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Little Chef tries to avert collapse. Little Chef, the 235-strong chain of roadside restaurants, is still locked in rescue talks with a group of potential investors in a desperate attempt to stave off collapse. .... [more] 29 Dec, 2006
Demand soars for pedal-less bike that teaches children natural way to ride. A Yorkshire franchisee is planning to move into larger premises after seeing sales of its pedal-less bicycles increase in the run-up to Christmas. .... [more] 26 Dec, 2006
Burger King closure is a flaming disgrace. Devastated restaurant workers are facing a miserable Christmas after being left jobless when a Burger King outlet in Cambridge closed without warning. .... [more] 22 Dec, 2006
Franchisees facing freedom at a price. Franchisees left to keep trading after the collapse of DP Furniture Express have been asked to pay as much as £200,000 each to win freedom from their contracts. .... [more] 21 Dec, 2006
Coffee Republic says H1 sales down 30.2 pct 'due to change to franchising'. Coffee Republic PLC said sales for the six months to Sept 24 fell to 5.4 mln stg from 7.7 mln due to a 'change in franchising', as it announced that it had completed its first international franchise deal, in Bulgaria. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2006
Yo! Sushi chain to expand to 50 sites. Restaurant group Yo! Sushi has unveiled £17.5m of new funding as part of plans to bolster its estate to around 50 sites in the next year. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2006
Start up the easy way by taking a franchise. Starting your own business can be an exciting way of breaking out of the rat race. But for many, it is a huge step into the unknown and requires a lot of confidence. .... [more] 17 Dec, 2006
Gap to go bananas in UK. Gap, the US-based retailer, is assembling a team to spearhead the introduction of its chain of Banana Republic clothes stores to the UK. .... [more] 17 Dec, 2006
TGI Friday’s and Yo Sushi cook up deals. The Dutch bank ABN Amro is in talks to take a majority stake in TGI Friday’s, while Yo Sushi has completed a refinancing that values the business at about £35m. .... [more] 17 Dec, 2006
Beanscene brewing up expansion plans. Scottish coffee shop chain Beanscene has announced that it is to roll out its store format across the UK through a franchising scheme that will see more than 100 branches in service by 2009. .... [more] 13 Dec, 2006
Love is - a healthy bit of business planning. Romance - of a financial kind - could be in the air at the British Franchise Exhibition at G-Mex next month. Organisers are running a "Match-Making Zone" to help visitors find the franchise business that could be best for them. .... [more] 12 Dec, 2006
Government speaks to franchise firm. Department of Trade and Industry investigators have spoken to First For Fragrance, a Warrington company, in response to complaints from franchisees. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2006
Coffee Republic signs new franchises. Coffee Republic, the coffee and deli bar operator, has signed two new regional development franchises. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2006
Ikea launches flatpack homes in Britain. In a move likely to strike terror into the heart of anyone who has struggled to put together an Ikea wardrobe, the iconic Swedish furniture chain is to launch its own range of houses in Britain. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2006
Coffee Republic franchise deal pays off. Coffee Republic, the coffee and deli bar operator, is looking to broaden its remit as its franchisee partner has signed two new territories. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2006
Mr Electric opens two new franchises. Mr Electric, claiming to be the UK's largest electrical contracting service, has continued to strengthen its presence in the UK by launching two new franchisees in Glasgow Central and Swindon. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2006

New franchise is growing fast. Autumn may not seem like the ideal time for gardening, but LawnHopper, a new lawn treatment business, is not letting that put it off preparations for next spring. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2006
M&S tops High Street web ranking. Marks & Spencer's website has topped a new ranking of user-friendly websites, with its fashion retailing rivals Next and Top Shop struggling at the bottom. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2006
Nursery firm goes for Middle East growth. The £100m turnover Mamas & Papas, based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK, is rolling out a franchise across the Gulf states. .... [more] 23 Nov, 2006
WH Smiths to open motorway sites. WH Smith opened up a new sales avenue today by announcing plans for 50 units in motorway service areas. .... [more] 23 Nov, 2006
Smart Cartridge looks to US franchises to fill the coffers. Smart Cartridge, the city-based franchise business, is expecting to triple revenues next year as it looks to expand into Europe and North America after a flood of business enquiries. .... [more] 17 Nov, 2006
Franchise Specialist Adds Even More Business Opportunity Listings. Franchise specialist directory provider International Franchise Corporation announces today that activity in the UK franchise sector continues to grow. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2006
Court action threatened. Franchise holders in the collapsed Furniture Express business are threatening court action to free themselves from their contracts. .... [more] 10 Nov, 2006
BP launches franchise scheme of BP Connect and Wild Bean Café brands. BP is to roll out its BP Connect/Wild Bean Café brands to its dealer network in a franchise arrangement following a successful trial at two sites earlier this year. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2006
M&S Announce High Street Overhaul. Marks & Spencer has announced the first major shake-up of its store portfolio for almost a decade. The decision comes on the back of its most successful six monthly profits for nine years. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2006
Yorkshire retailer plans 15-strong chain of Jack and Jones fashion franchise shops. York-based Sarah Coggles has opened the first two of its Jack and Jones stores, which it will roll out across Britain. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2006
Dragon's Den star's new idea. Former Dragon's Den star Rachel Elnaugh is on the hunt for entrepreneurs to take on a new challenge. Rachel, together with business partner Mike English, is launching a nationwide franchise. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2006
McDonald's health-kick bites Burger King. Health-conscious Brits are deserting Burger King's old-fashioned, fat-ridden menu - in sharp contrast to rival McDonald's, which says they are flocking back to its restaurants, lured by its new-look salads and sandwiches. .... [more] 2 Nov, 2006
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