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Children's clothes chain Adams fights to survive. Children's wear retailer Adams, which has over 20 stores in Ireland, has become the latest high-profile clothes firm to fall into administration, chief executive David Carter Johnson confirmed yesterday. .... [more] 29 Dec, 2008
Anger as McDonald's bans Scots banknotes from branches down south. A chain of McDonald's burger joints is under fire for banning Scottish banknotes. .... [more] 26 Dec, 2008
Starting a franchise after redundancy. Amidst all of the doom and gloom surrounding the current economy, is it possible that redundancy doesn't have to mean the end of life as we know it? In fact, could it mean that although one door has closed, another opens? .... [more] 20 Dec, 2008
Britain worse credit risk than McDonald's. Britain has become a worse credit risk than McDonald's and a host of other large companies, figures produced for The Independent reveal. .... [more] 10 Dec, 2008
Bavarian Beerhouse gets "a head" with franchising. Husband-and-wife team Rene and Sabine von Reth set up the Bavarian Beerhouse in 2005. Now they’re hoping to turbo-charge growth by franchising their “Erdinger und schnitzel” dining concept across the country. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2008
Big growth for Big Mac group. McDonald's has announced its 10th consecutive quarter of growth with sales up eight per cent at its Reading branches. .... [more] 3 Dec, 2008
YO! Sushi off to running start at Westfield. It opened last month to a huge public fanfare and, for a moment at least, retailers and investors took a sharp intake of breath. Too much had been invested in Westfield London for Britain's biggest inner-city shopping centre to flop, deepening recession or not. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2008
M&S saviour walks out... again. "I know people say I am difficult, but it is only because I am fighting for the customer. I have more regard for the customer than anybody because they have always looked after me." So said George Davies in October 2005, days after he had walked out of – and then sensationally rejoined – Marks & Spencer, the high street retailer. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2008
easyJet row intensifies as Stelios speaks out. A legal dispute has broken out at easyJet over whether its founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has the right to appoint two new non-executive directors to the low-fare carrier’s board unless he also takes the highly divisive step of becoming chairman. .... [more] 17 Nov, 2008
Toni & Guy makes big bucks with franchising model. “McDonalds was the first franchise on the high street. We were the second,” says founder Toni Mascolo. Mascolo’s international hairdressing brand boasts 405 salons across the globe. Only 12 of these are proprietary, the others are all franchises. .... [more] 17 Nov, 2008

Coffee Republic to raise £800,000 to pay off debt. Coffee Republic is seeking to raise £800,000 with a share placing to wipe out its debt and provide working capital. .... [more] 17 Nov, 2008
easygates, LLC and easyhome(TM) Master Franchisor Promotes Two Officers to Co-President. Bud Gates, Chairman and CEO of easygates, LLC announced the promotions of Ladd Welch and Chris Prater to Co-Presidents of easygates, LLC. They will share the office of the President with Ladd as President of Operations and Chris as President of Finance and Sales. .... [more] 17 Nov, 2008
Boss who left 150 brides in lurch after closing firm opens new shop. Wedding shop bosses who caused heartbreak for 150 brides by shutting shop set up a new bridal firm just weeks later. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2008
Coffee house chain looks at Buckingham. Buckingham Town Council has supported a planning application which could see national chain Costa Coffee come to the town. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2008
How Subway overtook McDonalds. It is one of the UK's fastest growing major fast-food chains and has just sneaked past McDonalds to hold the largest number of outlets in the UK and Ireland, yet Subway remains an underground success. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2008
M&S profits down more than 30%. Marks & Spencer has reassured investors that it has no plans to slash its dividend despite reporting first-half profits down by more than 30%. .... [more] 4 Nov, 2008
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