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ENGEL & VÖLKERS expands in Spanish cities

Having opened its first shops in Barcelona and Madrid, Engel Völkers has begun its move to expand into large Spanish cities. More offices are due to follow soon: two more in Barcelona as well as a further three in Madrid. By setting up these offices, this franchise company is looking to attract both local customers and foreigners looking for th... » Read more


H&M plans franchise branches in the Middle East

The Swedish clothes chain, Hennes Mauritz, is looking to continue the expansion of its system. According to a report from the ddp agency, it is also intending to open up franchise branches in the Middle East, for example in Kuwait or Dubai. Besides this, the company is hoping to increase sales through more online and mail-order business. This m... » Read more


Paketeria to grant franchise licences throughout Germany

The Berlin-based parcel shop chain, Paketeria, is looking to expand its system throughout Germany by using franchising. A licence was granted for Braunschweig in January and further franchise partners should be following soon. According to the company, which was founded in 2003, its turnover increased considerably last year. Paketeria shops,... » Read more


Curves looking for franchise partners for 1,200 fitness clubs

The CFW Group, a subsidiary of the world’s largest fitness club franchisor Curves International, opened up its second German club in Rosenheim on 13th February and a further branch is due to start business in March. According to the company, it is planning to open up around 1,200 new clubs across Germany over the next five years. Germany’s fi... » Read more


START Exhibition in Bremen putting the spotlight on franchising

The organisers of the next START Exhibition in Bremen, which is due to take place on 5th and 6th May, are hoping to copy the success of last year’s fair. More than 2,600 visitors went to the exhibition in 2005 to learn more about business start-ups. The START Exhibition sees itself as being a platform for people looking to set up their busin... » Read more


Burger King franchise chain to be floated on the stock exchange

The international fast-food chain, Burger King, is to be floated on the stock exchange over the next few weeks. According to a report in the German newspaper, the FAZ, the American company is intending to use the money obtained from this move to step up its battle for increased market shares against other burger brands such as McDonald's or Wend... » Read more


McDonald's to hand over a number of company-run branches to franchisees

According to reports in the media, the world’s leading fast-food chain, McDonald's, is planning to hand over some of its company-run restaurants to franchisees. This move is said to involve several hundred branches outside the USA and shall affect, above all, those in Great Britain. Matthew Paul, Chief Financial Officer at McDonald's has said th... » Read more


Siwitech – all round protection

The Siwitech franchise system sells a range of fences as well as windbreakers and products providing its customers with privacy and so protecting them from curious passers-by. Siwitech GmbH was founded in 2003 and was created from a traditional fencing company with over 15 years’ market experience. The first franchise agreement was signed in 200... » Read more


Mail Boxes Etc.: 100th franchisee by September

The UPS business, Mail Boxes Etc. (MBE), has high expectations for 2006: it is hoping to have found its 100th franchisee in Germany by September when the START Exhibition takes place in the German city of Essen. MBE Deutschland GmbH, which is responsible for building up the network in Germany and Austria, currently has 87 franchisees in both cou... » Read more


Best Western Hotels: 180 new hotels last year

In 2005, a further 180 hotels joined the Best Western International hotel chain, 113 of which were in Europe. David Kong, President and CEO at Best Western International in Phoenix/Arizona, explained that Best Western International is intending to continue the strategic expansion of its network. To achieve this, it is focussing on sustainable a... » Read more

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