Coronavirus advice for business
There is no disputing that we are all currently in uncharted waters. Franchising has always been a giving industry and our need to support and learn from each other, especially in relation to our duties to our employees, our franchisees, our suppliers and our customers as well as other stakeholders in our businesses, is greater than ever.
Keen to play our part, together with Platinum Wave consultancy and others , we have formed a group called the Franchise Advisory Board. We will be holding a weekly conference call at 12 noon to give essential business guidance and advice and to share your thoughts and initiatives with each other in this unprecedented business climate.
We will have Franchise Consultants, Solicitors and Banks on hand to help guide the conversations, and we very much hope that this can continue to run on a weekly basis for the foreseeable future.
This is your chance to get advice on the issues affecting you and your network right now, so all your questions will be welcomed. We anticipate that the call will certainly include guidance on the following pertinent issues:
- What are my duties and obligations as both a Franchisor and as an employer?
- How do I approach contractual disputes and force majeure clauses?
- What can I do in relation to Business Continuity and can I invoke a business interruption claim in my insurance policy?
- How far should I go to support my franchisees – finance, stock, payment holidays, staffing?
- Importance of strong leadership
- Contingency planning – supply chains, staffing policies, working hours, offering reduced or deferred services
This is invite only so if you wish to join please email David Kaye using his details below.
Key contact - David Kaye
David is an affiliate member of the British Franchise Association (BFA) and acts as legal advisor to the BFA Franchise Group in Scotland. He was the first Scottish Lawyer recognised as a 'Qualified Franchise Professional' by the BFA. View full profile.
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We advise on all aspects of your franchising strategy, business format, and drafting the key documentation to formalise the franchise relationship including, most importantly, the Franchise Agreement - the document which will regulate the relationship between you, the franchisor, and your franchisees.
We can also:
- Assist with the registration and protection of your Trade Marks
- Draft and advise on any necessary ancillary documentation such as Confidentiality Agreements, Deposit Agreements and Trade Mark Licences
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- Review your franchisee recruitment material to help you guard against any misrepresentation claims
- Make introductions to other specialists in the franchising industry and wider business community
Some of our key clients include German Doner Kebab, Yoyabellies, Barrhead Travel, Jenny Packham, Baguette Express, Wrapchic, Coldwell Banker GB, Defence Lab, Raring2 Go!, Swipii, iCafe, The Car Wash Company and more.
We are always happy to make introductions to other specialists in the franchising industry that you may require such as accountants, consultants, insurance brokers and banks.
We offer a free initial consultation to anyone seeking franchise legal advice. We are always competitively priced, pleased to discuss costs with you and, where appropriate, will endeavour to agree a fixed fee for our involvement.
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