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|James Caan partners with artwork publishing franchise.
startups.co.uk - Business advisory firm HB Prime Advantage, led by ex-Dragon James Caan, has announced the addition of artwork publishing franchise Whistlefish Galleries to its portfolio. ... [more] 14 May, 2013
Just Falafel plans to open 200 UK restaurants within five years.
bighospitality.co.uk - Just Falafel, the falafel restaurant chain founded in Abu Dhabi in 2007, intends to embark on a period of rapid expansion to reach 200 UK restaurants within the next five years. ... [more] 14 May, 2013
Big-name speaker highlights inaugural Great Northern Franchise Breakfast.
thebfa.org - The bfa is launching the inaugural Great Northern Franchise Breakfast, sponsored by Lloyds TSB, which takes place on Friday 21st June at the iconic Midland Hotel in central Manchester. ... [more] 8 May, 2013
Heritage launches franchising division.
insidermedia.com - Heritage Healthcare, a provider of home-based care, has launched a franchising division targeting North and South Tyneside, Sunderland and County Durham. ... [more] 8 May, 2013
SFW review: from golf course to rugby pitch, via business arena.
thebfa.org - The tenth Scottish Franchise Week, sponsored by Bank of Scotland and Platinum Wave, took place at the beginning of May with an array of events successfully raising the profile of the sector north of the border. ... [more] 8 May, 2013
Three new franchisees join Mac Tools network.
startups.co.uk - A trio of new franchisees have joined tool retailers Mac Tools, adding to a network of more than 115 distributors in the UK. ... [more] 1 May, 2013
Post Office launches franchise move.
shropshirestar.com - The Post Office has launched a search for retailers to run 70 Crown branches, a day after workers went on strike over the move. ... [more] 30 Apr, 2013
Franchisee plans further Scottish expansion for Papa John’s.
startups.co.uk - Pizza franchise Papa John’s has announced the opening of a new Prestwick/Ayr store next week, as part of an ongoing Scottish expansion plan by franchisee Paul McDermott. ... [more] 30 Apr, 2013
Platinum Property Partners recruits support staff to expand franchisee network.
startups.co.uk - Property investor organisation Platinum Property Partners (PPP) has announced the appointment of six new members of staff, who will be used to support the expansion of the firm’s franchise operation. ... [more] 26 Apr, 2013
Couple dive into new swimming franchise.
thisiskent.co.uk - Husband and wife team Clive and Lindsay Relf turned their backs on successful careers in banking to buy into a franchise business that teaches young children how to swim. ... [more] 26 Apr, 2013
Driver Hire opens 100th office.
startups.co.uk - Transport and logistics recruiter Driver Hire celebrated opening its 100th office this week, marking further expansion for its successful franchise model. ... [more] 26 Apr, 2013
Scottish Business Breakfast: from rugby pitch to business field.
thebfa.org - The Scottish Franchise Business Breakfast, sponsored by Bank of Scotland and Platinum Wave, maintains its position as the key event of Scottish Franchise Week, taking place from 29th April to 3rd May. ... [more] 25 Apr, 2013
Elderly care firm to roll out franchises.
scotsman.com - A care company that helps its elderly customers to remain in their own homes is launching a franchise system to take its brand across the UK. ... [more] 21 Apr, 2013
13 outstanding companies shortlisted for Franchisor of the Year Awards.
startups.co.uk - The British Franchise Association (bfa) has announced the names of 13 impressive companies, who have been put through to the final of the Franchisor of the Year Awards. ... [more] 18 Apr, 2013
Finalists revealed for franchise industry's most prestigious awards.
thebfa.org - The British Franchise Association (bfa) has announced the finalists for the 2013 bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year awards, supported by Express Newspapers. ... [more] 15 Apr, 2013
Scottish Franchise Week 2013 prepares for launch.
thebfa.org - The prospects for the ethical franchising sector in Scotland have never looked brighter as the bfa prepares for the tenth annual Scottish Franchise Week, taking place 29th April to 3rd May 2013. ... [more] 11 Apr, 2013
One Stop to pilot franchise convenience model.
just-food.com - Tesco-owned UK convenience business One Stop Stores is to trial a franchise model with local independent retailers. ... [more] 4 Apr, 2013
KFC expansion to create 1,600 jobs.
guardian.co.uk - Fried-chicken restaurant chain KFC will create 1,600 jobs this year by opening more than 40 restaurants across the UK and Ireland. ... [more] 31 Mar, 2013
InterContinental Sells Park Lane Hotel for $457 Million.
businessweek.com - InterContinental Hotels Group Plc agreed to sell its London Park Lane Hotel to Middle Eastern investors for 301.5 million pounds ($457 million) as it sharpens its focus on managing properties and brands. ... [more] 28 Mar, 2013
Misconceptions About Franchising Abound, Survey Reveals.
prnewswire.com - Stronger regulation would help challenge widely held misconceptions about the franchising industry, according to franchisors polled in a FranchiseSales .co.uk survey. ... [more] 26 Mar, 2013
FranchisingMatters .com Supports Mums Returning to Work.
prweb.com - FranchisingMatters .com is proud to announce they are sponsoring the East Surrey Twins Group, a group who offers continued and vital support to parents of multiples. ... [more] 22 Mar, 2013
whichfranchise .com and bfa announce renewed partnership.
thebfa.org - The British Franchise Association (bfa) and whichfranchise .com today announced a renewed agreement, continuing their close-working online partnership which started over a decade ago. ... [more] 20 Mar, 2013
Monsoon Accessorize to seek High Court protection.
rte.ie - The Monsoon Accessorize women's clothing chain, which employs 269 people in Ireland, will seek High Court protection next week so it can continue as a going concern. ... [more] 5 Mar, 2013
Childcare franchise expands to UK.
franchise.net.au - An after-hours childcare business, Sherpa Kids, has extended its reach to the UK with the first British franchise opening early this year. ... [more] 4 Mar, 2013
Successful start for franchise exhibition calendar.
thebfa.org - The first of the 2013 UK franchise exhibitions pulled in the crowds to set the scene for a busy franchising year. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2013
Domino’s expects to create 1,500 jobs after record profits.
scotsman.com - Pizza delivery firm Domino’s has said the UK’s appetite for takeaway food should help it generate 1,500 jobs this year. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2013
Women in franchising awards open for applications.
startups.co.uk - The Encouraging Women into Franchising (EIWF) Awards 2013 have officially opened for entries. Looking for men and women who have made an outstanding contribution to the services of women in... [more] 18 Feb, 2013
The UK’s leading franchise awards now open.
thebfa.org - The British Franchise Association (bfa) is today announcing that the 2013 bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards, supported by Express Newspapers, are open for entries. ... [more] 13 Feb, 2013
Original Poster Company franchisee expands site ownership.
startups.co.uk - Original Poster Company (OPC) franchisee Guy Fryer has expanded his franchise network, purchasing a territory in Southampton. ... [more] 8 Feb, 2013
Franchise fears for post offices.
eveningtimes.co.uk - Post offices in East Kilbride and Cumbernauld are among five in Scotland earmarked to relocate to become franchises in shops. ... [more] 8 Feb, 2013
Casablanca's M&S store opens for business.
independent.co.uk - Marks & Spencer is to open its first Moroccan store today in Casablanca, in the latest leg of its international expansion. ... [more] 6 Feb, 2013
Starbucks opens first franchise store in UK and plans nationwide roll out in 2013.
retailtimes.co.uk - Starbucks is opening its first franchise store in the UK, in Liphook, Hampshire. The store is part of an eight-store deal with local entrepreneurs, 23.5 Degrees, expected to create over 100 new jobs in... [more] 6 Feb, 2013
Mail Boxes Etc. extends license to continue franchising in UK.
startups.co.uk - Business services franchise Mail Boxes Etc. has extended its license agreement, securing its place as a UK franchisor for the next 10 years. ... [more] 6 Feb, 2013
Restaurants backer David Page back with new Fulham Shore venture.
independent.co.uk - David Page, the restaurants entrepreneur who has backed and made fortunes from PizzaExpress and Gourmet Burger Kitchen among many other chains, is back with a new venture called Fulham Shore. ... [more] 6 Feb, 2013
Second bfa annual conference speaker confirmed as Greg Dyke.
thebfa.org - The second keynote speaker at this year's bfa annual conference has been confirmed as former BBC director general Greg Dyke. ... [more] 1 Feb, 2013
Franchise Direct releases results of prospective franchising survey.
pressdispensary.co.uk - Franchise Direct – the UK's largest online franchise directory – recently completed its UK Prospective Franchising Survey in which it requested responses from site visitors on a range of topics... [more] 31 Jan, 2013
Franchisee representatives for bfa Board of Directors announced.
thebfa.org - The line-up for this year’s bfa Board of Directors has been completed with the confirmation of the three franchisees who will join the rest of the Board, elected last month by the bfa membership. ... [more] 29 Jan, 2013
Baskin-Robbins launches multi-store franchising opportunity.
startups.co.uk - The world’s largest ice cream speciality store Baskin-Robbins is offering a multi-store franchise opportunity to ambitious entrepreneurs. ... [more] 29 Jan, 2013
Mothercare tries to sharpen up and cash in on baby boom.
guardian.co.uk - Nothing is too good for today's infants, so midmarket retailer Mothercare must raise its game or lose even more market share... [more] 27 Jan, 2013
Nick Robinson announced as bfa annual conference speaker.
thebfa.org - Nick Robinson, national political commentator and broadcaster, has been confirmed as the primary speaker at this year’s British Franchise Association Annual Conference, which takes place on the 4th & 5th July... [more] 25 Jan, 2013
Burger King drops firm which supplied horse meat.
reuters.com - Burger King said on Thursday it had stopped using one of the firms caught up in the scandal of supplying grocers with beef that contained horse meat. ... [more] 24 Jan, 2013
McDonald's creates 2,500 new jobs.
guardian.co.uk - McDonald's plans to serve up another 2,500 new jobs this year after adding more than 20,000 people to its workforce during the past five years. ... [more] 23 Jan, 2013
Blockbuster paid £250,000 in tax despite sales of more than £3.5bn.
guardian.co.uk - Movie rental chain's UK franchise was charged £78m in royalties for use of brand, IT systems and other rights by US parent. ... [more] 21 Jan, 2013
Latest restaurant is a UK first for McDonald’s.
portsmouth.co.uk - A fast food chain has notched up a UK first with its latest outlet. Grant Copper, Portsmouth-based McDonald’s franchisee, has opened his sixteenth restaurant in Bognor Regis. It is the first of its kind to be a... [more] 17 Jan, 2013
Blockbuster UK goes into administration.
guardian.co.uk - Collapse of video and games rental company puts 4,190 jobs at risk, as internet competition takes its toll on another high street retailer. ... [more] 16 Jan, 2013
DWP and bfa team up to provide resources for Jobcentre Plus network.
thebfa.org - The British Franchise Association and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) have created new resources to help better educate individuals about the pros and cons of franchising when considering their... [more] 15 Jan, 2013
bfa's prospective franchisee and franchisor seminar programmes updated.
thebfa.org - The bfa’s seminars for prospective franchisees and franchisors have been revamped for 2013. The events, which take place in different cities around the UK each month, have been updated to ensure that they... [more] 4 Jan, 2013
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