Signs Express franchisee Richard McGonigle opened his production centre in Derry after previously working as a Software Developer. Richard wanted a change and had always aspired to start his own business so looked at franchising as a way to achieve this.
HOW FRANCHISING WORKS Franchising is a 'business marriage' between an existing business (the franchisor) and the newcomer to the business ownership (the franchisee):
AREA DEVELOPER - Effectively a regional-size franchisee who has the rights to expand a region by either appointing sub-franchisees or managed outlets.
Provider of moving services for homes and businesses, US franchise Two Men And A Truck has granted Master Franchise rights for the UK and Ireland to Dublin-based company NDMG Holdings.
Belfast-based fitted-wardrobe franchise, Sliderobes, has scooped a top national award, sponsored by Sage, for its new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.
Having made the finishing touches to their O2 store, father and son team Andrew and John Russel eagerly await their first customers. Rachel Spaul reports
Franchise exhibitions are a great way to get a feel for franchising, to meet some of the industry performers and to see what sorts of opportunities are available. But swamped by so much information and with so many brands to choose from, how can you be sure which one is best for you?
The Irish Franchise Awards 2006 were presented by Frank Ryan, Enterprise Ireland CEO, at the Davenport Hotel in Dublin on the 17th November. They were inaugurated by the Irish Franchise Association to recognise success and achievement in the franchise industry.
Entrepreneurial and astute businessman and Master Franchisor of Ladies Workout Express, Chris Donaldson is one of a handful of entrepreneurial businessmen in Northern Ireland that holds a Master Franchisor title and is taking the fitness industry in Ireland by storm.
Franchising is already a large and rapidly growing industry in Ireland. It is estimated that franchising employs 22,000 people in Ireland and the franchise industry is worth EUR1.6 billion, and it is set to grow even further. The Bank of Ireland forecasts that there will be in excess of 20,000 new business start-ups in Ireland in 2006.
Franchising opens up a world of business opportunities to people with the desire to own a business but who may lack the financial resources, know-how, or confidence to do so. All investments carry risks and simply buying a franchise is no guarantee that it will be a success. To help you decide if you possess the determination, dedication and commitment needed to make a franchised business...
The Agency Express franchise offers access to a vast and ever expanding marketplace with the reassurance of daily repeat business. The business is van based, supply, erecting and maintaining For Sale boards for estate agents & auctioneers. The company has over 90 existing franchisees, including...
When you choose a franchise you want to be part of a success story - and they don't come much bigger than Prontaprint
Aiming to open a further three Puccino's outlets, new recruit Gerrard O'Gorman tells Rachel Spaul why he recommends a Puccino's franchise
The Irish mortgage market has exploded over the last three years and it's there for the taking.
An Irish takeaway brand is aiming to make its award-winning fish 'n' chips available to customers across Northern Ireland through the growth of a network of franchised shops.
The Belfast centre of leading signs and graphics franchise, Signs Express, received an exotic invitation to supply their services when local window manufacturer, KMR Windows, required signage for their new showroom in Athens, Greece.
Cork-based telecommunication specialist Cubic Telecom has awarded all of its 10 franchises in Ireland just three months after announcing the opportunity.
The Co. Down town of Bangor welcomed celebrity chef Paul Rankin recently when the doors opened to the first franchised Rankin Café.
The world's largest pet grooming franchise, Aussie Pet Mobile is launching in Ireland with the appointment of Paul Fagan as Master Franchisee for Ireland and the UK.
Remarkable weight losses are being achieved by Celbridge mums, commuters and local workers following the grand opening of a Ladies Workout Express 30-minute fitness centre.
Auditel, one of the UK's largest franchised networks of cost management consultants, is actively recruiting a franchise network in Ireland.
Building on its well established position as one of the UK's most successful emergency repair services, Dyno-Secure is a new franchise opportunity which aims to meet the growing need for a fully resourced mobile security repair and installation service.
The Irish Franchise Exhibition is expected to be the most impressive gathering of franchise expertise ever staged in Ireland
As one of Ireland's first franchisors and current Chairman of the Irish Franchise Association, John Green is witness to the growth of franchising in Ireland.
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If you have practical hands-on skills, enjoy meeting new people and getting out and about, expand your horizon with a franchise in the services sector. Rachel Spaul reports
Reading an advert for lawn-care franchise TruGreen in a national newspaper, Tony Lawrence found the future business he would run with his son Edmund.
In Business 'For yourself not by yourself'
A strong economy, high employment and rising confidence levels are breeding a generation of Irish entrepreneurs. Orna Stokes, Head of Franchising at Ulster Bank Business Banking, gives her tips on franchising