UNITED KINGDOM FRANCHISE NEWS ARCHIVE
: : May/Jun 2002
|Pioneering company's franchise launch. Lasertech,
based in Warrington, has launched six new franchises throughout the
country. .... [more]
26 Jun, 2002
Burger King moves closer to UK£1.5bn sale. Speculation
is growing that fast-food chain Burger King is close to being sold
in a UK£1.5bn deal. .... [more]
20 Jun, 2002
Claims Direct seals fee revamp. Struggling personal
injury group Claims Direct has sealed a deal allowing a fee revamp,
following criticism on BBC consumer programme Watchdog. .... [more]
19 Jun, 2002
Caffe Nero seals Stelios aid in coffee war. Caffe Nero
has enlisted Stelios Haji-Ioannou's Easyinternetcafe chain in the
trade war among UK coffee bar operators. .... [more]
17 Jun, 2002
Skoda terminates garage franchise. Car manufacturer
Skoda is terminating its franchise in Ashbourne. The Czech firm, which
is owned by German car giant Volkswagen, will end its agreement with
Sturston Road Garage on July 1. .... [more]
11 Jun, 2002
10 Group signs territory franchise agreement with Onepointfor.
10 Group PLC said its division 10 Leisure PLC has signed a
territory franchise agreement for two territories, greater Birmingham
and greater Manchester, with Onepointfor Ltd to open two One Point
sites. .... [more]
12 Jun, 2002
Regus considered US bankruptcy. Office provider Regus
has admitted that trading losses prompted it to consider placing its
US subsidiary into bankruptcy. .... [more]
5 Jun, 2002
M&S set to complete restructuring with sale of US chain.
Marks & Spencer is close to selling its US supermarkets chain Kings
in deal that would in effect complete the high street retailer's exit
from overseas markets. .... [more]
3 Jun, 2002
Bears get more factories after boosting Hamleys' wealth.
Revitalised toy retailer Hamleys is to open seven Bear Factory shops
in the UK in the next year after recording a "fantastic" response
to the stores, launched 18 months ago. .... [more]
28 May, 2002
Stock mistakes cut Mothercare profits. Mothercare, the
UK retail chain specialising in clothes and other goods for babies
and young children, has blamed stock problems for a big drop in full-year
profits. .... [more]
23 May, 2002
M&S 'turns corner' as profits soar. UK clothing retailer
Marks & Spencer has continued its turnaround with a 30% rise in profits.
21 May, 2002
Artist Files Suit Against McDonald's. A commercial
artist who claims he created a new look for McDonald's promotional
characters such as Ronald McDonald and Hamburglar is suing the fast
food chain for alleged breach of copyright, his lawyers said Monday.
.... 20 May, 2002
M&S on track for recovery. A dramatic surge in sales
is likely to pay dividends for investors in Marks & Spencer, which
is due to announce annual results on Tuesday. .... [more]
20 May, 2002
M&S moves into home furnishing. Marks & Spencer will
unveil plans on Tuesday to set up a new chain of stores selling home
furnishings. .... [more]
19 May, 2002
Margins under microscope at reborn Marks & Spencer.
With a sales recovery at retail institution Marks & Spencer looking
like it's set to last, investors will be hoping that full-year results
next Tuesday confirm M&S can convert growth into profitability. ....
17 May, 2002
RELATED - Small business are more optimistic for first time
in a year. Confidence among small businesses has risen for
the first time in more than a year despite a further slump in orders,
output and jobs, a survey shows today. .... [more]
13 May, 2002
M&S blasť about raid on home of fashion guru. Marks
& Spencer yesterday moved to distance itself from the fashion designer
whose Per Una clothing range has helped to revive its fortunes, after
it emerged that George Davies was under investigation by the Inland
Revenue. .... [more]
6 May, 2002
Body Shop ends organic trials. Body Shop International,
the ethical cosmetics and toiletries retailer, is taking a £4.4m exceptional
charge to axe a failed new format which only ever grew to three stores.
3 May, 2002
Body Shop profits fall. Ethical cosmetics chain Body
Shop has seen its profits slide in what it called a "disappointing
year" in 2001. .... [more]
2 May, 2002
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