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.
Six months into my business and I am well on my way to reaching my projected first year turnover. After working for 25 years in accountancy and finance I craved a new challenge and saw franchising as a low risk way of being able to work for myself. I would be using a proven business model and would have ongoing support and guidance to hand if needed.
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.
Recognition Express has launched a new franchise in Nottingham West covering Nottingham and Derby, through franchisee Des Rennell.
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.
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.
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
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.
Signs Express has appointed a new National Accounts Manager and IT Manager at its Norwich head office.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professional oven cleaning company Ovenu welcomes its newest franchisee Christine Peel from Northumberland.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Organic vegetable box scheme Riverford Organic Vegetables has signed its 100th franchisee, Dave Hanlon. Dave will distribute seasonal vegetables to customers across Stockport and Macclesfield.
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.
Before I became a Hydro-Dynamix franchisee I worked as a manager at a distribution centre, working 14 hour shifts four days a week. Unhappy with the way the company treated its employees I decided the only solution was to be my own boss.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I had been working in the family newsagents business for 12 years so working for myself was not a new concept. I made the transition to CeX when I was forced to close down my Leeds based newsagents shop after the lease had expired and could not be extended. I sought a new challenge in a diverse market with a large customer base that could be put on the high street and CeX fitted the criteria.
Fryer management service FiltaFry has appointed a new Franchise Manager with a mission to grow its franchise network through the recruitment of entrepreneurial individuals with vision and ambition.
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.
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.
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.
Halal burger bar and takeaway franchise Mahmoods has launched its franchise opportunity after consulting Franchise Development Services Northern (FDS Northern).
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.