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RELATED: Small shops demand new inquiry into supermarkets. Convenience store owners will this week press for a full Competition Commission inquiry into the operations of the major supermarket chains in the "corner shop" sector. .... [more] 31 Oct, 2005
Rentokil to stop franchise model. Pest control and delivery group Rentokil Initial announced today that it plans to stop operating its parcels business Initial City on a franchised basis. .... [more] 25 Oct, 2005
Pizza Express returns to market. A return to the stock market is on the menu for Pizza Express after parent Gondola announced plans to float. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2005
Hilton in talks on £3.6bn hotel sale. Hilton, the international hotel and gambling operator, confirmed on Friday it is in advanced talks with Hilton Hotels Corporation of the US about a £3.6bn (€5.2bn) sale of its hotel business. .... [more] 14 Oct, 2005
Body Shop potions work for now but Christmas could still be dismal. Four years ago, The Body Shop International was languishing at the back of the stock-market shelves like a dusty old bottle of Old Spice. But yesterday it was a different story. .... [more] 14 Oct, 2005
Chauffeur franchise business is on the road to success. A Wetherby corporate chauffeur franchise business that launched earlier this year in the north of England is celebrating the opening of its first two operations in Darlington and Middlesbrough. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2005
M&S rival Green freezes dividend after Bhs decline. Philip Green has opted to forgo his annual windfall from Bhs after the department store chain reported a fall in profits and sales. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2005
Build-A-Bear Workshop offers loan to U.K. franchisee. Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. formed a loan agreement with a franchisee for more than US$4 million to help it open additional locations. .... [more] 12 Oct, 2005
Conran attacks Ikea’s customer service. The founder of the UK's most successful furniture store chain has criticised Ikea for its customer service record. .... [more] 12 Oct, 2005
Davies walkout mars M&S sales surprise. The veteran fashion retailer George Davies dramatically walked out of Marks & Spencer yesterday - hours after the store chain unveiled its first good news on trading for two years. .... [more] 12 Oct, 2005
Body Shop joins British retail invasion of Russia. The Body Shop is to become the latest in a long line of British retailers to open a chain of stores in Russia and stake a claim to a share of the country's booming consumer goods market. .... [more] 8 Oct, 2005
Gold’s Gym announces site of first UK franchise. Gold’s Gym has announced the launch of its first UK franchised site, which will be located in Park Royal, west London. .... [more] 7 Oct, 2005
O'Briens Sandwich Bar benefits from new store design. Irish sandwich and coffee franchise O’Briens Sandwich Bar has said its UK sales are up 12% ahead of forecast, due to a £750,000 investment in a new concept store design and menu. .... [more] 7 Oct, 2005
Guru fires up M&S staff in bid to lift sales. A New York business guru has been drafted into Marks and Spencer to re-motivate the entire staff of 56,000 at a series of mass sessions. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2005
Franchising is a guiding hand for aspiring new entrepreneurs. Franchising is a way forward for would-be entrepreneurs embarking on the road to self-employment. It is a proven blueprint for a successful business. .... [more] 4 Oct, 2005
Salon Services chief waxes on expansion plan. Salon Services, one of the UK's biggest beauty products wholesalers, has acquired new businesses in south-east England and the Republic of Ireland to continue a trend of rapid expansion. .... [more] 4 Oct, 2005

Hungry punters lift Global Brands. Global Brands offered investors a slice of the Swiss pizza delivery market today when the exclusive master franchisee for Domino’s Pizza in the country listed on London’s Aim. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2005
A dog's life finding a place for pet to stay. Business has gone to the dogs for the couple behind Barking Mad, an innovative alternative to kennelling. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2005
Franchising in Retail Financial Services - How to Make a Difference on the High Street. Research and Markets has announced the addition of Franchising in Retail Financial Services to their offering. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2005
Business Post shares plunge on profit warning. Shares in Business Post Group lost nearly a fifth in value, plunging to a 10-month low on Wednesday after the company warned of a 10 percent drop in current year profits. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2005
Drive for a smart new image. A Tees Valley driving school and instructor training centre has launched a new identity brand in readiness to roll out franchising. .... [more] 20 Sep, 2005
Franchises to stretch limo hire. An entrepreneur who has helped make stretch limousines a familiar sight in Welsh towns is about to expand his business across Britain through a franchise scheme. .... [more] 15 Sep, 2005
French Connection likely to seek meeting with Baugur. French Connection is likely to press Baugur for a meeting once the Icelandic investor formally reveals it has seized a near 10 per cent stake in the fashion retailer. .... [more] 15 Sep, 2005
FCUK: How a brilliant marketing slogan became one big liability. For more than a decade, French Connection had the high street sewn up. It was the destination du choix for quality, if pricey, fashions. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2005
Bid for M&S franchise partner. An unnamed bidder has made an offer for Marks & Spencer’s franchise operator in the Channel Islands. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2005
Profits slip at French Connection. Profits at fashion retailer French Connection have fallen nearly 70% after disappointing sales of its key summer clothing range. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2005
Green looks to future with Bhs revamp. Billionaire retailer Philip Green has unveiled the new look for his Bhs department store chain. .... [more] 9 Sep, 2005
Fish Food owner gets wrapped up in O'Briens sandwich franchise . O'Briens, the sandwich bar operator, was today opening its first store in Livingston, the 40th Scottish outlet for the Irish firm. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2005
‘Magnificent’ response to franchise plan. Townends have opened their first franchised office - and have their sights set on an even greater extension of their network than originally planned. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2005
CVC Acquires Mister Minit. CVC Capital Partners, a leading European private equity firm, today announces the intention to sign an agreement to acquire Mister Minit, the world's largest shoe repair and key cutting services chain from UBS Capital for an undisclosed sum. .... [more] 1 Sep, 2005
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