Magazine: Dec/Jan 2018

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Front cover feature – Best Franchise Awards 2017
Smith & Henderson, the research firm that specialises in franchise benchmarking, based on feedback from franchisees on their franchisor, announce this year’s award winners.

Dream Doors double in the Express Home and Living Awards
Dream Doors, the kitchen makeover company, has won Best Kitchen Supplier and Best Money Saving Product in the Express Home and Living Awards.

Jeremy Hunt MP praises the work of Caremark
Caremark Redcar and Cleveland have been praised by the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, for its ‘exceptional quality of care’.

Bridgepoint to acquire Burger King in the UK
The private equity group, Bridgepoint, is to become the UK master franchisee of Burger King, after reaching an agreement with Burger King Europe GmbH (BKE), an affiliate of Restaurant Brands International Inc.

Fourth Domino’s store in West Wales with funding from HSBC
A father and son team, Jonathan and Josh Evans, are scheduled to open their fourth Domino’s store in West Wales, after securing a finance facility from HSBC.

Musical celebrations for 21 years at Rhythm Time
Rhythm Time founder, Kathy Doolan, is thrilled to be celebrating 21 years of her company, which today engages 11,000 children in weekly music classes.

Quest unveils ambitious UK expansion plans
Quest Apartment Hotels, one of Australasia’s largest and fastest growing apartment hotel operators, has marked the start of its UK expansion plans by announcing it has signed its first site in Liverpool’s city centre with a £10m investment.

Metro Rod unveils its plans for the company’s future
Peter Molloy, Metro Rod’s managing director, unveils its plans for the company’s future at its first conference under the ownership of Franchise Brands plc.

The BFA’s growth initiatives for 2018
The BFA has several initiatives planned for 2018, which includes looking to support international companies entering the UK.

The National Franchise Exhibition, Birmingham
For those looking to become their own boss in 2018, the National Franchise Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham on February 16 and 17, will offer visitors a variety of franchise opportunities, educational seminars and business advice.

Seasoned franchisee joins Signs Express in Bristol
Signs Express has welcomed Ben Walker who has opened the company’s 66th centre. He is a seasoned franchisee having previously owned a Snap-On Tools franchise.

New year, new start
Pip Wilkins, of the BFA, talks about the association, what franchising is and what is available to the newcomer wishing to learn more about the sector.

Spavens launches its sweet and fun filled offering
From its humble origins as a paper shop that started stocking a few extra sweets, Spavens evolved into one of North Wales’ specialist sweet shops and it has now opened its first franchised shop in Hoole, Chester.

Common legal pitfalls
Gordon Drakes, of Fieldfisher, gives his top 10 common legal pitfalls in franchising and how to avoid them, plus an extra tip on international franchising.

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