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M&S's Rose expects tough Christmas as shoppers cut out frivolous buys. Marks & Spencer's Sir Stuart Rose said today he was hoping for a "decent" Christmas but expects people to shop sensibly rather than splash out on "frivolities" as Britain slides into recession. .... [more] 30 Oct, 2008
Black tie dinner for the best franchisees. A glittering black tie gala dinner and prestigious awards ceremony was held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham for nine franchisee finalists. The finalists sat anxiously waiting to hear the results of the celebrated 2008 bfa Franchisee of the Year Awards. .... [more] 28 Oct, 2008
70-year-old McDonald's worker retires after 26 years. A McDonald's worker who is retiring after 26 years says she stayed in the job so long because her youthful colleagues helped her to stay feeling young. .... [more] 23 Oct, 2008
Franchises benefit as economy falters. With daily forecasts of further job losses, what appears to be bad news for employees could turn out to be good news for franchising. Interest in franchising increases during a downturn as more people find themselves out of work but with a cash lump sum. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2008
Franchise wins on customer service. Belvoir Lettings founder Mike Goddard didn’t have lofty ambitions for the residential property management business when he started it in the mid-nineties but the growth the company experienced during its first year encouraged him to franchise it. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2008
Coffee Republic loses flavour. Coffee Republic yesterday said a "toughening climate" was responsible for a recent fall in sales. The chain's like-for-like sales for the six months to the end of September dipped 0.2 per cent. .... [more] 18 Oct, 2008
High street names ‘safe’ in crisis. Icelandic retail investor Baugur yesterday insisted its roster of UK high street businesses was not under threat from the banking crisis engulfing the Nordic country. .... [more] 7 Oct, 2008
Bhs full-year profit down 40 pct and no dividend. Bhs Group, the department store chain owned by billionaire Philip Green, posted a 40 percent fall in full-year operating profit on Tuesday, and for the fourth year running Green decided not to take a dividend. .... [more] 7 Oct, 2008
Taking the pizza – and giving pasta. Hitting the hut will never be the same again. For pizza is no longer going to feature in the name of one of Britain's best-know chains of eateries. In an effort to overhaul the company's image – and its menu – Pizza Hut is changing its name to Pasta Hut. .... [more] 7 Oct, 2008

Franchise consultants open first North office. Manchester-based Franchise Development Services (FDS) Northern has set up shop in Sunderland to advise companies considering the franchising route to expand their business. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2008
Domino's Pizza sales flourish as consumers turn to eating in. The credit crunch is turning out to have a cheese and tomato topping for Domino's Pizza, with the chain reporting rising sales as customers shun eating out in favour of ordering in. Sales across the 535 Domino outlets in the UK and Ireland rose by 17.8% to £83.3m in the 13 weeks to last Sunday. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2008
Laura Ashley brightens up a gloomy market. Retailer Laura Ashley has reported higher half-year earnings, as increased clothing sales offset a slump in demand for furniture and decorating products. .... [more] 25 Sep, 2008
Subway plans schools outlets. Fast-food sandwich franchise Subway is set to open shops in Scottish schools and hospitals, it emerged yesterday. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2008
Franchising could safeguard SMEs through credit crunch. Franchising could be the answer for potential business owners made wary by the credit crunch, a successful local firm has said. Bromsgrove-based Mr Electric has seen a large influx of new franchisees joining the electrical services group since the start of the year, despite the difficult financial conditions. .... [more] 9 Sep, 2008
New CEO to head up nationwide roll out of easyPizza. Online pizza delivery service, part of Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou’s easyGroup, has appointed David Sweeney as its first CEO. David brings with him significant expertise in the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) and franchise sectors. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2008
M&S 'whistleblower' gets the sack. A worker at Marks & Spencer (M&S) has been sacked after telling the media that the company planned to cut redundancy pay to staff. .... [more] 3 Sep, 2008
M&S hires Del Boy in attempt to ditch 'elitist' food image. The High-street giant Marks & Spencer has turned to Del Boy to broaden the appeal of its food offer during the credit crunch, marking the end of its upmarket voice-over on the "this-is-not-just-food" television advertisements. .... [more] 3 Sep, 2008
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