Costcutter unveils Co-op franchise package

October 19, 2019

Costcutter Supermarkets Group has officially launched its offer to independent retailers interested in taking on a Co-op franchise.

The package, which operates exclusively through Costcutter for retailers with 10 stores or fewer, was unveiled at the National Franchise Exhibition in Birmingham earlier this month (October).

Seven franchises are already up and running through the agreement, including three company-owned stores, and Costcutter says the outlets are seeing sales growth of more than 50%.

Benefits for retailers include the creation of a store layout plan, category space allocation and range tailored to their store’s catchment area.

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They also get ongoing support and training in how to implement staff training, store processes and retail routines.

Stores need to have weekly sales of £20,000, excluding VAT and services such as Lotto, Paypoint and Post Office. They also need a sales area of more than 2,000sq ft and back-of-house space of more than 800sq ft.

Martin Rogers, head of new channels at the Co-op, said: “This is a significant milestone in our franchise ambition and we’re looking for the right retailers in the right locations to share in our success and help widen the reach of Co-op products. We now have the capability to deliver franchising at scale.”

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Southern Co-op already runs a similar franchise operation, but these stores operate under the Welcome fascia rather than Co-op.

Costcutter’s exclusivity does not extend to university student unions or existing Nisa retailers interested in a Co-op franchise. They would need to go direct to the Co-op.

By David Shrimpton

Source: Talking Retail

Bury St Edmunds dog owners needed as Barking Mad launches in town

October 19, 2019

A dog-sitting service has launched in Bury St Edmunds, giving residents the chance to look after a pooch for free.

Barking Mad has set-up in the area this week, after the online pet-matching scheme proved a success in other towns. It sees owners pay the company to source a host, before going away. Barking Mad will then procure a small fee to the short-term owner to cover costs.

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Steve Lake has bought into the franchise, which he hopes will allow dog lovers, who are unable to own a pet, to enjoy the experience.

“We hope hosts will see a boost to their own wellbeing,” said Mr Lake, who left a career in distribution to start-up.

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Mr Lake meets potential owners – who can state a preference for the kind of dog they wish to take.

By William Mata

Source: Bury Free Press

UK’s Domino’s Pizza franchise to exit four international markets

October 18, 2019

Britain’s Domino’s Pizza Group will exit its international markets, where it has been facing mounting losses.

“We have concluded that, whilst they represent attractive markets, we are not the best owners of these businesses,” outgoing chief executive officer David Wild said.

The company, which is a franchise of US-based Domino’s Pizza Inc, said third-quarter group system sales rose 3.4 per cent to £313.5 million (€361 million) on strong demand in the UK and Ireland.

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The British company owns Domino’s operations in Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and is a minority shareholder in the Germany operations as well.

However, it reported a 2.7 per cent dip in international system sales, which have taken a hit from macroeconomic events, including declining tourist numbers in Iceland.

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Europe’s economy has slowed this year as the US-China trade tensions weakened global growth, and consumers and businesses in and around the United Kingdom worried about the impact of Brexit on jobs and incomes.

The company, which has 57 stores in Norway, said it had implemented a turnaround plan in the country during the quarter, but early signs have been mixed and improvement in sales were weaker than expected.

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The decision to exit these markets comes a few months after the company announced the retirement of its CEO Wild, while in the midst of trying to resolve a profit sharing row with disgruntled franchisees in the UK and Ireland. – Reuters

Source: Irish Times

The TaxAssist Direct Group named finalist for Business Award

October 18, 2019

The Eastern Daily Press has named The TaxAssist Direct Group as a finalist in the Large Business category in the Norfolk Business Awards.

The annual Eastern Daily Press Business Awards are a celebration of business success within the Eastern Region. All the entries have been rigorously analysed, after the finalists were interviewed as part of the process to help inform the final decision as to who will be named winner next month.

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Karl Sandall, Group Chief Executive of The TaxAssist Direct Group, said: “To even make the shortlist is a huge honour, and highlights the stature of our business which has grown so successfully since its inception in Norwich in 1995. We now have more than 250 franchised areas across the UK, Ireland and Australia, with the network servicing over 84,000 clients with a combined fee bank of more than £55.4 million.

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“We moved to new premises 5 years ago and last year doubled the size of our office on the prestigious Broadland Business Park to cope with demand from our fast-growing franchise network. We plan to recruit further new employees this year, as new support lines to our global franchisee network are added. We are also progressing well with plans to launch in Canada and USA in 2020.”

Richard Porritt, Business Editor of The Eastern Daily Press, said of the finalists: “These are the firms that are driving our region. These are the firms on the edge of innovation that will change all our lives. These are the firms making a difference.”

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Award winners will be announced at the Norfolk Showground Arena on Thursday, 21st November by the host, star of film and television, James Nesbitt. Further information about the awards can be found here.

Pink Spaghetti Chester and North Wales wins national award

October 17, 2019

Michelle Collins, owner of Pink Spaghetti PA Services Chester and North Wales, has returned from the Approved Franchise Association Awards night triumphant, as the proud winner of the Franchisee of the Year award.

The AFA was set up in 2012 to support the rapidly growing UK Franchise Industry.

Their aim is to help grow and support the franchise industry in the UK by providing accreditation and membership to franchises of every size, and this year marked the inaugural annual conference and awards.

Michelle was thrilled to find out in July that she had been nominated for the Franchisee of the Year award, and travelled to Milton Keynes on Thursday, September 19 for the awards ceremony.

Michelle said: “I have been running Pink Spaghetti Chester & North Wales for the past five years, and have many happy customers who needed the 25th hour in the day my team and I provide.

“Providing an efficient service to satisfied customers is, of course, its own reward, but it’s always nice to be recognised for what you do, so I’m thrilled to be coming home with this award.”

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Michelle is going to have to make a space in her trophy cabinet as she is no stranger to winning industry awards. She is a Small Business Saturday #SmallBiz100 Alumni, and is the current Pink Spaghetti Franchisee of the Year. She has also won the Pink Spaghetti ‘People’s Choice’ award, as she is always willing to share her expertise, and is highly regarded within the nationwide Pink Spaghetti network.

Michelle understands her strengths, and is a capable businesswoman who regularly seeks opportunities to develop both her own skills as well as those of her team.

These are some of the strengths which won her the award. A spokesman for the AFA said: “The standard of application was so high and many awards so close.”

By Sallie Ehlen

Source: Cheshire Live

Cleaning franchise bought by NW businessman

October 17, 2019

A North West businessman has taken over a cleaning franchise. Poppies launched in 1984 and now comprises a 22-stong network cleaning more than 6,000 homes every week across the UK. Its turnover is £5m.

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Chris Wootton joined the company in 1996 when he bought his own franchise in West Lancashire. He is now owner and managing director, and will also remain at the helm of his own Southport, Formby and West Lancashire operations.

“Buying the Poppies franchise has been a dream of mine for over a decade; I absolutely love this business,” said Wootton. “I worked closely with our founder, Sue Rorstad, for many years – she was my leader, my mentor and, later, my great friend until her untimely death in 2015.

“With the support and blessing of her family, I’m incredibly proud to be able to give Poppies a new lease of life.”

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Wootton’s first aim is to “double the size of the network in the next four years”.

By Matthew Ord

Source: Insider Media

American Fast Food Giant Wendy’s Wants to Serve the U.K. Some Spicy Nuggets

October 16, 2019

Wendy’s is the latest American fast food chain to have a crack at the fragile U.K. restaurant market. International president Abigail Pringle used strangely World War Two-influenced language in telling investors that Britain would be the brand’s “beach head for European expansion,” according to Propel.

Wendy’s operates over 6,000 sites across the globe, and pulled out of its U.K. restaurants in 2000 to concentrate on its home market. The fast food brand is best known for:

1. Spicy chicken nuggets. These are not McDonald’s’s recently-released damp squibs of chicken, whose heat is the dull nag of a hangover headache; these are hot, with a proper cayenne burn. Eater critic Ryan Sutton named them America’s best chicken nuggets in 2017.

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2. Twitter stunting. The Wendy’s Twitter account does not f— around. It spent an entire day roasting people on 4 January this year. It released a mixtape dragging its competition.

3. Twitter stunting about spicy chicken nuggets. Wendy’s took those championship nuggets off the menu in March 2017, before unfurling a hypebeast campaign spanning a lifetime non-spicy nugget giveaway in exchange for Twitter engagement; a spicy nugget campaign featuring Chance the Rapper in exchange for Twitter engagement; and a Google Calendar invite for the relaunch in exchange for Twitter engagement.

4. Not Twitter stunting about labour practices. Wendy’s has blamed income equality for sales stagnation despite its starting wages being as low as $8 an hour; it has refused to sign up to the Fair Food Program that regulates against abuse in the agricultural industry.

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5. Frostys. The drink-dessert hybrid — in particular its black-and-white, chocolate and vanilla, off-menu serve, captivated Eater critic Ryan Sutton and former staffer Daniela Galarza in a ranking of America’s best fast food desserts.

If and when Wendy’s opens a new U.K. restaurant or franchise, it will join cult-followed, anti-LGBTQ chicken chain Chick-fil-A and fast franchising burger chain Five Guys, as well as Shake Shack, McDonald’s, Burger King, and KFC. Smaller U.S. success stories, like NYC’s The Halal Guys and chicken wing slingers Wingstop have also made moves on London, as favourable franchising finances and willing investors capitalise on an uncertain U.K. restaurant market.

The first U.K. opening(s) are planned for the next 12 — 18 months.

By James Hansen

Source: London Eater

Franchise Marketing Awards 2019: Winners announced

October 16, 2019

The 14th annual Franchise Marketing Awards shine a light on excellence in franchise marketing.

An atmosphere of anticipation and excitement built as hopeful finalists gathered to hear the results of the esteemed awards on Friday evening, 4 October.

As one of the industry’s most coveted accolades, the Franchise Marketing Awards celebrate innovative marketing campaigns and effective marketing support offered by franchisors to their franchisees.

Sponsored by Business Franchise magazine and judged by an independent panel of experts, the awards were open to all franchisors that operate an ethical franchise and can demonstrate marketing excellence.

First up to the stage to collect an award were Driver Hire. The judges declared them winners of Best Website, thanks to a clear website design which served two distinct audiences effectively.

Delighted with their award, Kasia Baldwin, Franchise Marketing Manager at Driver Hire, comments:

“The website is the result of a great team effort between our in-house marketing and IT teams, but also with the input and focus of our franchisees. This collaboration was important because the purpose of this website is to service our franchise network, helping them better communicate with our candidates and customers by making it easier for them to find the services they require in a timely way”

Home Instead Senior Care scooped the award for Best PR Campaign thanks to an imaginative approach which, in the opinion of the judges, tackled a key issue of caregiver recruitment and delivered concrete results.

Ruth Brown, Business Development Director at Home Instead Senior Care, reflects:

“It feels superb to win this award, because it’s a campaign which has just proved so successful for our franchisees – it gained so much coverage.

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“The campaign answers and addresses something that they need to be able to run their businesses – which is to employ more caregivers. We’ve witnessed how well it’s performed – the franchisee’s phones have been ringing and new people enquiring.

“We created #youcancare to go beyond a simple ‘we’re hiring message’ so that we could reach beyond existing carers and encourage other people to want to become caregivers.”

From a heady list of 14 finalists, Anytime Fitness were triumphant in the category of Best Franchisee Marketing Support. The judges were particularly impressed with the agility of marketing support delivered at a local level and the clear drive of Anytime Fitness’ head office to go above and beyond.

“We are absolutely delighted to win this award in the most hotly contested category! It’s amazing to be recognised for all the support we provide to our franchisees on a day to day basis and with a longer-term strategy”, notes Caroline Atkins, Head of Marketing for Anytime Fitness.

“There’s a huge amount of effort that goes into all the marketing that we do, both from the marketing team and the operations teams as well, who are working with those franchisees on the ground day in, day out.

“Thank you very much for recognising the amazing effort we all put in: I know the rest of the team are going to be absolutely thrilled!”

Vodafone took the prize for Best Print Advert, thanks to a simple but impactful campaign, which the judges felt really captured the imagination of the target audience of prospective new franchisees. Vodafone’s Chris Wilkins, Head of Franchise, remarks:

“It’s really great to win this award and be recognised for the adverts we’re using to attract our franchisees.” Blathnaid McCullagh, Marketing Specialist at Vodafone, adds:

“The whole idea behind the ads was that they would appeal to the everyday person and convey that they can change their lives. The fact that we’ve won this award is testament to the thought that went into this campaign and shows that we are achieving what we set out to achieve.”

Chris summarises: “This award is the icing on the cake of a great year for the franchise team!”

The award for Best Online Marketing Campaign went to mobile vehicle repair brand, Revive!, with judges commending the company’s approach of keeping customer feedback at their core to deliver growth for the franchise network.

Cathryn Hayes, Franchise Director at Revive!, says:

“We’re delighted to win this award in a field of very strong contestants. Our marketing team worked really hard to deliver the Trustpilot platform to our franchisees because it’s a great way for us to live up to our value of outstanding customer service.

“The award is a real testament to the hard work the team have put in and we look forward to re-entering next year and to winning a few more awards!”

Best Overall Marketing Campaign went to children’s swimming class provider, Puddle Ducks. The judges were impressed with the efficient use of budget to achieve ambitious objectives in a crowded marketplace.

Ruth Nelson, Strategic Brand & Marketing Manager, comments:

“This is really fantastic and the culmination of 18 months’ work from our team of three in marketing – we’re small but mighty!

“We support our franchisees on many levels, but our aim was to push the brand to a place where neither our competitors nor we had been before, and to start to cement us as the informed choice for baby swimming. In doing that obviously we benefit our franchisees, so this really was a brand-focused campaign to strengthen our position in the market.”

The awards organisers would like to thank the judges for giving up their time and expertise: Pip Wilkins, Chief Executive at the bfa; Donna King, Franchise Director at HSBC; Jane Masih Managing Director, Owen White Solicitors and Adam Shoefield Director at Smithfield Agency.

Source: Franchise Magazine

Kirkby Lonsdale company expands

October 15, 2019

A DOG care company which began in Kirkby Lonsdale less than 20 years ago, Barking Mad, has now gone international.

Barking Mad, which already has franchises across the UK, has announced the launch of a first ever franchise in the Republic of Ireland.

“Launching our first Irish franchise enables us to realise our ambitious expansion programme, working with local dog lovers to bring our multi award-winning dog sitting service to new areas, without forgetting our Cumbrian roots,” said managing director Rachel Stewart.

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The company started in the town in 2000 as a local ‘dog-sitting’ service.

It grew to offer bespoke dog holidays and recruit a community of carefully chosen, dog-loving host families to operate their franchises.

Continued expansion means it now has a nationwide network of more than 80 franchises, though the head office remains in Kirkby Lonsdale.

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The idea to expand across the Irish Sea came from Jennifer Curtin from Lahinch, County Clare, whose new franchise will operate in the Galway and Limerick area.

“Brainstorming with a relative in Yorkshire, they asked if we had anything like Barking Mad in Ireland,” she said.

“After research, I concluded that we didn’t and went straight to the source to launch my own branch.

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“Coming from a large extended family, this is the only time I’ve ever been the first to do anything, so it means a lot.

“Animals have always been my passion. I have worked as a dog groomer for the last 13 years and adore my own two dogs, Kala, a Staffordshire bull terrier and Sky, a collie mix.”

By Tony Dawber

Source: The Westmorland Gazette

Housekeepers team up with recyclers

October 15, 2019

The Rossendale division of Bright & Beautiful, the domestic housekeeping franchise, has teamed up with Helmshore Recycling to offer its customers more ways to go green.

A new recycling programme allows clients to leave their recyclable waste with the Bright & Beautiful team during their routine cleans. This includes items that Rossendale Borough Council would not normally be able to recycle such as crisp packets, plastic toothbrushes and confectionary wrappers.

The team has also turned its laundry and ironing shop into a recycling collection point. Located at 88A Bank Street, Rawtenstall, the shop will not only deliver high-quality ironing, laundry and dry-cleaning to clients and the general public, but will also provide a space for people to drop off their recycling.

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The collected waste is being sent to Helmshore Recycling, a registered public drop off point for TerraCycle. Helmshore Recycling is run by Samantha Woodend alongside her daughter Caitlin. The pair currently average between 50 to 60kgs of collected waste every month where all proceeds go to various local charities.

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Samantha and Caitlin from Helmshore Recycling said: “We’re seeing increasing growth in the number of people that are using our services and know that, with the assistance of Bright & Beautiful, we’ll not only be able to prevent more recyclable items from entering landfill but will also be able to raise more money for our chosen charities.”

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Nicola Bailey, franchise owner of Bright & Beautiful, said: “As an environmentally friendly company, we pride ourselves on our commitment to decrease our environmental impact by reducing plastic usage and waste. Our collaboration with Helmshore Recycling has opened our eyes to the potential for waste and knowing what can be recycled.”


Source: Lancashire Business View