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Altior takes up franchise for adult learning. One of the world's best-known brands in training has made its first appearance in Wales with the opening of a base in the capital. .... [more] 26 Oct, 2006
Coffee Republic says some ground to make up on franchise rollout. Coffee Republic PLC's recently appointed chairman Peter Breach said at today's annual general meeting that the company's franchise rollout has some ground to make up. .... [more] 26 Oct, 2006
Rentokil says City Link acquires further 16 of its franchises. Rentokil Initial PLC said parcel delivery unit City Link has bought a further 16 of its franchises for 25.5 mln stg as part of a buyback programme announced one year ago. .... [more] 25 Oct, 2006
Biometrics to launch chain of franchises. Fingerprint door lock specialist UK Biometrics is to launch 32 franchise offices across the country, creating more than 100 jobs. .... [more] 23 Oct, 2006
TGI Friday feeling turns sour for Whitbread. Alan Parker, the chief executive of Whitbread, is expected to confirm this week that it will sell its struggling TGI Friday's restaurant chain. .... [more] 22 Oct, 2006
Coffee Republic founder is ousted in boardroom coup. Major shareholders in Coffee Republic have ousted Bobby Hashemi, the founder of the business and one of the people credited with bringing American-style coffee shops to the UK. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2006
The Domino's effect. Do you want to be a pizza millionaire? Apparently, it is possible, with the Domino's Pizza chain poised to roll out its expansion programme in the Midlands in the coming months. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2006
Mothercare does better abroad than at home. Mothercare, the mother and baby retailer, unveiled plans for a big push overseas, with 50 international stores scheduled to open in the next few months. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2006
Mike is one smart cookie! It takes a tough cookie to run this Bury-based business, but Michael Booth believes he's in for a treat. Last week Michael took over at the helm as managing director of Millie's Cookies. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2006
Coveted award for top franchisee. A former pizza delivery boy who fancied a slice of the action of running his own store has now won the BFA Franchisee of the Year award. .... [more] 14 Oct, 2006
Why franchising is safer for self-employed. Research by NatWest and the British Franchising Association found that while in the first five years of trading 80% of independent start-ups fail, over the same period more than 90% of franchises succeed. .... [more] 11 Oct, 2006
Domino's Pizza renews franchise deal. Domino's Pizza was on investor's shopping lists today on news that it has agreed new minimum store opening targets with its US-based brand owner. .... [more] 11 Oct, 2006
Get on the chain gang. More and more middle-age people are setting up their own businesses and many are taking the safest route – FRANCHISING. .... [more] 10 Oct, 2006
Goodyear Dunlop re-launches Hi-Q tyre franchise. At the recent National Franchise Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham, Goodyear Dunlop launched a rebrand of its retail operation, Hi-Q, and announced a new fast-fit franchise. .... [more] 9 Oct, 2006
Franchising: Norwich couple lead the way. Norfolk businesses are playing a key role in this year's National Franchise Week, as the county continues to lead the way in franchising. .... [more] 4 Oct, 2006
City first for financial adviser. A Glasgow- based independent financial adviser has become the first to achieve accreditation by the British Franchise Association. .... [more] 3 Oct, 2006
L'Oreal plans Body Shop roll out. The boss of cosmetics giant L'Oreal, Jean-Paul Agon, has outlined plans to more than double the number of Body Shop stores around the world. .... [more] 3 Oct, 2006

BFA to name UK’s top franchisee. The counry’s top-performing franchisees will learn next week whether they have won top prize at this year’s Franchisee of the Year Awards. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2006
Spanish fashion giant gears up for UK launch. Spain’s second biggest fashion retailer Cortefiel is finalising plans to enter the UK market. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2006
Assessing a risky business. As an aspiring retail entrepreneur, do you go for the relatively secure but limited franchise route, or the risky thrill of going solo? .... [more] 24 Sep, 2006
Laura Ashley celebrates sales surge with store expansion plan. Laura Ashley is opening up to 20 new stores over the next year in a confident gesture that suggests its recent woes are finally over. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2006
Executives Online Signs First Overseas Franchise Deal. Fast track recruitment agency, Executives Online, has signed up its first overseas franchisee as part of its strategy to drive expansion internationally and meet growing demand for its services. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2006
Pizza chain looks to exand. Domino's, a franchise-only business, has over 420 stores nationwide. It hopes to more than double in size to around 1,000 outlets in the long term. .... [more] 20 Sep, 2006
Coffee chain boss attacks websites over buyout rumours. The boss of Coffee Republic today condemned internet bulletin boards for moving the price of the firm’s shares and damaging progress as it rolls out its franchise programme. .... [more] 19 Sep, 2006
McDonald's to offer exams at work. Branches of McDonald's are to become exam centres as the fast-food chain sets up a web-based scheme to help its employees boost their basic skills. .... [more] 19 Sep, 2006
French Connection's first loss in 14 years blamed on winter hangover. French Connection reported its first loss in 14 years yesterday as it failed to lure shoppers with new advertising tactics, but the fashion chain insisted it would make a profit for the full year. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2006
Thorntons parts company with boss. Chocolate retailer Thorntons is to part company with its chief executive Peter Burdon after the firm saw its annual profits fall by more than a third. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2006
Crepe chain cooks up revamp. Glasgow fast-food chain Crepe a Croissant is undergoing a six-figure rebranding exercise before it embarks on a franchising drive. .... [more] 11 Sep, 2006
More retailers happy with value of franchise. The Summer Dealer Attitude Survey by the National Franchised Dealers Association records 69% of retailers happy with the value of their franchise. .... [more] 11 Sep, 2006
Gyms for women franchise stretches. Curves, the chain of women's gyms that is one of the fastest-growing franchise businesses in the world, has expanded the number of outlets in Scotland by 25% in the past six months. .... [more] 11 Sep, 2006
Owner of Pizza Express restaurants receives £559m takeover offer. Gondola Holdings, the restaurant group that owns the Pizza Express, Zizzi and ASK chains, said yesterday it had received a takeover approach that valued the company at £559m. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2006
How UK failed the taste test in America. Exporting restaurant brands from Britain to America has left a nasty taste in the mouths of many investors. .... [more] 5 Sep, 2006
Yo! Sushi's US expansion plan rolling on. Yo! Sushi, the British conveyor-belt sushi group, is close to striking a deal that will see it open its first outlet in America. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2006
M&S opens electrical departments. Marks & Spencer is to open electrical departments at 13 stores. .... [more] 3 Sep, 2006
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