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What are the most successful franchise brands?

One of the most successful business models of all time, the franchise has had a huge impact on industries and economies around the world. Countless entrepreneurs have used the franchise as their way into business and their path to success, and millions of people use the services of a franchised brand every day. To get a better idea of...

Dear Carillion Employees

I once attended a seminar where Lee Iacocca (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Iacocca) was speaking. He is considered an extremely successful businessman but had been made redundant several times in his life. And he suggested that, when you meet someone who has lost their job, shake them by the hand and suggest that this is the beginning of something special for them. They...

History of franchising

These days, franchises are big business. In the UK alone, there are around 900 franchising brands – up from 718 ten years ago – and the business model contributes a huge amount to the country’s economy. Thousands of people are employed by franchises and many franchising brands are household names. Learning how the franchise was born and how the...

Franchise Definition: What is a franchise?

What is a franchise? Although most people are aware of the term ‘franchise’, and many will have at least a vague understanding of its definition, there are still a lot of people out there who aren’t absolutely sure what a franchise is. Moreover many may be unsure of how it operates and how it differs from the traditional business model....

Carillion directors to be investigated

Media playback is unsupported on your device The government has ordered a fast-track investigation into directors at the failed construction firm Carillion. The UK's second biggest construction firm went into liquidation on Monday, after running up losses on contracts and struggling with heavy debts.The business secretary...

Uber to introduce limit on drivers' hours

Uber is introducing a new policy on drivers' hours across the UK next week, which it says will help to increase safety for drivers and passengers.A licensed driver on its app must take an uninterrupted six-hour break after 10 hours of driving with a passenger or travelling to pick up someone.Drivers who do not take a long enough break...

Just Eat offers £10 to woman after a driver sent her unwanted messages

Image caption Michelle said the driver's behaviour was "outrageous" Just Eat offered a £10 voucher to a woman who complained a delivery driver sent her unwanted messages.Michelle Midwinter posted screenshots of the conversation on Twitter in which the man appears to call her "baby" and sends her a...

McDonald's aims for fully recycled packaging by 2025

Fast food giant McDonald's has said all its packaging worldwide will come from sustainable sources by 2025. The restaurant chain will aim to get all items like bags, straws, wrappers and cups from recycled or renewable materials, up from half currently.McDonald's also wants 100% of its restaurants to recycle packaging by then, compared with only 10% now.It comes as...

Interview with Clark James Managing Director Paul Hulance

Franchise UK has asked MD of Clark James Recruitment, Paul Hulance, a bit about the Clark James business and how they have grown to become as successful as they are today. About Clark James Established in 2006 by two senior Directors of FTSE 100 Global Recruitment Consultancy, Clark James is a recognised and specialist provider of Recruitment Consultancy Services to a...

Peter Hain accuses London law firm of 'whitewash'

A British peer has accused UK-based law firm Hogan Lovells of helping to cover up corruption in South Africa.The firm had carried out a "fatally flawed whitewash" after being hired to investigate alleged corruption at South Africa's tax-collection agency, Lord Hain said in the House of Lords. Hogan Lovells strongly denied the allegation. It is the latest UK firm...

'That's it, go home'

Construction and services company Carillion has collapsed, putting thousands of jobs and pensions at risk. The firm is involved in major public projects such as the HS2 high-speed rail line and manages public service contracts including schools and prisons. Employees and sub-contractors alike have reacted to the news, worried about their wages, pensions and hundreds of thousand of pounds...

Spain to replace US as second most popular tourism spot

Spain is set to replace the US as the world's second most popular tourism location, with France retaining top spot, according to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).Overall, the number of international tourist arrivals grew 7% in 2017 to 1.3 billion, according to latest estimates. It said this "strong momentum" was expected to continue in 2018, with a growth...

Hard Brexit 'would cost Scots £12.7bn'

Scotland's economy would be £12.7bn a year worse off under a so-called hard Brexit, according to analysis by the Scottish government. The figure is contained in a paper on the impact of UK withdrawal from the European Union.It calculates the cost to Scotland of the UK leaving the single market with or without a trade deal.The UK government insists...

Carillion collapse raises job fears

Construction giant Carillion has gone into liquidation, threatening thousands of jobs.The move came after talks between the firm, its lenders and the government failed to reach a deal to save the UK's second biggest construction company.Carillion ran into trouble after losing money on big contracts and running up huge debts of around £1.5bn.Its failure means the government will have...

Coca-Cola to cut bottle size but increase price in face of sugar tax

Coca-Cola has announced it will cut the size of a 1.75l bottle to 1.5l and put up the price by 20p in March, because of the introduction of a sugar tax on soft drinks from April this year.However, the company said it has no plans to change its classic recipe. "People love the taste... and have told us not...

Enjoying 10 Years of OSCAR Success

If ever an OSCAR Pet Food franchise fell into the right hands it had to be those of Steve and Jill Tubbs! “Ten years ago, our lives were turned upside down when plans to close our shop/filling station and sell the property to redevelop a new business failed to work out,” Steve says, “The sale at least gave us time...