Merry Maids adds to Growing Network

The ServiceMASTER group has announced that Richard Brimblecombe has joined the Merry Maids network of franchise owners, covering the Bedford area. Mr Brimblescombe previously ran his own multi-office Estate Agency business.

CoLaz Products Fly off the Shelves

CoLaz’s own-branded products, including moisturisers, exfoliators and skin cleansers have been met with positivity from its customers. Owner Manroop Ahitan said: “We did our CoLaz branded open day a few weeks ago and the products are going really well so far.”

Century 21 Eyes Rapid Expansion

Century 21 announces ambitious plans to be the UK’s number one estate agent franchise in the near future. The business, now part of the Shepherd Direct group, is looking for franchise owners with a passion for people, property and postcode.

Bluebird Care

Bluebird Care has announced the start of an exciting new chapter in its history after a corporate takeover from Florida-based Interim Healthcare Inc.

Global RLI Awards 2014 Date Announced

The ninth Global Retail & Leisure Industry Awards are to be held on June 5 2014 at the Natural History Museum in London. The event will see the very best retail and leisure businesses recognised for their achievements in the industry.

Driver Hire Franchise Owner Is ‘Start-up’s’ Finalist

Gary Riches, owner of the Driver Hire franchise in Colchester, has been nominated for an award in the ‘New Franchisee’ category in the National Start-up Awards 2013 after a phenomenal first year in business.

George Osborne Unzips New Location

The latest Zip Yard tailoring franchise location was last month officially opened by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. The new location, in Wilmslow, is the second store owned by Richard McConnell who also owns the Altrincham branch.

Six Great Months For Jumping Clay Derby

Katie Rogers, franchise owner for jumping Clay Derby, has been inundated with business since she made her investment in the children’s activity and educational franchise. Ms Rogers recently opened a fully operational academy to cope with growing demand.

Select smiles as UK Recruitment Soars

Franchise owners of Select Appointments, the high street recruitment experts, are benefiting from a recent boom in the UK recruitment industry which is expected to continue until 2016. An industry report found that “Overall demand for staff rose at the highest rate since June 2007.”

Harry Ramsden’s Returns Home

The world famous fish and chips franchise has announced that it has granted Vikesh and Dimple Patel the rights to establish 50 franchises throughout Yorkshire in towns and cities such as Leeds, York and Bradford, back to the place where the brand’s illustrious history all began.

Surecare Appoints Manager

One of the UK’s leading care companies, SureCare has recruited Tracy Newcombe as Business Development Manager following her 20 + years in the care industry. Her role will be to help new and existing franchise owners develop their business throughout the UK.

Tesco Extends Franchise Trial

One Stop convenience stores, owned by supermarket behemoth Tesco, has announced that it is to extend its independent franchise trial to four more stores according to CEO Tony Reed said: “These new partnerships will help to shape the model in the future.”

Chemex Couple Celebrate Record Turnover

Stephen and Margaret Crinks are celebrating their success after becoming the first Chemex franchise owners in the UK to turnover £300,000 from a single van in a year.


McDonald’s is to stop selling the world renowned Heinz Ketchup in its stores worldwide, after a 40 year collaboration. The move was prompted by a management change at Heinz as the former Burger King head, Bernado Hees, joins the business.