Magazine: Aug/Sept 2019

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Cover story: Winners of the BFA/HSBC Franchise Awards 2019
Two brands, Driver Hire and Window to the Womb, have both been recognised in the franchisor and franchisee awards, which saw Driver Hire taking the title of Franchisor of the Year.

Quick Lane’s driving plan for expansion in the UK
The North American chain, Quick Lane Tyre & Autocentre, has opened its first UK franchised outlet and has ambitious plans for its centres, which offer 13 core maintenance and light repair services, MOT tests and tyres.

It is now time for franchise expansion in Scotland
Pip Wilkins of the BFA, explores why businesses should look to enter the Scottish market, and why businesses in the region should look to start franchising.

Code Ninjas to enter the UK
A U.S.-based after-school programme and camp, Code Ninjas, which teaches children how to code by building video games that they enjoy is looking to expanding into the UK.

Historic location for Wolf
The UK Italian street food chain, Wolf that offers fresh, healthy Italian meals has welcomed franchisee, Ehsan Shammasizadeh who is opening in the centre of Nottingham in the city’s historic Market Street building.

‘How to make the dough’
Phil Gaffer of Papa John’s, discusses the company’s infrastructure and processes that it has in place for its franchisees, which includes a transportation network that covers two million miles per year to ensure franchisees are stocked up with fresh pizza ingredients.

Achieving success by helping others
Andrew Goldberg, a franchisee of ActionCOACH in Scotland, takes us on his journey of how and why he chose to join the business coaching company.

What franchisors need to know about R&D tax relief
Richard McDermott of d&t, discusses how HMRC is actively promoting research and development (R&D) tax relief, which is designed to support companies that work on innovative projects in science and technology.

When does a threat amount to economic duress
Gordon Drakes of Fieldfisher, discusses whether a threat not to enter a contract could amount to economic duress, particularly in relation to the thorny issue of franchise renewals.

What to be aware of when utilising micro-influencers
Mark Abell of Bird & Bird, discusses the new breed of micro-influencers that pervade social media. Franchises should consider influencer marketing but need to ensure that they understand and comply with the regulatory environment.

‘Franchising the Next Generation’
ITN Productions Industry News and the BFA have collaborated again to produce a news and current affairs-style programme following the success of the first series that resulted in one million impressions on ITN Productions’ YouTube page.

BFA double award for Hitachi capital
Hitachi Capital Franchise Finance have won both Team of the Year and the Customer Service award in the BFA Affiliate and Supplier Awards at the association’s annual conference in Birmingham.

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