Within a year of launching my franchise I've developed my initial territory of Somerset and Sedgemoor, won the Caremark Award for Excellence for 2007, and I'm currently looking for suitable premises in Bristol and Swansea so I can expand my business.
Working as a Sales Director for a housing company I was living the corporate lifestyle, but it wasn't for me and I wanted to build something for myself. I began looking into franchising and I came across the ChipsAway franchise opportunity while reading The Franchise Magazine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before I became a Belvoir franchisee I'd already had a taste of being my own boss with my own property business in Australia. When my family and I decided to move back to the UK in early 2006 I began to look for new business ventures that would utilise my experience and expertise.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A TruGreen franchisee provides lawn care services to domestic and commercial customers, including weed and feed, scarification, aeration and hard surface weed control. With over sixty territories sold, TruGreen is becoming one of the best known names in the UK lawn care market and is part of the world's largest Lawn Care Company.
Is entrepreneurialism and demand for franchised businesses on the increase in the UK as a result of TV shows such as The Apprentice? And could franchising drive economic growth in the UK'as it has in the USA? Some senior sources are giving out positive vibes about the state of franchising in 2008
When it comes to selecting the right franchise opportunity, it's vital you choose a partner that supports your venture's success. Working with Wiltshire Farm Foods you will enjoy every opportunity to grow your business and achieve the rewards you crave.
The finalists for this year's British Franchise Association (bfa) Franchisor of the Year Award have been selected and are announced on the 22nd May at a gala luncheon held at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel
Winning TaxAssist Accountants' 'Most Successful Start Up' award for 2007 has not dimmed Gary and Cheryll Jacks's ambitions - with their second office almost ready to launch they are already looking ahead to office numbers three and four
Having grown from a standing start in 1985 to 69 Franchise Owners nationwide earning a current annual turnover of over £12 million and supported by almost 800 staff, MOLLY MAID is building on its momentum of 2007 to increase its national network of Franchise Owners
Franchisee Graham Mitchell talks about the benefits of purchasing an established franchise and how his previous experience as Managing Director of a packaging company has helped increase sales by 60 per cent.
Countrywide Signs has been franchising the supply, erection and maintenance of 'For Sale' signs for 10 years and has a network of 56 franchisees nationwide. Its two newest franchisees are Colin Lancaster and Gary Millen, friends who quit their banking careers to become self-employed
With 12 new franchised outlets scheduled to open in 2008 and more regions available for prospective franchisees, secondhand technology retailer CeX is positioned to reap the increased demand for value for money goods created by a downturn in the economy
Every year 18 million people call in sick with obesity related health problems. Healthy eating snack franchise ChariSnack aims to help resolve this issue and assist visually impaired children in the process
Valeting franchise Autosheen offers franchisees access to lucrative contracts and regular work from day one of launching their business, thanks to an impressive portfolio of National Accounts - a real recipe for success, according to former chef Paul Fenech
There are almost 3,000 golf clubs in the UK and Ireland and Sonic Golf has signed deals with the largest clubs in the UK. The company is looking for franchisees across Britain to aid its nationwide expansion
Multi-unit ownership is enabling Cash Generator franchisees Onkar Nandra and Dave Elwood to build substantial businesses. They reveal how their stores are well-positioned to weather economic upturns and downturns
Today, we're more eager than ever to provide opportunities for growth, development and fun for our children. From the day they're born, we're looking for activities to keep our babies stimulated and give them an edge that will help them thrive and the drive only grows stronger as our children grow. In response, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of companies offering enriching...
Glasgow will be hosting an exciting range of franchise opportunities when The British Franchise Exhibition, incorporating the Growing Your Own Business Showcase & Conference, arrives at the SECC in Glasgow
More than 70 per cent of exhibit space is already booked for this year's West Coast Franchise Expo (WCFE) based in Los Angeles, following its success in 2007. Exhibitors had the opportunity to meet prospective franchisees on a one-to-one basis and offered visitors the chance to explore nearly 250 franchise concepts
Miami Beach-based Franchise Expo South (FES) is the newest addition to the MFV exhibition family and is already celebrating a similar success to its cousin, the West Coast Franchise Expo in Los Angeles
It's the face that represents thousands of the most highly qualified prospects - coming to the IFE from all 50 states and from over 80 countries around the world. They've done their research, are nearing a decision, and are coming to meet face-to-face with you.