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Fears for post office under franchise plan. Burnt Oak crown post office will become the fifth branch in the borough to be franchised and run by a private company, it was revealed last week. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2006
Goodyear Dunlop invests in aftermarket franchise development. Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK Limited has announced the appointment of Peter Tye as Franchise Development Manager. .... [more] 25 Apr, 2006
Subway's 50th Scots store celebration. Sandwich chain Subway has opened its 50th Scottish store, as it moves closer to its goal of having 210 outlets by the end of the decade. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2006
12 more stores as New Look cuts a dash on the Continent. Clothing retailer New Look is set to expand its presence on the Continent after successful trials with a small number of outlets last year. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2006
Laura Ashley investors cheer end of nine-year dividend drought. Laura Ashley, the high street retailer that has been struggling to transform its fortunes for years, rewarded its long-suffering investors yesterday with its first dividend payout since 1997. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2006
M&S shines in retail gloom. Marks & Spencer reported strong sales growth for its fourth quarter today despite a difficult retail climate. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2006
Body Shop takeover 'hits image'. The Body Shop's image has suffered since it was bought by French cosmetics giant L'Oreal, a survey has suggested. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2006
Courier is all set to deliver franchises.Jaguar Couriers, a Telford courier company, is celebrating ten years in business — as it rolls out a nationwide franchise. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2006
Compass sells Moto service stations and Upper Crust food chain for £1.8bn. Compass has agreed the sale of its railway station, airport and roadside catering division for £1.8bn. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2006
Mothercare sales boosted by overseas expansion. Strong sales at overseas stores have helped Mothercare to buck the UK retail downturn. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2006
Krispy Kreme in talks to sell franchise stake. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. on Monday said it is in talks to sell the 35-percent stake it holds in its United Kingdom franchisee as part of a broader effort to restructure its business. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2006
Ink dries on Cartridge World prize. Printer refill chain Cartridge World has scooped the Best Overall Marketing Campaign section of the UK's Franchise Marketing Awards. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2006
Marks & Spencer sells US business. Marks & Spencer is to sell its US supermarket business to a private equity consortium for $61.5m (£35.4m). .... [more] 31 Mar, 2006
Belfast man wins UK franchise for women's gyms chain roll-out. A Belfast businessman has acquired the master franchise to roll out a chain of women's fitness centres across the UK and Ireland. .... [more] 27 Mar, 2006
Blackcircles Opens First Garage in Franchised Network. Village Motor Co. in Wallasey has become the first member of Blackcircles’ franchised dealer network. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2006
Gym boss breaks silence on closure. The boss of Energie gym, in Northminster, Peterborough which closed its doors with no explanation has finally broken his silence. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2006
Franchising boom highlights benefits for entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs considering starting their own business should weigh up the benefits of buying into a franchise, as 92 per cent of UK franchisees are trading profitably. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2006

Body Shop agrees L'Oreal takeover. High Street beauty products retailer Body Shop has agreed to be taken over by French cosmetics giant L'Oreal in a deal worth £652m. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2006
Franchise exhibition heads to London. The world of franchising will be on display in London next week, as over 200 exhibitors head to the capital for the British and International Franchise Exhibition. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2006
Honour for franchising expert. Roy Seaman, a Norfolk businessman and international expert on franchising, has been honoured for his work in China. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2006
French Connection sees profits fall 53% French Connection, the owner of the FCUK brand, today confirmed 2005 as one of its toughest years as it reported a halving of profits. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2006
Bumper Year for Franchising Growth. 2005 was a bumper year for franchising according to the latest NatWest/British Franchise Association survey, which shows that on key turnover and employment measures, 2005 was a record-breaking year. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2006
InterContinental sells 24 hotels. Shares in the world's largest hotelier InterContinental Hotels Group rose as much as 4 percent on Monday after it sold its latest tranche of hotels to an investment fund for 240 million pounds. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2006
Babyprints to make big impression. Elsenham company Babyprints is investing in a major marketing initiative by exhibiting at the British & Inter-national Franchise Ex-hibition at Olympia on March 24 and 25. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2006
Papa John's sells Perfect Pizza brand in U.K. Papa John's International Inc. has sold its Perfect Pizza brand in the United Kingdom to Manchester, England, firm Smartfirst Ltd. for about $13 million. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2006
M&S asks suppliers for price cuts. Marks & Spencer has written to all of its suppliers asking for cuts of up to 10% on the price it pays for goods. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2006
Baguette Express to earn a crust by offering franchises. Baguette Express, the Scottish sandwich shop group, is aiming to expand from its Lothian and Borders heartland by franchising its successful idea. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2006
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