Dessert shop that’s more popular than McDonald’s set to open first UK branch in Nottingham

September 22, 2020

Hui Lau Shan – A dessert chain which specialises in dishes made with mouth-watering mango is opening its first UK branch in Nottingham after an investment of almost £500,000.

 
There are more than 300 branches of Hui Lau Shan across the world and the doors will officially open on Britain’s first store in Market Street on Wednesday, September 23

The chain, which launched 60 years ago in Hong Kong, serves a range of desserts and drinks made from fresh fruit, with particular emphasis on mango and the company’s signature dish – the Mango Chewy Ball.

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The Nottingham branch, which has created eight new jobs and has seating inside for 20 diners, has been brought to the city by Wells Qi, the former owner of Bamboo Bar and Kitchen, in Beeston.

Wells, who owns the franchise for Hui Lau Shan, said: “In Hong Kong there are branches of Hui Lau Shan almost everywhere you go and although the food is completely different the brand is even more popular than McDonald’s and Starbucks.

“It is popular for a casual, affordable and take-out friendly dessert shop and every store is so busy in Hong Kong that it’s nearly impossible to secure a seat inside.

“There is nothing else like this in Nottingham – our desserts are healthy and made from the freshest of fruits, but they are still a sweet treat and during these strange times we all need a little indulgence.”

Although the brand is a household name in Hong Kong, China and Malaysia, there are also branches in Australia, America and Paris.

The business is opening in the former unit occupied by Ugly Bread Bakery and more recently Giardino, an indoor garden restaurant.

A transformation of the premises began at the start of the year but work was delayed during lockdown.

The renovation includes a brand-new shop front, and is decorated in the company’s distinctive bright yellow, with a unique rippled wooden ceiling and velvet chairs, marble tables and gold finishes.

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Hui Lau Shan’s signature mango dessert, the Mango Chewy Ball, is likely to be the most popular dish despite the large menu of fruit-filled desserts such as the bright green durian pancake, as well as taro and coconut-based snacks.

The Mango Chewy Ball starts with fresh mango fruit juice, topped with a scoop of mango ice cream freshly-made every morning on the premises. The kitchen then finishes the dish with chewy tapioca balls.

“We will be using the freshest and best quality mangoes we can source and everything will be freshly made in our kitchen,” said Wells.

“We are expecting the store to be really popular with students and families and this will be the first of several branches we open across the UK.

“We hope that the name Hui Lau Shan will become as a big a name in Nottingham, and the rest of the country, as it is in the Far East.”

By Lynette Pinchess

Source: Nottingham Post

The National Franchise Exhibition is going virtual on the 2nd & 3rd of October

September 21, 2020

Find your perfect franchise without leaving your house

The National Franchise Exhibition is going virtual to engage and inspire the next generation of franchise owners. This new online event offers the perfect opportunity to research your options, chat to representatives from an exciting range of franchises and identify the ideal one for you, all from the comfort of your own home.

 
Log in on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd of October to take advantage of a packed programme and to get immediate answers to your questions.

Whether you have been considering running a business for a while, have just started your research, or are seeking an alternative source of income post-redundancy – this is the ideal opportunity to start your franchising journey.

To make the most of the virtual event:

  1. Clear space in your diary to explore all the event has to offer. Choose an environment where you can relax and focus, preferably with a computer or laptop, and consider switching off emails and silencing your phone to avoid distractions. Brand representatives and industry experts will be online for two days to answer all your questions, and you’ll have access to free presentations and a wealth of resources to help you make an informed decision about your future in franchising.
  2. Identify the franchise brands you want to talk to. Not sure where to start? Watch an introductory presentation for guidance on the essential questions to ask – all the representatives at the event are there to answer your questions and help you to unlock the potential of franchising.
  3. Engage with as many franchisors and expert advisers as you can. The more people you chat with, the more you will learn about what business might be right for you.
  4. Select the seminars you would like to attend live (places in seminars are limited so make sure to arrive on time). Don’t forget, the remaining sessions will be available on-demand after the event so don’t worry if your choices clash.
  5. Seek out free professional advice and make connections with people that can help. Gain a deeper understanding of the franchise model and get guidance from the British Franchise Association (BFA) or explore finance options available by chatting to representatives from HSBC and specialist funding providers. Considering franchising your own business? Ashtons Franchise Consultants will be on hand to offer complimentary advice.

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Participating brands include Coffee Planet, Sparkle Cleaning, Ethical Property Partners, TruGreen and many more, representing a broad spectrum of sectors and investment levels. Crucially, every franchise brand taking part has been assessed and accredited by the BFA the voluntary self-regulatory body for UK franchising. This allows you to explore your options with the confidence that the brands attending are genuine business format franchises with a proven track record.

Helen McCulloch portfolio sales director for the event summarises: “The National Franchise Exhibition virtual event is an exciting new development for the industry. This is a truly interactive and engaging experience that will enable visitors to chat live with franchisors, attend live and on-demand educational seminars, access free advice and guidance from industry professionals and fully immerse themselves in the world of franchising. A unique opportunity – not to be missed!”

Logging into The National Franchise Exhibition Virtual event couldn’t be easier! Register for free today at FranchiseTickets.co.uk and you’ll receive personalised login details to the live event on 2 & 3 October. Access to expert advice and presentations is free and on a first-come, first-served basis so start planning your ‘visit’ today.

Source: Franchise World

Five Guys launches Lotus Biscoff milkshake in UK

September 17, 2020

Five Guys has announced the addition of a brand new milkshake to its menu… and we’re already drooling.

Ever since its launch in the UK in 2013, Five Guys has made a name for itself among the heavy hitters in the fast food industry.

 
While the franchise is best-known for its burgers, which are bought for a set price with any number of free toppings customers would like, Five Guys is also famed for its wide variety of milkshake options, with flavours including strawberry, Oreo cookie pieces, salted caramel and bacon.

On Tuesday 15 September, the restaurant revealed that a new flavour had been added to the mix in the UK – the Lotus Biscoff shake, made – as the name makes abundantly clear – from Lotus Biscoff biscuits.

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The news was announced by Five Guys and Lotus Biscoff on social media, much to the excitement of consumers.

“Willing to drive five hours to my nearest Five Guys just to try this,” one Twitter user said.

“Oh, my life! That sounds amazing,” someone else said on Instagram.

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The indulgent milkshake is now available in all branches across the UK for £5.50.

In May, it was reported that Asda had begun selling Lotus Biscoff ice cream with brownie pieces inside for £3 a tub.

Several Instagram users responded with delight to the news, with one person stating: “Holy mother of God,” and another writing: “This is definitely an essential.”

By Sabrina Barr 

Source: Independent

Filta remains resilient in the face of coronavirus impact

September 16, 2020

Commercial kitchen services provider Filta Group has revealed its unaudited interim results for the 6 months ended 30 June 2020.

 
During these 6 months, the supplier generated revenue of £8.3m, a reduction of 32% compared to the same period last year, where turnover was £12.2m. This year’s total was substantially impacted by Covid-19 lockdowns and social distancing restrictions.

The firm made an operating loss of £664k in these 6 months too, 207% down on the £614k profit from the same period in 2019. However, gross margin remained the same, at 41%.

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Nevertheless, Filta reduced overhead costs in Q2 by 23% in response to impact of Covid-19.

In fact the company had a strong Q1 followed by reduction in trading due to the lockdown and then good month on month growth in May, June, and July.

Filta clinched six new franchise sales in the period. Following the outbreak of Covid-19 in March 2020, the group has been focused on supporting its franchisees and customers by reducing franchise fees and working with customers to prepare for re-openings in Q3.

Cost reductions were reportedly achieved through the lockdown period by making use of government schemes, wage cuts and reduced discretionary spending.

Plus the company launched its FiltaShield sanitisation service in May and recently secured an exclusive licensing agreement with NHS Trust owned support services group, NTH Solutions.

Filta is also reporting encouraging progress in North America and Europe, as continued interest from potential franchisees is said to have resulted in four new H2 franchise sales and a healthy pipeline.

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Jason Sayers, CEO of Filta, commented: “While the Covid-19 pandemic had a material impact during the first half, our results demonstrate the resilience of our businesses and the fundamental strength of Filta. I am extremely proud of the way that Filta staff have stepped up to challenges we faced in each of our markets, and I thank all our employees and franchisees who have worked tirelessly to support our customers throughout these challenging times.

“We entered the year with good momentum, but with the pandemic causing lower demand for our services and widespread closures across our customer base from mid-March, we quickly adapted, placing emphasis on supporting our employees, franchisees and customers and protecting the long-term health of our business.

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“Despite the disruption, we remained committed to operational excellence whilst developing new and creative ways of working; all of which will ensure that the company-owned activities in the UK, in particular, remain ideally positioned for future success. The strength of our North American business model has been evidenced by the continued profitable trading that we have enjoyed throughout the Covid-19 affected period.

“With customer demand now coming back, we can focus on leveraging our solid capabilities to drive revenues back up. We are well-prepared for the resumption of trading by our ongoing end customers and believe that there will be growth opportunities as businesses have to become more innovative and efficient.

“Moreover, with the appointment of a new and industry experienced MD in the UK to drive the business forward, we are confident that we are well placed to achieve strong revenue growth.”

By CLARE NICHOLLS

Source: Catering Insight

New TaxAssist Accountants shop opens in Southend-on-Sea

September 13, 2020

Mark Gibbs has opened a new TaxAssist Accountants walk-in tax and accountancy shop serving small businesses and individual tax paying clients in the Westcliff-on-Sea and Southend-on-Sea areas.

 
Mark said: “It’s great to finally have the shop open and we’ve already had lots of people walk in and comment on how good the shop looks. One of the major reasons for joining TaxAssist Accountants was the modern, fresh look of the shops, which can so effectively showcase the services we offer and provide a convenient meeting place for clients. I look forward to welcoming new and existing clients to have a look round.

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“I have lived in the area most of my life and have a good understanding of the local business environment and I feel passionate about supporting my fellow small businesses through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. I would encourage anyone interested in finding out more about how we can help, to contact us for a free initial consultation – either face-to face, by telephone or online.
“We provide a comprehensive tax, accountancy and advisory service and can talk clients through a range of software solutions, to help them select the right package for their needs.”

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If you are interested in finding out more about joining TaxAssist Accountants, regular Virtual Discovery Days are held, where you can find out more about the technical, marketing and business development support on offer.

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Theatre schools in West Cumbria and Carlisle prepare to re-open

September 9, 2020

Two theatre schools in Cumbria are preparing to open their doors to performers and welcome back budding actors, dancers and singers once again.

 
Razzamataz West Cumbria and Razzamataz Carlisle say they have been thoroughly briefed by their head office, have passed a new covid-secure health and safety audit and are following all Government guidelines and Children’s Activities Association (CAA) best practice in order to re-open safely.

Matty Aitchison-Rayson, principal of Razzamataz West Cumbria believes that the theatre school can help young people adjust back into social interaction. He said: “Through the performing arts, children learn many life lessons including building resilience, working as a team and emotional intelligence. We believe that these skills are more important now than ever before as children have missed many traditional milestones. More than ever, we can’t wait to get the buzz back of teaching a room of children and watching them learn and progress each week.”

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The theatre school franchise will be focussing on rebuilding children’s self-esteem and belief in themselves as well as getting youngsters fitter and healthier.

Razzamataz West Cumbria are due to re-open on September 5, with classes taking place at Summergrove Halls, Hensingham. Although there is now limited availability to join, the school will be holding taster sessions, where students can find out more. Contact Matty on 01946 848148/07940957894.

Razzamataz Carlisle are planning to re-open on September 12, with classes to be held at Harraby Community Centre. More information on both theatre schools can be found at their websites or Facebook pages.

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Steps to keep the students safe include sanitizer in each room, cleaning protocols, two metre safety distance between each student, plans to stagger classes, reduction of class sizes, no props and attendance at re-opening webinars.

When the pandemic hit the UK, Razzamataz Theatre Schools was just starting its 20 year birthday celebrations, and had many events planned.

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Matty said: “Sadly our large scale events had to be put on hold but we are busy making plans for Disney 2021 and looking into what else we can do for our students who have lost out on so much this year.”

He added: “During the pandemic, we were delighted that we could continue to offer scholarships with The Stage and also our own Future Fund charity to help even more young people experience the joys of performing arts. We are a school where children come to follow their passion in dance, drama and singing but we are also so much more than that. We have so many parents tell us that Razzamataz is the place where their child feels most accepted, it is where they have grown in confidence and it is where they have found lifelong friends.”

By Lynne Wild

Source: News & Star

Good Oaks launches new franchise in East Dorset

September 8, 2020

A NEWLY launched care home franchise says it aims to bring 40 jobs to the area over the next year.

Good Oaks East Dorset is led by co-founders, Sam Jones and Adam Downer and has been fully registered with the Care Quality Commission.

 
It will provide care in people’s homes throughout Wimborne, Ferndown, West Moors, Ringwood and surrounding areas – giving options for both visiting and live-in care.

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Sam said: “In the current Covid-19 crisis, the role that carers play in our community is more vital than ever before. Carers provide a lifeline for elderly and vulnerable people, who rely on their assistance to be able to stay in their homes. It is fantastic that this is being recognised.

“This is an important time for all home care businesses and we are excited to be playing our part in combating Covid-19 by increasing the capacity for home care in our local area. We are confident that we will bring 40 jobs to the area in the next year.”

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Adam added: “My career in care began when my father became very unwell. I saw the amazing care that he received and started working in home care so that I could give others that same care. Sam and I believe that quality care starts with a careful recruitment process and robust, ongoing training for our carers.

“This protects and enhances the quality of our premium service: the standard of care we would all want for our own loved ones.

“Good Oaks East Dorset works closely with doctors, district nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. We act as the focal point to coordinate and provide the best possible solution for our clients’ wants and needs.”

By Katy Griffin

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Co-op to create 1,000 jobs and open 50 new stores

September 7, 2020

Grocery chain the Co-op is opening 50 new stores and creating 1,000 new jobs this year.

The new roles come on top of the 1,000 posts it added during lockdown as demand from shoppers increased.

 
The extra jobs announced today will be spread across the new shops and 15 stores that are being enlarged.

The Co-op said its research had found that 70% of adults have relied on their local convenience store for food and other goods in recent months

The retailer also said that it had expanded its online shop.

The Co-op currently employs 55,000 workers across the UK and has 2,600 stores. The new stores will open in areas such as Wrexham, London, Poole, Leeds and Guildford.

Meanwhile up to 12 new Co-op franchise stores are also set to launch this year, including at Oxford Brookes University and Stirling University, with more university locations planned for 2021.

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“We continually look for new locations, sites which are definitively convenient in their community,” said David Roberts, managing director of Co-op Property.

He said more than 100 of the Co-op’s outlets would receive major makeovers as part of a £130m investment programme.

The chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores, James Lowman, said: “This commitment to investing in stores in the coming months is testament to the importance of the convenience sector.”

The grocery sector has seen a surge in demand during the pandemic, and the big supermarket chains have also been creating jobs.

Last month, Tesco said it would create 16,000 permanent jobs after the lockdown led to “exceptional growth” in its online business.

‘Financial fallout’

While the grocery sector has done well, other parts of the economy have been hit hard by the pandemic.

It was announced on Friday that 540 workers at Nationwide Accident Repair Services have lost their jobs after the struggling business was sold to RunMyCar in a pre-packaged administration.

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As part of the deal 30 of Nationwide’s sites have been shut.

Founded in 1993 in Witney, Oxfordshire, the business operated 115 garages across the country, as well as a mobile fleet of repair vans, servicing the accident repair market for UK insurers.

But the company suffered a substantial decline in business during lockdown as millions of motorists stayed off the road.

“As with many other businesses, the group had to weather major financial fallout due to the economic impact of Covid-19, which meant that trading volumes were significantly reduced,” said Rob Lewis, joint administrator at PwC.

“Against that backdrop, the sale announced today reflects a significant positive outcome for the business, and we are especially pleased to have safeguarded 2,350 roles including apprentices, mechanics and technicians.

“Sadly we have had to make 540 staff redundant.”

Source: BBC

Domino’s UK master franchisee names CFO

September 6, 2020

United Kingdom-based Domino’s master franchise company, Domino’s Pizza Group Plc, has named its interim CFO and former Ei Group Plc CFO, Neil Smith, to the chief financial officer’s spot on a permanent basis, according to a news release. Smith will also join the company’s board on Sept. 16.

 
Smith held the financial lead at U.K. pub restaurant company, Ei Group plc, from 2011 until its recent takeover by Stonegate Pub Company. He succeeded David Bauernfeind, who died in a snorkeling accident last year.

Additionally, the company named Natalia Barsegiyan and Lynn Fordham to its Board of Independent Non-Executive Directors, as well as appointing the pair to the board’s Nomination, Remuneration and Audit committees.

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Barsegiyan retired as CFO of Taco Bell in April 2020 and previously served as Yum Brands’ chief commercial officer from 2016 to 2018 and the general manager of Pizza Hut Europe from 2013 to 2016.

Fordham is managing partner of private equity firm, Larchpoint Capital LLP, and is a chartered accountant, who previously was CEO of SVG Capital Plc. Fordham also held senior finance roles at Barratt Developments Plc, BAA Plc and Boots Plc.

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“I am delighted to welcome Natalia and Lynn as non-executive directors. Both have highly relevant experience and impressive track records of value creation,” Board Chair Chairman Matt Shattock said in the release. “I am also very pleased to welcome Neil to the board. Neil has built upon the foundations laid by David Bauernfeind, bringing further rigor to the business. …. These appointments mark an important milestone in the evolution of the board and I am looking forward to working with them.”

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Domino’s Pizza Group plc is the UK’s leading pizza brand and a major player in the Irish market. The company holds the master franchise agreement to own, operate and franchise Domino’s stores in the U.K., Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Sweden, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as associate investments in the holders of the Domino’s master franchise agreements in Germany and Luxembourg.

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Right at Home to launch two new franchise territories

September 4, 2020

Right at Home UK is set to add two new franchise territories to its growing network of more than 60 offices across England and Wales.

 
Three new franchise owners have completed their training programme at the provider’s head office in Merseyside and are preparing to introduce Right at Home services to the Aylesbury Vale & Chiltern and Chichester & Bognor Regis territories.

Giles Ellerton, who will run the Aylesbury Vale & Chiltern office, left a successful corporate career with BT to follow his ambition to build his own care business.

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He said: “I have had a positive personal experience of home care as a family member, having seen what a difference it’s made to my 92 year-old mother.

“Right at Home has, from the start, demonstrated a rare combination of a deep passion, always going the extra mile to ensure the best care for clients, as well as a genuine shared partnership with franchisees, supporting and collaborating with us to make a successful and sustainable growing business, delivering the best in class care.”

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Husband and wife team Nathan and Natalie Jane East, from West Sussex, are preparing to meet the high demand for quality care and companionship in their home territory of Chichester & Bognor Regis.

Their interest in Right at Home arose from Nathan’s former role in online recruitment for care staff.

Natalie Jane – a former director at Harper Collins – will use her experience to lead operations and compliance in the business, whilst Nathan will focus on attracting Clients and recruiting high calibre staff.

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Natalie said: “Our goals coming into home care have always been to provide a quality local service to our community; to be a trusted partner and be transparent in everything we do.

“We decided on Right at Home because of the network’s focus on trust and quality in everything it does. The many awards and accolades are testament to a network working together and getting it right.”

Commenting on the launch of the new territories, Right at Home chief operational officer Lucy Campbell said: “We are delighted to welcome Natalie Jane and Nathan and Giles into the Right at Home family – it’s been a pleasure to work with them on their initial training; and we’re looking forward to supporting them as they embark on an exciting new journey as providers of quality care.”

By SARAH CLARKE

Source: Home Care Insight