Recruitment specialist invests in franchise

August 22, 2019

A recruitment specialist has bought Driver Hire’s Stoke franchise.

Driver Hire has a nationwide network of franchised offices providing temporary and permanent drivers and other logistics staff.

Paul Crossley has taken on the business after more than 10 years working as a client relationship manager for Paystream, which provides payroll and accountancy services for recruitment agencies and contractors.

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Crossley said: “Working for myself has always been a long-term plan. But it’s actually come to fruition a bit earlier than I’d expected.

“I’ve bought the franchise with a view to growing it and, as my own boss, benefiting directly from its success.”

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Graham Duckworth, Driver Hire’s franchise sales director said: “Paul’s background in a recruitment-related business, has given him a perfect combination of skills for running a successful franchise.”

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By Alex Turner

Source: The Business Desk

American chain Taco Bell wants to come to Cardiff

August 21, 2019

American fast food giant Taco Bell is set to come to Cardiff .

The Tex-Mex franchise has applied to for a licence to open a site on St Mary Street in the capital.

The largest chain of its kind in the world is hugely popular in the US and this would be the only branch in Wales.

The firm that owns Taco Bell, Yum Brands, also owns Pizza Hut and KFC. But Taco Bell is consistently the best performer in terms of sales. The firm’s revenue for the second quarter of 2019 was $1.31 billion.

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A licensing application has been made on behalf of Taco Bell for the former Wok & Go on one of the busiest streets in the city centre.

Some of the chain’s most popular choices on their menu include the Crunchwrap Supreme, a tortilla stuffed with chicken, beef or beans served in a shell, and the Big Bell box which combines a burrito, taco, nachos and churros all in one box.

They also offer a quesadilla stuffed with three different variety of cheese, a spicy “volcano burrito” and fries smothered in nacho-cheese sauce, beef, sour cream and salsa.

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The chain was founded in 1962 and there are now more than 7,500 restaurants across the world.

In January industry publication Food Service Equipment Journal reported that Taco Bell were targeting 200 UK stores within the next five years.

The application was made in the name of Campana Ltd with the postal address of the premises listed as Taco Bell at 92 St Mary Street.

It asks to sell alcohol for consumption on and off the premises seven days a week from 10am until midnight, and the provision of “late night refreshment on Monday to Sunday from 11am until 3am.

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Cardiff Council received the application on August 15 and the consultation period lasts until September 12.

The chain already has a number of restaurants across the UK, including two in London.

Taco Bell UK have been approached for comment.

By Thomas Deacon

Source: Wales Online

No green thumb, but odds in author’s favour

August 21, 2019

ADMITTING he “didn’t have a clue” about garden care or even being a franchisee didn’t deter Hastings resident Richard Harrison from taking up the first Jim’s Mowing franchise in the UK in 2005.

For Harrison, the goal was to make enough money to pay for his and his former wife’s European holiday.

“I thought, how hard can it be?” the recently published author said.

Looking back all these years later he has written a light-hearted memoir, The Export Gardener, about a clumsy optimist who travels to England and decides that affluent Sevenoaks in Kent is the ideal place to launch the iconic Australian garden maintenance franchise.

The book chronicles Harrison’s gardening mishaps as he services eccentric clients while recruiting franchisees and taking up village cricket after a 20-year absence from the game.

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The Women’s Premier Cricket umpire, who is studying Italian at U3A Mornington, said the genesis of his involvement in the business came about when the law firm where his former wife was working was asked to help debut the licensed mowing venture in the UK.

“I’d been working in advertising up until then so it was a complete departure for me business-wise,” he said.

“I had a big-picture view and was more interested in helping build the business across the country – it eventually signed up 40-odd franchisees – but I decided to take up one of the franchises thinking, how hard can it be?”

Very hard it seems. From chopping down the wrong tree, solving a seemingly impossible watering puzzle, to the bombshell that ended it all, his memoir is a read for those looking to see the funny side of life.

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Harrison has also written a second book, First Tuesday, which is a complete departure from garden maintenance, although both depend to a greater or lesser degree on grass. It also involves a Mornington horse trainer.

The plot is set five days before a Melbourne Cup Carnival when champion jockey Alan Da Silva is brutally murdered in a late night hit-and-run in the Crown Casino car park.

Da Silva had been booked to ride Lord Melbery, the pre-race favourite owned by ruthless casino boss Albert Maressmo.

Rumours abound that Da Silva was threatening to blow the whistle on the race fix Maressmo had orchestrated the previous year – a fix that netted him millions from the bookies.

Inspector Frank Dennis is assigned to the case. A former jockey himself, Dennis is all too familiar with the various distractions and temptations associated with the turf.

Oblivious to all the drama surrounding Da Silva, Mornington trainer Jack Morgan is busy preparing his five-year-old mare Star Chaser for the big race.

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“I’ve always been a big fan of racing and started to flesh out the plot when I was at school,” Harrison said.

“Racing is great theatre: It has great character such as battling trainers, jockeys struggling with their weight and all the drama of big races.

“Just think of the Melbourne Cup: It draws 100,000 people to watch magnificent animals perform and, in the background, is all the drama of a whodunit.”

Harrison said he spends lots of time at Mornington racecourse and walks along Balnarring beach in the mornings watching track work. He’s got to know trainers and riders and appreciates the tapestry that unites them.

“Tuesday was a lot of fun to write and I’m aiming for a sequel,” he said. “The police inspector is one character who I can carry through as he’s quite complex.”

By Stephen Taylor

Source: MP News

Bucks mum Laura wants kids to get into languages

August 20, 2019

A Buckingham mumpreneur is set to bring language lessons to kids in the area, after setting up a new franchise business that teaches French and Spanish.

Former school teacher, Laura Langley, 37, who lives in Buckingham will open a Kidslingo franchise in September, teaching French and Spanish to children from birth to age 11. Her offering will operate in areas around Buckingham, Bicester, Winslow and Leighton Buzzard.

Kidslingo is a children’s language franchise business that teaches French and Spanish to over 12,000 babies, toddlers and primary school kids through a national network of over 130 franchisees and tutors.

Its innovative approach is based on the science of learning, and uses a clever mix of music, games, Makaton, role-play, drama and storytelling. Kidslingo works with private families, preschools, nurseries and primary schools all over the UK.

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Prior to Kidslingo, Laura worked as a secondary languages teacher at Akeley Wood. She said:

After 14 years in secondary education, I was ready for a fresh challenge. Setting up a Kidslingo franchise seemed the perfect way to combine my love of languages and a passion for teaching.

Not only that, but it means that I can carry on doing what I love, without missing out on precious time with my own children. Learning languages is so important, and I am really excited about being able to inspire the very youngest of learners to love languages, through fun, interactive and memorable lessons.

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She said: “I have encouraged my own children to take an interest in languages, and seeing them both respond so well to learning Spanish from a young age at school really motivated me to pursue this opportunity to teach younger learners.

“If anyone is looking for language lessons that make the grade, please get in touch!”


Source: Bucks Herald

Refresh Renovations adds three franchisees

August 20, 2019

Three new franchisees have joined Refresh Renovations over the last three months, expanding the brand’s footprint into fresh territories.

Mark Zilm, general manager and director of Refresh Renovations Australia, said, “It’s fantastic to see new, great quality franchisees joining Refresh who I know will be great advocates for the brand with exceptional customer service. The other great thing is that all these new franchisees will be operating in territories that we aren’t covering now.”

From IT and finance to renovations franchise

Two couples who have already opened the doors to their franchises have made dramatic shifts from their previous careers. All four franchisees are enthusiastic home renovators who are eager to share their passion with other homeowners. In fact Scott and Narelle Narscott renovated their homes for profit, which has seen them move four times in the past six years.

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The Narscotts in July opened a Refresh Renovations franchise servicing Sydney suburbs such as Ryde, Parramatta, Baulkham Hills and Blacktown.

The pair had worked in the IT industry for 30 and 20 years respectively. Scott takes on the business and project manager role.

Jason and Michelle Zielinski had 25 years experience between them in the financial services and advisory sector. They set up a new franchise in Western Australia in May 2019. Their success is already being seen across the Inner City of Perth, as well as North East and North West of the capital.

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The third franchisee is set to open the latest franchise next month. Refresh Renovations is keeping the location a secret until the official launch date is announced.

Expansion will continue as the franchisor plans to grant another five new franchise territories before the end of 2019. Franchisees work from home, backed up by support from head office.

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Refresh Renovations has more than 45 franchise units operating across Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

By Sarah Stowe

Source: Franchise Business

‘Anti-franchise franchise’ Fit Body Boot Camp plans 200 new locations

August 19, 2019

Fitness franchise Fit Body Boot Camp has revealed that it has more than 200 new locations under development.

Founded in 2009 by entrepreneur Bedros Keuilian, the concept is based on providing 30-minute HIIT sessions and professional guidance at a “fraction of the cost” of personal training.

The brand has grown rapidly across the US – and also has locations in the UK, Australia and Canada – and was recently listed on Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest-growing private companies in the US.

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Keuilian has branded Fit Body Boot Camp as the “anti-franchise franchise”, as it has no percentage-based royalty fees like many other franchises.

Rather, all franchisees pay a monthly flat rate that allows them to grow their business without giving an increasing percentage to the franchisor.

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“The last few years have been a time of tremendous development for our brand as we have grown to nearly 500 locations with another 200+ in development,” Keuilian, founder and CEO said.

By Tom Walker

Source: Health Club Management

Little Voices making a big difference in Preston and Chorley

August 19, 2019

Founded in 2007 by current CEO Jane Maudsley, Little Voices is all about the holistic when it comes to performing arts. Something of a national phenomenon, the group – started in Jane’s home town of Blackburn – now has over 50 franchises dotted across the entire UK. From Newcastle to Bath, drama and singing lessons with distinction are never too far away.

The award-winning group also includes eight branches in Preston and Chorley alone, offering the North West’s up-and-coming talent access to tuition from the age of four to 18. And that expert teaching not only covers the classical elements of performance arts, but also in invaluable life lessons in team-work and social skills.

“Children who come to Little Voices build fantastic friendships and confidence for later life,” explained Jane. “With the world moving into a technical age of social media, we can’t get away from the fact that we all need good communication skills; here, children are used to walking into a room and making eye contact, shaking people’s hands, and presenting themselves.

“It’s physical, social, and mental,” added Jane, who read Music at the University of Sheffield, trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and now lives in Leyland. “It gets them out – they’re not sat watching TV or on their computer or phone. It’s all about using life-skills learned through drama and singing to pursue dreams in whatever career they choose.”

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And those careers include some real stars. At 22, M+LKPLUS founder Camilla Ainsworth was The Apprentice’s youngest ever finalist last year, while KidzBop member Mia Mcloughlin recently played Amanda Thripp in ‘Matilda The Musical’ in the West End and Cosette in Les Misérables in Dubai. The Little Voices touch is working wonders.

A core tenet of the group’s mantra is small classes. Whilst studying and training for their LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) exams, children are never taught in groups of more than eight so as to ensure that pupils get the benefits of both individual tuition and the skills which arise from working in a collective setting.

“I absolutely love educating children, and I saw a real need for kids to be taught in small groups in which they can be nurtured but also allowed to build team-skills and confidence,” said Jane of the group’s ethos. “I know we change their lives and make them feel happy and confident. And with funding for drama not what it used to be, we’re there to make a difference to the 9.1m children in the UK.”

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Rachel Bradshaw – the principal of Little Voices venues in Chorley, Leyland, and Preston – works with around 150 children every week on top of her work as a full-time secondary teacher. “I absolutely love it,” she said. “The small classes are a massive bonus: in some organisations they have up to 30 in a class and children just get lost. We really get to know the children and if anyone’s nervous, they soon come out of their shell.

“It’s lovely to get a message to say they’re the lead in the school play or they’ve got a report from school saying they’ve started reading out in class – we help them socially as well,” added Rachel, who lives in Buckshaw Village. “I got a lovely email this week from the parent of a child who was really shy. They were on holiday and her son had gone out and started chatting to them at the holiday club.

“She said he would never had had the confidence to do that before Little Voices. We let them believe in themselves.”

Now enrolling for September, Little Voices has and will always be about the kids. “I’m welling up just speaking about them,” says Jane. “We didn’t franchise to grow a big business, we grew the business to make a big difference.”

By Jack Marshall

Source: LEP

KFC in Epsom will open on Monday after 25-year absence

August 18, 2019

KFC is returning to Epsom after a 25-year absence.

Franchisee owners Iceking will run the world-famous fried chicken outlet on Epsom High Street.

The store is expected to open for business on Monday (August 19) at midday.

Iceking said they would be giving away 25 free meals to the first 25 people who entered the store on the day.

Commercial Director at Iceking Angelina Mouralidarane told the Comet the opening was particularly special due to the personal connection she and her family had to KFC’s presence in Epsom.

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“The first IceKing franchisee Jonathan — my father — first worked for KFC in Epsom over 20 years ago during the ’90s.

“Then it closed and KFC has not been in Epsom for the 25 years since then.

“So there’s a sentimental value to the brand with my father returning to open up this store in Epsom — it’s where he first had contact with the franchise,” Ms Mouralidarane said.

The Iceking director revealed that so far the new KFC outlet was employing 30 people in Epsom and hoped to create more jobs going forward.

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“We want to help the community and we’ve created over 30 jobs at the shop already,” Ms Mouralidarane pointed out.

She also revealed that they planned to donate £1,000 to Love Me Love My Mind, a mental health charity based in Epsom.

“We wanted a charity that was specifically about Epsom and serving that community.

“We also wanted to help a charity that might not have the means or get as much exposure as others do,” she said.

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The opening of the KFC outlet in Epsom was mooted in April last year, but stalled after Epsom and Ewell Borough Council (EEBC) initially opposed the plans.

The branch will be located at 17 High Street, Epsom.

By Orlando Jenkinson

Source: Surrey Comet

Care company calls for more volunteers across Fareham and Gosport as staff celebrates award-winning year

August 17, 2019

A FAMILY-RUN domiciliary and care company, Right at Home Solent, is celebrating a successful year – but has said it needs more volunteers.

Right at Home Solent was rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commision last year – an accolade that only the top two per cent of companies in the UK receive – and named a Homecare top 20 care provider in the South East this year.

The Fareham-based company is a five-star WorkBuzz employer – an award based on employee feedback.

It is run by husband and wife team Kev Popat and Amy Popat, who set up the firm four years ago.

They provide industry-leading training to home caregivers across Fareham, Gosport, Southampton and the New Forest.

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Mr Popat has called for more volunteers to help provide better care across the county.

He said: ‘We are genuinely trying to make a difference in Fareham, Gosport, Southampton and further afield and want to help more people.

‘But, to do this, we need to recruit around a hundred more volunteers over the next few years.’

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In June, they received the customer engagement and the franchisee of the year award at the British Franchise Association Awards.

Kev said: ‘That was amazing, it was super surprising and incredibly humbling. We love what we do and so do the staff, we all care about what we do.

‘When you look in the news, it’s all about care homes closing down or people being abused in care homes and it’s all very depressing. But then there are also so many amazing stories about care homes and so much amazing stuff they do which doesn’t get talked about.

‘Just recently, we helped somebody get out of the house for the first time in over two years.’

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Right at Home Solent is a franchise of Right at Home, a care provider with more than 500 offices across the world.

It offers a range of care services such as companionship, personal care, live-in care and specialist dementia care on a short or long-term basis and offer 24/7 live-in care.


Source: Portsmouth

Music therapy business shortlisted for award

August 17, 2019

Kiddleydivey Franchise UK. A Shropshire woman who grew her business while dealing with cancer treatment, has been shortlisted for the Forward Ladies National Awards.

Now in its 10th year the awards and summit, are designed to demonstrate enterprise, talent and innovation from across the region’s thriving business community.

Eve Whitmore launched Kiddleydivey five years ago and says she is thrilled to have been shortlisted.

Her business takes music and movement to care homes and community settings.

“We specialise in those who live with dementia,” she said.

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“Our sessions stimulate mentally, physically and emotionally, bringing joy and a sense of achievement. We mainly work in residential and nursing care settings but also deliver sessions within the community. Through the Shifnal & Albrighton MHA Live at Home Scheme and Age UK’s Diamond Drop In community groups, our sessions provide respite to carers and laughter, stimulus and a feeling of “worth” to participants.

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“We partner with local primary schools to educate the children about the benefits of music for the elderly. We offer school demonstrations and also take the children into care homes to help deliver sessions.”

Eve said that five years ago, family and friends thought she was crazy to start an unproven franchise.

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“I came from a Yellow Pages sales background, nothing musical. I argued someone had to be the first McDonalds franchisee. Determined, I grew 60 new clients within 8 months. After two years the franchise was flying when I was diagnosed unexpectedly with Myeloma. Working during eight months of chemo, I trained two employees to continue Kiddleydivey while I received a stem cell transplant. Within four months I was back at work and 18 months on Kiddleydivey and I not only survived but thrived.”

By Sue Austin

Source: Shropshire Star