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.
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.
Leading franchise organisation Recognition Express has named the Supreme Group its Supplier of the Year at an internal conference and awards ceremony.
"I've always enjoyed selling and I wanted a business with a really good product range,"says Recognition Express franchisee Arthur Keighley. "Franchising appealed to me because, although I can sell, it's the buying of the goods at the right price that helps. Recognition Express has 25 years worth of suppliers and this really grabbed my attention."
The UK's best-performing franchisees are toasting their success after reaching the National Finals of this year's bfa Franchisee of the Year Awards, sponsored by HSBC and Express newspapers
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.
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.
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.
Papa John's International, Inc. has appointed Ian Saunders as Managing Director of its UK operations. Ian replaces Daniel Cousineau who is leaving Papa John's UK to pursue other ventures.
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...
Rainbow International has launched a new corporate identity to reflect its position as the UK's leading restoration and cleaning company.
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.
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.
"The business has grown at lightning speed,"exclaims Rob Smith, who turned down a promotion to a senior management position to invest in a Riverford Organic Vegetables franchise. From a flying start with 116 customers, secured via leaflet drops and local media coverage, Rob and his wife Rachel have grown the business to 2,300 active customers in just 16 months.
Ripples Ltd, the premier bathroom retailer, is continuing its rapid growth with two recent additions to its showroom portfolio and plans to open another three new showrooms this year.
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.
More flexible working hours and greater free time to spend with the family, financial and personal rewards, and the freedom to make his own decisions appealed to ex-teacher Spenser Lees.
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.
SUMO, the UK's largest provider to the construction industry of utility surveys using the latest technologies, has undertaken a very unusual job.
Telecommunication specialist Cubic Telecom is expanding its franchise operation into the UK following the brand's huge success in Ireland, where it has awarded all of its franchises.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Multi-discipline property company Clarke Hillyer, founded in 1885, has launched a new surveying franchise to exploit a huge gap in the market.
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The Christmas Decorators is launching its specialist seasonal decorating service as a franchise following its huge success in North West England. Rachel Spaul reports
There is a real opportunity to have your cake and eat it with Safeclean, a franchise that offers excellent benefits for both single operator and management franchises.
A business-to-business franchise opportunity operating within a niche market providing mailing support services is being offered by Mail Shot International
Colin Blunt purchased a ChipsAway franchise in 2001. His sudden death a few months later left his son David on the back foot, unsure of what to do for the best, or what direction to take for the future. As it turned out, his ChipsAway franchise has proved the best possible legacy Colin could have left for his son.
2006 has brought with it some major changes for Belvoir which are greatly beneficial to the whole of the Belvoir Group. Belvoir Lettings Chief Executive Mike Goddard explains
Following the creation of new franchise opportunities in the North East, Wiltshire Farm Foods is poised for further expansion, reveals Rachel Spaul
The Best Of is a community website franchise that is taking on the big-boys of the internet...and winning. Managing Director Nigel Botterill reports
Internal communication is essential for every business, especially for franchise companies where the brand needs to be enhanced and protected. Kall Kwik UK reveals how its credible message delivered in a way franchisees want throughout the year can bind a network
Two Snack-in-the-Box franchisees reveal how they have built their successful snack-vending businesses with the help of the Cadbury brand name.
As the refurbishment of the Apollo Blinds network of showrooms draws to a close, the franchisees of the showroom that was used as a showcase for the new design talk about their hopes for the future with the new look Apollo Blinds
Putting the internet into the heart of its business, Cash Generator is introducing a new ebay/CG Net Auction Drop service to further improve its franchisees' business propositions. Best of all, it isn't costing franchisees any initial fees! MD Julian Urry discusses the initiative
Providing risk control services such as internal theft and fraud checks, counter-money laundering and witness statements makes for an exciting business with London House. Stuart Anderson interviews its newest franchisee
Dublcheck is your route into the lucrative, multi-billion pound commercial cleaning sector, as Founder Carol Stewart-Gill tells Rachel Spaul
PlumbLocal is building an impressive corporate client base. This is good news for franchisees, as Local Services' Emma King reports
Having made the finishing touches to their O2 store, father and son team Andrew and John Russel eagerly await their first customers. Rachel Spaul reports
Bio Depot is a unique concept designed to meet the growing demand for renewable energy, managed waste solutions and reductions in carbon emissions throughout the UK, Europe and the rest of the World.
All Trades Network franchisees are encouraged to share their successes and voice their opinions to fuel the development of their businesses and the network as a whole. Rachel Spaul reports