Magazine: April/May 2018

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Front cover story: ActionCOACH
ActionCOACH franchisee, Lucas Vigilante, explains how he has built a successful business of his own by improving those of his clients and met some great people along the way.

Prospective Franchisor Certificate course launches
The BFA and Lloyds Banking Group launch its new training course designed for business owners looking to franchise their business.

Anytime Fitness expansion plans for seven continents
Anytime Fitness is continuing its international expansion by opening the 4,000th outlet in Shanghai, China and is pursuing plans to open at least one gym in Antarctica to make it the first franchise with locations on all seven continents.

StumpBusters sells first master to the Netherlands
StumpBusters UK, the tree stump-grinding business, has sold its first master franchise in the Netherlands to Peter Traas, the owner of a well-established Dutch pest-control franchise.

Unlock the potential of franchising at the Northern Franchise Exhibition
Registration is now open for the Northern Franchise Exhibition at EventCity, Manchester on 22nd and 23rd June. Visitors can explore a variety of franchise opportunities that have been accredited by the BFA and attend a host of educational seminars.

Funding from HSBC helps open new care business
A husband and wife team, Victor and Jennifer D’Arcy-Smith, have become the franchisees for SureCare Bromley, with the help of a £51,000 funding package from HSBC.

Busylizzy Family Club welcomes its new trio
Busylizzy Family Club has in three months welcomed three new franchisees to its network that now has 17 franchisees across 20 territories.

Home Instead’s special training for 9,000 carers
Home Instead Senior Care has joined forces with the End of Life Partnership charity to launch a new City & Guilds accredited programme in end of life care to support its 9,000 CAREGivers.

Mr Electric approved as a chargepoint installer
Mr Electric has announced that it has been recognised as a government-approved installer of electric vehicle chargepoints, enabling its franchisees to install and manage charging points for homes, workplaces and public areas across the UK.

Portfolio acquisitions by Belvoir franchisees
Four Belvoir franchisees have acquired further property portfolios, with three franchisees supported with £193,000 from the franchisors Assisted Acquisitions programme. Belvoir says that almost £2m will be added to its annual network revenue as a result.

Benefits of updating recruitment systems
Brian Duckett of The Franchising Centre discusses updating franchisee recruitment systems and how franchisors can benefit from the latest tools by outsourcing recruitment.

What can franchise businesses learn from KFC’s supply chain issues?
Gordon Drakes and Tim Rickard of Fieldfisher discuss KFC’s supply chain crisis, which saw almost two thirds of its 900 plus stores in the UK close due to the lack of chickens supplied to its stores.

Choosing your best route for expansion
Nicola Broadhurst of Stevens & Bolton, examines the options available to businesses who want to expand and how business-format franchising differs from other arrangements.

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