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Morgan fashion chain collapses with loss of 620 jobs. Morgan, the UK high street fashion retailer, has collapsed after the company's French parent withdrew its distribution agreement. The closure will result in more than 620 job losses. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2006
Franchising industry should focus on new media. Organisations like the British Franchise Association (bfa) and franchisers should "think smarter" and embrace new media, in particular the internet, to promote the industry to the public. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2006
Benjys 'vanchisees' pile on pressure. Thirty-three former franchisees of Benjys are suing the company, piling yet more pressure on the embattled sandwich brand. .... [more] 29 Jun, 2006
AIM in good shape after OK from The Franchise Doctors. AIM Recruitment, the Edinburgh-based employment agency, has secured a £500,000 contract to source all potential franchisees for franchise stalwart The Franchise Doctors. .... [more] 28 Jun, 2006
Cafe2U plans to double franchises. A mobile coffee business established in the UK by a Yorkshire university graduate has opened 12 franchises in its first year of trading with plans to double that figure by the end of 2006. .... [more] 28 Jun, 2006
Oasis delays summer sale as bad weather hits business. Leading fashion chain Oasis' summer sale was on ice today while its owner held out for some of the business lost to poor weather earlier in the year. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2006
Couple of smoothies taking on UK juice market. In a bid to establish itself as the Starbucks of the smoothie world, Australian juice retailer Boost has signed a franchise agreement to take its brand to the UK. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2006
Free franchise-matching service launched. Prospective franchisees can receive help to find a suitable franchisor, following the launch of a free matching service from consultants, the Franchise Market. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2006
M&S aims to open 150 new stores overseas. Marks & Spencer is understood to be planning an ambitious international expansion programme that will see it opening an overseas store every week for the next three years. .... [more] 21 Jun, 2006
EasyPizza founder wins fight over name. Takeaway pizza firm boss Karl Khan has won a three-year legal battle with easyGroup founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou. .... [more] 21 Jun, 2006
Musgrave plans catering cash and carry. the group’s first cash and carry was due to open in Ballymun in north Dublin at the start of September, and the firm planned to open further outlets around the country over the next two years. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2006
A job at McDonald's - they're lovin' it. Fast food giant McDonald's has launched a PR offensive to encourage parents to think positively about their children working for the multinational. .... [more] 14 Jun, 2006
Baguette express takes long view with franchise roll-out. Baguette Express, the fast-growing Scottish sandwich shop chain, is set to open its eighth store following a successful roll-out of its new franchising model. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2006
Build-A-Bear Acquisitions on Track. Custom stuffed animal retailer Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. told an investors conference Tuesday its acquisitions and integration of United Kingdom-based Bear Factory Ltd. and franchisee Amsbra Ltd. are continuing as planned. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2006
Print and design service expands. Print and design specialist Kall Kwik Peterborough plans to expand its service with the purchase of a franchise in Huntingdon. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2006
M&S boosts bonuses and share plans to keep top team in place. After surprising even itself with the recovery in its fortunes over the past 12 months, Marks & Spencer is more than doubling the potential bonus open to its top executives. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2006

Babyballet steps out on road to growth. A mother of two who set up a unique business teaching under fives to dance is planning to expand the company and launch a franchise of the operation. .... [more] 6 Jun, 2006
Ikea to charge for plastic bags. Ikea is to become the UK's first major retailer to regularly charge customers for plastic bags, to try and tackle waste and environmental damage. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2006
Bolt-on franchises pay off for upbeat Specialist retail chain said it sees significant progress in the year ahead after it reported a 60 per cent increase in pretax profit. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2006
Domino's serves up 25 jobs as chain delivers new outlet. Pizza chain Domino's is to create 25 new jobs to Edinburgh with the opening of its sixth local outlet. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2006
ChipsAway bans sale of business on eBay. Chipsaway, the car dent repairer, has banned one of its franchisees from selling his concession on eBay, and rewritten its rulebook so it can never happen again. .... [more] 30 May, 2006
How I made it: Recycling franchise proves a licence to print money. In 1999, Gerry Smyth was just another thirtysomething emigrant returning after years in Britain and looking for something to do. Seven years on, the former bank official’s Galway-based franchise business now has annual sales of €14m. .... [more] 28 May, 2006
Franchise success isn't pie in the sky. Monday sees the start of Scottish National Franchise week and prospects for the sector have never looked brighter. .... [more] 26 May, 2006
EasyHotel checking out IPO. EasyHotel, the budget hotel chain, could be the next part of Stelios Haji-Ioannou's Easy business empire to go public. .... [more] 23 May, 2006
Benjys in the soup over profits and ambitions. The sandwich chain Benjys has plunged deeper into the red, calling into question its ambitious plans to extend its franchise model. .... [more] 12 May, 2006
Concerns over post office franchising. The proposed franchising of Burnt Oak post office has been opposed by a residents' petition concerned at the quality of service. .... [more] 12 May, 2006
Merger in store for Nisa and Costcutter. Grocery wholesaler Nisa-Today's is believed to be in advanced merger talks with convenience store group Costcutter. .... [more] 10 May, 2006
Give us a voice and then listen. Four out of ten franchisees want their franchisors to set up associations to give them greater support and a stronger voice. .... [more] 9 May, 2006
Body Shop customers remain loyal despite L'Oréal takeover. There has been no sign so far of Body Shop customers deserting the green toiletries chain after its founder Dame Anita Roddick's decision to sell out to the global cosmetics giant L'Oréal. .... [more] 6 May, 2006
Babyprints casts new recruits. Babyprints is off to a good start in 2006, signing up six new franchisees including the first in the Republic of Ireland. .... [more] 4 May, 2006
Blackcircles drives into first franchise outlet in Capital. Scottish tyre retailer Blackcircles has secured its first franchise outlet in Edinburgh. .... [more] 2 May, 2006
Tool Parties Take Fun to the UK. The UK joins the Party - the Tool Party that is. Denver-based Tomboy Tools is proud to announce that they have expanded into the UK. .... [more] 2 May, 2006
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