Member Spotlight: Gymboree Play And Music

A genuinely beneficial and rewarding business …

Gymboree Play And Music is the global leader in early childhood development programmes. It was established in 1976 by a Californian mother, Joan Barnes …

She had tried to find a safe, fun place for parents and children to play together. Unable to do so, she decided to form her own. Gymboree Play And Music began its UK operations in January 2000 and has since grown to over thirty franchises across England and Scotland.

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A Brokerplan Network Case Study

The power of their financial contacts …

This week, I’m handing over the reigns of this blog post to John Kent of Brokerplan. He’s written a case study about one of his business partners, Darren Peacock …

Darren joined the Brokerplan Network and launched ‘Peacock Business Finance’ in 2014 after a long career in the food industry. Based on Humberside, Darren had spent many years building up a chilled and frozen food distribution business which was successfully sold to management colleagues.

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The Rise And Rise Of Franchising In The UK

With growth comes risk …

Research has recently revealed that nearly 100% of UK-based franchisees have recorded profitability in 2016. This is great news for both franchisees and franchisors, but what does it mean for the industry as a whole?

Long-term, sustained profitability for franchisees usually leads to franchisors expanding their offering both trademark goods or services provided, but also across geographic or demographic borders.

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