House of Colour set to create 100 new jobs

November 20, 2019

Personal stylist and colour analysis experts House of Colour hope to create up to 100 new jobs after announcing plans to increase their UK franchises to 200 in the next five years. House of Colour is also celebrating after being awarded a SME News UK Enterprise Award for Personal Stylists of the Year 2019.

 
Established in 1985, House of Colour has successfully moved the business from the 1980s image consultant to contemporary, entrepreneurial colour and style consultants. In the last 12 months House of Colour has attracted 18 new franchisees in the UK and 13 in USA alone. UK franchisee revenues are up 12% on last year. New products have been launched and a new strategic alliance with Park Lane Jewellery has been secured.

Helen Venables, Managing Director of House of Colour says: “It is a difficult economic environment for many businesses but luckily we have been growing in tandem with the burgeoning lifestyle and health industries. We offer a potentially high-income business model with several lucrative income streams including colour analysis, styling, make up classes and over 350 make up products. We have been attracting new franchisees who want to be ambitious business builders, whilst still maintaining a good work/life balance.

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“The creation of discovery days, both at HQ in Watford and across the country, have been a huge success by allowing potential franchisees to meet the team and receive more information about the business. Our marketing has also been stronger than ever which is vital in this financial climate and new data collection technology has been brought in to better serve the clients with clothing recommendations.”

The stylists go through rigorous professional training including colour analysis, the language of clothes, the psychology of styling, dressing for real life, why image is still important, capsule wardrobe, a fascinating personality assessment, the history of dressing and full marketing training to support successful launch and growth of a House of Colour business and much more.

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House of Colour’s most successful franchisee in the UK, Claire Bannister says: “I have been growing my business year on year by making sure that I look after my clients, take advantage of being a franchisee by continually enjoying training and marketing opportunities from my franchisor and taking care of my own business and personal needs. I couldn’t love my job more!”

House of Colour offers attractive and lucrative franchise opportunities to business men and women nationwide. Franchises cost £12,000 inc. VAT and a monthly service fee of £150 inc. VAT to purchase a designated exclusive region with a population of at least 100k people. The franchise has a flexible start-up programme which enables stylists to start in their home or have a small shop,or operate as part of a beauty salon.

Total Investment: £12,000 inc. VAT plus Monthly Service Fee of £150 inc. VAT

By Stuart Gentle

Source: Onrec

Toni & Guy hair salon in Bishop’s Stortford closes

November 19, 2019

After 22 years’ trading, the Toni and Guy hair salon in Bishop’s Stortford has closed its doors to customers.

 
The demise of the franchise business in the historic Corn Exchange building in Market Square has been blamed on the “volatile retail environment” and rent increases.

The salon opened in April 1997. On Monday November 4, a notice went up informing customers that it had closed. Staff have moved to the franchisee’s Chelmsford branch.

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A spokeswoman for Toni & Guy said: “The franchise in Bishop’s Stortford has recently closed its doors, mainly as a response to the volatile retail environment in relation to high rent increases affecting many key businesses in the UK.

“This has subsequently led to a decision that trading in this area is no longer sustainable and comes after much consideration following extensive discussions.

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“We are aware that the business served the community for a long time at the location. However, the franchise partner and highly experienced team have since moved to Chelmsford (a branch also owned by the partner) and will continue to serve existing, as well as welcoming new, clients.”

She added: “Going forwards, Toni & Guy is looking to focus on regions with the potential to deliver growth long term, in line with the business strategy.

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“We would like to take the opportunity to thank our loyal clients who have supported Bishop’s Stortford since opening.”

The international Toni & Guy chain was founded in the UK in 1963 by brothers Toni and Guy Mascolo. They opened their first salon in Clapham, south-west London. There are almost 500 salons in 48 countries.

By Hollie Ryder

Source: Bishops Stortford

Personal stylist service set to create 100 new jobs with latest franchise plans

November 3, 2019

Personal stylist and colour analysis company House of Colour is aiming to create up to 100 new jobs after announcing plans to increase its UK franchises to 200 in the next five years.

Established in 1985, House of Colour has moved the business from the 1980s image consultant to colour and style consultants. In the last 12 months, it has attracted 18 new franchisees in the UK and 13 in USA alone.

 
UK franchisee revenues are up 12 per cent on last year. New products have also been launched and a new strategic alliance with Park Lane Jewellery has been secured.

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Helen Venables, managing Director of House of Colour says: “It is a difficult economic environment for many businesses but luckily we have been growing in tandem with the burgeoning lifestyle and health industries.

“We offer a potentially high-income business model with several lucrative income streams including colour analysis, styling, make up classes and over 350 make up products.

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“We have been attracting new franchisees who want to be ambitious business builders, whilst still maintaining a good work/life balance.”

By Rebecca Wayman

Source: BDaily

Supercuts salon chain could be the latest big name brand to disappear off the high street

October 29, 2019

Another well-known brand could be about to disappear of the high street for good. The owner of Supercuts, one of Britain’s biggest salon chains, has gone into administration, putting hundreds of jobs at risk.

According to Sky News, Regis UK – which runs Supercuts and the Regis brand – is now being run by the consultancy firm Deloitte.

 
It raises fears over the company’s 320 Supercut and Regis outlets, including branches in Newcastle’s Eldon Square, Sunderland and Gateshead.

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A Supercuts spokeswoman decline to comment on the chain’s financial circumstances and Deloitte has been for a statement, according to the Daily Mirror .

Supercuts, a hair salon franchise, was founded in San Francisco Bay in 1975, by Geoffrey M. Rappaport and Frank E. Emmett.

The company’s first location was in Albany, California. The headquarters are in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Today, Supercuts is owned by the Regis Corporation, which also owns Regis Salons, MiIts UK arm is owned and operated by private equity firm Regent, L.P., under a franchise agreement with Regis Corporation.

Today’s news comes less than a year after Regis UK announced it was seeking a rescue deal in order to stay afloat.

In October, the firm was looking to slash rents through a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) as it struggled with lower footfall, the apprenticeship levy and higher pension costs.

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At the time, Jackie Lang, managing director of Regis UK, said: “This action has been taken to restructure our costs to ultimately enable reinvestment into the business to improve our digital platforms and our expertise in salon.

“If successful, over 90% of our creditors will be unaffected.”

By Emma Munbodh and Sean Seddon

Source: Chronicle Live

Sutton Coldfield man bringing massage to The Midlands

October 11, 2019

The threat of redundancy in your forties might fill some people with dread. Not so Sunny Sachdev, who has invested half a million pounds of his redundancy money to realise his dream of running a business.

 
Sunny worked for many years as a business and operations manager in contact centres and customer services. However, he hoped eventually to start up his own business in the wellness sector and when he was made redundant, he jumped at the opportunity to buy into The Massage Company franchise in Sutton Coldfield.

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The Massage Company“I saw my redundancy not as the end of my career but as the beginning of a new adventure as a franchisee”, says Sunny; originally the third franchisee in this rapidly growing network of award-winning, international massage membership centres – the first of its kind in the UK. “Membership massage is commonplace in the US where its benefits are understood, but it is a new concept here in the UK. The lure of joining a franchise that is new to the market is exciting and I am looking forward to bringing the membership massage model to The Midlands”.

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The Massage Company now has four centres in the UK, with therapists all gaining qualifications from the company’s own intensive training programme.

The centre’s fully qualified staff will undergo TMC’s unique Advanced Massage Training Programme, and offer a tight range of massages (Swedish, maternity, deep tissue and sports massage) at consistently high-quality, with gift vouchers also available. Situated on Lichfield Road, it will open seven days a week with late opening until 9pm on weekdays. First time customers will be offered their first 50 minute massage for only £39.95 if they show their voucher, given on completion of the online form on the website.

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The massage treatment centre, which will create 30 local jobs, will formally open on 17 October.

Double Nomination Success for Baby Scan Franchise

June 22, 2019

With just one month to go until the 2019 bfa HSBC Franchise Awards take place at the Vox, Birmingham, Window To The Womb, a baby scan clinic franchise, has received one nomination in the Franchisor of the Year category, and one in the Multi-Unit franchisee category.

Held at the Vox, Birmingham, on June 27th, the awards are designed to champion franchise systems that go above and beyond to work in an ethical and effective manner, putting the franchisee, staff and customers at heart, and franchisees that has shown excellence in growing their business.

 
Co-founder of Window to the Womb Mark Witter states: “Expectations are growing as we get nearer to the awards ceremony! “For the franchise to win the main Franchisor of the Year award would be a monumental achievement and one that we would all be rightly proud of. “Equally, to win an award in the franchisee category would endorse everything that we set out to achieve just five short years ago. As one of the two founding partners and directors, the final decisions just can’t come quickly enough!”

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Mark Sadleir will be representing Window to the Womb in the Multi-Unit franchisee award category, he says of his nomination: “After almost 4 years of hard work it’s great to be short listed against some of the biggest franchise units in the UK. All this has only been possible because of our great team of people and the franchisor; without their hard work and dedication, we would not be where we are today.” Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchising Association (bfa), congratulated the company:

“As a franchise that has only just recently joined the bfa, we have been hugely impressed by Window to the Womb’s drive, ambition, and commitment to their franchisees and consumers.

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They have had a great road to success and I am pleased to see them get shortlisted two times at this year’s awards. We hope to see them at the ceremony and wish them the best of luck.“

Window to the Womb will go head-to-head against five other franchise units in June from a mixture of sectors, including courier services, pet food services and a recruitment franchise.

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By Emma Lumley

Source: BDaily

UK’s The Massage Company expands into India, with plans for 50 franchise locations

May 23, 2019

UK-based The Massage Company (TMC) has signed a deal with FranGlobal, Asia’s largest franchise reseller, to open 50 massage centres across India, potentially delivering up to an estimated US$50m in network revenue.

TMC was founded in 2016 by Elliot Walker and Charlie Thompson, who until recently was chairman of the UK Spa Association. A membership-based massage franchise, TMC now has centres in Surrey, Kent and Buckinghamshire, UK, with more centres planned in London, Hampshire and Birmingham within the next year.

The company says that the FranGlobal deal indicates a major milestone in its growth plans. “We aim to become the global leader in membership-based massage, and we consider India to be a sizeable market which will enable us to achieve this goal,” said Thompson.

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TMC has teamed up with FranGlobal – which has also partnered with the likes of global estate agency network REMAX and food travel experts SSP Group – to chart aggressive plans to “revolutionise the Indian massage sector”, starting with the launch of a centre in Delhi NCR before penetrating deeper into Tier-1 cities across India.

“Our network of over 70 brokers across India will help us to make TMC the leader in membership-based massage,” said Gaurav Marya, chair of FranGlobal.

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FranGlobal plans to launch TMC at The Master Franchise Show 2019 in June, which draws more than 50,000 attendees.

UK TMC centres have so far opened with multiple pre-bookings in place and are already operating in excess of forecasted revenue.

“With the support of high calibre partners such as FranGlobal in countries across the world, we are confident that we can continue our driving wish to bring regular, high-quality massage to the mainstream, transforming views which consider it a one-off treatment, to massage becoming a vital part of a better, more balanced lifestyle,” said Walker.

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The Massage Company aims to continue its penetration of international markets throughout 2019, with a specific focus on Sweden, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

By Jane Kitchen

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Inglot Cosmetics Ireland agrees new deal with Next

April 2, 2019

Inglot Cosmetics Ireland is expanding its UK operations with the opening of two new concession stores in retailer Next.

The new deal comes as the family-run makeup franchise, with roots in Mullingar in Co Westmeath, marks 10 years in business.

Next will allocate space to Inglot in two of its biggest stores in Manchester, the Arndale Centre and the Trafford Centre.

The first two concessions will open in May, with many more planned in the coming months.

The expansion plans follow the opening of three new standalone stores in the UK in recent months, including Inglot’s flagship store in Westfield White City in London, which opened last November.

Since it opened its first store in Liffey Valley in Dublin in 2009, Inglot now has 22 stores across Ireland and the UK.

Jane Swarbrigg, managing director of Inglot Ireland, said that while the business is strong, retail is an industry in transformation, with new channels driving growth.

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“Diversification is vital for success, which is why this strategic partnership with Next is so significant, not only will it broaden our distribution and geographic reach, but it also presents an opportunity for Inglot to reach new audiences in the Next customer base,” she said.

Peter Swarbrigg, the company’s financial director, said the partnership represents a significant opportunity for the Inglot brand in the UK as Next has more than 500 stores across the UK and Ireland.

“Currently, we’re also considering standalone stores in Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff and Essex, which are some of the biggest shopping destinations in the UK, with considerable footfall,” he added.

Inglot is also rolling-out the brand in a number of pharmacies across Ireland, beginning with CH Chemists in Tralee, Burke’s Pharmacy in Naas and McElhinney’s in Ballybofey, Co Donegal.

“These are the first of many as we focus on the wholesale market, selling to pharmacies in regional towns in Ireland where we don’t already have an existing store,” Peter Swarbrigg said.

Source: RTE

Skin-care brand This Works expands beyond sleep-focused products

March 31, 2019

This Works, the U.K. skin-care brand founded in 2003, launched a new category of products this month called Morning Expert to build out a strategy of serving customers 24 hours a day.

The new collection, which consists of five products including a serum, an eye cream and an aromatherapy oil, is being positioned as a new chapter for the business, as This Works is best-known for its sleep- and evening-focused products. To create buzz around the line, the brand has developed a new partnership with fitness retailer Sweaty Betty in the U.K., is offering full-size product giveaways in Europe through Sephora’s subscription box, Sephora Play!, and is engaging with wellness influencers in the U.S.

“We may have focused on sleep in the past, but this wake-up [range] is now the priority of the business, because it’s the right time for the brand to be talking further about the 24-hour [story], “ said Anna Persaud, This Works CEO.

The brand declined to share Morning Expert sales expectations or current annual sales, but it shared that, overall, it experienced a 46 percent year-over-year growth in 2018 and that retail sales grew by 83 percent last year in the U.S. This Works is sold in 35 countries. For the Morning Expert line, outside of the U.K., it is targeting the Australia, Russia, Canada, the U.S. and China. The U.K. makes up 60 percent of total sales, while international markets comprise 40 percent.

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At Sweaty Betty, This Works is participating in the retailer’s Wellness Wednesdays, which host health, fitness and beauty experts — most recently. Persaud made a speaking appearance at the London location on March 5. In April, This Works will begin providing samples of the brand’s aromatheapy oil to Sweaty Betty customers in all 21 London stores. In Europe, the brand is also planning on providing its full-size eye product to Sephora’s subscription box consumers in April.

In the U.S., the brand worked with wellness influencer Lauren Zoeller (@laurenzoeller; 17,800 followers) for a satellite media tour around “Waking Up Well” on March 15, where she made various local and national television news appearances. The earned media value of the campaign was around $1 million, according to This Works, but it estimated that Zoeller reached an audience of 287 million and that the ROI on the campaign was 1,100 percent.

This Works is not the only brand creating and selling products tailored for evening and morning usage. Goop, for example, offers a supplement called Morning Skin Superpowder, Clinique sells a Pep-Start Your Morning skin-care kit, and Origins has its own set, the Morning to Night Skin Care Trio. Customers are becoming more cognizant of the sleep-skin connection, said Persaud.

Despite the competition, This Works expects the morning category to become a hero part of the business, which also includes franchises focusing on evening care, on-the-go products, sleep and anti-aging, among others.

“We expect this to be the No. 2 franchise for this year, and we will continue to invest in it,” said Persaid. “I’m hopeful this franchise will herald a new era for This Works.”

By EMMA SANDLER

Source: Glossy

Stockport Firm Nominated for Major British Franchising Association Award

March 22, 2019

Window to the Womb, based in National House on Wellington Road North, has grown from one franchise clinic in 2014 to national coverage by 2019 and now scans in excess of 120,000 expectant ladies per year.

With a forecasted annual growth of 20% in 2019, many of its franchise partners are now multisite operators; all new clinics opened since 2017 are second or third sites.

Stockport based Window to the Womb nominated for Franchisor of the Year

Stockport based Window to the Womb nominated for Franchisor of the Year

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Mark Witter, director of Window to the Womb, said:

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Franchisor of the Year category at the 2019 bfa HSBC Franchise Awards 2019. These awards will provide us with a rare yet important opportunity to recognise the hard work and dedication that has been put into growing this business over the last few years.

“This rapid growth has largely been driven by the technical expertise that we have at the centre of our team, along with the success of our franchise partners, who have each worked tirelessly to create solid brand reputations in all of our locations through sheer hard work and by having a consistent and absolute commitment to delivering excellence at every touch point of the customer journey.

“We are extremely proud of what we have already achieved and to be recognised by winning this award would just be the icing on the cake.”

The awards evening is the flagship event in the franchising calendar and getting a nomination in itself is a major achievement, proving the business works ethically and in the best interests of franchisees and staff, fighting off many other companies vying for the accolade.

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Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchising Association (bfa), congratulated the company: 

“Window to the Womb joined the bfa relatively recently, and has really shown how effectively its franchise model works in the interests of the whole network.”

Andrew Brattesani, Head of Franchising, HSBC, said:

“Window to the Womb’s nomination was really strong, showing a real commitment to ethical franchising. The story of the company’s beginnings is fantastic and I wish them the best of luck when it comes to announcing the winners on June 27.”

They will go head-to-head against five other franchise units in June from a mixture of sectors, including courier services, pet food services and a recruitment franchise. 

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on June 27.

Source: Marketing Stockport