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Latest Retail articles

  • How To Manage Franchise Disputes

    How To Manage Franchise Disputes

    “Franchising is one long conversation, chequered by disputes”. If Robert Louis Stevenson had pursued a career in the franchising industry, rather than becoming a poet and novelist, he may have penned these words. Stevenson was, in fact, referring to “marriage” but there are numerous similarities between the two relationships.

  • Advantages for selling a franchise and buying a franchise resale

    Advantages for selling a franchise and buying a franchise resale

    Making a profit might not be the only reason for a Franchisee selling their business. The Franchisee might be looking to retire, relocate, pursue other business interests or they might simply have realised that the business they chose is no longer for them. The best exit for such a franchisee is to sell their business as a “Franchise Resale”, but who do they sell it to?

  • Wrapped or unwrapped – recent court decision could be a gift for consumers

    Wrapped or unwrapped – recent court decision could be a gift for consumers

    Consumer sales are regulated to a significant extent within the UK and also within Europe. A recent case in Germany looked at the 14-day right to withdraw from distance or off-premises contracts. In particular, the excepting where if a transaction involved "a contract for the supply of sealed goods which are not suitable for return due to health protection or hygiene reasons, if they become unsealed after delivery" then the right to cancel was lost.