Source: Paul UKPaul UK is eyeing national expansion by seeking out ‘like-minded’ franchise partners.Partners can choose between three store models – Café, Express and Kiosk – for service stations and transport hubs, town and city centres or suburban villages.The operation, which has a BRC accredited bakery production site, will offer a national supply chain, economies of scale and a flexible retail format to fit any location, the business said.Franchisees will be fully supported throughout the entire set-up process, it added, from training courses and help with recruitment, to marketing and PR.The models include:Café – suitable for breakfast, lunch or coffee, the 1,500 sq ft site would be situated in busy footfall locations in towns or shopping centresExpress – comprising coffee and grab & go products, it is positioned to fit in travel hubs and high footfall areas where quick service is essential. The 500-800 sq ft site features self-service, a small eat-in space and yellow brandingKiosk – offers a 500 sq ft ancillary unit to a main café unit. It will be situated in high footfall areas such as train stations, travel hubs and shopping malls. These can be designed to look like more permanent fixtures, pop-up venues or grab & go concepts, it added.“As we enter the franchise market, we will be looking for like-minded, experienced investors and operators who are just as passionate about baking and quality as we are,” said Mark Hilton, CEO of Paul UK.Franchise partners are encouraged to e-mail Paul UK with any queries, it added.“Whilst we continue to grow the brand in London, we have also identified numerous national opportunities outside of the capital, which will be enabled predominantly, although not exclusively, by working with franchise partners. We are currently determining priority cities, but if approached by the right investors outside of these areas, we are open to having dialogue with them.”
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Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by New York State Police.PORTLAND – The driver of a luxury SUV who was spotted allegedly driving erratically in Chautauqua County on Monday afternoon is in the hospital after he was ejected from his vehicle during a crash.New York State Police tell WNY News Now 21-year-old Eric Jarrett, an Erie County resident, allegedly traveled at “extremely high rates of speed” in a 2021 Audi Q3 on Route 5 in the Town of Portland.Police say law enforcement observed the vehicle driving within the speed limit in Dunkirk prior to the crash, only later receiving 911 calls about the Audi traveling at high rates of speed.A resident, later flagging down a State Trooper, reported the crash on North Swede Road. Jarrett was found outside of the vehicle when first responders arrived on scene. He was taken to Brooks Hospital and then transferred to ECMC.Police say charges are pending against Jarrett and the exact cause of the crash remains under investigation, however, speed could be a factor.Officers do not yet know why the man was traveling at extreme speeds.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The newly appointed Governor of the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), Richard Byles, says plans are in place to implement a new foreign exchange trading platform in 2020.Speaking recently at a media briefing, Byles said that the platform will be tested and implemented by February.The platform will be used in trading operations at local commercial banks. It will also enable foreign exchange traders to see all bids on daily offers.Byles said that the new foreign exchange trading platform is designed to create ‘more transparency in the market’.The Central Bank already has an intervention mechanism, the Foreign Exchange Intervention and Trading Tool, B-FXITT, which is tailored to offset market volatility.The announcement comes two weeks after the Jamaican dollar hit its lowest point in history, trading at more than 141- Jamaican dollars to 1 US dollar in mid-November.With a booming stock market and steady inflation rate, Byles reassured the public that the drastic slide in the value of the dollar was not a crisis. The dollar returned to its normal $130-135 to US$1 range at the end of last week.