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Opportunities Galore to Boost British Business Ownership. The franchise industry is seeking over 175,000 people in the UK to become self-employed business owners, offering the full training and support of a 'Franchisor' company. .... [more] 30 Oct, 2007
Mortgage Times and Century 21 open in Manchester. The Mortgage Times Group (MTG) has announced that its alliance with Century 21 has continued with the opening of offices in Manchester. .... [more] 30 Oct, 2007
Moritz Trading to move into retail DIY. Moritz Trading, the building supplies division of Dublin-based residential and commercial property developer Moritz Group, has announced a move into the retail DIY sector by becoming the Irish franchisee of British retailer Wickes. .... [more] 27 Oct, 2007
Coffee Republic signs franchise deal in Scotland. Coffee Republic has signed a franchise deal to open 25 outlets in Scotland by the end of next year, including its largest UK outlet to date. .... [more] 25 Oct, 2007
Big name franchises beat the loan squeeze. Borrowing money is not always easy for a new franchisee. However, the good news is that the banks still look favourably on new entrants who are working with established, big-name franchising brands. .... [more] 23 Oct, 2007
Foreign expansion helps Mothercare grow sales. International expansion has helped boost sales at babycare retailer Mothercare by almost a quarter in the first half of the year. .... [more] 18 Oct, 2007
RELATED - Farmers ‘loving it’ as McDonald’s lifts its meat prices. Farmers received a boost yesterday after it was reported that fast food giant McDonald’s is to up the price it pays for beef and pork. .... [more] 15 Oct, 2007
Yo! Sushi’s Irish expansion plans. Businessmen Graeme Beere and Denis Desmond plan to open three more Yo! Sushi restaurants in Ireland by next year. .... [more] 14 Oct, 2007
BFA‘s names top franchisees. The British Franchise Association franchisee of the year award has been won by an entrepreneur who gave up running his own vegetable business to launch a franchise specialising in property lettings. .... [more] 9 Oct, 2007
Spymasters' eyes on North America. Spymasters, the corporate team-building specialists based in Glasgow, is expected to hit a turnover of £1 million in its second year of operation, against £100,000 in its first. The company is also in talks with North American corporate entertainment providers to franchise its patented espionage game packages. .... [more] 9 Oct, 2007
Kurt Geiger gets a foot in the Middle East's door. Luxury shoe specialist Kurt Geiger has teamed up with a Middle East retailer to open a string of stores in the Gulf region. .... [more] 8 Oct, 2007
Iconic chippy is put on the menu for £25m. Britain's best known chain of fish and chip shops, Harry Ramsden’s, could soon be sold for up to £25m. The business’s owner, Select Services Partner (SSP), has decided its Harry Ramsden’s shops do not sit comfortably with its main operations. .... [more] 7 Oct, 2007
McDonald's launches free Wi-Fi in UK restaurants. Fast food chain McDonald's said on Saturday it would offer free wireless Internet access across its 1,200-strong restaurants in the UK, making it the country's biggest provider of free wireless broadband access. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2007
Thousands sought by franchise industry. According to the report by Franchise Development Services (FDS), thousands of people are needed in an industry of more than 1,000 companies. .... [more] 1 Oct, 2007
Discover new outlets with British franchising. Have you ever wondered whether franchising might be your route to running your own business? Or whether franchising your existing business might be the ideal way to expand it? National Franchise Week, which kicks off tomorrow, is the place to find the answers. .... [more] 30 Sep, 2007

Monsoon founder leads £755m buyout. Struggling clothing chain Monsoon is to be taken private by its founder and chairman, Peter Simon, in a £755m deal. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2007
Choose franchising over starting from scratch, says ex-dragon. Over 80% of those people thinking about starting a new business should consider buying a franchise instead of starting a company from scratch, says former Dragons' Den panellist Rachel Elnaugh. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2007
Smart move as cartridge firm goes east. One of the UK's fastest growing franchise groups, Smart Cartridge, has moved to Leith after seven years in Haymarket. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2007
Coffee Republic appoints Muirhead as finance director. British coffee and deli bar operator Coffee Republic Plc said on Friday it has appointed James Muirhead as finance director with effect from Sep. 21. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2007
Branson sells UK Virgin Megastores. Sir Richard Branson has ended a 37-year association with the business that helped launch his entertainment, communications, financial services and transport empire. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2007
Dame Anita Roddick dies aged 64. Founder of ethical cosmetics firm Body Shop, Dame Anita Roddick, has died at the age of 64. .... [more] 10 Sep, 2007
New M&S stores powered by windmill. Two new branches of high street chain Marks & Spencer, in Glasgow and Galashiels, have been branded the company's first "green" stores and include a series of eco-features aimed at reducing their carbon footprint. .... [more] 10 Sep, 2007
Barking Mad couple up for award. A couple from Frome have been named a national finalist in the 2007 British Franchise Association Franchisee of the Year Awards. .... [more] 5 Sep, 2007
Franchising: a good bet for success. According to a recent NatWest and British Franchising Association survey, would-be business operators should act fast as the franchise industry is already booming: growing twice as fast as the UK economy. .... [more] 2 Sep, 2007
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