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: : May/Jun 2005

Compass to extend deal with O'Briens. Compass Group is reportedly in talks to expand its franchise deal with Irish sandwich bar chain O'Briens. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2005
Recruitment 'biggest barrier' to franchises. Research by the University of Surrey found that taking on high-quality staff was one of four chief characteristics of a successful franchised business. .... [more] 29 Jun, 2005
Kwik-Fit to be sold in £800m deal. Car repair company Kwik-Fit is to be sold to a French private equity firm in an £800m deal. .... [more] 24 Jun, 2005
Sandwich franchise prepares for expansion. Sandwich chain Benjys has appointed a dedicated team to track down new franchisees as part of the company's expansion. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2005
Ikea plans small high street shop. Swedish home-furnishing chain Ikea has unveiled plans to open a small-scale High Street store. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2005
Selling whisky in England is a dram fine idea! Ian Bankier, head of the Glasgow-based group The Whisky Shop, has set his business the target of opening 20 new stores in the next three years. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2005
Laura Ashley chairman hit by investor revolt. Shareholders in Laura Ashley showed their mettle yesterday by delivering a sizeable protest vote against the re-election of Dr Khoo Kay Peng, the retailer's chairman, and three other non-executive directors. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2005
Kall Kwik crowned as the UK's top franchisor. KALL Kwik, the business design services and print provider, was crowned the UK's top franchisor by the British Franchise Association (BFA) at its annual Franchisor of the Year Awards. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2005
Icelanders make £170m raid on Marks & Spencer. An Icelandic investment group is understood to be building a stake in Marks & Spencer. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2005
It's a junglee out there as franchise grows. The former Co-op building in Haddington's High Street which has been derelict for three years will have a new life in August when it becomes the latest Junglee Fun franchise in Scotland. .... [more] 14 Jun, 2005
Ikea jobs cut as Welsh turn their backs on flat-pack. Staff at Ikea, the Swedish master of flat-pack furniture, are used to being mobbed for the latest bargain sofa; they are less used to twiddling their thumbs with no customers to serve. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2005
EasyHotel gets off to flying start with £10-a-night London service. EasyGroup is branching out its bargain-priced offerings with its first EasyHotel, based in central London, with 197 bookings being made in just three hours of the online reservation service going live. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2005
Russians swap Marx for Marks & Spencer. Fourteen years after ditching Marx and Lenin, Russia's emerging middle classes are about to get a taste of Marks & Spencer as the British retail icon takes its first step into the enormous Russian market. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2005
Domino’s sells managed stores. Domino’s Pizza UK & Ireland plans to pump its resources into its franchise business, after selling 13 of its managed stores for £4m. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2005
New firms can cut it in the world of franchising. The franchising market looks set to become an even bigger force within the Scottish small to medium enterprise sector. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2005
Bridgestone 'leads Kwik-Fit race'. A consortium headed by tyre firm Bridgestone is believed to be ahead in the race to acquire Kwik-Fit, the car-repair company. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2005
Snappy Snaps expands with FotoStop deal. Snappy Snaps is expanding its share of the UK photo and digital developing market with a deal to acquire the FotoStop Express business. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2005

O'Briens to take bigger bite of UK sandwich market. The Irish sandwich bar chain O'Briens is eyeing acquisitions in the UK to help it hit its target of doubling in size over the next five years. .... [more] 31 May, 2005
The trick to staging a successful franchise. After a long career as a television and stage actress, June Bland was looking for ways to share her passion for acting with children. Ten years ago she launched the Stagecoach Theatre Arts school in Basingstoke, Hampshire, as a franchisee. .... [more] 30 May, 2005
McDonald’s sorts a super-sized problem. Fast food giant McDonald's has pledged to play an active role in keeping the streets of Cressex free from litter. .... [more] 25 May, 2005
Profits and sales tumble at M&S. Marks & Spencer saw its profits fall by almost a fifth last year and has admitted that the outlook for the business remains "challenging". .... [more] 24 May, 2005
Franchising - an opportunity for change? Scottish Franchise Week starts on June 1, and the highlight is the British Franchise Exhibition at Glasgow's SECC on Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4. .... [more] 23 May, 2005
Marks & Spencer retreats from the high street in £1bn shake-up. Stuart Rose will shift Marks & Spencer's focus away from the high street to out-of-town retail parks this week as he presides over a further slide in sales. .... [more] 22 May, 2005
RoadChef rebrands to bypass ad laws. RoadChef, which runs 29 sites on Britain's road network, yesterday announced it was changing its name to RoadChef Costa Coffee - because a new monicker was the only way to get around laws that ban advertising to motorists. .... [more] 20 May, 2005
Mothercare is enjoying its very own baby-boom. Babies are back in fashion and so is Mothercare. Over the past two years, the mother-and-baby retailer has transformed its fortunes under the able leadership of Ben Gordon. .... [more] 20 May, 2005
PizzaExpress chain may be refloated. The private equity backers behind PizzaExpress are considering plans to return the restaurant group to the stock market and have appointed Merrill Lynch to help review the options. .... [more] 18 May, 2005
Outsider set to take helm at M&S. Marks & Spencer has announced that its chairman Paul Myners will stand down from July 2006, following months of speculation about boardroom squabbles. .... [more] 17 May, 2005
Drumming up business with music classes. Children can inspire us in many ways, but rarely do their needs become the catalyst for a business idea - particularly one that complements a family life rather than compromises it. .... [more] 17 May, 2005
Myners at centre of M&S row. The directors of Marks & Spencer yesterday failed to agree on whether the retailer should have a new chairman. .... [more] 12 May, 2005
Weddings marry skill with profit. The wedding season is in full swing, but there is a lot to arrange before the big day. Bridal outfits, morning suits, cars, photography and even hats are ingredients of a successful wedding - and many of these services are provided by franchises. .... [more] 10 May, 2005
M&S chairman under pressure. Paul Myners' future as chairman of Marks & Spencer is likely to be decided at a board meeting scheduled for Wednesday. .... [more] 9 May, 2005
UK pets franchise reports earnings spike. British pet superstore chain Pets at Home today unveiled plans for more than a dozen new stores this year, as it reported a 45% hike in earnings. .... [more] 5 May, 2005
French Connection again shuns City disclosure code. Stephen Marks, the chairman of French Connection, has defied City conventions once again by refusing to publish how shareholders voted ahead of yesterday's annual meeting. .... [more] 5 May, 2005
A taste of Britain goes abroad. Thomas Green's, based in Ripon, plans to roll out 40 franchise grocery stores over the next three years, which will serve expats and Anglophiles with traditional British goods such as muffins, jam, tea and mustard. .... [more] 3 May, 2005
Taylor looks to expand hotels empire. Glasgow hotelier Maurice Taylor is in talks to build two hotels in Edinburgh and Stirling following his part-funding of a deal to acquire 11 hotels from the Hilton group. .... [more] 1 May, 2005
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