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Good Companions Heads North Domiciliary care franchise, Good Companions, has announced it is looking north for its franchise expansion plans. The business aims to establish a national organisation of individual franchised units to give the best possible level of integrated local healthcare nationwide.

Monkey Music Celebrates in Style Children’s pre-school activity franchise, Monkey Music, celebrated its 21st birthday recently at its annual conference where it recognised a number of winning franchise owners from across its 52-strong network after a record breaking year. Founder Angie Coates said: “It’s fantastic to be able to kick off our 21st Anniversary celebrations with such a great year behind us.”

Barking Mad Goes On the Road After an award-winning year for pet grooming franchise, Barking Mad, the mobile branch of the business, Barking Mad Professional Mobile Dog Grooming, has proudly announced the sale of its first franchise unit in the Northwest. The fully liveried mobile dog-grooming vehicle is a self-contained grooming centre with fresh warm water, an electric grooming table and even dog cologne.

Musical Minis makes Children Happier Founder of children’s music and singing franchise, Musical Minis, Karen Sherr, has welcomed an independent report which found that children who take part in musical activities from an earlier age are likely to be happier, with better developed social, motor and speech skills. Following the report, Sherr said: ”My franchisees and I see first-hand the improvements in the social skills, speech and co-ordination of the children who attend our classes every week.”

Papa John’s incentivises new franchise owners Leading Pizza franchise, Papa John’s, has announced the opening of its Warrington store with a view to opening five more outlets in the near future thanks to a unique incentive scheme. The initiative provides a 12-month royalty break for new stores opened before July 2014. In addition, free oven and refrigeration equipment is provided by the franchisor.

Premier Sport ‘Outstanding’ – Ofsted One of Britain’s leading sports club providers has had one of its franchise owners branded Outstanding by education regulatory body, Ofsted. Lee Ryan of Premier Sport Yorkshire recently had one of his PE lessons observed following a recent Ofsted surprise visit to High Bank JI&N School in Liversedge, West Yorkshire and passed with flying colours.

Three Years of Best Practice Bfa affiliate franchise consultancy, Smith & Henderson, recently celebrated three years of success with a Best Practice Forum with some of the UK’s top franchisors. The forum focused on the strategic challenges associated with running large franchise networks with different stakeholders. Topics included structuring franchisee support, managing change and involving franchisees in decision-making.

Roomzzz to Open up in Dubai Yorkshire hotelier franchise, Roomzzz Aparthotel, has announced its first international opening will be in Dubai. This news comes after the confirmation that Roomzzz has launched its international head quarters in the UAE, marking its intention to be a serious contender within a global marketplace.

Cargocall Drives Green Changes Leading logistics franchise, Cargocall, has reported that it is doing its bit for the environment as a business that maximises the capacity of commercial courier vehicles across the country. Director Gary Clere said: “Since 1997 Cargocall has never owned so much as a transit van, or a warehouse yet we have efficiently shipped millions of kilos of freight around the world for our customers. It (our system) cuts out double-handling of freight and also ensures we don’t put another vehicle on our already congested roads. We now actively market this approach to our potential customers, we call it the Green Scheme Transport System and it’s definitely a winner.”

Catch of the Day Anglers are basking in the news that a franchise designed to access the £500 million UK fishing market has been set up. Tackle Trailer will bridge the gap between angler and bait merchant with a mobile fishing equipment store. Steve Calder and Carol Aykin, who spotted a gap in the market after seeing how much rents and premises costs were damaging fishing tackle businesses are behind the concept.