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Interim Results 2021

22nd July 2021

Franchise Brands plc (AIM: FRAN) is pleased to announce its interim results for the 6M ended 30 June 2021. EBITDA increased by 50% to £4.2m on the back of strong revenue recovery, despite the Q1 lockdown. Stephen Hemsley, Executive Chairman, said: “The first half of 2021 has been a period of strong recovery from the COVID-...
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Franchise Brands PLC boss says revenues rose by 21% in interim results

4th August 2020

Franchise Brands PLC (LON:FRAN) chairman Stephen Hemsley tells Proactive revenues rose by 21% in the half-year to end-June, 2020, and all its businesses are now up and running again as coronavirus pandemic restrictions ease. Hemsley says turnover was boosted by the acquisition of Willow Pumps, which like its other B2B busine...
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Franchise Brands recommencement of trading activity for ChipsAway & Ovenclean

22nd May 2020

Franchise Brands plc is pleased to announce the recommencement of trading activity for both ChipsAway and Ovenclean following the easing of lockdown restrictions in England. During the lockdown franchisees have been unable to look after the steady flow of consumer enquires that have been coming in; therefore they have welco...
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Franchise Brands PLC has eye on expansion after £14mln fundraise

24th April 2020

Stephen Hemsley, executive chairman of Franchise Brands PLC (LON:FRAN) is confident the B2B business will come out strongly from the coronavirus lockdown. “We can trade through the crisis in profit,” he told Proactive. “And once we come out the other side, the drain maintenance businesses [B2B] will recover ver...
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Executive Chairman Stephen Hemsley tells Proactive London how he intends to steer the business through 2020

16th January 2020

Franchise Brands (LON:FRAN) strong numbers for 2019 show significant growth over the  previous year and at least match market expectations for £40.6mln of sales and underlying profits of £5.2mln. Executive Chairman Stephen Hemsley tells Proactive London how he intends to steer the business through 2020 and build on that...
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Barking Mad Franchisees Win a BFA HSBC Franchisee of the Year Award

6th November 2019

Living the dog lover’s dream Barking Mad Dog Care’s award-winning franchisee husband and wife partnership, John and Elaine Warburton from Fife, are delighted to have been featured by What Franchise Magazine. In ‘Barking Mad Couple say Franchising Changed their Lives’, a four page full colour feature, John and Elaine s...
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Franchise Brands’ Stephen Hemsley discusses Willow Pumps acquisition

23rd October 2019

Franchise Brands PLC (LON:FRAN) executive chairman Stephen Hemsley speaks to Proactive London's Andrew Scott soon after announcing they're to acquire Willow Pumps to expand its existing drain care and repair business, Metro Rod. Hemsley says the long-term goal of bringing the brands together is to provide a “water in,...
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Franchise Brands Announces Acquisition of Willow Pumps

10th October 2019

Adding highly complementary services to Metro Rod Franchise Brands plc, a multi-brand franchisor, is pleased to announce that it has acquired Willow Pumps, a leading water pump supply, installation and servicing business to complement and expand Metro Rod’s drainage and plumbing businesses. Willow Pumps was founded by Ian...
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The Profitable Route to Self-Employment

22nd August 2019

Small and medium-sized businesses account for over 99% of all private businesses in the United Kingdom, according to the Federation of Small Businesses. It may sound impressive, but the reality is that only a handful of these businesses survive long enough to make it beyond the 3-year mark. Compare those statistics to a diffe...
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“Metro Rod has undergone a step change” An Interview with Stephen Hemsley

7th August 2019

  In this interview, Stephen Hemsley discusses the good growth at Metro Rod, and the future plans for Franchise Brands plc.  ...
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ChipsAway continues outstanding training success with IMI centre accreditation

23rd July 2019

The state of the art ChipsAway Training Centre has been successfully assessed against the IMI Accreditation for approved centre and training standards, yet again! ChipsAway has received accreditation from the leading organisation for automotive learning and development, IMI, for its professional training processes, assessme...
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Barking Mad Husband and Wife Team Declared Top Dogs at Major Franchising Awards

1st July 2019

John and Elaine Warburton, Barking Mad franchise business owners from Fife, were announced as “Franchisee of the Year” winners of the Lifestyle category at last night’s glittering bfa HSBC Franchise Awards ceremony. The highly coveted awards are the franchising industry’s most important form of recognition and champion t...
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“A lot of businesses could benefit from professional central services,” says Stephen Hemsley

26th March 2019

“A lot of people who operate franchises don’t do marketing, finances, recruitment or IT very well, so we use those skills we have in franchising to help the owners grow the franchise network,” Stephen Hemsley told Proactive. The executive chair of Franchise Brands PLC (LON:FRAN) also said support services are the key to...
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Franchise Brands plc celebrates its 10-year anniversary

7th December 2018

2018 marks the 10-year anniversary of Franchise Brands plc, an international multi-brand franchisor with a combined network of over 450 franchisees in 12 countries across five brands. Since it was founded in 2008 by Stephen Hemsley (Executive Chairman) and Nigel Wray (Non-executive Director) the group has grown rapidly and now c...
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Achievements of Metro Rod franchisees and engineers recognised and celebrated at spectacular annual conference and awards ceremony

23rd November 2018

Franchisees at Metro Rod, the market leader in commercial drainage, together with Support Centre teams, the Franchise Brands Board and key partners and suppliers, gathered last weekend at the prestigious Celtic Manor Resort for a spectacular annual conference and awards ceremony. The conference is a flagship event in the Metr...
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Future-proofing the business and Hollywood Glamour ignites at this year’s ChipsAway Conference and Awards Ceremony

25th September 2018

New industry developments and opportunity, electric and hybrid vehicles and Hollywood glamour were just a few of the themes at this year’s ChipsAway annual conference and awards ceremony held at the 5* Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales. Taking place this past weekend, a contingent of around 200 ChipsAway franchisees, members...
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Metro Rod celebrates at inaugural Conference and Awards ceremony 2017

21st November 2017

Franchisees, employees and suppliers from across the country all congregated last weekend at 5* resort – The Celtic Manor, for the much-anticipated Metro Rod conference and awards ceremony, sponsored by iTouch. This was the first of its kind under the ownership of Franchise Brands plc, and one which many have commented will 'g...
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Ovenclean Achieve a Score of 9.9 on Trustpilot

21st November 2017

Ovenclean, the UK’s original oven cleaning company, have recently achieved a rating of 9.9 from online consumer review company, Trustpilot. Research has proven that cleaning the oven is the most hated household chore, and that people who spend money on saving time rather than material items are happier overall. Therefore, m...
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ChipsAway Celebrates at Annual Conference and Awards Dinner

13th October 2017

Over 200 delegates congregated at 5* resort – The Celtic Manor, for ChipsAway’s annual conference and awards dinner over the weekend, celebrating 23 years as the UK’s leading minor car body paintwork repair brand. ChipsAway CEO, Tim Harris, kicked off the event - addressing the crowd and highlighting the Franchisor’s...
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Peter Molloy Appointed Metro Rod Managing Director

5th October 2017

  Franchise Brands plc is pleased to announce the promotion of Peter Molloy to Managing Director of recently acquired Metro Rod, a leading provider of drainage and plumbing services. Peter has a substantial knowledge of the business having been Commercial Director of Metro Rod since 2003, and has really hit the ground...
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Ovenclean Launch Brand New Consumer Website

13th July 2017

Ovenclean, the UK’s original oven cleaning service, are thrilled to announce the launch of their brand-new responsive and fully optimised website (www.ovenclean.com). Ovenclean’s new website design will bring the brand into 2017 with a fresh, modern and user-friendly interface. The design of the site has been carefully co...
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ChipsAway Launches New Website

25th May 2017

After lots of hard work and anticipation, ChipsAway, the UK’s leading minor car body repair specialists, are thrilled to announce the launch of their brand-new responsive and fully optimised website (www.chipsaway.co.uk). The new website features a slick new bespoke design to bring the brand into 2017 with a fresh, modern a...
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Franchise Brands Announces Aquisition of Metro Rod Limited for £28 million

23rd March 2017

£28 million acquisition of Metro Rod Limited (“Acquisition”) A transformational step in Franchise Brands’ buy and build strategy Franchise Brands plc, a multi-brand international franchisor, today announces its proposed Acquisition of Metro Rod Limited, a leading provider of drain clearance and maintenance services...
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Barking Mad Named National Amazon Growing Business Award Winners!

7th December 2016

It’s been an amazing year for Barking Mad, and we’re delighted to this week claim another national business accolade, at this leading ceremony in central London. The judges appointed by RealBusiness said, “The Barking Mad team have demonstrated stand out passion and enthusiasm for the marketplace they have all but crea...
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ChipsAway celebrate their most successful year yet at annual conference!

10th November 2016

The ChipsAway annual conference took place at Birmingham Resorts World this year, where ChipsAway specialists from all over the UK congregated to celebrate ChipsAway’s most successful year to date! CEO of ChipsAway and ChipsAway’s parent company Franchise Brands, Tim Harris, kicked off the day’s presentations, focusing...
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Franchise Brands plc Acquires Barking Mad Limited

1st November 2016

1 November, 2016 Franchise Brands plc Acquires Barking Mad Limited First acquisition since IPO, in line with strategy to acquire established franchise businesses that will benefit from Franchise Brands’ central services Franchise Brands plc, a multi-brand international franchisor, today announces its acquisition of Ba...
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Stephen Hemsley Comments on the Early Success of Franchise Brands plc’s Flotation

29th September 2016

It’s no wonder Stephen Hemsley, Executive Chairman of Franchise Brands plc, is thrilled with the company’s recent flotation, with the share price rising strongly since the IPO in early August. “It’s exactly what we were hoping for. We priced the issue realistically to hope for a bounce in the after-market. The placing w...
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Record Consumer Leads for ChipsAway as Demand Continues to Grow

27th September 2016

ChipsAway, the UK’s original and market leading automotive franchise, is delighted to announce that demand for our services reached an all-time high in August, with a staggering 25,900 consumer leads being sent from Head Office out to the network! ChipsAway is owned by Franchise Brands plc who were listed on AIM on the...
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Franchise Brands Support Franchisee with Successful Resale

13th July 2016

Despite the endless benefits of a Franchise Model such as the training, support, a proven brand and business model, it can still be daunting for some looking to set up on their own. At Franchise Brands, we have supported individuals from all walks of life to purchase existing, thriving franchises, allowing them to seamlessly...
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Record consumer leads for ChipsAway – May 2016

10th June 2016

ChipsAway, the UK’s leading minor car body repair specialist, saw record levels of demand for their service in May, with circa 25,000 consumer leads going out to the network! That’s a staggering increase of 13% compared to May last year, and a 5.5% increase vs the previous record month - July 2015! Marketing Director a...
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Franchise Brands already breaking records in 2016!

11th February 2016

Just a few weeks into 2016 and following a very strong 2015, Franchise Brands is already setting new record recruitment numbers for both the ChipsAway and Ovenclean brands! CEO, Tim Harris says, “January’s results were incredible and February is shaping up to be the same way. Once again the recruitment marketing campaign...
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From strength to strength for Franchise Brands

12th January 2016

In line with their strategy of organic growth, parent company of leading high street names Ovenclean and ChipsAway, Franchise Brands, is celebrating record results from a fantastic 2015! Franchise Brands credit the amazing success down to a mixture of optimising existing marketing campaigns, plus the introduction of new activ...
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ChipsAway celebrates at annual conference and awards dinner

13th October 2015

Over 200 delegates congregated at the Hilton, NEC, for ChipsAway’s annual conference and awards dinner over the weekend, celebrating 21 years as the UK’s leading minor car body paintwork repair brand. ChipsAway CEO, Tim Harris, kicked off the event - addressing the crowd and highlighting the Franchisor’s key areas for g...
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Record breaking summer for leading franchise brands

15th September 2015

While it may not have been the best of summers weather-wise, the record breaking results achieved earlier this year for leading franchises ChipsAway and Ovenclean have once again been smashed this summer! This is great news for both networks of around 400 franchisees in total, who are enjoying higher demand for their services th...
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Record Breaking Franchise Becomes Full Member of the British Franchise Association

19th August 2015

Ovenclean, the UK's original and leading oven cleaning specialist, is delighted to announce it's been awarded full membership of the bfa - the voluntary self-regulating body for the franchise industry. Following a period of strong growth, not to mention investing in a high profile TV campaign which began in February this year...
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Lucky Number Seven

21st July 2015

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Lucky Number Seven!

21st July 2015

It's been quite a year so far for Franchise Brands, with their two leading businesses - ChipsAway and Ovenclean, reporting record results in terms of both recruitment and consumer-focused marketing activity! Having reached their century milestone last September with their 100th franchisee to join the network, things are certa...
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bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Award winners announced

1st July 2015

More than 350 franchisors and guests gathered at a glittering awards ceremony at the ICC in Birmingham to celebrate the sector’s achievements. Although we didn't enter ChipsAway International or Ovenclean for the awards, Franchise Brands' Corporate Development Director Julia Choudhury, along with CEO Tim Harris, Non-Exec Di...
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Franchisor News interview with Stephen Hemsley

23rd June 2015

The Spring/ Summer issue of Franchisor News - the official magazine of the bfa exclusively for franchisors, features an interview with Franchise Brands' Chairman Stephen Hemsley. To view the article please click here.  ...
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Record results for leading auto repairer ChipsAway

6th May 2015

The UK's leading automotive paintwork repairer ChipsAway is celebrating this month, following record levels of demand for the service - which is not only up 26% year-on-year, but also the best month ever seen before by the brand! Group Marketing Manager, Lidia Benvie-Ferreiros, puts this fantastic achievement down to a fully...
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ChipsAway Celebrates 21st Birthday!

23rd April 2015

ChipsAway International is delighted to be celebrating its 21st anniversary since being introduced to the UK back in 1994! Having grown and developed substantially since its initial launch, ChipsAway has always remained brand leader, standing head and shoulders above the competition and always striving for the best. Not only...
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Brand and deliver

14th April 2015

Effective marketing is essential for any new business. In the latest issue of What Franchise Magazine, Group Marketing Manager Lidia Benvie-Ferreiros discusses the importance of branding and marketing strategy to new franchise partners and what support they should expect from their Franchisors - click here to read the full story...
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Franchise Brands’ Chairman in exclusive interview

7th April 2015

Stephen Hemsley, Chairman of Franchise Brands, has given an exclusive interview with Elite Franchise Magazine - click here for the full story....
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ChipsAway shortlisted for prestigious Marketing Award

10th March 2015

ChipsAway, the UK’s leading ‘on-the-spot’ automotive paintwork repair specialist, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Franchise Marketing Award in the ‘Best Online Marketing Campaign’ category. The chosen entry focused on a viral campaign produced for April Fool's day, which shows the launch, by ChipsAway, of 'De...
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Ovenclean TV advert proves huge success

26th February 2015

The UK’s longest established and most successful domestic oven cleaning franchise, Ovenclean, are celebrating this week having been totally astonished by the early success of their first ever national TV advertising campaign, with results far exceeding initial expectations! In just the first week of airing, the advert h...
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Franchise Brands launch new website

23rd February 2015

  Franchise Brands is delighted to announce the launch its new and totally transformed website - https://www.franchisebrands.co.uk. The new website, which is not only mobile-optimised but also SEO-friendly, is just one part of a total branding overhaul for Franchise Brands, positioning it as the leading group of i...
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Century celebrations for Ovenclean!

14th October 2014

Following a hugely successful few years for Ovenclean – the UK’s original and leading professional oven cleaning specialist, they are delighted to announce James Arthur as the 100th franchisee to join the nationwide network. To help celebrate, £100 worth of free Ovenclean products, champagne and balloons were laid on for...
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Smashing Summer for ChipsAway!

4th September 2014

What a Summer it’s been for the UK’s leading automotive paintwork repair brand ChipsAway, who have smashed all previous records with the Franchisor generating an unprecedented level of demand in terms of repair leads for their UK wide network of franchise partners as a result of a major investment in ongoing, national market...
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