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Tesco and Booker call for fast-track competition probe

Supermarket giant Tesco and wholesaler Booker have asked the UK competition regulator to fast-track its probe into their proposed £3.7bn tie-up.Tesco announced it had agreed to buy Booker in January and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) started an initial review in late May.The firms now want the CMA …

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PwC's BT audits investigated after Italy scandal

The accounting watchdog has launched an investigation into the auditing of BT’s accounts by PwC after the telecoms group earlier this year identified a £530m black hole in its Italian business. The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) said that, following initial enquiries, it was looking into audits carried out by …

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Franchisees Share What They Wish They Had Known before Buying Their Franchise

Four franchisees recently formed a panel to discuss what they wish they had known before they bought their franchise. All agreed that staffing, managing and retaining employees was a key challenge. They also agreed that they didn’t regret their decision to buy a franchise and were happy to be …

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Healthcare Franchises May Be Just What the Doctor Ordered

Image credit: Christopher Furlong | Getty Images People have been asking me what the big trends in franchising are shaping up to be “the next big thing” for the near future. I have been keeping an eye on the various categories within franchising for over two decades and have seen …

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How U.S. Policies Promoted Fast Food Franchises over Other Businesses

U.S. government policies and American demographics have had an important influence in encouraging fast food franchise ownership over other kinds of business ownership in poorer, ethnic neighborhoods, according to a new book, Supersizing Urban America: How Inner Cities Got Fast Food with Government Help. Author Dr. Chin Jou holds …

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To Celebrate 'Take Your Pet to Work Week,' Dogs Eat Free at Einstein Bros. Bagels

Image credit: Einstein Bros. Bagels One of the great perks of warm weather is the option to eat al fresco — and bring our dogs along. In cities across America, you will see dogs happily lounging at their human’s feet, chilling over a bowl of cold water. “Anyone who …

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Buy the Right Franchise for You: Don't Get Fooled by These 8 Underhanded Sales Tactics

Image credit: sanjeri | Getty Images Buying a franchise is a big investment — and that’s why I always encourage my clients to complete a thorough due diligence process when deciding whether to buy one. You want to take your time to make sure that your decision is a …

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