Benito’s Hat secures £1m funding for expansion

August 8, 2018

Mexican restaurant group Benito’s Hat has secured a £1m investment to expand in London and across the UK.

The funding comes entirely from the eight-strong brand’s existing investors, with the majority provided by private equity firm Calculus Capital.

It follows a trial of a smaller A1-focused restaurant format, which has launched in Oxford Westgate and Leicester Highcross shopping centres over the last nine months.

The company says the concept has opened up “growth opportunities” in locations that were previously too small for Benito’s Hat to trade in, such as travel hubs.

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It says it sees potential to expand the brand through franchising in the UK and overseas.

Benito’s Hat is also negotiating on a seventh London site and a restaurant in the Home Counties.

“Because of the challenging nature of the casual dining market, we’ve ensured that we can continue to grow by focusing on smaller footprint opportunities with our new model,” says Michael Pearson, managing director of Benito’s Hat.

“Benito’s is now ten years old and we feel that now is the right time to grow, both through our own high street stores in the UK, and franchised stores.”

Benito’s Hat was created by Ben Fordham and Mexican chef Felipe Fuentes Cruz and opened its first restaurant in London’s Goodge Street in 2008.

A number of other restaurant brands, including Spuntino, BrewDog and Barburrito, have announced plans to expand in to airports ​ this year amid rising costs on the high street.

Source: Big Hospitality

This fast-growth UK franchise enables you to run your own care business for £10,000

April 14, 2018

Seniors Helping Seniors UK recently celebrated its fifth trading year and is now looking to rapidly expand. Could it be the franchise opportunity for you?

Home care franchise Seniors Helping Seniors UK has celebrated its fifth anniversary with expansion to a third location and a call to action for budding UK entrepreneurs looking to join the care industry for a franchise fee of £10,000.

The franchise brand, which helps elderly people in their own homes, was originally established in America and came to the UK in 2013 – opening its first service in Canterbury, Kent, followed by a second branch in Harrow. Its latest location has opened in the Guildford and Woking areas of Surrey.

Recently recognised as one of the top 10 most recommended elderly care agencies in the UK, the chain is keen to attract new franchisees to fulfil growing demand from elderly people and their families who desperately need support at home.

Also featured by the BBC for its innovation and integrity, Seniors Helping Seniors is looking for those with relevant experience to take up its franchise opportunity and has highlighted that the market for home care is booming; “One in six people alive today will live to be 100 years of age so there is no shortage of people needing care.”

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) who have worked with Seniors Helping Seniors have it on record as “perfect primary care’ saying it fits the country’s long term goals because it focuses on keeping people safe and well, and outside acute settings.

Commenting on its franchise opportunities, Christian Wilse, founder of Seniors Helping Seniors UK, said:

“Our fully managed care services match carers to clients according to interests. We manage everything for our carers and our clients, taking time with introductions to make sure everyone is happy.  People love the matching and the same carer aspects of the service and the work. The outcomes are outstanding”

“Our franchisees have a turnkey home-based operation doing something immensely worthwhile with exciting rewards and we have kept our set up fees low to encourage people to open a Seniors Helping Seniors in their own community”

Want to start a home care business with Seniors Helping Seniors UK? Find out more here.

Source: Start-Ups

Isuzu UK strengthens its network with five new franchise openings

April 4, 2018

Isuzu UK, the pickup professionals, is proud to announce the expansion of the UK’s only dedicated pickup network with five new dealer appointments across the UK.

With the award-winning D-Max pickup going from strength to strength, Isuzu looks to build on the positive traction from the vehicles successes across the dealer network across 2018.

To continue this success and build momentum for the brand, Isuzu is looking to expand its network further, allowing customers the opportunity to find their perfect pickup and a local location to them.

Claire Ketchion, Group Dealer Development Manager for Isuzu UK, comments, “We are delighted to introduce five new dealers to our network already this year. Our aim is to bring Isuzu to our customers and help to make the pickup buying process a little easier for them where possible. We’re always looking for opportunities to help expand our brand across the country and introduce people to our close-knit Isuzu network”.

New Isuzu franchises opening across March and April 2018 can be found below:

  • 19th March 2018 – NMG, Norfolk
  • 26th March 2018 – Firbank Van Sales, Cheshire
  • 9th April 2018 – Autosales, Kirriemuir
  • 16th April 2018 – Fussell Wadman, Devizes
  • 28th April 2018 – Lloyd Ltd, Kelso

William Brown, Managing Director for Isuzu UK commented, “We’re excited to welcome five new dealerships to the Isuzu family this year. Isuzu is a brand that works for its customers and our dealerships are very much of the same mindset”.

“The D-Max has had a great year already, picking up two awards for WhatVan? ‘Best Pickup Of The Year’ and Professional Pickup & 4X4 Magazine’s ‘Most Reliable Pickup’, which are testament to the vehicle enough. We know our network are set to have a good year especially with more positive highlights to come for the D-Max”.

For more information about the Isuzu D-Max range and the finance options available please visit or visit your local dealer to find out more.

Source: Automotive World