Pink Spaghetti celebrates first decade in business

November 25, 2019

A virtual PA business set up in Hartford and now based at Winnington Hall in Northwich has celebrated its tenth year in business.

Pink Spaghetti PA Services was established by friends Caroline Gowing and Vicky Matthews in 2009. The duo wanted to create a business that would allow them to achieve a better work-life balance.

 
Such was the popularity of their business which supported small business owners with secretarial, organisational and other tasks, such as social media, that the pair decided to franchise the business.

Speaking about this, Caroline said, “Our services were very much in demand in the local area and we felt that by following a franchise model we could extend the reach of what we were offering across the UK.”

The first franchise was sold in 2012, in Hampshire, and there are now 40 Pink Spaghettis in operation.

Picking up the story, Vicky said, “Both Caroline and I had corporate careers demanding long hours and business travel. It just didn’t fit with family life and so we set up Pink Spaghetti to allow us to take back control.

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“We knew that there would be many women who were caught in the same corporate trap; professionals who wanted a career but wanted it on their terms and who wanted to build their own business.

“A franchise business gives people the best of both worlds – independence but with the support of a proven business model and a network of like-minded individuals who become your work colleagues – without working in the same office!”

The business has collected a number of awards and are the only PA services company to feature in the Elite Franchise Top 100, a listing of the country’s leading franchise businesses. They were also named as winner of the Working Mums Franchise Award for Innovation 2018.

By Charlotte Gribbin

Source: BDaily

First Vehicle Finance Report Growth in new cars driven by move to eco-friendly vehicles

October 25, 2019

Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed that 343,255 new passenger cars were registered in September, the first month of the new ‘69’ number plates. Although the plate change usually means September is a strong month for sales, that figure represents a 1.3-percent increase on the previous September, which saw a little under 339,000 new cars registered.

 
Much of that increase was down to rising sales of petrol, electric and hybrid cars, although diesel sales continued to slump. Last month saw sales of diesel vehicles fall by more than 20 percent compared with the same month in 2018.

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It’s sales of electric cars that continue to grow rapidly. More than 7,700 electric vehicles were registered last month – more than twice as many as hit the roads last September. It’s impressive growth. Demand for electrified cars has surged in the past four years, with registrations increasing from around 3500 in 2013 to almost 160,000 by the end of 2018.

Electric vehicles still account for a tiny proportion of car sales, but that could soon change, because these upcoming models push the boundaries of performance, range and desirability…..

First Vehicle Finance can also report the same findings with growth in requests for electric car quotes, with a strong increase in the number of quotes requested for electric, hybrid and PHEV models. The Tesla 3 was the third most ordered model during August in the UK, which reflects the growing interest in this new market area and this has been reflected in the types of vehicles quoted on in the last quarter.

Richard Mayle, outlines ‘’The incentives that have been put in place by the Government in terms of Benefit in Kind rates for cars with zero and low emissions has certainly focused the minds of drivers and fleet managers alike.’’

The LCV [Light Commercial Vehicle] market is set to join this trend as new models are now being released in this field. Whether you like it or not, electric vehicles are going to play an increasingly important role in the UK van market as it evolves over the next few years. More and more van makers will be introducing e-vans as a result.

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Electric vans sales represent a tiny fraction of overall sales right now, but as concern about environmental pollution grows – especially in city centres – businesses and private buyers will come under increasing pressure to adopt e-mobility solutions. But don’t fret too much – electric vans are getting better all the time, and while there are compromises, there are also benefits, too.

As this new market sector develops, First Vehicle Finance are well set to take advantage with their strong range of finance facilities available, such as Business Contract Hire, Finance Lease, Hire Purchase etc and access to full fleet discounts across the manufacturers.

Contact them today to found out more about how you can start a business with First Vehicle Finance and be part of this growing market.

Pink Spaghetti Chester and North Wales wins national award

October 17, 2019

Michelle Collins, owner of Pink Spaghetti PA Services Chester and North Wales, has returned from the Approved Franchise Association Awards night triumphant, as the proud winner of the Franchisee of the Year award.

The AFA was set up in 2012 to support the rapidly growing UK Franchise Industry.

 
Their aim is to help grow and support the franchise industry in the UK by providing accreditation and membership to franchises of every size, and this year marked the inaugural annual conference and awards.

Michelle was thrilled to find out in July that she had been nominated for the Franchisee of the Year award, and travelled to Milton Keynes on Thursday, September 19 for the awards ceremony.

Michelle said: “I have been running Pink Spaghetti Chester & North Wales for the past five years, and have many happy customers who needed the 25th hour in the day my team and I provide.

“Providing an efficient service to satisfied customers is, of course, its own reward, but it’s always nice to be recognised for what you do, so I’m thrilled to be coming home with this award.”

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Michelle is going to have to make a space in her trophy cabinet as she is no stranger to winning industry awards. She is a Small Business Saturday #SmallBiz100 Alumni, and is the current Pink Spaghetti Franchisee of the Year. She has also won the Pink Spaghetti ‘People’s Choice’ award, as she is always willing to share her expertise, and is highly regarded within the nationwide Pink Spaghetti network.

Michelle understands her strengths, and is a capable businesswoman who regularly seeks opportunities to develop both her own skills as well as those of her team.

These are some of the strengths which won her the award. A spokesman for the AFA said: “The standard of application was so high and many awards so close.”

By Sallie Ehlen

Source: Cheshire Live

Tony Harris gets off to a flying start

September 27, 2019

Before launching his Lockfit franchise in South Birmingham, Tony worked in telecoms, making long commutes every day around the country.

He first considered investing in a business in the locksmith industry after researching the locksmith industry.

“I’d spent practically all of my career working in telecoms but I’d grown increasingly tired of living the same day, every day. I decided to leave my job after finding out more about the locksmith industry. I wanted to start a business, but I was hesitant about some of the risks that were involved when going at it alone, so franchising seemed like a very good option.”

After researching franchising opportunities in the locksmith sector, Tony considered various providers.

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He was intrigued by the level of expertise in the Lockfit network and their professional and transparent approach to the market.

“I met with the lockfit team in Solihull and was very impressed by the founder, Kevin Russell, his ethos and his beliefs. I also met with two of the other directors Andy Moore and Eddy Ankrett and that really reinforced my belief that Lockfit was a brand that I wanted to be associated with.

“I launched Lockfit (Birmingham South) in May and my experience, so far, has been extremely positive. Buying a franchise has enabled me to achieve a better quality of life – I now spend a lot less time commuting! and more time with my family.

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In only 6 short months, Tony has established himself as one of the most well-respected locksmith providers in his area, and is looking at expanding into a second territory.

“It’s a real pleasure to work with people, like Kevin, who have a passion for the industry. With a growing national network and a reputation for excellence, Lockfit franchisees are leading providers of locksmith services.

We support every member of our growing network to build their own success and bring positive change to their local community.

If you are dreaming of owning your own business and being in charge of your own destiny, join our network of like-minded individuals.

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Fraser Brown promotes key member of franchising and commercial team

October 18, 2018

Nottingham-based law firm Fraser Brown Solicitors has announced the promotion of Fiona Boswell to partner.

Fiona, who is a BFA (British Franchise Association) qualified franchise professional and recommended lawyer for franchising in legal directories, joined Fraser Brown in 2015 and has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry.

As the head of franchising and commercial services at Fraser Brown, Fiona co-ordinates the franchise team and advises businesses on all legal aspects concerning franchising, including contracts, disputes, mediation, resales, international franchising, brand issues and more.

Fiona said: “It’s a privilege to be recognised by the firm for my commitment to our clients and the Fraser Brown team and I’m very much looking forward to continuing to develop the firm’s portfolio as a partner.

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“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with new and long-standing clients over the last few years on many varied cases, no two days are the same here and it is a fantastic company to work for. The knowledgeable team, growing company and clients create a very inspirational working environment.”

The announcement of Fiona’s promotion comes just four months after Fiona took home the service provider of the year award at the annual Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Awards.

Patrick Wood, managing partner at Fraser Brown, said: “Fiona is extremely passionate about franchising and has provided valuable support to many of our clients since she joined us in 2015. She is a great advocate for women in the franchising industry and a valuable asset to our team.

“This promotion is testament to her hard work and commitment to both the firm and our clients. I know she will thrive in her new role and I look forward to continuing to work with her in the future.”

Source: East Midlands Business LInk

Platinum Wave Rewarded For Unrivalled Customer Service

August 9, 2018

Platinum Wave, a leading independent international franchise consultancy based in Edinburgh, has been rewarded for its gold standard customer service by scooping the Best Customer Service award at the British Franchise Association (bfa) HSBC Franchise Awards which took place in Birmingham last week.

This prestigious award, voted for by a judging panel including internationally renowned franchising expert and former Director General of the bfa, Brian Smart, yet again proves that Platinum Wave is leading the way in the UK franchise market. This inaugural award comes after the Scottish-based franchise consultancy also received the Service Provider of the Year at the 2016 Best Franchise Awards.

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Over the last seven years PW has helped approximately 60 businesses prepare for franchising and find franchisees both nationally and internationally. Platinum Wave is headed up by Suzie McCafferty, who is regarded as one of the premier franchise experts in the UK and beyond. Suzie is a former international franchisor who took her own Scottish retail business to 70 outlets in 6 countries. McCafferty also built up a £30m recruitment agency franchise network, and is the long-standing chairperson of the Scottish Franchise Forum.

McCafferty comments: “The bfa is one of the world’s most respected standards based franchise associations, so to receive this award is a fantastic honour and also a great testament to all the hard work put in by the Platinum team. Affiliate awards are there to highlight the cream of the UK franchise industry’s suppliers, such as banks, law firms, accountancy firms and consultants. So for us to come out on top again amongst these business heavyweights just cements our position as one of franchising’s most trusted and sought-after service providers.

“We have now won the industry’s two most prestigious awards for service providers in their inaugural years, amongst incredible competition. We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and going that extra mile for our clients. This is the ethos our business is centred around and a huge reason for our ongoing success.”

Source: BDaily

Have you considered franchising for growth?

June 14, 2018

Neath law firm Hutchinson Thomas held a special seminar on Friday June 8 to showcase the benefits of franchising for business – as well as the potential pitfalls.

Hutchinson Thomas is the only law firm in South West Wales accredited by the British Franchise Association to act on legal matters for franchises or franchisees.

This is a specialist area of law with only a handful of firms in the UK recognised in this way.

Hosted by Hutchinson Thomas and chaired by Darren Davies, head of the Franchise Law team within the firm, the event featured presentations from Suzie McCafferty, an international franchise consultant; David Kaye, a specialist lawyer in this field with Scottish law firm Harper Macleod; and Sukhdeep Dehal, a franchise development manager with Lloyds Bank.

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Attendees learned the types of businesses best suited to this business model, what the legal requirements are and some of the dangers and pitfalls.

It is estimated that the UK franchise industry now contributes a remarkable £15 billion to the UK economy annually. It is estimated that some 45,000 franchises are operating in the UK, employing more than 600,000 people.

The industry, which can offer a less risky alternative to launching a business from scratch, has enjoyed phenomenal growth in the past 10 years with the number of people employed by the sector increasing by 70% in the ten years between 2006 and 2016.

Darren Davies, head of the Franchise Law team at Hutchinson Thomas, said: “We were delighted to be able to bring so many experts in this field to South Wales and the presentations were well attended by companies interested in exploring the potential for growth that franchising a business can offer.

“This sector has enjoyed incredible growth in the past decade and we are very proud to be one of only a very small number of firms in the UK accredited by the British Franchise Association to act in this field.”

Hutchinson Thomas was the first law firm in Wales to achieve the Law Society mark of excellence and in 2017, was named the best firm for family law in South and Mid Wales, as well as being recommended in a further six areas of law in the Legal 500.

The company, which currently employs 61 people, was founded with the aim of combining the reassurance offered by traditional family solicitors, along with a forward-thinking approach to business development.

Source: BQ Live

Law firm encourages businesses to consider franchising for growth

June 13, 2018
Neath law firm Hutchinson Thomas held a special seminar on Friday June 8 to showcase the benefits of franchising for business – as well as the potential pitfalls. 
Hutchinson Thomas is the only law firm in South West Wales accredited by the British Franchise Association to act on legal matters for franchises or franchisees. This is a specialist area of law with only a handful of firms in the UK recognised in this way.
Hosted by Hutchinson Thomas and chaired by Darren Davies, head of the Franchise Law team within the firm, the event featured presentations from Suzie McCafferty, an international franchise consultant; David Kaye, a specialist lawyer in this field with Scottish law firm Harper Macleod; and Sukhdeep Dehal, a franchise development manager with Lloyds Bank.
Attendees learned the types of businesses best suited to this business model, what the legal requirements are and some of the dangers and pitfalls.
It is estimated that the UK franchise industry now contributes a remarkable £15 billion to the UK economy annually. It is estimated that some 45,000 franchises are operating in the UK, employing more than 600,000 people.
The industry, which can offer a less risk alternative to launching a business from scratch, has enjoyed phenomenal growth in the past 10 years with the number of people employed by the sector increasing by 70 per cent in the ten years between 2006 and 2016.
Darren Davies, head of the Franchise Law team at Hutchinson Thomas, said:
“We were delighted to be able to bring so many experts in this field to South Wales and the presentations were well attended by companies interested in exploring the potential for growth that franchising a business can offer.
“This sector has enjoyed incredible growth in the past decade and we are very proud to be one of only a very small number of firms in the UK accredited by the British Franchise Association to act in this field.”

Source: Wales247

Fraser Brown Head wins national franchise accolade

June 1, 2018

Fiona Boswell, Head of franchising and commercial services at leading law firm Fraser Brown, took home the service provider of the year award at the annual Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Awards 2018.

The eighth EWIF Awards, which were attended by more than 150 professionals in the franchising industry, took place at the Natwest building in London.

EWIF is an organisation which was set up to support women considering buying a franchise, to encourage business women to franchise their existing operations and to help franchisors attract more women to their networks. It is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers, providing advice and guidance to anyone looking at trying to break into the franchise industry.

Fiona Boswell, who is also the Midlands chair of the EWIF organisation, was crowned the winner of the service provider of the year award, which was this year sponsored by The Franchise Show and acknowledges her professional contribution in advising and supporting women in the franchise sector.

She said: “I am very proud to not only win this award but to attend the EWIF Awards amongst so many inspiring women from the franchising industry. The annual awards provide the perfect opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements of women and I am humbled to have been named the service provider of the year.

“EWIF is a fantastic organisation, which I have a lot of involvement with alongside my work at Fraser Brown Solicitors. I look forward to continuing to support women in franchising in my practice and in my role as an EWIF regional chair.”

The judges’ comments stated: “Passionate about women in franchising, Fiona has provided valuable support to over 24 female-led businesses. As one of EWIF’s regional chairs, Fiona is a great advocate for women in franchising, using every opportunity to speak to women about the opportunities available to them.”

Fiona joined Nottingham-based Fraser Brown in 2015 and co-ordinates the franchise team that advises businesses on all legal aspects concerning franchising, including contracts, disputes, mediation, resales, international franchising, HR, property and brand issues.

Source: East Midlands Business Link

Platinum Wave celebrates a record year

April 15, 2018

Franchise consultancy, Platinum Wave (PW), is gearing up for Scottish Franchise Week 2018 by announcing a record year of success.

The company’s success has been attributed to winning some huge contracts, as well as working closely with one of the country’s largest franchisors, based in Glasgow.

It’s estimated that Platinum Wave has more than doubled its turnover in the last year, cementing its place as not only Scotland’s top franchise consultancy, but one of the most successful in the UK. It has won several impressive contracts recently, including with Scottish food brands such as Oink and Crolla’s Gelateria.

Over the last seven years, PW has helped approximately 60 businesses prepare for franchising and find franchisees both nationally and internationally.

Platinum Wave is headed up by Suzie McCafferty, who is regarded as one of the premier franchise experts in the UK and beyond. Suzie is a former international franchisor who took her own Scottish retail business to 70 outlets in 6 countries.

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She said: “Franchising is flourishing currently on a global scale, and it is generally regarded as the best growth strategy there is.

“As a business we are at the centre of franchising in Scotland, working with top brands both here and abroad. We have enjoyed a very successful past twelve months, including some substantial contract wins which helps to cement our position at the top table.

“Franchising contributes hugely to the economy, with the British Franchise Association estimating that it will be worth £1bn to the Scottish economy by 2020. I love this industry and what it can do for people. Once upon a time I had a shop in Edinburgh selling refillable ink cartridges. Thanks to franchising, and the wonderful support and advice of some of the very people who make Scottish Franchise Week such an incredible success, my business grew to 70 franchised stores across six countries.

McCafferty adds: “Scottish Franchise Week is always a key date in our calendar. Attending these events could be the key to someone finding out if their own business could be franchised, or if they should perhaps invest in a franchise.”

Scottish Franchise Week takes place on 24-25 April 2018.

Source: BQ Live