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Franchising special report

Franchising special report

Race begins for Franchisor of the Year

THE search is on to find British Franchise Association Franchisor of the Year.

When it's time to put down a pet project

BECOMING a franchisee with a BFA-accredited company is considered by many to be a safer path to follow than launching a business from scratch.

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High frier cashes in his chips

NICK PAUL talks lovingly about potatoes in the same way a car fanatic would talk about his fendered friend.

Free seminars to shed light

TAKING the step to become a franchisee is not a decision to be taken lightly. To give prospective franchisees more information, the Business Gateway and the Franchise Group for Scotland is hosting a series of free seminars.

Restorer goes back to the furniture

ONE of the UK's leading furniture repair and restoration companies, Furniturepro, has launched a new franchise in the Lanarkshire region. Martin Speck has joined the company and will be offering a range of repair and restoration services to upholstery, wood and leather furniture.

Four cornerstones of business success

A UNIVERSITY of Surrey study into the British franchise industry has found there are four main factors to a successful franchised business - experience in franchising, a secure financial base, an uncomplicated system and recruiting suitable franchisees.

Business chances on the horizon

TWO major holiday companies, Global travel and Go Cruise, are now offering franchise opportunities in Scotland.

Investing in technology is investing in customer relations

FRANCHISE operators and franchisees need to be more aware of their obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), according to iHear Limited, a leading developer of loop systems and technology solutions for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Franchise that fulfils promise of fat profits

HUGH Tait has shed stones and created a new business following a distressing family tragedy. The Balerno-based businessman was shaken by the death of his brother, John, whose weight ballooned mainly through poor eating habits.

You don't have to be barking to work here . . .

LORNA Mackay launched the Glasgow branch of the dog training franchise Bark Busters in 2001.

Kall Kwik crowned as the UK's top franchisor

KALL Kwik, the business design services and print provider, was crowned the UK's top franchisor by the British Franchise Association (BFA) at its annual Franchisor of the Year Awards.

Blow-out put show on road

DECIDING to visit last year’s British Franchise Exhibition in Glasgow proved to be significant for Edinburgh-based businessman Chris Bunch. As a result, he became managing director of Protex Scotland, a tyre sealant puncture repair company.

Top names for the big breakfast

BUSINESS leaders will have a set focus during Scottish Franchise Week (June 1-7), sponsored by Business Gateway.

Hunt is on for Britain's top franchisees

THE search is on to find the UK’s top franchisees with the launch of the British Franchise Association’s Franchisee of the Year Awards 2005.

Trading on a good reputation

PEOPLE who are cash rich and time poor provide a lucrative market for those who understand the opportunity. However, it’s not just about jumping on the bandwagon. It’s about going a few steps further to ensure that the service you offer is better than anything else out there. This is the ethos behind HomeForce, whose tagline is "jobs done right".

One week to add value for franchisees

AFTER the success of its first Scottish Franchise Week (SFW) in 2004, the British Franchise Association Franchise Group for Scotland (FGFS) will again hold a week of events raising awareness of franchising in Scotland from 1 - 7 June.

If you can't stand the grease, get yourself out the kitchen

THERE are some household chores that we tackle on a regular basis, such as vacuuming the carpet, the weekly wash, and that most dreaded of jobs...the ironing. However, we generally accept this as part and parcel of life.

Giving SME owner-managers their lives back

"YOU need to be working on your business...not in it!" How many times have you heard that phrase and yet so many SMEs suffer because owners become so immersed in the day-to-day running of the operation that they fail to plan the growth of the business.

Relish a career in burgers?

ANYONE who has ever bitten into a Big Mac and dreamt about becoming part of McDonald’s should digest some serious facts first..

Play a part in the pampering

EVERY parent knows, creating the perfect children’s party is becoming increasingly more difficult, as youngsters demand newer, more exciting activities to hold their interest.

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