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Best franchisee could win £10,000. Businesses are invited to enter a Franchisee of the Year competition which could see them win £10,000. The theme of this year’s BFA Franchisee of the Year Awards is customer focus, with entrants having to demonstrate how they are tracking consumer needs and responding to them. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2007
Kiwi-style burgers conquer UK. A restaurant chain founded by three New Zealanders is turning into one of Britain's most successful new food businesses - a year after the Kiwis sold out for £10 million ($25.7 million). .... [more] 11 Jun, 2007
Ikea shines low-energy light on environmental concerns. As part of its strategy to improve its environmental credentials, the Swedish furnishing group plans to give each of its 9,600 British employees six low-energy light bulbs, which it will replace for nothing once they stop working after about five years. .... [more] 11 Jun, 2007
Recycled coathangers and cheerier chickens feature in M&S environmental pledge. Marks & Spencer is to ban petrol-fuelled company cars, recycle more coat hangers and give its chickens more room to roam, according to new eco-pledges to be announced today. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2007
Greene King signs Coffee Republic franchise deal. Coffee Republic has signed its first “Coffee Republic Served Here” franchise agreement with brewer and pub operator Greene King. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2007
Ink firm makes mark with new filling kiosks. A firm of franchised ink cartridge refill outlets is set to treble its annual revenue off the back of overseas expansion and the roll-out of a network of filling kiosks. .... [more] 31 May, 2007
Taste of NZ in Glasgow. New Zealand's fresh and fast Reload salad and juice bars are going to pop up all over the UK very soon; the first is now open in Glasgow, brimming with Kiwi energy. .... [more] 30 May, 2007
Fitness club franchises aiming for £2m profit. Five Scottish entrepreneurs are aiming to hit the £2m pre-tax profit mark in two years after striking a master franchise deal for Scotland from Energie Fitness Clubs. .... [more] 28 May, 2007
Mothercare bringing up profits to £22.6m. Mothercare, the specialist mother and baby goods retailer, said its underlying pre-tax profit jumped by 7.6 per cent to £22.6 million in what had been a "milestone" year for the business. .... [more] 24 May, 2007
McDonald's begins McJob petition. Fast-food giant McDonald's has launched a petition to get the dictionary definition of a McJob changed. .... [more] 23 May, 2007
M&S in recovery as profits soar. Marks & Spencer has continued its recovery from a failing brand to a powerhouse of fashion. .... [more] 22 May, 2007
Farron backs local man in franchising debate. Local MP Tim Farron has today spoken in a parliamentary debate on the regulation of the franchising industry to support a constituent who had lost tens of thousands of pounds of his own savings. .... [more] 22 May, 2007
Best franchisee hunt. The search is on to find the nation's top performing franchisees. The theme at this year's Franchisee of the Year Awards is 'Customer Focus'. .... [more] 15 May, 2007
Fruity idea is a sweet success. A fruity business idea could be the start of a 100-store retail empire for 26-year-old Salim Rashid, who opened the UK's flagship Edible Arrangements store in March. .... [more] 15 May, 2007
Green 'eyes US Topshop expansion'. Entrepreneur Philip Green is planning to branch out in the US by opening some Topshop stores. .... [more] 13 May, 2007
Coffee Republic announces new franchise deal. Coffee Republic has announced a deal with CR Dorset Ltd for a regional development franchise for the territory of Dorset. .... [more] 11 May, 2007

eBay Drop-off Auctioning4u Acquires Assets of iSold It UK. Auctioning4u announced it has signed an agreement to buy the assets of iSold It UK, which went into receivership. .... [more] 9 May, 2007
Spur moves ahead in UK despite legal dispute. Spur is going ahead with its plans to open restaurants in the UK, despite being embroiled in a legal dispute with its former partner, Trinity Leisure, over who holds the master franchise to the brand in the UK and Ireland. .... [more] 7 May, 2007
WH Smith to open 33 stores in Welcome Break areas. British retailer WH Smith said on Wednesday it had agreed to open travel stores in all 33 of Welcome Break's motorway service areas. .... [more] 2 May, 2007
Franchise launched from Wales to meet demand in UK’s flat roof industry. Roofing contractor Colin Richards has launched an innovative new franchise to meet huge demand in the UK’s flat roof building and renovation industry. .... [more] 2 May, 2007
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