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McDonald's to close 25 UK outlets. Fast-food chain McDonald's is closing 25 branches in a bid to improve profits at its struggling UK operations. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2006
It's time to train public to value franchise success. Franchising is worth around £10billion in the UK but confusion, even suspicion, surrounds the concept. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2006
Somerfield sells Kwik Save stores. Supermarket group Somerfield's new owners have sold off the loss-making Kwik Save brand and most of its stores. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2006
It’s a big Junglee out there. Sam Rollo – owner of the Junglee Fun franchise – is looking to bring in partners and investors as her company prepares to open its first large-scale play centre. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2006
L'Oreal scenting Body Shop offer. Shares in Body Shop hit a 14-year high on Thursday after L'Oreal, the world's largest beauty firm, announced it might bid for the UK retailer. .... [more] 23 Feb, 2006
Kream of the crop. A specialist recruitment company based in North Yorkshire is planning to grow through franchising. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2006
Thorntons half year profit wilts. Confectionary maker Thorntons delivered a weak set of half year figures, as shoppers sought special offers. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2006
Falcon signs up more franchise shops. Travel group Falcon has added 12 franchisees to its existing 21 Falcon Travel Shops, as part of an expansion of its retail division. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2006
FFW scores Hennes & Mauritz on Middle East franchise plan. Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has landed its first role acting for Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) on a multimillion-pound franchising deal in the Middle East. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2006
Welcome Break and Starbucks set for franchise deal? Roadside group Welcome Break has denied reports it is planning to ditch its Coffee Primo café brand in favour of a franchise deal with Starbucks. .... [more] 20 Feb, 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
A Look at the Future Forecasts for The UK Franchise Industry. Research and Markets has announced the addition of UK Franchising Industry—2009™ to their offering. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2006
Business Link launches free franchising handbooks. Business Link has launched two free guides offering entrepreneurs practical advice about buying a franchise or franchising their own business. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2006
Photo-Me in £5m Post Office deal. Photobooth operator Photo-Me International has won a new five year contract to supply its kiosks to Post Offices across Britain. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2006
Rolling in dough at Domino’s pizzas. The fast-food chain is mushrooming across Britain with new franchises. .... [more] 12 Feb, 2006
Strike called over post office franchise. Crown post office workers will be holding a one-day strike on Monday to protest at the franchising of branches. .... [more] 9 Feb, 2006
Manheim will franchise its smart repairs. Manheim is making its Dent Wizard and Flying Colours repair processes available as a franchise opportunity. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2006
Mothercare’s global baby is growing up. The high-street retail chain trades on its very British credentials to attract overseas franchises — and mothers. .... [more] 5 Feb, 2006

INTEREST - Scots lead way for small business performance. Scottish small and medium-sized enterprises have outperformed their counterparts in the English regions, according to a new report by the Small Business Research Trust. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2006
'No frills' pizza chain launched. EasyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou has unveiled plans to enter the fast food market with a new "no-frills" home delivery pizza franchise. .... [more] 3 Feb, 2006
The road to success - chauffeur franchise drives new careers. A former truck driver and a former store supply manager are driving forward in new careers. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2006
Another link in the Junglee Fun chain. Junglee Fun, the Lothian-based soft-play cafe franchise, has continued its expansion with the opening of its first outlet in England. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2006
M&S boosts ethical image with Fairtrade clothing. Marks & Spencer is to cut its T-shirts and socks from a more conscientious cloth by launching a Fairtrade clothing range as part of an ethical product drive. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2006
Picking the brains of the franchisers. Franchisers will be flocking to Manchester this weekend to find the next generation of business brains. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2006
Ex-M&S director to take on Kookai. The Bennett brothers are backing a former Marks & Spencer executive to turn around Kookai in the UK, it emerged yesterday. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2006
McDonalds lets families share job. Fast food giant McDonald's is to allow family members to cover each other's shifts, under new contracts. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2006
Brothers behind Oasis buy Kookai chain. The Bennett brothers, the duo behind the Oasis fashion chain, have stepped in to safeguard the future of Kookai in the UK, sealing a deal to buy the French fashion chain from the administrators. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2006
Yotels make London layovers a dream. Inspired by Japanese capsule hotels, a new type of airport hotel is opening in London in September, and the company intends to expand through a franchising system to other cities around the world. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2006
McDonald's global sales top $20bn. Fast food giant McDonald's has seen its global sales top $20bn (£11bn) for the first time in the company's history. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2006
Franchising may solve expansion plans. Erica Westerman, head of commercial and intellectual property at Berry Smith Solicitors, says that many Welsh companies are missing out on a golden opportunity to grow their business by ignoring the benefits of franchising. .... [more] 21 Jan, 2006
Marks goes to Iceland for 28 new food stores. Marks & Spencer has stepped up the pace of its Simply Foods convenience store roll-out with the purchase of 28 stores from the frozen food retailer Iceland. .... [more] 18 Jan, 2006
Focus on growth. With 29 stores nationwide - 20 of which are franchised - video games specialist Chips is looking to increase its slice of the UK market more than ten-fold before moving into Europe. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2006
Threshers turns third of its off-licences into franchises. Threshers is turning nearly a third of its off-licences into franchises as it struggles to stave off fierce competition from supermarkets. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2006
£65m Deal for Bargain Booze. Venture capital firm ECI Partners will this week carry home the off licence chain Bargain Booze in a secondary buyout deal worth around £65m. .... [more] 12 Jan, 2006
Ikea's superstore plans approved. Swedish furniture giant Ikea has announced new plans to build a superstore in Greater Manchester after two failed attempts. .... [more] 11 Jan, 2006
Body Shop issues profits warning. Shares in Body Shop have tumbled nearly 20% after the retailer warned that lower-than-expected Christmas sales in the UK and US will hit profits. .... [more] 11 Jan, 2006
Ikea targeting British expansion. Swedish retailer Ikea is to expand significantly in the UK, opening a string of stores in city centres. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2006
Internet sales boost for Domino's. A strong rise in the number of online pizza orders over Christmas is set to result in better-than-expected profits at the UK arm of Domino's Pizza. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2006
M&S staff check out of shares saving scheme with a £40m windfall. The surge in Marks & Spencer's share price has handed a £40m windfall to thousands of its staff after three save-as-you-earn share schemes matured. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2006
iSold It Expands Internationally With Entry Into Europe. iSold It, the leading US eBay drop-off chain, announced today that it has begun opening stores in Europe and should have over 200 locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland by 2010. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2006
Pareto Laws First UK Franchise Celebrates First Year In Business. Graduate recruitment and sales training firm Pareto Law’s first UK regional franchise is celebrating its first year in business. .... [more] 4 Jan, 2006
Gold’s Gym agrees first UK franchise. US-based health and fitness franchise Gold’s Gym has announced that it has signed the lease for its first franchised UK site, which will be located in Park Royal, west London. .... [more] 4 Jan, 2006
Kookai goes into administration. Kookai today joined the list of high street retailers to go into administration, putting 600 jobs at risk. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2006
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