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TGI Fridays sells UK franchise to Electra as private equity dines out. - TGI Fridays, the casual dining restaurant chain known for its retro American-themed setting, has sold its UK franchise business to Electra Partners in the latest private equity buyout in Britain's eating-out market. ... [more] 23 Dec, 2014
Meet the UK Franchisee of the Year 2014: Tina Young. - Winning, work/life balance and turning her passion into a business: hear from the Barking Mad businesswoman and mother-of-two who triumphed over global brands to be named bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
Property franchise MartinCo set for renewed growth after purchase of competitor franchise chain. - AIM-listed property franchise MartinCo plc has expanded its franchise network with the purchase of the entire property franchise arm of Legal & General – Xperience... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
My experience taking the QFP: Simon Hanna. - The QFP is the national qualification for franchising professionals. Here Simon Hanna details how taking his has helped him practically in his day-to-day role. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
bfa membership elects new board of directors. - New franchisors elected to become directors of the Association, alongside new forum chairs and committee chairs as the bfa's governance structure for 2015 is announced. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2014
Pam Bader OBE and Brian Lewis receive bfa Companionships. - CEO of Molly Maid and founder of Cash Generator are awarded the highest honour bestowed by the bfa for their dedication and long-term commitment to ethical franchising. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2014
Memorandum of understanding signed between bfa and Abu Dhabi Chamber. - Simon Bartholomew signs cooperative agreement between the bfa and the Chamber, with the Middle East proving to be fertile ground for UK brands expanding overseas. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2014
Auditel celebrates 20 years in business and awards “outstanding” franchisees. - Cost management franchise Auditel has celebrated 20 years in business with an awards ceremony to recognise its “outstanding” franchisees of 2014; with Stephen Sowerby awarded the overall prize of... [more] 16 Dec, 2014
DHL on board for International Retail Franchising Summit. - The International Retail Franchising Summit (IRFS) has confirmed international postal solutions provider DHL Global Mail UK as a sponsor of its inaugural show, next spring. ... [more] 11 Dec, 2014
Serial Papa John’s franchisee opens fourth store. - Serial franchisee Erol Ayvaz has opened his fourth Papa John’s store this month in Lowestoft. ... [more] 9 Dec, 2014
American yoghurt chain Menchie's plans UK stores. - Menchie’s, the American frozen yoghurt parlour chain, is to launch in the UK next year with plans to open 200 stores and create up to 3,000 jobs. ... [more] 6 Dec, 2014
TruGreen opens first Northern Ireland franchises. - Lawn care franchise TruGreen continues expansion plans, signing two new franchisees to cover the west of Northern Ireland. ... [more] 5 Dec, 2014
Blackpool bar owner launches cafe franchise. - A Blackpool entrepreneur has handed over the reins of his latest venture as he plans a series of franchises. ... [more] 5 Dec, 2014
New Driver Hire franchisee set for online Christmas boost. - Last Christmas was a record for online sales – up 19% on 2012. And Christmas 2014 is all set to be even bigger. ... [more] 5 Dec, 2014
Legal Ease: good faith principles in franchise agreements. - Recent judgements have brought the duties of good faith obligations in franchise relationships to the fore again. Expert franchise solicitors John Pratt and Victoria Hobbs give their opinions on latest developments. ... [more] 1 Dec, 2014
Small employers urged to get a head start on auto enrolment. - Employers with fewer than 30 workers are being urged to start preparing now for automatic enrolment. The Pensions Regulator have issued the following statement to small businesses across the UK... [more] 28 Nov, 2014
Belvoir franchisee builds on success with second office opening. - AIM-listed property management chain Belvoir has expanded its reach with the addition of its new Bingham office, opened by long-standing franchisee Charlotte Baker. ... [more] 28 Nov, 2014
One Stop to take franchise format to Scotland. - One Stop is taking its new franchise format into Scotland for the first time, John Miller head of franchise operations, has revealed. ... [more] 27 Nov, 2014
Oven Wizards signs new franchisee. - Mark Bedford is the newest franchisee to join specialist cleaning group Oven Wizards, which is hoping to expand its reach further throughout the UK. ... [more] 27 Nov, 2014
Franchise industry enjoying rapid growth across the UK says Franchise Direct. - Franchise Direct UK, the country's number one franchise directory for more than 15 years, is reporting rapid growth in the UK franchising industry, at a rate higher than the newly buoyant national... [more] 24 Nov, 2014
Mac Tools welcomes four new franchisees. - Mobile automotive equipment seller Mac Tools has recruited four new franchisees, expanding its 200-plus strong network. ... [more] 14 Nov, 2014
Bargain Booze trial to launch in Scotland. - Conviviality Retail, the parent company of Bargain Booze and Wine Rack, has announced plans to launch Bargain Booze in Scotland, in partnership with Scottish Midland Co-operative Society Group (Scotmid). ... [more] 12 Nov, 2014
Driver Hire announces latest franchisee signing. - Driver Hire, the leading franchisor in specialist transport and logistics recruitment, has announced the recruitment of its latest franchisee Richard Bradshaw. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2014
Very tasty franchise opportunity in Cardiff. - Auntie Anne’s, the world’s largest soft pretzel retailer, has just announced a tasty proposition to the city’s business savvy investors. ... [more] 6 Nov, 2014
Free Middle East branding boost on offer to franchisors. - The bfa is working with the US Commercial Service in Abu Dhabi to help UK franchisors looking to expand into the region, or already franchising there and looking to increase brand visibility to prospective franchisees. ... [more] 5 Nov, 2014
British Franchise Association awards Business Doctors full membership. - National business coaching franchise Business Doctors has been accepted as a member of the British Franchise Association (bfa), having demonstrated a “proven trading and franchising record”. ... [more] 4 Nov, 2014
Free webinar for US franchisors looking to UK market. - The bfa is once again teaming up with the US Commercial Service in London to provide advice and guidance for US franchisors looking to enter the UK market, through a free webinar on Tuesday 18 November... [more] 3 Nov, 2014
Water Babies reaches franchise milestone. - Water Babies, one of the UK’s leading baby and toddler swimming schools, has been running a successful franchise company since 2003 and now boasts a network of over fifty across the UK/Ireland. ... [more] 31 Oct, 2014
Business intelligence franchise Red Flag Alert gains bfa membership. - Business intelligence and data integrity franchise Red Flag Alert has been officially welcomed to the franchise industry after gaining British Franchise Association (bfa) accreditation at the recent... [more] 28 Oct, 2014
Right at Home becomes full member of BFA. - Award-winning franchisor Right at Home, one of the worlds leaders in home care, has announced that it has become a full member of the British Franchise Association (bfa). ... [more] 28 Oct, 2014
Dunkin’ Donuts franchise returns to UK with new opportunities. - Following a 20-year hiatus from the UK, American doughnut-chain Dunkin’ Donuts has partnered with sister brand Baskin-Robbins to open its first ‘combi’ store. ... [more] 27 Oct, 2014
Project Pie, Former Hakkasan CEO Niall Howard to Develop 60 Restaurants in UK and Ireland. - Project Pie will add 60 locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland following a new master agreement with The Canavan Co. UK Ltd., in partnership with former Hakkasan CEO Niall Howard... [more] 17 Oct, 2014
WH Smith to open budget greeting card chain. - WH Smith intends to open a chain of specialist greeting cards outlets under the name “cardmarket” in the retailer’s latest effort to tackle declining sales of books, newspapers and magazines. ... [more] 16 Oct, 2014
10 weird McDonald’s facts as fast-food chain celebrates 40 years since opening first UK restaurant in Woolwich. - Forty years ago the world-famous Big Mac hit the UK streets and it all started in Woolwich. ... [more] 16 Oct, 2014
Autosmart gears up for 35th anniversary with three new franchise additions. - Autosmart, a franchise which distributes valeting products to the trade, has welcomed three new franchiseeses to its chain on the back of its Swansea, Reading, and Stourbridge resale opportunities. ... [more] 15 Oct, 2014
Jetts enters the UK, expands in Europe. - 24/7 gym franchise Jetts is taking on the UK market and expanding its presence in Europe, seven years after opening its first club on the Gold Coast in Australia. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2014
Cornwall McDonald's franchisee creates 25 new jobs. - Twenty five new jobs have been created in Cornwall after a McDonald’s fanchisee expanded his restaurant. ... [more] 9 Oct, 2014
Silsden man launches new dog walking franchise. - A former RSPCA main board director from Silsden is the latest new franchisee to join an award-winning West Yorkshire-based dog walking business. ... [more] 9 Oct, 2014
SUBWAY franchise owner wins BFA Female Franchisee of The Year Award. - The Subway brand is delighted to announce that Subway franchise owner, Rachel Shaw was named Female Franchisee of the Year at last night’s British Franchise Association awards ceremony. ... [more] 9 Oct, 2014
Barking Mad businesswoman named Franchisee of the Year. - Tina Young, of dog boarding business Barking Mad, has been crowned winner of the bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards 2014. ... [more] 3 Oct, 2014
Oven Wizards ramps up franchise drive following bfa accreditation. - Oven cleaning franchise Oven Wizards is set for further expansion having become the latest member of the British Franchise Association (bfa). ... [more] 3 Oct, 2014
Domino's Pizza Rolls Out More New Stores. - Domino's Pizza has seen quarterly sales rise by 13%, amid reconfirmation of a plan to open up to 50 new stores before 2015. ... [more] 2 Oct, 2014
Oven cleaning franchise launches three new branches. - OvenGleamers, the premium oven cleaning franchise, has signed three new units in the last three weeks. ... [more] 1 Oct, 2014
Finalists Focus: Microbusiness Franchisee of the Year. - The final feature on the finalists for the bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year focuses on small businesses making a huge impact - groundbreaking developers in their networks. ... [more] 30 Sep, 2014
Finalists Focus: Olderpreneur Franchisee of the Year. - Proving that age is no barrier to success in franchising, four finalists in this new category for the bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year awards have brought life and career experience to the forefront of their success. ... [more] 29 Sep, 2014
Finalists Focus: Female Franchisee of the Year. - Women have played a substantial and increasing role in the franchise sector for several years. Three of the best have been shortlisted for this year's bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year award. ... [more] 26 Sep, 2014
Prospective franchisees encouraged to attend upcoming National Franchise Exhibition. - Individuals looking for a change in career or to launch a new business are being urged to attend the National Franchise Exhibition, which is set to return next week at the NEC Birmingham. ... [more] 25 Sep, 2014
Finalists Focus: B2B Franchisee of the Year. - Different backgrounds, but sharing a meticulous focus on quality and service to drive substantial businesses: it's the B2B category of the bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year awards. ... [more] 25 Sep, 2014
New McDonald's opens in York, creating 80 jobs. - Eighty new jobs have been created as McDonald’s opens its latest restaurant in York bringing a second drive-thru outlet to the city. ... [more] 25 Sep, 2014
One Stop Franchise unveils 50th store. - One Stop Franchise has unveiled its 50th store, following the launch of its franchise model eight months ago. ... [more] 25 Sep, 2014
Finalists Focus: Customer Service Franchisee of the Year. - One of the reasons that franchise outlets have historically outperformed company-owned operations is that a business owner is willing to go that much further to deliver more for his or her customers. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2014
Sign of time as business busts £1m barrier. - A family run franchise is recruiting more staff as it prepares to pass the £1m sales barrier. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2014
Lessons business is swimming with the franchising tide. - A franchise business founded by an entrepreneurial couple in Altrincham 17 years ago is about to break through the £4m turnover barrier for the first time. ... [more] 22 Sep, 2014
Finalists Focus: Young Franchisee of the Year. - The bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards take place on 2 October, with 19 finalists vying to win one of six categories and one of those six being named the UK’s Franchisee of the Year 2014. ... [more] 18 Sep, 2014
Heritage Healthcare enjoys early-stage franchise growth with new signings. - Domiciliary care and healthcare provider Heritage Healthcare is celebrating early success of its recently-launched franchise arm after signing two new franchisees to its chain. ... [more] 15 Sep, 2014
Friends’ Central Perk coffee shop set for UK expansion. - The Central Perk franchise, based on the coffee shop featured on popular US sitcom Friends, has just opened its third site in the UK in Liverpool and has ambitious expansion plans, aiming to have 300 UK... [more] 15 Sep, 2014
Costa Coffee sales boost Whitbread. - The UK's love affair with Costa Coffee shows no sign of cooling, as parent company Whitbread reported a healthy rise in sales at the chain. ... [more] 9 Sep, 2014
Expertise Homecare celebrates launch with UK-wide franchise opportunities. - A new home care franchise has launched this week with a goal to “revolutionise” the UK’s home care sector by offering a “unique” franchise model which includes software and systems. ... [more] 5 Sep, 2014
Lawn care franchise TruGreen welcomes West Yorkshire recruit. - Nationwide lawn care chain TruGreen has ramped up its franchise drive with the addition of new franchisee Darren White to its West Yorkshire territory. ... [more] 2 Sep, 2014
Belvoir’s Sheffield franchise smashes 19-year turnover record. - Specialist lettings agency franchise Belvoir today announced its Sheffield franchise exceeded £100,000 turnover in July this year, marking the highest monthly turnover of any office in the company’s... [more] 29 Aug, 2014
Heritage Healthcare takes on first franchisee. - North East-based homecare provider Heritage Healthcare today announced it has taken on its first ever franchisee, after launching its franchise operation in April 2013. ... [more] 28 Aug, 2014
DoubleTree by Hilton Opens 10th London Location. - DoubleTree by Hilton today celebrated the opening of the latest addition to its growing London portfolio – the brand’s 10th hotel in the capital area. ... [more] 27 Aug, 2014
Growing U.S. In-Home Care Franchise Announces Plans to Fill U.K. Demand. - U.S.-based BrightStar Care, with more than 260 franchises, plans to expand aggressively across the United Kingdom with Master Franchisees and Area Developers. ... [more] 26 Aug, 2014
TruGreen welcomes new Hertfordshire franchisee following £100,000 buyout. - Professional lawn care franchise TruGreen has underseen the successful £100,000 buyout of its Hertforshire chain with the addition of new franchisee Andy Hazell, replacing former owner Ed Lawrence. ... [more] 22 Aug, 2014
Right at Home U.K. Recognized by BFA as Emerging Franchisor of the Year. - Right at Home U.K. is pleased to announce they have received the British Franchise Association’s (BFA) Emerging Franchisor of the Year award. ... [more] 21 Aug, 2014
Franchising contributing to Britain’s emergence as the self-employment capital of Western Europe. - According to a report published on Tuesday 12th August, 2014, by the think tank Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), Britain has become the self-employment capital of western Europe. ... [more] 14 Aug, 2014
Merry Maids franchise couple expand operations after 10 successful years. - Household cleaning franchise Merry Maids has announced that franchisees Tom and Julie Jackson have ramped up growth with the purchase of its Solihull license; 10 years after the husband and wife-duo... [more] 14 Aug, 2014
Established entrepreneur joins cost management franchise Auditel. - Cost management chain Auditel has ramped up its growth after attracting seasoned entrepreneur Lee Walton to its franchise network. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2014
SUBWAY announces appointment of Area Development Manager for UK and Ireland. - Greg Madigan – who officially started in the role this week – has over a decade of experience with the SUBWAY brand, and takes over the responsibility of developing the brand in the UK and Ireland... [more] 9 Aug, 2014
Merry Maids welcomes franchise couple following resale opportunity. - Domestic cleaning franchise Merry Maids, a brand of national franchisor ServiceMaster Ltd, has overseen the successful resale of its Teeside site with husband-and-wife duo Paul and Joanne Nicholson... [more] 7 Aug, 2014
Courier chain Diamond Logistics fulfils expansion plans with seven franchise openings. - Same day courier and logistics chain Diamond Logistics Ltd has announced that it has “dramatically” expanded its franchise network of late with seven new depot openings in the last six weeks. ... [more] 6 Aug, 2014
Window cleaning business becomes “first of its kind” to join BFA. - Window cleaning firm Harvard Window Cleaning has launched as a franchise operation with accreditation from the British Franchise Association (bfa); the “first business of its kind” to receive bfa membership. ... [more] 29 Jul, 2014
Mothercare drops 6% as it loses both US bidder and finance director. - Mothercare is under pressure after US predator Destination Maternity dropped its proposed offer and the departure of its finance director to Debenhams. ... [more] 28 Jul, 2014
Weight loss chain ramps up growth with new franchise additions. - Weight loss chain Ideal Weight has announced the recruitment of two new franchisees, Helen Whittington and Lauren Smith, who will now operate territories in St Albans and Edinburgh. ... [more] 25 Jul, 2014
How Hotcha hopes to become the Domino's of Chinese takeaway. - The Bristol-based takeaway chain Hotcha plans to go from 10 to 100 branches in the next three years as it mounts a “flat-out” assault to become the UK’s first national Chinese takeaway brand. ... [more] 25 Jul, 2014
Ripples franchise couple celebrate first year in business. - Husband-and-wide duo Martin and Fiona McDonagh, franchisees for premier bathroom chain Ripples, are celebrating following an “extremely successful” first year in business. ... [more] 24 Jul, 2014
Communication is key at Home Instead. - Home Instead Senior Care delivered five regional meetings for its franchisee’s across the UK during June, with the main theme being the recruitment and retention of caregivers and staff. ... [more] 23 Jul, 2014
Mini Monkey Gym. - These are exciting times for Penny Holbrook. In 2009, Penny launched her nursery play enterprise, Mini Monkey Gym, and today she is hard at work supporting the brands first franchisee... [more] 21 Jul, 2014
Rosemary Bookkeeping boosted by two new franchisees. - Nationwide bookkeeping chain Rosemary Bookkeeping is set to scale its franchise network after signing new franchisees Ashish Brahmbatt and David Vasey, who will be launching... [more] 18 Jul, 2014
Fight Fit Combat Fitness kickstarts with first franchisees. - Fight Fit Combat Fitness, a new franchise specialising in martial arts workouts, has welcomed its first franchisees to its chain. ... [more] 16 Jul, 2014
Prospective franchisees invited to attend Franchise Opportunities Live. - Franchise Opportunities Live, a national exhibition to showcase franchise vacancies, is re-launching for its third year to help those considering starting a franchise career. ... [more] 14 Jul, 2014
Pizza Express sold to Chinese firm Hony Capital for £900m. - The restaurant chain Pizza Express has been sold to a Chinese firm for around £900m, following "considerable interest" in the business. ... [more] 12 Jul, 2014
Nando's using secretive tax haven trust to avoid inheritance tax bills. - A secretive £750m trust located in a Channel Islands tax haven sits at the top of an elaborate offshore web of companies belonging to the family behind the Nando's chicken chain. ... [more] 10 Jul, 2014
ServiceMaster appoints new UK Managing Director. - Leicestershire-based ServiceMaster, which operates Merry Maids, ServiceMaster Clean, Furniture Medic and TruGreen in the UK, has announced that Alan Lewin has been promoted to the role of... [more] 9 Jul, 2014
First Starbucks franchisees open new branch of coffee chain in Bournemouth. - It may already have been one of the planet’s best-known brand names, but two local businessmen were the first in the world to become Starbucks franchisees. ... [more] 8 Jul, 2014
Hostel chain says pubcos are the obstacle to franchise vision. - A hostel chain says its attempts to work with tenants to give their pubs a new lease of life has been thwarted by pubcos. ... [more] 3 Jul, 2014
Mothercare rejects £266m takeover approach from US rival. - Mothercare has rejected two takeover proposals from US rival Destination Maternity, which value the mother and baby products retailer at £266m. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2014
SUBWAY celebrates the opening of its 1800 store in the UK. - The SUBWAY brand has opened its 1,800th store in the UK and Ireland at Euro Garages Eye Green Service Station in Peterborough. ... [more] 1 Jul, 2014
Franchisor of the Year 2014 winners revealed. - Range of businesses honoured at the bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards, where Autosmart clean up after taking the top prize and scooping a second accolade for franchisee recruitment. ... [more] 27 Jun, 2014
Autosmart wins bfa Franchisor of the Year award. - The British Franchise Association (bfa) held its 25th annual Franchisor of the Year awards last night, naming business-to-business vehicle cleaning products franchise Autosmart as the winner of the... [more] 27 Jun, 2014
Care company SureCare targets North West for franchising. - A care company is targeting the North West for its next franchisees with the potential to create hundreds of new jobs. ... [more] 25 Jun, 2014
Top 20: Franchisor of the Year. - The most prestigious accolade a UK franchise can attain, the Franchisor of the Year award attracted an outstanding level of entrants for its 25th anniversary edition. ... [more] 24 Jun, 2014
Top 20: Brand of the Year. - A brand is everything to a franchise - it attracts franchisees as well as customers. The finalists for Brand of the Year feature... [more] 20 Jun, 2014
Top 20: International Achievement - One in four UK franchises have operations abroad, and many other brands also use the model when expanding overseas. These two stories highlight how and why franchising can be... [more] 20 Jun, 2014
Mcdonald's contributes £130m a year to Greater Manchester economy. - Mcdonald’s is contributing £130m a year to the Greater Manchester economy, according to a report released today. ... [more] 19 Jun, 2014
McDonald’s ‘boosts Scots economy by £170m a year’. - Fast-food giant McDonald’s contributes £170 million a year to the Scottish economy through its business and suppliers, according to a new report. ... [more] 19 Jun, 2014
Top 20: Franchisee Recruitment. - Of central importance to every ethical franchise, regardless of business sector, size, brand name or history: recruiting the right franchisees. ... [more] 18 Jun, 2014
Dental franchising outfit secures investment to expand. - A dental franchising firm is set to open practices under its own brand in its native North East for the first time after securing a £400k investment package. ... [more] 18 Jun, 2014
Iceland to open 40 new stores in expansion drive. - The frozen food retailer Iceland will create 1,250 jobs this year by opening 40 new stores and rolling out a new online service across the country. ... [more] 17 Jun, 2014
Top 20: Emerging Franchisor of the Year. - This year the bfa recognised early success and future potential by introducing an Emerging Franchisor of the Year category into its awards. ... [more] 16 Jun, 2014
Bright Care franchise secures £30,000 peer-to-peer funding. - Domiciliary care franchise Bright Care has announced it has raised £30,000 via peer-to-peer lending platform Funding Circle to support the opening of a company-owned branch in Scotland’s Perth. ... [more] 12 Jun, 2014
Great Northern Breakfast returns to Manchester next week. - The British Franchise Association (bfa) is hosting its second Great Northern Breakfast, celebrating the outstanding success of businesses across north England, on Friday 20 June at EventCity, Manchester. ... [more] 11 Jun, 2014
FranNet Expands Into the United Kingdom, Names David Kelly Master Franchisee. - FranNet, long regarded as North America’s most respected leader in matching individuals with franchise opportunities, is primed to become the world’s most respected franchise consulting company. ... [more] 11 Jun, 2014
Vehicle cleaning franchise Autosmart announces £1.9m “record” sales for Jan. - Professional vehicle cleaning franchise Autosmart has reported “record” sales of £1.9m for the month of January 2014 with growth up by 36% since the recession hit in 2008; achievements announced in aid of... [more] 11 Jun, 2014
Nineteen franchisees shortlisted for title of UK’s best. - The finalists have been revealed for the bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards, supported by Express Newspapers. ... [more] 9 Jun, 2014
Juice Plus looking for franchisees. - A fitness entrepreneur who shot to fame on BBC’s Dragons’ Den is kicking off a juicy campaign in Edinburgh this week, by showing health conscious locals how to build a business... [more] 9 Jun, 2014
It’s ‘S’ Day for Mark. - In addition to remembering the heroism of the allied forces in Normandy, Revive! managing director Mark Llewellyn has another special reason to mark 6 June. ... [more] 6 Jun, 2014
Creating a modern, social franchised business. - The vast majority of franchised businesses in the UK will be using social media but how many can honestly say that it is making any impact on their bottom line, either at franchisor or franchisee level? ... [more] 5 Jun, 2014
Top 20: Award for Innovation. - The first in a series exploring the impressive stories of 20 finalists looking to win at the bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards, supported by Express Newspapers, which take place on 26 June. ... [more] 5 Jun, 2014
Total Clean continues to increase UK presence. - Commercial cleaning chain Total Clean has welcomed two new franchisees to its operation, following the appointment of Eric White to its Manchester territory in November. ... [more] 2 Jun, 2014

Toby Perkins MP completes Annual Conference speaker line-up. - The line-up for the bfa annual conference on 26 & 27 June in Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire has been completed with the news that Toby Perkins MP, Shadow Minister for Small Business, will deliver the opening keynote... [more] 30 May, 2014
Dominos franchisee targets North East expansion. - Food franchisee Marino Foods is targeting expansion into the North East after making two key acquisitions. ... [more] 29 May, 2014
Anytime Fitness flexes its muscles. - Anytime Fitness, the world’s fastest growing fitness chain, has announced that it has recorded its 100th franchise sale within the UK. ... [more] 28 May, 2014
Marino foods expands Dominos portfolio with HSBC support. - A Dominos Pizza franchisee has added three new stores after securing £1.33 million funding package from HSBC. ... [more] 28 May, 2014
Chem-Dry continues to ‘clean up’ in the UK. - Chem-Dry, the carpet and upholstery cleaning franchise with more than 500 UK territories, is set to expand along the south coast. ... [more] 27 May, 2014
British Franchise Exhibition ramps up for June launch. - Leading two-day franchise event the British Franchise Exhibition is set to return on Friday June 20, showcasing franchise opportunities from across the UK. ... [more] 26 May, 2014
Wonder Women: EWIF Award Winners 2014 Announced. - Wagging Tails, ServiceMaster and Tatty Bumpkin were the big winners at this year’s 2014 Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Awards. The well-attended ceremony featured... [more] 24 May, 2014
Baskin-Robbins heads to the movies. - Baskin-Robbins has secured a deal to replace Ben & Jerry’s at all existing, and future, Cineworld cinemas across Britain. ... [more] 20 May, 2014
Norman Lamont confirmed as speaker for bfa annual conference. - Another exceptional name has been added to the speaker line-up for the 2014 bfa annual conference as Rt Hon Lord (Norman) Lamont has been confirmed as a presenter for the two-day event. ... [more] 16 May, 2014
Best of British: new partnership for bfa and British Gas. - The British Franchise Association has secured a new collaboration with British Gas after the energy provider became just the fourth Brand Partner of the Association. ... [more] 16 May, 2014
Golden Touch: bfa Annual Conference 2014. - The bfa annual conference 2014, taking place at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire on 26 & 27 June, will welcome a world-class champion for its keynote presentation – with two more big names on the way to... [more] 14 May, 2014
Sports Direct in talks to buy 33 LA Fitness gyms. - Struggling fitness chain says retailer founded by billionaire Mike Ashley among those to express interest in up-for-sale sites. ... [more] 14 May, 2014
Scots in pole position for franchising. - Scottish Franchise Week 2014, supported by HSBC and Platinum Wave, proved another resounding success as it wrapped up at the beginning of May. ... [more] 8 May, 2014
Ciocoyò finally opens their first store. - Ciocoyò are happy to announce that after the Franchising Fair in London and their event in Piccadilly, they have finally opened their first in the Stratford Center. ... [more] 30 Apr, 2014
Costa Coffee profits rise again. - Britain's seemingly insatiable appetite for coffee helped Costa owner Whitbread beat City forecasts for annual profits. ... [more] 29 Apr, 2014
Baskin-Robbins set to expand UK franchise opportunity. - International ice cream chain Baskin-Robbins has announced further plans for expansion across major UK cities. ... [more] 25 Apr, 2014
SureCare set to launch ‘UK’s first ever’ micro franchises. - Home-based services and care franchise SureCare today announced plans to launch what it claims will be the UK’s first-ever micro franchise package... [more] 22 Apr, 2014
EnviroVent franchise owner takes control. - 2013 proved to be another fantastic year for Harrogate based ventilation manufacturer and leading franchisor EnviroVent and 2014 is already shaping up to be even better! ... [more] 16 Apr, 2014
Papa John’s franchisee opens sixth outlet in just few months of joining pizza chain. - Leading pizza chain Papa John’s has celebrated the opening of its latest store in Yorkshire town; Harrogate, the sixth outlet added to Dan Wilkinson’s franchise portfolio. ... [more] 16 Apr, 2014
Finalists named for bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards. - After a record number of entries and an extremely competitive judging process, 20 finalists have been named for the bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards 2014, supported by Express Newspapers. ... [more] 14 Apr, 2014
Ed’s Garden Maintenance signs five new franchisees to South England. - Domestic gardening chain Ed’s Garden Maintenance has announced the addition of five new franchisees to its UK-wide network, bringing its total number of franchisees to 30. ... [more] 14 Apr, 2014
Barking Mad welcomes first franchisee to new mobile dog grooming venture. - Dog grooming franchise Barking Mad has celebrated the first franchisee to take up its recently launched mobile salon venture; Professional Mobile Dog Grooming. ... [more] 11 Apr, 2014
Bacon, Business & Burning Rubber: Scottish Business Breakfast 2014. - The Scottish Franchise Business Breakfast is the signature event of Scottish Franchise Week, regularly attracting some 250 people from the business and franchising worlds. ... [more] 10 Apr, 2014
Canadian franchise firm comes to Yorkshire. - Canadian fast food chain Pita Pit is to open its second outlet in the Leeds next month, creating 10 new jobs. ... [more] 10 Apr, 2014
Mobalpa reports on success and future growth in the UK. - French kitchen manufacturer Mobalpa has reported a positive first year of trading for its pilot franchise showroom in the UK. ... [more] 9 Apr, 2014
Driver Hire franchise announces “record” £78m turnover for 2013. - Transport and logistics staff supplier Driver Hire has reported “record” figures for the 2013 financial year with its overall turnover totalling £78m, a 19% increase on 2012 and a £1m increase on its “previous... [more] 9 Apr, 2014
Saks celebrates its 40 year heritage in hair and beauty. - Saks was founded in 1974 as one salon in the north east of England. Over the last four decades this forward-thinking company has gone from strength-to-strength... [more] 8 Apr, 2014
SJD Accountancy launches nationwide franchise operation Express Accountancy. - Contractor and freelancer accountancy firm SJD accountancy has announced the launch of its new franchise venture, Express Accountancy, “the UK’s first, affordable” accountants designed especially for... [more] 7 Apr, 2014
EWIF announce finalists of 2014 NatWest EWIF Awards. - EWIF has announced the finalists for the 2014 NatWest EWIF Awards. The awards recognise the efforts and achievements of women in the UK franchising industry. ... [more] 3 Apr, 2014
Monkey Music celebrates 21st birthday with more record breaking news. - Award winning pre-school music franchise, Monkey Music, is 21 years old this year so, at the organisation’s recent Annual Franchise Conference, there were special birthday celebrations... [more] 3 Apr, 2014
HR Business Alliance opens applications for UK and Ireland franchise licences. - Business consulting and coaching chain HR Business Alliance has announced opportunities for individuals to apply to become licencees of its franchise network, with openings across the UK and Ireland. ... [more] 3 Apr, 2014
Franchisee of the Year Awards open for entries. - The British Franchise Association (bfa) has launched the bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards with two new award categories as the oldest awards in UK franchising celebrate their 25th anniversary. ... [more] 2 Apr, 2014
Domino Pizza's UK sales grow in first quarter. - Domino’s Pizza reported a 10.8 per cent increase in like-for-like sales at its 725 UK stores in the first quarter, driven by improved weather and the success of its Winter Survival meal deal. ... [more] 2 Apr, 2014
Marks & Spencer plans massive international expansion. - Marks & Spencer intends to open 250 new stores outside the UK in the next three years as part of significant global expansion plans. ... [more] 1 Apr, 2014
A-Star Sports looking to recruit eight new franchisees by end of 2014. - Kids sports club A-Star Sports, listed in the Startups 100 2013, has announced that it is seeking to secure eight new franchisees this year as part of its aim to extend its UK territories... [more] 1 Apr, 2014
Recording breaking sales for the Ableworld Franchise Network. - Last week the UK’s leading mobility franchise network enjoyed its best ever week of sales, beating the previous record by over 20%. ... [more] 28 Mar, 2014
bfa puts Scots in the franchise driving seat. - The 11th annual Scottish Franchise Week will take place from Monday 28 April to Friday 2 May, the British Franchise Association (bfa) has announced. ... [more] 27 Mar, 2014
New support manager for the Caremark. - National home care franchise, Caremark has appointed a new regional support manager, Monique Laurens, for the South an Eastern region of its franchised network. ... [more] 26 Mar, 2014
Mobalpa appoints external consultancy. - French kitchen manufacturer Mobalpa has appointed an external PR team to help drive awareness of its kitchen ranges and franchise concept in the UK. ... [more] 26 Mar, 2014
Care specialist Right at Home opens franchise territories in Scotland and Northern Ireland. - International domiciliary care specialist Right at Home has announced that it has new franchise opportunities in Scotland and Northern Ireland. ... [more] 24 Mar, 2014
Dream Doors wins 7th Franchise Marketing Award. - Dream Doors has won ‘Best Online Marketing Campaign’ in this year’s Franchise Marketing Awards (FMAs). Dream Doors were shortlisted in three categories... [more] 24 Mar, 2014
Annual conference sponsors confirmed. - The bfa is pleased to confirm that the sponsors for its annual conference this year are once again The Franchising Centre and What Franchise magazine, both returning after their support for last year’s... [more] 21 Mar, 2014
20th store opening for Ableworld. - Ableworld, one of the UK’s leading mobility retailer are proud to announce the opening of its latest Franchise in Gloucester! ... [more] 19 Mar, 2014
Domino’s renews franchise growth with West London store opening. - Pizza delivery franchise Domino’s Pizza has celebrated the expansion of its franchise network, with a new store opening in Greenford, West London. ... [more] 17 Mar, 2014
Repairs franchise Dr. FIX awarded bfa membership. - Watch and jewellery repairs chain Dr. FIX has announced that it has been granted accreditation as a franchise brand from official franchise regulatory body the British Franchise Association (bfa). ... [more] 14 Mar, 2014
Ableworld joins social enterprise fund to create new franchise opportunities. - Leading mobility franchise Ableworld has been accepted onto the FranchisingWorks programme as an approved member, a move which will enable it to invest in franchise licences and provide new franchisees.... [more] 12 Mar, 2014
Independent travel chain Travel Counsellors to host live franchise webcast. - Independent travel agency Travel Counsellors is to broadcast a free live webcast next week to help prospective franchisees learn more about its franchise opportunities; specifically its ‘Academy’ training... [more] 11 Mar, 2014
Mothercare names former Shop Direct boss as interim chief executive. - British baby products retailer Mothercare named ex-Shop Direct boss Mark Newton-Jones as its interim chief executive on Monday, giving the group more time to search for a permanent leader to help revive... [more] 10 Mar, 2014
McDonald's franchisee launches new community award scheme in Barnet. - A McDonald’s restaurants has launched a new awards scheme for charities and community groups in Barnet. ... [more] 9 Mar, 2014
Female-led business network I AM WOMAN seeking 12 new franchisees. - I AM WOMAN, a network of business clubs exclusively for “aspiring” women, has announced 12 new franchise opportunities for female entrepreneurs to join its chain. ... [more] 6 Mar, 2014
Legal Ease, not legalese. - The bfa held its annual insight into the current legal considerations, trends and judgements in UK franchising when its Legal Ease seminar took place at the Hilton Warwick hotel on 27 February. ... [more] 5 Mar, 2014
Cartridge World launches franchise recruitment drive in North East of England. - Global printer cartridge chain Cartridge World has announced a recruitment campaign to attract new franchisees to expand its network across the North East of England. ... [more] 5 Mar, 2014
British Franchise Association awards are open for entries. - The British Franchise Association HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards, supported by Express Newspapers, is now open for entries. ... [more] 4 Mar, 2014
Autosmart revs up growth with new Scotland franchisee. - Autosmart, one of the leading suppliers of vehicle cleaning products to the trade, has signed a new franchisee, Bruce Miller, to its network. ... [more] 4 Mar, 2014
Ovenu franchise boss looking to expand the business. - Richard Greenwood, a former steel company Chief Executive, is turning up the heat with his new business venture. ... [more] 28 Feb, 2014
British & International Franchise Exhibition gears up for launch. - The British & International Franchise Exhibition, a two-day event to showcase franchise opportunities from across the UK and overseas, is set to return on Friday March 14. ... [more] 27 Feb, 2014
TaxAssist Accountants plan for international expansion. - TaxAssist Accountants, which started in 1995, has more than 195 franchised practices across the UK servicing over 50,000 small business clients. ... [more] 27 Feb, 2014
Driver Hire announces latest franchise recruit following re-sale opportunity. - Transport and logistics recruiter Driver Hire has welcomed its latest franchisee, Ivan Carter, to its network after a re-sale opportunity became available for its Southampton territory. ... [more] 26 Feb, 2014
Molly Maid celebrate 30th anniversary in the UK. - Molly Maid Celebrating 30 years of steady development since its launch in the UK in the year 1984. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2014
Baskin Robbins now serving up franchise opportunities. - Global ice-cream brand Baskin Robbins has announced it is offering single-store franchises across the UK, as it prepares for a programme of nationwide expansion. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2014
Mothercare chief executive Simon Calver resigns. - Mothercare chief executive Simon Calver has resigned, the mother-and-baby products retailer has announced. The firm gave no reason for Mr Calver's departure, but said he had resigned with immediate effect... [more] 24 Feb, 2014
Hertz Franchise Partner Ryan's Investments Will Operate Hertz, Dollar And Thrifty In Ireland Until 2024. - Hertz and its longstanding franchise partner in Ireland, Ryan's Investments, have renewed their alliance for ten more years and extended it to include Dollar and Thrifty. ... [more] 24 Feb, 2014
Subway to almost double UK and Ireland stores. - American fast food giant Subway has unveiled plans to almost double its number of stores in the UK and Ireland. ... [more] 21 Feb, 2014
Children's performing arts franchise seeks international partners. - Razzamataz Theatre Schools, a UK-based franchise that delivers dance, drama and singing classes to children between the ages of four and 18, is looking to take the brand overseas. ... [more] 21 Feb, 2014
Dream Doors' first million pound franchise. - Oxford Couple Are The First Franchisees To Sell £1Million In A Calendar Year. ... [more] 20 Feb, 2014
Muzz Buzz confirmed to enter UK market. - Drive-thru coffee franchise, Muzz Buzz has signed a master franchise agreement with a joint venture company in the UK to launch the brand there. ... [more] 20 Feb, 2014
Pan Chai’s Asian dining choose franchising for expansion. - Pan Chai, built a reputation in London’s famous store Harrods, now offering franchise opportunities. ... [more] 19 Feb, 2014
Firm appoints first franchisee for protection system. - Spennymoor-based Shutter Up Systems, which launched five years ago, is celebrating hitting turnover of £300,000 and appointing its first franchisee. ... [more] 18 Feb, 2014
Swim school franchise urges new recruits to dive in. - Leading swim schools franchise Swimtime has announced a nationwide call for potential franchisees, as it marks a period of boosted growth. ... [more] 18 Feb, 2014
Papa John’s ‘on target’ to open 50 new UK stores this year. - Leading pizza franchise Papa John’s has announced it is ‘on target’ to open 50 new outlets before the end of the year, having already opened stores in six UK locations over the last month. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2014
UK's most prestigious franchise awards open for entries. - The bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards, supported by Express Newspapers, are now open for entries. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the awards are the most prestigious and oldest in... [more] 14 Feb, 2014
Record-breaking franchise coming to Liverpool. - US restaurant chain TGI Friday’s is set to come to Liverpool in a franchise deal, that is believed to be, the biggest a restaurant has ever been involved in outside of the capital. ... [more] 14 Feb, 2014
UK says 'Hai' to Japanese fast casual concept. - The latest Japanese-inspired food trend has landed in London with the launch of the UK's first Japanese burrito bar — Hai Street Kitchen & Co. ... [more] 13 Feb, 2014
Belvoir Lettings kicks off 2014 with first new franchisee of the year. - Leading property agency Belvoir Lettings has announced its first new franchisee of 2014, Raewyn Greer, who successfully launched its Aldershot site in January. ... [more] 7 Feb, 2014
Sherpa Kids set to launch its third site in April 2014. - Sherpa Kids, the out of school childcare franchise that has taken New Zealand and Australia by storm, is set to open at its third UK school in April of 2014. ... [more] 7 Feb, 2014
Even more free franchise seminars revealed. - Norwich-based consultancy firm, Franchise Development Services (FDS) has announced more new seminar dates over the next 12 months due to popular demand. ... [more] 31 Jan, 2014
Home Instead achieve Five Star Franchisee Satisfaction. - Not only have Home Instead Senior Care been awarded Best Franchise in the Smith & Henderson awards, but they have also achieved 5 Star Franchisee Satisfaction, which is praise indeed. ... [more] 30 Jan, 2014
EWIF meeting attracts Government minister. - Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary to the Treasury for Economics attended the London regional EWIF (Encouraging Women into Franchising) meeting in the Houses of Parliament. ... [more] 29 Jan, 2014
Ikea pays dividend to parent group for first time in six years, worth €3bn. - Flatpack furniture group Ikea is paying a bumper €3bn (£2.5bn) dividend despite posting a modest uptick in 2013 profits. ... [more] 28 Jan, 2014
EE is stepping up its franchise operations. - EE is stepping up its franchise operations after announcing it converted 14 stores. ... [more] 24 Jan, 2014
Inspiring franchise owners grace BIFE 2014. - Two of the industry’s most inspiring entrepreneurs will share their experiences of setting up a company and making a success of it at The British & International Franchise Exhibition this year. ... [more] 24 Jan, 2014
Quiznos eyes UK expansion. - US sandwich chain Quiznos is re-entering the UK market with 10 planned stores for 2014. ... [more] 23 Jan, 2014
Bartercard opens franchise. - Bartercard, the UK’s largest business-to-business trade exchange, is opening its latest district franchise office in the south west. ... [more] 22 Jan, 2014
Subway to create 13,000 jobs as it doubles outlets in UK and Ireland. - The fast-food chain Subway is planning to nearly double the number of its outlets in the UK and Ireland to 3,000 over the next six years, creating about 13,000 new jobs. ... [more] 22 Jan, 2014
Facelift adds chairman and looks towards franchising. - UK-based access rental company Facelift has appointed Nigel Hunton as its non-executive chairman to help with future growth and development. ... [more] 22 Jan, 2014
Free Franchise Seminar 2014 Dates Revealed. - Norwich-based consultancy firm, Franchise Development Services (FDS) has announced a range of new seminar dates over the next 12 months due to popular demand. ... [more] 21 Jan, 2014
Ad bike specialist b-spokes announces plans to expand franchise base. - Rickshaw and tricycle advertising chain b-spokes is calling on entrepreneurs to join its franchise network. ... [more] 20 Jan, 2014
Scotland lags UK in growth of franchising - but better news predicted for 2014. - Franchising, one of the fastest-growing sectors in the UK economy, is failing to make progress in Scotland, according to figures published last week. However, industry leaders said recent signs of... [more] 19 Jan, 2014
Long-standing Driver Hire employee steps into franchising. - Leading transport and logistics recruiter Driver Hire has announced that Amanda Jeffries, a long-term employee for the chain, has become the new owner of its Wisbech franchise.. ... [more] 17 Jan, 2014
Painting a picture by numbers: A Natwest bfa Franchise Survey 2013 sneak peak. - With the much-anticipated release of the Natwest bfa Franchise Survey coinciding neatly with publication of the February/March 2014, we will publish the full highlights later this month. But for now... [more] 15 Jan, 2014
National Franchise Exhibition set for February return. - The National Franchise Exhibition, a two-day event showcasing the most promising franchise opportunities across the UK, is set to re-launch on February 2014. ... [more] 14 Jan, 2014
Papa John’s announce new Durham franchisee. - Leading pizza delivery franchise Papa John’s has taken its market reach further with the opening of a new franchise outlet in Durham. ... [more] 14 Jan, 2014
Shares in Mothercare plunge more than 30% as it issues profit warning after strategy fails. - A raft of pre-Christmas discounts derailed the turnaround at Mothercare, which became the latest retailer to issue a profit warning. ... [more] 8 Jan, 2014
Diamond Logistics to roll out 20 franchises in 2014. - Logistics and courier chain Diamond Logistics has announced plans to grow its network with 20 new franchise opportunities available for 2014. ... [more] 8 Jan, 2014
Franchise sector grows to record heights. - Franchise businesses across the UK have reported record highs in turnover and full-time employment according to the 2013 NatWest British Franchise Association (bfa) Franchise Survey. ... [more] 6 Jan, 2014
Century 21 announce plans to double its presence in Scotland. - As part of its strategy to develop the presence of Century 21 and the brand across the UK, the estate and letting agency franchisor has announced plans to open four new offices in and around... [more] 6 Jan, 2014
Driver Hire end 2013 with record trading results. - Franchisees at Driver Hire, the specialist transport and logistics recruitment company, ended 2013 with a real flourish of activity. ... [more] 6 Jan, 2014
SureCare announces plans to double franchise numbers by 2016. - Care provider SureCare is calling on franchisees to join its team with a goal to expand its franchise network to 50 sites within the next two years. ... [more] 3 Jan, 2014
Recruitment agency Select Appointments announces London franchise opportunities. - Recruitment chain Select Appointments, an arm of parent company Staffline Group plc, is welcoming new franchisees to join its network as part of a renewed franchise drive. ... [more] 2 Jan, 2014
Exciting new launch for Ten Live in 2014. - Ten Live, the highly successful, global recruitment and resource management group who will be launching Ten Live franchising in 2014. ... [more] 2 Jan, 2014
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