, part of Franchise Development Services Ireland, is committed to protecting the privacy of its users. The following outlines our privacy and data protection policy.

Collection and Use of User Details

When you register at, we collect personal information such as your name, address, e-mail address and capital investment is collected via our Reader Response From.

When you visit the site, we also collect web site usage information and information about your computer and internet connection, including your computer's IP address, the type and version of browser and operating system you use, your internet domain and, if you arrived at via a link from another website, the URL of the linking page.

We use this information to:

  • notify you of edition updates, news and features on (if you opt in to receiving such information)
  • notify you of promotions from and from Franchise Development Services Limited (if you opt in to receiving such information)
  • allow reputable third parties to send you information via us (again, if you opt in to receiving such information)
  • ensure, as far as is practical, that our site is compatible with the browsers and operating systems used by most of our visitors
  • enable you to subscribe to the print version of the magazine (should you indicate your desire to do so)
  • monitor the interest and effectiveness of franchisor profiles and calculate statistics with reference to the trends taking place in the franchise industry*

*The results of all such research and analysis will be presented as anonymous or aggregated information and will not reveal any personal facts about individual customers.


A cookie is a small file which is placed on the user's hard drive during a visit to a website. This file allows the user to move quickly and easily around our site. It is used to identify returning users and to identify subscribers and registrants (a registrant - and subscriber - will have the cookie linked to their e-mail address as a way of identifying them). This means that if you are a registrant or subscriber, you will not have to login each time you visit. We also use a cookie to track a user's sessions. We use this information to find out what site features are most popular so that we can develop in the light of our analysis of people's usage. We may also use cookies and the information we collect to show you relevant content and advertising.

You can delete cookies from your hard drive at any time. Bear in mind, though, that if you delete these cookies, any settings such as your stored username and password will be reset and you will need to log in again to use these features.

Unlike many sites, we have gone to great lengths to allow you to use even if you set your browser not to accept any cookies. However, certain features may not be available to you and you will have to log in again every time you visit.

Security Policy has appropriate measures in place to ensure that users' personal details are not misused, accidentally destroyed, lost or altered within the Franchise Development Services Ireland server environment.

Transfer of Personal Data Overseas

Given that the Internet is a global environment, using the Internet to collect and process personal data necessarily involves the transmission of data on an international basis. Therefore, by browsing and communicating electronically with us, you acknowledge and agree to our processing of personal data in this way. Our web servers are based in the UK and our offices are based in the Ireland.

Changes to this statement

Due to changes in legislation and best practice or enhancements to functionality and content on we may make changes to our privacy policy and will reflect those changes in this statement, so you should check here from time to time.