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: : 2013

Mac Tools set for a successful 2014 with four new franchisees.
startups.co.uk - International tool distributor Mac Tools has announced that it has welcomed four new franchisees to its team this month. ... [more] 24 Dec, 2013
Papa John’s ends year on a high with six more UK store openings.
startups.co.uk - Leading pizza chain Papa John’s has announced it has opened six new stores across the UK with outlets in Nottingham, Sheffield, Essex, Stockport, Chichester and Romford. ... [more] 23 Dec, 2013
Two new Companions of the bfa confirmed.
thebfa.org - At the annual Chairman’s Charity Gala Dinner, outgoing bfa chairman Michael Eyre announced two new Companions of the bfa. ... [more] 18 Dec, 2013
New bfa chairman appointed by newly-elected board of directors.
thebfa.org - The British Franchise Association’s new board of directors was revealed at the Association’s AGM in Birmingham on 12 December, with the new board’s first order of business being to confirm the new bfa chairman as... [more] 16 Dec, 2013
Blockbuster to close all remaining stores.
independent.co.uk - Blockbuster is to shut down all its remaining stores within days after administrators were unable to find a buyer for the rental and DVD chain. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2013
Domino's Pizza drops on surprise resignation of chief executive.
theguardian.com - Domino's Pizza has dropped more than 5% after the surprise departure of its chief executive, its second top manager to resign in the last few months. ... [more] 6 Dec, 2013
New directors spur more growth at GreenThumb franchise.
thefranchisemagazine.net - GreenThumb has appointed two new directors to the board as it prepares to take on its 500,000th customer in the next few months. ... [more] 5 Dec, 2013
Papa John’s launches franchise incentive scheme for 2014.
startups.co.uk - Global pizza franchise Papa John’s has unveiled its franchise incentive scheme for new stores opening in specific areas in 2014. ... [more] 3 Dec, 2013
Global marketing chain MaaS Pros launches franchising drive in UK.
startups.co.uk - International digital marketing franchise MaaS Pros has announced a UK-wide campaign to attract franchisees to join its network. ... [more] 2 Dec, 2013
Ripples franchisee Chris O’Halloran marks growth with 2nd showroom opening.
startups.co.uk - The UK’s premier bathroom chain Ripples has announced that existing franchisee Chris O’Halloran has extended its reach with the opening of a second showroom. ... [more] 29 Nov, 2013
Blockbuster to close as no buyer steps forward.
theguardian.com - Collapsed DVD rental chain Blockbuster is set to disappear from UK high streets after administrators failed to find a buyer and announced more job losses and store closures. ... [more] 28 Nov, 2013
Inaugural Women Working Well event lives up to its name.
thebfa.org - An exciting mix of innovative and like-minded women from the franchise industry and wider business landscape joined the bfa for its inaugural Women Working Well day on 12 November at the ICC, Birmingham. ... [more] 27 Nov, 2013
Peter Andre launches Kung-Fu Schools franchise operation.
startups.co.uk - Musician and reality TV star Peter Andre today launched the new franchise operation of London-based martial arts tuition Kung Fu Schools, calling on potential franchisees to get involved. ... [more] 27 Nov, 2013
FDS Expands into Scotland and Ireland.
thefranchisemagazine.net - Franchise Development Services, based in Norwich, has announced appointments for the Ireland Master Franchise Owner and Managing Director for FDS Scotland. ... [more] 25 Nov, 2013
Mac Tools broadens franchise network with its second female franchisee.
startups.co.uk - International tool distributor Mac Tools, part of global organisation Stanley Black & Decker, has announced that it has signed its second female franchisee to its chain. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2013
Office cleaning chain Total Clean enjoys renewed franchise growth.
startups.co.uk - Commercial cleaning specialist Total Clean has welcomed new franchisee Eric White to its chain, the fourth latest recruit to join the cleaning franchise within the past three months. ... [more] 15 Nov, 2013
Blockbuster to shut a quarter of UK stores.
theguardian.com - The DVD rental chain Blockbuster is to shut 72 stores in Britain, with the loss of 452 jobs, after going into administration earlier this week. ... [more] 14 Nov, 2013
Papa John’s youngest franchisees add new store to growing portfolio.
startups.co.uk - Leading pizza chain Papa John’s has announced that its youngest franchisees Hitesh Patel and Harry Singh have added a new Bristol store to their franchise portfolio. ... [more] 13 Nov, 2013
Boost Juice clocks up 300th store.
franchise.net.au - Australian-based global fruit juice franchise, Boost Juice has recently achieved a company milestone with the opening of its 300th store in Kent, England. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2013
New branches in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire, for Century21.
thefranchisemagazine.net - Century 21 UK has continued its expansion plans by opening a new branch in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire. ... [more] 5 Nov, 2013

Papa John’s marks further expansion with Eastleigh franchise.
startups.co.uk - Pizza delivery franchise Papa John’s today announced the opening of a new outlet in Eastleigh, Hampshire, marking the latest stage of growth for the firm. ... [more] 4 Nov, 2013

British & International Franchise Exhibitions receives Trade Fair Certification.
thefranchisemagazine.net - The U.S. Department of Commerce has granted Trade Fair Certification to The British & International Franchise Exhibition, the UK’s leading international franchise event... [more] 30 Oct, 2013

End corporate welfare for McDonald's. Better yet, raise the minimum wage.
theguardian.com - You've got to feel for McDonald's. Every time the misunderstood corporation tries to offer its' low-wage employees a hand, it backfires. ... [more] 30 Oct, 2013

Opportunities available to join UK’s first pan-Asian dining franchise.
startups.co.uk - Luxury pan-Asian restaurant Pan Chai has announced the launch of its franchise division, marking a first for the franchising industry. ... [more] 25 Oct, 2013

Baskin-Robbins welcomes serial franchisee to growing franchise network.
startups.co.uk - International ice cream and sweet-treat franchise Baskin-Robbins has announced that experienced franchisee Zul Chagani has become its latest multi-store franchise recruit... [more] 24 Oct, 2013

Commercial cleaning franchise Total Clean signs three new franchisees in just two months.
startups.co.uk - Commercial cleaning specialist Total Clean has welcomed new franchisee Phillip Webb to its network, marking the third latest recruit to join the cleaning franchise within the past two months. ... [more] 23 Oct, 2013

Female and elderly entrepreneurs can find success in franchising.
thefranchisemagazine.net - The Franchise Magazine discovers how initiatives in the franchise world are driving change. ... [more] 23 Oct, 2013

M&S to open 150 new food stores.
theguardian.com - Marks & Spencer is planning to open 150 new food stores in the next three years as its groceries continue to outsell clothes and homewares. ... [more] 22 Oct, 2013

The Great Energy Debate – Franchises offer consumers the chance to go green.
thefranchisemagazine.net - As the government announces development plans for latest nuclear power plants amid soaring consumer energy costs, many franchise brands are proud to offer a growing number of customers... [more] 21 Oct, 2013

Belvoir Lettings celebrates growth with three new UK offices and re-sale acquisition.
startups.co.uk - Nationwide property agency Belvoir Lettings has welcomed six new franchises to its growing network with three new office launches planned in the coming months. ... [more] 21 Oct, 2013

bfa and accredited franchises return to TV screens.
thebfa.org - Following the success of a similar show last year, the bfa and various accredited franchisors are returning to television screens next week with a new series of ‘HOW TO....’ in association with PMG TV. ... [more] 18 Oct, 2013

Costa and Compass Celebrate 50th franchise Collaboration.
thefranchisemagazine.net - The Compass Group UK and Ireland and Costa coffee have announced that to mark the opening of their 50th franchised store. ... [more] 14 Oct, 2013

Championing women in Business.
thefranchisemagazine.net - Women Working Well is the new initiative by the British Franchise Association, which plans to show the successes of women from a cross-section of business styles, sectors and sizes, both franchised... [more] 11 Oct, 2013

Esquires Coffee franchise owner takes bfa Young Franchisee of the Year Award.
thefranchisemagazine.net - Steven Prime, 28, is the Esquires Coffee House franchise owner for Coventry and has won the coveted Young Franchisee of the Year award for his business vision and comprehensive knowledge... [more] 7 Oct, 2013

O2 spokesperson announces plans to switch 80 stores to franchise operation.
thefranchisemagazine.net - O2 is ready to breathe life into its store network as it announces plans to transfer 80 of its managed stores to franchise owned stores ‘within weeks’ according to Mobile. ... [more] 7 Oct, 2013

Franchisee of the Year 2013 winners revealed.
thebfa.org - Janis Anderson of Caremark, a domiciliary care provider, has been crowned as the overall winner at the bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards 2013, supported by Express Newspapers. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2013

Nick Cleans up to take bfa Customer Service award!
thefranchisemagazine.net - Nick Dee Shapland of ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services is celebrating after being announced the winner of the Customer Service category in the HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards. ... [more] 4 Oct, 2013

Harry Ramsden’s reveals its brand new franchising option.
thefranchisemagazine.net - Harry Ramsden’s, world famous for its fish and chips, have uncovered new franchising plans, which they anticipate will help aid their ambitious growth strategy. ... [more] 4 Oct, 2013
MTY franchises Mucho Burrito in the United Kingdom.
stockhouse.com - MTY Food Group Inc. announced today that it is making inroads into England and United Kingdom with its Mucho Burrito Mexican brand which is set to open its first restaurant later this year in Brighton England. ... [more] 30 Sep, 2013
National Franchise Week – Plenty to look forward to over the next seven days.
thefranchisemagazine.net - National Franchise Week has officially kicked off as franchised businesses across the UK gear up for the National Franchise Exhibition this Friday and Saturday, the annual bfa Awards and... [more] 29 Sep, 2013
Success Nailed Down.
thefranchisemagazine.net - Mac Tools celebrates the recruitment of three new franchise owners from very different backgrounds. ... [more] 27 Sep, 2013
bfa appoints new head of compliance.
thebfa.org - The British Franchise Association has announced the appointment of Kelly Blackmore-Lee (née Chambers) in the new role of head of compliance. ... [more] 25 Sep, 2013
Care provider names first franchisee.
eveningtimes.co.uk - A Glasgow-based care provider has appointed its first franchisee. Bright Care, which featured in the Evening Times' Glasgow Means Business column for start-up businesses in July, has... [more] 25 Sep, 2013
Subways sets up five-county expansion.
thefranchisemagazine.net - Subway announces franchise expansion plans to create 885 new jobs in Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hereford & Worcester and Warwickshire. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2013
Driver Hire’s Hull franchise announces new owners.
startups.co.uk - Temporary driver recruitment franchise Driver Hire announced today that husband-and-wife team Andrew and Debbie Wilkinson are set to take over the firm’s Hull franchise branch. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2013
OFT clears One Stop's acquisition of Spar franchisee stores.
just-food.com - Tesco's UK convenience chain One Stop has seen its acquisition of a clutch of Spar franchise stores cleared by competition officials. ... [more] 19 Sep, 2013
Thermal imaging surveyor IRT Surveys announces franchise opportunities across UK.
startups.co.uk - Thermal imaging surveyor IRT Surveys has announced new franchise opportunities in territories across the UK, offering potential franchisees the chance to join a fast-growing industry sector. ... [more] 18 Sep, 2013
Papa John’s adds new UK site to its expanding franchise portfolio.
startups.co.uk - Global pizza chain Papa John’s has extended its market reach with the addition of a new Norwich outlet. ... [more] 12 Sep, 2013
Dunkin' Donuts Announces Entry Into United Kingdom.
prnewswire.com - Dunkin' Donuts today announced that it has signed agreements with two franchise groups to begin developing Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the United Kingdom. ... [more] 12 Sep, 2013
Papa John’s boost franchise growth with new Uxbridge outlet.
startups.co.uk - Leading pizza franchise Papa John’s has marked a new addition to its growing franchise network with a new Uxbridge outlet opened by existing franchisee Zahid Sadiq. ... [more] 5 Sep, 2013
Staffline to roll out new franchising package.
thisisnottingham.co.uk - Staffline, the Nottingham recruitment business, plans to step up the number of its franchise operations. The move follows the acquisition last year of Select Appointments... [more] 5 Sep, 2013
Original Poster Company welcomes experienced franchisees after re-sale opportunity.
startups.co.uk - Greetings card distribution franchise Original Poster Company (OPC) has welcomed the latest additions to its franchise network, husband and wife Paul and Chris Whitehouse and their son Tom. ... [more] 4 Sep, 2013
Bargain Booze chain gulps down Wine Rack.
independent.co.uk - The company behind the Bargain Booze chain has acquired Wine Rack, the string of London off-licences, at a knock-down price to boost its wine offer and presence in the South of England. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2013
bfa appoints new business development manager.
thebfa.org - The bfa has announced its new business development manager as Emily Embra, who took up her role on 2 September. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2013
National Franchise Exhibition re-launches to support prospective franchisees.
startups.co.uk - Britain’s annual franchising event The National Franchise Exhibition re-launches on October 4 to showcase potential business opportunities for those looking to go into franchising. ... [more] 2 Sep, 2013
Driver Hire hits fast lane with Belgian Grand Prix car advertisement.
startups.co.uk - Temporary driver franchise Driver Hire had advertisements displayed on the rear wing of the Marussia Formula 1 team cars in the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend... [more] 30 Aug, 2013
Signs look good in outstanding franchisee.
examiner.co.uk - Christopher and Andy Simpson, of West Yorkshire-based Fastsigns, are contenders in the category for long-serving franchisee in the bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards. ... [more] 30 Aug, 2013
Subway reaches 40,000 restaurants.
thefranchisemagazine.net - The Subway chain has been providing franchising opportunities to entrepreneurs since 1965 and will soon celebrate its 48th year in business. ... [more] 27 Aug, 2013
J’s Dance Factory announces UK-wide franchise opportunities.
startups.co.uk - Dance organisation J’s Dance Factory (JDF) is offering prospective franchisees the chance to join its franchise network with nationwide opportunities available. ... [more] 22 Aug, 2013
Franchise Opportunities Live 2013 to showcase UK-wide franchising vacancies.
startups.co.uk - A UK exhibition to showcase the country’s franchise opportunities, Franchise Opportunities Live 2013, has re-launched to support individuals looking to go into franchising. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2013
Bartercard UK plans major franchise expansion.
franchiseek.com - The UK’s largest business-to-business trade exchange, Bartercard, is planning a large-scale nationwide expansion via franchising... [more] 20 Aug, 2013
UK courier franchise Diamond Logistics expands network with four new sites.
startups.co.uk - Courier service, Diamond Logistics has announced the opening of four new sites as part of its goal to extend its franchise network across the UK. ... [more] 16 Aug, 2013
Domino’s franchise marks rapid expansion with 2000th European store opening.
startups.co.uk - Global pizza franchise Domino’s will be marking its 2000th European outlet today with a new store opening in Hemel Hempstead. ... [more] 15 Aug, 2013
Papa John’s celebrates success of incentive scheme with seven new franchisees.
startups.co.uk - Leading pizza franchise Papa John’s has today announced that seven new franchisees have joined its network as a result of its $2m franchise incentive scheme which launched earlier this year. ... [more] 14 Aug, 2013
Pair to launch first UK Pita Pit franchise.
manchestereveningnews.co.uk - A husband-and-wife team behind a £7m franchise firm today revealed plans to bring a Canadian healthy fast food chain to the UK. ... [more] 14 Aug, 2013
O2 looks to extend retail outlet franchising plans.
mobilenewscwp.co.uk - Almost half of all O2 retail stores could soon be franchise run, after the operator admitted it was considering adding a further dozen of its stores to the scheme. ... [more] 13 Aug, 2013
Coffee chain to open first Isle of Wight store.
iwcp.co.uk - Coffee giant Starbucks is set to open its first Isle of Wight store. The company announced today that it was working with franchisee 23.5 degrees to open a store in St James' Street, Newport, in October. ... [more] 8 Aug, 2013
Burger King and Domino's Pizza also using zero-hours contracts.
theguardian.com - Burger King and Domino's Pizza have emerged as the latest employers now known to recruit nearly their entire workforce on zero-hour contracts. ... [more] 6 Aug, 2013
Papa John’s extends network further with Sevenoaks franchise outlet.
startups.co.uk - Pizza delivery company Papa John’s has announced the opening of its latest franchise outlet in Sevenoaks, acquired by serial Papa John’s franchisee Jas Singh. ... [more] 5 Aug, 2013
McDonald's ties nine out of 10 workers to zero-hours contracts.
theguardian.com - McDonald's has emerged as potentially the biggest zero-hours employer in the private sector after admitting that it employs 90% of its entire workforce in Britain, or 82,800 staff, on the controversial terms. ... [more] 5 Aug, 2013
Just Falafel appoints franchise operations manager as UK expansion continues.
thefranchisemagazine.net - Just Falafel, the largest of the falafel chain in the world, announced that Leonardo Valetta has been appointed Franchise Operations Manager. ... [more] 5 Aug, 2013
Domino’s franchise reports record growth with major increase in UK store and online sales.
startups.co.uk - Domino’s Pizza franchise group has today released a report that shows record figures for the first six months of 2013. ... [more] 30 Jul, 2013
Finalists revealed for UK's most prestigious franchisee awards.
thebfa.org - The finalists for the 2013 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards, supported by Express Newspapers, have been revealed. ... [more] 29 Jul, 2013
Papa John’s franchisee acquires four additional UK outlets.
startups.co.uk - Tony Singh, serial franchisee for one of the world’s largest pizza chains, Papa John’s, has announced the acquisition of four UK outlets. ... [more] 29 Jul, 2013
UK bookkeeping franchise welcomes chartered accountant to its chain.
startups.co.uk - Professional bookkeeping service, Rosemary Bookkeeping, has announced the latest addition to its franchise network, chartered accountant Caroline O’Brien. ... [more] 25 Jul, 2013
Families keep McDonald’s UK sales on the rise.
independent.co.uk - McDonald’s UK has said that some British families are “running out” of cash ahead of payday, despite it posting another quarter of rising sales and enjoying its “busiest-ever” day of trading last month. ... [more] 23 Jul, 2013
Cocktail bars business launch franchise scheme.
bdaily.co.uk - Shopping centre cocktail bar multiple, 360 Champagne & Cocktails have launched a franchise model to secure growth. ... [more] 22 Jul, 2013
Popular Aussie franchise hits the UK.
australiantimes.co.uk - Following great success in Australia and New Zealand, Local Appliance Rentals Ltd is now inviting new franchisees to join them in growing the business in Britain. ... [more] 22 Jul, 2013
International tool distributor extends network with three new franchisees.
startups.co.uk - Mark Willgoose, Andy Flynn and Chris Wood are the newest franchisee recruits to join mobile tools franchise, Mac Tools, part of the £7bn global organisation Stanley Black and Decker. ... [more] 22 Jul, 2013
The National Franchise Exhibition 4 & 5 Octorber 2013.
thefranchisemagazine.net - Aspiring franchisees, travelling from all over the UK and abroad to the UK’s largest franchise event, will not be disappointed, judging by the views of Kerry Kimber, who made the journey... [more] 19 Jul, 2013
Bargain Booze plans to float will help expansion to the South.
independent.co.uk - The group behind the Bargain Booze chain today said it plans to raise up to £65 million by listing on the stock market, which will net its private-equity backer a hefty windfall. ... [more] 17 Jul, 2013
Halal wholesale business turns to franchise shops.
meatinfo.co.uk - A halal meat wholesaling business has franchised its business with funding from NatWest, in a move that has created 70 new jobs. ... [more] 15 Jul, 2013
Annual Conference delivers resounding success.
thebfa.org - With record numbers, expert speakers, big names and a stunning venue, the 2013 bfa Annual Conference promised much – and delivered even more, surpassing expectations with what was widely regarded as... [more] 12 Jul, 2013
Original Poster Company franchisees acquire new site.
startups.co.uk - Franchisees Michael and Claire Welham of greeting card distribution chain the Original Poster Company (OPC) have acquired a second territory adjacent to their current Twickenham/Kingston site. ... [more] 12 Jul, 2013
Heritage’s franchise division secures industry accreditation.
bdaily.co.uk - A franchising division, launched by Heritage Healthcare, a leading provider of home-based care, has been validated with a prestigious industry accreditation. ... [more] 12 Jul, 2013
Century 21 UK launches franchise website.
mortgageintroducer.com - Century 21 UK, the estate and letting agency franchise, has launched a new business to business recruitment website specifically for those looking to operate a franchise. ... [more] 11 Jul, 2013
M&S clothing and non-food sales fall for eighth consecutive quarter.
guardian.co.uk - Marks and Spencer has recorded its eighth consecutive quarterly like-for-like fall in clothing and non-food sales in the past three months, although chief executive Marc Bolland said there had been... [more] 9 Jul, 2013
WHSmith trials franchising to expand its store network.
retail-week.com - WHSmith has started a trial franchising of its brand to independent newsagents in a bid to expand its network. ... [more] 8 Jul, 2013
Franchisor of the Year Awards winners revealed.
thebfa.org - The UK's most outstanding franchisors have been announced at the 2013 bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards, supported by Express Newspapers. ... [more] 5 Jul, 2013
Costa Coffee expands franchise network across North West England.
startups.co.uk - Global coffee franchise Costa Coffee has opened three new stores in the Merseyside area following a £1m investment by Yorkshire Bank into existing franchisee Optimum Coffee Group. ... [more] 5 Jul, 2013
Domino's gets €12m slice of action.
independent.ie - Domino's Pizza is heading into "clearer waters" in Ireland as its system sales here rose 5.1pc to €12.1m in the 13 weeks to June 30. ... [more] 4 Jul, 2013
Renewable energy store Green Square launches franchise opportunity.
startups.co.uk - Dedicated renewable energy store Green Square has announced the launch of a franchise operation, encouraging like-minded entrepreneurs to facilitate the UK-wide expansion of the brand. ... [more] 3 Jul, 2013
Norwich restaurant chain Zaks looking to create 30 new outlets across the country.
eveningnews24.co.uk - Since 1979 Zaks restaurants have been serving up their tasty American-style menu to diners in Norwich. ... [more] 3 Jul, 2013
Advantage Starbucks as Lavazza retreats on UK plans.
independent.co.uk - Coffee-maker Lavazza has dramatically scaled back its expansion plans in the UK amid problems with its business partner. ... [more] 3 Jul, 2013
Franchisor Finalist Focus: bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year (part 2).
thebfa.org - Continuing our in-depth look at the six shortlisted companies in the running to be named the 2013 bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year on Thursday 4 July, the final three brands in contention take centre stage. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2013
Franchisor Finalist Focus: bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year (part 1).
thebfa.org - In the final part of an in-depth look at what helped franchisors stand out for this year’s awards, it’s time to focus on the most prestigious accolade in UK franchising – the overall bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year. ... [more] 1 Jul, 2013

Burger battle heats up as Five Guys and Shake Shack arrive in UK.
guardian.co.uk - The mushrooming of upscale burger joints, especially in London, is set to escalate next week when two US companies open their first UK outlets within 24 hours of each other – and just 320 metres apart. ... [more] 28 Jun, 2013
Mac Tools expands reach with four new franchisees.
startups.co.uk - Tool distributor franchise Mac Tools has announced the addition of four new franchisees to its UK network in territories across the state. ... [more] 28 Jun, 2013
Subway opens the doors to its first franchise in a Lidl supermarket.
thefranchisemagazine.net - The 800 sq ft shop joins the other 11 owned outlets owned by Subway franchise owner Raj Rao. The new store is located just outside Cromer in Norfolk. ... [more] 27 Jun, 2013
Papa John’s extends network with two new franchise outlets.
startups.co.uk - Pizza company Papa John’s, which claims to be the third largest in the world, has added two new franchise outlets in the West Midlands to its growing network. ... [more] 26 Jun, 2013
Franchisor Finalist Focus: Franchisee Support.
thebfa.org - Continuing the in-depth look at the finalists in the 2013 bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards it’s time to find out what made four companies stand out in the HSBC Franchisee Support category. ... [more] 25 Jun, 2013
Starbucks pays UK corporation tax for first time since 2009.
bbc.co.uk - Coffee giant Starbucks has paid £5m in UK corporation tax - its first such tax payment since 2009 - the company has announced. ... [more] 23 Jun, 2013
Scottish property lettings chain seeking franchisees.
startups.co.uk - Scotland-based property lettings franchise PHP Lettings is looking to recruit a series of new franchisees to support its UK expansion. ... [more] 21 Jun, 2013
Global IT training specialist announces franchise opportunities.
startups.co.uk - Global IT training chain New Horizons has announced UK-wide franchise opportunities. Founded in 1982, the training franchise currently has 300 centres in over 60 countries. ... [more] 18 Jun, 2013
Franchisor Finalist Focus: Brand Builder of the Year.
thebfa.org - In the run-up to the announcement of the winners for the 2013 bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year awards we’re going to focus in on the 13 companies that made it onto the shortlist of finalists... [more] 17 Jun, 2013
Social enterprise start-up wins The Big Venture Challenge Award.
startups.co.uk - The Darlington-based social-minded business Patchwork People was yesterday announced as The Big Venture Challenge Award winner. ... [more] 13 Jun, 2013
Starbucks opens its first UK franchise store.
thefranchisemagazine.net - The new store at the Liphook Services, on the A3 northbound towards London, will be the blueprint for further stores, which are planned to open across the country as Starbucks grow its... [more] 11 Jun, 2013
Caroline’s Cars looks at franchising across UK.
am-online.com - Independent repairer, Caroline’s Cars, in Norwich is celebrating 10 years in business with a focus on creating a female friendly service environment and the business is now looking to franchise the idea across the... [more] 11 Jun, 2013
A yoga franchise gave me a business and the freedom to enjoy my family.
guardian.co.uk - People looking to work more flexibly don't have to start a business: franchises allow you to set up from home. ... [more] 7 Jun, 2013
UK franchise Baguette Express announces global opportunities.
startups.co.uk - The sandwich chain Baguette Express, which has a network of over 70 stores in the UK, has announced global opportunities for potential new master franchises. ... [more] 5 Jun, 2013
Domino's tests drone pizza delivery.
cnn.com - In perhaps the first bit of "technological research" to involve flying pepperoni, Domino's has developed a drone capable of delivering pizzas. ... [more] 4 Jun, 2013
Third keynote speaker confirmed for bfa Annual Conference.
thebfa.org - The impressive line-up for the 2013 bfa Annual Conference has become even stronger with the announcement of renowned marketing expert Dee Blick as its third keynote speaker. ... [more] 29 May, 2013
Mark Whitaker’s Queensbury opening marks sixth franchise for The Dog Walker.
startups.co.uk - Yorkshire’s largest pet care and well-being specialist has taken on a new recruit for its Queensbury franchise; former logistics director Mark Whitaker. ... [more] 29 May, 2013
Drain Doctor franchise accelerates growth just one year after launching.
startups.co.uk - Husband and wife team Jon and Lisa Parker have expanded their Oxford and Banbury franchise of Drain Doctor Plumbing and Drainage Ltd after just one year, employing a new recruit. ... [more] 28 May, 2013
Why it's never too late to set up a franchise operation.
smallbusiness.co.uk - Rik Hellewell, franchising expert and founder of Ovenu, talks about the advantages of setting up a franchise in your 50s or even later. ... [more] 28 May, 2013
Children's Music Franchise Owner Celebrates 10 Successful Years.
prweb.com - A former bank manager is now celebrating ten year's success in providing Rhythm Time music classes to babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers in the Leeds area. ... [more] 24 May, 2013
Winners of Encouraging Women into Franchising awards announced.
startups.co.uk - Seven exceptional women in franchising were awarded at the Encouraging Women into Franchising awards (EWIF) last week. ... [more] 23 May, 2013
Revamped Franchisee of the Year awards open for entries.
thebfa.org - The 2013 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards, supported by Express Newspapers, have been launched with a completely revamped format and five new national award categories this year. ... [more] 22 May, 2013
Marks & Spencer profits fall again.
guardian.co.uk - Profits at Marks & Spencer have fallen for the second year in a row as its much maligned womenswear divison continued to disappoint. ... [more] 21 May, 2013
British Franchise Award Night Set For July.
thefranchisemagazine.net - This year’s bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards gala dinner will be held at the Honourable Artillery Company in London’s east end on Thursday, July 4. ... [more] 17 May, 2013
Podcast: Listen to senior figures discuss franchising.
thebfa.org - During recent Scottish Franchise Week events, BBC Radio Scotland journalist Gillian Marles talked to senior figures within the industry about many aspects of franchising... [more] 17 May, 2013
Domino's UK recognizes top employees.
pizzamarketplace.com - Domino's UK has recognized various employees within the system at the company's recent event in Liverpool, England. ... [more] 15 May, 2013
James Caan partners with artwork publishing franchise.
startups.co.uk - Business advisory firm HB Prime Advantage, led by ex-Dragon James Caan, has announced the addition of artwork publishing franchise Whistlefish Galleries to its portfolio. ... [more] 14 May, 2013
Just Falafel plans to open 200 UK restaurants within five years.
bighospitality.co.uk - Just Falafel, the falafel restaurant chain founded in Abu Dhabi in 2007, intends to embark on a period of rapid expansion to reach 200 UK restaurants within the next five years. ... [more] 14 May, 2013
Big-name speaker highlights inaugural Great Northern Franchise Breakfast.
thebfa.org - The bfa is launching the inaugural Great Northern Franchise Breakfast, sponsored by Lloyds TSB, which takes place on Friday 21st June at the iconic Midland Hotel in central Manchester. ... [more] 8 May, 2013
Heritage launches franchising division.
insidermedia.com - Heritage Healthcare, a provider of home-based care, has launched a franchising division targeting North and South Tyneside, Sunderland and County Durham. ... [more] 8 May, 2013
SFW review: from golf course to rugby pitch, via business arena.
thebfa.org - The tenth Scottish Franchise Week, sponsored by Bank of Scotland and Platinum Wave, took place at the beginning of May with an array of events successfully raising the profile of the sector north of the border. ... [more] 8 May, 2013
Three new franchisees join Mac Tools network.
startups.co.uk - A trio of new franchisees have joined tool retailers Mac Tools, adding to a network of more than 115 distributors in the UK. ... [more] 1 May, 2013
Post Office launches franchise move.
shropshirestar.com - The Post Office has launched a search for retailers to run 70 Crown branches, a day after workers went on strike over the move. ... [more] 30 Apr, 2013
Franchisee plans further Scottish expansion for Papa John’s.
startups.co.uk - Pizza franchise Papa John’s has announced the opening of a new Prestwick/Ayr store next week, as part of an ongoing Scottish expansion plan by franchisee Paul McDermott. ... [more] 30 Apr, 2013
Platinum Property Partners recruits support staff to expand franchisee network.
startups.co.uk - Property investor organisation Platinum Property Partners (PPP) has announced the appointment of six new members of staff, who will be used to support the expansion of the firm’s franchise operation. ... [more] 26 Apr, 2013
Couple dive into new swimming franchise.
thisiskent.co.uk - Husband and wife team Clive and Lindsay Relf turned their backs on successful careers in banking to buy into a franchise business that teaches young children how to swim. ... [more] 26 Apr, 2013
Driver Hire opens 100th office.
startups.co.uk - Transport and logistics recruiter Driver Hire celebrated opening its 100th office this week, marking further expansion for its successful franchise model. ... [more] 26 Apr, 2013
Scottish Business Breakfast: from rugby pitch to business field.
thebfa.org - The Scottish Franchise Business Breakfast, sponsored by Bank of Scotland and Platinum Wave, maintains its position as the key event of Scottish Franchise Week, taking place from 29th April to 3rd May. ... [more] 25 Apr, 2013
Elderly care firm to roll out franchises.
scotsman.com - A care company that helps its elderly customers to remain in their own homes is launching a franchise system to take its brand across the UK. ... [more] 21 Apr, 2013
13 outstanding companies shortlisted for Franchisor of the Year Awards.
startups.co.uk - The British Franchise Association (bfa) has announced the names of 13 impressive companies, who have been put through to the final of the Franchisor of the Year Awards. ... [more] 18 Apr, 2013
Finalists revealed for franchise industry's most prestigious awards.
thebfa.org - The British Franchise Association (bfa) has announced the finalists for the 2013 bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year awards, supported by Express Newspapers. ... [more] 15 Apr, 2013
Scottish Franchise Week 2013 prepares for launch.
thebfa.org - The prospects for the ethical franchising sector in Scotland have never looked brighter as the bfa prepares for the tenth annual Scottish Franchise Week, taking place 29th April to 3rd May 2013. ... [more] 11 Apr, 2013
One Stop to pilot franchise convenience model.
just-food.com - Tesco-owned UK convenience business One Stop Stores is to trial a franchise model with local independent retailers. ... [more] 4 Apr, 2013
KFC expansion to create 1,600 jobs.
guardian.co.uk - Fried-chicken restaurant chain KFC will create 1,600 jobs this year by opening more than 40 restaurants across the UK and Ireland. ... [more] 31 Mar, 2013
InterContinental Sells Park Lane Hotel for $457 Million.
businessweek.com - InterContinental Hotels Group Plc agreed to sell its London Park Lane Hotel to Middle Eastern investors for 301.5 million pounds ($457 million) as it sharpens its focus on managing properties and brands. ... [more] 28 Mar, 2013
Misconceptions About Franchising Abound, Survey Reveals.
prnewswire.com - Stronger regulation would help challenge widely held misconceptions about the franchising industry, according to franchisors polled in a FranchiseSales .co.uk survey. ... [more] 26 Mar, 2013
FranchisingMatters .com Supports Mums Returning to Work.
prweb.com - FranchisingMatters .com is proud to announce they are sponsoring the East Surrey Twins Group, a group who offers continued and vital support to parents of multiples. ... [more] 22 Mar, 2013
whichfranchise .com and bfa announce renewed partnership.
thebfa.org - The British Franchise Association (bfa) and whichfranchise .com today announced a renewed agreement, continuing their close-working online partnership which started over a decade ago. ... [more] 20 Mar, 2013
Monsoon Accessorize to seek High Court protection.
rte.ie - The Monsoon Accessorize women's clothing chain, which employs 269 people in Ireland, will seek High Court protection next week so it can continue as a going concern. ... [more] 5 Mar, 2013
Childcare franchise expands to UK.
franchise.net.au - An after-hours childcare business, Sherpa Kids, has extended its reach to the UK with the first British franchise opening early this year. ... [more] 4 Mar, 2013
Successful start for franchise exhibition calendar.
thebfa.org - The first of the 2013 UK franchise exhibitions pulled in the crowds to set the scene for a busy franchising year. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2013
Domino’s expects to create 1,500 jobs after record profits.
scotsman.com - Pizza delivery firm Domino’s has said the UK’s appetite for takeaway food should help it generate 1,500 jobs this year. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2013
Women in franchising awards open for applications.
startups.co.uk - The Encouraging Women into Franchising (EIWF) Awards 2013 have officially opened for entries. Looking for men and women who have made an outstanding contribution to the services of women in... [more] 18 Feb, 2013
The UK’s leading franchise awards now open.
thebfa.org - The British Franchise Association (bfa) is today announcing that the 2013 bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards, supported by Express Newspapers, are open for entries. ... [more] 13 Feb, 2013
Original Poster Company franchisee expands site ownership.
startups.co.uk - Original Poster Company (OPC) franchisee Guy Fryer has expanded his franchise network, purchasing a territory in Southampton. ... [more] 8 Feb, 2013
Franchise fears for post offices.
eveningtimes.co.uk - Post offices in East Kilbride and Cumbernauld are among five in Scotland earmarked to relocate to become franchises in shops. ... [more] 8 Feb, 2013
Casablanca's M&S store opens for business.
independent.co.uk - Marks & Spencer is to open its first Moroccan store today in Casablanca, in the latest leg of its international expansion. ... [more] 6 Feb, 2013
Starbucks opens first franchise store in UK and plans nationwide roll out in 2013.
retailtimes.co.uk - Starbucks is opening its first franchise store in the UK, in Liphook, Hampshire. The store is part of an eight-store deal with local entrepreneurs, 23.5 Degrees, expected to create over 100 new jobs in... [more] 6 Feb, 2013
Mail Boxes Etc. extends license to continue franchising in UK.
startups.co.uk - Business services franchise Mail Boxes Etc. has extended its license agreement, securing its place as a UK franchisor for the next 10 years. ... [more] 6 Feb, 2013
Restaurants backer David Page back with new Fulham Shore venture.
independent.co.uk - David Page, the restaurants entrepreneur who has backed and made fortunes from PizzaExpress and Gourmet Burger Kitchen among many other chains, is back with a new venture called Fulham Shore. ... [more] 6 Feb, 2013
Second bfa annual conference speaker confirmed as Greg Dyke.
thebfa.org - The second keynote speaker at this year's bfa annual conference has been confirmed as former BBC director general Greg Dyke. ... [more] 1 Feb, 2013
Franchise Direct releases results of prospective franchising survey.
pressdispensary.co.uk - Franchise Direct – the UK's largest online franchise directory – recently completed its UK Prospective Franchising Survey in which it requested responses from site visitors on a range of topics... [more] 31 Jan, 2013
Franchisee representatives for bfa Board of Directors announced.
thebfa.org - The line-up for this year’s bfa Board of Directors has been completed with the confirmation of the three franchisees who will join the rest of the Board, elected last month by the bfa membership. ... [more] 29 Jan, 2013
Baskin-Robbins launches multi-store franchising opportunity.
startups.co.uk - The world’s largest ice cream speciality store Baskin-Robbins is offering a multi-store franchise opportunity to ambitious entrepreneurs. ... [more] 29 Jan, 2013
Mothercare tries to sharpen up and cash in on baby boom.
guardian.co.uk - Nothing is too good for today's infants, so midmarket retailer Mothercare must raise its game or lose even more market share... [more] 27 Jan, 2013
Nick Robinson announced as bfa annual conference speaker.
thebfa.org - Nick Robinson, national political commentator and broadcaster, has been confirmed as the primary speaker at this year’s British Franchise Association Annual Conference, which takes place on the 4th & 5th July... [more] 25 Jan, 2013
Burger King drops firm which supplied horse meat.
reuters.com - Burger King said on Thursday it had stopped using one of the firms caught up in the scandal of supplying grocers with beef that contained horse meat. ... [more] 24 Jan, 2013
McDonald's creates 2,500 new jobs.
guardian.co.uk - McDonald's plans to serve up another 2,500 new jobs this year after adding more than 20,000 people to its workforce during the past five years. ... [more] 23 Jan, 2013
Blockbuster paid £250,000 in tax despite sales of more than £3.5bn.
guardian.co.uk - Movie rental chain's UK franchise was charged £78m in royalties for use of brand, IT systems and other rights by US parent. ... [more] 21 Jan, 2013
Latest restaurant is a UK first for McDonald’s.
portsmouth.co.uk - A fast food chain has notched up a UK first with its latest outlet. Grant Copper, Portsmouth-based McDonald’s franchisee, has opened his sixteenth restaurant in Bognor Regis. It is the first of its kind to be a... [more] 17 Jan, 2013
Blockbuster UK goes into administration.
guardian.co.uk - Collapse of video and games rental company puts 4,190 jobs at risk, as internet competition takes its toll on another high street retailer. ... [more] 16 Jan, 2013
DWP and bfa team up to provide resources for Jobcentre Plus network.
thebfa.org - The British Franchise Association and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) have created new resources to help better educate individuals about the pros and cons of franchising when considering their... [more] 15 Jan, 2013
bfa's prospective franchisee and franchisor seminar programmes updated.
thebfa.org - The bfa’s seminars for prospective franchisees and franchisors have been revamped for 2013. The events, which take place in different cities around the UK each month, have been updated to ensure that they... [more] 4 Jan, 2013
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