Maxi’s gets into swing of festive season with write a letter to Santa promotion

Maxi’s gets into swing of festive season with write a letter to Santa promotion

Maxi’s gets into swing of festive season with write a letter to Santa promotion

In recognition of the excitement of the upcoming festive season, Maxi’s is running a promotion in which all children (whether they have been naughty or nice) are invited to write a letter to Santa, and drop it off in a dedicated box at any one of the franchise’s 75 restaurants nationwide.

Children are encouraged to write creative, interesting and heartfelt letters, on stationary specially designed by Maxi’s for the occasion, which will be provided in store. The best letters can expect to win either a Maxi’s Kid’s Party for 10, Kids Meal or Milkshake Vouchers. Winners will be announced on 31 January 2013, with all entries drawn randomly by an independent party.

Christo Calitz, CEO of Taste Holdings Food Division notes that the promotion will help to generate excitement in children during the festive season.

“We encourage parents to brings their children to Maxi’s to sit down and enjoy a delicious and freshly prepared meal as the kids jot down their Christmas wishes, so that they may not only participate in the magic and wonder of Christmas, but stand the chance to win fantastic prizes.”

While children are occupied with their wishes to Santa and delicious kiddies meals, parents or caregivers can enjoy quality meal offerings such as scrumptious wraps, filled with a variety of fresh ingredients, various grills and meat options served in deep pans, as well as the choice of experiencing proudly South African starch alternatives such as pap, instead of rice or chips. Read More…

Interbank Acquires Food Franchises, Sets Up Private Pension Fund

Interbank Acquires Food Franchises, Sets Up Private Pension Fund

Interbank Acquires Food Franchises, Sets Up Private Pension Fund

Grupo Interbank, one of Peru’s largest corporations and among the top 50 groups on the continent, has announced a number of acquisitions in the fast food business recently, and the authorization from Peru’s banking regulator to set up a private pension fund.

The financial group, which owns Peru’s fourth largest bank Interbank and the insurance company Interseguro,  said this week that it has been given the green light by Peru’s banking regulator to set up a private pension fund. The fund will be known as AFP Interactiva.

Four other private pension funds currently operate in Peru, including one owned by financial holding Credicorp and another by Canada’s Scotiabank, the third largest bank operating in Peru.

The Interbank group also has a strong stake in the food industry in Peru, and announced Friday that it has acquired the 100% stake in Corporacion Peruano de Restaurantes, known as Corperes, which has the franchise in Peru of the Papa John’s pizza chain, which has some 570 employees and 17 locations, mainly in Lima.

This is Interbank’s latest acquisition of fast food chains. The company’s holding NG Restaurants bought out the Peruvian-founded Bembos chain, as well as Chinawok and Don Belisario franchises. Earlier this year it also introduced the Louisiana-based chicken franchise, Popeyes, to Lima —the first test-run Popeye restaurant was opened at the downtown Centro Civico shopping mall, owned by Interbank. The group’s main Oeschle department store is also in the mall. Read More…

Increased Need for Retailers to Promote Specials and Stand Out During 2012 Holiday Season

Increased Need for Retailers to Promote Specials and Stand Out During 2012 Holiday Season

Increased Need for Retailers to Promote Specials and Stand Out During 2012 Holiday Season

Once again, the holidays have arrived. With budgets on the minds of shoppers, businesses need ways to grab customers’ attention this holiday season.

According to the National Retail Federation, 45.2% of shoppers surveyed said they would decide what gifts to buy their loved ones this year simply by walking through a store. This fact could mean that signs and graphics will have a large effect on the shopping decisions made this year.

“For many businesses, the holiday season is typically the highest grossing time of year. This is particularly true for retail establishments,” said Drue Townsend, Senior VP of Marketing for FASTSIGNS International. “Competition for the consumer dollar has never been greater, so it is important for stores to set themselves apart from their competition with the right messaging and the most appropriate signs and graphics.”

Townsend suggests that retailers use unique and eye-catching point of purchase, or ‘POP’, signage this year as it can be one of the most effective ways to engage customers. POP signage includes floor graphics, banners, aisle displays, menu boards, shelf signs, posters and even digital displays. Read More…

Rainbow Academy Strives to Meet Needs Dual-Income Parents in Beleaguered Economy

Rainbow Academy Strives to Meet Needs Dual-Income Parents in Beleaguered Economy

Rainbow Academy Strives to Meet Needs Dual-Income Parents in Beleaguered Economy

Rainbow Academy® – A Family of Early Learning Centers that serves nearly 1800 children through thirteen centers across New Jersey in Bergen, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth and Union counties – recently conducted a survey of the parents of children enrolled in its centers. Founded on the concept of providing a “Circle of Care” approach to the families it serves – where the needs of working parents are an equally important component as the care and education of their children – Rainbow Academy developed the survey in order to make certain they indeed understand the prevailing needs in order to better meet parents’ expectations. The information that was gleaned from a survey analysis performed by Cybeck Capital Partners provided a microcosm of what are likely the concerns, desires and circumstances of many parents across the nation today.

Perhaps most telling about families hard hit by the current state of the economy and job market is the fact that 2 out of 10 parents who responded to the survey indicated that they have needed to adjust to changes in the workplace ranging from 36% who had faced layoffs and 22% who had either an increase or decrease in their work hours. Among parents surveyed, 86.2% were dual-income – and 7 out of 10 of those families included moms and dads who both worked full-time jobs, clearly signifying the rising need for quality childcare services. When seeking childcare for their children, respondents denoted that quality of programming, experience and communication skills of the staff, and convenience of hours to accommodate their long working schedules were all key factors in the selection process. As for features that drew parents specifically to Rainbow Academy, cleanliness of the facility, quality of classroom staff, educational programs, safety and security of the center, and convenience to home or work all received high marks from respondents. Also garnering credit for attracting parents to its centers was Rainbow Academy’s ParentView® Monitoring. Read More…

Government cost cutting that led to West Coast mainline franchise fiasco could cost tax payer £100 million

Government cost cutting that led to West Coast mainline franchise fiasco could cost tax payer £100 million

Government cost cutting that led to West Coast mainline franchise fiasco could cost tax payer £100 million

Government cost cutting and a botched reorganisation of the Department of Transport contributed to “unacceptable flaws” in deciding who should run the main railway line between London and Scotland, two damning independent reviews have concluded.

An internal Department of Transport investigation led by the businessman Sam Laidlaw found that “organisational changes and resourcing constraints” contributed to flaws in the franchising process which could end up costing the tax payer up to £100 million.

At the same time a separate report by the National Audit Office concluded that spending cuts which forced the department to reduce its £295 million administration budgets by 33 per cent had led to 500 staff losing their jobs had led to a loss of expertise which might have prevented the fiasco.

It added: “We have consistently highlighted the risks that departments run in cutting costs without fully understanding value.”

Both reports concluded, as first revealed by The Independent earlier this year, that the loss of institutional knowledge and experienced staff members with knowledge of franchising had exacerbated problems.

However Laidlaw cleared politicians of having any direct responsibility for the botched process saying ministers were given “inaccurate reports” on which to base the ultimate award of a new 13-year West Coast franchise to transport company FirstGroup last August.

It was only when Sir Richard Branson, whose Virgin Trains’ company had lost out to FirstGroup in the bidding, mounted a legal challenge to the decision that the flaws in the process were discovered.

The mistakes made, the Laidlow report said, were based on making inaccurate risk calculations on the merits of the two bids and giving misleading information to the two companies preparing their bids. Read More…

Enterprise launches first franchise operation

Enterprise launches first franchise operation

Enterprise launches first franchise operation

Enterprise has announced that, for the first time in its more than 55-year history, the company is franchising its flagship Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand, as it appoints Guerin Car Rental Solutions as a franchisee in Portugal.

This agreement brings the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand’s European presence to six countries – the UK, Germany, Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal – representing more than 65 per cent of the European car rental market.

The company also announced it is re-branding the recently acquired Citer and Atesa operations in France and Spain, taking the total number of corporate-owned and franchise Enterprise Rent-A-Car locations in Europe to over 1,000.

Today, the European Enterprise Rent-A-Car network operates more than 100,000 vehicles.

“We are committed to developing a comprehensive network of rental car businesses across Europe and beyond,” said Jim Burrell, senior vice president, Europe, for Enterprise Holdings.

The company – through its regional subsidiaries – operates the largest fleet of vehicles in the world and a global network of more than 8,200 airport and neighbourhood locations.

International Gateways

“While this may be the first franchising agreement for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand, it won’t be the last,” said Peter Smith, vice president of global franchising.

“In fact, we plan to continue this same growth strategy throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.”

The new franchise agreement not only enables both companies to better meet customers’ needs, it also marks Enterprise Holdings’ entry into the Portuguese market. Read More…

Rita’s Italian Ice Awards Master Franchise For Canada

Rita's Italian Ice Awards Master Franchise For Canada

Rita’s Italian Ice Awards Master Franchise For Canada

Rita’s Italian Ice, the United States’ largest Italian Ice concept with over 625 outlets, has awarded a Master Franchise for all of Canada to Canada Water Ice Company Ltd. of Calgary, Alberta.   Steve McDonough, President of Canada Water Ice Company, and a franchise veteran, will serve as the Master Franchisee overseeing growth throughout the country.  The agreement calls for 80 outlets to be developed over the course of the next five years.”We are proud to introduce Rita’s Italian Ice to Canada,” said Jonathan Fornaci, chief executive officer of Rita’s.  “Steve McDonough and his franchise team will enable us to expand Rita’s brand to many more fans throughout North America.”

With its motto, “Ice, Custard, Happiness”, Rita’s is dedicated to serving up a big dose of happiness with their freshly made delicious custom treats which will be served in Canada soon.  Guests can choose from traditional Italian Ice made fresh daily with real fruit, including the most popular flavors, Cherry, Alex’s Lemonade, Mango, Swedish Fish®, and Cotton Candy, just to name a few!  If Guests prefer a more decadent Ice treat, without the heaviness of ice cream, Cream Ice, is their choice and is offered in silky smooth flavors.  Finally, health-conscious Guests can still enjoy a taste of Rita’s with Sugar-free flavors also available.  Rita’s Italian Ice is made fresh daily on-site at each outlet, making it like no other frozen treat, and is served in a fun-filled atmosphere.

Rita’s the “Home of Cool Treats” offers many delicious options in addition to Italian Ice, including Misto® Shakes, a combination of Italian Ice and Custard blended into a cool, creamy, delicious customizable treat, a personalized Blendini®, which is Frozen Custard and Italian Ice with your choice of mix-ins such as Snickers® blended together or, a Gelati, your choice of Italian Ice layered with creamy Frozen Custard.  Other tempting treats include Rita’s twist on an old-fashioned favorite, Milkshakes, made with Rita’s famous Old-Fashioned Frozen Custard and are available in a variety of flavors, topped off with whipped cream.    Read More…

Smoothie King is targeting Towson for expansion

Smoothie King is targeting Towson for expansion

Smoothie King is targeting Towson for expansion

Smoothie King Franchises, Inc., the premier smoothie and nutritional lifestyle center, announced today a healthy year of growth in 2012 with 51 openings worldwide and 48 new franchise agreements.
Smoothie King is on track to open 17 U.S. and 33 Korean locations, as well as its first store in Singapore by the end of 2012. Twenty-two of the newly signed franchise agreements will be developed in the U.S. and 26 internationally in Korea.
“Our performance in 2012 is only the beginning of Smoothie King’s aggressive expansion in the U.S.,” said Smoothie King Global CEO Wan Kim. “We intend to add 1,000 new franchised and corporate locations domestically over the next five years, with the goal of opening 40 franchise and 20 corporate locations in 2013.”
Smoothie King is targeting Towson for expansion and will hold a Discovery Day for potential franchisees on Friday, Dec. 7 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The event will take place at Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel, 10 West Burke Ave., Towson, MD 21204. To RSVP, interested franchisees can contact Natalie Johnson at nataliej@smoothieking or 504-261-9759.
Even with more than 600 locations in the U.S., Smoothie King still has extensive franchise opportunities available in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, as well as Texas.  International development includes master franchise and corporate expansion in Korea, Singapore and Malaysia, with 50 new stores planned in Korea and 10 in Singapore in 2013. Read More…

Towson is target market for Smoothie King expansion

Towson is target market for Smoothie King expansion

Towson is target market for Smoothie King expansion

Smoothie King, a company that makes nutritional smoothies and health-related products, said this week it’s targeting Towson for expansion, and will hold a “Discovery Day” for potential franchisees on Friday, Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will take place at the Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel, 10 West Burke Ave., Towson.

People interested in attending the Dec. 7 event may RSVP to Natalie Johnson at nataliej@smoothieking, or 504-261-9759.According to a release from the company, Smoothie King Franchises, Inc., grew with 51 new store openings worldwide in 2012, and 48 new franchise agreements.

Wan Kim, CEO, said the company intends to add 1,000 new franchised and corporate locations domestically over the next five years, with a goal of opening 40 franchise and 20 corporate locations in 2013.

The company said it has “extensive franchise opportunities” available in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. Read More…

Franchise Expo South to Drive New Business Opportunities for Entrepreneurs at Miami Beach Convention Center Jan. 11-13, 2013

Franchise Expo South to Drive New Business Opportunities for Entrepreneurs at Miami Beach Convention Center Jan. 11-13, 2013

Franchise Expo South to Drive New Business Opportunities for Entrepreneurs at Miami Beach Convention Center Jan. 11-13, 2013

Entrepreneurs, start your engines!  For the first time this year, the seventh annual Franchise Expo South will present the latest opportunities from a growing number of mobile franchise businesses, along with hundreds of industry-leading franchise concepts.  From Jan. 11-13, 2013, thousands of prospective franchisees are invited from across South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean to gather at the Miami Beach Convention Center and meet franchisors face-to-face to discuss new franchised business opportunities while examining the latest issues affecting the franchising industry.
“As one of the largest franchise shows in the country, Franchise Expo South offers visitors the unique opportunity to learn about which types of franchise businesses match their needs,” said Tom Portesy, president of MFV Expositions, producers of Franchise Expo South. “The tradeshow floor will feature hundreds of the top brands, from food to retail concepts, including Burger 21, McAlister’s Deli, Kiddie Academy, Sign-A-Rama, Cinnabon, EmbroidMe, and Wireless Zone, among others. During the expo, attendees can research potential franchise businesses, talk one-on-one with brand representatives and learn exactly what it takes to get into the franchise industry.”

Through its exclusive partnership with MobileFoodNews.com, the leading site for news, resources, information and insight into the mobile food industry, Franchise Expo South will also showcase the first ever “GoMobile Pavilion,” which will highlight dozens of franchise concepts that have literally taken their businesses to the streets. Several sessions will also be held to educate attendees and current franchisors on the benefits of mobile franchising and what it takes to go mobile with an existing business. Read More…

Nurse Next Door Home Care Franchise Increasingly Popular for Family-Owned Businesses

Nurse Next Door Home Care Franchise Increasingly Popular for Family-Owned Businesses

Nurse Next Door Home Care Franchise Increasingly Popular for Family-Owned Businesses

Since 2000, franchise systems have begun to emerge as a fast-growing phenomenon in the home care industry, and one of franchising’s emerging trends is taking hold at home health care innovator Nurse Next Door: the “dad and grad” movement.

It’s an increasingly popular small business setup for parents nearing retirement and burned out on life in corporate America and their children in their 20s, college-educated but having trouble finding jobs in a still-lukewarm economy.

Often, parents will bankroll most or all of a franchise purchase, using well-honed talent and experience to guide their children as they run the businesses. When parents decide to retire, they can sell their business interest to the children, who can parlay it into a career or valuable business asset or both.

“We really embrace this trend in small business because it meshes so beautifully with the basic mission of Nurse Next Door,” said John DeHart, the company’s co-founder and CEO. “The fuel for the passion Nurse Next Door franchise partners bring to their business operations is commitment to family and community — 85 percent have had a personal experience with home health care.

“So starting a Nurse Next Door business with your son or daughter is a great way for our franchise partners to reach their goal of owning a business with heart.”

Nurse Next Door’s first U.S. location, which opened in Mission Viejo, Calif., in August, is owned and run by the father-stepdaughter team of Tony Uzzi and Paige Palmer. The mother-son team of Lisa and Scott Lyles recently opened another new American location in the San Antonio area. Nearly half of the company’s 10 U.S. locations, all of which were founded this year, fall into the parent-and-child business category. Read More…

Sandwich Baron’s Layers of Love concept set to provide more customer value through rebrand

Sandwich Baron’s Layers of Love concept set to provide more customer value through rebrand

Sandwich Baron’s Layers of Love concept set to provide more customer value through rebrand

While remaining true to its core values of serving the freshest ingredients, complimented by unparalleled service and customer relations, Sandwich Baron has revitalised its image by implementing an attractive new look based on its concept ‘Layers of Love’.

The re-branding, which is incorporated into the new and modern looking overhead menu boards, stylish tablecloths, printed menus and brochures, packaging and other point of sale items, was rolled out during November to all 64 stores nationwide.

Layers of Love not only aligns closely to Sandwich Baron’s core value offering, but also symbolises the experience that customers are provided when ordering from walk-in store orders, over the telephone or via the online ordering system.

The value is further entrenched in the process of preparing meals, which involves taking care when making Sandwich Baron’s delectable sandwiches, using only the freshest and best ingredients, carefully preparing and slicing the ingredients, wrapping the sandwich in its new packaging, and delivering the end-product fresh to customers’ doorsteps for free.

Sandwich Baron CEO, Sally J’Arlette-Joy says that the concept is based on the following statement, “It starts with beautifully baked golden-brown bread, skilfully sliced and put together with the freshest produce then wrapped in beautiful paper, ready to go.” The revamped menu design is more concise, with a clear and visually uncomplicated description of the options available and has an increased emphasis on the fresh ingredients that Sandwich Baron utilises rather than an end product. Read More…

Best Franchises To Own In 2013 And Beyond

Best Franchises To Own In 2013 And Beyond

Best Franchises To Own In 2013 And Beyond

Some of the best franchises to own in 2013 are those that have a long track record of success and which have a good brand following. Many of the more recognizable franchises are businesses like fast food restaurants, convenience stores and personal care businesses. All of these are good options for the coming year, however those who want to own their own franchise business will need to carry out proper research and be well informed before making the final decision. Fast food stores are some of the best franchises to own in 2013, because people will always need to eat, and as our lifestyles grow busier and busier each day, most people find it necessary to eat on the run. Grabbing a quick sandwich or bagel in the morning is the norm for many people, so starting a fast food business actually fills a need that is increasing every day. Popular fast food franchises which most people will recognize are businesses like McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dunkin Donuts and Subway, among others. These businesses are sure to get regular walk in traffic as well as regular customers who return on a weekly or even daily basis. Convenience store businesses are also very popular franchises. Because there are always those who need small items here and there but don’t want to make a grocery shopping trip to find them, convenience stores have always been a popular choice. Convenience store franchises like 7 Eleven, Quik Stop and Circle K are some of the best franchises to own in 2013 because they are already well known and will be visited by a large amount of people. Personal care franchises will also always have good business because people will always be concerned about looking and feeling their best. Beauty products and personal health and fitness items will always have a good market. Some personal care businesses that are a good bet for the coming year are old favorites, like Mary Kay, Avon, Planet Beach and Jenny Craig. These have always been good franchise choices and continue to be some of the top franchises to own in 2013. Read More…

New Franchisee Backs a Winner with Card Connection

New Franchisee Backs a Winner with Card Connection

New Franchisee Backs a Winner with Card Connection

Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has recruited a new franchisee for North Wales. Former farmer and racehorse trainer, Robin Brisbourne will now supply Card Connection’s extensive range of high-quality greeting cards and gifts to retailers across the region.

“Since leaving school I have run my own businesses in dairy and arable as well as training up to 100 racehorses with my brother,” explains Robin Brisbourne. “With the on-going challenges facing the agricultural industry, we had reached a cross roads. It was either time to invest heavily and expand the existing business, or do something completely different.

“Card Connection was hotly tipped by my friends Dave and Di Tudor, who are Card Connection franchisees for the Hereford and Worcestershire region,” continues Brisbourne. “I began looking into the details of the set up and quickly knew I would be backing a winner with Card Connection!”

Card Connection’s franchisees use a proven system to place quality greeting cards and gifts in retail outlets on a ‘consignment’ basis. This is one step beyond ‘sale or return’ as Card Connection customers never have to buy the stock initially, only paying for what they sell. Card Connection’s award winning merchandising service provided to retailers by local franchisees has proved popular with retailers all over the UK and Ireland including Card Connection’s key national accounts such as Spar, Nisa, Supervalue, Centra, Costcutter, Londis and Total. Read More…

Smoothie retailer Red Mango to expand into Uruguay

Smoothie retailer Red Mango to expand into Uruguay

Smoothie retailer Red Mango to expand into Uruguay

Red Mango, a US-based smoothie and frozen yogurt retailer, is set to open its first store in Uruguay in Montevideo on 19 December 2012.

The launch of Red Mango in South America is part of a five-store deal with Zacoxen, an area developer in Uruguay that operates several Curves fitness franchise locations.

The first of four self-serve stores in Montevideo is slated to open at Local 001.18 de Julio 1902 and Juan Antonio Rodriguez.

Another outlet is planned at the world-famous Punta del Este resort city.

Red Mango president Miguel Foegal said: “We are taking Red Mango to an exciting region that is ripe with opportunity.”

Headquartered in Dallas, Red Mango currently operates more than 210 stores in North America.

The company makes smoothies with all-natural nonfat yogurt, fresh fruit and patented probiotics that support immune and digestive health.

 

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Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Opens 30th Store and Celebrates Five Years of Success

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Opens 30th Store and Celebrates Five Years of Success

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Opens 30th Store and Celebrates Five Years of Success

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming, a leader in retail pet supplies and service, has grown to 30 franchise locations throughout the United States. This milestone achievement coincides with the company’s fifth anniversary.

Since the first Woof Gang Bakery opened in Jupiter, Florida in Nov. 2007, the company has expanded across Florida, North Carolina, Texas and New Jersey. In 2013, 18 new locations are planned to open, starting in Las Vegas, Nev.; Waco, Texas and Knoxville, Tenn.

Building on continued success and consumer demand, the corporate brand and range of offerings has increased. What started as simply a dog treat bakery and boutique concept has grown into a full-service neighborhood pet store model.

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming has trademarked “Your Neighborhood Pet Store” to demonstrate the concept that each store is a local business, focused on building relationships with customers though excellent, personalized service and quality products. The store environment is consumer-friendly and comfortable, and dogs are always welcome.

Continuing the neighborhood connection, franchise locations host in-store events to help benefit the local pet community, including meet up events, pet adoptions, rescue groups, fundraisers and food and supply drives for local shelters. Complementing the retail business, pet grooming is standard in all franchise locations. As a company, Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming professionally grooms more than 3,000 canine customers each week. Self-service grooming is also offered at several locations. In 2013, pet massage will be added to the menu of services and some locations will tap into the trend of dog yoga by opening “doga” studios. Read More…

Isis Pharmaceuticals To Provide Update On Its Metabolic Franchise

Isis Pharmaceuticals To Provide Update On Its Metabolic Franchise

Isis Pharmaceuticals To Provide Update On Its Metabolic Franchise

Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISIS) announced today that it will highlight three drugs from Isis’ metabolic franchise in a conference call and webcast on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  This call will be archived for a limited time on Isis’ Web site.

In this call, Isis will highlight three drugs, ISIS-PTP1BRx, ISIS-GCGRRx and ISIS-GCCRRx, from its metabolic franchise, and discuss the potential therapeutic context for each drug in the treatment paradigm for patients with type 2 diabetes.

CONFERENCE CALL At 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, December 7, 2012, Isis will conduct a live webcast and conference call.  Interested parties may listen to the call by dialing 1-866-362-4831, or 1-617-597-5347 for international callers, and refer to passcode “ISIS 2012.”  The webcast can be accessed at wwww.isispharm.com.  A webcast replay will be available for a limited time at the same address.

ISIS’ METABOLIC FRANCHISE Isis is pursuing the discovery and development of antisense drugs to treat metabolic diseases, such as diabetes.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes affects more than 25 million people in the U.S.  Isis has three drugs in its pipeline to treat type 2 diabetes, each of which acts upon targets in the liver or fat tissue through distinct mechanisms to improve insulin sensitivity, reduce glucose production, or affect other aspects of metabolic disease.  Isis is developing other drugs aimed at other types of metabolic diseases.

 

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Popular Remax.com Offers New Online Experience

Popular Remax.com Offers New Online Experience

Popular Remax.com Offers New Online Experience

Starting today, consumers will enjoy an entirely new experience on remax.com, the most visited real estate franchise website.  RE/MAX is the first real estate franchisor to provide a consistent web experience across desktops, tablets, and smart phones. As the culmination of a strategic, yearlong roll-out of new consumer-focused technology tools, the new website will build on its #1 reputation to become even more popular with consumers and more influential in the real estate industry.

More than just a redesign, the new remax.com offers a simple user-interface, along with an ability to create personal preferences, giving home buyers and sellers easy access to what matters most: millions of home listings with larger photos, helpful information, and a property inventory larger than any other real estate brand site.

“Because today’s consumers start their home search online, we want to simplify and personalize their experience as much as possible,” said Margaret Kelly, RE/MAX CEO.  “Remax.com utilizes state-of-the-art technologies and is the most sophisticated technology tool we have ever released.  Everyone will enjoy the ease of use and the depth of information available on the new remax.com.”

Remax.com now gives each visitor an individualized experience beginning with a home page that continually updates to reflect their search pattern and preferences.  The search experience is more powerful than ever – featuring data on more than 87 million properties nationwide, both for sale and those previously sold. This gives every visitor a complete market perspective on any home they’re considering buying or selling. Read More…

Franchise Ideas For 2013 Being Sought Out By Millions

Franchise Ideas For 2013 Being Sought Out By Millions

Franchise Ideas For 2013 Being Sought Out By Millions

Millions of people around the world are looking for the best franchise ideas for 2013. Many people have been moved to think about starting their own businesses due to the fact that the economy is doing so poorly and job security is almost a thing of the past. By owning a business, an individual reduces the risk of losing every thing based on the decision of a single person (their employer), as they will now be their own employer.

Buying a franchise is a natural choice for many people, since franchises offer a complete business plan. This simplifies the process of putting up a business drastically and helps new business owners to focus on the running of the business rather than the myriad of details that go into perfecting a business model that was made from scratch.

While buying a franchise might be  a great idea, overall, there are a few things that must be considered when choosing the best franchise ideas for 2013. A few things to look for in a franchise opportunity include:

Cost

Budget must be carefully considered when looking for a franchise. Depending on the type of franchise, a business owner might be looking at spending either tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands and even millions to start a franchise.

Aside from the start up cost, potential franchisees will also need to consider how much their ongoing fees will be to the franchisor business. Both the initial purchase cost and the ongoing fees will play a big part in how viable an option the franchise ideas is for each individual.

Competition

Before starting a business, it is important for business owners to identify and understand how much competition they will face. For a beginner, it may be wise to look for a franchise that has strong market appeal but not too many competitors who are also offering similar products or services in the area. Read More…

Smoothie King Signs 48 New Agreements and Opens 51 Stores in 2012

Smoothie King Signs 48 New Agreements and Opens 51 Stores in 2012

Smoothie King Signs 48 New Agreements and Opens 51 Stores in 2012

Smoothie King Franchises, Inc., the premier smoothie and nutritional lifestyle center, announced today a healthy year of growth in 2012 with 51 openings worldwide and 48 new franchise agreements.

Smoothie King is on track to open 17 U.S. and 33 Korean locations, as well as its first store in Singapore by the end of 2012. Twenty-two of the newly signed franchise agreements will be developed in the U.S. and 26 internationally in Korea.

“Our performance in 2012 is only the beginning of Smoothie King’s aggressive expansion in the U.S.,” said Smoothie King Global CEO Wan Kim. “We intend to add 1,000 new franchised and corporate locations domestically over the next five years, with the goal of opening 40 franchise and 20 corporate locations in 2013.”

Even with more than 600 locations in the U.S., Smoothie King still has extensive franchise opportunities available in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, as well as Texas.  International development includes master franchise and corporate expansion in Korea, Singapore and Malaysia, with 50 new stores planned in Korea and 10 in Singapore in 2013. Read More…

All under one roof

All under one roof

All under one roof

Sheree Muir from Caterham, a visitor to 2012’s event, highlighted one of the many benefits of a visit to The British & International Franchise Exhibition.

The UK’s leading international franchise event returns to London Olympia on 15 and 16 March 2013 and is set to showcase an extensive variety of franchise opportunities from the UK and abroad. Businesses across sectors such as food and drink, property, travel, retail, home improvement and finance will all be present for visitors to meet. These include Leisure Leagues, Home Instead Senior Care, Value Doors, Calli’s Corner, Auditel and Agency Express.

The event is the only franchise exhibition in London supported by the British Franchise Association (bfa) and only companies that have met the Association’s Code of Ethics can exhibit. This means visitors can have confidence in the franchise opportunities on offer, as they are an ethical entity within the franchise market.

Visitors can ensure they are able to make the most of their visit and secure meetings with the businesses that interest them by pre-booking appointments in advance online.

Dave Williams from East London, who visited the exhibition earlier this year, explained the benefits of meeting businesses face-to-face: “There are a wide range of franchises to see – it’s good to meet face-to-face to gain a better feeling about the people. This has helped me to take my thoughts and ideas forward.” Read More…

Build your business success with us

Build your business success with us

Build your business success with us

All Trades Network is a growing franchise opportunity within the multi-billion pound property repair and re-instatement industry. We can offer excellent business prospects supported by one of the best franchise teams available.

*Not every prospective franchise application will be acceptable, however if you can display drive, enthusiasm, and a sound business ethic, then we can tailor an entry package to suit you.

All Trades Network offers:

Comprehensive initial training programme
Growing portfolio of National Accounts
Ongoing personal training & development
Low business overheads
Full technical Support Team
Assisted Entry Package*
Industry leading software
High earnings potential

There are many franchise opportunities available, but few as solid as All Trades

 

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Affluent. Luxurious. Traditional. Unique.

Affluent. Luxurious. Traditional. Unique.

Affluent. Luxurious. Traditional. Unique.

Established in 1854, Taylor of Old Bond Street is now one of the UK’s finest male grooming businesses. With plans to expand across both the UK and internationally, it’s a good time to become a part of this luxury brand.

Over 150 years of research and refinement has gone into the success of Taylor’s products and their accurate work has given them a true insight into what their customer is looking for, which is what makes Taylor’s so special and unique and the very best at what they do.

Taylor’s pride themselves on giving first class, one-to-one training within the Taylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn flagship store to every new franchise owner. This fantastic training is an in-depth look into the entire business. They want all of their franchise owners to have expert knowledge, experience and passion as their business is offering top class grooming advice so it is essential that the existing high standards of Taylor’s be upheld.

To be apart of the Taylor’s success, you will have retail or sales management experience, a genuine passion and enthusiasm for the male grooming industry, the Taylor brand and commercial opportunity in your location. Read More…

Chris Talbot takes to the stage

Chris Talbot takes to the stage

Chris Talbot takes to the stage

Working in Workforce Development for the Local Government, delivering and providing training for young children isn’t a world away from the skills and experience required for the running and development of a LIPA 4:19 academy.

Chris Talbot worked in the children’s services sector her whole life, starting out as a qualified teacher at 21 teaching young children all subjects including music, which is what became her first love. Seeing the children grow and develop in this subject is what has stayed with Chris from the start.

“I’ve always had a personal love of performing arts,” says Chris. “I’ve worked with young people all my life and my aim has always been providing opportunities for kids to grow.”

The New Forest/Southampton-based franchise currently is only a part-time academy for Chris as she continues to work for the Government four days a week. Over time she hopes that the academy will become a full-time organisation and ultimately her retirement business.

Before setting up the franchise, like most new franchise owners, she took her time when it came to the research process. Chris knew she wanted to stay in the children’s services sector and went straight to the bfa to research all the possible accredited franchises in her chosen area.

“It was actually quite simple,” recalls Chris. “I knew the sort of franchise I was looking for and went down the entire list of members in that industry on the bfa website and just started my thorough research, going through and speaking to everyone.”

When asked what closed the deal for her and why LIPA 4:19 was so different to the other franchises she had considered, Chris explains: “I immediately felt comfortable. Everyone was friendly and approachable and the business model was structured. A performing arts teaching institute comes from the same professional world as I do, we speak the same language.” Read More…

IslandTime Treasures Accelerates Franchise Expansion

IslandTime Treasures Accelerates Franchise Expansion

IslandTime Treasures Accelerates Franchise Expansion

IslandTime Treasures announced today an exclusive Agreement with Dan Durney, CFE of FranMaster (Mesa, AZ) to assist with the National Franchise Launch of their new brand which provides a unique patent pending sand impression crafting experience for guests to build their own treasure. IslandTime Treasures opened their first corporate location in November 2011 which services the Bradenton Florida area. Since then, additional franchise locations in Florida and their first Regional Developer (Hawaii) have been awarded. Owing to the demands of this initial success, the founders have engaged FranMaster to head up the Development efforts. The emphasis will be on finding the best Regional Developers who will then initiate the growth in their respective territories by awarding mobile unit and retail cart or kiosk franchise opportunities to qualified individuals.

“Dan Durney’s 10+ years of experience in Regional Development is well regarded. I’ve known and worked with Dan over several years on different projects and am pleased to be able to turn over the reins to him and his organization. His resources and industry relationships run deep – especially with Franchise Brokers & Advisors – and we are excited to be working together as we grow this brand. We are committed to providing an unrivaled expansion and support system for our franchisees and this strategic direction will enable us to honor this commitment.”  said Lonnie Helgerson, Brand President.

“As we discussed this relationship (opportunity), I realized that we were completely on the same page in so many ways,” said Dan Durney, Chief E-FRANgelist of FranMaster. “It’s refreshing to work with someone so experienced in franchising, yet so completely humble about the opportunity he’s providing for Regional Developers and Franchisees around the country. It’s exciting to represent such a unique concept with so many ways to generate business, build goodwill and create an unforgettable experience for kids and parents alike.” Read More…