Will German kebabs, Arabian coffee and a French wine store be a hit with UK consumers? Only if brands can find the right franchisees to help them bridge the culture gap.
A new breed of franchise operators is emerging in the UK – and many have ambitions that go beyond running a single outlet.
For brands, it’s a handy ‘third way’ to expand. For budding businesspeople, it’s a relatively low-risk option. So why does franchising still lurk under the radar?
People are your company’s strongest asset. So how do you make sure they’re not also your weakest link when it comes to cybersecurity? Ultimately it comes down to training and communication.
Outdoor gear specialists Alpkit plan to take on 40 people over the next three years. A bold move in uncertain times? Not according to chief executive David Hanney, whose enthusiasm for the company is just one of the ingredients that helps them recruit and retain talent.
Will I still have a job? Is my employer’s business at risk? Is it safe to buy a house, or start a family? These are the sorts of questions employees are asking in today’s fast-changing environment.
They know their customers inside-out, they’re proud of their product quality and their speed-to-market is remarkable, but Alpkit’s success is also founded on superlative stock management. David Hanney explains why it’s vital to get working capital really working.
Sustained international growth meant that Eland Cables needed a banking partner that they could work with in the long-term to provide support to match their business ambitions. HSBC’s global reach, trade expertise and their willingness to fully understand the business and its needs offered the relationship Eland Cables was looking for.
Year-on-year growth and securing private equity investment meant that Inspired Pet Nutrition was looking for a banking partner and cash management solution that could support its ambitious plans. HSBCnet provided the control and efficiency the business was looking for.