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Angry M&S investors set to vote against Rose at AGM. Some of the UK's biggest institutional shareholders are preparing to vote against Marks & Spencer's chief executive, Sir Stuart Rose, at this year's annual general meeting to signal their anger that he has also been promoted to chairman. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2008
Dream Doors wins Brand Builder of the Year. Troy Tappenden, founder of kitchen facelift company, Dream Doors, was ecstatic when his six-year-old business brushed aside fierce competition to clinch the coveted Brand Builder of the Year title at the BFA's Franchisor of the Year Awards in Mayfair just two weeks ago. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2008
Want a pizza the franchise action? Pizzas and millionaires may not seem to have anything in common, but the hundreds of entrepreneurs who own a Domino's franchise would beg to differ. One in five of Domino's Pizzas franchisees has sold enough cheese and tomato-topped bases to earn at least £1m and the chain's expansion across the UK shows no sign of abating, despite the credit crunch. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2008
Just loving being a fast-food franchisee. Franchising in the UK was worth £10.8bn last year and for some is a sounder business alternative than going it alone. According to the British Franchise Association in Wales, franchise businesses in 2007 had a total turnover of £510m. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2008

New stores drag down Laura Ashley. Laura Ashley, the clothing and furniture retailer, has seen a significant drop-off in sales following weaker consumer spending over the first four months of its financial year. .... [more] 29 May, 2008
Franchise to expand after title scoop. A pet food franchise is launching a recruitment drive on its doorstep - after being named the best in Britain. Oscar Pet Foods, which is based in Higher Walton, near Preston, picked up the Franchisor of the Year Bronze Award at the British Franchise Association's annual prize-giving last week. .... [more] 27 May, 2008
Aussie drinks deal gets juices flowing. Boost Juice, the Australian smoothies and juice bar firm being rolled out in the UK by former Millie's Cookies managing director Richard O'Sullivan, is looking for a second outlet at Peel Holdings' Trafford Centre. .... [more] 27 May, 2008
Mothercare plans more growth. Mothercare said today it would look for further growth from the Early Learning Centre as it plans its response to uncertain trading conditions in the UK. .... [more] 22 May, 2008
Wimpy UK beefs up Famous Brands. Fast-food franchiser Famous Brands’ acquisition of Wimpy UK more than doubled its turnover growth. Wimpy UK is to be used as a springboard for a British invasion of its local chains, which include Steers, Whistle Stop, Debonairs Pizza, FishAways, House of Coffees and Brazilian. .... [more] 20 May, 2008
M&S sees profits increase to £1bn. Marks and Spencer has reported a 4.3% rise in annual profits to £1bn, but says it is cautious about its prospects for the next 12 months. .... [more] 20 May, 2008
Top franchisees in line for big rewards. The British Franchise Association has launched its Franchisee of the Year Awards, sponsored by HSBC Bank and Express Newspapers, to recognise top performers from an industry worth £12.4bn. The overall winner will walk away with a top prize of £5,000, with two runners-up winning £3,000 and £2,000 respectively. .... [more] 6 May, 2008
McDonald’s to spend £2.3m on store refits. Fast food giant McDonald’s is overseeing a Merseyside restaurant refurbishment programme worth £2.3m. The company said it was investing heavily because of its strong performance in the area and claims Liverpool will have a level of reinvestment second only to London in the UK. .... [more] 5 May, 2008
Higgs & Sons joins franchise body. Black Country law firm Higgs & Sons has become an affiliate member of the British Franchise Association. .... [more] 2 May, 2008
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