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: : Jul/Aug 2007

Debut franchisee sets Ink Shop ball rolling. The Ink Shop is teeing off its expansion drive with the opening of its first franchised store. The Scotland-based hub and spoke operation is working with franchise consultants to pursue its plan to ultimately cover all areas of the UK. .... [more] 30 Aug, 2007
Papa Johns seeks property and franchise director. Pizza delivery franchise Papa Johns is looking to appoint a director of property and franchising in the UK to spearhead plans to treble its number of outlets in the next 10 years. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2007
Rising web sales drive Dominos into SMS. Dominos Pizza's e-commerce sales have risen by 42.1% to £13.6m in the first half of 2007 and the company plans to use SMS technology to increase sales further. .... [more] 15 Aug, 2007
Greene King buys up seafood chain. Brewer and pub owner Greene King has bought seafood chain Loch Fyne for £68.1m, and says it sees the potential to double the size of the chain. .... [more] 7 Aug, 2007
Domino's Pizza denies claims of staff abuse by franchisee. Domino's Pizza has denied claims that its central HR team has lost control of its franchisees after eight migrant staff were sacked last week amid claims of abuse. .... [more] 6 Aug, 2007
Darwin Gray links up with franchising association. Darwin Gray solicitors of Cardiff has been made a professional affiliated member of the British Franchising Association. .... [more] 1 Aug, 2007
Domino's workers in 'slavery' row. Union officials are meeting executives from pizza chain Dominos Pizza to try to resolve a dispute over the sacking of eight migrant Hungarian workers. .... [more] 30 Jul, 2007
Coffee Republic losses widen as firm moves further along the franchising path. Losses have piled up at Coffee Republic as the company continues its transformation to a franchising model. .... [more] 30 Jul, 2007
Pizza franchise staff 'exploited'. Hungarian staff at a pizza franchise in Derby have taken home virtually no pay for months because of illegal deductions, a union claims. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2007
Poor weather hits Monsoon sales. Liz Hurley and supermodel Lily Cole have failed to pull in the shoppers at fashion chain Monsoon, which today reported a sharp fall in profits for last year and said sales have slumped by 13% in the past seven weeks. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2007
Domino's rallies in soggy summer. The wet summer has helped takeaway chain Domino's Pizza serve up a growth in profits, the company said. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2007
Swisher Purchases UK Master License. Swisher International, the world's leading provider of commercial hygiene products and services, today announced that it has reacquired the master license for operations in the United Kingdom. .... [more] 19 Jul, 2007
The growth of franchising. The number of franchised outlets in the hospitality sector rose by 6% last year and more businesses are franchising as a way of growing a successful brand. .... [more] 19 Jul, 2007
Papa Johns signs biggest franchise deal to date. Pizza chain Papa Johns has signed its largest multi-unit franchisee in the UK to date, which will see it opening 10 outlets in the west of England. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2007
Mothercare goes to China. Mothercare, babycare and toy retailer, has announced plans to move into China. The retailer has signed a joint venture agreement with Goodbaby, a manufacturer of childcare products, to open three stores in Beijing and Shanghai next year. .... [more] 13 Jul, 2007
Fast-Fix expands internationally. Fast-Fix Jewelry and Watch Repairs has signed a master franchise agreement to open stores in Ireland and the United Kingdom. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2007
Ikea restructure may put jobs at risk. Ikea is overhauling management at its UK stores and may make some staff redundant as it grapples with sluggish furniture sales and competition from supermarkets. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2007

Shareholders lambast M&S over pay. Shareholders lambasted Marks & Spencer today for paying its executives - led by Stuart Rose - huge bonuses while being miserly towards its staff on the shop floor. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2007
M&S 'to warn recovery derailed'. Bad weather and interest rate hikes are hampering Marks & Spencer's recovery, its boss will warn investors this week, according to reports. .... [more] 8 Jul, 2007
First SUBWAY halal store opens. The fastest growing sandwich retailer SUBWAY opened its first Halal store in Walthamstow, East London, last week. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2007
Prontaprint franchise is a big challenge. When Mark Munday decided to take on the Prontaprint franchise for Swindon he knew what he was letting himself in for. .... [more] 5 Jul, 2007
McDonald's puts oil to green use. McDonald's is to convert all its UK delivery vehicles to run on biodiesel, using the firm's supply of cooking oil. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2007
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