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How do I turn my brand into a franchise? Franchising is a fast way to grow and can pay dividends - but only for the right business, says Sandra O’Connell. .... [more] 13 Nov, 2005
BoI launches €100m franchise-sector fund. Bank of Ireland will launch a €100 million fund for the franchise sector this week. The fund comes as the number of franchises in Ireland tops 250. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2005
Boylesports in novel shop franchise offer. Bookmaker Boylesports is planning to franchise its betting shop operation in a major new departure for the industry. .... [more] 15 Sep, 2005
A Spar rebrand for Maxol's new service stations. Stores at Maxol's 13 recently acquired Esso service stations in Northern Ireland are to be rebranded as Spar. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2005
O'Briens launch new store in Craigavon. Sandwich bar chain O'Briens is launching a new store in Craigavon today which will be the largest of its 13 outlets in Northern Ireland. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2005
British expansion drives Eason's sales to €464m. Sales at bookseller and newsagent Eason & Son are up 22 per cent to €464 million, mainly due to its acquisition of the British Bookshops chain in England. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2005
Gloria Jean's to take on Starbucks. Gloria Jean's Coffees plans to compete head-to-head with Starbucks for domination of the Irish coffee house market. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2005
BoI launching franchise fund. Bank of Ireland is to launch a second €100m fund for start-up businesses in the franchise sector. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2005
Compass to extend deal with O'Briens. Compass Group is reportedly in talks to expand its franchise deal with Irish sandwich bar chain O'Briens. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2005
DIY group 4HOME to create 100 jobs. Irish owned group DIY group 4HOME Superstores plan to create 100 jobs in three new stores around Ireland. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2005
O'Briens to take bigger bite of UK sandwich market. The Irish sandwich bar chain O'Briens is eyeing acquisitions in the UK to help it hit its target of doubling in size over the next five years. .... [more] 31 May, 2005
Athletic chain franchise off the blocks in Belfast. Athletic equipment specialist Up & Running has opened its first franchise in Northern Ireland. .... [more] 18 Apr, 2005
Curves row over pro-life gifts of boss. Their motto is no mirrors, no make-up, no men. It may sound like a feminist fantasy, but now Irish women are getting worked up about the philosophy behind Curves fitness centres. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2005
US gym chain plans 35 Irish outlets. US gym franchise chain Cuts Fitness for Men has set up its first European outlet in Dublin. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2005
Ulster picked to launch Mark Elliot franchise. Furniture chain Mark Elliot has selected Northern Ireland as the location for its first franchise operation. .... [more] 25 Feb, 2005

INTEREST: Chain reaction. Apart from publishing, no other industry can be as volatile or unpredictable as the restaurant business. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2005

Cendant group takes over Ramada operation. The keys to 204 Ramada hotels, including 37 new hotels planned for Ireland, have changed hands. .... [more] 21 Jan, 2005
O'Briens makes first Spanish move. Sandwich chain O'Briens opens its first Spanish store in Puerto Banus in the Marbella region today. .... [more] 6 Dec, 2004
Prem Group plans 68 new hotels in Ireland and UK. Hotel Management specialist, Prem Group has announced a €350m investment programme and plans to open 18 new hotels in Ireland and 50 in the UK in the next five years. .... [more] 6 Dec, 2004

Ireland's Two Bewley's Cafes to Close. The owners of Bewley's Oriental Cafes, Ireland's famous tea and coffee shops, announced Friday that their two flagship cafes in central Dublin will shut next month. .... [more] 29 Oct, 2004
Minister announces top franchises. Micheál Martin, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, presented the Irish Franchise Awards 2004 at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin last night. .... [more] 19 Oct, 2004
Ramada chain to open 30 hotels in Ireland. The Ramada International hotel group has announced plans to open 30 hotels in the Republic and seven in the North over the next three years. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2004
Word on the streat is ... franchise. An Ulster café chain is challenging global companies in the highly competitive franchising marketplace. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2004
‘If O’Briens doesn’t improve soon, it’s because I’m crap’. Brody Sweeney’s admission that the food at his O’Briens Irish Sandwich Bar has become a bit “bland” is startlingly frank. Sweeney, who founded O’Briens in 1988, is now introducing a new menu and will roll out a major store revamp. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2004
Franchise award nominations launched today. The Irish Franchise Awards 2004 were launched today to recognise businesses and individuals for the development of the franchise sector in Ireland over recent years. .... [more] 16 Sep, 2004
Tony Roma's Signs New Development Deal for Ireland. Romacorp, Inc. announced that it has signed an agreement with Drumard Trading LTD for the development of Tony Roma's restaurants in Ireland. .... [more] 28 Jun, 2004
Dairygold invests €30m in 4Home DIY chain. Dairygold is investing €30m into its new DIY/Homeware chain, the 4Home division, which it says will create over 600 new jobs in the next three years. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2004
BOI launches new franchise package. Bank of Ireland Business today announced details of a new financial package aimed specifically at the franchising sector. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2004
Irish food chain eyes up Hungary. Irish sandwich and café chain O’Briens has started its assessment of the Hungarian market. .... [more] 28 May, 2004
DNG kicks off franchise campaign. Douglas Newman Good (DNG) has launched a nationwide marketing campaign to encourage estate agents to join its network, as part of the company's expansion plans. .... [more] 20 May, 2004
SuperValu-Centra to open more doors. Musgrave SuperValu-Centra is pushing ahead with plans to have at least 150 Ulster stores under its wing by the end of next year, it has emerged. .... [more] 11 May, 2004
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