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A year in franchising: 2017

A truly bumper year for Business Doctors, 2017 began with a franchise launch in Brighton and concluded across the Channel as the new Belgium office opened for business.

In total, 13 new UK franchisees started their businesses, staking out territories in areas including Lincolnshire, Oxford and South Yorkshire.

Overseas, Business Doctors Cyprus will open its doors in the New Year, with Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Lebanon, Jordan and Kuwait to follow.

Back in the UK, Business Doctors held its largest ever training course in November at St Helen's RFC Totally Wicked Stadium.

"With eight people to coach in our hands-on, jargon-free approach to SME growth support, the extra space and friendly hospitality was very welcome," said brand manager Lynne Rawlinson.

To support all this activity, three new faces started at Business Doctors' St Helens-based head office in 2017. Angela Connally joined the company as business services manager, after a decade with an American franchisor in Texas. New marketing executive Laura Frost brought her first class digital skills to team and Bailey Taylor joined as business services assistant.

The year also saw the introduction of a beefed up marketing support programme, in response to a request from franchisees.

"The hands-on digital marketing support franchisees enjoy for six months will now be continued indefinitely," said Lynne. "Our franchisees' success is our success and in an online age, we want to offer the very best support we can."

Pictured above, from left to right: Rod Davies (Founder) David Jeans (East Dorset) Adam Schallamach (Cotswolds) Oreste Maspes (Ealing) Nish Bhatt (Cyprus) Dillon Bhatt (Cyprus) Matt Levington (Founder) Front row Malar Bhatt (Cyprus) Catherine Faircloth (Cotswolds) Xenia Petrou-Vorkas (Cyprus).

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