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Franchise offers firm footing for entrepreneurs. The latest NatWest/British Franchise Association (bfa) survey reveals that the estimated economic contribution of the franchising industry has increased from £7 billion to £12.4 billion and now encompasses 809 franchise systems, an increase of 3.5 per cent from last year. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2008
McDonald's serves up Roadchef agreement. McDonald's will this week unveil an agreement with the motorway services operator RoadChef that heralds a new type of franchising model for the fast-food giant in Britain. .... [more] 26 Apr, 2008
Ferrari to open first retail store in London. Italy's Ferrari, the luxury sports car maker of Formula One fame owned by Fiat, plans to open a store in London this autumn, the latest to join a lucrative retail network that stretches the globe. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2008
Stella Travel Services to spend £5m on marketing campaign. Stella Travel Services is to spend more than £5 million on marketing in its next financial year to build awareness of its brands in the UK. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2008
Designer Collection For McDonald's. Uniforms at McDonald's have been given an overhaul by a designer better known for glamorous dresses worn by celebrities. .... [more] 23 Apr, 2008
Franchisees face obstacles opening up new operations. Most franchisees face a steep learning curve during the first few months of running a new business. But not Barry Cool. When he took over Kall Kwik's Brighton and Crawley printing franchise in March last year, he knew exactly what he was doing -- because he had been manager of the West Sussex operations for two years. .... [more] 22 Apr, 2008
M&S expanding footprint in India. Marks & Spencer has agreed to form a joint venture with Indian retail firm Reliance to tap into the consumer spending power on the sub-continent. .... [more] 18 Apr, 2008
Phone Firm to Launch Franchises. Fone Solutions, a telecommunications firm, has implemented plans to set up 25 franchises within the next six months. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2008
Criticism grows of M&S's plan for Rose promotion. The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum has added its name to the growing list of critics of Marks & Spencer's plan to promote its chief executive Sir Stuart Rose to the post of executive chairman. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2008
No let-up in franchisee's successes. There was a double triumph for a Peterborough businessman at a prestigious awards ceremony. Terry Lucking, who runs the Belvoir Lettings franchise, on Lincoln Road, was the winner of two awards in the High Achievers contest organised by the national Belvoir Lettings company. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2008
Sharing the franchise vision and then making it work. Is a franchise the recipe for a happy business marriage or the backdrop to an inevitable battle of independent minds? Jez Davison asks three Teesside business partners who said ‘I do’. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2008
Boosting sales through business partnerships. Started in 2000 from a kitchen table in the suburbs of Melbourne, Boost Juice Bars now has outlets in more countries than any other smoothie chain. Most recently, Boost founder and MD Janine Allis has partnered with Nestle to distribute bottled smoothies throughout the UK. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2008
Franchising too soon is 'a cop out' say restaurant owners. There are only two branches of Mexican restaurant Barburrito - in Piccadilly Gardens, which launched in November 2005, and at the Trafford Centre, which opened in November 2007. But its founders believe their concept, dubbed “fast-casual dining”, is ripe for rolling out into a chain. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2008
Mothercare sales rise bucking retail trend. Mothercare, the maternity and babywear retailer, said that like-for-like sales rose by 3.9pc over the 11 weeks to March 29, bucking the trend of declining sales on the high street. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2008
Spur Deal Ends UK Franchise Legal Dispute. Restaurant franchise group Spur had signed an agreement giving it all future franchise rights for the UK and Ireland and ending a legal dispute with the group that owned the master franchise rights there. .... [more] 1 Apr, 2008
M&S failing to mollify shareholders over Rose's rise to chairman. Marks & Spencer is facing an uphill struggle to persuade City investors and its ranks of small shareholders to support the promotion of Sir Stuart Rose from chief executive to executive chairman. .... [more] 1 Apr, 2008

Franchiser says businesses 'must adapt' to remain on top. Small businesses that see their profits fall or are not expanding as they hope to should adapt and consider moving into other product areas, advises businessman Naz Daud in the Franchise Shop. .... [more] 25 Mar, 2008
Parents urged to save cash and be green at new children’s shop. A new shop, called Little Green Monkeys, aims to appeal to parents fed-up at wasting thousands of pounds on little-used toys and clothes. .... [more] 25 Mar, 2008
WHSmith expands travel business with acquisitions. Retailer WHSmith expanded its travel division with the acquisition of hospital retail outlet UNS Hospitals and a franchise agreement with Roadchef. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2008
HiQ to Franchise Off 109 Equity Outlets. HiQ has unveiled plans to "accelerate" the company's franchise offer by transferring 109 existing company-owned stores into 15 regional zones for regional as well as national investment. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2008
Can franchises save city from recession? They range from small family firms to global brands, employ thousands and account for a quarter of all sales within the city walls. And franchises could even help counter any possible recession in Norwich, according to one city expert. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2008
Investors attack M&S plan to make Rose chairman. Shareholders in Marks & Spencer called into question the retailer's decision to promote its chief executive, Sir Stuart Rose, into the role of executive chairman as part of a sweeping management shake-up at the group yesterday. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2008
Help for novices to earn their wings in business. Budding entrepreneurs, who want the buzz of working for themselves, but not by themselves, are being offered a free helping hand after the launch of a major franchising campaign in County Durham. .... [more] 4 Mar, 2008
New office for franchise consultancy. Norwich-based Franchise Development Services (FDS) has signed an agreement to open a new office in Surrey to service the South East of England. .... [more] 4 Mar, 2008
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