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: : Nov/Dec 2005

Benjys announces further expansion plans. Sandwich chain Benjys plans to open a further 50 stores and 90 Benjys Delivered franchises in 2006. .... [more] 30 Dec, 2005
French may claim back Kookai estate from Forminster. The French parent company of the fashion chain Kookai is poised to take control of the UK estate if it fails to strike a new franchise deal with its UK franchise partner. .... [more] 30 Dec, 2005
Hilton hotels businesses reunited. The Hilton hotels brand has been reunited under single worldwide ownership in a £3.3bn ($5.7bn) deal. .... [more] 29 Dec, 2005
Pendragon extends Vardy bid offer. Car dealer Pendragon has extended its bid offer for rival firm Reg Vardy to next month. .... [more] 29 Dec, 2005
Kookaï UK faces uncertain future. Shares in Forminster, the AIM-listed operator of Kookaï in the UK, were suspended yesterday as the clothing retailer admitted that its trading position from January 1 would be “highly uncertain”. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2005
Coffee Republic stands by franchise model. Coffee chain Coffee Republic says it will continue to pin its hopes on franchising to save the struggling brand. .... [more] 22 Dec, 2005
M&S wins landmark tax rebate case. Retailer Marks & Spencer has won its £30m ($53m) European Union court case for the right to deduct foreign losses from its British tax bill. .... [more] 13 Dec, 2005
French Connection in profit alert. Shares in French Connection have fallen by almost 5% after the UK fashion retailer warned its earnings would fall bellow market expectations. .... [more] 9 Dec, 2005
US cereal cafe chain planning foray into UK market. Cereality, the US fast-food chain that serves brand-name breakfast cereals, looks set to open in the UK next year, as part of the company's worldwide expansion plans. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2005
Lack of Suitable Franchisees Thwarts Growth. A lack of suitable franchisees continues to be the biggest barrier to growth in the franchising sector, according to the 2005 NatWest/BFA survey. .... [more] 30 Nov, 2005
BP begins franchising Connect brand. BP Retail in the UK has launched a trial of a franchise of its award winning BP Connect and Wild Bean Café brands. .... [more] 28 Nov, 2005
Dealer recruitment Co creates franchise system. Specialist automotive recruitment company for dealerships, Kream, is creating a network of UK franchises. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2005
Domino's pizza creates 2,000 seasonal jobs. The UK arm of pizza chain Domino's Pizza has launched a major recruitment drive to fill up to 2,000 temporary part-time positions created to help the stores cope with the upsurge of pizza orders over Christmas. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2005
Frump-free M&S steps on to the catwalk. Eager to prove that frump has been banished from its repertoire, Marks & Spencer threw a glossy fashion show yesterday, as the high street's invasion of the catwalk continued. .... [more] 23 Nov, 2005
Apollo Blinds to use Scottish template for English expansion. Apollo Blinds, which has more than 30 franchises and agents in Scotland, is using its success north of the border as a template for expansion in the rest of the UK and Ireland. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2005
M&S card gives discounts to celebrities. Marks & Spencer has signed up dozens of celebrities to an exclusive black store card that comes complete with a 20 per cent discount. .... [more] 20 Nov, 2005
Hope for the small garage. Former Liverpool tyre fitter Mike Welch is plotting European domination for his business with the launch of a franchise model which he says will help revitalise small, independent garages facing stiff competition from large national tyre chains. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2005

Mothercare turnround 'on track'. Baby clothes and prams retailer Mothercare said its international sales were driving growth in the first half as costs rose faster than income in the UK. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2005
Green slams poor Bhs performance. Billionaire retailer Philip Green has warned that his Bhs department stores face a slide in profits because of the "poor" products on the shelves. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2005
The couple who thought outside the lunchbox. Jenny and David Bennett's business idea ( was born when Jenny was standing at the school gates, waiting for their child. .... [more] 13 Nov, 2005
Zen and the art of franchising. Two young entrepreneurs from a family-run alternative health business have launched the firm's first franchise outside the West Midlands. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2005
Marks & Spencer to review international ambitions. Marks & Spencer Group PLC, the retail giant, plans to review its international ambitions once the recovery of its UK business is well established, according to chief executive Stuart Rose. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2005
Profits soar in M&S revival. Marks & Spencer, Britain's biggest clothing retailer, today provided more signs of a revival as it reported half-year profits of £308m, a 19.6% rise on a year ago. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2005
Wheels falling off my business. At least 14 franchisees have terminated their contracts with Van-Fit Direct amid rows over the quality of parts and accusations of poor support. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2005
Monster has appetite to devour new markets. There's something about a plate of bangers and mash on a chilly winter's day that's instantly soothing. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2005
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