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Driver Hire now on track for expansion. Driver Hire has expanded its national sales capability by creating a regional sales team which will target a number of new key customers in the UK and Ireland. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2007
M&S aims for 50pc growth by increasing stores to 27 in Republic. Marks & Spencer plans to expand its presence in Ireland by 50pc in the next two years, bringing their total number of stores in the Republic up to 27 by 2009. .... [more] 2 Nov, 2007
Out on own - but not out of depth. Franchising is proving to be an ever more popular way for people to set up and run their own business. Turnover in the Irish franchising sector has grown more than five-fold over the past decade, turning it into a €2bn-plus industry. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2007
O’Briens sues franchisee after cockroaches found at outlet. O’Briens, the sandwich chain run by Brody Sweeney, is taking legal action against one of its franchisees after its outlet became infested with cockroaches. .... [more] 28 Oct, 2007
Single Mom Announces Massage Franchise Now Open in Costa Rica, Ireland Next. Michele Merhib, a certified massage therapist, is the founder of an International franchise with over 50 locations in the U.S. This single mom of two teenagers recently announced her first International success by opening a massage studio franchise in Costa Rica and selling the master franchise rights in Ireland. .... [more] 23 Oct, 2007
Choice Hotels International Enters into Master Franchising Agreement in Ireland. Choice Hotels International, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a ten-year master franchising agreement with Ireland-based Kasterlee Limited for the right to license and develop Choice's Clarion, Quality and Comfort brands in Ireland. .... [more] 13 Aug, 2007
Group in franchise roll-out for Emerald Isle. A firm which turns established companies into franchise operations is rolling out its format in Ireland. The Franchise Group, based in Altrincham, has recruited a managing director for the Emerald Isle. .... [more] 7 Aug, 2007
Franchise sector turnover up five-fold in last decade. Turnover in Irish franchising sector has grown more than five-fold over the past decade, turning it into a €2 billion-plus industry. .... [more] 19 Jul, 2007
Toni & Guy founder in bid to rescue Irish operation. The founder of the Toni & Guy international hairdressing empire is to finance a rescue package in an effort to save the Irish division of the company. .... [more] 8 Jul, 2007
Juicy franchise deal. An Irish businessman visiting New Zealand liked a Queenstown couple’s juice bar so much he’s buying the Ireland franchise. .... [more] 5 Jul, 2007
Hairdressing chain to bail out Irish franchise. A British hairdressing chain is preparing a multimillion rescue package to save the Irish wing of Toni & Guy, the multinational hair salon and product company. .... [more] 24 Jun, 2007
Harvey Norman sales rise by 56% The Australian company, which now has 10 shops across Ireland, recorded sales of €56 million in the year to end June 2006,according to accounts just filed at the Companies Registration Office. .... [more] 31 May, 2007
O’Briens in Castlebar is best in Ireland. O’Brien’s popular Castlebar outlet has taken the title of Shop of the Year. .... [more] 11 May, 2007
New FDS Partnership to Benefit the Irish Franchising Community. With the appointment of HJM Business Development as the Franchise Development Services International (FDSI) Associate for Ireland, FDS aims to promote the value of franchising in Ireland. .... [more] 10 May, 2007
Global cleaning firm launches in Ireland. Global cleaning company, Jan-Pro, has launched its franchise business across Ireland. .... [more] 1 May, 2007
Ikea M50 outlet plan to be put to test at oral hearing. IKEA’S plans to open up shop just off the congested M50 in North Dublin are to be put to the test at an oral hearing next month. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2007
O’Briens set to begin German expansion. O’Briens Sandwich Bars is to launch a new franchise in Germany next month. This follows recent openings of stores in Bahrain and China during the course of 2006. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2007
Big expansion plans for Streat cafe franchise. A Holywood-based branded café franchise operated by a husband and wife team is investing more than £650,000 to develop opportunities in the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain for its distinctive business model. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2007
O’Briens plans 25 new outlets in ‘07. O’Brien's Sandwich Bars is planning to double its number of outlets in Ireland to around 200 over the next couple of years. .... [more] 15 Jan, 2007

McDonald’s customers to benefit from beefed up labelling legislation. The 150,000 customers who pass through the 75 restaurants in the McDonald’s chain in Ireland each day are now assured that only quality Irish beef is being served. .... [more] 12 Jan, 2007
Double digit growth for Snap Printing. Snap Printing, Ireland’s largest business design and print provider, today announced turnover of €22.7m for the year ended December 31, 2006, representing growth of 12% .... [more] 4 Jan, 2007
Franchise exhibition has proved it means business. Budding entrepreneurs from Kerry got the inside track on developing business ideas at a franchise exhibition held in Dublin. .... [more] 14 Dec, 2006
McDonald’s Irish profits up 10% The craze for healthy food does not seems not to have affected McDonald’s bottom line in Ireland, with a 10% rise in profits reported in 2005. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2006
Mortgage broker opens 'shop' in South. The leading independent mortgage broker in Northern Ireland is heading south. The Mortgage Shop, which has 25 branches in the province, is planning a major push into the Republic. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2006
Sandwich shops earn their crust thanks to research. At least once a year, the two owners of the Munchies sandwich shops in Dublin pack their walking shoes and head to America to keep track of what similar outlets there are doing. .... [more] 5 Nov, 2006
Franchises to go on show in RDS. The Irish Franchise Exhibition will begin at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) on 17 and 18 November. It is estimated that franchising employs 22,000 people in Ireland and the franchise industry is worth €1.6bn, and it is set to grow even further. .... [more] 21 Oct, 2006
Godfather Pizza ends four franchise deals. Godfather Pizza has confirmed that it has terminated franchise agreements with outlets in Tallaght, Carlow, Waterford and Kilkenny. .... [more] 11 Oct, 2006
Homewatch CareGivers Grants First Ireland Franchise. Homewatch CareGivers, providing independence and peace-of-mind through professional in-home care services, has announced the granting of its first franchise in Ireland. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2006
O'Brien sandwich group wins case. O'Brien's Sandwich Bars has won damages in a case against two former franchisees. The group took legal action after two individuals turned their O'Brien's outlet in Singapore into a "Munch" cafe. .... [more] 2 Oct, 2006
Dublin accountant buys a slice of Four Star Pizza. Anthuan Xavier, the founder of one of the country’s most successful accountancy firms, is heading a consortium that has just bought the Four Star Pizza franchise in Ireland. .... [more] 1 Oct, 2006
Bringing yoga to the young. Dubliner Lara Goodbody is hoping to do for exercise what chef Jamie Oliver did for school dinners. .... [more] 27 Aug, 2006
The Subway Chain overtakes KFC, Pizza Hut and Burger King in the UK and Ireland. The Subway chain now has more locations in the UK and Ireland than KFC (705 stores), Pizza Hut (699 stores) and Burger King (631 stores). .... [more] 25 Aug, 2006
Wood-energy firm launches Irish franchise. Kedco, a Cork company that converts homes and businesses to wood energy, is launching a new franchise network across the country. .... [more] 20 Aug, 2006
Dollar buys Northern Ireland stores. Dollar Financial Corp. said Wednesday it had expanded into Northern Ireland with the acquisition of four stores in Belfast and surrounding areas. .... [more] 16 Aug, 2006
Entrepreneurs needed to set up pizza franchises. Domino's Pizza is seeking out entrepreneurs to set up new stores in Liverpool as part of the company's aim to open 50 stores a year. .... [more] 7 Aug, 2006
Progress report: Choice Hotels Ireland. Since its formation eight years ago Choice Hotels Ireland has become one of the country’s largest and fastest growing hotel groups, with almost 3,500 guest rooms and a turnover of €145m. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2006
Getting the juices flowing. The owners of Jump Juice bars aim to develop a chain of between 15 and 18 stores in Ireland, and then take the concept to Europe and further afield. .... [more] 9 Jul, 2006
Coffee chain to double Irish presence. BB's Coffee and Muffins, which operates in the shopping centre coffee market in Ireland, today announced significant expansion plans to double in size in the Irish market. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2006
Comfort Keepers to open 10 Irish offices. A new private sector venture to offer 'companionship and non-medical care' to elderly people in their own homes was launched by the Tanaiste and Minister for Health, Mary Harney, today. .... [more] 23 Mar, 2006
Cleaning company sells Irish master franchise. MyHome International plc, a British-based company which specialises in residential cleaning services, has sold its master franchise licence for Ireland for €218,000. .... [more] 15 Feb, 2006
iSold It to open 40 stores in Ireland by 2010. iSold It, a retail chain that makes it easier for internet users to sell goods on eBay has officially opened up for business in Ireland. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2006
Ikea to bring 400 jobs to Belfast. The Swedish retailer Ikea has announced it wants to build a major outlet near Belfast, creating 400 jobs. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2006
Spar pushes for €90m Irish growth. Convenience store business Spar is to open 40 stores and create 500 jobs in the Republic of Ireland this year, in a €90 million (£62 million) expansion push. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2006
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