Covering all the latest developments in the franchise market.
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.
Autosheen, the UK's leading national mobile valeting organisation, joined forces with Bedfordshire Police and the Road Victims Trust on Sunday 24th June - to clean up the Bedfordshire streets - in more ways than one.
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.
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...
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.
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.