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Thriving franchise earns Recognition from network. An Anglesey franchise which helps other firms raise their profile is itself in the spotlight. .... [more] 31 Aug, 2005
Cash Converters hit by lower renewals. Fewer franchise renewal fees caused a 20% dip in profits and sales last year at money lending group Cash Converters. .... [more] 31 Aug, 2005
M&S loses director after Bunzl bungle. Another director at Marks & Spencer has quit the struggling retailer after presiding over a leadership bungle at distribution firm Bunzl where he is executive chairman. .... [more] 31 Aug, 2005
Domino's Pizza franchise to float on AIM. Investors who have enjoyed tasty returns from the UK's Domino's Pizza are to be offered a second slice, as the Swiss franchise of the global takeaway phenomenon is floated on the Alternative Investment Market. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2005
Musgrave faces more defections. Giant Cork grocery distributor Musgrave could be faced with more franchise defections following last week's announcement that the Griffin Group and Musgrave were discontinuing their franchise agreement. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2005
Costa Coffee eyes Indian tea cups. The UK's Costa Coffee has its sights on India and has signed a franchise agreement it hopes will have locals swapping tea leaves for coffee grounds. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2005
How to finance your franchise. Having decided to throw off the chains of wage slavery, selected your business and convinced yourself you can make it work, financing your entrepreneurial venture is the final, toughest hurdle. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2005
Thorntons in bid talks with chief. Shares in chocolatier Thorntons have surged on news the firm has received a takeover offer from its chairman. .... [more] 19 Aug, 2005
Franchise frees former wage slave. Peterborough dad Martin Lawrence has given up a lifetime of being a wage slave to run his own business franchise Chipsaway. .... [more] 19 Aug, 2005
Chip shop franchise fishes for partners. Angelo Varese, owner of the Blue Lagoon brand, already has a chain of nine fish-and-chip shops stretching across west central Scotland, which he is now planning to expand even further using an informal franchise system. .... [more] 15 Aug, 2005
Intercontinental boosts Holiday Inn brand. InterContinental Hotels signalled an expansion of its Holiday Inn brand in the UK today after clinching a franchise deal with one of its rivals. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2005
British expansion drives Eason's sales to €464m. Sales at bookseller and newsagent Eason & Son are up 22 per cent to €464 million, mainly due to its acquisition of the British Bookshops chain in England. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2005
M&S cuts prices on clothing range. Marks & Spencer has cut prices on its cheapest women's clothing range by up to 25%, in a move designed to put pressure on rivals such as Next. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2005
M&S to cash in as Littlewoods disappears. Marks & Spencer is poised to be the main beneficiary when the Littlewoods name disappears from UK high streets next year. .... [more] 8 Aug, 2005
M&S fined over misleading prices. Marks & Spencer has been landed with a £5,750 bill after being found guilty of using misleading price information at one of its discount outlets in York. .... [more] 6 Aug, 2005
Sandwich sales put Pret into profit. Pret a Manger, the sandwich and coffee chain, achieved record sales in 2004 after attracting customers with healthier soups and salads. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2005
'No frills' hotel opens in London. EasyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou opened his first "no-frills" easyHotel on Monday. .... [more] 1 Aug, 2005
Musgrave struggles to find retailers for Budgens franchises. Musgrave has converted only three of its company-owned Budgens convenience stores in the UK to franchise operations almost 12 months after placing an advert seeking retailers to buy the shops. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2005

Franchise advisers seek 'doctors'. The Franchise Group aims to recruit new franchisees to act as 'Franchise Doctors', advising small businesses on the best way to franchise their operations. .... [more] 27 Jul, 2005
Monsoon voices fears over terror impact. The fashion chain Monsoon today voiced concern about the effect of the London terrorist attacks on business as it reported a 34% rise in annual profits. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2005
Online sales lift Domino's profit. Surging online orders for Domino's Pizza in the UK and Ireland have helped the firm to serve up a rise in profits. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2005
InterContinental Adds Five Holiday Inn Hotels In UK. InterContinental Hotels Group PLC announced the signing of a franchise agreement for five Holiday Inn hotels in the UK owned by Stardon. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2005
Monsoon shares up as family bid looms. Peter Simon, the founder and chairman of Monsoon, is in talks to take the fashion chain private. He also owns more than 75% of the business. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2005
Bartercard Sells Turkish Licence For $0.6M. Bartercard PLC said Wednesday that it has sold the licence to operate the Bartercard system and Master Franchise in Turkey. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2005
Pareto Law Launches Second Franchise. Graduate recruitment and sales training company Pareto Law has extended its franchise network with the launch of an office in Redhill, Surrey. .... [more] 19 Jul, 2005
Thorntons confident on annual results. Chocolate maker Thorntons today said annual results should hit market hopes as it reaped the rewards of a drive to sell its products through other retailers. .... [more] 19 Jul, 2005
M&S insists it's business as usual as key executive quits. Shareholders in Marks & Spencer called on Lord Burns, the incoming chairman, yesterday to address the imbalance between executive and non-executive directors. .... [more] 19 Jul, 2005
Sandwich chain drives up growth. National sandwich chain Benjys has developed a new "vanchise" operation that is proving popular with entry-level entrepreneurs. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2005
Key figure quits Marks & Spencer. Charles Wilson, a senior director at Marks & Spencer, is leaving the retailer to become chief executive of cash-and-carry business Booker. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2005
Blockbuster phases out videos. Blockbuster, the US movie rental group that made the UK video rental market its own in the 1990s, is to phase out stocking VHS films over the next few months. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2005
M&S recovery 'on track' despite falling sales.
Investors slam payoffs and signing-on fees for new chiefs. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2005
Do you want ice with that? Cocktails served in ice blocks, an interior of wall-to-wall ice, even the bar stools are frozen - Lapland's Icebar is coming to Britain. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2005
Nue Blue Eriu to open in exclusive London club. Nue Blue Eriu, an upmarket Dublin cosmetic shop and treatment centre, is in talks with a high-profile members’ club in London’s West End about opening a day spa. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2005
Permira close to selling Little Chef chain. Permira, the private equity firm, is close to striking a deal to sell its troubled roadside restaurant business Little Chef after disposing of, or shutting down, more than 130 of the 370 sites it bought from Compass three years ago. .... [more] 9 Jul, 2005
M&S finally sells Lifestore folly. Marks & Spencer is to sell its failed Lifestore in Gateshead to Ilva, the Danish furniture retailer. .... [more] 4 Jul, 2005
Debenhams to open 10 stores in India. Debenhams, the department stores group whose private equity backers have taken out £1billion since buying it 18 months ago, is to expand into India. .... [more] 4 Jul, 2005
French Connection warns on profit. French Connection has become the latest UK retailer to warn of tough trading conditions on the High Street, after saying its profits could drop by 40%. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2005
Yum! to buy Pizza Hut stake from Whitbread? Leisure giant Whitbread has denied speculation that it has pulled out of its Pizza Hut franchise deal with American owner Yum! Restaurants. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2005
New restructuring at Laura Ashley. Struggling furnishings and clothing retailer Laura Ashley has restructured middle management roles and reporting lines as it fights to turn around the business. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2005
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