Covering all the latest developments in the franchise market.
Pitman Training Group is celebrating a great start to the New Year, having been listed for the second year running in the 'UK Business Superbrands 2014' category for executive education, training and development, alongside brand leaders Apple, Google, Visa and BA.
Papa John's, has it has become the official pizza partner of Newcastle United for the rest of the season. To launch the partnership, Papa John's has created an exclusive offer for Newcastle fans to get half price pizzas every time Newcastle scores twice in a match.
Already celebrating its thirtieth year in business, leading franchisor, Driver Hire, now has another reason to celebrate. It's one of nine finalists in the , 'Best Temporary Recruitment Agency' category, of the 'Recruiter' magazine 'Awards for Excellence'.
Catherine Turner, wife and mother of two, started her journey with World Options in 2012 and now she has become the highest paid mum in the World Options franchise with earnings consistently exceeding £5000 per month, because of this success she has recently employed two members of staff to help continue to grow her business to greater heights.
Sam and Trevor Brocklebank, co-founders of franchise company Home Instead Senior Care are finalists in the Entrepreneur of the Year category of the prestigious 2014 Laing & Buisson Independent Specialist Care Awards.
Home Instead Senior Care's Chief Executive Officer, Trevor Brocklebank, appeared on theBBC and Radio 4 File on 4 programme to discuss the findings of a BBC investigation being paid by councils to some home care providers.
ServiceMaster is celebrating 55 years of franchising this year. The group, which started trading in the UK in 1959 has 320 franchisees over 850 licensed areas and owns ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, TruGreen and Furniture Medic.
The London South West franchise of Drain Doctor Plumbing, one of the UK's largest combined plumbing and drainage business, has been handling a prestigious contract at the head quarters of English Rugby, Twickenham.
Right At Home, national home care provider, agrees with industry experts that it is no longer possible to deliver high quality services through many local councils, due to the budget constraints that local authorities have faced in recent years.
Pizza franchise, Papa John's, has announced the launch of its Stafford store. The new outlet based on Stone Road, Stafford, was officially opened with a pizza party, giving away 200 pizzas to local residents.
Fast Food Systems, the brand owner of Southern Fried Chicken (SFC) and the VIZU equipment range, has envisioned continued success in 2014 after the announcement of new overseas markets secured in the Middle East.
This year's British Franchise Association (bfa) AGM revealed a new board of directors for the UK regulatory body, with the first order of business for the new team to confirm that Simon Bartholomew of Oscar Pet Foods is the new bfa Chairman.
The Green Square renewable energy franchise has been named as one of the UK's top new business opportunities as part of the Start Ups 100 list from Startups.co.uk, which recognises new and exciting business ventures.
Following a push at the start of 2013, cleaning and hygiene product distribution franchise, Chemex, has now completed its recruitment drive for the Greater London area. The latest and last recruit, Chris Allen will be starting his Wimbledon based business in March.
After receiving feedback from over 2,000 franchise owners across a number of different brands, the big winners of The 2013 Best Franchise Awards, supported by Lloyds Bank, were Home Instead Senior Care, TaxAssist accountants and Cloud Bookkeeping.
Papa John's, one of UK's leading pizza franchise, announced the opening of six more new stores across the UK. The latest franchised outlets include: West Bridgeford in Nottingham, Sheffield, Benfleet in Essex, Stockport, Chichester and Romford.
British Franchise Association (bfa): Painting a picture by numbers: A Natwest bfa Franchise Survey 2013 sneak peak
With the much-anticipated release of the Natwest bfa Franchise Survey coinciding neatly with publication of the February/March 2014, we will publish the full highlights later this month. But for now, here is a sneak peak of some startling statistics that show the true strength of the UK franchise industry.
Energie Fitness Ireland: Abbey signs exclusive deal with énergie fitness for speedy expansion plan in Ireland
énergie Group, the UK's market leading fitness franchise company, today announced that it has signed an exclusive deal with Abbey International Finance which gives Abbey control over énergie Fitness, énergie Fitness for Women and Fit4Less Brands across Ireland.
The ninth Global RLI Awards, which is to be held at the Natural History Museum in London on fifth of June 2014, is set welcome the very best from around the world and honour and reward the best retail and leisure projects.
As part of its strategy to develop the presence of Century 21 and the brand across the UK, the estate and letting agency franchisor which is part of the world's largest residential estate agency organisation, has today (6th January 2014) announced plans to open four new offices in and around Glasgow over the coming months.
SUBWAY Restaurants (Global): Welcome Break opts for a healthier option announcing the Subway brand as their latest partner
British Franchise Association (bfa): Simon Bartholomew named bfa chairman by newly-elected board of directors
The British Franchise Association's new board of directors was revealed at the Association's AGM in Birmingham on 12 December, with the new board's first order of business being to confirm the new bfa chairman as Simon Bartholomew of Oscar Pet Foods.
GreenThumb, one of theUK's largest lawn care company, has announced that an investment – led by Adrian King – has acquired two successful franchise operations in the Chichester and South East Hampshire, in a seven figure deal.
Home Instead Senior Care: Home Instead, TaxAssist and Cloud Bookkeeping are recognised in the Best Franchise Awards 2013
Independent research company, Smith & Henderson has proudly announced that TaxAssist, Home Instead Senior Care and Cloud Bookkeeping were the big winners of the 2013 Best Franchise Awards, supported by Lloyds Bank.
A-Star Sports: A-Star Sports concludes a year of achievement with an invitation to Number 11 Downing Street
A-Star Sports, the award-winning multi-sports coaching francise business, has been invited to Number 11 Downing Street to contribute to a national event which celebrates the UK's small business expertise.
The Driver Hire Group, the LDC-backed parent company of Driver Hire Group Services Limited has just completed the takeover over Infra Safety Services Labour Ltd, a specialist provider of professional and labour services, including the rail industry.
The Lord Mayor of Chester Jill Houlbrook officially opened Chester's first clothing alterations and tailoring centre, the ZipYard. Ms Houlbrook, Chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council, performed the ceremony by unzipping a specially made giant six-foot zip.
Franchise Development Services, based in Norwich, has announced that Barry Connellan (below) has joined the business as the Ireland Master Franchise Owner at the same time as the recruitment of Graham Angus (right), who joins the franchise consultancy business as Managing Director for FDS Scotland.
Since opening in late October Majenta Beauty is already creating an amazing reaction within this historic university town. Majenta Beauty is a new fun, exciting, inspirational make up; nail and skin care range, which crosses boundaries.
Papa John's welcomes a special guest into the Bradford branch. Dave Hodgson, the Mayor of Bedford, stopped by to enjoy a slice of pizza and cut the opening ceremony ribbon to official open the new store.
October 3 2013 will always be remembered by Janis Anderson, the Caremark Aylesbury franchise owner, as a luminescent moment in a constellation of career highlights as the bfa crowned her both Franchisee of the Year and Female Franchisee of the Year at the salubrious ceremony at Birmingham's ICC.
Chris Lunn set up his Chemex franchise six years ago; just before the recession hit, and is now on track to reach a quarter of a million pound turnover thanks to a funding arrangement that enabled him effectively manage cash flow.
Two senior women from at-home care franchise Home Instead Senior Care, Franchisor of the Year 2013, will be guest speakers at the Women, Working, Well Conference, organised by the British Franchise Association (bfa) at the international Convention Centre in Birmingham, Tuesday 12 November.
Century 21 UK, the estate and letting agency franchisor and part of the world's largest residential estate organisation, has continued its expansion plans by opening a new branch in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire.
Bluebird Care, the largest UK care at home franchisor with 180 offices in the UK and Republic of Ireland, are delighted to announce they are now part of the Interim Healthcare Inc. Group which is based in Florida USA.
A-Star Sports, the award-winning multi-sports coaching franchise, has shot up the listings in the prestigious Startups 100 list, the same week they were placed in the Top three for HP Small Business Awards.
Venture Marketing Group: The British & International Franchise Exhibitions receives Trade Fair Certification
The U.S. Department of Commerce has granted Trade Fair Certification to The British & International Franchise Exhibition, the UK's leading international franchise event organised by Venture Marketing Group (VMG).
It was announced today that Cooks Global Foods Ltd has acquired the Esquires Coffee UK franchise. This acquisition is one of four brands that Cooks has completed to bring together a number of established businesses.
According to an article this week by The Independent, Nearly a third of over 50's and almost half of women believe they will be taken less seriously as entrepreneurs than men. The Franchise Magazine discovers how initiatives in the franchise world are driving change.
As the government announces development plans for latest nuclear power plants amid soaring consumer energy costs, many franchise brands are proud to offer a growing number of customers a greener alternative.
The Compass Group UK and Ireland and Costa coffee have announced that to mark the opening of their 50th franchised store, The first operating day's takings of the Moorfields Eye Hospital branch in London will go to Moorfields Eye Charity.
Members of European Parliament (MEP's) have rejected calls for e-cigarettes, of the type the Mirage Cigarettes franchise distribute, to be subject to the same regulation as nicotine replacement therapies such as gum and nicotine patches.
Driver Hire logistical staff recruitment franchise has proudly announced that Andrew and Debbie Wilkinson have made an investment in the business and will be taking over from the previous franchisee of Driver Hire Hull.
The number of women who lead and succeed in the UK franchising industry is very high and continues to increase. Women Working Well is the new initiative by the British Franchise Association, which plans to show the successes of women from a cross-section of business styles, sectors and sizes, both franchised and non-franchised at an event at the ICC, in Birmingham on 12 November.
Caremark: Double Delight – Caremark franchisee takes two bfa awards including Franchisee of the Year
Janis Anderson of Caremark Aylesbury spoke of her joy after taking both the 'Female Franchisee of the Year' award and, the industry's top honour – the 'Franchisee of the Year' award. This recognition is a deserved title after building such a strong brand since she made her investment in 2009.
Esquires Coffee Houses: Optimum Prime – Esquires Coffee franchise owner takes bfa Young Franchisee of the Year Award.
Steven Prime, 28, is the Esquires Coffee House franchise owner for Coventry and has won the coveted Young Franchisee of the Year award for his business vision and comprehensive knowledge of the mechanics of his business.
Nick Dee Shapland of ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services is celebrating after being announced the winner of the Customer Service category in the HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards, organised by the British Franchise Association (bfa).
National Franchise Week has officially kicked off as franchised businesses across the UK gear up for the National Franchise Exhibition this Friday and Saturday, the annual bfa awards and an influx of interest from potential investors.
A team of four of the UK's top chefs are celebrating after reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, raising £50,000 for the charity, Farm Africa, in the process, thanks in no small part to the sponsorship of hygiene franchise, Chemex.
Translation franchise, Tongue Tied, has brought to the attention of publishers, web developers and businesspeople, the importance of accurate translation – and more importantly, the occasionally offensive consequences of mistranslation.
Nigel Toplis, Managing Director of the Recognition Express branding franchise, has helped to raise thousands of pounds, to split between two charities, with a football match against the celebrity football team, Once Upon a Smile FC.
The UK franchising governing body, the bfa, has announced the appointment of its new Business Development Manager in the form of Emily Embra, who takes up the position having gained experience working for the organisation for several years in the past.
The British Franchise Association (bfa) has just announced the appointment of a new Head of Compliance in the form of Kelly Blackmore-Lee. Her role will be to regulate quality standards and ensure associated businesses maintain the high operation standards set by the UK regulatory body.
FiltaFry Plus has recently announced, with enthusiasm, that its Norwich franchise owner, Dean Martin, has just taken receipt of his second van and machine, which confirms that his FiltaFry Plus business has expanded wildly beyond his initial expectations.
Looking good and feeling better is increasingly an absolute necessity for many. Developing consumer trends continue to demand higher standards from beauticians and salons and right at the forefront of that innovation is the CoLaz franchise opportunity.
When a retail giant like WHSmith announces plans to trial a new method of franchising in the form of new WHSmith Local stores, the franchise industry, as a whole, sits up and takes note. Interestingly, the UK's largest newsagent chain was unexpectedly tight-lipped on its plans.
ServiceMaster Clean Reading and Newbury, owned by Nick Dee Shapland, has reached the final in the HSBC Franchisee of the Year Award for Customer Service, organised by the British Franchise Association (bfa).
The Dwyer Franchising Group has announced that decorated entrepreneur, Phillip Milburn, will bring his 20 years of business experience to the Mr Electric and Aire Serv UK franchises in his new position as he heads up UK operations for both brands.
International Pop Star, I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here contestant and TV personality, Peter Andre has put his faith – and celebrity backing – into a brand new franchise opportunity with his martial arts tutor and friend, Paul Hawkes.
The arrival of the most anticipated video-game ever – Grand Theft Auto 5 – is expected to coincide with a wave of illness, striking video-gaming white-collar workers and rendering them unable to make it in to work.
Driver Hire, one of the leading logistics recruiter and franchise business, got the 'Spa' treatment last weekend, thanks to its equity investment backers, LDC. It's thanks to LDC that Driver Hire were provided the opportunity to display their company logo on the rear wing end plates of the Marussia F1 Team cars for the 2013 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix.
Recognition Express: Celebrities snatch victory from franchise all-stars in this year's Charity football match
FiltaFry Plus is a mobile, onsite service for the microfiltration of cooking oils and vacuum cleaning of deep fat fryers and the supply of kitchen hygiene products and services
Signs Express: Team Sky's Tour de France winning graphics grab the world's attention – courtesy of Signs Express
The UK renewable energy market, which is set to hit a value of £50 billion by 2020, has been boosted yet again following the governments incentive announcement last month, providing the opportunity for entrepreneurs who are looking to invest in a green franchise.
This Sunday sees the comeback of Britain's best loved business programme as once again hundreds of hopeful inventors place their intellectual property before a panel of millionaires for judgement in the BBC's Dragons' Den.
Signage experts, Signs Express and Fluid transfer company, Pirtek were delighted to work together on a recent vehicle graphics contract following their involvement in the Peterborough "Peterborough Local Franchise Network" initiative, supported by the British Franchise Association (bfa).
A couple from Bristol, who have had a string of dates at McDonald's, decided to go one step further and hold their wedding reception, for 33 guests, at one of the famous fast-food franchise's locations.
One of the leading greetings card publishers, Card Connection, has announced that its network of franchise owners is able to supply a new selection of greeting cards to celebrate the Muslim celebrations of Eid.
When leading physiotherapist Krishna Kothwal spotted a gap in the market for qualified care staff in Northampton, he chose to invest in the Kare Plus franchise. After just one year of trading, Krishna explains how he is well on his way to establishing a lucrative business.
Papa John's has announced it has opened to new stores in Birmingham Central and Brown Hills, Walsall. Both new franchised stores in the West Midlands will offer pizza using the freshest quality ingredients, which has been the foundation of Papa John's concept for many years.
AXA Business Insurance's annual "Optimism Index" shows that 37 per cent of UK SMEs are more optimistic about their business than they were a year ago. The retail sector is currently up beat with eighty six per cent happy with the state of their business.
Karen Burdett of TruGreen Milton Keynes and West Northants is celebrating the success of winning the title of 'New Women Franchisee of the Year' at Encouraging Women into Franchising awards, EWIF, held in London.
Domino's Pizza has flown what could be the world's first ever-unmanned aerial pizza delivery on record. The remote-controlled, eight-propeller aircraft dubbed the "DomiCopter" flew two pepperoni pizzas over the skies of a town near London.
National homecare franchisor, Caremark Limited, are celebrating the launch of their new franchise and consumer facing websites, further reinforcing the reputation and value of the brand and following their theme for 2013 of "raising the bar".
ServiceMaster, the brand behind Merry Maids, ServiceMaster Clean, Furniture Medic and TruGreen franchises, are finalist at this years British Franchise Association's Franchisor of the Year award category.
Signs Express was pleased to assist Lancaster City council and sustainable transport charity, Sustrans by installing a new signage board at the western end of the coast2coast route, right next to the Midland Hotel in Morecambe.
FASTSIGNS, the worldwide franchisor for more than 540 FASTSIGNS centres in eight countries, have continued winning accolades in the United States and Canada for the high levels of franchisee satisfaction.
High street tea chain Tea Monkey launches its highly anticipated franchise business. The award-winning brand is now offering franchise owners a key role in the development of Tea Monkey, as it rolls out its funky tea cafes across the UK.
Ovenclean's recently launched centrally organised marketing initiative has proven to be a roaring success for the leading franchise brand; substantially increasing demand for the service nationally as well as impacting on awareness levels
Franchise Development Services (FDS): Franchise Development Services announces continued global expansion
TaxAssist Accountants, which provides tax and accountancy services to small businesses, has bucked the trend of high street failure by reaching a landmark £1 million resale for one of its high street accountancy practices.
Assist With Solutions: Assist With Solutions analytical approach appealed to its new franchise owner
As an official sponsor of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, McDonald's not only opened restaurants in the Olympic park but also helped to select and train a diverse range of Games Maker volunteers
Franchise Sales & Resales: Franchise Development Services appoints a Head of Franchise Sales and Resales
Photography For Little People: New Photography for Little People franchise owners set to launch their businesses
McDonald's: The owner of 20 McDonald's franchises has been recognised at the English Asian Business Awards
Photography For Little People: Franchise owner gains ideal work life balance with Photography for Little People
Esquires Coffee Houses: Esquires Coffee Houses holds its annual Barista of the Year 2012 competition
Cash Converters, a pre-owned and nearly new goods retail franchise, has been recognised for its support of the Dreams Come True charity. The company was recognised by industry body the National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) for its support of the national children's charity.
Small business tax and accountancy service provider, TaxAssist Accountants has appointed a new Network Operations and Finance Director, Phil Sullivan BSc ACIB to the team. Phil will be responsible for the overall technical competency and compliance of the network and support centre, internal financial control and operational integrity.
Cash Generator Bournemouth franchisee has been presented with a brand new SMART car after he won a company competition. Kevin Old was presented with the car from a competition that was organised to promote Cash Generators new First Prepay MasterCard.
ReactFast, a 24-hour emergency repair and maintenance service company, has sold its Milton Keynes territory. Jamie Falconer and Matt Gregg, both former Royal Marine Commandos who teamed up to buy the franchise, will provide a locksmith, glazing and boarding up service to their franchise area.
Bluebird Care has celebrated the fourth anniversary of the launch of its pilot franchise. The company, which provides care at home service, currently has 25 franchises across the UK and a Master Franchise in Ireland.
Domiciliary care franchise Caremark has continued its nationwide expansion with the recruitment of four new franchisees. Caremark has recently completed its fourth franchise training course of this year and is set to hold a further two courses before the end of 2008.
Papa John's is to open 10 new takeaway outlets by the end of the year as part of its nationwide expansion plan. Following its successful third quarter in trading, Papa John's is also on the look out for new franchisees to develop the pizza brand in major cities including Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester.
Beauty salon franchise Cannelle is looking to recruit franchisees to bring the quality, style and individuality of French beauty therapy to customers throughout the UK. Cannelle has seen business thrive as more and more women - and increasingly men - appreciate the particular ambience of the Cannelle salons, with their concentration on well being and Decléor range of products and treatments.
Founded in 2004 by experienced martial artist Ivan Rolls, FMA Leadership Academy is a martial arts academy with a difference. Ivan created the academy to focus on students' individual needs ensuring they remain enthusiastic throughout the course. Family Martial Arts is based on a unique system of instruction that ensures all students develop their confidence and ability in each discipline...
ORCA Websites is set to ride the recession in a strong market and more than 60 per cent of its franchisees are recording a positive switch by their customer based of small businesses from expensive advertising and marketing campaigns , to affordable, quality websites.
Select Appointments, an office staff recruitment franchise, has recruited its latest franchisee to own and operate its Swindon office. Becky Harker has spent eight years working through the ranks from Consultant to Business Manager of Select's Swindon office, before she was offered the opportunity to acquire the franchise and jumped at the chance.
Auditel is expecting to see a greater demand for its services due to the current economic climate. The home-based executive franchise specialises in helping organisations of every size achieve control over their business costs and its franchisees are earning six-figure annual salaries, with some exceeding £200,000 a year.
FDS Northern has strengthened its FranMatch service with the appointment of a new Franchise Recruitment Manager. Bob Boynton is a highly qualified business development and recruitment specialist and has 20 years' experience in franchising.
FiltaFry Plus exhibited its latest vehicle and machinery configuration at October's National Franchise Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham. 'From the moment the doors opened on Friday until they closed again on the Saturday, it was non-stop talking to potential franchisees for our unique business opportunity,' says Franchise Manager Damian Slater.
Cash Generator reports that its franchise network continues to grow at exceptional speed despite the economic climate. The buy, sell and loan franchise, which operates both company-owned and franchise stores, has witnessed a surge in quality applications from potential franchisees over the last 12 months and has opened 15 new stores throughout 2008.
The Global Travel Group, a travel operator franchise, has seen many of its franchisees enjoy continuous, long-term success. One such franchisee is Mel and Linda Bramley who launched their Inter Travel in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear in 1995. They both had experience in accommodation only services, but originally they came from a teaching background.
Cartridge World is looking to build on the growth of the office services sector and the increase in the use of printer cartridges by expanding its franchise network. Specialising in refilling or remanufacturing printer cartridges, the company reports a number of franchisees turning over in excess of £300,000.
A former corporate banking manager has purchased the Cheadle Hulme ORCA Website franchise. Roxanne Nekooie, who is originally from America but now lives in Stockport, is set to open the Cheadle Hulme franchise of the national website company, which specialises in helping small to medium sized enterprises (SME's) utilise the full power of the internet, with creative but affordable websites.
Belgian chocolate retailer and franchisor Leonidas is seeking people in the UK interested in becoming area developers or a suitably qualified candidate to own and operate its Master Franchise. A background in retail or business is required, along with with sufficient funds to take on the challenge.
Former Southampton and England football legend and current Sky Sports football pundit Matt Le Tissier is fronting a TV campaign promoting an online auction hosted by pre-owned goods retail franchise Cash Converters to help raise money for national children's charity Dreams Come True.
Kitchen facelift franchise Dream Doors has been nominated for two awards, which could add to a year already marked by the achievement of Brand Builder of the Year at the Franchisor of the Year Awards in July (pictured). 'We're really excited up at head office,' says Dream Doors Founder Troy Tappenden. 'This could potentially be a triple award whammy for the company before the year is out.'
Despite the rapidly rising popularity of the internet for email and social networking, new research has uncovered that only one in 10 businesses prefer electronic communications to more traditional printed mediums when it comes to corresponding with consumers.
Domino's Pizza has revealed a new design for its UK and Ireland branches that it hopes will help with its nationwide expansion plans. The first store to have the refit is 152 Stratford Road, Shirley, Birmingham and the remaining stores will be refreshed over the next two years.
MOLLY MAID, the UK's biggest domestic cleaning company, has teamed up with Chicago Town Pizza to run a promotion in Woman and Pick Me Up. The competitions are featuring in both magazines during October.
Baskin Robbins is set to expand across the West and South West London through its franchise agreement with Acme Foods UK. The ice-cream parlor chain has signed its first Area Licensee in the UK with Acme Foods UK, which will concentrate on opening outlets in Hounslow, Richmond, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Wadsworth and Kingston, and in the county of Berkshire.
GreenThumb has restructured its management team with Franchise Director Jeff Williams moving up to Managing Director and Stephen Waring (pictured) who founded the business as a teenager in 1986, taking up the role of CEO and Chairman of the Board.
Embroidery, garment printing & promotional products franchise EmbroidMe has increased its European presence with the opening of flagship stores in Portugal and Spain. The international franchise, which is owned by US company United Franchise Group, recently gathered international franchisees from five continents at its World Expo in Florida. With over 500 stores worldwide it is concentrating...
Online pizza delivery service easyPizza, part of Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou's easyGroup, has appointed David Sweeney as its first CEO. David brings with him significant expertise in the quick service restaurant and franchise sectors and will be responsible for supporting existing easyPizza franchisees and expanding the network nationwide.
A new franchise business has been launched in print management - The Print Partner. Backed by Yorkshire-based Complete Service Management, The Print Partner utilises a bespoke software system for print ordering and on behalf of large and multi-national operations.
Roger Wild and Steve Bignell, respectively Executive Chairman and Managing Director of ChipsAway group, have declared that it's 'business as usual' for ChipsAway and it sister franchise companies PCC (Professional Car Cleaning) and Autosheen, despite the recent demise of Myhome International.
Revive! High Wycombe franchisee Byron Lindsay has achieved above expectations since the launch of his busines in April. 'Finishing close to £4,500 in sales in my first month exceeded my highest expectations,' says Byron. 'This was the result of carefully planning with good local market research and a professional launch coupled with hard work and determination.
Fleet valeting services provider Autosheen has announced a series of high profile new business gains over recent months, substantially expanding its already impressive portfolio of prestigious National Accounts. Since signing an agreement with ALD Automotive, Europe's second largest car leasing company, earlier this year, Autosheen has now added Bailey Leasing as well as leading construction...
TaxAssist Accountants has announced that one of its franchisee partnerships continues to trade successfully six years after the launch. Franchisees Stewart Newberry and Dave Forrester have successfully launched two shop front premises and three offices and have plans to open another office in their West Yorkshire territory in the near future.
Design and print on demand franchise Prontaprint has invested £1/4 million to transform its London Mayfair branch into a training and support centre of excellence. The centre will continue to operate as a design and print centre and at the same time will provide training and support for all Prontaprint franchisees.
Signs Express has welcomed two Nasa astronauts, Ken Ham and Karen Nyberg, to its head office in Norwich. After completing the journey to the International Space Station, two of the Space Shuttle Discovery crew ventured to the UK to inspire children and meet with local businesses to promote a technically educated workforce.
Print and design franchise Kall Kwik can reveal that 93 per cent of businesses prefer to use printed mailings instead of electronic communications despite the rising popularity of the Internet and mobile phones. This is because consumers can reject electronic marketing quickly and easily by hitting the delete button.
The British Franchise Association (bfa), Trade section of the French Embassy and HSBC banking group have organised a free Franchise Day at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Birmingham NEC on the 2nd October 2008. The event takes place during the National Franchise Exhibition.
Horndean based Recognition Express Southern processed an order for customised t-shirts in three-days enabling a team of adventure seeking fundraisers, Battlestar Africa to go on and win The Adventurists Africa Rally race.
Papa John's has announced that frozen dough is a thing of the past on its menus. The pizza delivery franchise signified the end of the frozen dough era publicly, by asking members of its management team to demolish an ice sculpture of a pizza (3m in diameter) in London's Leicester Square.
Papa John's Pizza has launched a new website with better navigation and usability features to make the pizza ordering process even easier for its customers. In just a few clicks, customers are able to locate the nearest Papa John's, customise their pizza; securely pay and either collect or have their pizza delivered to their door. Even the checkout part of placing an order is five times...
Insurance claim and building repair franchise Spettro has launched a new franchise covering Aberdeen and Highlands & Islands following the success of the company's pilot franchise, which generated a £240,000 annual turnover in its first year. The Aberdeen and Highlands & Islands franchise owner is Munawar Mohamed.
ComputerXplorers is to pilot a video game class at Inglehurst Junior School, Leicester this autumn. 60 year five pupils will have a weekly IT lesson where they will be taught how to design and create their own video games while learning core IT skills based on the National Curriculum. The course is three months long, and once completed will be professionally assessed.
Property investment franchise Platinum Property Partners (PPP) is celebrating its first year in business with 30 franchise partners (franchisees) operating in its network and a growing waiting list to join.
Apollo Blinds has launched a new website to showcase its extensive range of blinds, in a bid to help customers visualise how window blinds can fit into their homes and ultimately create leads for its franchisee network.
Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK has confirmed that the first successful bidder for a regional HiQ franchise zone is former HiQ Retail Director, Chris Kisby. Chris is keen to operate the franchise zone that covers the South, East and West Midlands and has stepped down from his position to avoid any conflict of interest. Chris has gained a wealth of experience with the Goodyear group, as the UK Sales...
Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK plans to accelerate the growth of the nationwide tyre and vehicle-servicing network, HiQ by signing long-term franchise agreements for all the parent-owned HiQ stores in England and Wales.
ORCA websites has helped Leeds-based Thai boxing club 'Kao Loi' triple the size of its group classes and personal training sessions through the creation of a club website. ORCA Websites worked alongside Former British Amateur Champion and 'Kao Loi' founder, Pierre Mahon to create the website.
Dream Doors franchise owners Andy and Shelley Stewart have seen their first year turnover quadruple after opening a showroom. In their second year of trading their franchise is generating £400,000. The husband and wife team operate the franchise in Dorchester.
Insurance claim and building repair franchise Spettro has launched a new franchise covering Aberdeen and Highlands & Islands following the success of the company's pilot franchise, which generated a £240,000 annual turnover in its first year. The Aberdeen and Highlands & Islands franchise owner is Munawar Mohamed.
Eco-friendly cleaning brand Living Clean has launched its North Norfolk franchise. The franchise owner is mum of three, Sandra Neto. Originally from Portugal, Sandra moved to England in 2006. Before becoming a franchisee, Sandra worked as a professional cleaner for two years and was keen to start her own business where she could work flexible hours.
On Demand Communications (ODC) has appointed Caroline Joyce as the new Head of Franchise Sales for Kall Kwik and Prontaprint. Her role will be to oversee the entire franchise sales process for both brands from the planning, selection and recruitment of franchisees to the management and re-sale stage.
Sliding Sash Solutions' newest franchisee Clive Wales (pictured right) is reporting 'business is booming' since he commenced trading at the beginning of the year. 'Since joining Sliding Sash Solutions my business has gone from strength to strength,' he reflects. 'I have been meeting my targets from day one and building up a great reputation within my territory for providing my customers with...
Carpet & upholstery cleaning franchise Chem-Dry has announced that the winner of its UK Franchise of the Year 2008 award is Bury-based family business Finesse Chem-Dry. The award, which recognises franchises that have built successful split businesses, was presented at Chem-Dry's annual convention held in Bournemouth. Bury franchise owner Peter Foster and his family have won the opportunity...
Esquires Coffee Houses has introduced a new reusable cup sleeve for its take away drinks made from 100 per cent recycled paper in a bid to reduce waste. To ensure customers reuse their cup sleeves Esquires Coffee Houses has launched a loyalty scheme where the customers who reuse their cup sleeve nine times will be rewarded with a free drink on their 10th visit.
Family keepsake franchise Precious Imp Prints has launched a nationwide recruitment drive and seeks prospective franchisees to help keep up with the consumer demand for its service. Precious Imp Prints offers a home-based business opportunity, which is suitable for people with a young family or those looking to get back into work once their children are older.
TaxAssist Accountants has introduced an employment law support service known as 'Employmentor,' to help franchisees and clients operating a business for the first time successfully negotiate their way around the employment minefield. 'Employmentor' is a division of Leathes Prior Solicitors and provides a variety of legal services to business and private individuals.
Design, digital printing and copying franchise Kall Kwik has launched kdesign, its first stand-alone design agency in Croydon following kdesign's success as a sub-brand in the Kall Kwik centres. Over 300 local businesses were invited to the launch lunch held at the centre in honour of the occasion. Invites were hand delivered by 12 members of the company's creative team and were printed on...
Professional cost and purchase management consultancy Auditel is on the look out for new franchisees to help the company deal with the soar in demand for its services. Auditel's recent Total Cost of Purchase White Paper spells out that: 'businesses nationwide are spending far more on their business services than they need to.'
Signage franchise Signs Express played a key role in the redevelopment of Gateshead College when the company was commissioned to design and create the signage for the college's new £60 million campus based on Gateshead Quayside. Staff at the Gateshead-based Signs Express worked alongside Gateshead College Art & Design department to come up with design ideas.
Transport and logistics recruitment franchise Driver Hire is celebrating one of its temporary drivers winning the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) award as 2008's 'One in a Million Temporary Worker of the Year'. Colin Ramesden (pictured right (R) with Driver Hire Chief Executive Chris Chidley) collected the award at a presentation held at the Houses of Parliament.
Domestic cleaning services franchise Aid to Freedom has launched its flexible franchise package nationwide. Built on good customer service, the company offers a flexible management franchise package with the opportunity for investors to work from home.
Lettings agency franchise Belvoir has seen the demand for rental properties soar as the credit crunch leaves more people unable to borrow sufficient funds to get a mortgage. As a result Belvoir franchisees have experienced record-breaking figures reporting a monthly growth of at least 30 per cent on 2007's figures.
Mundays LLP Solicitors has appointed Neale Andrews as a partner in the company's corporate and banking department. Neal was chosen because he specialises in mergers and acquisitions, banking and other corporate finance and debt restructuring work. He also provides commercial and intellectual property advice to companies in different sectors.
Financial management franchise The Local Bookkeeper (TLBK) has launched its recruitment drive and is on the look out for talented franchisees who possess excellent customer service skills and have a background or qualifications in accountancy or finance. At present the company has nine signed UK franchisees and is in the process of starting its international expansion campaign with...
Commercial law firm Rawlison Butler's Franchising Team has been awarded Affiliate Member status of the British Franchise Association (bfa). Affiliate Membership status is granted by the bfa to professional advisors with recognised experience and extensive knowledge of the franchising industry.
Franchise law specialist Chambers & Co has celebrated 10 years of success with a gala event held at Cambridge University. The event began with punting down the River Cam and was followed by a meal at St John's College.
Midlands-based children's computer education franchise ComputerXplorers received a special visit from Bosworth's MP David Tredinnick. David (pictured above, left, with ComputerXplorers Managing Director Nigel Toplis) joined children from Battling Brook Primary School in their clay animation class to see how the franchise is helping children improve their IT skills.
First Choice Business Brokers (FCBB) USA has started its European expansion and is on the look out for prospective UK franchisees to purchase a UK Master Franchise. FCBB hopes to expand into Spain, France and Germany with a long-term goal to expand throughout other European countries.
Children's play and music franchise Gymboree is receiving free publicity through celebrity parents who enjoy bringing their children to Gymboree classes. Former lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the band Bush, Gavin Rossdale attends classes with his two-year-old son Kingston as does GMTV's Ben Shepherd with his son.
Signage and graphics franchise FASTSIGNS has awarded two of its 23 UK centres with the 'Pacesetter' status. Chelmsford-based franchise owner Jenny Boreham and Lindsay and Paul Allison who operate FASTSIGNS Sheffield and Chesterfield received the accolade for their outstanding sales achievements.
Children's curriculum gymnastics franchise, The Little Gym, has announced its plans to launch three new UK centres this autumn. Planning permission has been granted for a centre in the new Westfield Shopping Centre based in Kensington and Chelsea and one in Harpenden and another in Harrogate.
A Recognition Express franchise has seen it business boom due to orders for badges. The West Yorkshire Recognition Express franchise has received orders from new clients including health and beauty store chain Savers for 2,500 name badges and the Bradford Community for 1,000 name badges.
Former BBC Dragon Rachel Elnaugh has nominated a Costa Coffee employee based at the M1 Tibshelf Services for a WOW! Award. Retail Supervisor Annette Campbell was presented with the award as a thank you for her excellent customer service.
Vehicle wrapping franchise Totally Dynamic has been selected to wrap global sport brand Nike's pilot European Golf Tour Vehicle and give it a new look. The vehicle will house Nike's top officials at the tournaments and a state-of-the-art workshop for the golf technician, who will tailor the club design to players like Tiger Woods needs.
Pre-owned goods franchise Cash Converters has announced that its Charity Golf Day held at Market Drayton Golf Club raised £10,000 for children's charity Dreams Come True. A charity auction followed the golf tournament and had golf memorabilia prizes donated by Nick Price and Fijian legend Vijay Singtha and a signed Manchester United Home 2006-2007 season shirt.
Apollo Blinds has announced the appointment of a new General Manager, Gary Chambers (pictured, right). Gary's role will be to develop a range of initiatives to give Apollo Blinds' franchisees the opportunity to increase sales. Gary's previous role was within Apollo Blinds' parent company, window blind manufacturer Hunter Douglas.
Bin cleaning franchise VIP Bin Cleaning has sold its North East operations licence to franchise advice group Be Franchising. The launch of the bin cleaning franchise in the North East promises to create approximately 50 new jobs by the end of 2009.
Eco-friendly cleaning service Living Clean has welcomed a new franchisee, Sandra Neto to its network. Sandra has purchased the North Norfolk territory. Originally from Portugal, Sandra decided to move to England in 2006 and since then has worked as a professional cleaner. With help from non-profit organisation WEETU (Women's Employment, Enterprise & Training Unit), Sandra was introduced to...
On-site hose replacement franchise BMI officially opened its new Hose Replacement Centre in Cramlington, Newcastle on Tyne with help from Newcastle United FC's Shay Given. The event gave BMI Hose (UK) Limited Chief Executive Simon Moxham the opportunity to announce the company's rapid expansion, with plans to open 12 hose centres in 2008.
Recruitment franchise MRINetwork Worldwide has presented franchisees from its UK and European network with awards recognising their achievements over the last 12 months. The gala awards dinner took place during the MRINetwork annual conference in Athens.
Lawn care franchise Greensleeves has been bought out by a new management team and is looking for prospective franchisees to help with its UK expansion plans. Priority locations are sited in the Midlands through to the Home Counties.
DCM Money Solutions franchise welcomes franchisee Kevin O'Conner (pictured right) to the network. Prior to joining DCM Kevin worked in a Utility Management Company as a credit controller and has spent the majority of his working life in finance.
Pizza franchise Papa John's has seen its weekly online sales figure reach £100,000 for the first time. This record sales figure demonstrates a 178 per cent increase from 2006's weekly average and mirrors the company's achievement on the other side of the Atlantic. In the US the company managed to break the $1 billion mark for online sales in the first week of May.
The launch of Westaff's new recruitment sector franchise has been well received at the Franchise Show. The new franchise opportunity has sparked interest from Show visitors and generated numerous visits to the Westaff website.
Greeting card publisher and distributor Card Connection has announced that four of its franchisees have been rewarded with £500 for recommending friends and family to join the franchise network and purchase their own territory.
Complete Weed Control (CWC) seeks new franchisees to take on the remaining territories available, which include Edinburgh, North Wales, West Wales and some areas of London. The opportunity will allow prospective franchisees to run their own business in an exclusive area with repeat business.
Drain Doctor Plumbing's focus on customer service attracts another franchisee. Sel Fayyad a previous Drain Doctor customer has purchased the South London Drain Doctor territory that covers Croydon, Brixton, Battersea, Camberwell and the surrounding area.
The Little Gym is to continue its expansion across the UK and has opened its sixth children's gym facility in Bishop Stortford. The Little Gym intends to open nine more gyms within the next 10-12 months situated in Basingstoke, Beaconsfield, Guildford, Hampstead, Harpenden, Harrogate, Kensington, Weybridge and Windsor.
Staff at Signs Express, Milton Keynes are celebrating 13 years of success and the completion of a signage project for the Sports Hall at Milton Keynes College. The 13 years of productive business have been marked by the move to a new premises and larger production unit, situated not far from the company's previous location on Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey.
Drain Doctor plumbing has welcomed new franchisee Michael Burrows to the network. Michael purchased the Leicester franchise and will provide emergency plumbing and drainage repairs to residents within the city and surrounding villages. Prior to joining Drain Doctor, Michael was a soldier with the 1st Battalion Royal Green Jackets and supervisor in a plumbing business, managing a team of 12
Greeting card publisher and supplier Card Connection has announced that four of its franchisees have purchased an additional territory in the last 12 months. The fourth franchisee to double their territory size is Paul Davis. He owns the Chelmsford territory and recently acquired the Colchester territory.
Award-winning hair salon franchise Rush is on the look out for new franchisees to help with its rapid expansion plans to open 20 new salons this year, increasing to over 200 over the next five years. Rush's Director of Franchising John Murphy is responsible for supervising the company's expansion.
Research conducted by Internet consultant firm, WSI has found that money spent on online advertising is set to increase by almost 23 per cent this year, making the total spent in excess of £3 billion.
Property services franchise Medics on the Move seeks new franchisees to aid its nationwide expansion. Prospective franchisees require excellent customer service skills; need to be well organised and practical. A background in the property industry is not necessary as full training is provided.
FASTSIGNS has announced Mark Phelps as its winner of the Sales Improvement Award at the company's 11th annual franchise meeting. Mark has operated the Kingston upon Thames franchise since 2005 and recently acquired a second FASTSIGNS franchise in Staines.
Vehicle servicing and tyre fast fit network HiQ seeks new franchisees to help with its new accelerated expansion plan and has unveiled its largest marketing investment, with the three-year sponsorship of the British Touring Car Championship. HiQ intends to transfer the existing company-owned stores into 15 regional zones, which can be operated by a franchise partner.
Business partners Marios Maratheftis and Colin Greaves (pictured left (L-R)) have taken over the ownership of a Prontaprint franchise in Leicester...the print and design centre where they began their careers over 20 years ago!
Apollo Blinds' newly launched collection of Roman blinds has been well received by the company's network of franchisees across the UK. The range, developed by the team at Apollo Blinds led by Helen Kilvington, was designed to be bold and provide franchisees with a collection book which would excite their customers.
Forces Recruitment Services has launched a national franchisee recruitment programme to build on the success of its two pilot frachisees. The company, which was the first commercial recruitment consultancy set up with the sole purpose of placing ex-military candidates, has helped to resettle hundreds of servicemen and women since its launch in 2001.
Global franchise brand EmbroidMe, which originated in the USA and has established international franchise operations in Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, the Netherlands and Ireland, has added momentum to the launch of its first UK store earlier this year with the visit of the network's World President Mark Johnson.
Merry Maids has announced the winners of its Dallen Peterson Founders Award. Presented with the award at the annual Merry Maids Seminar, Newbury franchisees Carrie and Phil Hillen won in recognitioon of their 'highest achievement in pursuit of excellence and professional management'.
Mortgage broker franchise Mortgage Force has been named Best Large Mortgage Firm 2008 at the Financial Adviser Mortgage Awards. This is the second year running that the award has been given to Mortgage Force, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the West Bromwich Building Society and has over 180 franchised offices nationwide.
Lettings agency Belvoir has launched four new franchises based in Ilford, Sitcup, Otley and Stirling and has six more opening this summer as part of its national expansion programme for 2008. The six due to open will be based in Newcastle under Lyne, Wigan, North Ayreshire, Stockport, Wolverhampton and Huddersfield.
sandwich bar franchise Subway, which now has over 1,100 locations operating in the UK, has become the leading sandwich retailer in the country according to a report published by the British Sandwich Association in May. The international quick service brand tallied up sales of £300 million, nearly twice that of the second-placed retailer Tesco.
Vehicle servicing and tyre fast fit company HiQ has unveiled its rapid expansion plans, which will see its 109 company-owned outlets across England and Wales being split into 15 regional zones and each zone made available for a franchise partnership.
Plumbing and drainage franchise Drain Doctor has unveiled its new Service With Attitude Training (SWAT) initiative at a convention held in Stratford-upon- Avon with help from Mike Stone and Beth Dobkin, from Drain Doctor's American sister company Mr Rooster.
FASTSIGNS in Kingston is celebrating the swift completion of a last minute vehicle re-branding project for world-famous, rally driver and seven-time winner of the Xtreme Rallysport trophy, Alexander Roy.
The British Franchise Association (bfa) has launched its annual Franchisee of the Year Awards, sponsored by HSBC Bank and Express Newspapers. For this year's Awards the judging panel are looking for franchisees whose businesses have outperformed competitors and excelled at 'Managing Change', which is the theme for the Awards.
Domestic and Commercial cleaning service Kingsmaid now has 22 franchises operating in its network, after the addition of three new franchisees, Tony Whittam from Blackburn and Burnley, Jason Oliver from Buckinghamshire and Sharon Covus from Cornwall.
Drain Doctor's winner of the most Progressive New Franchise award, James Stairmand from Middlesborough, has offered to sponsor Grange Town Primary School football team and has purchased a new kit for the team.
Ed's Garden Maintenance is enjoying a double celebration as it marks its first birthday with 10 franchisees in its network. The company founder, Edward Maulever made a target for Ed's Garden Maintenance to sign up six franchises within the first year of business and he has managed to beat this by 67 per cent.
Signs Express, Cardiff and Ad Taxi are working together to help promote the Marie Curie charity Sahara trek that takes place 20-24th November 2008, which has been organised to help raise funds for the local hospice in Penarth.
Gymboree, a franchise that provides classes for the under fives, has recently acquired Messy Monsters, an arts franchise for pre-schoolers. Following the acquisition 15 former Messy Monsters franchisees have been converted and re-branded into Gymboree Arts. This has meant that Gymboree now offers classes across the UK with 50 franchisees and over 10,000 children attending one of its classes...
Indian restaurant chain Tiffinbites has revealed plans to open 50 restaurants nationwide by the end of 2009 as part of its nationwide expansion and rapid franchising programme. The company, which launched its first international franchisee in Dubai last year, is also on the look out for master franchisees to help take Tiffinbites to other countries.
Nursing agency Prestige Nursing Ltd has announced its decision to review its franchise package and offer prospective franchisees an enhanced service. The service will involve Prestige Nursing taking care of the franchisees' payroll, invoice functions and recruitment administration, leaving franchisees free to focus on building up the business with ongoing support from the franchisor.
Carpet and upholstery cleaning franchise Safeclean has announced Mike White the winner of its 'Franchisee of the Year award.' Mike's territory includes Bourne and Spalding and has been extended to include Peterborough.
Sonic Golf has signed an exclusive three-year contract with business, golf and leisure resort The Belfry. Sonic Golf has supplied the resort with three golf machines and has trained 20 existing members of The Belfry's staff who will deliver the service.
National buy, sell & loan store group Cash Generator has been sold to its management. The business, which was founded in 1994 by Brian Lewis with a single store in Bradshawgate, Bolton, has grown into a national chain, which includes 13 company-owned stores and 60 franchised premises with the group now employing over 400 people.
Greeting card publisher and franchise Card Connection has become part of UK Greetings Limited (UKG). UKG is a British subsidiary of American Greetings Inc AG and supplies well known brands such as Carlton, Forget Me Not, Gibson, Camden Graphics and Hanson White to the majority of the UK's leading retailers including WH Smith, Tesco, Clinton Cards, Boots, Birthdays, Asda and Woolworths as well...
Professional lawn care franchise TruGreen has announced that its Network Manager Eric Sturdy is to leave the company after 16 years of service. Throughout his career with the company Eric played an instrumental role in developing the business and helped set up new franchises.
Children's sports coaching company Premier Sport provided visitors to the recent British & International Franchise Exhibition in London with an opportunity to meet with Olympic medal winners, Duncan Goodhew MBE (pictured (R)'with Premier Sport Franchise Development Director Jonathan Mills) and Wendy Sly.
MOLLY MAID UK has held its National three day Conference, this year entitled 'Setting Sale,' at The Abbey Hotel in Great Malvern. The conference gave franchise owners the opportunity to get together, share their experiences, learn from each other and have fun.
The winners of the 2008 Franchise Marketing Awards have been announced at a gala dinner held at the Royal Lancaster, London with Cash Converters receiving the Best Overall Marketing Campaign award. The other 10 awards went to HiQ, MRI Network Worldwide, Prontaprint, Select Group, Home Instead Senior Care, NBC Bird & Pest Solutions, Tumble Tots, Gymboree, ReactFast and Bluebird Care, while...
Marsden Caterers of Sheffield has sold its KFC franchise worth £17 million to family business Marz run by Raja Adil for an undisclosed amount. The decision to sell the franchise that has been in operation since 1980 and has 14 outlets across the Midlands and South Yorkshire, including restaurants in Mansfield and the UK's largest KFC drive-through restaurant based in Glasshoughton, West...
Lloyds TSB has teamed up with experienced affiliate lawyer of the bfa Nina Moran-Watson to offer a Franchise Agreement Review Service to prospective franchisees. The service includes a detailed report outlining the terms of the agreement to the client to ensure they are making an informed decision. All Lloyds TSB commercial customers can use this service for a reduced rate of £370 plus VAT.
Former athlete Keri Lees has launched the first Leaps and Bounds mobile play programme franchise in nurseries across the Staffordshire region, with help from fellow athlete and Olympic Gold medallist Sally Gunnell OBE. The play programme is a two year progressive physical development course for children covering agility, to balance, climbing and co-ordination and has been developed by Tumble...
Sister franchise companies Mr.Electric and Aire Serv have received a health and safety accreditation from SAFEcontractor. The companies chose to apply for the accreditation to help promote and secure uniformity across the business and throughout the wider service industry.
Signs Express, Cardiff and Ad Taxi are working together to help promote the Marie Curie charity Sahara trek that takes place 20-24th November 2008 that has been organised to help raise funds for the local hospice in Penarth.
Papa John's has opened six outlets in three months as part of its rapid expansion plan to open 25 new stores nationwide this year. Stores have been opened in Haringey, Morden and Worcester Park and express outlets in Haven holiday camps in Devon, East Sussex and Yorkshire.
National network of local marketing websites thebestof has been voted the top Innovative Business of the Year at the Fast Growth Business Awards 2008 held in London. Thebestof beat its innovative rivals, Broadbean Technology and Challs International to achieve its wining status.
The Harrogate branch of Signs Express has provided independent tea merchant, Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate, with 13 metres of full colour graphics for a 22 foot trailer that advertises the Yorkshire Tea box and slogan 'Deliciously rich & refreshing' with the aid of Signs Express's JV3 printer. The trailer will travel to 16 separate shows this summer.
The Sutton Coldfield branch of the Smart Cartridge franchise has managed to recycle and reuse 25,000 ink cartridges since the company was launched in November 2005 and has increased its business-to-business stationery supplies stock to 20,000 items.
Living Clean, an environmentally friendly cleaning company, has launched its franchise opportunity. The company provides a range of cleaning services from regular visits to one-offs, such as for spring cleaning or post-builder clean-ups.
The owners of Cartridge World outlets in Kent, Colin and Eileen Harris have devised a customer loyalty scheme to help support Kent Air Ambulance Trust, Demelza House Children's Hospice and the environment.
Pitman Training Group has been ranked 370th in the Sunday Telegraph 2008 Business Superbrands List and has opened its 100th training centre in Shrewsbury. The company was first recognised as a Superbrand by the Sunday Telegraph in 2007 and was ranked 472 and in one year has successfully managed to move more than 100 places up the list.
accountancy franchise CerTax Accounting has announced that three of its franchisees, Jon Newton ACA (pictured, right), David Nicoll FFA FCIM (pictured, below right) and Geoff Noble CTA (pictured, bottom right with his wife Lianne) have been appointed to its main franchise board. The three franchisees will use their skills and expertise to help other CerTax franchisees.
MIKE Goddard, proprietor and Chief Executive of Belvoir Lettings, has been elected as the new Chairman of the British Franchise Association. Mike is a strong advocate of business format franchising and has supported the bfa through Regional Forums (ex Chairman of Midlands Region) and has previously served as the Chairman of the Accreditation Committee.
Domiciliary care franchise Caremark has declared Kingston franchisee Carl Ward its Franchisee of the Year. The award was presented at Caremark's first annual conference and award ceremony held at Gatwick's Sofitel Hotel.
Promotional product company EmbroidMe has officially launched its franchise opportunity in the UK following the success of its flagship store in Northampton, which has been in operation since 2006. The franchise is conducting a nationwide search for new franchisees to join its growing worldwide network.
One of Snap-on Tools newest franchisees, Lynne Williams is delighted with her transition from Snap-on Tools Customer Support office worker to franchisee. Her territory covers parts of Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire.
Papa John's opened its 101st store in Sale, Greater Manchester with help from Coronation Street soap star Tom Hudson. Tom plays Chef Paul Clayton in the soap and joined Sale's kitchen team for the day to entertain staff and customers with his culinary skills away from the set.
A mother of two, Wendy did not know what direction her career would take when she moved back to the UK from South Africa in 2000. She wanted employment that gave support and guidance and realised a career in franchising would offer this.
Cleaning and hygiene franchise Chemex has welcomed its newest franchisee Chris Lunn, who has launched his franchise in Stafford. Chris reveals he was attracted to the Chemex franchise by the potential opportunity and stability its diverse range of products offer.
Bryony Dalgeish celebrated her 20th year as a franchisee with professional house cleaning franchise MOLLY MAID in February. MOLLY MAID UK Chief Executive Pam Bader OBE (pictured, (R) with Byrony) presented her with a 20-year pin and a bouquet of flowers at the MOLLY MAID support office.
Mobile pet food franchisor Trophy has announced Nick Griffiths as the winner of its franchisee of the year award. The award was presented at Trophy's annual franchisee conference held at Carswell Golf and Country Club on 21st January 2008.
Autosheen vehicle valeting franchise celebrates its 24th anniversary with 1.2 million customer contract vehicles on its books. Companies that hold a national account with Autosheen include Royal Mail, Department of Work & Pensions, HM Revenue & Customs and the Police Force.
Dream Doors has opened a showroom in Norwich, increasing the total number of kitchen facelift showrooms in the UK to 20. The location is owned and operated by franchisees Philip and Helen Mahon, who joined the network in January 2007 and have established the outlet to expand their business.
One of the fastest growing young franchises ranked 19th in the Franchise Times Magazine's Fast 55, USA haircut experience Sharkey's Cuts for Kids, is to launch its fun filled hair cut and beauty experience concept in London and is on the look out for prospective UK franchisees to join its growing international network. The franchise has vacancies in the UK for a master franchise or single...
Mortgage broker franchise Mortgage Force has been voted Best Mortgage Broker of the Year for the third consecutive year at the Mortgage Strategy Awards ceremony held at Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Global parcel carrier DHL has chosen printer cartridge franchise Cartridge World as partner in its Service Point initiative, EXPRESS4U. The service provides a cost-effective alternative to the Royal Mail's parcel delivery service and is available at 50 of Cartridge World's stores nationwide.
Fitted-wardrobe franchise Sliderobes has launched a new website, brochure and branding for its showrooms and vehicles, following the results of London-based agency Passionbrand's market research. Those who participated in the survey said they felt the current branding did not reflect the high quality of product, customer care or service.
Transport and logistics recruiter Driver Hire is celebrating its highest weekly turnover in its 25-year history after 76 weeks of continual growth. Almost one third of Driver Hire franchisees have reported a 25 per cent increase in turnover compared to this time last year.
Papa John's has announced Alan Mason its Director of Property and Franchising. Alan's role was created to help Papa John's attract new franchise partners and succeed in its ambitious UK and Ireland expansion plan to increase its current 99 UK trading stores to more than 300 by 2016.
Plumbing and drainage franchise Drain Doctor has teamed up with vocational awards body City & Guilds to launch a new accredited training programme for its franchisees and technicians. Drain Doctor is planning to launch the new initiative to its franchisees at its annual convention this year in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Domiciliary care franchise Caremark has declared Kingston franchisee Carl Ward its Franchisee of the Year. The award was presented at Caremark's first annual conference and award ceremony held at Gatwick's Sofitel Hotel.
Promotional product company EmbroidMe has officially launched its franchise opportunity in the UK following the success of its flagship store in Northampton, which has been in operation since 2006. The franchise is conducting a nationwide search for new franchisees to join its growing worldwide network.
Mamas & Papas, a nursery retail franchise, has reinvented and launched its catalogue for Spring Summer 2008 and developed and set-up a new online version. The company has swapped its traditional grey and pale coloured nursery accessories for vibrant colours, such as the popular design colour International Orange.
Cost and purchase management franchise Auditel has raised over £2,000 for The Prostate Cancer Charity through a charity raffle and auction held at its Annual National Conference. Auditel decided to fundraise for The Prostate Cancer Charity in memory of Tim Rix, a former member of the Auditel network, who died of prostate cancer last year.
Mr Clutch Autocentres plans to open 10 Supercentres across the UK by the end of this year. The full vehicle service chain will focus primarily on the North and Midlands after establishing good coverage in the South East and London.
Home Stagers, a company that re-styles homes about to be placed on the property market, has launched its franchise opportunity. The company is looking for enthusiastic and motivated people from a sales background to join its franchise network.
SUMO, a company that supplies underground utility detection services to the construction industry, has seen rapid expansion in its franchise network across the UK. Seven SUMO franchises have expanded and taken on new members of staff, due to their increased workload.
Papa John's has won awards as 'America's Number One For Customer Satisfaction' in the pizza category and is rapidly building a similar reputation for its high quality pizzas and great service in the UK.
Belvoir, one of the UK's largest residential lettings agencies, has celebrated a record-breaking year and looks forward to achieving even greater success in 2008. "Last year we enjoyed a record 25 per cent growth and opened 32 new offices around the country, and that included two re-sales, which was an amazing and historic success for the Company,"says Dorian Gonsalves, Sales Director for...
SMART repair franchise ChipsAway International has announced a record number of new franchisees opening across the country. Some of the latest franchisees to join the rapidly expanding network, who launched their respective new businesses over successive weekends, between them reported enquiries worth almost £64,000, with an average of 60 per cent of all estimates written converted into...
Ayton Global Research (AGR) has launched an international search for franchisees, after undergoing a 12 month franchise consultancy programme with FDS Southern. The company, which offers retailers and manufacturers a cost-effective service of user-trials for products, such as cosmetics, has been developed by founder Sue Ayton (pictured above with Franchise Consultants Gordon Patterson (L) and...
Mr Clutch Autocentres, a full vehicle service franchise, has opened a state-of-the-art Supercentre in Sittingbourne. The company has invested over £100,000 into the centre and its opening has created five new jobs.
ComputerXplorers has expanded its franchise with the opening of six new locations. The company employs trained instructors to run computer classes to children in after schools clubs, summer camps, pre-schools and nurseries. Sessions are strategically planned to cover a range of educational skills and subjects in a fun and inspirational way, appropriate to each age group.
TaxAssist Accountants' Business Development Director has won the 2020 Innovation Group award for Best Marketing Person (Industry) of 2007. Sarah Robertson received her award from Sir Geoff Hurst at 2020's Annual Conference, which was attended by over 400 accountants in Birmingham.
Fitness club franchise energie has expanded into Wales with the opening of energie Fitness for Woman in Newport. Franchisee Jan Mahoney converted her independent fitness club to the energie brand, which has allowed Jan to gain the resources needed to build a profitable business and establish a strong brand identity.
Wimpy, a quick service restaurant and take away chain, has revealed its new restaurant format in its Benfleet, Essex outlet. Famous Brands, which acquired 75 per cent of Wimpy in March 2007, has re-branded the company in an effort to re-energise and grow the brand.
Coffee Republic, a coffee and deli bar operator, has agreed a regional franchise deal for the Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire areas. CR Mercia Ltd has bought the rights to franchise Coffee Republic in these regions.
Recognition Express, one of the UK's most established and successful franchising organisations, has just announced the winner of its fourth annual Recognition Award designed to acknowledge outstanding effort and enthusiasm in the workplace.
I wanted a change of pace and so moved from London to Suffolk, where I considered retiring. However, I soon found myself wanting a new challenge. Franchising came to mind and, because my business background lay in finance, I wanted to find something in this industry. Through having a look at what opportunities were out there I found Certax Accounting and liked what they were offering. I...
Domestic cleaning company MOLLY MAID has teamed up with Tesco and Pan Macmillan to celebrate the launch of Housewife on Top, the latest book from Alison Penton Harper. The fantastic prize available for one lucky winner is to relax and let MOLLY MAID do your house cleaning for a whole year.
Two years after taking over the established Shropshire franchise for Dublcheck, Len Donnelly is reporting an increased annual turnover of £380,000, representing a 41 per cent increase since he took over the business.
Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets has provided funding for the Myhome Group's acquisition of the ChipsAway chain of franchises that provide repairs to chipped or damaged vehicle bodywork. Working to a very tight schedule, the Lloyds TSB team successfully coordinated with all the different parties involved to ensure that the deal was delivered.
Next, Laura Ashley, Habitat, House of Fraser and Harrods are examples of the blue chip companies that use my furniture restoration services, as well as insurance companies, loss adjustors and restoration companies.
For five years I worked for Northwood as a negotiator and as an office manager and I really got to know the business inside out. Then, in 2006 a Northwood franchise came up for sale in my hometown of Southampton. I saw this as a great opportunity - I knew how good the Northwood concept was and knew the benefits of the business, so I decided to invest in the franchise myself.
The Franchise Marketing Awards have, since their inauguration in 2006, rapidly become one of the most highly coveted prizes by franchisors throughout Great Britain. Entries are now open for the prestigious Franchise Marketing Awards 2008, with the closing date on 29th February.
The internet has forever changed the way we do business and information is now just a mouse click away. This year over £48 billion will be spent shopping online, £13.9 billion of which will be in the 10 week run up to Christmas. With over 67% of the population currently online, this averages about £509 per person!
Venture UK, a photographic portrait company that has been responsible for a ground-braking style of portrait photography, is looking for talented photographers and entrepreneurs to take on franchises across the UK.
The first wave of prospective franchisees are currently being interviewed by Pet Carers, a business originally launched in 2004 offering pet boarding, dog walking, feeding and other services for dogs, cats and various small pets.
Vehicle wrapping franchise Totally Dynamic has announced its target for 2008 is to establish two to three new franchisees, adding to its seven-strong network. "This controlled level of growth will ensure we can continue to provide the intensive support we promise our franchisees,"reflects Marketing Manager Jennifer Rope.
I found out about the David Reid Home franchise opportunity in The Franchise Magazine. The franchise attracted my attention as it was a new venture for the UK and I was looking for a business opportunity that I thought would have real potential for the future.
Surelet Residential Lettings has announced a record quarter for letting houses, the perfect news to accompany the head office Franchise Team's move in to new premises in the heart of "Letting Agents Row"in Gloucester City Centre.
The company I was working as an area manager for began restructuring and I knew I was about to be made redundant. At that point I decided that I had enough of working for other people and wanted to be my own boss so I began to look into franchising. While attending a franchise exhibition in London I came across the Prokill franchise.
Molly Maid franchisees have won the top prize at their local business awards. Owners of Molly Maid Berwick Lorna James and Denise Walker have won New Business of the Year in the Business Awards for Wansbeck.
A former tennis coach has recently purchased his second Locallife franchise. Werner Rosemann launched his first Locallife franchise in March 2007. Since he started his Watford based business it has been so successful that he has already purchased his second.
BB's Coffee and Muffins has established a Franchisee and Management Training Academy at its Irish head office in Limerick. The custom built facility will support new and existing franchisees to acquire the necessary operational and management skill, and brand consistency to operate successful and profitable BB's cafes.
I was involved in the fitness industry as a sportsman and then a gym based fitness instructor for a number of years. Three years ago I felt that the time was right to start looking for the right business opportunity and decided to go down the franchise route.
Having been at the forefront of fitness franchising in the UK since 1997, Click Personal Training owner Lynn Woods has successfully developed the business model since followed by many other health club franchise operators.
Atlantic Business Resources PLC has signed its first franchisee. The company, which provides a cost reduction service to businesses, has signed a franchise agreement with Gareth Soloman as part of its plan to expand Atlantic Business Resources PLC across the UK.
Home Instead Senior Care has recruited a Franchisee Support Manager and a Head of Care Services (pictured). Karen Loughnane has been appointed to the role of Head of Care Services and she will work with franchise owners and care managers, as well as establishing good working relationships with key individuals within the Department of Health and Commission for Social Care Inspection.
Riverford Organic Vegetables, a franchise that delivers organically grown fruit and vegetables to customers door, has announced the winner of its 2007 Franchisee of the Year Award. Husband and wife team Russell and Vanessa Cook were presented with the 2007 Franchisee of the Year Award at the Annual Franchise Conference.
Darwin Gray, a Cardiff based solicitors franchise, has been made a professional affiliated member of the British Franchising Association. Darwin Gray was awarded the affiliated membership for the quality of their franchising programme.
Leaps and Bounds, a physical activity programme for children, is looking to expand its franchise. Founded in 2004 the Leaps and Bounds franchise was piloted by several franchisees, proven a success the company is looking to expand in all areas of the UK.
Two companies in the fitness industry have joined together to create a youth fitness franchise scheme. The energie Group, a fitness club franchise, and SHOKK, a youth fitness company, have launched the SHOKK energie franchise.
Managing Director of Recognition Express and Chairman of the British Franchising Association (bfa), Nigel Toplis has urged bfa members to support its 'Proud to Franchise' campaign, which aims to raise the profile and prestige of being a franchisee.
Auntie Anne's, a franchise that sells freshly made soft pretzels, is opening three new stores in Croydon, Derby and Dudley over the next six months. The company sold its Master Franchise for the UK and Ireland to Robert Burton just over a year ago. Since then the company has opened eight stores in the UK and, in addition to the three stores due to open, the company aims to launch a further...
EuroDebt Financial Services, a debt management company that is part of Pentagon (UK) Limited, has appointed a new Sales and Business Development Manager. Previously a Eurodebt franchisee, Vance Parsons' job as Sales and Business Development Manager will involve him being responsible for every aspect of Eurodebt's sales operations as well as aiming to improve all aspects of Eurodebt's business...
International franchise ChipsAway has launched its first outlet in Jersey. Former paramedic Alan Hanton (pictured) opened the Jersey ChipsAway franchise and provides a quick, professional vehicle paintwork repairs service for residents on the island.
I had been working in London but was fed-up with the commute everyday. I began looking for franchises where I would be able to utilise my skills and experiences. I narrowed down potential franchises to about three but after speaking to Certax I quickly realised they would be able to provide the flexibility and support I was looking for.
A Sonic Golf franchisee hopes to be the first deaf man to reach the North Pole. Whilst running his Sonic Golf franchise, which provides a golf club cleaning service, James Wengraf-Townsend is also training for his charity expedition to the North Pole.
All Trades Network, which offers a complete building repair service to the insurance market, has announced the appointment of Charles Sindall as its Franchise Development Manager. "The focus for All Trades Network is twofold: strengthening the support mechanism to the network and developing the systems and strategy to take the business forward,"says Keith Roberts, Managing Director of All...
Bluebird Care has announced that six new franchisees (pictured, with Franchise Director Simon Dalziel) have joined the company. As a management franchise the new franchisees, all of which are graduates and include two lawyers and a doctor, will recruit and manage a team of care staff to provide care to people in their own homes. These signings add to the growth of the company, which now has...
After so many years in the oil and gas business, I was ready for a change. Although I had a very enjoyable career, I was missing large parts of family life due to having to work overseas for much of the year. I had been looking closely at franchising or buying an existing business for some time. Franchising was more appealing as it allows you all the growth capacity of a brand new business...
TaxAssist Accountants has reported a great fee bank growth and the sign-up of thousands of new clients. A fee bank is the total franchisees can expect to receive from clients each year; having taken TaxAssist Accountants 10 years to grow to a £10 million fee bank, it has taken just a further nine months to increase this to £13 million. Additionally TaxAssist Accountants currently has 22...
Pizza chain franchise Papa John's has won the Marketing Society Achievement Award (SME). Papa John's received the award at a ceremony in London in recognition of its online growth, which saw its web-based sales increase by over 500 per cent in 12 months, meaning that 20 per cent of the company's transactions are now handled this way.
Estate Agent Belvoir is closer to reaching its aim of opening 100 franchises by the end of the year with the launch of two new branches in Birmingham. Major Mahil (right), an ex-landlord, has opened his Belvoir agency in the heart of Birmingham's jewellery quarter and is targeting the top end of the lettings market. Kieran Donohoe (below, right), also an ex-landlord and from a property...
Sandwich chain franchise Subway has agreed 300 leases through property law firm Fraser Brown. Although the leases have been for sites throughout the UK they have mainly been focused in the Midlands, London and the South. Subway is currently expanding its outlets in the UK and aims to have 2,010 stores by 2010.
Printing, design, marketing and website franchise Printing.com has announced it has made record profits over the course of the last financial year. Figures published show that its total retail sales have increased by 16.8 per cent and its operating profits have grown by 20.2 per cent.
A Recruitment Manager for Driver Hire, a franchise that supplies temporary and permanent staff to the transport industry, came second in the Scottish Recruitment Awards. Fiona Mackay (pictured, right), who works for the Aberdeen branch of Driver Hire, won the award for her role overseeing driver recruitment, training and development. In addition to this she has aided the company's...
Recognition Express, which provides organisations with recognition goods, has launched an outlet in Guildford through franchisee Nick Manning (pictured, right, with Recognition Express Managing Director Nigel Toplis). A choral singer, Nick decided to leave his previous employment with a telecommunications company to open his own business and concentrate on his singing hobby.
Estate Agent Bairstow Eves has re-branded all of its 322 branches, including over 120 of its franchised outlets. Entirely paid for by the franchisor, the re-branding retains Bairstow Eves' core colours but all branch signage and displays have been re-designed. Additionally changes have been made to 'For Sale' boards, newspaper advertisements and other branded marketing materials.
The bfa has appointed an External Communications Manager to its marketing team. Ruth Keller, who previously worked as a Communications Manager, new role as External Communications Manger will involve raising the profile of franchising with external bodies such as universities and regional enterprise institutions and expanding the national seminar programme.
Gemdate, an online local directory company, is aiming to expand across the UK through franchising. The company, which launched its pilot site at the beginning of 2007 in Burton-On-Trent, plans to set-up websites for areas across the country run by local people who have good knowledge of their region. To do this Gemdate has opted to establish a franchise scheme, which will give individuals...
energie Fitness Club has sold its Leighton Buzzard to ex-Light Dragoon Scott Wiseman. Although Wiseman has limited fitness industry experience he grew up and worked in his family's hotel and gained a solid grounding in the service industry.
US jewellery and watch repair franchise Fast-Fix is set to expand into the UK and Ireland. The company has sold its Master Franchise for the UK and Ireland to Shane Cooney, a Dublin based former Shell Oil Executive.
Fitness club franchise The energie Group has continued its expansion with the opening of seven clubs across its two brands within seven weeks. The two brands consist of energie Fitness for Women club, in which outlets were opened in Newport, Kendal, Oakham, Heswell, Wexford and Ayr and energie Fitness club, in which one club was launched in Warrington.
Aire Serv, which provides heating, air conditioning and refrigeration services to the domestic and commercial market, has expanded into the North West. Owned by franchisee Derek Tierney Aire Serv North West is based in Warrington and will serve the Warrington, Widnes, Runcorn and St. Helens areas.
The Fastsigns Crawley branch is celebrating its 12th anniversary. Owned by franchisee Richard Jameson, Fastsigns Crawley specialises in supplying organisations in the area with an extensive range of signage including indoor and outdoor banners, vehicle graphics and pop-up displays.
Coffee Republic, the independent coffee and deli bar operator, has announced that agreements have been reached with CR Coffee Houses Limited for the Master Franchise Agreement for Northern Ireland and Eire and with East Coast Traders Ltd for the UK Regional Development Franchise for the territory of East Anglia.
Coffee Republic, a UK based coffee shop chain, has agreed a regional development franchise deal for the Dorset area. The deal was made with CR Dorset Ltd and will see the company expand Coffee Republic in the Dorset region.
Scenic Blue a landscape gardening franchise has won the silver medal at this year RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The company gained the prize for their design of an environmentally and ethically aware domestic garden that was visited by British Franchise Association President Sir Bernard Ingham.
COFFEE and music house chain Beanscene has opened its second Beanscene Espresso in Edinburgh. The new outlet opened in South Gyle Business Park at the end of April brings the number of Beanscene stores across Scotland to 14. Additionally the company has launched a franchise strategy with the aim to open up to 45 outlets throughout Scotland within the next three years.
BB's Coffee & Muffins was awarded a top prize in the British Sandwich Association's 2007 Sammies Awards in recognition of the outstanding success of its sandwich sales, led by the introduction of a new Bloomer Toastie range. BB's were named 'Coffee Bar Sandwich Retailer of the Year'.
Dial-A-Rad has revealed to The Franchise Magazine that its first three franchisees are preparing to launch. The company has been established since 1981 and has launched a franchise expansion programme to develop a national network of automotive car radiator specialists.
TAXASSIST Accountants and Baker Tilly will re-launch their Franchise Management Systems at the bfa Annual Conference this month. The Franchise Management Systems promotes a local relationship with franchisees and allows a close accountant/client relationship to develop on a one to one basis. The system also benefits franchisors as its flexible reporting functions include financial and non...
A marketing agency is set to change how its industry operates...by launching a franchise opportunity. The agency, D+R, is run by David Dean, who reveals: "We're looking for 35-45 year olds who want to do something with the potential to earn serious money. Our franchisees will expect to earn £80,000 in their first 18 months, which is achievable from signing just 10 clients."
Daily Poppins, a domestic cleaning franchise, is due to launch its 18th franchise in July, covering Peterborough. The company has been expanding throughout the year with franchises opening in Oxford city centre, Wallingford, Oxfordshire and Barnet and Enfield, north London.
London House is reporting a significant rise in work volumes this year for its franchisee network, which has led to network-wide growth and the recruitment of a new investigator at its head office operation.
Independent travel agency Travel Counsellors is launching its training programme thetravelacademy. The 12-month programme allows people from outside the travel industry to join the company as Travel Counsellor Associates.
In-toto, a kitchen specialist, has appointed a new regional franchise manger. Andrew Best will join Pam Berry and Steve Saunders as part of the franchise management team, and he will be responsible for the Midlands and south West regions.
Kall Kwik, which has 156 franchisees across the UK and provides design and print services for businesses, was recently featured on the television series 'The Apprentice'. One of the competing teams on the show asked staff at the Kall Kwik Maidstone to design and print a banner within two hours.
cleaning franchise Molly Maid has re-launched its website, which includes new services and information for customers as well as franchisees. One feature of the new website is a password protected section that will enable franchisees to communicate with the Molly Maid Support Office.
Rachel Elnaugh, one of the UK's best known businesswomen and star of the BBC's Dragons' Den, is on the hunt for entrepreneurs to take on the challenge of launching and running a new, online web-based directory and information resource for local people in all areas of the UK.
YOUR MOVE franchisees from across the UK and senior management from Your Move and LSL Property Services plc, the parent company, met at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham for the YOUR MOVE national franchising conference.
Belvoir, a lettings agent franchise, has opened a new outlet in Portadown, Northern Ireland. The new agency is owned by franchisees John Hollingsworth and Gavin Boyle, who will offer landlords and tenants in the area a range of property management and lettings services.
Cartridge World, an ink-filling retailer, has employed a new Franchise Sales Manager. The appointment of Mark Spreckley as Franchise Sales Manager brings the amount of senior managers employed in the last year to five.
Autosheen, a mobile valet company, is expanding its franchise into the Bedfordshire area, covering Luton and Bedford. As part of the expansion Autosheen has launched a Road Safety Campaign for local businesses with the Luton and Bedford area.
Snap-on-Tools, Domino's Pizza and Molly Maid - three very different Franchises with one thing in common - all are celebrating after this years British Franchise Association's 2007 Franchisor of the Year Awards.
A customer service representative with Coventry-based Drain Doctor Plumbing has crowned a successful year by being presented with the Golden Service Provider of the Year award at the national group's annual awards ceremony.
Scotland's leading franchise event, The British Franchise Exhibition, incorporating the Growing Your Own Business Showcase & Conference, will take place at the SECC in Glasgow on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 June 2007.
The SUBWAY chain, the world's largest sandwich chain, and Fitness First, the world's largest health club group, have agreed a strategic partnership across the UK and Ireland to encourage people to eat better and lead more active lifestyles...
Antony Tagliamonti, 27, franchisee of four Domino's Pizza stores in Essex, and 2006 bfa Franchisee of the Year, was this week rewarded for his outstanding business achievements in the hospitality and catering industry.
Roy Seaman, Chairman and Managing Director of Norwich-based Franchise Development Services Ltd (FDS), has become the first person in Europe to graduate from the Institute of Franchise Executives. Graduates from the class of 2007 collected their certificates at an awards ceremony held recently at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas during the International Franchise Association's 47th Annual Convention.
With an impressive background in the property market, former Sales Director Neil Jones is bringing his considerable expertise to the Cambridge residential lettings market. Neil is launching Belvoir in the city, making it the company's 97th UK franchise.
National estate agent YOUR MOVE is celebrating following the announcement that it has won one of the most sought after awards in the franchise industry, a Franchise Marketing Award - a UK first for an estate agent.
Molly Maid, the leader in the £2 billion plus and growing residential cleaning market, has this week launched their new website and is the first company in the UK cleaning industry to provide customers with the ability to purchase Gift Vouchers on line.
More than 400 guests enjoyed a glamorous gala dinner held at London's Marriott Hotel for the announcement of the winning companies whose investment in marketing and creativity have contributed significantly to the industry's continuing development.
Dream Doors' Nottingham franchisees have reported a record turnover in first few months of opening their showroom. The acceleration of their business has been unprecedented in five years of franchising for Dream Doors, the UK's number one franchised kitchen door replacement company.
Debt management company, EuroDebt Financial Services, part of Pentagon (UK) Limited, has achieved member accreditation from the British Franchise Association (bfa), giving the company important confirmation of its status.
Papa Johns, the US pizza franchise, has revealed plans to expand the number of outlets in the UK to 100 by the end of the year. The company, which currently operates 87 branches in the UK, said the expansion would be relatively cautious, emphasising the quality of franchisee and product above aggressive advertising against larger rivals.
Britain's biggest blinds store chain is preparing for a surge in the number of enquiries to join its franchise network in the wake of new independent research which reports a 62 per cent growth in the sales of window blinds over the last five years.
Debutots Early Years Drama, a drama in education company for the early ages, has launched its first franchisee in Northern Ireland. Co-Directors Charlotte Collins and Karen Wallace-Jones attended the launch.
Paul Hogan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Home Instead Senior Care, has been named Entrepreneur of the Year - one of the highest honours in franchising - by the International Franchise Association (IFA). The award was presented during the opening session of the IFA's 47th annual convention in Las Vegas, USA.
New research conducted for Britain's biggest blinds store chain reveals just how much of an impact its new look has had in the marketplace by the type of customers who are now walking through the doors of its showrooms across the UK.
Autosheen, the UK's leading national mobile valeting organisation, Provides Bedfordshire business customers with complimentary advanced fleet driver training courses to combat latest road casualty figures
thebestof, the online business directory and community website franchise, has been voted the best E-Company of the year at the Sharp Edge Awards. Almost 500 companies vied for the top slots at the awards with TheBestOf beating off new media stars Viagogo.com and Mydeo.com to become the online business of 2007.
With a reputation for providing excellent quality and service, signs franchise Signs Express is pleased to announce that its new centres in Watford, Dundee and Sligo in the Republic of Ireland have made the investment to purchase their own premises.
Mail Boxes Etc. (UK) Ltd., (MBE) is offering sub postmasters and independent retailers an opportunity to provide alternative postal services under a new franchised concession. This could create postal services in areas where they did not exist previously and would also enable sub postmasters facing closure to stay in business and continue to serve their local communities.
ChipsAway International, the SMART (Small and Medium Area Repair Technology) repair specialist, has celebrated in style presenting a bouquet and a bottle of bubbly to its five millionth customer Kay Wellings, who had her damaged paintwork repaired by Lichfield franchisee Ian Byrne.
The British & International Franchise Exhibition, incorporating the Growing Your Own Business Exhibition and Conference, at Olympia, London on 23 and 24 March 2007 provides the ideal opportunity to find a diverse range of exciting new business opportunities from around the world.
Action International has changed its name to ActionCOACH as part of a major re-branding exercise by the company, which has just been chosen as the world's top business consulting franchise for the fourth year in a row by Entrepreneur magazine.
A trip to Vienna awaits the winners of a new incentive scheme introduced by blind store chain Apollo Blinds, which will be taking its 15 top performing franchisees on a five star trip around Austria's capital city in May as a reward for achieving the most significant sales increases.
MOLLY MAID UK recently held its 4th National Convention at Shrigley Hall Hotel in Cheshire which overlooks 262 acres of rolling hills on the edge of the Peak District National Park. "A truly worthy venue for the backdrop to our ongoing commitment of bringing our Franchise Owners together to learn from each other and help them to improve their business"said Pam Bader OBE, Chief Executive of...
Leading signs and graphics franchise Signs Express has appointed Rebecca Dack to the position of Marketing & PR Manager. Leading the marketing team at the head office in Norwich, Rebecca's remit will include franchise recruitment marketing activity and franchisee support.
MOLLY MAID has reported 13 new franchise owners joining its network and annual turnover growing in access of 10 per cent for 2006. Says Pam Bader, CEO, OBE and past President of the British Franchise Association:
Sales and distribution franchise Sonic Golf has awarded a franchise in Surrey to James Wengraf-Townsend, who signed the franchise agreement on 14th December after reading about the opportunity in The Franchise Magazine.
The burgeoning Bluebird Care network has appointed Karen Rubra as Care Manager to support its fast growing network of franchised domiciliary care businesses across the UK. Karen, who brings a wealth of experience to the post, has been with the company for some time but has been promoted to enable more management time to be spent supporting and developing franchisees.
Aussie Pet Mobile, the world's largest mobile pet grooming franchise, is set to launch in the UK. With a pet spending market worth £3.8 billion and growing, the UK presents an economic environment ripe for the Aussie Pet Mobile concept.
Southern-based property firm Enfields welcomes a new franchisee to its business this month, who will be overseeing the company's second franchising operation in Portsmouth. The award-winning brand holds a strong market position and is to be headed by former branch manager Ralph Page.
Entering its second year as a franchise, Western Provident Association (WPA) is confident that its WPA franchise will become even better known throughout the UK. WPA is a not-for-profit Private Medical Insurer with over 300,000 customers in the UK and a history going back over 100 years. The business is split relatively equally between private business (individuals and self-employed) and...
Domiciliary care franchise Caremark has boosted its skills pool with the appointment of Sean Cragg as Franchise Manager. Sean brings a wealth of experience in sales and marketing to Caremark and will be working alongside Managing Director Kevin Lewis and the Caremark team to grow the network by 30 franchisees during 2007.
Autosheen is 'Green' - Today, Autosheen - the UK's leading national mobile valeting company - is pleased to announce that it has been accredited the highly coveted Quality Management Systems (QMS) 9001/2000 ISO 14001 ISO 9001:2000 award.
The Franchising Division of national estate agents YOUR MOVE has announced that it is experiencing record levels of enquiries from prospective franchisees. YOUR MOVE launched its franchise model in March 2003 and now boasts 85 franchised offices across the UK, with a large number in the pipeline that are committed to open before the end of the year.
Domiciliary care franchise Bluebird Care signed a new franchisee at the National Franchise Exhibition in October. Sue Milakovic has taken on the Mid-Staffordshire territory, after initially identifying the opportunity through the pages of The Franchise Magazine.
TaxAssist Accountants, the accountancy and taxation service for small businesses, has reached its 10th Anniversary and celebrated in style. The Norwich-based company celebrated its 10th Anniversary at its Annual Conference held in November in the Midlands. The Conference attracted the largest turnout ever of its national network of accountants with over 300 franchisees, sponsors and branded...
Pinnacle Chauffeur Transport franchisee Trevor Langley (pictured) has exchanged his driving seat for one on the board, following a major reorganisation of the company in which he has become a major shareholder. In his new role as Sales and Marketing Director he will be responsible for developing the business nationally, supporting franchisees to develop their own local businesses and...
SUMO, now the largest supplier of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) services to the construction industry in the UK, has been granted an Approved User Licence for Ground Penetrating Radar equipment from Ofcom.
A franchisor is preparing to launch a full turnkey package for a tried and proven method absolutely different from any other existing food related franchise in the marketplace. Satisfying the home and corporate marketplaces with sound, technically supported, fully localised and much needed services and products, this new innovation delivers complete customer satisfaction.
Attending the Growing Your Own Business Exhibition & Conference at Manchester GMEX will provide the perfect opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to learn from experts, network with like minded peers and suppliers and find out how to achieve success in business.
Bathroom retailer Ripples has opened its first showroom in Newbury - the company's 16th showroom since it started in 1988. Owned by Richard and Diane Garnett, the showroom is conveniently located on Cheap Street.
thebestof, the successful online business directory and community website business, has just signed its 300th franchisee. Dean and Emma Biggs have bought the Durham franchise, making thebestof the fastest-ever growing UK franchise.
Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has launched a new selection of greeting cards based on a Hollywood theme to add to its existing extensive portfolio. The new cards which are printed in stylish monochrome depicting Hollywood icons and films such as Breakfast at Tiffany's, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire and The Wizard of Oz, will be distributed to retail outlets...
Southern-based property firm Enfields retained its industry acclaim at the annual property award ceremony, hosted this month, with a second Gold win for the Best Medium Agent category, alongside Bronze wins under the Lettings and Technology/ Web categories.
Following a period of growth and rapid expansion, Dekor PLC, formally Decor Frame, has unveiled its new look at its 180,000 sq ft manufacturing and distribution facility with the help of Bluegg Creative and Signs Express (Cardiff). Dekor Plc are based at Waterton Park in Bridgend and established in 1988; are now leading manufacturers of home accessories to the UK's largest retail customers...
Kitchen doors replacement franchise Dream Doors has made two new appointments to its head office team. Kelly Chambers joins as Franchise & Operations Director, and Alex Waite joins as Franchise Recruitment Manager.
Urban Planters, the UK's leading interior landscape provider of live and replica plants displays, have transformed some of the country's most illustrious hotels, shopping centres, offices, car showrooms and leisure clubs. Last week the National Franchise Exhibition held at the NEC, Birmingham, saw Urban Planters capitalise on their business proposition to attract potential franchisees. Making...
The organisers of the National Franchise Exhibition 2006, which took place on October 6th and 7th, report that the event was the largest franchise exhibition ever staged in Britain, with more visitors than ever before attending and over 250 established and new franchise companies exhibiting.
Norwich-based vehicle wrapping franchise Totally Dynamic enjoyed a "fantastic response"at the official launch of its franchise opportunity at the recent National Franchise Exhibition in Birmingham. Visitors to the event met founder Adrian Rope and his team on the Totally Dynamic stand, who report that many remarked that the franchise provided a "breath of fresh air".
Northwood Residential Lettings is achieving above target growth and predicts network expansion of nearly 50 per cent by the end of the year. Director Gemma Goodson reveals: "We entered 2006 with 28 branches and currently have 39 open and 14 further branches at varying stages. This is above target and before we take into account leads from the National Franchise Exhibition."
Utility surveys provider to the construction industry SUMO has announced the launch of two new franchisees. Simon Foster (Bournemouth) and Richard Clish (West Yorkshire) join the 13 franchisees already established in the UK, in addition to the head office operation based in Havant, Hampshire.
Domiciliary care franchise Bluebird Care signed a new franchisee at the National Franchise Exhibition in October. Sue Milakovic (pictured) has taken on the Mid-Staffordshire territory, after initially identifying the opportunity through the pages of The Franchise Magazine.
Pinnacle Chauffeur Transport franchisee Trevor Langley (pictured) has exchanged his driving seat for one on the board, following a major reorganisation of the company in which he has become a major shareholder.
KALL KWIK is welcoming some new faces to its Twickenham outlet this Thursday, as new Owner James Gil-Rodriguez is joined by 'Apprentice' star Ruth Badger to celebrate the re-launch of the design and print outlet.
Following its best ever year, leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has announced today that it is further expanding its team with the appointment of two new business development managers. Gillian Herdman and John Coe will be dedicated to supporting the company's network of franchisees to help them achieve increased revenues from their businesses.
Ever fancied being your own boss and running your own business? Well the country's leading Health and Fitness business Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Clubs is giving you the opportunity to do just that.
Domino's Pizza, the UK's leading pizza delivery company, has been selected as a finalist in the 3i Growth Strategy of the Year category of the prestigious 2006 National Business Awards which is sponsored by Orange. The nomination recognises the company's exceptional business performance in 2005.
Seventy franchisees and In-toto staff visited the headquarters of parent company Wellman at Enger in Germany this month to view the stunning new kitchen collections for 2007. All franchisees are invited to participate in an annual visit that allows them to spend a whole day at the company's extensive internal exhibition. New franchisees also have the opportunity for a tour around the Wellman...
There's a new sheriff in town - and she's changing the rules! Tina Huelin is launching a totally new concept in property maintenance in October 2006. HandyWoman has been set up to deliberately provide business opportunities for women in an area where they are traditionally under-represented, that of the building trade.
Take one stylish, yet discerning woman. Mix with friends in a relaxed atmosphere. Add a glass of wine and let her try on some stunning jewellery. This is the recipe for the success of Silverdaze, a simple franchise concept that's already proved a hit with five franchisees.
iworkLife are extremely proud to announce that they have been granted accreditation by the British Franchise Association. More than 260 franchisors in the past have chosen to submit their companies and their documentation to scrutiny by the BFA.
The country's leading Health and Fitness business Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Clubs has created hundreds of opportunities for people living in the UK to join the successful slimming business and be their own boss by increasing the number of franchising opportunities available in the UK.
Blazes, Britain's biggest fireplace specialist, is backing its franchisees with a six-figure TV ad campaign to boost showroom sales as the fireplace and heating retail market builds towards its busiest time of year.
In the six months since acquiring the global MRINetwork franchise rights (excluding those in the US and Japan), MRINetwork Worldwide has made substantial investments in the best talent available to ensure long-term, sustained growth.
CHAUFFEUR Trevor Langley has picked up his best job yet - by becoming a driving force in a national franchise company. Like the American businessman Victor Kiam who famously liked a shaver so much that he bought the company that made it, Trevor has invested his money in the main company and is swapping his driver's seat for one on the board.
When Andy Evans, owner of the Mr Electric Newcastle franchise, applied to become an engineer in the RAF, he thought he would have many years ahead of him serving his country, however following a car accident five years ago and a serious back injury, he was forced to take his leave from the RAF and recuperate.
How do you fancy getting your home cleaned for a whole year? Well now you can. MOLLY MAID, the UK's best known domestic cleaning company has teamed up with Sainsbury's, Fairy and Pampers to run a great competition offering 12 lucky persons the chance to win a year's free cleaning.
Essex businessman Steve Parker has taken a life-changing decision by launching his own professional oven valeting business, Ovenu. After 25 years in telecommunications sales, Steve has swapped phone lines for grill pans to deliver an environmentally-friendly oven valeting service, which will cover Chelmsford, Maldon, Braintree and the surrounding areas.
With personal debt in the UK now over £1.1 trillion, risk control services franchise London House highlights a recent report from the Credit Services Association (CSA), which found that debt collection agencies are dramatically increasing their employment to cope with the workload of collecting on personal debt.
One of America's most popular snack food retailers is moving into the UK high street with the launch of Auntie Anne's hand rolled soft pretzel stores. The Master Franchise to market Auntie Anne's throughout the UK and Ireland has been acquired by Robert Burton, former owner of the Thrifty Car Rental operation in the UK.
After buying Belvoir's Sleaford franchise as a going concern, Peter Atkinson has tripled its turnover in his first year. He was awarded the Newcomer of the Year Award at the Belvoir High Achievers Award in 2005 and has since gone on to be one of the 10 finalists in the British Franchise Association's 'Franchisee of the Year 2006' awards.
Specialist franchise law firm Leathes Prior and franchise consultancy Franchise Development Services have teamed up to provide franchisors and prospective franchisors with two free specialist franchising events taking place in September. The first, on 7th September, is aimed at existing franchisors and will take the form of a Franchisor Discussion Forum covering the topics associated with...
Security specialist Dyno-Secure, in partnership with the local police force and council, has implemented a major crime reduction initiative in Slough. The innovative project, funded by Thames Valley police with the help of a grant, was supported by a number of groups.
An investor is sought to take a 40 per cent stake in Bassito's peri peri and spearhead the development of a franchise package to replicate the company's Portuguese chicken peri-peri restaurant concept nationwide.
Molly Maid has appointed Jonathan Holden as Director of Franchise Support. Jonathan joins with over 12 years' experience in franchising including positions at Kall Kwik, where he was Head of Sales and Operations, responsible for a network of 160 Centres with annual turnover in excess of £70 million and most recently energie fitness clubs as Franchise Development Manager, recruiting 38...
Gail Jones has joined the expanding team at Caremark to implement her expertise within the company owned office at Pulborough. Gail, who has successfully opened and developed a domiciliary agency previously, is confident that Caremark offers her an exciting and rewarding new challenge.
Fast growing fitness club brand, énergie Fitness Clubs has opened new sites in Hounslow and Hackney with a third due to launch in Fulham at the beginning of September, taking the current network of clubs to 17. Now established as the largest fitness club franchise operation in the UK, énergie has a growing pipeline with a further six full format and five énergie Fitness for Women clubs by...
A DESIGNER who began by making clothes for the elderly in her garage and has now launched a franchisee network across the UK and Ireland is to showcase her fast-expanding business at the 2006 National Franchise Exhibition, NEC Birmingham, October 6 & 7 - Stand V110.
Franchisee Steve Littlewood and his wife Ellen, who own an In-toto kitchen showroom in Northampton, have opened their second franchise in Milton Keynes, and report that it has taken off much faster than anticipated.
Avid motor sport fans at Signs Express (Reading) were delighted to provide exciting new racing graphics for a 2004 Porsche 996 GT3 cup car used by Hawthorns Motorsport in the British GT. Driven by Rod Barrett and Swedish driver Jan Persson, the Porsche (pic above) has a flag design on either side of the car, the British flag on one side and the Swedish flag on the other.
The Women in Franchising Zone is a dedicated conference within The National Franchise Exhibition taking place on 6 & 7 October at Birmingham's NEC and will feature leading women entrepreneurs sharing inspiration and valuable advice on helping women start their own franchise businesses.
The British Franchise Association (bfa) has announced a week packed full of events for National Franchise Week 2006, which will take place between 2nd and 8th of October. Aiming to encourage people across the UK to consider how franchising can help them 'Escape the 9 to 5', National Franchise Week will provide an ideal opportunity to explore the world of franchising as a proven and...
Pioneering double glazing repair company 0845 Glassman has completed the training of its first franchisee. David Adkins from Chelmsford is now the only franchisee in the UK who is able to offer his customers the revolutionary new 0845 Glassman service, which allows misted double glazing units to be repaired without having to install an expensive replacement.
Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, today revealed it has already recruited ten new franchisees for territories across the UK since January - more than in any other previous year. This announcement follows news that the Company recently recorded its highest ever number of sales with Card Connection's network turnover now topping more than £12 million.
Consumers increasingly want to see businesses demonstrating a high degree of social responsibility. According to Business in the Community, nearly half (44%) of consumers rate this as a 'very important' consideration when buying a product or service.
The UK's leading independent fitted kitchen franchise, In-toto kitchens held its 2006 National Meeting at the DeVere Belfry Hotel in the Midlands with a theme of 'Going for Gold'. Nearly 100 franchisees and suppliers attended the event, which incorporated social and sporting activities as well as business presentations and special achievement awards over the weekend.
"Yes, it all sounds fine, but how do I get the business?"This is a familiar cry from potential franchisees. Many have never sold a service or product before - there has always been someone to do that for them in their company!
Simon Wise, the former Deputy Director of the British Franchise Association is proving that franchising works. Over a year ago he decided to follow his own advice and bought a franchise. He's now completed a very successful first full year's trading at his Tottenham-based Driver Hire franchise. So successful he's won Driver Hire's prestigious 'New Start of the Year Award' as well as a Silver...
One of America's most popular snack food retailers is moving into the UK High Street with the launch of Auntie Anne's hand rolled soft pretzel stores. The master franchise to market Auntie Anne's throughout the UK and Ireland has been acquired by Robert Burton, former owner of the Thrifty Car Rental operation in the UK.
Conservative MP for Mid Norfolk, Keith Simpson, opened the new Kall Kwik at Meridian Business Park in Norwich on Friday 14th July 2006. The opening celebrated Mark and Pippa Redmond's big step in launching a new business and provided guests and VIPs the opportunity to see the premises and understand what services they can offer clients and future plans.
It was double celebrations for Tony Quinn, owner of Recognition Express Newbury, who marked his first year running a franchise business by winning a national award for achievement. Tony scooped 'Best First Year' performance award at the company's annual conference, with the highest first year turnover of any Recognition Express franchise in the company's 27 year history.
Selling "healthy food for an increasingly health conscious populous", a new café concept with a Mediterranean theme is seeking to establish a team of investors to buy into the company and assist its development of a franchise concept.
Leading signs and graphics franchise Signs Express has been presented with four awards at the National Sign Industry Awards. The highly commended awards represent four individual projects completed by Signs Express centres across the group.
Domiciliary care franchise Caremark has awarded its first franchise to Carl Ward, who will be providing professional care services to people requiring care in their own homes within the Kingston Upon Thames area. The news follows the grand opening of Caremark's brand new, purpose-built head office in Pulborough, and the approval of its application for British Franchise Association (bfa...
Belvoir Lettings has completed the buy-out of a joint shareholder in a deal advised by accountants and business advisers Grant Thornton and law firm Freeth Cartwright. The transaction passes complete ownership of the business to the Goddard family.
Prontaprint Bolton has been taken over by local entrepreneurs John and Janice Bailey, who have substantially invested in new cutting-edge equipment for the print and design centre to offer a range of improved services to their business clients.
A festive new franchise concept is being prepared for launch in time for this year's Christmas season. The Christmas Decorators provides a professional internal and external decorating service for domestic and corporate clients, giving their properties a sophisticated seasonal display designed to make a lasting impression on all of their visitors.
Sliderobes in Ipswich has won the company's top prize for "Franchisee of the Year". The Belfast-based company gave the award to Lorelei Firbank's business for its outstanding growth and customer service standards, from amongst nearly 20 across the UK and Irish Republic.
Some 400 visitors to the Business Start-Up Show staged in London's Docklands in May had their first taste of speed networking led by Robert Ashton, author of best selling book The Entrepreneur's Book of Checklists.
Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Clubs, the bfa's Franchisor of the Year 2005, recently staged its Training Convention. Held at Center Parcs, Nottinghamshire, the convention attracted 139 franchisees and their employees to take advantage of the free, comprehensive training programme.
THE 2006 British Franchise Association (bfa) Franchisor of the Year Awards were announced in May, with entrants nominating themselves in three categories: 'Daily Express Brand Builder of the Year', the 'HSBC Award for Enterprise' and 'bfa Franchisor of the Year', where the theme was 'Planning for Success'.
The Franchise Exhibition 2006, the first ever franchise event for Northern Ireland, has been hailed as a huge success for visitors and exhibitors alike, highlighting the fact that franchising is a rapidly growing industry in the region.
Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has recognised Bath franchisees Roger and Margaret Hookway with the Heidi Sulley commemorative cup - a special award for tenacity and team spirit, at its recent national conference held at the Hilton, Watford.
University graduate Ant Meehan has returned to his old stamping ground in Ormskirk - to set up his own business. The 24-year-old games fanatic has just thrown open the doors of his video games store, CHIPS, and is convinced it will prove a great hit in the town.
Jane has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry and joins Domino's Pizza from Scottish and Newcastle Retail/Spirit Group where she designed and implemented a three-year information technology strategy to support 2,000 pubs, restaurants and hotels. She has also worked for PowerGen Plc, Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries PLC and the Tonka Corporation.
Market leading cartridge refilling company, Cartridge World, has appointed Jonathan Cullen as its UK Managing Director. The appointment follows the recent acquisition of the Master Franchise for the UK and France by Cartridge World North America, which took place in April this year.
Amtrak Express Parcels, the franchised parcel network, is delivering thousands of rare plants to gardeners across the country following a major contract with an award-winning nursery. Claire Austin Hardy Plants specialise in Irises and Peonies and Amtrak is currently providing next day deliveries of hundreds of plants each week.
Franchisees of Drain Doctor Plumbing were recognised for their achievements and contribution to the organisation's growth and success over the past year at a special Gala Dinner award ceremony held during the company's twelfth annual convention.
Mr Clutch, the nationwide vehicle services chain, is set for further growth and planning to open fourteen more centres over the next two years following a successful pilot of its new Supercentre franchise model.
The United Kingdom's leading specialist in the provision of accounting services to the franchise industry - Franaccounts is reshaping its messaging within the market to avoid the confusion of being considered a franchise.
West Yorkshire company AlphaGraphics has won a national award from the world's leading supplier of office products and services. Global company Office Depot, which operates in 23 countries and employs more than 50,000 people, has named AlphaGraphics its Print Services Vendor of the Year.
Amtrak Express Parcels, the franchised overnight parcels network, has formed a partnership with Government to deliver mail and parcels nationwide on behalf of government departments, agencies and associates. Part of a five-year contract with the Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA), Amtrak will be providing a full range of next day services.
Ovenu, the UK oven valeting service, welcomes fireman Kevin O'Connor to the company as its new Blackburn franchisee. Originally from Ireland, Kevin has lived in Rossendale Valley for the past 18 years with his wife and two children. He has been a fireman for 27 years and decided to set up as an Ovenu franchisee to prepare for the future, when he retires from the fire service.
Bluebird Care, a newly launched franchise delivering care to people at home, has highlighted the findings of a new report commissioned by charity 'The Kings Fund', which has found a huge demand for care over the course of the next 20 years and beyond.
When Terry Mullins was searching for someone to clean his windows, he discovered that the traditional domestic window cleaner has all but disappeared. So, after two years of research and planning he has launched The Local Window Cleaner Ltd.
A new van-based sales and installation franchise is preparing to launch in the UK under the British Blinds brand. The company, which manufactures quality made-to-measure window blinds, is owned by Karen Hudson and Paul Lister, who have run their own store in Halifax since 2000.
John Pratt, the British Franchise Association's Legal Advisor and current chair of the International Bar Association's International Franchising Committee, has added yet another string to his bow on being appointed a Director of the NEC - the venue of the largest franchise exhibition in the UK.
As part of a national project with the British Franchise Association, the Association of Disabled Professionals (ADP) is writing a resource guide and directory of support, which will include franchising targeted at disabled people. ADP is looking for disabled people who are in franchising to tell their story of the joys and problems of setting up in business.
The franchising division of Your Move has successfully reserved its 100th franchise territory. Andy Mohun-Smith, Franchise Director for Your Move, comments: "We're obviously delighted by our success to date. We now have over 70 franchised branches up and running across the country and over 30 in the pipeline. We're now on our way to meeting our initial target of 150 franchised branches by the...
Auditel has re-branded its cost and purchase management franchise to better reflect its core values and beliefs and to take advantage of the growing awareness of global environment issues within its target marketplace.
Mibod Ltd, the health and dietary specialist, has set up in Birmingham with franchise opportunities available for the Midlands and North of England. Mibod, which specialises in pro diabetic, sugar, preservative and additive free foods has already received a number of speculative enquiries into franchise opportunities.
This year, Belvoir Lettings celebrates its 10th year in franchising. In this relatively short period of time Belvoir has grown to be the largest specialist letting franchise in the UK with some 90 offices in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Tapping into the buoyant and growing lettings and property management market Belvoir has stuck to its basic principles of customer care...
Kall Kwik UK has opened a business Centre in Sunderland as part of its plans to expand the 156-strong network in more than 20 new locations before the end of 2008. The outlet is the third Kall Kwik to open this year and follows successful launches of both the Oxford and Bristol Riverside locations.
Apollo Blinds unveiled its new look at the recent British Franchise Association (bfa) exhibition in Manchester. The reaction to the company's new image and the number of enquiries generated at the exhibition was way beyond its expectations, according to General Manager, Patrick Harrison. "We cannot believe just how well it has been received by people who already know Apollo Blinds and by...
Choice Hotels Europe has appointed James O'Brien as new Franchise Sales Director for the UK. With the necessary experience and specialist knowledge of the franchise and training industries in the UK, James' role will be to introduce new franchise partners to the Choice Hotels Europe system and to help existing franchise partners expand their hotel portfolio.
Wiltshire Farm Foods, the UK's leading frozen ready meals delivery franchise, has seven new franchises with existing customers available in the North East. Following retirement and restructuring in North East England, the company has split the area into seven manageable territories covering Leeds, Harrogate, Middlesbrough, Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Northumberland/Scottish...
Just eight months after its launch thebestof.co.uk, the online media franchise, believes it is not only the fastest growing franchise in the UK but one of the largest franchise companies in the UK with over 200 franchisees.
Papa John's UK has agreed the sale of the Perfect Pizza brand to Smartfirst Ltd, a newly formed company led by former Managing Director Tony Sherriff, backed by Octopus Asset Management and The Royal Bank of Scotland plc.
Molly Maid UK recently held its UK national convention under the backdrop of the Menzies Welcombe Hotel and Spa in Stratford-upon-Avon. Among the guests attending the convention were the founders of Molly Maid, Adrienne and Chris Stringer.
Papa John's UK on Monday 6th March 2006 agreed the sale of the Perfect Pizza brand to Smartfirst Ltd, a newly formed company led by former Managing Director Tony Sherriff, backed by Octopus Asset Management and The Royal Bank of Scotland plc.
Less than four months after launch, thebestof.co.uk has awarded its 100th franchise. The product is getting 50 enquiries a week and has a conversion rate of one in five. The company has seen its growth accelerate since it exhibited at the National Franchise Exhibition at the NEC in October.
Liverpool based property search franchise PALI (Property & Land Information) has awarded its first franchise to John Mann. Covering the Doncaster area, John's franchise has had a flying start. Since launching in October he has been commissioned to carry out searches for several local solicitors thanks to contacts set up in conjunction with head office.
Sign and graphics specialists Signs Express (Kings Lynn) have recently been involved in several key signage projects in the historic town of King's Lynn, commissioned as part of the regeneration of the area and in celebration of King's Lynn's 800th anniversary
The SUBWAY® chain, one of the fastest growing retailers in the UK and Ireland, opened its doors to hundreds of shoppers at the Trafford Centre in Manchester on 28th October 2005. The new store, based in The Orient, the Trafford Centre's dining hall, sees an investment of £150,000
Every office handles paper and some offices handle great volumes of it - correspondence, documents, mailings, leaflets etc. To speed the process, many organisations have specialist paper handling equipment: shredders, power guillotines, binders, laminators, folding machines, envelope feeders and complete document mailing systems - all of which need to be maintained and replaced when necessary.
The AA has nominated SMART repair specialist ChipsAway International as the organisation's sole recommended supplier of SMART repairs to its five million plus members. According to MD Steve Bignell, this agreement represents a major marketing coup for ChipsAway, bringing substantial new business opportunities to franchisees.
There were double celebrations on Clairol Professional's stand during the recent National Franchise Exhibition. Not only did the company register over 125 potential leads for its newly launched franchised operation, but the company also received its accreditation by the Business Franchise Association (BFA) over the weekend.
Fast food restaurant franchise AJ's Piri Piri has unveiled plans to expand its franchise offering into the UK via a Master Franchisee. "AJ's Piri Piri is one of the UK's premier fast food franchise opportunities of the future,"declares MD Andrew Withers. "It is a complete turnkey fast food restaurant concept tailored to suit qualified investors and investment groups seeking entry into the...
Supporting its continued nationwide expansion, property-based franchise Northwood has strengthened its franchise support team. Nicholas Cooper, former National Franchise Manager, has been promoted to Franchise Director.
A new 24-hour glazing franchise is preparing to launch into the UK market after the completion of its franchise development programme. 24/7 Glazing Services was established in 2001 in Cheshire, offering domestic and commercial glazing services across the North West.
Winning a large contract with Tesco and expanding its reach with other clients (including British Land, ASDA, Grosvenor, Prudential and others), has helped Car Park Valeting establish over 60 hand car wash and valeting sites across the UK, with a further 100 set to open in the next 12 months.
A recent survey revealed that 40% of the UK workforce has at some time suffered from severe stress at work, caused by an unreasonable boss. Whilst starting up a business is challenging, being able to control one's destiny and being the top decision-maker is an attraction for many, and far outweighs the disadvantages of long hours and hard work.
The SUBWAY chain, the world's largest submarine sandwich franchise, has more than 500 outlets located in shopping centres worldwide. The chain is keen to drive development in this sector in the UK and Ireland and is exhibiting at this year's British Council of Shopping Centre's Annual Conference and Retail Showcase in Belfast on 31st October to 2nd November. The SUBWAY chain's team can be...
0800handyman - the 'odd jobs' firm to the stars - has built up nine franchises since launching its first two years ago. Now it wants to treble that within ten months. Bruce Greig, the Oxford graduate turned handyman who launched the company in 2001, is looking for more graduates and career high-flyers to buy a franchise and help build the company across the UK.
Eddie Rockets City Diner, the top Irish-owned chain of 1950's American-themed diners will be officially opening its 25th diner on Friday 14th of October with the launch of its newest diner in The Omni Shopping Centre in Santry, Dublin 9.
Two local businessmen, Ray Smallwood and Neil Paterson, are celebrating their first year in business together, since swapping very pressurised jobs in industry for running a home furnishing showroom, close to home.
The SUBWAY® chain, makers of the world's favourite SUB sandwich, is closer to overtaking the number of Pret a Manger and McDonald's stores in Greater London, following the opening of the SUBWAY chain's 100th Greater London store in 4 Berners Street, W1.
Vehicle Wrapping is one of the most exciting and fastest growing areas of the sign and graphics industry. It is rapidly becoming the preferred way for businesses to promote their goods and services on anything from company cars to trucks and buses.
Small business tax and accountancy franchise TaxAssist Accountants has enlisted the help of Leathes Prior Solicitors to provide a specialist HR and Employment Law service to all its shop-based franchisees.
Kall Kwik has launched its next generation services Design to Delivery® (D2D), which focuses on making clients 'look the businessTM' by offering a broad range of services that include design for marketing, sales campaigns and other corporate communications; account management, direct mail; wide format, digital and lithographic printing; and fulfilment.
Seven Drain Doctor Plumbing franchisees have been whisked away with their partners to Venice for a long weekend as a reward for producing the most business per capita from their franchise areas over the past year.
Monday mornings are not usually the best time to make sales calls, or so Jaguar Couriers Commercial Director Andy Davies thought. With just one call he secured several weeks worth of work to the Czech Republic.
Cookerburra was invited to speak at the British Franchise Association annual conference held recently. Director David Dymond took the podium first and delivered an informative presentation describing Cookerburra's marketing strategies.
One year after taking on Prontaprint Chester, franchisees Noel and Nicci McLaughlin have made the centre a business success story by bringing in a raft of new clients and increasing the expenditure of their top 20 clients by over 15 per cent.
SNACK delivery and vending machine franchise Snack-in-the-Box Ltd (SITB) has successfully completed a management buyout with ownership moving from Joe & Leigh Lynam, who have retired, to Matthew O'Neil, Bill Owen and Mike Funston.
PROPERTY lettings agent Belvoir is marking its 10th birthday with the launch of a major drive north of the border. Belvoir is to open 14 new offices in Scotland, taking the company's UK franchise network to more than 100.
EDINBURGH franchisees Ian and Sue Watt were awarded the Cookerburra 'Franchisee of the Year' award for the third consecutive year at the annual franchisee conference held recently at the Renaissance Hotel in Reading.