Magazine: Aug/Sept 2017

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Front cover feature – Top award for Thought Leader Abell at the ‘Legal Oscars’
Dr Mark Abell, head of the franchising practice at international law firm Bird & Bird, has been named in the annual Who’s Who Legal Awards as a Thought Leader: Franchise 2017.

More Than Loft Ladders
More Than Loft Ladders, who specialise in turning the loft space of a home into a well-lit accessible area, are looking for franchisees to join its low-cost home-based franchise.

BFA/HSBC Franchise Awards
The top two titles at the BFA/HSBC Franchise Awards went to companies who are both in the home care sector. Bluebird Care won the Franchisor of the Year title after receiving the Gold award and Hannah Drury of Caremark, Sutton, was named Franchisee of the Year.

How the BFA can kick-start your franchise journey
Pip Wilkins, chief executive of the BFA, talks about using the association’s online resources and educational seminars, which can assist prospective franchisees on their choice of franchise.

Birmingham means business
The National Franchise Exhibition will be held at the NEC, Birmingham on October 13 and 14. The event will showcase a variety of franchises, over 60 free seminars and ‘Insight Sessions’ by McDonald’s on its brand.

From buyer to seller … the completed journey
Michael Bohan of Franchise Resales explains the two options when buying a franchise – the mystery buy (a new start opportunity) and the history buy (a franchise resale).

The 2,500th Subway opens
The 2,500th Subway store has opened in Bristol as the company launches its ambitious plan to increase the number of stores in the UK and Ireland to 3,000 by 2020, creating around 5,000 new jobs.

Making sure that the blueprint is right
Penny Hopkinson, of Manual Writers International, explains the importance of the operating manual, as it controls the quality, reputation of the franchise as well as protecting its intellectual property.

Kidslingo
The children’s language franchise, which delivers Frenchtastic and Spanishtastic learning programmes, has welcomed six new franchisees covering Sevenoaks in Kent to West Kilbride in Scotland.

Building a successful franchise
Carl Reader of d&t, gives his top tips for franchisors to help ensure that its franchisees and staff are trained, motivated and managed to maintain brand integrity and ethos.

Collaborate to strengthen our franchise industry
Brian Duckett, of The Franchising Centre, discusses the need for collaboration to increase the level of engagement of all parties in the franchising process, including franchisees’ staff.

EWIF Awards
The winners of the NatWest Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Awards 2017 have been chosen and the Overall Woman in Franchising title has gone to Claire Slorach of Toni & Guy.

Are you prepared for the EU General Data Protection Regulation?
Gordon Drakes, of Fieldfisher, discusses the regulation that applies to the handling and use of customer data, which will be applicable from May 2018.

Making the right choice of structure
Nicola Broadhurst, of Stevens & Bolton, explains the different structures available to potential franchisors expanding their business whether nationwide or internationally.

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