Belvoir continues steady growth in 2008

Lettings and property management agency Belvoir has announced the launch of six new franchises in 2008

We are delighted to announce the opening of Belvoir franchises at locations in Leeds North, Mansfield, Wellingborough, King's Lynn, Doncaster and Brentwood. All of our new franchisees are highly motivated and determined and we wish them every success for the future.

At Belvoir we pride ourselves on the quality of our induction training, which is a comprehensive three-week course undertaken by all potential franchisees, providing them with the necessary knowledge and understanding to help them run a successful Belvoir franchise. Our first training course of 2008 for new franchisees has just ended and was completely full, and we have already taken bookings for our remaining courses this year.

This brings our current total of franchises nationwide to 125 and means we are well on our way to achieving our target of 150 franchises by the end of 2008. The success of our recruitment reflects the strength of the Belvoir brand and the company's reputation within the lettings industry, but is also an indication of our commitment and the standard of service provided to our franchisees.

Text: Belvoir Sales Director Dorian Gonsalves

Belvoir's Mike Goddard appointed to bfa Board

Belvoir is delighted to announce that Mike Goddard, CEO and founder of Belvoir, has been appointed as Chairman of the British Franchise Association (bfa). Mike's appointment follows the resignation of outgoing Chairman Steve Emmerson of Ventrolla, whose appointment as Managing Director of ServiceMaster in the UK meant that he was no longer eligible to serve on the board of the bfa. The board voted unanimously to elect Mike, who has served as Chairman of the Accreditation Committee, the board's most senior committee, for 12 months and was due to be proposed as Deputy Chairman at the end of the year.

Mike launched Belvoir as a franchise company in 1996 and currently has 125 franchised offices nationwide, aiming to launch 300 in the next 10 years. He is a keen advocate of franchising as a business concept. 'I have two key visions for the bfa,' says Mike. 'Firstly, I am hoping to steer it into a position where we are representing everybody involved in the franchising industry, including franchisors, franchise owners and professionals such as solicitors, accountants and consultants so that the bfa provides a voice for all franchising within the UK.

'Secondly, I think that franchising as a brand needs to be better recognised by the general public. There is a lot of work to be done within the bfa to help educate the public about the benefits of dealing with a franchise owner and I hope this will come through a new initiative called 'Proud to Franchise', which will help to bring people into the franchising industry.'