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iworkLife arrives in Scotland., the flexible working recruitment franchise is delighted to announce the opening of their first Scotland office this month in Glasgow. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2007
Famous Brands buys British Wimpy chain. Fast Food company Famous Brands said today it had bought 75% of Wimpy UK for £3m and would invest an extra £2m in the brand. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2007
Thresher toasts franchise stores. Thresher Group has announced it is already reaping rewards from converting a number of its outlets to a franchise model. .... [more] 26 Feb, 2007
The Harrods of Hairdressing and Beauty Salons to Enter UK and Irish Market. The premier French hairdressing and beauty group, Dessange International, is to expand its retail portfolio into the UK and Ireland via master franchising, as part of its international expansion programme. .... [more] 23 Feb, 2007
Argos in Indian franchise venture. The Argos retail name is to be taken to India through a franchise deal with two of the country's leading store chains. .... [more] 23 Feb, 2007
Domino’s Pizza to focus on business relationship with franchisees as sales continue to soar. Domino’s Pizza plans to focus on franchise management in 2007, as it works on increasing the numbers of stores owned by individual franchisees. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2007
Club helps firms to grow... and allows a bit of fun too. A new networking organisation for Coventry's entrepreneurs is to be set up in the city. Brian Soanes and Lesley Lambert are launching The Business Club after running one successfully in Peterborough for 14 years. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2007
RELATED - Body Shop founder has Hepatitis C. Body Shop founder Dame Anita Roddick has said she has Hepatitis C and cirrhosis of the liver. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2007
Coffee Republic defends franchising. Coffee Republic, which has been under new management since the ousting in October of founder Bobby Hashemi, said recent trade vindicated the strategy of accelerating its franchising programme. .... [more] 9 Feb, 2007
Franchise initiative to tackle climate change. A major new initiative to tackle climate change through a unique franchising scheme which also funds community activities has been launched in Berwick and Alnwick. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2007
M&S refuses to deny rumours of surprise bid for Sainsbury's. Marks & Spencer is the latest name to be linked with a potential bid for J Sainsbury, according to reports last night. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2007
Benjys goes under again. All 46 branches of beleaguered sandwich chain Benjys were closed today after the business went into administration for the second time since last July. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2007
Business Club duo set to expand into franchise industry. The Business Club in Peterborough has proved to be a blueprint for success after launching nationwide as a franchise in its 15th year. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2007
Farm waste recycling franchise sets up in Essex. A new recycling service to help farmers meet their obligations under the Agricultural Waste Regulations has been launched in East Anglia. .... [more] 5 Feb, 2007
M&S goes one greener with electric truck. Marks & Spencer has stepped up a gear in the battle to be the greenest retailer by becoming the first chain to order the world's biggest zero-emission delivery truck. .... [more] 3 Feb, 2007
Doorstep deliveries for stressed and hungry. A New Yorker who made Wales her home, and a Raymond Blanc-trained chef, have joined forces to deliver food and wine to the doors of the stressed and hungry. .... [more] 3 Feb, 2007
Boots opens 20th franchise. Boots Opticians will open its 20th franchise practice on February 12, having recently marked its 20th birthday. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2007
Beanscene spawns 'little sister' brand. A little sister brand to coffee house chain Beanscene is to be launched in Edinburgh. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2007
easyHotel to open in Luton. easyHotel continues its rapid expansion with the announcement of another property to open in 2007. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2007
3,000 jobs saved in childrenswear chain deal. More than 3,000 retail jobs were saved today after the childrenswear chain Adams was bought out of administration. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2007
Baguette Express aims high. A Scottish sandwich shop chain which has been steadily building its presence north of the Border plans to take on industry big shots such as Greggs and Subway as it targets a UK-wide rollout. .... [more] 30 Jan, 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

Subway sues ex-franchisee for trademark infringement. Subway is taking an former UK franchise holder to the High Court for copyright infringement over a website he has set up complaining about the way the multinational has treated him. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2007
Franchise couple are cleaning up. A husband and wife have been given a top award for their excellence in helping businesses and homes recover from accidents such as fire and floods. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2007
Monsoon struggles to woo shoppers. Fashion chain Monsoon is still struggling to woo shoppers, today reporting an 8% slide in underlying sales over Christmas and the new year. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2007
Wild Bean Café launches own website. BP has announced the launch of a dedicated website for its Wild Bean Café brand. The site initially covers the UK, Australian, New Zealand, South African and US markets. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2007
Dunkin' Donuts will double stores in Detroit area. Dunkin’ Donuts, the nation’s largest doughnut chain, plans to add 60 stores in Metro Detroit during the next five years, doubling its presence in the region. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2007
Col is thirsty for success in juice bar wars. A young north west drinks entrepreneur today unveiled ambitious expansion plans as he aims to steal a march on his rivals in the fast-growing fruit juice and smoothies market. .... [more] 23 Jan, 2007
Franchise exhibition opens up opportunity. Aspiring entrepreneurs will be able to sample a range of business opportunities at the British Franchise Exhibition, which takes place at Manchester's G-Mex Centre on Friday and Saturday this week. .... [more] 22 Jan, 2007
Mothercare misses out. Mother and baby retailer Mothercare joined the ranks of Christmas losers as its sales went into reverse and it was forced to cut prices to clear stocks. .... [more] 18 Jan, 2007
Thorntons buoyed by festive sales. Chocolate retailer Thorntons has revealed a boost in sales over Christmas helped the company offset poor summer trading figures. .... [more] 18 Jan, 2007
M&S promises radical change with £200m environmental action plan. Marks & Spencer is to spend £200m over five years on a wide-ranging "eco-plan" which sustainability campaigners yesterday welcomed as the most progressive project of its kind by a mainstream retailer in the UK. .... [more] 15 Jan, 2007
Kicking up a stink over firm. Several angry businesspeople regret paying £20,000 each to buy franchises from a Warrington firm. .... [more] 15 Jan, 2007
Fishy business is booming. Fins are looking up for a Stockport man whose fish tank and aquarium business is heading for a £100,000 turnover. .... [more] 15 Jan, 2007
Search is on for best franchisors. The British Franchise Association (bfa) has launched a nationwide search to find Britain's top franchisors. .... [more] 12 Jan, 2007
Coffee company open to buyers. Shares of Van Houtte Inc. shot up 20 per cent yesterday after the Montreal-based coffee company announced it is sniffing around for a possible buyer. .... [more] 13 Jan, 2007
Fair weather fouls Forzani's eastern sales. Warm weather in Eastern Canada has cut into sales for The Forzani Group, Canada’s largest retailer of sporting goods. .... [more] 12 Jan, 2007
Doughnut deal will trigger £5m expansion. Doughnut store chain Krispy Kreme UK is set to be swallowed up by a Manchester-based private equity outfit which plans a £5m nationwide rollout of the brand. .... [more] 11 Jan, 2007
Marks & Spencer staff share £56m bonus. Staff at Marks & Spencer will enjoy a £56m windfall thanks to the company's share-owning scheme. .... [more] 8 Jan, 2007
Butlers goes international with New Zealand cafe. Butlers Chocolates, the Irish confectionery company that also operates 10 cafes around the country, is to open its first international outlet, in New Zealand. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2007
Loch Fyne franchise sparks bid talk. The Loch Fyne restaurant company is close to signing a multi-million pound franchising deal with catering giant Sodexho. .... [more] 4 Jan, 2007
Franchise deal secures future for travel agency. Just Go, the fourth largest independent travel agent in the UK, with 16 shops in the North West of England and North Wales, has struck a six-figure franchise deal with leading international leisure travel company First Choice. .... [more] 4 Jan, 2007
Little Chef 'secures rescue deal'. The roadside restaurant chain Little Chef is understood to have secured a last-minute rescue deal that will save it from collapse. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2007
Holibods gets child's play on the move. Starting a successful business has proved child's play for graduates and early-years teachers Liz Malinowska, 25, and Sian Rowlands, 29. .... [more] 2 Jan, 2007
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