‘Gourmet’ German Doner Kebab chain plans to open FIVE Newcastle stores

June 15, 2019

A chain of ‘gourmet’ kebab houses founded in Berlin has revealed it plans to open five branches in Newcastle.

German Doner Kebab is one of the UK’s fastest growing food-on-the-go businesses, with 33 outlets opened in the past two-years.

It specialises in premium ‘gourmet kebabs’ which are ‘healthy and nutritionally balanced’.

Now, German Doner Kebab has revealed it plans to open five branches in Newcastle, with the first one set to start serving in 2020.

The business is searching for properties and is in discussion with landlords, a spokesperson told ChronicleLive.

German Doner Kebab launched in Berlin in 1989. It says the business places an emphasis on quality ingredients, with beef and chicken fillets imported from Germany – where doner kebabs are hugely popular thanks in part to the country’s huge Turkish population – combined with local vegetables, which are prepared daily along with ‘Doner Kebab’ bread.

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German Doner Kebab says its methods are ‘totally different’ to those used by other kebab houses.

“The result is a nutritionally sound gourmet food experience that contains virtually no preservatives or additives and can be consumed day or night,” the business says.

Weekly sales total £1m, with branches in cities including Birmingham, London, Glasgow and Cardiff, as well as Sweden, Dubai, Abu-Dhabi, Oman and Bahrain.

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A Doner from German Doner Kebab, Moseley, Birmingham
A Doner from German Doner Kebab, Moseley, Birmingham

GDK CEO Imran Sayeed said:  “We are excited to be announcing major expansion plans for the UK as we bring the GDK fast casual experience to even more consumers throughout the country.

“Our idea of bringing a gourmet kebab that is healthy and nutritionally balanced has been a massive hit with UK consumers, and this has been reflected in the huge growth we have already achieved in the past two years.

“Our new upcoming outlets will give us further key strategic locations to reach even more consumers whilst also creating significant job opportunities.

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He added: “We have developed a strong growth pipeline with some of the UK’s most established franchise entrepreneurs and our focus will be to work closely with them to identify new sites and respond to the growing consumer demand across the UK.”

By Simon Meechan

Source: Chronicle Live

Costa Coffee Signs World-Leading Pledge To Slash Food Waste By 2030

June 15, 2019

Costa Coffee has today signed up to the government’s pledge to help halve food waste by 2030.

Last month Costa Coffee attended the ‘Step up to the Plate’ symposium, hosted by the government’s Food Surplus and Waste Champion, Ben Elliot. Alongside several leading High Street brands and supermarkets, Costa Coffee pledged to act and help raise public awareness in partnership with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Commenting on the pledge, Victoria Moorhouse, Head of Sustainability for Costa Coffee, said:

“At Costa Coffee we are committed to playing our part in reducing waste wherever possible. We have a number of initiatives to ensure there is minimal food waste, which includes, first and foremost, an efficient ordering system designed to reduce waste before it is created. We also allow food sold during the last hour of trading that is in date but cannot be sold the following day to be discounted by 50% and empower our stores to make food donations to local charities via our Food Surplus Policy. Finally, for those stores whose waste streams we manage, any food waste that cannot be redistributed we send to Anaerobic Digestion, where it is turned into biogas and bio fertiliser.

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We are delighted to be working alongside government to drive change and share best practice, stepping up to the plate and delivering collective action.”

Environment Sectary Michael Gove said:

“Congratulations to Costa Coffee for stepping up to the plate and committing to game-changing action to cut food waste.

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“The UK is showing real leadership in this area, and together we will end the environmental and economic scandal that is food waste.”

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To read more about our Costa Food Surplus Store Donations Policy, here. https://www.costa.co.uk/behind-the-beans/our-planet/reducing-waste/

Source: Franchising

Angela’s Swim School finalist for National Family Business Awards 2019

June 14, 2019

Angela’s Swim School, which has classes in Littlehampton, has been named as a finalist for the National Family Business Awards 2019.

Angela Wilson, chief executive, is a former Team GB member, international and Commonwealth swimmer. She started the swim school in 2002 with her mother, also a former Commonwealth swimmer, and in 2014 she franchised.

She said: “I’m proud to run a family business and since starting with a handful or clients over 20 years ago, my mother and I and the team we have developed have taught thousands to swim.

“Although our business has grown tremendously over the years, I believe it still retains that personal touch and is true to the family values which we hold so dear.”

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Darryl Burroughs owns the Sussex franchise, based at White Meadows Primary Academy, offering small group and private swimming lessons for all ages and abilities.

Swimstylers is a character-led swimming programme, created by Angela to take children from complete beginner to swimming 1,500m.

She feels everyone needs to learn to swim properly, which she says is a mile, to be water safe.

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The awards ceremony, which celebrates extraordinary family-owned businesses in the UK, will be held at Wembley Stadium on July 13th .

More than 100 finalists will go head-to-head across ten categories, judged by an independent panel.

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Source: Little Hampton Gazette

Iceland says it’s well placed for online growth in the decade to come

June 14, 2019

Iceland says it has a solid foundation for online growth over the next five to 10 years following the launch of its new ecommerce website.

The website was launched in March and, says Iceland, it has already seen average order values and mobile sales rise following the introduction of new features including the ability to add to a basket without booking a delivery slot, to shop directly from search, and to pay using a range of options. In addition, it says, the mobile experience has been “significantly improved”, helping to retain the title of the UK’s fastest-growing online grocer.

This summer it will launch live order updates, with a 30 minute delivery window, via text. In a trial, it said, customer response had been “overwhelmingly positive” and had reduced customer enquiries to its contact centre. The retailer already picks from its Iceland stores to deliver online orders to the home. Now it has expanded that approach to its The Food Warehouse stores.

The update came as Iceland today reported a 4.5% rise in full-year sales to £3.1bn, and said that its online business was achieving “market-leading growth”.

Over the year to March 29, the supermarket said that earnings before interest, tax and asset writ downs had fallen by £13m to £140.1m. It said that fall was entirely seen in the first half of the year, while the second had proved more stable.

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Sales growth was driven by store openings – the retailer, ranked Top100 in IRUK Top500 research, opened a net 43 stores during the year. Its The Food Warehouse chain had 90 stores by the end of the year, up from 57 a year earlier. So far this year it has opened 14, seven each for Iceland and The Food Warehouse, and plans to open 50 in total over the full-year, while also refitting existing stores. In addition, it is now selling its food from nine stores owned by The Range.

Over the last year the supermarket has become known for its commitment to sustainability. It has removed palm oil from its own-label food, and addressed the issue head on in its Rang-Tan animation that became, says Iceland, the most viewed Christmas commercial of all time. The supermarket was banned from using the advert on television over Christmas because it was deemed too political, but it gained high levels of attention online and went viral on social media, with more than 80m views.

Iceland has also pledged to remove plastic from its own brand ranges by 2023. During 2018 alone, it said, it had removed 1,500 tonnes.

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Iceland chief executive Tarsem Dhaliwal said: “Within an intensely competitive UK marketplace, adversely affected by consumer uncertainty and the well-known pressures of changing shopping habits on the high street, we have continued to focus on investing for the future: expanding our store footprint, enhancing the appeal of our existing stores, growing our award-winning online business, continuing to roll out new and exciting food lines that are unique to Iceland, developing our supply chain to support the growth of our retail estate, and finding new channels to sell our food through The Range in the UK and a growing global franchise and export business.

“Our sustainability initiatives over the last year have substantially raised public awareness of Iceland and enhanced respect for our brand and its values, and we are confident that this can only enhance our prospects in the longer-term.”

The retailer has also built its business through an international and export-based approach. It now has 26 stores in Ireland, and seven in the Czech Republic. It exports Iceland own-label products to more than 40 countries, including to its own franchise stores in Europe, and has partnered with JD.com to sell them in China.

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It said that prolonged Brexit uncertainty had dampened consumer confidence but that it will confident it would trade successfully through any likes future scenario.

By Chloe Rigby

Source: Internet Retailing

FiltaFry grows its UK operations

June 14, 2019

FiltaFry Franchise UK – FiltaFry’s parent company has acquired a large grease and drain management company to further increase its UK presence.

FiltaFry’s parent company, Filta Group, has announced that it’s in the process of acquiring a commercial kitchens grease and drain management firm in the UK following a great year for the company.

Watbio Holdings provides grease and drain management solutions to commercial kitchens across the UK and FiltaFry has entered into a multi-million-pound agreement to acquire the firm. The exciting acquisition follows a fantastic 2018 for FiltaFry, which saw it expand by issuing a master franchise license for FiltaFry Germany and welcome onboard ambitious new franchisees across the UK and Europe.

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The company also enjoyed strong trading throughout the year, with profits and revenue steadily increasing across the months, thanks in part to the integration of company GMG in late 2017 which specialises in FOG management for commercial clients. This gave profits and revenue a healthy boost, adding to the success that FiltaFry’s own franchisees experiences throughout 2018.

The acquisition of Watbio should be completed in early 2019 and will bring even more skilled and dedicated individuals into Filta Group’s network. Van-based franchise FiltaFry now has more than 422 mobile cooking oil filtration units operating across Europe and hopes to continue its success into 2019 by welcoming even more franchisees into the business.

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FiltaFry’s unique franchise opportunity offers the potential for unlimited growth, a strong base of repeat clients and virtually no competition thanks to its truly innovative total fryer management system. With clients ranging from schools, universities, hospitals and airports to local pubs, takeaways, stadiums and even offices, the potential for profit and success as a FiltaFry franchisee is endless. Add the environmental benefits of providing the oil filtration services and you’ve got a franchise that’s ripe for continued success year after year.

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Reliance takes over UK toy store Hamleys

June 13, 2019

The deal team that worked on Reliance Brands’ acquisition of iconic British toy maker Hamleys had to carry out due diligence in multiple jurisdictions the company was present to make the deal go through.

“This was a truly cross-border deal with an Indian purchaser, Chinese seller (listed in Hong Kong and incorporated in Bermuda) and an English target business with an international franchise model,” said Slaughter & May corporate partner Nilufer von Bismarck. The firm advised Reliance on the English law aspects of the acquisition covering areas such as real estate, intellectual property, competition, tax, employment and corporate law.

“This was a multi-jurisdictional deal with the target having operations and franchise relationships in several countries,” Khaitan & Co partner Rahul Dutt, who advised Reliance on Indian law aspects, told India Business Law Journal. “[The acquisition] involved due diligence of the intellectual property rights, real estate, contractual relationships of the target, as well as compliances in such countries. Structuring the acquisition and tax advice also played a vital role.”

Hamleys has a presence in 18 countries through 167 stores. Hong Kong-listed conglomerate C Banner International, which owns Hamleys, sold 100% of the shares to Reliance for US$84 million in an all-cash deal. The acquisition is expected to complete later this year.

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“While we might remember synchronizing the different time zones as the most difficult aspect of the process, we were also required, as lead transaction counsel, to ensure that the differing legal and cultural expectations of an English law transaction were properly managed,” said Bismarck.

Besides Bismarck, the Slaughter & May team included partners Sara Luder, Cathy Connolly, Phil Linnard, Jane Edwarde and Claire Jeffs.

Khaitan & Co’s role involved reviewing, preparing, negotiating and assisting the client in finalization of transaction documents. The firm was also represented on the deal by partner Akshay Bhargav, principal associate Vinita Choudhury, senior associate Shreya Dua and associate Krishna Shah.

“Besides discussions with the counterparty and their advisors to bring the deal to fruition, the management discussions were particularly stimulating not only on the deal aspects but in relation to managing global operations post-closing,” said Khaitan’s Bhargav.

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Both firms also took note of the prestige associated with Hamleys. “Interest was certainly piqued by the target being everyone’s favourite toy store,” said Bismarck. “It’s no secret that the British high street is going through a period of uncertainty at the moment, so it was rewarding to help Reliance to navigate this challenging environment.”

Hamleys was founded in 1760 and is the world’s oldest toy store. Reliance has the master franchise for Hamleys in India and operates 88 stores in 29 cities. Reliance Brands is the private equity firm of Reliance Retail and Reliance Industries

Source: Vantage Asia

Worldwide gym chain snaps up new premises in Staffordshire

June 13, 2019

International gym franchise Snap Fitness has officially opened its new branch in Burntwood, Staffordshire, with help from Fraser Brown Solicitors.

Snap Fitness, which is open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year, has an international presence with more than 2,000 active branches in USA, UK and Australia.

Nottingham-based law firm Fraser Brown helped secure the lease for the 7,000 sq. ft. premises at Unit 1, Chase Terrace, Cannock Road in Burntwood, Staffordshire.

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The new branch has brought three jobs to the area and features free weights, cardio equipment, large functional training studios, a sledge track and showers with individual bathrooms.

The gym will also have a virtual class system for members to choose from. Once a class is selected it will then appear on a big screen so that members can follow the workouts at their own leisure.

Daniel Smith, area manager at Snap Fitness, said: “We are so pleased to reveal our new Burntwood branch and it has already been well received by the community with lots of interest from new members.

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“We opened our first Midlands branch back in 2013 and have since grown with a further three branch openings. Each branch offers the highest quality equipment and flexibility and members can access any other branch worldwide, as well as their local gym.

“The team at Fraser Brown have provided us with continuous support for the opening of our Midlands branches and we want to thank them for all their work. They’ve always had our best interests at heart and the process is always smooth, with exceptional results. We will certainly be concentrating on opening new branches in the Midlands area as well as focusing on overall UK growth.”

Patrick Wood, managing partner at Fraser Brown, assisted Daniel and his team with the leases of all four Midlands Snap Fitness branches in Ilkeston, Market Harborough, Swadlincote and Staffordshire.

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He said: “Snap Fitness has been very well received in the region and the new Staffordshire branch is a great new addition. Daniel has been a pleasure to work with over the past few years and his passion for the gym industry has ensured the success of every new location.”

By Eloise Cantello

Source: BDaily

Build-A-Bear Workshop Announces Count Your Candles Sweepstakes And Pay Your Age Limited Ticket Offer

June 12, 2019

To kick off the second year of its successful Count Your Candles birthday program, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. is offering an opportunity to enter a new sweepstakes for the chance to win a birthday party experience and have the chance to participate in a limited ticket offer event to Pay Your Age for a new furry friend at most retail locations in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom*, in stores, from June 24-28.

So, how does it work? Now through Sunday, June 16, members of the Build-A-Bear Bonus Club rewards program that complete a birthday profile in their online account can enter the Count Your Candles Sweepstakes and Pay Your Age limited ticket offer. Those who are not yet Bonus Club members can sign up for the program and complete a birthday profile in order to enter the Count Your Candles sweepstakes and Pay Your Age limited ticket offer, redeemable in stores only*.

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More than 200,000 Guests around the world are expected to receive a Pay Your Age limited ticket. With their ticket, Guests will be able to visit a Build-A-Bear Workshop during one of two redemption periods in the week of June 24 through June 28 and make one furry friend per child present, limit two furry friends** per ticket. Additionally, ten Guests will win the Count Your Candles Sweepstakes grand prize of a birthday party experience to use any time in the next twelve months valued up to $250 USD / £200 / $250 CAD.

“At Build-A-Bear Workshop, we love parties and want to help parents create special birthday moments with their children,” said Sharon Price John, president and chief executive officer, Build-A-Bear Workshop. “Our Count Your Candles birthday program is designed to increase the accessibility for kids to be able to celebrate their most special day at Build-A-Bear Workshop. We share birthday celebrations with millions of children and their families each year including those associated with our new Count Your Candles Birthday Treat bear, which has become our best-selling bear since its launch last year. We are excited to extend this popular program and kick it off with a new sweepstakes as well as a limited ticket offer giving Bonus Club members the chance to share in what will now be a five-day Pay Your Age ticketed event.”

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As part of Build-A-Bear’s year-round celebration of birthdays, Guests 14 and under who visit the Workshop with a Build-A-Bear Bonus Club member in the month of their birthday can ‘Count Their Candles’ and pay their age for Build-A-Bear Workshop’s Birthday Treat Bear (valued at $14 USD / £14 GBP / $14 CAD).

Pro Tips:

  • Adults, parents and guardians are encouraged to log-in to their online Bonus Club account and complete birthday profile details. Once the profile is complete, members will be prompted to enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a birthday party experience. Upon entering, members also will be eligible to participate for a chance to receive a limited ticket offer to Pay Your Age for a new furry friend**, limit two furry friends per ticket; the person(s) wishing to pay their age must be present at the time of purchase.
  • Non-members can join the Bonus Club and complete their birthday profile in order to enter the sweepstakes and be eligible for the limited ticket offer event.
  • Winners will be notified by June 21 and be assigned to one of two redemption periods from June 24 to June 28, 2019.
  • The offer cannot be combined with any other offers.
  • The Birthday Treat Bear (valued at $14/£14/$14CAD) is available all year long so that children can celebrate in the month of their birthday and ‘pay-their-age’ for this collectible furry friend.

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To learn more about Build-A-Bear’s Count Your Candles Sweepstakes and “Pay Your Age” limited ticket offer, visit buildabear.com/PayYourAge To learn more about the year-round Count Your Candles birthday experience at Build-A-Bear Workshop, visit buildabear.com/count-your-candles.

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Popular US burger chain Five Guys to expand internationally – with Australia rumoured to be next

June 12, 2019
  • Five Guys has announced its official plans to open an outlet in Singapore
  • The US franchise will further expand in Asia between October and December
  • The burger brand will be brought in by the Zouk Group as part of expansion plans

Popular US burger chain Five Guys has announced it will further expand internationally, with official plans to open an outlet in Singapore.

Famous for its made-to-order burgers with 15 free toppings to choose from, the American franchise is set to roll out the new burger joint between October and December after opening its first Asia-Pacific outlet in Hong Kong last year.

Rumours are also swirling that the franchise will open in Australia.

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The cult burger brand will be brought in to Singapore by the Zouk Group as part of expansion plans.

‘Today, the Zouk Group takes its first big step towards diversifying our F&B offerings as we welcome Five Guys to Singapore,’ CEO of Zouk Group Andrew Li said in a statement.

‘We have been very cautious when it comes to curating our lifestyle portfolio, in the sense that the brands we take on must share a similar synergy with the Zouk brand.

‘Five Guys, quite simply, ticks all the boxes – customer-centric, true to its vision and a commitment to providing only the best.’

President and CEO of Five Guys International said: ‘We are delighted to be working with Zouk Group as we continue the Five Guys expansion in Asia-Pacific.’

It’s not known whether the American chain will head Down Under – but foodies have long been rallying to bring the outlet to Australia.

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Daily Mail Australia has contacted Five Guys for comment.

Five Guys is just one of many US burger chains with a cult following in Australia.

The popular American franchise will begin to roll out the burger joint between October and December after opening its first Asia-Pacific outlet in Hong Kong last year

The popular American franchise will begin to roll out the burger joint between October and December after opening its first Asia-Pacific outlet in Hong Kong last year.

In recent years, In-N-Out Burger has been teasing foodies with its one day pop up stalls around Sydney.

But in 2016, the popular American fast food giant confirmed it will never open a permanent outlet Down Under.

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‘We do these pop-ups in various countries to get our name out there and familiarise people with the brand so they know about us when they visit the US,’ an In-N-Out Burger spokeswoman previously told Nine News.

‘This pop up is no indication that we are going to open a store in Australia. We are a family owned business and we only operate in six (US) states right now and all the produce we use needs to be delivered fresh from our distributors.

‘We have been approached by other areas regarding franchises but it’s just not something we would do.’


Source: Daily Mail

Radfield Home Care welcomes new franchise partners

June 11, 2019

Radfield Home Care is continuing its nationwide expansion of high quality care at home services, welcoming its latest franchise partners in Peterborough, Stamford and Rutland.

New owners James and Stefania Beech are now underway with their pre-launch activity; including recruitment of a registered care manager, office development and application to the Care Quality Commission.

This week the husband and wife team are also attending Radfield’s National Office for their first foundation week of their 20-day training and development programme.

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After a career starting out in the military, James spent over 15 years managing multiple private hospital sites, which is one of the reasons for initially investigating the home care marketplace.

He said: “The next step for me in my career was to look at launching our own business. Naturally, Radfield’s private home care model was well aligned with my skills and experience and so I went to meet them at one of their Discovery Days.

“I really enjoyed meeting the team and learning about what they had to offer, so from here it was largely down to weighing up the pros and cons of joining Radfield and launching my own business or remaining in employment. For me, being in control of my own destiny and developing a service that gives back to our local community was the clear winner.”

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Following completion of their foundation training week, James and Stefania will begin to work with the support team to develop and implement their marketing plan, begin their recruitment activity and prepare to onboard their first clients.

Radfield’s franchisor and founder, Dr Hannah MacKechnie commented on the organisation’s growing presence and recent successes: “We’re really pleased to welcome James and Stefania to the Radfield Home Care network of franchise partners. They are the latest franchise partners to join us who share our core values, have great leadership and management skills, and are eager to reap both financial and social rewards from their new business.

“Based in Peterborough, and surrounding areas, this gives the Radfield brand even further national presence and improved awareness – which benefits all of our franchise partners. Thanks to recent successes for a number of our franchise partners in regional awards and our national shortlisting for the British Franchise Association’s Emerging Franchisor of the Year, the national brand awareness is set to continue to develop in the months ahead; making now a fantastic time to join the franchise network.”

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Radfield Home Care has recently been nominated for Emerging Franchisor of the Year award in the bfa HSBC Franchise Awards. The winners will be announced at the Vox, Birmingham, on June 27.


Source: Home Care Insight