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Let’s Debate to Agree on Franchise Terminology

A topic I have broached before - who on earth started the trend of calling franchisees "franchise owners"?Similarly, what's with the term "master franchisor" when describing the foreign party to an international franchise agreement?I have even seen...

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20 Unbeatable Reasons To Expand To The UK

By Brian Duckett. Published in Global Franchise (Jan 2019) Unsure about dipping your corporate toes in UK waters? Brian Duckett offers a score of good reasons to help you decide 1. The UK is a densely-populated market with excellent infrastructure, good...

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Seasons Greetings…and a Look Back on a Memorable Year

As we approach the end of 2018 The Franchising Centre can look back on a year of challenges and triumphs, topped off by being recognised as the British Franchise Association’s Affiliate and Supplier Team of the Year. I’ve written elsewhere about there...

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Where Have They All Gone?

By Brian Duckett. Published in Franchise World Magazine (Dec/Jan issue) When I attended the recent European Multi-Unit and Master Franchise Conference in London, one of my consultant colleagues from the U.S. made an interesting statement which he followed...

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Culture – what does this word actually mean?

Having been asked to present at the BFA conference recently on culture, gave me the opportunity to stop and think about what culture, in a business context, actually means. I’ve read around the subject of Culture within businesses and observed both...

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Is Running a Franchise with a Family Member a Good Idea?

There are plenty of compelling reasons why you might think that running a franchise with a family member would be a brilliant idea - you know each other well, understand what makes each other tick and share common goals. Many couples and family members...

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Planning and Goal Setting

As a coach and facilitator, I work with businesses and individuals by helping them create visions for their businesses, their future and inevitably, this leads on to setting objectives or goals for the long, medium and short-term. Generally, as a society,...

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Multi-Unit Franchising: the “Flavour of the Month”

If ever there was a ‘flavour of the month’ in franchising it’s the trend towards multi-unit and multi-brand franchisees. The franchisors I knew back when the BFA was being formed will be spinning in their graves at the thought of multi-unit, never mind...

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A Day In The Life of Our Chairman, Brian Duckett

Most mornings I’m awake by 6 a.m. and listening to John Humphries and his colleagues on Radio 4’s Today programme. A cup of strong coffee sees me in my home office by 6.30 where I’ll catch up on overnight e-mails from colleagues around the world or even...

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Great Event for Business Owners Looking at Franchising…

The National Franchise Exhibition - 5th and 6th October (Birmingham NEC) If you're thinking about franchising your business or even if you are just wondering about what the benefits might be, why not come to the National Franchise Exhibition at the NEC on 5th / 6th...

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Teams

Yesterday was the BFA Chairman’s charity day where eight teams battled it out.  Although frustratingly, I couldn't make it, it’s got me thinking about teams. I think we might all be guilty of assuming that a collection of people automatically become a...

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Looking to Franchise Internationally or Already Doing This?

My name is Farrah Rose and I, with my team of specialist international franchise consultants, have been helping brands to expand into international markets through franchising for over 25 years. I wanted to introduce you to an event taking place on 2nd – 3rd November....

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Just how long does it take to recruit a new member of staff?

Most people think it takes just a few weeks to employ a new member of staff, (after all you either advertise the position and see the best people who reply to your ad or you use your usual agency or have to spend time looking for one and instruct them and...

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Then to Now…40 Years of Franchise World

2018 marks the 40th Year of Franchise World, who are the UK's oldest franchising magazine and seen by many as one of the most newsworthy and informative. The Franchising Centre (TFC) and Franchise World have had a close relationship for almost the entire...

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Latest appointments by By Laura Knowlson (Business Editor) THE Franchising Centre has welcomed two new starters to the York-headquartered business. Robert and Richard Dancy join The Franchising Centre as franchise development and recruitment consultants. They will...

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