The TFM Noticeboard provides all the latest news stories from franchise brands in one place

Dunkin’ Donuts opens in the UK

One of the world’s leading baked goods and coffee chains has announced the grand opening of its first UK restaurant in Harrow. To celebrate, franchise owners Ram Javia and Neil Patel hosted a celebratory launch programme with live entertainment, promotions and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Two more restaurants are expected to open in the South East early this year.

GreenThumb announces seven-figure deal

UK lawn care franchise, GreenThumb, has announced an investment group has acquired two successful franchise operations in the Chichester and South East Hampshire areas as part of a seven-figure deal.

Dream Doors launches new web site

Kitchen facelift franchise, Dream Doors, has launched a brand new website, which is designed in correspondence with its own mobile app. The website allows for better functionality and increased graphic displays. Founder Troy Trappenden said: “The age of our customers hasn’t changed, but their reading and purchasing habits have.”

TaxAssist's Apprentices Shine

Innovative accountancy network, TaxAssist Accountants has been crowned Best UK Accountancy Firm Supporting Apprentices by leading national training providers 3aaa. Gymnast, Louis Smith and TV presenter, Chris Evans (pictured), hosted the awards.

Interface Financial Group launches 50/50 model

International finance firm, Interface Financial Group, has launched a new franchise model, IFG 50/50, to complement its existing brand. This new franchise model offers more scope, is more flexible and differs from the original IFG model in that franchise owners receive a large portion of their capital from the franchisor. IFG President, David Banfield, said: “While the IFG 50/50 franchise is similar to the standard model in terms of the service offered to small business clients, it contains new features that will appeal to entrepreneurs who are looking for a financial service opportunity where the franchisor also supplies a large portion of the capital though a unique leverage plan.”

Steak n’ Shake announces major expansion

Better burger franchise, Steak n’ Shake, has announced that it has signed a major international development agreement with AB Holdings, which will see the franchise become available in the Middle East. The agreement allows the business to open up to 50 restaurants throughout Saudi Arabia over the next few years.

Papa John’s celebrates six more stores

Papa John’s has revealed that it has opened six more stores throughout the UK, in Nottinghamshire, Sheffield, Benfleet in Essex, Stockport, Chichester, and Romford. These new stores come at the tail end of a year that has seen the thriving pizza brand open 40 stores across the country.

Majenta’s ground-breaking collection

Fashion franchise, Majenta Beauty, has taken inspiration from the art of art nouveau genius, Alphonse Mucha, to create a revolutionary collection, which has been met with widespread elation. The innovative hair, make-up and nail business is set to go from strength to strength in 2014.

Granite Transformations helps Sir Stirling Moss’s bathroom renovation stay on track

Home maintenance franchise, Granite Transformations, has helped Formula One legend, Sir Stirling Moss, rejuvenate the bathroom on the third floor of his Mayfair townhouse. Granite Transformations created a contemporary polar white and silver space complete with slip-resistant underfloor heating.

Star striker spotted at Century 21

Century 21 could be providing Liverpool FC fans with a terrific start to the New Year after striker Luiz Suarez was spotted browsing for properties in the Woolton Village location – indication the striker wants to make Liverpool his permanent home. Dan Pennington, owner of Century 21 UK Liverpool South, commented: “As we all know how important Luis is to Liverpool, we were delighted to see him and his family eyeing up some of the homes in our window and hope this means the rumours of him leaving can now be put to bed. Rest assured we will be doing all we can to help Luis stay at the club and look forward to providing him with a first-class service should he be interested in any of our properties.”

Diamond Logistics plans 20 new franchises in 2014

Courier and logistics brand, Diamond Logistics, is planning to roll out 20 new franchise locations over the next 12 months. The business grew significantly in 2013, with five new franchises established throughout the UK. Managing Director, Kate Lester (pictured), said: “We really are driving a revolution in logistics, which is creating a great deal of interest.”

Revive! comes to Suffolk

One of the UK’s leading providers of minor paint and bodywork repairs for vehicles, Revive!, has opened up a new location in Suffolk. The latest franchise owner to join the thriving business is former Platoon Sergeant, David Phee, who aims to “establish Revive! as the number one SMART repairer in the Ipswich area.”