UNITED KINGDOM FRANCHISE NEWS ARCHIVE
|New bfa Board made known at AGM 2011.
thebfa.org - The British Franchise Association is pleased to announce its newly elected Board of Directors as confirmed at the 2011 AGM in Birmingham on 8th December. ... [more] 23 Dec, 2011
Chairman’s Dinner celebrates bfa’s year and new Companions.
thebfa.org - The bfa year once again ended with the signature Chairman’s Dinner. The occasion also gave a chance for the bfa Chairman, Michael Eyre, to announce the four recipients of the prestigious bfa Companionships. ... [more] 23 Dec, 2011
McDonald's diners gorge on free bytes.
guardian.co.uk - McDonald's has 750,000 UK customers logging on to the internet in its restaurants after introducing free high-speed wireless connections, according to figures from the company. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2011
Cinven mulling $234 million offer for Mothercare.
yahoo.com - Buyout firm Cinven is assessing a 150 million pound-plus ($234 million) takeover of mother and baby products retailer Mothercare, the Sunday Telegraph reported. ... [more] 4 Dec, 2011
Spanish practices are set to come to a hair salon near you.
independent.co.uk - Joaquin Lopez-Chicheri and Borja Marquez Porral are bringing Marco Aldany, a Spanish hairdressing business, to the UK. ... [more] 4 Dec, 2011
Ikea reports drop in UK sales.
guardian.co.uk - There was fresh gloom in the retail sector on Friday as Swedish furniture group Ikea reported a drop in UK sales. ... [more] 2 Dec, 2011
Franchising opportunities showcased at new event.
startups.co.uk - The National Franchise Exhibition has added a second event to its calendar after the success of its annual October exhibition. The new event will be held on 24 and 25 February 2012. ... [more] 1 Dec, 2011
Jill McDonald: Supersizing McDonald's - Britain's big cheese.
independent.co.uk - As chief executive of McDonald's UK, Jill McDonald (whose surname is just a coincidence) is honest enough to admit that the fast-food chain will "always be a polarising brand for some". ... [more] 1 Dec, 2011
Cash Converter seeks franchisees.
mirror.co.uk - Buying and selling second-hand jewellery has helped turn Cash Converters into one of Britain's biggest retail franchises. ... [more] 1 Dec, 2011
UK's Domino's Pizza eyes major German.
reuters.com - The fledgling German operation of Domino's Pizza UK & IRL Plc could grow to be twice as big as the UK business, incoming chief executive Lance Batchelor said Monday. ... [more] 28 Nov, 2011
I'm leaving it: McDonald's quits Rochdale's ailing town centre.
guardian.co.uk - The ubiquity of McDonald's golden arches in Britain's high streets is such that it's hard to imagine a large town without the logo emblazoned on a prime retail spot. ... [more] 25 Nov, 2011
Mothercare slumps to £80m loss.
guardian.co.uk - Mothercare crashed to a loss of more than £80m on Thursday as shoppers turned their back on the 50-year-old retailer in the tough economic climate. ... [more] 17 Nov, 2011
Business leaders meet MPs for franchising focus.
thebfa.org - Franchising industry leaders engaged with 30 UK MPs at the Houses of Parliament on 31st October to discuss the economic impact of franchising through sustainable business growth, new business start-up and... [more] 4 Nov, 2011
MPs meet franchising ambassadors to discuss opportunities for start-ups.
startups.co.uk - MPs and franchise industry leaders have met at the Houses of Parliament to discuss the economic impact of franchising – and the benefits it offers Britain’s start-up entrepreneurs. ... [more] 1 Nov, 2011
McDonald’s to create 25 new Norfolk jobs.
eveningnews24.co.uk - Fast food retailer McDonald’s is to create 25 new jobs as part of a £825,000 investment to transform three of its Norfolk restaurants. ... [more] 22 Oct, 2011
Costa Coffee defies economic gloom and surging inflation.
guardian.co.uk - Costa Coffee, the premium-priced espresso chain, has once gain posted roaring sales figures, leaving it one of the few high street retailers growing revenues at a faster rate than inflation. ... [more] 18 Oct, 2011
Krispy Kreme Doughnut expanding in the UK.
yahoo.com - Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. is expanding in the U.K. through a new development deal with its franchisee there. ... [more] 17 Oct, 2011
Seminar on franchising know-how.
cambridge-news.co.uk - Don’t miss Thursday’s event at the UK Trade and Industry (UKTI) offices in Fulbourn if you are interested in franchising your business. ... [more] 11 Oct, 2011
Mothercare chief executive Ben Gordon to quit.
bbc.co.uk - Shares in Mothercare have risen 10% after it said its chief executive will leave the retailer next month. ... [more] 11 Oct, 2011
Domino's UK generates £1million for one day of online sales.
pizzamarketplace.com - Domino's UK has reported that it earned more than £1million (about $1.3 million) in online sales for Oct. 8 alone. ... [more] 10 Oct, 2011
Yum! to refranchise Pizza Hut UK.
marketingmagazine.co.uk - Yum!, the US restaurant owner of fast food giants KFC and Taco Bell, is looking for a single buyer for its UK arm of Pizza Hut, to create a "master franchisee" for the chain. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2011
Aspect.co.uk Appoints Franchise Guru.
prweb.com - Leading London-based property maintenance and refurbishment company, aspect.co.uk, has appointed franchise specialist, Bev Regan, to run its newly established franchise division. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2011
Mothercare shares plunge as sales slide 10%.
guardian.co.uk - Mothercare's shares plunged by a third after it warned of a profits slump on the back of a marked deterioration in UK sales. ... [more] 5 Oct, 2011
Franchisee of the Year Awards: Winners Announced.
thebfa.org - Mike and Catharine Chalton of Home Instead Senior Care in the Wirral were last night revealed as the 2011 bfa HSBC Franchisees of the Year, supported by Express Newspapers. ... [more] 3 Oct, 2011
Franchisor Home Instead Senior Care expanding service of visits to the elderly.
thisismoney.co.uk - As Britain’s biggest care home firm, Southern Cross, is wound up with a third of its 752 homes transferred to new operators last month, one non-medical care provider is planning a rapid expansion. ... [more] 2 Oct, 2011
Jasper's to open new franchises in Derby and Manchester.
caterersearch.com - Jasper's Corporate Catering has broadened its national reach with the planned opening of new franchises in Derby and Manchester. ... [more] 26 Sep, 2011
Franchise industry gains new website.
thebfa.org - The British Franchise Association (bfa) has today announced the launch of its new website – a completely newly designed resource for the franchising industry. ... [more] 25 Sep, 2011
Franchises could hold the key to economic growth.
edp24.co.uk - The government is being urged to do more to look at the potential of franchising as a means of creating new jobs and kickstarting growth in the UK as figures indicate more than 500,000 new jobs can be created... [more] 24 Sep, 2011
French Connection back on growth path.
reuters.com - British fashion group French Connection said it was firmly back on a growth path as it posted a rise in half-year profit and highlighted overseas opportunities. ... [more] 19 Sep, 2011
Budget seeks franchise partners to grow UK operation.
breakingtravelnews.com - Leading car hire firm Budget Rent A Car, has announced plans to grow the network of branches across the UK. ... [more] 16 Sep, 2011
Marks & Spencer's new look unveiled by Marc Bolland.
guardian.co.uk - Marks & Spencer is wheeling out an array of props including mopeds and pasta machines as part of a £600m revamp of its shop floors, which will see stores within stores created... [more] 12 Sep, 2011
Jobless offered share of £150,000 to start franchise.
menmedia.co.uk - Jobless people in Greater Manchester are being offered a share of a £150,000 pot to help start their own franchise business. ... [more] 6 Sep, 2011
Krispy Kreme UK co-branding efforts pick up.
qsrweb.com - Krispy Kreme is hoping to double the size of its footprint in the United Kingdom market and has added co-branding opportunities and an experiential campaign to help with the process. ... [more] 5 Aug, 2011
Exmouth pizza wars.
exmouthjournal.co.uk - Pizza wars have broken out in Exmouth between a town centre, family business and the Domino’s chain. ... [more] 1 Aug, 2011
Domino’s Pizza U.K. First-Half Profit Rises on Internet.
bloomberg.com - Domino’s Pizza U.K. and Ireland Plc, the U.K.’s biggest pizza-delivery company, said first-half profit rose 7.4 percent, led by Internet sales. ... [more] 25 Jul, 2011
McDonald's makes 2012 Olympics pledge to create the biggest and busiest Big Mac diner.
guardian.co.uk - The world's largest fast-food chain is using the Games in London next year as a pretext to break its own records; it has announced plans to open the world's biggest, and busiest, McDonald's. ... [more] 20 Jul, 2011
Marks & Spencer gains share in tough clothes market.
bbc.co.uk - Marks and Spencer has reported sales growth and a bigger market share despite the stagnant UK clothes market. ... [more] 13 Jul, 2011
SureLet one of fastest growing franchises in South West.
thisisgloucestershire.co.uk - Managing director of the Gloucester-based franchisor, Colin Poole, believes he is now on track to open one franchise a month throughout 2011. ... [more] 12 Jul, 2011
Finalists revealed for bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards 2011.
thebfa.org - The BFA has announced the finalists in the 2011 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards. After much deliberation, the short list of 22 franchisees has been whittled down to 15 finalists across five regions. ... [more] 11 Jul, 2011
British Franchise Association announces Franchisee of the Year short-list.
thebfa.org - The British Franchise Association (bfa) has announced the short-list for the 2011 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards. ... [more] 24 Jun, 2011
Domino’s UK getting social.
pizzamarketplace.com - To celebrate its new Stuffed Crust, Domino's UK has announced two social platform initiatives to spread the word – a location-based offer integrated with Facebook Deals and a treasure hunt... [more] 23 Jun, 2011
First candidates to achieve Qualified Franchise Professional status announced.
thebfa.org - The British Franchise Association (bfa) has announced the first tranche of successful candidates to achieve the status of Qualified Franchise Professional (QFP). ... [more] 23 Jun, 2011
Pizza Hut to create 5,000 jobs.
thegrapevinemagazine.com - Restaurant chain Pizza Hut has announced that it plans to create 5,000 jobs by opening an extra 300 delivery outlets. ... [more] 16 Jun, 2011
The Creation Station Doubles Number Of Female Franchise Owners.
thebfa.org - The UK's leading children's activity franchise The Creation Station announces the award of 23 new franchises to women in the first 5 months of 2011. ... [more] 15 Jun, 2011
M&S boss Marc Bolland misses out on £1m bonus.
bbc.co.uk - Marks & Spencer's chief executive Marc Bolland received less than half his potential bonus for last year because M&S missed targets. ... [more] 9 Jun, 2011
New franchises set to create thousands of jobs.
recruiter.co.uk - Britain’s franchise industry will create around 250,000 new jobs within the next 18 months, according to franchise development company Franchise Development Services (FDS). ... [more] 3 Jun, 2011
Laura Ashley UK sales drop 4.5%.
yahoo.com - Fashion and homewares retailer Laura Ashley said UK sales fell 4.5% in the 17 weeks to 28 May 2011 as it closed more unprofitable stores and expects to post full year results in line with expectations. ... [more] 3 Jun, 2011
Franchisees grasp the power of the internet.
peterboroughtoday.co.uk - Businesses will learn about using the power of the internet at the next Peterborough Local Franchisee Network meeting on Thursday, June 30. ... [more] 1 Jun, 2011
Doughnut chain expands in UK.
independent.co.uk - The doughnut chain Krispy Kreme is to double its number of UK stores over the next five years as the country's desire for sweet treats grows. ... [more] 1 Jun, 2011
Marks & Spencer reveals 13% profit rise and store revamp.
guardian.co.uk - High street bellwether Marks & Spencer narrowly beat City expectations on Tuesday by declaring a 13% increase in profits in its last financial year. ... [more] 24 May, 2011
Franchise industry soars in value to £12.4bn.
startups.co.uk - The franchising industry is now worth £12.4bn to the UK economy, having increased its turnover by £600m in the past twelve months. ... [more] 23 May, 2011
Greene King's franchise set for rollout.
morningadvertiser.co.uk - Suffolk brewer and retailer Greene King plans to roll-out its new franchise agreement, Blueprint, to 100 sites within its tenanted division in the next two years. ... [more] 19 May, 2011
Mothercare to close stores as UK profits slump.
yahoo.com - Mother and baby products firm Mothercare is to close over a quarter of its British stores as a collapse in UK profits eclipsed growth in overseas franchising. ... [more] 18 May, 2011
Scottish Franchise Week Celebrates Successful Business Growth.
prlog.org - A celebration of one of the country's most successful business sectors takes place next week (May 16-20) with the start of Scottish Franchise Week . ... [more] 11 May, 2011
robertson technologies makes two new management appointments.
thebfa.org - robertson technologies, the Edinburgh-headquartered computer support and franchising business, has made two new appointments to its management team. ... [more] 20 Apr, 2011
32 Spar stores put up for sale.
walesonline.co.uk - Following its acquisition of Capper & Co, fellow Spar franchise and distribution venture AF Blakemore is selling 32 stores in its enlarged portfolio. ... [more] 20 Apr, 2011
Earl of Sandwich opens sandwich shop.
telegraph.co.uk - The Earl of Sandwich is opening a sandwich shop, 250 years after his ancestor famously ordered meat to be put between two piece of bread, thus creating one of the most successful foods of all time. ... [more] 16 Apr, 2011
Husband and wife cook up success with kitchen door franchise.
mirror.co.uk - A year on from starting out in their kitchen franchise, husband and wife team Mike and Elaine Hurley have absolutely no regrets about deciding to work for themselves. ... [more] 14 Apr, 2011
Krispy Kreme announces new store openings.
bakeryinfo.co.uk - Krispy Kreme is continuing with its plan to double store numbers in the UK, with three new outlets announced. ... [more] 8 Apr, 2011
Marks & Spencer sounds new note of caution on high street trading.
guardian.co.uk - Marks & Spencer has added to fears about the outlook for UK retail, despite disclosing a better-than-expected set of sales numbers for the first quarter of this year. ... [more] 6 Apr, 2011
Spar on track to pass 100-store mark.
scotsman.com - Spar Scotland owner CJ Lang will take its managed estate past the 100-stores mark after yesterday revealing it is in talks to buy ten stores in Dundee and Fife. ... [more] 6 Apr, 2011
Quelle joie! Marks & Spencer brings British quirkiness back to Paris.
guardian.co.uk - Ten years exactly after having closed its most profitable shop in the world, right in the heart of Paris, Marks & Spencer revient chez nous. What joy! This time, the British retailer has chosen a rather grand location... [more] 1 Apr, 2011
Mothercare warns on profit as mums count pennies.
yahoo.com - Mother and baby products firm Mothercare joined the ranks of store groups warning on the trading outlook as cash-strapped Britons start scrimping on spending for their children. ... [more] 31 Mar, 2011
Domino’s expands in Northern Ireland.
pizzamarketplace.com - Domino’s Pizza has opened three new stores in Larne, Armagh and Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. The new units bring 100 jobs to the region. ... [more] 22 Mar, 2011
Card Connection’s Former IT Manager Takes on Franchise.
thebfa.org - Greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has today announced that its IT manager of ten years, John Byett, has taken over as franchisee for the Basingstoke and Windsor area. ... [more] 21 Mar, 2011
Ovenu hosts its 12th ASM.
thebfa.org - Ovenu, the professional oven valeting firm, recently hosted its 12th consecutive Ovenu ASM, ‘Annual Successful Meeting’, at the Hilton Hotel East Midlands. ... [more] 21 Mar, 2011
Home Instead goes from strength to strength.
thebfa.org - Home Instead Senior Care is reporting a positive start to the year having signed up 12 new franchise territories in the past 10 weeks. ... [more] 14 Mar, 2011
From Redundancy to PC Repair! PC PAL Launches Franchise in Taunton.
thebfa.org - Local man and former National Sales Manager Jamie Cunningham has launched PC PAL in Taunton. ... [more] 14 Mar, 2011
Domino’s Pizza UK now accepting PayPal.
pizzamarketplace.com - Domino’s UK has added PayPal to its online ordering components, adding another payment method for customers. ... [more] 7 Mar, 2011
G-Star set to open three flagship franchise stores.
retail-week.com - Young fashion brand G-Star is in talks to open flagship franchise stores in London’s Oxford Street, Glasgow and Manchester. The move is part of the brand’s plans to double its UK retail portfolio... [more] 4 Mar, 2011
Domino’s Pizza UK teams up with ESPN.
pizzamarketplace.com - Domino’s Pizza has teamed up with ESPN and ESPN America to offer an exclusive deal to bring a free weekend of sports throughout the United Kingdom. ... [more] 3 Mar, 2011
Free entry to London seminars on investing in franchises.
myfinances.co.uk - Franchising is proving an attractive option to many investors with the sector growing worldwide. ... [more] 28 Feb, 2011
M&S beefs up its board for overseas expansion drive.
dailymail.co.uk - Marks & Spencer boss Marc Bolland has continued to beef up his top team as he seeks to crack expansion abroad with the appointment of a new international boss. ... [more] 24 Feb, 2011
KFC ditches 'finger lickin' good' for a healthier slogan in UK.
dailymail.co.uk - For years KFC has claimed it's chicken is 'finger lickin good'. But the fast-food chain will no longer use the popular slogan in a bid to try and promote healthy eating. ... [more] 20 Feb, 2011
Thorntons warns it may have to close 227 stores.
independent.co.uk - Thorntons, the chocolatier, has issued a profits warning for the third time in 10 months and indicated that it may have to close more than 200 stores over the next four years. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2011
Moss Bros sells Hugo Boss franchise.
scotsman.com - Moss Bros unwrapped a "transformational" £16.5 million sale of its 15 Hugo Boss stores yesterday to end a 16-year franchise deal with the fashion giant. ... [more] 8 Feb, 2011
RBS branches out with franchise fund.
scotsman.com - Royal Bank of Scotland has launched a £100 million dedicated franchise fund in a bid to "kickstart growth" and create thousands of jobs. ... [more] 7 Feb, 2011
American burger chain, Carl’s Jr, aims to launch in Britain.
eatoutmagazine.co.uk - An American burger company with a huge worldwide internet following of its irreverent TV ads, is on its way to the UK - pleasing its British fans, while creating thousands of jobs and millions of pounds... [more] 1 Feb, 2011
Domino's Pizza lines up Tesco boss for top post.
independent.co.uk - The pizza retailer Domino's Pizza UK has appointed Lance Batchelor, the head of Tesco Mobile, to be its next chief executive. ... [more] 20 Jan, 2011
Laura Ashley sends shares soaring after news of expected £18m profit.
guardian.co.uk - Its ditsy floral prints and flowing dresses epitomised the 1970s English rose look, but it has taken Malaysian management to restore the bloom to Laura Ashley. ... [more] 20 Jan, 2011
Auditel finishes 2010 on another high note.
thebfa.org - Founded in 1994, Auditel is once again celebrating an immensely successful year in recruitment. ... [more] 18 Jan, 2011
Activitymix expanding its franchise.
scotsman.com - An Aberdeen firm which pits companies such as BP and Shell against each other in a range of sporting events is seeking to expand its business on a franchise model. ... [more] 16 Jan, 2011
The British & International Franchise Exhibition 2011.
thebfa.org - The British & International Franchise Exhibition will offer more superb new career opportunities than ever before when it takes place at Olympia, London, on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 March 2011. ... [more] 14 Jan, 2011
Domino’s U.K. sales buoyed by technology.
pizzamarketplace.com - Domino’s Pizza units in the United Kingdom and Ireland have gotten quite a boost from online and iPhone orders. ... [more] 5 Jan, 2011
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