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How to get a slice of the franchise market. Those thinking of franchising should first consider the sector they would like to work in and then talk to the companies operating in it, according to John Green, chairman of the Irish Franchise Association. .... [more] 27 Aug, 2006
The Subway Chain overtakes KFC, Pizza Hut and Burger King in the UK and Ireland. The Subway chain now has more locations in the UK and Ireland than KFC (705 stores), Pizza Hut (699 stores) and Burger King (631 stores). .... [more] 25 Aug, 2006
Executives online signs first franchisee. Fast track recruitment agency, Executives Online, has signed up its first UK franchisee in a natural move to broaden the brand and meet growing demand for its services. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2006
Postal protest in the high street. Workers protested across the country and handed out thousands of leaflets against plans to close post offices and transfer services to WH Smith stores. .... [more] 19 Aug, 2006
Founder wants to take Caffè Nero private. Caffè Nero, the Italian-themed coffee shop chain, revealed yesterday it had received an informal bid approach from its chief executive, Gerry Ford. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2006
Franchise chain searches for 'Mrs' Clutch. Mr Clutch founder, Joseph Yussuf, says that females could play a key role in his plans to open 14 new Supercentres across the UK. .... [more] 17 Aug, 2006
Ironing franchise steams ahead with expansion and South Wales HQ refurb. The UK's fastest-growing professional ironing franchise has completed a significant investment at its South Wales headquarters while pressing ahead with a worldwide growth strategy. .... [more] 16 Aug, 2006
Scooterman alternative to taxis. An unorthodox but potentially life-saving idea conceived eight years ago has matured into a thriving business expanding on the streets of Wales. .... [more] 16 Aug, 2006
Postal staff in strike ballot. Hundreds of Post Office workers are to be balloted on strikes in a row over the franchising of mail services to retail giant WH Smith. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2006
Franchise success is big business. The Franchise Company, which advises businesses on expanding their empire by franchising, is reaping worldwide success. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2006
DU launches franchise model to extend nationwide. Distribution Unlimited, the Edinburgh-based leaflet distribution firm, is launching its business format throughout the UK through a franchise formula. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2006
New Benjys owners send home chief executive. The drama at Benjys, the sandwich chain that crashed into administration last month with outstanding legal cases lodged against it, took another twist after the new owners suspended the chief executive. .... [more] 8 Aug, 2006
Shop started by rugby star kicked into touch. An upmarket clothes shop set up by former Scotland rugby star Gavin Hastings in the Capital has closed following poor sales. .... [more] 8 Aug, 2006
M&S's million-pound teacake tax row takes the biscuit. The legal dispute brewing over Marks & Spencer teacakes is reaching boiling point as the £3.5m tax row has now been served up before the European Court of Justice. .... [more] 6 Aug, 2006
Britain gets its first lick of ice cream that's not a guilty pleasure. With temperatures soaring to record levels, Ben & Jerry's, the socially conscious ice cream company, has picked its moment to launch the UK's first Fairtrade ice cream. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2006
Whitbread could make £100m Pizza Hut dough. Whitbread, the leisure conglomerate, is understood to be close to leaving the high street restaurant market, selling its interests in Pizza Hut and TGI Friday's back to their respective brand owners in the US. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2006

Domino’s eyes slice of online market. International pizza franchise chain Domino’s is hoping to introduce an online ordering system option for its customers in Ireland, before the end of this year. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2006
The perfect business match. Helen Blower suffered from the usual cold feet when she opened the doors of her new bridalwear business last summer. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2006
Stelios plans for his succession. The founder of the hotels to cruise ships empire Easy Group, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, is considering a long-term succession plan involving a stock-market flotation. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2006
Franchises appealing more to mature recruits. The average age of a franchisee has been growing steadily for the last ten years, rising from 40 to 46, according to the 2006 NatWest and British Franchise Association (BFA) franchise survey. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2006
Tesco expands European operation. Supermarket giant Tesco bolstered its international portfolio with a deal to buy Poland’s Leader Price for £72m (€104.6m) today. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2006
Benjys collapse leaves bad taste for backer. Sandwich bar chain Benjys looks set to collapse into administration amid spiralling losses and franchise disputes. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2006
Post office set to be run by franchise. Blackburn Post Office is to be handed over to a franchise, in a move which could see its 21 staff having to re-apply for their own jobs. .... [more] 13 Jul, 2006
EasyHotel appoints CEO to oversee expansion. Sub-budget hotel brand easyHotel has appointed Lawrence Alexander, formerly commercial director of Jarvis Hotels, as CEO to oversee the expansion of the company’s worldwide franchise business. .... [more] 13 Jul, 2006
'Soup Nazi' Plans Franchises in Britain. New York chef Al Yeganeh, who inspired the brusque "Soup Nazi" character on television's "Seinfeld," is taking his recipes across the pond. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2006
Chain to put 4,000 more staff on shopfloors. Marks & Spencer set out plans yesterday to hire 4,000 shopfloor staff as it revealed further evidence that its recovery is in full swing. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2006
Multiples to promote franchising at Optrafair. Practitioners will have the chance to explore franchising and joint venture partnerships at Optrafair next year as high street multiples gear up to recruit business partners at the show. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2006
French Connection drops Beattie. French Connection and Trevor Beattie, the advertising guru, are ending a 10-year association that has produced some of the most provocative and unpopular ads in recent retail history. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2006
Boots Opticians hails franchising firsts. Following Boots Opticians' decision to double its number of franchises to 20, the group has achieved numerous firsts as 'brand partners' take up their positions. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2006
Rank may sell Hard Rock cafes. Rank Group may sell its iconic Hard Rock business in what could mark the final break-up of a leisure conglomerate that once spanned Odeon cinemas, Pinewood film studios and Butlin's holiday camps. .... [more] 4 Jul, 2006
Vending machine franchise attractions and tips. Running a vending machine franchise can bring in a large income if operated well, but there are other attractions to this industry as well. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2006
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