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X-Press Legal Services is celebrating 'Great British Franchisee', Linda Mannion! - 18-January-2022


Leading property search franchise, X-Press Legal Services is delighted to announce that Linda Mannion, owner of X-Press Legal Services Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire and Swindon, has been named as a ‘Great British Franchisee’ by franchise platform, whichfranchise.

The awards, which were launched in 2021, recognise outstanding franchisees across the UK who demonstrate excellence in all areas of their business. Factors taken into consideration include franchisee stability and business experience, driving business growth, retaining staff, customer satisfaction, community involvement, inspired leadership and involvement with their franchise network.

Linda consistently goes above and beyond, not only to help boost the success and growth of her own business, but to help the X-Press network more widely. Linda sits on the franchisee peer board, helping to inform decisions made for the X-Press network and acts as a representative for other franchisees.

She has been running her franchise for 15 years, joining the X-Press network not long after the company launched as a franchise, and manages a team of 7 staff members. Linda and her team are always there to support the local conveyancing market, especially throughout the recent Stamp Duty Holiday where Linda outsourced a member of her team to the local land charges department, helping them to catch up on a huge backlog in search turnaround times.

Linda comments: “I am delighted to have been named as a ‘Great British Franchisee’ for the success I have achieved with my X-Press franchise. We recently completed our busiest ever year which was wonderful, my team and I are dedicated to supporting our conveyancing clients in any way we can.

“I’ve been part of X-Press for 15 years, I don’t know where the time has gone, but I do know that it has been a wonderful experience. I have seen my son follow me into the business and he now runs his own X-Press office which makes me immensely proud. Lynne, Dave and everyone at Head Office have been a huge support, the network really is like an extended family, all working together, helping one another and sharing best practice.”

Lynne Lister, managing director at X-Press Legal Services comments: “A huge well done to Linda who is so deserving of this recognition. She has built a strong business with a great and supportive team. We are delighted that she shares her expertise and is such an integral part of developing our range of services for our conveyancing clients.  We are so lucky to have her as part of our network- congratulations, Linda!”

To find out more about the Great British Franchisee Awards, please visit: https://www.whichfranchise.com/awards/


An elitefranchise Top 100 Rising Star for 2022 - 17-January-2022


With a network of over 60 centres, and 30 years’ experience in franchising, Signs Express, the UK’s leading Signs & Graphics business have proudly been recognised as a rising star in the elitefranchise Top 100 Franchises for 2022.

Rising 18 places from 2021, this demonstrates Signs Express’ commitment to franchising and our network, along with our forward-thinking approach and reputation for quality craftsmanship and excellent customer service.

Signs Express is a franchise with a difference and offers a fantastic opportunity to work in a creative and innovative industry, backed by an established, trusted brand and an experienced Franchise Support Centre on-hand to support you throughout your entire Signs Express career.

We offer Start-Up locations throughout the UK, offering you the opportunity to shape your business from the ground up, or if you’re looking for an established business with a loyal customer base our Resale opportunities allow you to make a difference from day one.


CHOPPALUNA PLANS TO OPEN NEW RESTAURANT IN GLASGOW IN 2022 - 17-January-2022


Choppaluna has officially announced plans to open its first restaurant in Glasgow City Centre in 2022.

The fast, fresh, food-to-go and dine-in brand is the latest concept to come from the Hero Brands group, which also includes German Doner Kebab and Island Poké.

Following the success of its London Bloomsbury and Berlin restaurants over the past two years, the brand is set to open its new restaurant at the old Via Italia site on Union street’s iconic corner close to Glasgow Central Station.

Other locations include London High Holborn, scheduled to open in Q1 of this year, along with Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford, Birmingham and Cambridge following later in the year with further locations to be announced.

Choppaluna is here to show that salads don’t have to be boring and to bring customers a guilt-free indulgent menu which also includes vegetarian and vegan options and a huge choice of superfoods morning, noon and night, including delivery.

The vibrant experience allows customers to choose from over 60 fresh toppings before watching the brand’s talented team chop live in front of their eyes.

Choppaluna’s breakfast menu brings low-carb, high-energy options like Scrambled Egg Bowls or Rolls and Smoothies as well as locally roasted Specialty Coffee, whilst its flavour exploding salads provide the perfect balance of incredible taste, nutrition and energy. On the menu, customers will also find Choppaluna’s ‘Big-Rolls’ (huge wraps), which offers a more filling option for lunch and dinner.

Co-founder Nikras Agha, who conceived the idea for Choppaluna with his Co-Founder Bijan Azadfard, said: “We are excited to be launching a new restaurant in Glasgow, bringing our super-delicious, healthy dining experience of guilt-free indulgence to Scotland.”

“Choppaluna will truly revolutionise the healthy eating space in the city, bringing people indulgent healthy options that fit with a fast-paced on-the-go lifestyle.

“It is particularly pleasing to forge ahead with plans to open a new restaurant in Glasgow so quickly after the launch of our first restaurant in London Bloomsbury in October 2020, and in my hometown of Berlin last year,  it’s a huge achievement for our team.

“The opportunity is truly resonating with our franchise network within the Hero Brands group and we will work with them to explore opportunities for further growth throughout the UK,” he added.

Hero Brands is focused on building the food brands of the future and brings a leadership team assembled from the world’s leading global food and beverage brands.

Its portfolio includes German Doner Kebab which has revolutionised the kebab in the UK and is now forging ahead with expansion plans in the UK and global growth regions including North America, Europe and the Middle East, with 700 franchises already signed-up to its global growth strategy.

It also includes Island Poké, the UK’s leading Poké operator which now has 18 Islands across London and nine in France. The full estate also includes four dark kitchens across London with further plans to open 23 new Islands over the next five years, which will treble its current UK footprint.

Athif Sarwar, Hero Brands CEO, said: “Hero Brands is responding to emerging consumer trends and focused on growing the brands of the future.

“Eating-out is changing and younger consumers are demanding a shorter dwell time, great-tasting healthier food and an aspirational experience that is shareable on their social channels.

“Choppaluna responds to this trend and we worked very closely with Nikras and Bijan to develop the brand and a proposition that truly disrupts the healthy eating space.

“Expanding into Scotland is a huge moment for them both and we will now give them unrivalled industry expertise as they forge ahead with their growth ambitions.”


GRAVITY OPENS FIRST SITE IN EUROPE - 14-January-2022


Gravity Active Entertainment (Gravity), the UK's premium leisure provider, is pleased to announce it has now expanded its Gravity network to Leipzig, Germany in its first European location.

Situated in the NOVA leisure and shopping centre, the purpose-built space that totals 5,300msq includes wall-to-wall trampolines, a ninja obstacle course, wipe-out, soft-play, party rooms, next-generation sound and light experience, fully themed food and beverage offering. It also has a state of the art Japanese themed e-karting experience, the first seen in Europe.

The site is operated by a new franchisee, Canadian born, Rocky Maddex. Rocky, who has a background in IT and global project implementation and relocated to Germany with his wife and children in 2018. The move comes as he diversifies his business interests and develops a pipeline of sites across Germany.

Gravity currently has other franchise offerings in the UK and the Middle East, with this being the first entrance into the European market. The Group also has 13 of its own sites in the UK, with the most recent being the largest opening yet in Wandsworth across 85,000 square foot, with the first ever e-karting track in the UK and also bowling with projection technology, alongside other activities. It also opened a more traditional trampoline park in Luton in October 2021.

"Given the impact from covid-19 and the changing high street, the Gravity opportunity came at the perfect time for me. I'd been looking at ways to do something different, complimenting my business, home life and young kids. The Gravity model fitted the criteria, and I believe it’s something I can scale in Germany; there is a real opportunity here to reinvigorate shopping centres. " Said Rocky

The opportunity comes with €2.5 million invested from Gravity to support Rocky in setting up and the initial build. The site will be one of the first to feature the multi-level e-karting, which is new to the Gravity portfolio.

Michael Harrison, co-founder and Chief Growth Officer commented: “We are delighted to announce this first Gravity location in Europe as we continue to grow the brand. The landlord has invested over €40million in improvements to this development and given what we are seeing in the UK market, we have proven our ability to increase footfall to the high street. With these initiatives combined, the site is in a fantastic location and has all the key elements to be a success.

Our move into Europe is a significant step in our evolution as a brand and franchisor. Early on, we recognised that Europe represented a fantastic opportunity for us to grow the business and the franchise network.  Leipzig is the first of those franchises, and we're confident more will follow."


Home Instead is celebrating its 'Great British Franchisees' - 13-January-2022


Leading home care franchise, Home Instead is delighted to announce that three of their franchisees have been awarded for their excellence in the recent ‘Great British Franchise Awards’ hosted by Which Franchise.

Judy and Will Clay, owners of Home Instead South Lakes, and Suhail Rehman, multi-unit owner of Home Instead offices in Glasgow, Stirling, Ayr and Perth, were recognised as outstanding franchisees.

The awards, which were launched in 2021, recognise outstanding franchisees across the UK who demonstrate excellence in all areas of their business. Factors taken into consideration include franchisee stability and business experience, driving business growth, retaining staff, customer satisfaction, community involvement, inspired leadership and involvement with their franchise network.

Director of Business Development at Home Instead, Ruth Brown commented: “A huge congratulations to Judy, Will, and Suhail - they go above and beyond, not only for their own teams and businesses but for the Home Instead franchise network as a whole.

“They all truly embody the Home Instead ethos, having a true passion to help ‘change the face of ageing’. Their businesses not only provide quality home care services, which are witnessing ever-increasing demand, but they provide countless career opportunities and support within their local communities.

“They excel in every aspect of their business, running successful franchises which are in turn achieving impressive turnovers and having a real impact in their territories.”

Suhail commented: “It’s a huge honour to be recognised as a Great British Franchisee and I’m very grateful to receive this award. The last two of years have been exceptionally difficult for everyone and if it wasn’t for the wonderful people in our team we wouldn’t have achieved our continued success. I’m taking this one on behalf of the team!

Judy commented: “We are delighted to have been named as ‘Great British Franchisees’. We came into Home Instead with a passion for care and through this amazing company have also found a passion for franchise, and have real faith and trust in our UK network and the inspiring things we achieve. To hold a beacon for the network through this award is great, and we are so grateful for the recognition.”

• Read more about the awards at https://www.whichfranchise.com/awards


Sporty children and a shrewd business move help Hayley win a major award - 12-January-2022


Former PE teacher Hayley Jackson knows how to keep the young athletes of Cambridge, Newmarket and Saffron Walden on their toes - and her diligence has landed her a major industry award.

Hayley, who taught PE in both primary and secondary schools, has been honoured in the Great British Franchisee Awards 2022 for her success as the local franchisee for Mini Athletics, a business that brings out the sporty side of two to seven-year-olds.

She took the business into profit in its first month and bounced back from pandemic lockdowns by opening a new weekend venue.

“The franchisor’s decision to let us function with only one coach per venue decreased our staffing costs, and using outdoor venues reduced our hall hire costs,” she says.

Kirk Bowyer, the franchisor, says Hayley is a fantastic all-rounder who’s passionate about the experience she and her staff offer the children.

“She’s meticulous about every aspect of the business and ensures the consistency of quality across her classes, which is clear from the number of children who renew blocks of sessions. 

“She’s also excellent with marketing which builds her waiting lists and ensures her classes are well-subscribed all year round.

“Hayley has two young children and manages the business around them. And she’s one of our top performers in the network.”

The Great British Franchisee Awards recognise franchisees’ exceptional performance and business experience, ability to drive business growth, staff retention, customer satisfaction, community involvement, inspired leadership, and franchise involvement.

The awards are run by whichfranchise, supported by Lloyds Bank, BDO, AMO Consulting and Chantry Group.

• Read more about the awards at www.whichfranchise.com/awards


Hannah wins award for making athletics franchise a runaway success - 12-January-2022


Hannah Danby is a hop, skip and a jump ahead of the competition in the world of children’s athletics coaching - and has just won a major industry award to prove it.

Despite spending 10 years in an NHS desk job with no experience of sports coaching, Hannah, the owner of the Mini Athletics franchise in Kingston and Wimbledon, has leapt so far over the heads of her rivals that she’s been honoured in the Great British Franchise Awards 2022.

“She’s consistently been one of our top two performers for the past 12 months,” says Kirk Bowyer, owner of Mini Athletics.

“As a mother of three young children, she runs the business around them and is so efficient that she’s bought another franchise next door to her current territory.”

Hannah made her business profitable in its first six months and has expanded to offer classes to two to seven-year-olds in nine locations.

“My three children aged 10, eight and five have taught me a lot,” she says. “Running a brand that caters for similar ages is so beneficial as I can really appreciate the needs of the children at our classes and know the behaviours to expect.

“I also have a Masters degree in Human Resource Management, and that, along with HR experience, has given me a great base for building relationships with customers and staff.”

Unable to run in-person classes during lockdowns, Hannah switched to online sessions including Sports Days when she dressed as a Superhero.

Her team won the Mini Athletics Superstar Event and were crowned champions by Olympian Martyn Rooney.

Two of her coaches have gone on to buy their own Mini Athletics franchises, and she’s considering taking on a third territory in partnership with another franchisee.

The Great British Franchisee Awards recognise franchisees’ exceptional performance and business experience, ability to drive business growth, staff retention, customer satisfaction, community involvement, inspired leadership, and franchise involvement.

The awards are run by whichfranchise, supported by Lloyds Bank, BDO, AMO Consulting and Chantry Group.

• Read more about the awards at www.whichfranchise.com/awards


How outdoor franchises can grow in 2022 - 11-January-2022


While most businesses have struggled over the course of 2021, lawncare franchise Greensleeves has achieved a record-breaking network turnover for the second year in a row, proving that the outdoor sector has continued to flourish despite the pandemic. David Truby, the MD of Greensleeves, has some advice for outdoor franchises on how they too can push on into 2022.

With every month from February to November registering as a record-breaking month, 2021 has been a consecutive record-breaking year for lawn care franchise Greensleeves. And, it is clear, with the horticultural franchise acquiring more new customers in 2021 than any previous year, our green spaces have remained extremely valuable to people all over the country. In fact, with more people being invested in their homes and not wanting winter to affect the lawns they have cared so much for over the summer months, there are no signs of business slowing down. So, here are my top tips on ensuring your franchise can also push on into 2022.

1. Add value through innovation

Innovation is essential for the growth of any business. But what does it mean to be innovative in business? Innovation can be anything from revamping your website to attract more leads, developing an app for your franchisees to help reduce admin times, or even just utilising technology to help you conduct meetings and provide more support to your franchisees. For example, have you started to use Zoom to train new franchisees? Innovation can take many forms, but one thing that is certain is that you should be looking to innovate to thrive in 2022. 

If you are in a rapidly growing industry, staying ahead of the curve with innovative products and technology is vital if you want to have the edge over your competitors. However, when you look to innovate, you must first ask yourself, ‘Does this add value?’. Innovation without adding value is simply unnecessary change. Brands need to focus their innovation efforts on improving the customer’s experience by making it as frictionless as possible. An example of adding value through innovation would be Greensleeves’; new app, Greensleeves Live, which reduces the admin time of our franchisees. By easing franchisee administration, they have more time to deliver a better all-round service.

2. Develop your franchisor/franchisee relationship

The relationship between a franchisor and a franchisee is unique because it is mutually beneficial. Both parties have something to gain from the partnership. Franchisees rely on support to help them answer everyday questions, handle operations and maintain their equipment, while a franchisor can only be successful when a franchisee succeeds. Therefore, developing a great relationship is essential to keeping your franchise going strong in 2022.

My advice would be to maintain an honest and open dialogue. The best way for franchisors and franchisees to get the most out of their relationship is through clear and concise communication – which you can do through weekly catch-up calls. By doing this, franchisors provide their franchisees the necessary support and resources to help them meet and exceed their goals. I would also encourage any franchisor to monitor their relationships. It can often be the case that we, the franchisor, think everything is fine – the reality could be very different. So, ask the people who matter… At Greensleeves, we use the WorkBuzz survey, for which we achieved the 5-star WorkBuzz award for franchisee satisfaction this year. By taking part in this survey, we can see where we need to improve and what we are doing well. It is beneficial for all franchises to take part in this. 

3. Focus on providing exceptional customer service

I have said it before and I will say it again: we rely heavily on repeat business and referrals in the world of lawn care. So, ensuring good customer service is key to our success moving into the new year.

Giving your clients what they want when it comes to providing customer service is vital. I would recommend always being incredibly responsive; this means when a client contacts your business, actually respond to them! This can be difficult when you are working outdoors, but having someone in your business to answer the phone and respond quickly to emails goes a long way. In fact, this level of service will retain your customers and allow you to build a good relationship with them. 

You can also provide exceptional customer service by using positive language. Turn your 'maybe' into a 'definitely' and your 'I will try to do that' into an 'I will do that'. This language lets the client hear that your goal is to fulfil their needs. A customer wants someone as passionate about their goals as they are. Another customer service tip is to ensure that you do not promise something you cannot deliver, as this is an easy way to lose business and a client's trust. This year, Trustpilot confirmed Greensleeves as the UK’s favourite lawn care provider - rating us as exceptional, 4.8/5, significantly more and higher than our competitors. 

Greensleeves has had a fantastic end to 2021 having welcomed seven new franchisees and seen eleven consecutive months of record-breaking income, which shows a 34% increase of income last year. However, we will not rest on our laurels as we head into the new year. Landscaping businesses that add value to their services, provide excellent customer service and market themselves to their core customer demographic, will not just survive in the new year, they will flourish. 


A penny saved allows life-changing opportunities to spring - 10-January-2022


Every November, the InXpress network commit to raising money, one penny at a time. The impact of this, has led to life-changing acts of kindness, and we can’t wait to do more.

At our core, InXpress is a business built on our heart – which we often wear on our sleeves. Our franchisees are as passionate about making a difference, as they are about their businesses. Which is why, every November, we’re “all in” when it comes to raising money, by donating at least 1p for every shipment booked throughout the month. Many of our offices have, over the last few years, chosen to pledge well-above 1p per shipment. And, we’re proud to announce we broke our fund-raising records, AGAIN, for the fifth consecutive year… all those pennies adding up to: £11,239.71.

What does this mean?

Anyone within the InXpress UK network, can put forward a person, a charity, or an idea of where we can use this to have a positive impact, and make a difference. The InXpress Give Back Committee are then responsible for managing the funds, and making sure the donations are used to help improve the lives of others, as we give back to the world around us.

The Penny Per Shipment campaign goes a long way to enabling us to have a positive impact, even finding ways to help save lives in the future. Over 2021, this included:

  • Offering support to franchisee, Debbie, as she bravely went through her cancer treatment
  • Providing the first of a number of defibrillators, around the UK, thanks to a suggestion by Lisa at InXpress North Surrey
  • Purchasing a specially-adapted race-chair for a special girl and her dad, who use it to raise money for other severely disabled children, thanks to InXpress Birmingham South
  • Supporting the work of Little LifeSavers who teach year six children how to do basic lifesaving, in an emergency situation – usually at home, thanks to InXpress Gatwick
  • Providing football kits to children in Ghana, thanks to InXpress Coventry

…Among other things.

“The Penny Per Shipment campaign is an important part of our calendar,” explains Melanie Spencer, InXpress’ Global Head of Marketing. “We love finding ways to make a genuine difference to the lives of people we know, as well as those in other countries. The money we raise, each November, gives InXpress the platform to turn our pennies into action. I’m excited to see how many people we are able to make a difference to, in 2022.”

Watch this space for up-coming throughout the year, as we discover ways to give back!


Home Instead works with The King's Fund to put social care at the heart of care systems - 06-January-2022


Leading home care franchise, Home Instead is proud to have recently worked with influential think tank, The King’s Fund to host a roundtable to explore the opportunities and challenges of integrated care systems for social care.

The King’s Fund is an independent charitable foundation working to improve health and care in England.

Home Instead wants to help shape discussions and government policy surrounding care following the passage of many influential health and social care reforms recently. By hosting this roundtable event, the company is ensuring that social care remains part of the debate.

The event brought together senior stakeholders who understand social care in a roundtable discussion. They explored putting social care at the heart of a new-look integrated care system which is placing greater emphasis on person-centred care.

Insights from the discussion have been used to identify a series of principles that leaders can adopt to enable effective working between social care and the NHS.

Home Instead CEO, Martin Jones, took part in the roundtable. As a representative of the home care franchise, Martin has long argued for the blurring of lines between health and social care; knowing the significant impact quality home care provision can have on a person’s wellbeing.

Speaking about this, Martin said, “Across our franchise network, we see every day just how much professional, well-trained caregivers can ease pressure on the health system by keeping people well at home, freeing up critical capacity for those who truly need it.

“It has never made sense to put health and social care into separate boxes and I was pleased to see this view mirrored in last week’s white paper. We need to seize the moment and develop a system that works for the benefit of society and that is what this work with The King’s Fund is all about.

“The home care sector is innovating at a rapid pace, and I know we can bring a new perspective and dynamic. Just look at what is happening with technology in our sector at the present time.

The Home Instead franchise network fully back their government lobbying and involvement in the wider conversations in the sector, ensuring that Home Instead is firmly in the conversation about the future of home care and the important role it plays in so many lives.


Knowledge Transfer Partnership set to strengthen future business performance for OSCAR Pet Foods - 06-January-2022


The future looks bright for OSCAR. Business experts at Edge Hill University have been awarded more than £100,000 in government-backed funding to transform the business performance of the franchising market leaders. The university’s Business School Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC) will offer expert data analysis on customer profiles and purchasing behaviours to maximise existing and new business opportunities within a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).

The partnership is a three-way collaboration between the university, OSCAR Pet Foods, and a graduate who will gain full-time employment as an associate to OSCAR.

Renowned for being a company that plans for the future and places franchisee support high on its list of priorities, the Managing Director of OSCAR Pet Foods, Richard Martin, first engaged with the PIC in 2019 to embark on the university’s Innovation Sprint Programme. It offers core data-driven innovation to help small and medium-sized enterprises to develop their scale-up or growth strategy. Richard explains:

“The impact that the data-driven marketing tools and framework will have on our business processes will not only result in growth for OSCAR but also for our trusted network of franchisees, both existing and new. We will be able to make informed decisions when facing new business opportunities with confidence and look forward to continuing our successful partnership with the university.”

This exciting collaboration will enrich existing marketing plans with data-driven expertise and analysis and boost online sales – driving benefits to the dedicated franchise network.

Aside from access to highly qualified people to lead and deliver new projects, KTPs afford an increase in skills and capacity for existing staff – not to mention increased profitability and competitive advantage.

After a year adapting to post pandemic consequences this fantastic result for OSCAR Pet Foods is set to improve customer care and future-proof the experienced franchise operator’s performance and success for 2022 and beyond.


Papa John's Tops-off the Year with Seven New Store Openings - 22-December-2021


Leading pizza franchise, Papa John’s, continues to deliver new high street stores, confirming recent openings in Kenilworth, Bridgend, Melton Mowbray, Sheerness, Warwick, Stanford-le-Hope and Midsomer Norton. 
 
Amit Pancholi UK director of business development, Papa John’s UK confirms:  “It’s been quite a year for Papa John’s, topped-off with seven new openings!  Our goal is to bring Papa John’s to even more customers wherever and whenever they want to enjoy their favourite pizza treat with family and friends.  As an organisation, we’ve opened double digit stores across the UK this year, growing our brand presence both on the high street and also in non-traditional locations such as holiday resorts, leisure venues and more.
 
“In September we opened our 500th store in Ormskirk.  As we celebrate that milestone in the UK, and as our franchisees continue to grow, more employment opportunities are created at every level.
 
“For us, our people are the key ingredient in our recipe for success! All new starters have full scope and use of our dedicated Pizza Academy training system containing a suite of training modules on various aspects of the business.  It means, any new team member may join as a delivery driver for example but map out a career pathway by acquiring the relevant skills and experience to become a team leader or store manager and beyond. 
 
“We now look forward to welcoming many more recruits of all ages and backgrounds to our extended team as we grow, in addition to new multi-unit and non-traditional franchisees hungry to help us continue to develop the Papa John’s brand across the UK.”
 
For those interested in joining Papa John’s there are opportunities at every level in locations across the UK. 
 
For those interested in running a high street Papa John’s franchise or a non-traditional venue, we offer incentives plus world-class support, comprehensive training, and national marketing.  As a franchisor, the Company supplies all the assistance needed to get your successful Papa John’s up and running.


New TaxAssist Accountants in Northampton - 20-December-2021


To meet client demand, Charlie Walker has just opened his third premises, alongside his existing TaxAssist Accountants shops in Bedford and Huntingdon.

Small business specialist Charlie, has over 25 years of experience working in the finance world and has built a flourishing practice, having established himself in his local community, founded the Bedford Business Hub within his Bedford shop and recently becoming a Director of the Huntingdon Business Improvement District.

“I’ve really relished meeting with, sharing my knowledge and helping the many small businesses in Bedford and Huntingdon and am very much looking forward to doing the same in Northampton.

“Clients have access to a full range of services, including self-assessment tax returns, year-end accounts, payroll and bookkeeping, as well as R&D tax credits, employment law, business-starts ups and debt recovery.

“We also offer advisory services, assisting with business planning and cash flow management, as well as use the latest software to ensure that my clients benefit from as many time-saving efficiencies as possible.

“The office is open for clients to drop in, but our aim is to be as flexible and helpful as possible, so if you’d prefer a telephone or online meeting we can facilitate this as well. Do get in contact if you’d like a free initial consultation where we can explain more about the services we have on offer.”


Caremark welcome another new franchisee to the network - 20-December-2021


Caremark (Bath & NE Somerset) Managing Director, Ammar Srour had this to say on his recent registration with the CQC: “The overwhelming demand for care in our region proves that many vulnerable people now need care more than ever before. We are focused on consistently delivering the highest quality of service to as many people as possible and set a new standard for excellence in Domiciliary Care provision.”

Ammar and his Care Team have a passion for providing care and support to those who choose to remain living in their own homes and has cemented this commitment to the community of Bath, by opening his in-home care business. Ammar, who comes from an extensive background in Project Management and Business Development said: “I am passionate about building businesses that improve the lives of all members of our community. I am driven to continue building a team of passionate and determined people, who are supported by a highly effective system of training, monitoring, management and beyond, and arming them with the tools and resources needed deliver exceptional and bespoke in-home care – doing this consistently will allow Caremark (Bath & NE Somerset) to actualise it’s mission of becoming a leader in exceptional Domiciliary Care provision.”   

CQC Registered Care Manager Kerri Gardner, who has over 18 years’ experience in Domiciliary Care had this to say on leading the care delivery: “we are working together to build a team of care and support workers who will provide a high-quality service to individuals in the community tailoring the support to meet their needs.” This tailor-made care can range from a few hours a week to live-in 24-hour care.


Choppaluna has officially announced plans to open ten new restaurants across the UK in 2022 - 20-December-2021


Following the success of its London Bloomsbury and Berlin restaurants over the past two years, Choppaluna is forging ahead with plans to open restaurants in London High Holborn in Q1 of next year, in Glasgow in Q2, along with Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford, Birmingham and Cambridge following later in the year with further locations to be announced.

The fast, fresh, food-to-go and dine-in brand is the latest concept to come from the Hero Brands group, which also includes German Doner Kebab and Island Poké.

Choppaluna is here to show that salads don’t have to be boring and to bring customers a guilt-free indulgent menu which also includes vegetarian and vegan options and a huge choice of superfoods morning, noon and night, including delivery.

The vibrant experience allows customers to choose from over 60 fresh toppings before watching the brand’s talented team chop live in front of their eyes.

Choppaluna’s breakfast menu brings low-carb, high energy options like Scrambled Egg Bowls or Rolls and Smoothies as well as locally roasted Specialty Coffee, whilst its flavour exploding salads provide the perfect balance of incredible taste, nutrition and energy. On the menu customers will also find Choppaluna’s ‘Big-Rolls’ (huge wraps), which offers a more filling option for lunch and dinner.

Further growth and franchise recruitment news will come over the next 12 months.

Co-founder Nikras Agha, who conceived the idea for Choppaluna with his Co-Founder Bijan Azadfard, said: “We are excited to be forging ahead with our growth plans to bring our super-delicious, healthy dining experience of guilt-free indulgence across the UK.”

“Choppaluna will truly revolutionise the healthy eating space in the country, bringing people indulgent healthy options that fit with a fast-paced on-the-go lifestyle.

“It is particularly pleasing to forge ahead with plans to open seven new restaurants across the UK so quickly after the launch of our first restaurant in London Bloomsbury in October 2020, and in my hometown of Berlin last year,  it’s a huge achievement for our team.

“The opportunity is truly resonating with our franchise partners within the Hero Brands group and we will work with them to explore opportunities for further expansion throughout the UK,” he added.

Hero Brands is focused on building the food brands of the future and brings a leadership team assembled from the world’s leading global food and beverage brands.

Its portfolio includes German Doner Kebab which has revolutionised the kebab in the UK and is now forging ahead with expansion plans in the UK and global growth regions including North America, Europe and the Middle East, with 700 franchises already signed-up to its global growth strategy.

It also includes Island Poké, the UK’s leading Poké operator which now has 15 Islands across London and eight in France. The full estate also includes four dark kitchens across London with further plans to open 23 new Islands over the next five years, which will treble its current UK footprint.

Athif Sarwar, Hero Brands CEO, said: “Hero Brands is responding to emerging consumer trends and focused on growing the brands of the future.

“Eating-out is changing and younger consumers are demanding a shorter dwell time, great-tasting healthier food and an aspirational experience that is shareable on their social channels.

“Choppaluna responds to this trend and we worked very closely with Nikras and Bijan to develop the brand and a proposition that truly disrupts the healthy eating space.

“Expanding across the UK is a huge achievement for them both and we will give them unrivalled industry expertise as they forge ahead with their growth ambitions.”


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