Franchising

Pret A Manger abandons plans to open is Israel after terminating its franchise agreement with Fox Group and Yarzin Sella Group

Pret abandons plans to open is Israel

By James McAllister

Pret A Manger has abandoned plans to expand into Israel after terminating its franchise agreement with multi-national retailer Fox Group and global foodservice business Yarzin Sella Group.

Pret to expand into India under its latest global franchise agreement

Pret to expand into India

By James McAllister

Pret A Manger is to expand into India with up to 100 sites expected to open in the country over the next five years, under its latest global franchise agreement.

South Asian street food franchise Chaiiwalla to roll out in London

Chaiiwalla to roll out in London

By Andrew Don

South Asian street food franchise Chaiiwalla is gearing up to make its London debut as it targets 230 UK locations by the end of 2024.

Pictured: Saracen’s Head owner Martin Hirst and general manager Lucy Dell

Papa John's begins franchising in pubs

By James McAllister

Papa John's has signed its first pub franchise and says it is looking to secure similar opportunities with other pubs in the future.

EasyHotel plans to expand its reach both through its owned and franchise properties this year

EasyHotel to expand owned and franchised business

By Emma Eversham

'Super budget' hotel operator EasyHotel is moving forward with plans to expand both its owned hotel portfolio and its franchise business after seeing sales more than double during the last year. 

Marco Pierre White to open 12 franchises this year

Marco Pierre White to open 12 franchises this year

By Ruth Williams

Sanguine Hospitality, the hotelier with a master franchise agreement with Marco Pierre White, is planning to open UK 12 restaurants under the Steakhouse Bar & Grill and New York Italian brandsthis year as part of its plans to roll out 50 over the...

Vapiano's UK and US managing director Phil Sermon says now is the right time to expand outside of London

Vapiano looks past London

By Luke Nicholls

Fast-casual Italian restaurant chain Vapiano has announced it is looking for ‘entrepreneurial partners’ to support its UK expansion outside of London.

James Eyre is preparing for Tiger Bills' move into the capital

Tiger Bills eyes London rollout

By Luke Nicholls

Lifestyle Hospitality Group (LHG) has signed a contract with a new master franchisee to roll out its ‘East meets West’ casual dining concept Tiger Bills across London.

Pan Chai opened in Harrods Food Court in April 2012

Pan Chai eyes UK expansion under new franchise

By Luke Nicholls

Pan Chai, the luxury pan-Asian concept with a single site in Harrods Food Hall, wants to roll out in city-centre locations across the UK under a newly launched franchise.

Tiger Bills restaurant reveals 24 target cities for expansion

Tiger Bills restaurant reveals 24 target cities for expansion

By Peter Ruddick

Tiger Bills, the restaurant concept launched by Lifestyle Hospitality Group (LHG) in 2007, has signed its first regional, multiple franchisee in the Midlands and has revealed a target list of 24 cities in which it wishes to operate. 

Global hotel operator Accor opened 266 new hotels in 2012

Accor reveals 'record' 2012, 266 new hotels opened

By Peter Ruddick

Global hotel operator Accor has revealed it opened a record 266 new hotels in 2012 as the company's move to managed and franchised venues helped grow gross revenue by 11 per cent.

Steve Lowy hopes to add three to five properties a year to the Umi portfolio over the next three years

Umi hotels eyes three new UK properties under franchise model

By Luke Nicholls

Umi hotels, the luxury budget hotel chain with sites in Notting Hill, Brighton and Moscow, has plans to expand under a franchise business model with an aim to sign up three new Umi-branded hotels in the UK over the next year. 

Business profile: Steve Hill of Wagamama

Business profile: Steve Hill of Wagamama

By Paul Wootton

Other brands have tried and failed but Wagamama chief executive Steve Hill believes his cult noodle chain company has what it takes to succeed in the States

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