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Sandwich Chain Hails Record Growth. Sandwich chain Benjys grew at its fastest ever rate this year as entrepreneurs snapped up its delivery van franchises. .... [more] 31 Dec, 2004
Video Rental Chain Taken Over. Apollo, the UK’s third-largest chain of video rental stores, has been taken over by online DVD firm Filmnight. .... [more] 26 Dec, 2004
Stelios applies personal touch as EasyPizza launches. Stelios Haji-Ioannou is applying the personal touch as EasyGroup moves into the fast-food business with the billionaire delivering the first takeaway to mark the launch of EasyPizza in Milton Keynes. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2004
Kiwis first to tap into ironing franchise. A south Wales-based ironing service venture has flexed its geographical reach with a new franchise deal Down Under. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2004
Permira links with Apollo to join Toys 'R' Us auction. Permira, the private equity firm that owns New Look, has moved to increase its exposure to the retail sector by bidding for Toys 'R' Us, the struggling toy chain. .... [more] 14 Dec, 2004
Will the future of franchising be female? There are an estimated 3.7 million small businesses in the UK, with about 400,000 new enterprises starting every year. However, many people may not be aware that more than 30 per cent of all new businesses are currently started by women. .... [more] 9 Dec, 2004
Reiss to expand into US and Middle East.Reiss, the privately owned high street retailer, will expand overseas next year with store openings planned in the US and the Middle East. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2004
Prem Group plans 68 new hotels in Ireland and UK. Hotel Management specialist, Prem Group has announced a €350m investment programme and plans to open 18 new hotels in Ireland and 50 in the UK in the next five years. .... [more] 6 Dec, 2004
Passport to a business abroad. Many people want to work abroad, and franchising could prove to be the passport. .... [more] 5 Dec, 2004
Compustore 20-store franchising plan. IT manufacturing and distribution group, iQon, has acquired the brand, trademarks, e-business and franchise operations of Compustore Ltd. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2004
Online gremlin scuppers M&S sale. Marks & Spencer suffered a blow to its "Christmas spectacular" on Thursday after a glitch on its website left customers unable to place orders. .... [more] 3 Dec, 2004
Ebookers chief gets £92m from sale to Cendant. Online travel agency ebookers succumbed to a £209m bid from American travel and real estate group Cendant yesterday in a move which will see founder, chairman and chief executive Dinesh Dhamija pocket more than £92m. .... [more] 3 Dec, 2004
M&S 'to sell half its food shops'. Marks and Spencer is planning to sell off up to half of its poorly performing small-scale Simply Food convenience stores, it has been reported. .... [more] 28 Nov, 2004
Little Chef served up to buyers for £50m. Little Chef, the roadside restaurant chain that recently withdrew plans to slim down its cartoon logo after a public outcry, is to be put up for sale early next year for up to £50 million. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2004
Cost cuts foster Mothercare improvement. Mothercare, the babycare retailer, today said it had recovered from a hiccup in its sales revival as it moved to wring further costs from the business. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2004
Benjys targets Starbucks' customers. Cut-price sandwich chain Benjys has waded into the coffee wars with a quality range it hopes will lure punters from market leader Starbucks. .... [more] 17 Nov, 2004
Fcuk fashion firm slumps in value. The fashion firm French Connection today lost one fifth of its value after delivering a shock profit warning. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2004

Ready to rock. A multi-million pound restaurant franchise is opening its first UK outlet in Liverpool creating more than 30 jobs. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2004
Rose's red ousts green. Revamping the 300-strong Marks & Spencer stores chain could cost £1.25bn over the next three to four years, chief executive Stuart Rose revealed yesterday. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2004
M&S culls board 'to speed up decisions'. Marks & Spencer is to pay a further £2 million in compensation to six executives ousted yesterday in a boardroom shake-up aimed at speeding recovery at the high street giant. .... [more] 10 Nov, 2004
Profits plunge haunts M&S chief. Marks & Spencer chief executive Stuart Rose is this weekend considering a warning that profits will be up to £150 million lower than expected. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2004
Franchise garages give poor service. Three garages out of four provide a poor service when repairing cars, with franchised outlets performing as badly as independents despite being more expensive. .... [more] 4 Nov, 2004
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