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Marks and Spencer's Rose honoured. Some of the UK's top retail executives, including Marks and Spencer boss Stuart Rose, have been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list. .... [more] 29 Dec, 2007
Debunking the 'McJob' Stereotype. It's no mystery that "McJob" is derived from terms coined by McDonald's Corporation, the ubiquitous fast food chain. During the past three months, the UK branch of McDonald's has collected close to 105,000 signatures to petition publishers of the dictionary to stop carrying the word "McJob." .... [more] 29 Dec, 2007
Real Hotel Company launches budget brand. The Real Hotel Company has launched Purple, a new budget brand into the UK marketplace to compete with sector leaders Premier Inn and Travelodge. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2007
Driver Hire now on track for expansion. Driver Hire has expanded its national sales capability by creating a regional sales team which will target a number of new key customers in the UK and Ireland. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2007
Franchise strategy narrows Coffee Republic losses. Coffee Republic's operating losses narrowed slightly as it rolled out a strategy of converting company owned coffee bars to franchises. .... [more] 19 Dec, 2007
Cafe Sol is brewing up for a fresh brand as its profits soar. Coffee retailer Cafe Sol almost doubled its operating profit to more than €1m in the last financial year as turnover grew by roughly 35pc. .... [more] 19 Dec, 2007
Sandwich shops spread. Sandwich franchise Baguette Express is to continue its speedy expansion with the launch of two new shops. .... [more] 11 Dec, 2007
Stelios, Easyjet founder, expands EasyHotel chain. Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the Easyjet founder, is set to expand his leisure empire after signing a new development deal for his fledgling hotel business. .... [more] 9 Dec, 2007
Keep your cash flowing over Christmas. Christmas is still some weeks away, but it's time for franchisees to be making sure they are not left out of pocket over the holiday season. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2007
Coffee chain eyes move to Capital. BB's Coffee and Muffins launched in 1997 and has quickly grown into a franchising giant, with 170 stores across the UK and Ireland. The group, which already has ten stores in Scotland, has so far not opened any premises in Edinburgh. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2007
£2.7million franchise group shut down. A group of companies based in Exeter called Key Edge that sold locksmith and plumbing franchises countrywide has been wound up in the High Court in the public interest following an investigation by Companies Investigation Branch (CIB). .... [more] 23 Nov, 2007
20 years of Big Macs as McDonald's marks Scottish anniversary. It emerged in dreich Dundee like a beacon. As the lights were turned on, and the parabolic arches began to glow their golden hue, a modest shopfront in the City of Discovery became the first place in Scotland to experience one of the most potent symbols of globalisation. .... [more] 23 Nov, 2007
London Hooters' lifespan shorter than shorts. Hooters, the restaurant known for its suggestive name and waitresses in revealing uniforms, has closed its London location after a little more than two years. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2007
Wise up before you sign up. Before you buy a franchise, know your rights. 'Buying a franchise is not like making an investment or buying a job, and there is no "money-back" guarantee,' says Cathryn Hayes, head of franchising at HSBC. .... [more] 20 Nov, 2007
Top franchise recruits join from the Forces. Every year an increasing number of men and women quit Britain's Armed Forces to return to civilian life. And many look to franchising when considering a new career. .... [more] 13 Nov, 2007

Franchises: Running pubs and cafes. Catering brings special problems for start-ups: competition is hot, margins are low, and there is more regulation than in other sectors. A good franchisor will help you overcome these problems, as well as providing an existing brand name and a tested business formula. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2007
Wirral cleaning agency awards first franchise. Wirral domestic cleaning agency Well Polished is celebrating taking on its first franchisee. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2007
Upbeat M&S eyes overseas growth. Marks and Spencer has reported a strong rise in half-year profits and unveiled plans to expand in China and India. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2007
Panic sets in following shop closure. Worcester brides-to-be are being urged not to panic after a city boutique closed down with no warning. Pronuptia on College Street shut its doors on Friday - leaving nothing but a notice in the window claiming it was closed for refurbishment. .... [more] 2 Nov, 2007
Domino's warns of pricier pizzas. The price of pizzas looks set to rise after Domino's Pizza warned of "unprecedented" increases in the cost of cheese and flour ingredients. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2007s
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