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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

IT’S RAINING FRANCHISE LAWYERS!

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 …

NOTARIES WITH ROMAN ORIGINS

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 advice staff, one based at their Chelmsford office, one in Colchester and two at Halstead, offering …

Auditel franchise 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: …