22 Warrens stores close including one in Cornwall

December 7, 2019

It has been revealed that 22 Warrens Bakery stores have been closed, including one in Cornwall.

It comes as the Cornish bakery chain proposes to restructure the business.

It is understood that will put people out of jobs just before Christmas.

Bosses have confirmed that the shop in Bodmin has now closed – but say it is the only one lost in the Duchy.

44 company managed sites remain open as well as more franchise stores outside of the South West.

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The company says it has placed approximately 25% of retail teams put at risk back into long term internal jobs within available vacancies in other stores.

Based on the proposal, bosses say Warrens Bakery would continue to employ nearly 350 staff across the South West.

In a statement released last month, Warrens said:

“In reaction to continued Brexit uncertainty and its ongoing consumer impact, we have taken the extremely hard decision to propose a restructure of the business. With sadness and a heavy heart, we are consulting with staff and examining streamlining options, which could lead to a significant loss of jobs throughout the West Country. With its configuration and remote location, our St. Just manufacturing site, occupied since the 1970s, is no longer economically viable based on market influences. We are also consulting on the closure of a number of lossmaking shops to safeguard the future of the wider business.

“By streamlining our portfolio, we will target the profitable segments of our business in food2go and café. Our increased focus will be in areas where we have seen continued success, including hospitals, travel hubs, strategically selected high street and destination sites. We remain committed to profitable manufacturing and will retain our site at Callington, while we will examine a variety of options to support our growth as a brand nationally, including in major airports.

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“We will continue to respond to an ever-changing market environment, where consumers demand greater product and pricing choice. Our 1860 heritage product, the Cornish pasty will remain our signature item, however we will expand our range further to drive greater consumer interest in a changing world.

“We would like to thank our loyal staff and customers wholeheartedly for their continued support. We have been part of the West Country community for 160 years and, by implementing these proposed changes, we aim to serve the local economy for many years to come”.

Warrens Bakery spokesperson

Further news about the St Just bakery proposal is expected on the 19th December.

By Sarah Yeoman

Source: Pirate FM

Angela’s Swim School Takes Part In Landmark ITN Productions & British Franchise Association Collaboration

December 7, 2019

Angela’s Swim School, a swimming classes franchise business, is featured in the recently-launched latest collaboration between the British Franchise Association (bfa) & ITN Productions, a news and current affairs style programme titled Franchising the Next Generation.

Presented by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky OBE, ‘Franchising the Next Generation’ reveals the positive impact franchising has on individuals, business, society and the economy.

Angela’s Swim School was founded by former Olympic and Commonwealth Games swimmer Angela Wilson, who first represented Great Britain at the age of 15, and was involved in the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. Fulfilling this dream spurned her to take her passion for swimming further, creating Angela’s Swim School in 2002, and franchising the business in 2014. Drowning is the third most common cause of death for young children, and Angela’s Swim School gets children to learn to swim in a fun environment.

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Her knowledge of swimming has led her to be on two All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) that support swimming, and she is also the Women & Enterprise APPG, championing increasing opportunities for women in business. Added to this, she has been a Lady Taverner the last eight years, raising around £4,000 for the Lord’s Taverner’s Charity, which helps disadvantaged and disabled children have access to sport.

Angela’s Swim School is one of four franchise systems covered as a separate news item in Franchising the Next Generation.

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Wilson was ecstatic to be able to participate in an important series that highlights franchising in the UK landscape and shows an industry that continues to evolve and consistently adapts to meet the needs of society:

She says: “Franchising has helped my business achieve quick growth by taking on passionate partners who share in my vision to bring quality swimming education across the UK. I am proud to be a part of a series that will help franchising attain the recognition that it deserves. For me, the motivation for starting Angela’s Swim School was to make swimming fun and accessible to children.”

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Pip Wilkins, QFP, Chief Executive of the bfa, said: “The industry continues to present strong growth. However, the association wants to ensure that this is sustainable through education and support of ethical franchising. The news item with Angela’s Swim School has a next generation theme with prospect franchisees, and shows how the industry adapts to societal needs.”

By Patrick Hulbert

Source: BDaily

American home care provider to open new franchises in London

December 6, 2019

One of America’s largest home care providers is celebrating a year on British soil by welcoming three new franchisees to its UK network.

Visiting Angels arrived in the UK in October 2018, opening a pilot franchise in Sheffield, and is marking its first anniversary by branching out into London.

The new franchisees, Mayan Shah and husband-and-wife team Hammad Cheema and Grace Peters, will open new offices in Boston Manor and Harrow respectively, supporting the needs of their local communities.

Visiting Angels was established in the US in 1998 and has since grown to over 600 franchisees operating in five countries.

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Since its launch in the UK, the pilot franchise in Sheffield has been named the ‘Best International Franchise’ at Visiting Angels’ annual conference. It has also been nominated for three Great British Care Awards – success the new business owners are keen to replicate.

Visiting Angels UK managing director Dan Archer said: “It’s crucial that we award franchises to people who, like Hammad, Grace and Mayan, truly share in our vision and passion to do things differently. We’re really beginning to pave the way and encourage the rest of the sector to get behind our carer-centric approach. We’ve already noticed a shift in attitudes towards the Visiting Angels’ way.”

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The new franchisees have received training at Visiting Angels’ headquarters in Philadelphia and at the UK head office.

“The training went very well – it provided us with an in-depth look into the franchise and gave me many ideas for the future,” said Mayan Shah.

Commenting on his plans for the franchise, Shah said: “I’ve made the personal pledge to raise my carers up to the London Living Wage once they’ve successfully completed three months with Visiting Angels. Our carer-centric approach is extremely important to me. I want to alleviate employee stress as much as I can, so they can concentrate on delivering high-quality care to our clients.”


Source: Home Care Insight

Tim Hortons announces Cumbernauld opening date

December 6, 2019

Canadian café and cake shop chain, Tim Hortons, will be opening the doors to its new drive thru restaurant in Cumbernauld Retail Park next Tuesday (December 10) at noon.

There will be an early Christmas present for Tim Hortons fans too, the first 100 customers at the new restaurant will receive a free lunch combo meal to celebrate the opening.

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The lucky, early-bird customers can treat themselves to a Tims Crispy Chicken Sandwich, or any Grilled Wrap, with a portion of potato wedges and a small drink all free of charge.

In addition to this festive treat, the very first person in the queue for the restaurant, and the queue for the drive thru, will receive a VIP card entitling them to two free drinks every day for a year.

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Kevin Hydes, chief commercial officer of the Tim Hortons franchise in the UK, said: “We’re delighted to have secured a fantastic location in Cumbernauld for our new drive thru restaurant.

“We’re very much looking forward to becoming part of the local community and serving their food and drink needs.”

Source: Cumbernauld News

National Bluebird Care Awards recognise outstanding employees

December 5, 2019

Bluebird Care has recognised the outstanding achievements of its employees at a dedicated awards ceremony.

The Bluebird Care Awards took place at London’s Fortnum & Mason on November 14, where three winners were announced.

The event is a celebration of the exemplary commitment shown by the teams that work at Bluebird Care, across the whole network.

Linda Harvey, a care assistant at Bluebird Care Swindon, was crowned Carer of the Year, with judges praising her for always going above and beyond and being a central part of the local community.

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The Registered Manager of the Year award went to Caroline Summerville (pictured), a registered manager at Bluebird Care Mid and West Cornwall, for her outstanding work in recruitment and training.

Finally, Libby Irvine, training manager at Bluebird Care South Buck, South Wycombe and Slough, won the Team Member of the Year award for her energy, vibrance and commitment to the role.

An independent panel of judges were given time to meet the finalists and interview them before deciding on the winners.

Yvonne Hignell, managing director of Bluebird Care, said: “The awards this year have been a roaring success and we could not be happier with how the ceremony went.

“The finalists who have joined us are a real representation of all the amazing work that is carried out by the Bluebird Care team across the UK each day.

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“I would like to thank everyone in the Bluebird Care network and the team members who helped to make this day so special.”

One of the judges, Professor Martin Green, CEO of Care England said: “These awards have been the most enjoyable day in a long time. I have had a great afternoon and met some amazing people.

“All the people at these awards have been outstanding and my category winner really showed a commitment to the people she works with, as well as their families, to ensure they are part of the community.

“I would like to say to everyone at these awards, and across Bluebird Care, you are doing an amazing job, transforming lives and just enjoy your work, because what you do is really special.”

Fellow judge Colin Angel, Policy Director at United Kingdom Homecare Association said: “It has been an incredible honour to be one of the judges for these awards, and to meet so many talented nominees and hear about the fantastic services they are delivering throughout the UK.

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“I am going to take away the dedication and enthusiasm that all the nominees for these awards have shown to the judges. It was really clear that that enthusiasm is spread throughout the Bluebird Care franchise network.

“Everyone who was nominated for an award has done a fantastic job and has really impressed the judges.”

This year’s Bluebird Care Awards celebrated 15 finalists, in three categories. The full list follows below:

Carer of the Year

  • Dave Finch, Scotland, NI & the North
  • Rukhsana Ali, Midlands East
  • Natasha Perry, Midlands West & Wales
  • Angela McMillan, London & South East
  • Linda Harvey, Swindon

Registered Manager of the Year

  • Becki Moore, Scotland, NI & the North
  • Richard Atkinson, Midlands East
  • Siobhan Carroll, Midlands West & Wales
  • Jade Hobbs, London & South East
  • Caroline Summerville, Mid and West Cornwall

Team Member of the Year

  • Veronica Carlyle, Care Assistant, Scotland, NI & the North
  • Samantha Ward, Care Coordinator, Midlands West & Wales
  • Jade Rose, Registered Care Manager, London & South East
  • Kim Teagle, Recruitment Manager, South West
  • Libby Irvine, Training Manager, South Buck, South Wycombe and Slough


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Popular US bakery chain Cinnabon announces plans to launch in New South Wales and Victoria – and reveals the three new flavours in the new store

December 5, 2019
  • Bakery chain Cinnabon will open its first ever Australian store in under a week
  • The outlet will be situated in the Toombul Shopping Centre, Nundah, Brisbane
  • Foodies across the nation are eagerly anticipating stores opening in other states
  • New flavours of the outlet’s famous baked goods have also been announced

World-famous bakery chain Cinnabon has revealed new stores could be up and running in Victoria and New South Wales within the next six months.

The US-based dessert outlet will open its first outlet in Brisbane on December 14 and while the focus will be on Queensland first, expansion isn’t out of the question.

According to franchise owner Gaurav Bansal, the business is keen to respond to customer demand by offering stores nationwide.

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‘Cinnabon is in demand in every state, and we have every intention of having a presence around Australia,’ Mr Bansal told Daily Mail Australia.

‘We’ve been overwhelmed with enquiries from potential franchisees and lessors in every state so we will get there.

‘We just want to first get Queensland up and running seamlessly.’

The exciting news also comes with a sneak peek of three flavours set to feature on the new store’s menu.

The tasty offerings will naturally include Cinnabon’s classic Makara cinnamon roll as well as Chocobon and Caramel Pecanbon flavours.

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The treats will be available in mini and large sizes and on offer in takeout ‘Cinnapacks’ of four.

Franchise owner Guarav Bansal said he believes the popularity of the baked goods comes in part from the brand’s commitment to making the treats on-site along with its use of Makara cinnamon and cream cheese frosting.

‘Many have tried to imitate these special baked treats but they’re impossible to replicate due to each unique ingredient,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

It’s no secret the brand has a massive following, and to cater to this Cinnabon will open a second store in Mt Gravatt, Brisbane, in January 2020.

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However, dessert lovers across Australia want more and have been petitioning the chain with the hopes it will reveal when other stores might also open in their states.

‘When is a store coming to Melbourne preferably Watergardens shopping centre or Highpoint thanks,’ wrote one person on Cinnabon’s 15,000 strong Facebook page.

While another said: Why not start in New South Wales. We do have a bigger population in a more concentrated area. When will one be opened in Sydney?’


Source: Daily Mail

Care at home company launches Midlands franchisee recruitment drive

December 4, 2019

Nottingham-headquartered PerCurra, the national care at home franchise, has launched a recruitment drive to attract new franchisees, with a particular focus on its territories across the Midlands.

Gill Heppell, PerCurra’s founder and Managing Director, said: “Having developed a very successful care at home business, reaching over £1 million in turnover and employing 70 people within three years, I made the decision to franchise the business in 2016. We have replicated our highly regarded model of care delivery which will enable people to launch a viable, profitable business in the provision of care services. We are actively seeking people from across the Midlands who would like to be part of our successful, well established franchisee programme.”

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Regardless of their previous experience, whether in business, health and social care, private or public sector, all PerCurra franchisees will receive a six-month tailored training programme which covers marketing, staff recruitment and client acquisition as well as business development support.

Support systems such as IT infrastructure are provided so that a PerCurra franchisee does not even require an office and the business can be run from home.

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Gill adds: “In the UK there has been a huge and continuing growth in the demand for at home care services. This strong demand, coupled with the extensive support we provide for our new franchisees in helping them to establish a reliable, profitable franchise based on our proven system, is something we think will be popular with people looking to invest in a business.”

By Tess Egginton

Source: East Midlands Business Link

Shoryu lines up UK, international franchise plans

December 4, 2019

Ramen group Shoryu has announced plans to expand its UK and international business, as it looks to take a bigger slice of the casual dining market.

The company, which is backed by Japan Centre Group, Toridoll Holdings Corporation and Rosinter Restaurants, said it has partnered with franchising specialist Seeds Consulting.

Launched in 2012 by the Japan Centre’s CEO Tak Tokumine, Shoryu Ramen currently operates 12 UK restaurants across London, Oxford and Manchester and one in Fukuoka, Japan.

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Tokumine outlined his ambitions to grow the business in a interview with Restaurant.

Seeds Consulting director Matteo Frigeri described the ramen chain as being “loved by consumers and landlords alike: its performance so far has consistently outpaced the rest of the industry and very few brands can say to have such… backers”, he said.

“Its operation is half the size of an average casual dining restaurant one and, at a time of rising labour costs, this is another competitive advantage we are looking to exploit.”

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The Seeds Consulting director said his company will target restaurant and franchise groups as well as travel retail operators, both in the UK and abroad.

“Ramen is becoming increasingly on trend also outside of the UK: Shoryu can quickly become the number one ramen concept in Europe,” added Frigeri.

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Bluebird Care workers become social care careers ambassadors

December 3, 2019

A Bluebird Care franchise based in London has joined forces with Skills for Care to help promote and change perceptions of social care, and inspire local people to enter the sector.

Six care professionals from Bluebird Care Camden & Hampstead have become I Care Ambassadors, delivering talks and training sessions to schools and colleges in their community.

The news comes as Skills for Care found that the initiative has led to a 23% increase in people expressing an interest in a career in care in the last two years.

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Karen Rides, an award-winning registered manager for Bluebird Care Camden & Hampstead, said: “The feedback we have had from the people we have already met, has been great.

“People are being inspired to find out more and some have now started to look for a career in care. We always get lots of questions and people have really appreciated the insights we have relayed to them about the social care world.”

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Skills for Care said 361 I Care Ambassadors delivered careers activities between March 2017 and March 2019, reaching 122,000 people.

Of those people who heard from an ambassador, 92% rated activities ‘good’ or ‘very good’ and 91% said they had a better idea of what it’s like to work in care.

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Caption: (L-R) Marion Phillips, I Care Coordinator; Marian Ali, Care Supervisor; Karen Rides, registered care manager of Bluebird Care Camden & Hampstead; and Mary Ferrie, recruitment manager Bluebird Care Camden & Hamsptead.


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Jobs created as home care business opens in Peterborough

December 3, 2019

An enterprising woman is creating jobs in Peterborough as she opens her own home care and support business.

Rubie Rattan has officially opened a branch of SureCare Peterborough with offices in Culley Court, Orton Southgate.

It is hoped the business will have 30 staff by the spring with that figure doubling by the end of next year.

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Franchise owner Ms Rattan said: “This is an extremely proud day for me and my team. We have worked tirelessly to get to this point.

“We aim to be one of Peterborough’s leading providers of personal home care and support. We envisage being a large employer and our aim is to have at least 30 fully trained care staff by March 2020 with a further 30 hired and trained before next Christmas.”

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The business is CQC registered with Kayleigh Cooper as its registered care manager.


Source: Peterborough Today