Duck & Dry extends offering beyond the capital

February 17, 2020

Duck & Dry, the on-trend London hair styling and blow dry bar with four company-owned locations in Chelsea, Oxford Circus, Soho and Mayfair reports that it is now offering further franchises beyond the capital as it looks to expand nationwide and internationally.

The company opened its first London franchised salon in Old Spitalfields Market last year and has a second outlet scheduled to launch in Islington. Duck & Dry says its salons provide blow drys and ‘updos’ for clients in beautiful, bright spaces with feel-good vibes, encompassing the ultimate customer experience.

 
Yulia Rorstrom, the founder and chief executive of Duck & Dry, opened her first flagship salon in 2014 and after developing the concept with her team the company is now looking to share their expertise and knowledge with further entrepreneurs.

‘Daunting journey’

Rorstrom who had no previous background in the beauty or hair industry, shares her insights: “Whether you have hairdressing experience or not, launching your own business is an exciting, yet daunting journey.

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“Having learnt through my own experience and my acute understanding of what it takes to open and run a successful salon, as well as the challenges of a very competitive space, I’m keen to share my knowledge and encourage new entrepreneurs by providing them with attentive support, practical advice and expertise to make their journey smooth and prosperous.”

Duck & Dry explains that its success is based upon six pillars as a proven framework for a salon business. It includes providing franchisees the rights to the distinctive brand along with all its characteristic elements, brand interiors, advice on store selection, detailed design specifications, access to its menu of on-trend and in-demand hairstyles, along with a training programme to ensure consistency and performance across the whole team.

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The franchise model also gives exclusive access to the Duck & Dry product range, propriety salon software, as well as in-house marketing support and with over 100,000 blow dries created since 2014 the company says it understands what it takes to run a salon.

Duck & Dry have also recently launched a new Beauty Collective concept in select stores by introducing sister brands Duck & Pluck, offering brow treatments and Duck & File nail bar.

Source: Franchise World

Supercuts closes its only Gloucestershire branch in Gloucester’s Eastgate Street

February 3, 2020

Supercuts has closed the Gloucester branch of its salon franchise.

 
The hairdressing franchise announced the closure of its Eastgate Street branch with a notice on its storefront window.

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The next nearest branch of the barbershop is nearly 36 miles away in Bristol’s Shopping Quarter.

The firm, which began in California, has around 220 outlets in the UK.

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Gloucestershire Live reported on the salon franchise back in October when the company went into administration.

The UK arm is owned and operated by private equity firm Regent, L.P., under a franchise agreement.

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The salon franchise was founded in 1975 by Geoffrey M. Rappaport and Frank E. Emmett.

By Jessica Mercer, Digital Journalist

Source: Gloucestershire Live

House of Colour personal stylists aiming for UK network of 200

December 28, 2019

House of Colour, the personal stylist and colour analysis consultants, have announced plans to increase its UK franchise network to 200 in the next five years, which could result in creating up to 100 new jobs.

House of Colour says that in the last 12 months it has attracted 31 new franchisees, 18 for the UK and 13 overseas in the U.S. It also reports that its UK franchisee revenue is up by 12 per cent on last year and that it has launched new products by securing a strategic alliance with Park Lane Jewellery.

 
Helen Venables (right), 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.

“Our marketing has 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.”

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House of Colour franchisees offer colour and style analysis for men and women either on an individual basis or within small groups. By helping clients find their own individual style enables clients to build a capsule wardrobe that suits their lifestyle and personality, as well as boost their confidence.

‘Rigorous training’

The company explains that its stylists go through rigorous professional training including the psychology of styling, why image is important, personality assessment and the history of dressing, in addition to training in marketing to support a successful business launch.

Its most successful franchisee in the UK, Claire Bannister, says that she has continually enjoyed the company’s training and marketing opportunities, which has resulted in her growing her business year-on-year.

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The company describes its franchise opportunity as offering businessmen and women a flexible start-up programme that enables them to start a business from home, a small shop or within a beauty salon.

The franchise costs £12,000 including VAT, with a monthly service fee of £150 to cover items such as insurance, support, books and fashion updates. Franchisees receive 19 days’ training and all the equipment to run the business including sample stock.

Source: Franchise World

Supercuts saved as new deal secures 1,000 jobs and 140 high street hairdressers

December 13, 2019

About 1,000 jobs and 140 branches of Supercuts could be saved as a rescue deasl has been announced by the firm’s administrators.

The joint administrators said the business and assets of Regis UK Limited have now been sold to the Bushell Investment Group.

 
Matt Cowlishaw, joint administrator, said: “We are pleased to have concluded the sale and for being able to preserve a significant number of jobs at two well-known brands.”

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Regis operates hairdressing salons around the UK, primarily under the Regis and Supercuts brands.

The sale will mean that both brands stay on the UK high street, with more than 1,000 jobs being secured.

Rob Harding and Matt Cowlishaw of Deloitte were appointed as joint administrators to Regis UK Limited on 23 October 2019.

Ahead of administration Supercuts had 220 UK branches and employed more than 1,200 people, while there were also 100 Regis outlets.

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The firm entered administration less than a year after Regis UK announced it was seeking a rescue deal in order to stay afloat.

Before administration, Supercuts was owned by the Regis Corporation, which also owns Regis Salons, Mia & Maxx, MasterCuts, Cost Cutters, SmartStyle, and First Choice Haircutters in the United States and Canada.

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Supercuts 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.

Its UK arm is owned and operated by private equity firm Regent, L.P., under a franchise agreement with Regis Corporation.

By James Andrews

Source: Mirror

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