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Do you need to take independent legal advice on your franchise investment?

Perhaps the most commonly asked question that I have from prospective franchisees, with regards to the legal agreement, is whether they have to obtain independent legal advice. My answer is always “absolutely” – and then I usually enter into a long discussion about why you should use a solicitor that understands franchising, rather than a general commercial or family solicitor. In my opinion, there are two main reasons to use an expert: Read More

Small Business? Three Things To Consider After Brexit

Now that the surprise of the Leave vote has died down, and we are dealing with the aftermath of the public choice to leave the European Union, many business owners have started wondering about the impact of Brexit on their business. It won’t affect all businesses; but I do feel that there are three key areas that every business owner needs to think about if applicable: Read More

The five warning signs

There are five major warning signs that you should look for in any network that you are talking to. If you see one of these, proceed with caution! Read More

It’s all for a good cause

On June 26th 2016 d&t will be competing in a Dragon Boat Race at Coate Water Country Park in Swindon. We will be raising money for Swindon Guide dogs which are a charity for breeding and training guide dogs

You can help d&t raise money for this great cause by donating directly to our fundraising page

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Setting your values

Not sure how to define your business’s values? Our director Carl Reader talks about how we at d&t came up with our businesses values. Read More

Improving your business workflow to result in better productivity

workflow-300x199In any workplace, improving the workflow and eliminating waste ensures that not only will your business run as efficiently and effectively as possible, but it will create a much easier and less stressful environment for you are your employees to work in. It’s a little bit like the saying ‘happy wife, happy life’ … happy staff, happy life? Ok, the rhyme doesn’t quite work. However, the majority, if not all of your business results are relying on your staff. If you or they don’t know how to organise their tasks and do things in the best way possible, or the work environment is messy and rushed, it could result in low motivation and productivity which will have a big impact on your business. Read More

Potential franchisee? How to approach a franchisor

Once you have narrowed down your shortlist, you will need to start approaching franchisors. It is important to remember that the franchisor has invested a lot of time, effort and money in building their brand, so they want to ensure that you will be the right partner for them to achieve mutual success. They will also not want to have a franchisee failure on their hands, as this will reflect badly on them insofar as a banks view on their network. It will also have a significant drain on head offices resources, as they will need to manage the situation pre-failure. Finally, the other franchisees will be affected by a fellow franchisee failing, and this will impact on the overall network morale. Read More

Does business have a dress code?

Carl Reader talks about whether businesses should have dress codes. This video has been inspired by Michael Bohan of GTI Consultancy and a blog post that he wrote. Read More

Basic market research

In this video, Carl Reader talks about the importance of market research and provides some useful tips on performing basic market research. Read More

Funding options for small businesses

Whether you’re starting out or planning to grow there are a range of options you can fund your small business. In this video, Carl Reader talks about the different funding options for businesses and what you should look out for. Read More

What is a franchise?

What is a franchise? Carl Reader talks about brands such as Mcdonalds, Dominos, Dyno rod and many more. A brief overview of what a franchise business model is and the different components that go into a franchise business. Click the video below to find out more and if you have any questions or queries about your franchise and what WE could do to help don’t hesitate to call the office on 01793 741600. Read More

Free V’s Paid – franchise dashboard

Within every franchise network, business and like most things in life, you tend to usually get what you pay for. This is exactly what franchise dashboard offers our clients: management information (MI) and reporting on all franchisees within their network. Read More

What does a franchise look like?

Business format franchises can come in all shapes and sizes, and the brands listed above show that these businesses can be either large, consumer facing retail chains or smaller businesses operated from home. There are however a few similarities across most franchise networks, which help define the business as a business format franchise: Read More

Top tips for managing cash flow

Fundamentally, the reason that most businesses fail comes down to a cash flow problem – whether it is another business failure that leaves them with a bad debt, a change in market conditions that they can’t adapt to quickly enough, or simply their funding being withdrawn; a problem with cash flow can very quickly lead to a business having to close it’s doors. Read More

Be awesome at doing your accounts

ggAny new franchisee or business, only really has one option when it comes to ‘doing’ accounts …. a cloud based accountancy, bookkeeping and reporting platform. Read More

Natwest/BFA Survey 2015

There’s some great news that has come out from the latest Natwest / BFA Survey. The industry is contributing £15.1bn to the UK economy, employs 621,000 people, and the number of franchisees topped 44,000. Not only that, over half of all franchisees had a turnover above £250k, and 97% reported profitability. Read More

Driving performance in a franchise network

Driving performance in a franchise network Maximising the performance of a franchisee’s business benefits the franchisee, the franchisor and the network as a whole. The best way to maximise performance is to measure and track activity so that the right guidance and support can be provided at the right time to the right people.driving-rep-performance-300x224 Read More

Franchise news: October 2015

d&t and the BFA As everyone will know Helen Thompson has recently joined the BFA to support the recruitment and retention of all BFA members. Completing her QFP in 2013 and acting as interim Recruitment Manager for Dunkin brands Helen has an extensive 8 years working in franchise recruitment. As d&t work closely with the BFA we are delighted that Helen has joined and we will be working closely with Helen in the future. Welcome Helen! Read More

Measure it | Manage it

DASHBOARD Franchisees will never follow a system like a robot! Of course there are some who will be incredibly successful with very little support and guidance, whilst others will need continuous direction and correction simply to stay on track with the business model! Read More
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