Care Boss slams government stance

Gary Farrer, Managing Director of SureCare believes the quality of care and dignity of older people is being squeezed by penny-pinching local councils. His comments are in response to a recent BBC investigation into UK care provision, which found sufficient care was being provided in just four from 101 cases. He said: “This investigation by the BBC confirms what providers within the sector has known for some time, namely that the contracts being offered by certain local authorities are simply unsustainable. “We are facing a care time bomb, a world in which more and more of us will be working until we are 75 and living past 100.”

Ableworld’s 20th store

One of the UK’s leading mobility retail brands, Ableworld, has announced it has opened its 20th store. Conway Davies has just become the owner of the Ableworld Gloucester franchise. Davies could see there was a demand for providing quality products and services to the ever-growing elderly and disabled market. He said: “I’ve always aspired to own my own business. After meeting the founder of the company, and the franchise team I couldn’t help but realise how passionate they were about helping people.”

Liverpool FC announces Baskin Robbins partnership

Baskin Robbins, has announced a multi-year partnership to become the official providers of ice cream to the club. Liverpool FC’s Chief Commercial Officer, Billy Hogan said: “We’re delighted to be joining forces with one of the world’s most iconic names.”

Pan Chai chooses franchising

Pan Chai built a reputation in London’s famous Harrods store and is now offering franchise opportunities across the UK. It aims to target affluent city-centre locations with a high footfall to make the brand the first choice for luxury pan-Asian food. Owner Eddie Lim said: “It has long been my ambition to bring our food to the UK market and I can already see its influence growing. Andrew Lloyd, a Director, added: “Our brand is unique, exciting, and enjoying tremendous success. Now we are looking for the right people to join us, follow our proven system, and expand the brand.”

Papa John’s momentum continues in Stafford

One of the world’s most famous Pizza franchises, Papa John’s, has opened yet another franchise location in Stafford. A hugely successful pizza party whereby 200 pizzas were given away to local residents marked the launch. This latest location is indicative of Papa John’s continued franchise development after the brand enjoyed an extremely successful 2013.

Century 21 opens Hounslow location

One of the UK’s leading property and lettings franchises, Century 21, has announced the opening of a branch in Hounslow, South West London, as new franchise owner, Hamid Ikram, commits his immediate future to the rapidly expanding brand. Ikram has lived in the area for more than 45 years and is an ideal fit for the business thanks to his impressive managerial background.

GYP acquires Coffee Giant, Gloria Jeans

Global Yellow Pages Ltd has secured further global growth for one of the world’s leading food and beverage brands in Gloria Jeans Coffee Houses. Mr. Nabi Saleh, Executive Chairman of Gloria Jean’s Coffees said: “We have been looking for some time for the right partner who shares our guiding values, our dedication to excellence and our vision for the future. We are confident that in GYP we have found the right partner to take the business to the next level.”

Churchill’s takes off in Stansted

Exciting new fish and chips franchise, Churchill’s, has announced the opening of a brand new store in Stansted in Essex. Managing Director, James Lipscombe said: “We wanted to have a store as a showpiece for potential franchise owners to visit and see what their store would look like. Stansted is the perfect location.”

Martin & Co celebrates fantastic year

Property and Lettings franchise, Martin & Co has announced it has enjoyed a record-breaking year after the business recruited more personnel than ever before, including many new franchise owners. The business floated on the stock exchange earlier this year, signalling its intent to continue the good work.

Dream Doors annual awards celebrate high achievers

Franchise owner team, Elaine and Mike Hurley, were recognised at this year’s Dream Doors annual conference for achieving sales of more than £1 million over 12 months. The property maintenance franchise has enjoyed a spectacular year of sales, innovation and growth.