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HiQ Experiences “High Level” of Franchise Interest. Mark Brickhill, the group managing director of Goodyear Dunlop, has released a statement commenting on the “high level of interest from ambitious businesses wanting to join us in investing in the future growth of HiQ” following the announcement of the company’s plan to sign long-term franchise agreements. .... [more] 27 Aug, 2008
M&S suspends pay 'whistleblower'. A worker at Marks and Spencer who "blew the whistle" on plans to cut redundancy pay for the firm's 70,000 staff is being disciplined by the company. .... [more] 27 Aug, 2008
M&S reviews redundancy benefits. Marks & Spencer is in talks with staff representatives about changing benefits surrounding redundancy for UK workers. .... [more] 19 Aug, 2008
160 jobs created by McDonald’s. McDonalds's has announced plans to create more than 160 jobs in Reading as part of its aggressive expansion drive. .... [more] 19 Aug, 2008
Cinnabon Sets Sights on Europe. Snack giant FOCUS Brands is breaking into the European market with a new Cinnabon store in London. The restaurant is the first of 40 stores slated for the country. .... [more] 13 Aug, 2008
Decision to franchise is perfect sense. Simply Out of School is almost out of the five-year danger zone during which 60% of businesses make insufficient returns to survive. Consolidation represents the safest option. Instead, the founders face the fresh set of challenges posed by expansion. .... [more] 13 Aug, 2008
Children’s clothes franchise opens. The opportunity to become Irish franchisees for fashionable children has been seized by Waterford husband-and-wife team, Trevor and Maeve Cooke, who have opened the first, of what they plan will be a chain of Orchestra outlets, at Georges Street in Waterford City. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2008
Supermarket chain secures €298k from former franchisee. RETAIL group Londis has secured a €298,000 judgment against a former Limerick city franchisee. The charge is listed in next week's Stubbs Gazette, along with more than €700,000 worth of judgments obtained by the taxman against nine individuals. .... [more] 8 Aug, 2008
Flourishing franchises buck trend. The region's franchise industry appears to be flourishing despite the gloom in the economy that has engulfed a number of other sectors. According to the latest Natwest/British Franchise Association survey, turnover in the industry hit £12.4bn last year despite the poor general economic outlook. .... [more] 6 Aug, 2008
McDonalds’ plan to recruit 4,000 for UK franchise. Fast food firm McDonald’s is creating more than 250 jobs in the West Midlands as part of its drive to recruit 4,000 employees across the UK in response to sustained growth. .... [more] 5 Aug, 2008

Supermac man buys Papa John's franchise. Fast food entrepreneur Pat McDonagh - who owns the Supermac's chain of eateries - has bought the Irish franchise for the US pizza parlour chain, Papa John's, for an undisclosed sum. .... [more] 29 Jul, 2008
Coffee Republic completes contactless payments trial. Coffeeshop chain Coffee Republic is to equip all its shops with contactless payment terminals following a successful four-month trial. The pilot was carried out at 16 outlets in Canary Wharf, Broadgate and Bluewater Shopping Mall. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2008
Domino's Pizza beats slowdown as diners choose to eat at home. Online sales of Domino's pizza have surged ahead of its forecasts, as its half-year profits and sales were boosted by diners shunning restaurants in favour of eating at home. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2008
Hard Rock wages 'below minimum'. Staff at one of the UK's best-known restaurants are getting paid £2.06 an hour - less than half the national minimum wage, the BBC has found. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2008
Run your van on fat from the pan. Soaring oil prices are squeezing small businesses and franchisors so hard that some are looking at cheaper alternative sources of fuel for their vehicles - including running vans on fat from the chip pan. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2008
10-year anniversary for franchise lawyer. Chambers and Co was set up by former businessman turned solicitor John Chambers in 1998 and has gone on to create more than 150 franchises, both in the UK and overseas. .... [more] 11 Jul, 2008
M&S chief wins vote amid protest. Marks and Spencer executive chairman Sir Stuart Rose has won a shareholder vote to reappointment him, even though 22% of investors did not back him. .... [more] 9 Jul, 2008
Coffee Republic chief executive steps down. Coffee Republic announced today that Steven Bartlett, the former rebel shareholder who ousted the company's founder, Bobby Hashemi, in October 2006, is to step down as chief executive. .... [more] 9 Jul, 2008
M&S 'set to face investor revolt'. Marks & Spencer is likely to face a shareholder revolt at its annual general meeting, a report suggests. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2008
Sales gloom sees M&S shares dive. Marks and Spencer shares have fallen by more than 20% after it warned a slide in consumer confidence had hit sales. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2008
Body Shop insider dealer is fined. An ex-computer technician at The Body Shop has been fined for insider dealing after hacking into management emails which warned of poor trading. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2008
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