énergie Group is pleased to announce that the Irish High Court has approved the proposal by énergie to acquire Jackie Skelly Fitness following a period of Examinership. The énergie investment will secure existing memberships and over 200 jobs at Jackie Skelly Fitness. Read more.
It was less of a planned attack and more of a coincidence that, just prior to Kraft’s high profile but controversial buyout of Cadbury earlier this year, Snack Time PLC had acquired the UK’s leading chocolate vending franchise, Snack in the Box (SITB). Read more.
This week Barclay’s announced the initial roll out of their “contactless” method of payment for purchases of £15 or less, which is now available in two eateries in London – Subway and EAT. This new method of payment is exciting for small business owners, particularly within the food industry as it offers customers the opportunity to pay for their food quickly, without having to fuss with pins or signing for anything – simply place the card next to the contactless reader and off you go!
Signs Express (Peterborough) creates some smoke with its latest vehicle graphics project. Read more.
For the second year running Recognition Express Coventry is supporting young athletes from Coventry and Warwickshire, by providing them with special team ‘hoodies’ to celebrate their CAP Bursary Scheme awards. Read more.
Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection has today announced it has recruited a new franchisee for the Kingston-Upon-Hull region. Former deputy managing director of the Urban Regeneration Development Trust, Graham Longbone, will now be responsible for supplying Card Connection’s quality range of more than 1,200 greeting cards to retail outlets across the region. Read more.
With only three weeks to go to the kick off of FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa, football fever is taking over. England’s involvement has been tainted slightly with Lord Triesman’s resignation surrounding recent controversy; however June 11th is still on course start the most exciting week in sport this year. With such a frenzy of global media, it’s not surprising that the franchising world wants to get in on the action, but who can afford to do so? Two of the franchises featured in our recent Top 100 Global Franchises list are major sponsors for World Cup 2010.
Starting in business over the past couple of years has not been without its concerns and unfortunately has resulted in a number of new business ventures succumbing to their own vulnerability. We now seem to be heading out of the worst of the recession but there will still be a number of casualties as a result of the economic fall out. With this in mind new business start ups still need to thoroughly research the opportunities available to ensure a positive outcome. Read more.
Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection recognised its best franchisees, at its annual conference held in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire last week. Andy and Vicki Thomson, franchisees for Sunderland and Durham, won the top award for their outstanding overall performance, while Clive Jones of Bristol was awarded the Heidi Sulley Commemorative Cup – a special prize for tenacity and team spirit. Read more.
Won’t somebody please think of the children? Apparently, we do! During the economic low, the UK’s young people have been busy starting their own businesses. A recent survey of 1,720 people aged 18-30 by the Prince’s Trust and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, 41% of respondents said they aspire to start their own business, and 78% said they have a business idea. So what is the UK doing to help these exciting young entrepreneurs?