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Body Shop beats High Street blues. Natural beauty products retailer Body Shop has bucked the downbeat mood on the UK High Street by reporting higher profits and strong sales growth. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2005
For sale sign hung over Kwik-Fit. The owner of UK car tyre and exhaust service Kwik-Fit is to sell the business after deciding not to float it on the stock market. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2005
Serious rift opens up at ailing M&S. A serious boardroom rift has opened up at Marks & Spencer with Kevin Lomax, the ailing store chain's senior non-executive director, trying to oust the group's chairman, Paul Myners. .... [more] 25 Apr, 2005
The secrets of successful franchising. Being your own boss, backed by someone else’s knowledge and experience, can be satisfying and rewarding. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2005
Investors urged to throw out French Connection accounts. Stephen Marks, chairman of French Connection, is facing demands for sweeping boardroom changes at the fashion retailer by a powerful shareholder advisory body. .... [more] 21 Apr, 2005
Retailer Monsoon buys Etam stores. Fashion group Monsoon has bought 47 leasehold stores from rival Etam in a £43m deal with Philip Green. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2005
Hunt is on for Britain's top franchisees. The search is on to find the UK’s top franchisees with the launch of the British Franchise Association’s Franchisee of the Year Awards 2005. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2005
Amazon to run M&S website. The high street retailer Marks & Spencer today enlisted the help of the online specialist Amazon to run its website while it focuses on its core business. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2005
Electricians switch on their careers with a franchise system. Wales will need 1,024 electricians in the next four years, according to ConstructionSkills. A franchise network has been launched to both meet this gap and exploit a lucrative market. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2005
Laura Ashley downgrades fashion in favour of wallpaper and curtains. Laura Ashley unveiled plans yesterday to shrink its loss-making fashion business but insisted it had no plans to stop selling clothes. .... [more] 15 Apr, 2005
One week to add value for franchisees. After the success of its first Scottish Franchise Week (SFW) in 2004, the British Franchise Association Franchise Group for Scotland (FGFS) will again hold a week of events raising awareness of franchising in Scotland from 1 - 7 June. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2005
Mentor Inns appoints franchisee for regional pub estates. Mentor Inns has appointed its first franchisee to help spearhead its new regional pub estates. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2005
More gloom for M&S as sales slip. Marks & Spencer has reported another slide in sales, with chief executive Stuart Rose saying trading on the High Street remains "difficult". .... [more] 12 Apr, 2005
Domino's filling a gap in the north west. Pizza delivery company Domino's is opening more branches in Manchester and creating up to 300 jobs in the north west. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2005
London Recruitment agency named one of Britians star franchisors. Antal International Network, has been crowned one of the UK’s brightest franchisors by The British Franchise Association after being shortlisted in the HSBC Enterprise category in this year’s Franchisor of the Year Awards. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2005
M&S wins backing in EU tax case. Marks & Spencer can claim tax relief on losses incurred in other countries in the European Union, a senior European Court adviser has said. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2005
Launch of First UK Podcast for Small Businesses. SmallBizPod has been launched as the first UK podcast dedicated to small businesses, start-ups, entrepreneurs and anyone looking to invest in a new enterprise. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2005

InterContinental brings Staybridge Suites to UK. The world’s biggest hotel operator, InterContinental Hotels, today said it would introduce the upmarket self-catering hotel brand Staybridge Suites to the UK from next year. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2005
Debenhams boss refuses to rule out flotation. Rob Templeman, chief executive of Debenhams, refused to rule out a flotation of the company this year, as he revealed strong trading at the department store group yesterday. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2005
Pawnbroking on the rise. The image of the pawnbroker is a last-stop shop for when all other hope is gone. But, as Jamie Diffley found out, pawnbroking is on the rise. .... [more] 5 Apr, 2005
Sales revival leaves Mothercare on track. Mothercare, the babycare retailer today, said that it expected annual results to meet hopes as sales picked up after a Christmas downturn. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2005
KFC burger advertisement banned. A TV advert for fast food chain KFC has been banned for "misleading" people about the size of a burger. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2005
Estate agents set their sites on city branch. Independent estate agents and valuers Harrison Murray are planning to open new franchised branches in 50 additional locations around the UK. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2005
How a doorstep salesman beat a path to franchising. Bob Cole has a big ambition. He wants to launch a brand new franchise business that will become one of the UK's leading tour operators. .... [more] 21 Mar, 2005
Franchising Leaders Whichfranchise Debuts in the USA. Franchising company whichfranchise today launched its new website and entered into the US franchise marketplace. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2005
Coffee bar closes after planning row. Despite protests from more than 2,000 customers, a popular coffee bar has today been forced to close – after opening without permission. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2005
Whitbread offloads Marriott hotels. Hotels and leisure group Whitbread expects to earn £1bn over the next two years from the sale of its franchised Marriott hotels operation to US-based Marriott International. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2005
Whitbread jumps on hopes of hotel sale. Leisure group Whitbread has said it may sell all of its luxury Marriott UK hotels, raising hopes it could return over 1 billion pounds to investors and boosting its shares to six-year highs. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2005
'Stop slagging us off,' pleads French Connection boss. The chairman of French Connection yesterday hit out at the press for "slagging off" the fashion chain. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2005
'Boring' French Connection pays the price. The struggling fashion chain French Connection today shocked the City as it reported a 17% plunge in same-store sales, sending its shares lower. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2005
M&S pulls adverts from the Mail. Marks & Spencer has stopped advertising in three titles owned by Associated Newspapers over what it perceives as negative coverage. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2005
Franchise Website to Launch at IFA Conference. Leading UK franchise company,, is to launch a dedicated US franchise website,, at the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) annual convention. .... [more] 1 Mar, 2005
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