Britain’s economy is entering a ‘new era’ — and it has nothing to do with Brexit

Brexit is pretty much the only game in town for watchers of the UK economy right now. But away from the UK’s exit from the EU, Macquarie said a worrying new dynamic is forming in the economy. Supply-side limits on the economy, like the tight labour market, are likely to start having a negative impact. […]

Salad chain Freshly Chopped set to open in Belfast

Irish salad chain Freshly Chopped has announced it is set to open a new branch in Northern Ireland as part of an expansion of 10 new stores. Its branch in Northern Ireland will open at Ulster University’s Belfast campus this weekend in conjunction with outsourcing giant the Mount Charles Group, making it the chain’s 50th […]

OYO to venture into UK, aims 300 hotels by 2020

Marking its first expansion outside Asia, OYO founder said it plans to invest 40 million pounds ($53 million) to launch in 10 British cities in the next 18 months. OYO Hotels, India’s largest and fastest-growing hotel chain, aims to shake up Britain’s budget accommodation market with a franchising and marketing strategy to sign up 300 independent […]

Simba Corp loses BMW franchise to UK dealer

Simba Corporation has lost its BMW car dealership to London-based Inchcape Plc which recently acquired the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) franchise from RMA Group. Sources familiar with the matter told the Business Daily that Munich-based BMW AG had notified Bavaria Auto — the subsidiary through which Simba Corp sells luxury cars — of its intention […]

Awesome coffee delivered to your workplace – what’s not to like?!

New figures released by the British Coffee Association has revealed that the UK’s coffee consumption has soared to 95 million cups a day in 2018, up from 70 million in 2008. That’s an increase of 25 million over the last 10 years. Really Awesome Coffee is now recognised as the UK’s leading mobile coffee franchise […]

Women In Franchising : The Rise And Rise Of Female Franchisees

This week I had the pleasure of attending two events in London organised by EWIF (Encouraging Women into Franchising) – a UK based not-for-profit organisation with the primary focus of supporting women who are looking for a route into the franchise industry, whether they be franchisors or franchisees. In the past decade, there has been […]

Aberdeen ‘best location in UK to start a business’

Aberdeen has been named as the best location in the UK to start a business based on factors including survival rates, costs and access to skilled staff. An index ranking the 30 largest locations put the Scottish city ahead of the likes of London, Manchester and Oxford, thanks to it having the best five-year survival […]

Thinking About Franchising or Starting your Own Business?

Thinking about franchising or starting your own business? You are invited to join Darwin Gray at an exclusive event held at Cardiff University to hear from an expert panel including global franchise Toni & Guy. The event will feature a panel of entrepreneurial experts including global franchise Toni & Guy who will talk about their incredible business […]

Endeavour Automotive prepares to open Lotus Colchester franchise

Endeavour Automotive is days away from opening a new Lotus franchise in Colchester as the British sports car maker continues its expansion plans under new owner Geely. The London-based AM100 Hyundai and Volvo franchisee has been issuing posts via newly-established social media accounts in anticipation of the opening, which will take the brand’s franchised retail […]

5 ways life could become harder for British people if there is a no-deal Brexit

The latest tranche of no-deal Brexit papers have been released by the UK government. They reveal that mobile phone calls in Europe could become more expensive. International driving permits would be required to drive to Europe. Britain would fall out of space surveillance programmes. LONDON — The UK government on Thursday released the latest set […]

Regus enters UK franchise

Regus, a global workspace provider, has become the first serviced office provider to enter the UK franchise market. The multi-million-pound agreement, made in partnership with franchise experts ACCA Office Ltd, will see the development of 10 new top-of-the-range Regus centres over the next four years. Marking Regus’ first partnership in the UK franchise market, the […]

World Franchise Associates Signs Deal With Great Harvest Bakery

World Franchise Associates has signed an agreement with Great Harvest Bakery to exclusively represent it globally. Great Harvest Bakery will be represented for development opportunities in Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Gulf Cooperation Council, United Kingdom, Japan, and Canada. World Franchise Associates is an international franchise development consultancy, marketing and media company. It assists franchisors to […]

Shuttercraft Bristol opens first UK showroom

The Bristol franchise holders of national plantation shutters and blinds company Shuttercraft have opened the chain’s first UK showroom. Martin Burge was only the second owner of a Shuttercraft franchise when he set up the business on his wife Sue’s birthday in August 2012. Six years later he has grown the company to turnover more […]

Altrincham launch for global fitness franchise

Orangetheory Fitness, a fast-growing fitness franchise is set to launch a new studio in Altrincham. Orangetheory Fitness will be located at 4 George Street, with its doors expected to open in December 2018. It will be the company’s first such site to open in the UK outside of London with a further 40 planned. Adam […]

UK pay rates pick up strongly and should shore up growth

Official figures show that UK pay levels picked up strongly during the summer, a development that should shore up the economy amid the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. The Office for National Statistics said Tuesday that average earnings excluding bonuses over the three months through July were up 2.9 percent from the same period the year before. […]

Property Franchise Expects Second-Half Performance Ahead Of First

Property Franchise Group PLC said Wednesday it expects its second-half performance to be ahead of the first, despite bracing for headwinds in 2019 due to Brexit and UK tax and regulatory changes. For the six months to June 30, the multi-brand lettings and estate agency franchising company posted pretax profit down to GBP1.9 million from […]

EweMove claims it’s UK’s fifth largest online agency – and is in profit

EweMove is the country’s fifth largest online agency group based on transactions, and continues to make a profit according to its owner, The Property Franchise Group. In a trading statement to shareholders this morning TPFG described EweMove as a “challenger” online brand, stating that it had 114 franchise territories as at the end of June this […]

Belvoir Lettings Interim Earnings Rise, Declares Unchanged Dividend

Estate agent franchisor Belvoir Lettings PLC held its dividend Tuesday as profit and revenue both rose as it outperformed its market. For the six months ended June, pretax profit doubled to GBP2.9 million from GBP1.4 million the year prior. This was after revenue rose 17% to GBP6.1 million from GBP5.2 million the year before. Profit […]

Clydesdale tipped to start buying spree after investors back £1.7bn Virgin Money takeover

Shareholders have backed Clydesdale bank’s £1.7bn all-share takeover of Virgin Money, and top investors believe it could start a buying spree. The combination of the two FTSE 250 lenders will create a bank with six million customers and £83bn worth of assets. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year. A top […]

The rise of the franchise

Franchises are popping up everywhere – that’s the whole point of them. Whether it’s an automotive company, a fast-food establishment, or a chain of pubs, many business hopefuls use franchising as their route to market. There are currently over 120 industries that have franchised companies, with the franchisee normally receiving help with their site selection […]

PASTY WARS: Greggs sparks BACKLASH after opening new store…. in CORNWALL

GREGGS have opened a new store in the home of the world-famous Cornish Pasty. But locals and bakers are up in arms about the new branch, claiming it is not needed in the West Country. The bakery chain, Greggs, is known for selling a diverse range of products, from donuts to sausage rolls, cakes and a […]

JCT600 to open Roll-Royce Leeds dealership after Pendragon withdrawal

JCT600 will bring the Roll-Royce luxury car franchise to Leeds with the opening of a new purpose-built showroom after Pendragon withdrew its plans for a Stratstone operation in the city. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced its new agreement with Bradford-based JCT600 today (September 7), just nine months after Pendragon chief executive Trevor Finn announced that he was “delighted” […]

Father and son team up in drainage business

Having spent over two decades running his own heating and plumbing organisation, Steve Lawless has teamed up with his son, Myles, and they are about to embark on their first business venture together as a new Drain Doctor franchise covering Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent. Steve, a qualified heating engineer, has worked with many commercial and domestic […]

Brexit estimated to cost UK more than 2% of GDP

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been found to be 2.1% lower than it would have been had Brexit not happened, according to a UBS report released on Monday. The research suggests that if the UK had not voted to leave the European Union, investment would have been at 4% higher and inflation 1.5% lower. The […]

Franchise couple ready to hit the heights

A married couple have started a new Heights Farm Premium Pet Foods franchise in Lancashire. Alison and Steve Critchley, who have been married for more than 31 years and live in the Rossendale Valley with their Saluki, Chance, have set up the franchise delivering premium quality pet food door to door to customers in the […]

The EF100 Returns: Industry League Table From Elite Franchise is Back for Year Two

The EF100 Returns. There’s no denying the UK franchising sector’s omnipotence. Not only has the bfa highlighted the £15.1bn contribution* it makes to the nation’s economy, the sum is the result of a 46% growth over ten years, suggesting the future only looks even brighter. Elite Franchise is thrilled with the industry’s exciting rise. It’s […]

SOLVED365 Enter Franchise Market

SOLVED365 is a brand new franchise specialising in commercial cleaning. The franchise has spun out of Total Solutions Group; a multi-million-pound, independently-owned, company which was launched by Sharmin Akter in 2014. The concept behind SOLVED365 is simple. There is huge demand for Total Solutions Group’s services right across the UK, so to meet that demand […]

UK economy holding up against Brexit jitters, for now

UK economy is holding its solid pace of growth, according to a survey which showed the large services sector expanded more strongly than expected in August, but Brexit worries are hitting investment plans and confidence. The IHS Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) increased to 54.3 in August from 53.5 in July, beating all forecasts in […]

New high-end franchises leave auto retailer well-placed

The number of new high-end vehicle franchises means auto retailer Cambria is well-placed to drive future growth, according to a trading update. The company, which is headquartered in Swindon, has opened two refurbished Bentley dealerships in 2018, alongside one Lamborghini dealership and one McLaren dealership. A further Cambria Lamborghini dealership is to open on 6 […]

REACHING FOR THE CROWN: Inside Burger King UK with CEO Alasdair Murdoch

A change in the franchise structure of Burger King UK has given the fast food chain fresh impetus and a focus on expansion again. FEJ was at the Commercial Kitchen show to hear CEO Alasdair Murdoch give a candid account of his plans to correct some of the “missteps” that have held the business back […]

Total solutions Group launches cleaning franchise

Maintenance services provider Total Solutions Group has launched a new franchise specialising in commercial cleaning. Solved365 will consist of staff trained by Total Solutions Group and will service both local and national account work under its own brand. Total Solutions Group is a multimillion-pound, independently owned company launched by Sharmin Akter in 2014. Akter said: […]

How to franchise your business

Permitting third parties to trade under your brand is increasing in popularity as a growth strategy, according to research by the British Franchise Association (BFA). If the idea of becoming a franchisor sounds appealing to you, consider the following recommendations from the IoD’s Information and Advisory Service (IAS). Ask yourself: ‘Is my business model truly franchisable?’ If your […]

Kia Motors ranked top by car dealers in NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey Summer 2018

Kia Motors has pulled away from the car manufacturer pack to become the highest rated franchise among UK car dealers in the NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey Summer 2018 – reclaiming its title from a faltering Mercedes-Benz. Kia Motors, the Korean manufacturer tied with Mercedes-Benz and Toyota as the top-rated OEM overall in the National Franchised […]

World Franchise Associates to represent easyHotel

World Franchise Associates has announced the signing of an agreement to exclusively represent easyHotel for development opportunities in the UK, Continental Europe and the Middle East. World Franchise Associates expertly assists franchisors to enter new international markets and provide international franchise advisory services to corporate and private investors who wish to expand their franchise portfolios […]

PM May says Britain will not compromise over Brexit plan

British PM Theresa May said she would not compromise with Brussels over her plans for Brexit as a media report said rivals in her party were set to publish their own proposal calling for a cleaner break with the European Union. With under two months before Britain and the EU want to agree a deal […]

VapeWild Completes Inaugural UK Expansion

VapeWild, a Dallas-based vapour manufacturer and distributor, announced the opening of its first two United Kingdom brick-and-mortar locations today. The stores, located in Greater London, are the company’s first reach at the overseas brick and mortar vaping market. VapeWild Mill Hill is located at 12 Station Rd, London NW7 2JU. The VapeWild Watford location is at 175 St. Albans Rd., Watford WD24 5BD. […]

A day in the life of the Crunch Fitness Franchise CEO, who wakes up by 5 a.m. to work out, never skips cardio, and eats the same thing for lunch every day

Crunch Fitness Franchise CEO Ben Midgley gave Business Insider an inside look at his daily routine. He wakes up early to exercise in his home gym and never skips stretching or cardio. At night, Midgley turns his phone off and spends quality time with his family. He often drinks a glass of milk with honey to wind down.  Crunch Fitness Franchise […]

Cheshire-based Elmscot expands and starts out-of-school franchise

The Elmscot group of nurseries and out-of-school clubs has acquired its sixth nursery, with backing from Santander to grow the group. The acquisition is also the 14th setting for the group, which also runs eight out-of-school clubs under the Kids Collective brand, also based in Cheshire. Little Friends Day Nursery in Chester is in an […]

Cambridgeshire and Norfolk home care company director nominated for ‘Female Entrepreneur of the Year’ at prestigious awards

Bluebird Care company director has been nominated for the ‘Female Entrepreneur of the Year’ award at a prestigious ceremony. Carolyn Dailey, a Bluebird Care franchise owner, was nominated for the award, as part of the Forward Ladies Awards and Summit, by one of her colleagues for her “dedication and success since joining Bluebird Care”. “The […]

City cheers windfall from Whitbread’s £3.9 billion Costa sale to Coca-Cola

Whitbread shares rocketed on Friday as investors lined up for a windfall from the shock £3.9 billion sale of coffee chain Costa to US drinks giant Coca-Cola. The UK consumer giant, which also owns hotel chain Premier Inn, stunned the City by offloading Costa to Coke. Shares surged 16% today to the highest level in […]

Dog grooming business launches range of perfumes for your pampered pooch

Fluffies Mobile Dog Grooming, a well-established dog grooming company has launched its own range of fragrances – for man’s best friend. Fluffies Mobile Dog Grooming is now helping customers to have the sweetest smelling pooches thanks to the development of a range of pet-friendly perfumes. Owner Karen Weeks-Lepke now offers three different ‘eau de pawfums’ […]

Profits jump to €29.8m at operator of Spar stores

Pre-tax profits at the owner of the Spar franchise in Ireland, the BWG Group, rose by 23pc to €29.83m last year. BWG Unlimited Company and subsidiaries operate a network of stores across Ireland and the UK and revenues at the group increased marginally, from €1.392bn to €1.41bn, in the 12 months to the end of […]

Hyatt to grow UK footprint as new brand is launched

Hotels group Hyatt is on track to grow its UK footprint, with plans to open a new site at Great Scotland Yard as part of major brand launch. The US company’s UK presence is small compared with its global footprint, with just five sites in the country – four in London and one in Birmingham. […]

High five for babyballet as dance franchise celebrates quintet of award nominations

A Halifax-based ballet business which has multiple franchises across the world has been shortlisted for no fewer than five industry awards. Babyballet has been nominated in the ‘What’s On 4 Little Ones 2018 Awards’ for the Best Product Supporting Children’s Activities, twice for Most Outstanding Activity Leader for U5s in the South East and London […]

This entrepreneurial mother quit a top level job to launch a successful artistic venture

An entrepreneurial mother who swapped a high-powered project management career to launch her own ceramics business, Popolo Ceramico, is on course to open 50 franchises within three years. Christina Taylor-Chisholm was working as a project manager for telecoms giant BT when she had her daughter Lola. Keen to spend more time with her daughter she […]

Lettings franchise calls for incentives to prevent UK landlords selling up

More landlords are selling up, and less are investing in the Private Rental Sector (PRS) in the UK due to increased legislation and punitive taxation policies, it is claimed. National lettings franchise Belvoir is calling for the Government to take urgent remedial action in the Autumn Budget to incentivise landlords who thinking of leaving the […]

Chancellor says no deal Brexit will damage UK GDP for years to come

Chancellor Philip Hammond has outraged pro-Brexit Conservative MPs by warning that the UK may have to increase its borrowing by £80bn a year by 2033/34 in the event of a no-deal Brexit. They have accused him of scare-mongering about the impact of leaving the EU on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms rather than with a […]

‘Work from home’ Bournemouth travel agency enjoying rapid growth

BOURNEMOUTH-based The Travel Franchise, the franchise recruitment arm of award-winning travel agency Not Just Travel, is undergoing rapid growth and expansion. In July, The Travel Franchise welcomed 30 new franchisees and increased its head count by 20 per cent. What’s more, new franchise sign ups have almost doubled for the year to date versus the […]

After losing TWO major rail franchises, Stagecoach makes it easier for bosses to land their bonus

Stagecoach has come under fire for making it easier for bosses to be paid bonuses after it was stripped of the East Coast rail franchise by the Government. Influential shareholder advisory group Glass Lewis is urging investors to vote against chief executive Martin Griffiths’ pay plan at the train and bus operator’s annual meeting on […]

Peterborough Starbucks franchise receives £3.6m investment

Following an initial £5.6m growth capital investment in 2015, Connection Capital has invested a further £3.6m into Starbucks UK franchised business 23.5 Degrees Ltd to fund its ambitious expansion plans. Since Connection Capital’s original investment, the company has acquired and opened 40 stores, including twelve “drive-through” stores, and has just celebrated the opening of its […]

Theresa May could open Britain’s borders for goods under a no-deal Brexit

The government could open Britain’s borders to many goods coming from the EU from March next year under a no-deal Brexit. Thousands of British people who live and work in Europe could also lose access to their pensions overnight under a no-deal scenario. The news comes as Brexit secretary Dominic Raab publishes the first batch […]

Franchise holders at Bargain Booze can now buy drinks outside the group

Franchise holders at Bargain Booze and Wine Rack can now source 10% of their goods from outside the Bestway Group as part of updates the company has made to contracts following its purchase of the Conviviality Retail division in April. The updates to the agreement with Bargain Booze franchisees include the ability to source up […]

Is UK economic growth higher than in Europe?

Claim: UK economic growth in the second quarter of 2018 was 0.4%. In the Eurozone it was 0.3%. Conclusion This was correct when the claim was made earlier in August, but the figures have since been revised, with both the UK and Eurozone growing at 0.4% in the second quarter. Growth in the EU and the […]

Pizza Hut UK tightens margins to offset £8m drop in sales

Pizza Hut UK has reported pre-tax losses of £7.5m despite efforts to tighten margins and limit discounting.  The figure, published in its strategic report for the 12 months to 3 December 2017, compares to pre-tax profits of £5.2m the previous year, and follows a drop in sales of 3%, from £233m to £225m. Overall operating loss […]

To franchise or not to franchise?

Considering a new career in the franchise world? Here are some questions you should answer to understand if the franchise business model is right for you. Are you new to business? If you don’t have any formal experience of running your own company, franchising may be one of the best business opportunities available to you. That’s because […]

Two-thirds of Property Franchise Group now on OTM, reveals chief executive who initially advised against it

Two-thirds of offices at The Property Franchise Group are now listing their properties at OnTheMarket, chief executive Ian Wilson has revealed. He said: “I made no secret of it that I was not a fan when it launched. I actually advised our franchisees not to participate at launch. “I thought it was not a good […]

Business leaders’ confidence in UK economy at lowest so far this year

Business leaders’ confidence in the British economy has fallen to its lowest point this year reflecting the impact of uncertainty over Britain’s exit deal with the European Union, according to a survey published on Monday. With less than eight months to go until Britain is due to leave the EU, the government is yet to […]

Applegreen opens its 80th Subway sandwich store

Applegreen, a leading petrol forecourt retailer with over 250 sites in the UK and Ireland, has opened its 80th Subway store in Balbriggan, Republic of Ireland. The sandwich store within Applegreen’s forecourt at Millfield Shopping Centre features Subway’s new Fresh Forward décor with customer-focused touches, such as digital menu boards and free-to-use charging ports. Applegreen […]

Join Dream Doors, the UK’s biggest name in kitchen facelifts

Launched in 1999 and franchising for 15 years, Dream Doors is now the UK’s largest kitchen facelift retailer. A multi-award winner with 80 showrooms nationwide, it is a full member of the British Franchise Association and one of the most recognised brands within UK franchising. A time and money-saving concept with local customer service Dream […]

YourZone45 secures equity stake investment

YourZone45, the fitness studio franchise, has secured investment from three stakeholders with experience in the sector to develop the company’s offering and accelerate network growth. The investors, Mhairi FitzPatrick, Andy Kay and Jeremy Taylor will be working alongside Chris Elms, the founder of the company. YourZone45 currently has four franchises in the UK with two […]

Inaugural BFA affiliates and supplier awards

The BFA for the first time at their annual conference recognised its affiliate category of professional advisers and suppliers by introducing the BFA Professional Affiliate and Supplier Awards. The new awards with four categories of entry are in recognition of the excellent work of its professional members who were first welcomed into membership in 1985, […]

Varying levels of skill sets to join a franchise

Depending on the network, there will be varying levels of skill required to join a franchise. Some brands that I know of will only recruit franchisees that have experience within the sector. This is particularly prevalent in the children’s tuition industry; and for example, a performing arts school might only take on a franchisee who […]

BirdsiVideo Drone Franchise Expands Overseas

BirdsiVideo Drone Franchise (www.birdsivideo.com) has signed a development agreement with Imogen Mann to grow the BirdsiVideo franchise in the U.K. Ms. Mann is a British lawyer, former airline business development executive, licensed private pilot and agricultural expert with more than 20 years experience in U.K. market. The agreement covers business development activities intended to bring BirdsiVideo […]

Auto Trader Group plc joint venture with Cox Automotive UK

Auto Trader Group plc (LON:AUTO), the UK’s largest digital automotive marketplace, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to create a joint venture with Cox Automotive UK Limited to provide a leading digital marketplace for wholesale vehicles in the UK. The joint venture will provide the UK automotive market with a comprehensive online auction […]

Look who’s buying: Property Franchise Group sets new record for acquisitions

The Property Franchise Group has helped its franchisees make more acquisitions so far this year than for the whole of 2017. It has also announced ambitious  plans for next year. The group, owners of Martin & Co, Whitegates, CJ Hole, Ellis & Co, Parkers and EweMove has assisted its franchisees to acquire 16 portfolios and a […]