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Front cover feature – Mathnasium
Mathnasium says the UK is ready for its revolutionary and fun method of teaching children maths and has identified key locations for its high-street brand. Following the opening of its pilot operation in Hertfordshire earlier in the year, the company is scheduled to open a new 1,250 sq. ft. centre in Cheshire.
Signs Express investing £30,000 in new start-ups
Signs Express is celebrating 25 years of franchising by investing £30,000 in all new franchisee start-ups with the company. This proposition sees the franchise fee of £20,000 reinvested in the new business along with an additional £10,000.
New fitness club concept thé Yard from énergie
The énergie Fitness group has introduced a new signature gym training concept, thé Yard, a high intensity training ‘playground’.
Craft bakery’s provenance impresses franchisee
The world’s oldest Cornish pasty maker, Warrens Bakery, continues its expansion with the opening of an outlet in Bridgwater, Somerset, by franchisee and local businessman James Tucker.
Diverse opportunities plus expert advice under one roof
The National Franchise Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham on October 13 and 14, is set to offer franchise opportunities to suit all aspirations alongside professional guidance.
A&O IT survey
A&O IT, the franchised provider of IT support services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), reveals its survey that highlights the lack of IT security amongst SMEs.
Raising ethical standards in franchising for 40 years
The BFA, from a start-up of eight franchisor members who clearly-defined business-format franchising and a code of ethical conduct has grown to a sector worth £15bn is this year celebrating its 40th birthday.
ServiceMaster UK acquires Rosemary Bookkeeping
ServiceMaster, the multi-brand franchisor has acquired Rosemary Bookkeeping, which now brings its franchise portfolio in the UK to five brands.
Is franchising right for your family?
Pip Wilkins, chief executive of the BFA, talks about how franchising may well be the perfect fit for those wishing to start their own business around their family commitments.
‘Rubbish company that’s a life changing opportunity’
Junk Hunters, the refuse removal service for households, businesses and construction sites says its franchise is a life changing opportunity for those who are hard-working and have a genuine determination to succeed.
Warning signs to look for in a franchise network
Carl Reader of d&t, says there are five major warning signs that you should look for in a franchise network when evaluating its business proposition.
How to ensure success as an international franchisor
Mark Abell, of Bird & Bird, analysed a sample of 50 franchisors that embarked on international expansion and reveals a number of key points that franchisors should take into account when formulating an international growth strategy.
Franchise Pool where brands meet brokers
Brian Duckett, of The Franchising Centre, encourages franchisors looking to appoint master franchisees or area developers in European markets to attend the next Franchise Pool forum, where brands meet brokers representing 28 countries.
The risks and rewards with the gig economy
Gordon Drakes and Nick Thorpe, of Fieldfisher, explain the gig economy that employs close to five million people in the UK and how it is relevant to franchising.
If a couple decides to separate can the franchise survive?
Nicola Broadhurst, of Stevens & Bolton, talks about how business assets, whether the warring parties are franchisees or franchisors, could be divided if a couple were to separate and whether the business can survive.