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HWT to take off in UK. Harvey World Travel (HWT) today announced it is set to make an assault on the competitive $23 billion UK travel and leisure market. .... [more] 29 Oct, 2004
What it's like working for ... McDonald's. Daniel Allen discovers that there is a whole lot more to the fast-food giant than the array of spotty teenagers on the tills. .... [more] 28 Oct, 2004
Green plans a £500m payout as he finds Arcadia on the high street. Watch Out Paris, here comes Philip Green. Having quickly shrugged off the disappointment of having his £9.1bn bid for Marks & Spencer foiled in July, the retail tycoon is planning to export Top Shop to Europe. .... [more] 22 Oct, 2004
Benjys on a roll with plan for 150 new stores. Sandwich and takeaway food chain Benjys has unveiled ambitious plans to spread beyond its London heartland. .... [more] 21 Oct, 2004
Mum's the word as Mothercare recovers. Mothercare reported a dip in its sales revival, but said it remained confident ahead of the key Christmas season. .... [more] 15 Oct, 2004
Party mood lifts Body Shop. SPA parties, group make-up sessions and communal foot massages are making a splash on sales of beauty products in Body Shop's new At Home division. .... [more] 14 Oct, 2004
Gold's Gym hopes to pump iron in UK fitness market. Gold's Gym, part of the iron-pumping fame of California's Muscle Beach since the 1960s and home to star bodybuilders, is planning a big push in the UK health club market. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2004
The question mark over McDonald's. Rebranding drops iconic golden arches logo, but fast food giant denies change was prompted by slump in profits. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2004
M&S has been slow to exploit internet sales, chief admits. Marks and Spencer chief executive Stuart Rose said yesterday the retailer had been slow in spotting the potential of the internet but was now looking at ways of expanding its online presence. .... [more] 8 Oct, 2004
Baugur prepares fashion flotation. Baugur, the Icelandic retail group, is understood to be preparing to float its Mosaic business, a fashion company that houses the Oasis, Karen Millen and Whistles brands, within the next two years. .... [more] 8 Oct, 2004
Green still has his sights on Marks. Marks& Spencer suitor Philip Green served notice that he has not gone away. With M&S shares languishing at 346 1/2p, well below his £4 offer in July, Green warned: 'They have the headache. I have the money.' .... [more] 7 Oct, 2004
Deal set to seal firm's future. An Edinburgh entrepreneur is confident business will come rolling in after landing the prestigious master franchise for a revolutionary tyre safety device. .... [more] 6 Oct, 2004
BFA showcases franchise opportunities with week-long events programme. Get Ahead, Get Into Franchising is the message that the British Franchise Association (BFA) will be promoting during National Franchise Week, 4-10 October. .... [more] 1 Oct, 2004
Centrica snaps up Dyno-Rod group. British Gas owner Centrica has bought drain maintenance firm Dyno-Rod and its other businesses for £57.6m. .... [more] 1 Oct, 2004
Ikea breaks £1bn barrier. Ikea's UK sales smashed through the £1bn barrier for the first time as Brits flocked to its warehouse stores to stock up on its Swedish flatpack furniture. .... [more] 1 Oct, 2004
Openings as tyre firm wheels north. Scottish businessman Chris Bunch has been confirmed as the new master franchisee in Scotland for Protex. .... [more] 1 Oct, 2004
McDonald's profits slump in face of junk food battle. Fast food giant McDonald's profits have plunged in Britain to the worst level since they launched 30 years ago, as it continues to battle the war on junk food. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2004

Ready to jump on the bandwagon? Recent franchise activity has helped place Scotland firmly on the franchising map. For those interested in joining this franchise boom, there is plenty of free information. .... [more] 24 Sep, 2004
Laura Ashley's fashion drive backfires. Laura Ashley admitted yesterday that its attempt to overhaul its "frumpy frocks" image had scared away some of its older customers as it unveiled a sharp drop in clothing sales. .... [more] 24 Sep, 2004
One she made earlier leads to success story. Anna St Clair founded Edinburgh-based The Ceramic Experience just four years ago. Today, she has five of the paint-your-own pottery studios across Scotland and England and is targeting seven new sites this year. .... [more] 24 Sep, 2004
INTEREST - Green plans £10m retail academy. Billionaire entrepreneur Philip Green has announced plans to set up a £10m retail academy, to help overcome a "lack of talent" in UK business. .... [more] 23 Sep, 2004
Musgraves boss to retire. Seamus Scally (aged 61), the mastermind behind building the SuperValu and Centra chain of stores is to retire as boss of the Musgrave Group, owner of the franchises. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2004
Mortgageforce secures FSA authorisation. National franchisor, Mortgageforce, has announced it has received the coveted 'Grant of Permission' under Part IV of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2004
Canadian body repair franchise launches in UK. Fix Auto has announced its entry into the UK market by the appointment of ex-Audatex executive John Matthews, who will develop the new venture. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2004
M&S puts price on buyback. High Street stores icon Marks & Spencer set the price range for its £2.3bn tender offer at 332p-380p - significantly below the 400p a share billionaire entrepreneur Philip Green proposed to pay for the retailer earlier in the summer. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2004
M&S set to detail buyback plans. Troubled retailer Marks & Spencer is expected to announce details of its £2.3bn buyback scheme when it issues its trading update on Tuesday. .... [more] 19 Sep, 2004
M&S may outsource its internet sales to Amazon. Marks & Spencer is considering outsourcing its online retail operations in an attempt to free up more management time to turn around its troubled high street business. .... [more] 11 Sep, 2004
Green stalks M&S again with £3m ad campaign. Philip Green is targeting Marks & Spencer customers with the first TV advertising from his Bhs chain in more than 10 years. .... [more] 10 Sep, 2004
Gold’s gym launches UK franchise. Gold’s Gym, one of the world’s largest health club chains, is launching its franchise system in the UK. .... [more] 9 Sep, 2004
100 up for Countrywide Franchising. Countrywide Franchising, part of the UK’s largest estate agency group, have cracked open the champagne to celebrate the landmark opening of their 100th Bairstow Eves residential estate agency franchise branch, in only their 5th year of operation. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2004
Thorntons tastes sweeter fortunes. Chocolate retailer and manufacturer Thorntons finally saw profits move in the right direction last year, despite the distractions of two takeover approaches and the ending of nearly 100 years of family management. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2004
Franchises can serve up quick profits. Franchising is one of the fastest routes to market of any business model and it facilitates speedy expansion. .... [more] 5 Sep, 2004
Man loses franchise due to criminal past. A Norfolk businessman supplying rented videos and games to family homes, who was short-listed for the finals of the BFA Franchisee of the Year Awards, has lost his franchise after the EDP revealed that he was recently jailed for downloading pornographic images of children. .... [more] 1 Sep, 2004
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