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M&S strikes deal to expand in eastern Europe. Marks and Spencer has bought a half share in a franchise operation in eastern Europe as part of its drive to expand abroad. .... [more] 29 Feb, 2008
New chairman at helm of British franchise. Mike Goddard, proprietor and Chief Executive of Belvoir Lettings, has been elected as the new chairman of the British Franchise Association (bfa). .... [more] 26 Feb, 2008
Positive response to franchise campaign. Proud to Franchise is an initiative from the British Franchise Association (bfa) that aims to raise the understanding of franchising amongst the population, by encouraging members and their franchisees to talk about the fact they are a franchised business. .... [more] 26 Feb, 2008
Internet franchisor's recruitment advice. Entrepreneur Nigel Botterill has just hired an MD to take over the day-to-day running of, his £7m-turnover franchising business. .... [more] 25 Feb, 2008
Pret a Manger chain sold to private equity firm Bridgepoint in £350m deal. Pret a Manger was finally gobbled up by the private equity firm Bridgepoint yesterday in a deal which valued the 200-strong sandwich chain at £345m including debt. .... [more] 23 Feb, 2008
Franchise Group closes HQ. A business which aims to revolutionise the franchising industry is being investigated by the Government after investors claimed they were left out of pocket. Knutsford-based Franchise Group is the focus of an inquiry which is being led by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2008
Pret wants to buy out McDonald's. Sandwich chain Pret a Manger is in talks with private equity firm Bridgepoint, to buy out McDonald's' 33% stake together, the BBC has learned. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2008
Hungry web surfers boost Domino's Pizza. Domino's Pizza notched up record profits last year thanks to a very wet British summer and a leap in orders over the internet and via text messages. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2008
"YogaBugs" aims for the skies. Fenella Lindsell reckons she has struck a winning formula linking yoga poses to tales of astronauts, adventurers and animals to help combat obesity and improve the health and wellbeing of young children. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2008
M&S staff bonuses in doubt. Bonuses for tens of thousands of Marks & Spencer staff are in doubt following continuing fears that the chain's recovery story has stalled. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2008
Church's Chicken Expands to UK. Texas Chicken, the international brand of Atlanta-based Church’s Chicken, is proud to open its first restaurants in the United Kingdom this month, with plans to open 36 restaurants by the end of March and 50 before the year’s end. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2008
OFFBEAT - McDonald's toilet awarded five stars. A McDonald's restaurant has cleaned up at the annual national Loo of the Year Awards. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2008
First Choice Business Brokers Breaks Into European Niche Market. Las Vegas franchise company plans offices in Germany and the UK to enlarge its network and make it attractive for European business owners and potential franchisees .... [more] 31 Jan, 2008
M&S staff details left on laptop. Marks and Spencer has been found in breach of data protection rules after the theft of a laptop containing the personal details of 26,000 employees. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2008
Thorntons tastes a bittersweet Christmas. British chocolates group Thorntons saw a fall in visitors to its shops over Christmas but still reported an increase in sales by achieving a sharp rise in online purchases and by attracting higher-spending customers. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2008

Symbios Launches, an Innovative On-Line Marketplace, Matching UK Franchisors With Franchisees. Symbios Group, a developer of enabling software on the internet, has today officially launched an innovative new franchise business website called .... [more] 16 Jan, 2008
Prémaman to open 60-70 British shops. The Dublin company behind the Prémaman clothing brand in Ireland is planning to open between 60 and 70 shops in Britain in the next five years. .... [more] 13 Jan, 2008
Domino's stunning pizza the action delivers the goods. Domino's Pizza's Irish and UK operations recorded almost 18pc like-for-like sales growth in the six weeks to the end of December, with the chain's online sales booming by more than 100pc in the same period. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2008
Fall in M&S sales sends shockwaves through retail sector. Marks & Spencer sent shockwaves though the retail sector today as it revealed its first fall in sales for two-and-a-half years and warned that trading could remain difficult into 2009. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2008
Franchise pathway to profit. The franchising sector in Wales is continuing to grow and boasts an annual turnover of £510m, according to the latest survey. .... [more] 1 Jan, 2008
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