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Asprey Celebrates 225 Years of British Luxury Opening New Flagship on Madison Avenue. Asprey marks 225 years of the best of British luxury this year, a celebration of both its prestigious heritage and exciting future as one of the world's most refined and renowned purveyor of luxury goods. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2007
UK fat fears grill Burger King. Burger King has spent $3m (£1.5m) shuttering restaurants and rescuing cash-strapped franchisees in Britain as it struggles to cope with the nation's waning appetite for its Whoppers. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2007
M&S reshuffle creates more contenders for the top job. Marks & Spencer chief executive Stuart Rose yesterday announced a senior management shake-up designed to. .... [more] 26 Apr, 2007
WH Smith chief mulls return to overseas markets. The chief executive of WH Smith has put taking the newsagent chain overseas again back on her agenda, along with finding new places to expand in the UK. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2007
Postal union calls for boycott of WH Smith. The Communication Workers Union yesterday called for a boycott of WH Smith and raised the threat of industrial action after Royal Mail announced it was switching 70 crown post offices to the high street chain. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2007
Jobs boost thanks to Domino's effect. Domino's Pizza plans to create around 425 jobs in Yorkshire and the Humber over the next three years by opening 19 franchise stores. .... [more] 12 Apr, 2007
Mothercare in Chinese partnership talks. Mothercare is in talks with China's biggest manufacturer of childcare products about an alliance that would involve the British retailer taking its first steps on Chinese soil. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2007
UK dents Mothercare's global growth. International business reported a 30 per cent sales rise while the UK's like-for-like stores rose less than 1 per cent. .... [more] 4 Apr, 2007
Coffee Republic to raise more funds to support franchising plan. Coffee bar chain Coffee Republic has gone back to the stock market in the hope of raising a further £707,000 to fund the expansion of its brand with the recruitment of a network of franchisees. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2007
Papa Johns sets 100-store target for expansion. Papa Johns, the US pizza franchise, has revealed plans to expand the number of outlets in the UK to 100 by the end of the year. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2007
Laura Ashley posts its best results in 10 years. Furniture and fashion group Laura Ashley has posted its best results in 10 years, today reporting a doubling of profits from £6.1m to £12.2m for 2006. .... [more] 28 Mar, 2007
Boost Juice chain to open at Trafford. The first Boost Juice bar in the UK is to open its doors in the next few weeks. .... [more] 27 Mar, 2007
Borders may put 72 UK book stores up for sale. Borders is considering the sale of its UK book stores, which have been struggling in the face of competition from supermarkets and online retailers. .... [more] 23 Mar, 2007
Edinburgh hotel launch part of Stelios's expansion plans. EasyHotel, the budget hotel chain that forms part of serial entrepreneur Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou's Easy business empire, is set to open north of the Border as part of a major roll-out plan. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2007
McDonald's seeks to redefine 'McJob'. For years it has been synonymous with low-paid, low-skilled employment, but now McDonald's is fighting to redefine the term "McJob". .... [more] 20 Mar, 2007
Mothercare admits it is in talks over possible £85m bid for ELC. Two of Britain's biggest names in children's retailing could come together, after Mothercare yesterday confirmed it was in talks over a potential £85 million offer for the Early Learning Centre (ELC) chain. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2007

Mum turns 'mobile creches' into franchise. A mum who provides mobile creches for conferences and other events is franchising her business to answer soaring demand from professional parents. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2007
French Connection sees green shoots of recovery. Fashion group French Connection offered a glimmer of sales hope today as it attempted to allay investor fears over another year of plummeting profits. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2007
YO! Sushi to expand into Russia and Ireland. The YO! Sushi restaurant chain, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this week, has signed agreements with franchise partners in Malaysia, Ireland and Russia as part of its overseas expansion plans. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2007
Franchising grows twice as fast as UK economy. The latest NatWest/British Franchise Association survey reveals the industry is now worth a record £10.8 billion. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2007
A dog's life in franchise world. Sue and Dave Phillips are Barking Mad, franchisees in this neck of the woods for a service which finds holiday homes for dogs. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2007
EasyHotel boss plans to open 12 no-frills hotels in a year. Stelios Haji-Ioannou's easyHotel venture plans to have 12 no-frills hotels running in the next 12 months. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2007
Out-of-school club founders consider a national franchise. Two mums who spotted a gap in the childcare market are set to create a UK network of out-of-school clubs after enjoying rapid early success. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2007
Wraps taken off new Fort business. A firm that specialises in wrapping vehicles in brightly-coloured vinyl has opened its first franchise at Birmingham's Fort Dunlop development. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2007
McDonald’s plays Scottish card. McDonald's, the global fast food brand, is to undertake a major investment and refurbishment programme at its Scottish outlets that will also see its franchise base extended. .... [more] 2 Mar, 2007
Rose backtracks on Sainsbury's - for now. When Stuart Rose, chief executive of Marks & Spencer, indulged in a little idle banter on the sidelines of a retail conference in London on Wednesday, he cannot have imagined the furore he was about to cause. .... [more] 2 Mar, 2007
Marks & Spencer mulls bid for Sainsbury's. Marks & Spencer made it clear last night that it is seriously considering a bid for J Sainsbury, the UK's third largest grocer. .... [more] 1 Mar, 2007
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