May 2006 - Franchise UK

Monthly Archives - May 2006

Franchisor under the spotlight

What made you interested in pets?We've been involved in animal nutrition for over 30 years and we actually started life as a farm feeds supplier. We formulated and made diets for cattle, sheep and even goats but noticed there were also plenty of hungry pets looking for good quality food. Using our expertise in animal nutrition we turned our attention to providing domestic pets with a nutritionally balanced range of diets. Our food became so popular we moved on [...]

Franchise gets taste of his own medicine

Earlier this year, Rainbow International’s franchises for Kings Heath & Hall Green, Stuart Chapman was away for the evening in Cambridge, and his wife out on a social event. A fault in the electrical circuit below the floorboards in the main bedroom of their home in Polesworth, near Tamworth , caused a severe fire, which fortunately a passer by, walking their dog in the nearby playing fields, spotted and called the fire brigade. Stuart’s son and Rainbow International project manager Neil, [...]

Rock n Roll Rainbow

Rainbow International’s Swindon, Chippenham, Newbury & Marlborough branch recently had the opportunity to restore an unusual commercial property following an electrical fire - a state of the art recording studio owned by rock legend Peter Gabriel. All soot and smoke residue was removed from the interior stone clad walls, high level beams and skylight windows by the use of a poultice, applied to the affected areas, left for 24 hours and then removed. The absorbent poultice, and its chemical agent [...]

Where theres muck theres

Rainbow International – Powys & Mid Wales received an instruction during The recent storms in Wales to attend to a flood at a property in East Wales. During the phone call it came to light that it was muddy water coming down from the hillside. It was building up around the house but was no longer ingressing. The instruction came in as “normal” but after speaking to the policyholder, it was obvious an urgent response was required and Adrian Howells and [...]

Its Victory for Rainbow

Rainbow Portsmouth, Gosport and Fareham recently won a very prestigious contract to clean the curtains, pelmets, tassels and seating off-site on HMS Victory in Portsmouth.Bob Jordan won the job in the face of very stiff competition and met with the Events Officer for the ship, on board HMS Victory.The curtains and upholstery were carefully removed to Bob Jordan’s restoration centre to be dry-cleaned.HMS Victory was one of the largest warships of the Georgian Royal Navy, with over 100 guns [...]

Lucy gives county childcare a helping hand

Berkshire mum Lucy Brown knows all about juggling her working life - bringing up a family while travelling the world as a high-flying business executive.For more than 20 years, this mother-of-three, from Newbury, was a top marketeer with some of the UK’s leading IT and telecom companies including Oracle and NTL. But now she has embarked on a brand new challenge with her own specialist company -caring for other people’s children across the county and the whole of the [...]

Mum Zoe launches new Midlands childcare service

A young Midlands mum – twice made redundant- has set up her own specialist company to help meet booming demand for quality affordable childcare in the region.And the new business – Safehands Network Ltd is already so successful after just four months, that Zoe already has more than 30 carers on her books and has already established a growing reputation for providing baby-sitting services for big hotel groups and even special crèches for weddings and corporate events."The word is [...]

Choosing Your franchise accountant

"Investing in a franchise? Consider a BFA Accountant!"If you are looking to invest in a franchise it is important that you have the right team behind you. Your choice of accountant will affect your franchise business from day one. Your chances of being successful can depend on the advice, knowledge and level of service you receive from your accountant.Before signing your franchise agreement, you should appoint an accountant who has experience within the franchise industry so they are able [...]

Special Commissioners decision changes view on Franchises Goodwill

In 1996, 32 Pizza Express franchisees sold their businesses back to the franchisor Pizza Express.Two of these businesses claimed capital gains tax rollover relief in respect of the gain on goodwill under TCGA 1992, s. 152. The claim was subsequently refused by HMRC and the tax payers appealed.HMRC’s argument was that there was no saleable goodwill as the franchisees merely had a licence to trade and therefore no business asset to be rolled over. They claimed the amount allocated [...]


It’s the time of year for spring showers, but at Birkett Long it’s raining franchise lawyers with further increases to the firm’s legally qualified staff. Annie Luckin and Emma Hopkins are two new solicitors who have recently joined the commercial property team.Annie Luckin has a joint honours degree in Agri-Business Management and marketing and worked in commercial litigation whilst living in Sydney, Australia. Returning home to undertake a post graduate diploma in law and a Legal Practice course, Annie went [...]


Peter Allen, Solicitor at Essex legal firm, Birkett Long, has recently completed his qualification and has been appointed a Notary Public by the Archbishop of Canterbury.Peter’s appointment means that the firm now has four Notaries amongst their legal staff, one based at their Chelmsford office, one in Colchester and two at Halstead, offering clients access to these services right across the county.Notaries can be traced back to Roman times. The sophisticated Roman society was familiar with similar legal documents [...]

Auditel now in Ireland

Auditel, one of the UK’s largest franchised networks of cost management consultants, are actively recruiting a franchise network in Ireland.Sean Cleary and Jude Carey are the first two to join the programme and are very upbeat about the prospects of this new challenge.Chris Allison, Auditel Managing Director explains: “There’s no getting away from it: businesses are expensive to run. And for organisations throughout the UK and Ireland, they are often more expensive than they could be. Many are paying [...]