After a career in the sports retail sector, Paul Torrent was getting frustrated at the long hours, high mileage lifestyle his work was giving him, and wanted to work for himself. After studying the franchise sector of business, Paul decided that he wanted a business that dealt in repeat order, consumable products in a secure and stable market sector.
ActionCOACH, the organisation at the forefront of the development of business coaching in the UK and around the world, has just picked up a prestigious 'Stevie' award for Best Overall Company.
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.
After becoming increasingly disillusioned with his employees, Phil Pinkney decided it was time to look for a forward-thinking franchise that would let him realise his potential.
It was double celebrations last month for kitchen re-face franchise Dream Doors, having recorded its highest ever network turnover and reached the finals of the Franchise Marketing Awards.
KALL KWIK was "hired"in last month's final episode of the BBC hit series "The Apprentice"with a crucial design and print job that was make or break for the stressed-out candidates.
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.
Safeclean rewarded a number of its top performing franchisees at an awards ceremony held recently as part of its annual conference.
Having launched his business in 1982, Geraint Williams is the longest serving Safeclean franchisee in the UK. Although he originally trained as an accountant he admits that it wasn't the career for him: "I didn't like working within four walls and was looking to start up on my own,"recalls Geraint. "The question I faced however, was what to do?"
After setting up and running a logistics business in South Africa for five years, Peter and Anna Wyss decided to resettle in the UK. As a completely new start, the couple thought about becoming employed again but as Peter admits: "After working for yourself for a few years it would be quite difficult to work for a boss again!"
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.
Prontaprint, the organisation that pioneered franchised on-demand printing, is repositioning the brand and adopting a distinctive new identity.
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...
Bristol based home search and property services company Medics on the Move has increased its national base to 13 franchisees with new franchises opening in Cardiff, South Birmingham, South Bristol & North Somerset and Bedfordshire.
Ladies Workout Express has opened a further three franchised 30-minute, women only, workout gyms in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
SMART (Small & Medium Area Repair Technology) repair specialist ChipsAway International has won the award for Most Creative Exhibition Stand in the inaugural Franchise Marketing Awards.
Cookerburra Oven Cleaning UK reached the final of the British Franchise Association Franchise Marketing Awards with its highly distinctive Kookaburra suit created to aid the launch of new franchises.
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.
Domiciliary care franchise, Caremark has appointed Maureen Gribbon as Franchise Recruitment Manager based at its head office in West Sussex.
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.
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.
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.
If you're feeling dissatisfied, disillusioned and are looking for a fresh challenge, why not take a look at running your own business?
When you choose a franchise you want to be part of a success story - and they don't come much bigger than Prontaprint, as they explain here
Last year over 2,000 people found a new future with a franchise. Stuart Anderson suggests some directions for your route to franchise success
As a Dublcheck franchisee you can tap into the booming commercial cleaning sector in Scotland with guaranteed turnover but no selling, reports Rachel Spaul
The Concept...There are 23 million households in the UK, all with an oven. Not to mention the number of commercial ovens. We are looking for people who want to manage a business that cleans these ovens and has the potential to turn over in excess of £250,000. Could you manage a team of technicians with vans, cleaning ovens throughout your own exclusive franchise area?
How does Belvoir support your investment in your future? Belvoir's Recruitment Manager Julie Taylor profiles the extensive range of support available through Belvoir Central office, which is dedicated to ensuring your success
The first franchisees in the UK to showcase the new Apollo Blinds image, Pam and Clive Barnett talk about why they made the switch from their previous successful independent window blinds business
Former RAF Weapons Technician Bob Laughlan is off to a flying start in Civvy Street, having joined forces with his old comrade: ChipsAway franchisee Jim Hughes.
When choosing a franchise opportunity, one of the most important questions you should ask is 'what else do I get for my investment?' Kall Kwik Managing Director Mike Hutter explains
Two Snack-in-the-Box franchisees reveal how they have built their successful snack-vending businesses with the help of the Cadbury brand name.
A queue of eager customers on the first day and a positive flow of customers in the following weeks is what new franchisees aim for. For Lee and Paul Warren it's reality. Rachel Spaul reports
Already seeking to own a second TaxAssist Accountants franchise after the success of his first, Mark Linney talks to Adam Browning about life in self-employment
Your Move's franchise system enables entrepreneurs and business people with no estate agency experience to run and build their own businesses. Rachel Spaul interviews
The launch of FiltaFry's 'Plus' upgrade package at the start of the year marked a new development by the franchisor seeking to improve its offering to its franchisees.
Servicing a variety of national accounts with UK insurance companies, All Trades Network franchisees are team builders as well as business builders. Stuart Anderson reports
Moulded from almost 40 years of experience, the Oakleaf franchise is proving successful for franchisees nationwide. Rachel Spaul interviews the Harrogate franchisee
Offering onsite furniture repairs and restoration, including leather, upholstery, wood, laminate and UPVC, Furniture Medic franchisees enjoy a varied and creative occupation. Stuart Anderson interviews
Sharing Global Travel Group's commitment to customer service, Simon Collinge and his partners are providing a personal touch to the travel industry. Global Travel Group Marketing Manager Neil Osthoff highlights their progress so far
Servicing both the domestic and commercial cleaning sectors, Detail Clean franchisees have a varied market at which to target their business
CeX is rolling out its new franchise concept nationwide, and with the franchisee recruitment just starting, territories are available nationwide. Stuart Anderson reports
The secret is out and potential franchisees are flocking to Caremark to discover how they can tap into the multi-billion pound domiciliary care market with this whitecollar management opportunity.