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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...
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...
Taking an astronaut’s eye view of the South West is key to identifying its strengths, says the new boss at Devon and Cornwall Business Council. Dr Robin Daniels, the founder of Plymouth’s Redpill, a consultancy that specialises in innovation and...
New Year is a time when many of us focus on making a fresh start. Perhaps it is that, combined with the aftermath of the pressures of Christmas, which makes so many couples think about separation or divorce during...
Controversial plans for a massive industrial development on the edge of Exeter, that could create 1,600 new jobs, are back. Last September, Exeter Estates Ltd, led by Exeter Chiefs chairman Tony Rowe, had permission for a 47,000 sq m employment...
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...
A dinosaur-themed park, complete with swings, slides, roundabouts and a pterodactyl nest to climb in and around is set to come to Exmouth seafront. East Devon District Council has announced they are moving ahead with delivering new attractions and entertainment...
A popular Devon nightclub that announced a shock closure on New Year’s Day is unlikely to reopen as a nightclub - and it closed as it 'no longer made financial sense to stay open'. In a Facebook message to its...
The rollout of broadband to some of Devon's more remote communities should escape impact from the collapse of construction giant Carillion. But there are fears that around 200 workers could be directly affected across the county. And the impact could be...
A landlord has fulfilled a boyhood dream of owning his local pub and bringing it back to its former glory. James Garnham, 38, has recently returned home to Clyst Hydon, East Devon to buy The Five Bells Inn. Read More James, a...
A Cornish company that hires outdoor cinema equipment to event organisers across the UK has grown from three events to more than 300 in just three years. Skylight Cinema, based in St Austell, is planning for major growth as the...
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...
A landmark inn in Lynmouth has gone on the market for £1.4million. The Blue Ball Inn – believed to be named after the practice of raising a blue ball on a pole for guests to hail passing coaches occupied a...
One in four employees are preparing to change jobs in 2018 and not all recruitment businesses are prepared to deal with the surge in applications. A rapid, efficient response is essential to ensure that the CVs of qualified candidates aren’t...
Our Spoton.net franchisees recently completed the Smith & Henderson Franchise Satisfaction Benchmark survey – this is an independent, anonymous survey that offers franchisees the opportunity to provide honest feedback on their franchise experience. We’re pleased to say that the Spoton.net...
Hundreds of new jobs are available as a £370,000 training centre is due to open soon at the huge £1billion Sherford housing development. Construction firms are looking to recruit hundreds of workers, and when the enormous scheme is in full...