All posts filed under: Business of the Month

THE BRITISH HOME STORE (BHS.COM) is TSS Business of the Month for November 2016

The British Home Stores (BHS) chain enjoyed the penchant type following of the British public for decades, successfully selling factory-made goods across many departments: fashion and accessories, children’s clothing; lighting and textiles; home and garden; as well as toys, stationery and confectionery, until it fell into administration in April of 2016 under circumstances steeped in controversy. Subsequently, it failed to attract a buyer which resulted in the closure of all of its UK stores this summer (2016) However, there is another thread to the BHS story happening right now. In recent months Qatar based corporate business the Al Mana Group has acquired the BHS Brand, the International franchise business, plus BHS.com for online retailing purposes About Al Mana Group: has a diverse portfolio of businesses and represents many large and successful brands worldwide across the luxury goods, beauty; fashion; home interiors; watches and jewellery areas of retail. TSS can confirm that Al Mana has a new company called BHS International which is now operating BHS.com It is our understanding also, that the Al Mana Group has bought …

Franchise Partnering Company FOCUS Brands Inc. and its CINNABON Brand

TSS Business of the Month for October 2016 is @Cinnabon of @FOCUSBRANDS in the US #franchise #business #TSSTIMEhttps://t.co/prne40wNlD pic.twitter.com/dD9PHRrdiV — TSS NEWS (@TSSComms) October 25, 2016   Since 2014, TSS has profiled many different types of businesses monthly, from relatively small set-ups to corporate giants. Those operating (or with head quarters) in the UK, the US, and in Europe. Most have been trade companies. In fact, the first business ever to feature was the brand of a franchising company, who, like FOCUS Brands, are responsible for the local manufacture, distribution and sale of product in many countries around the world. Whatever your business is get in touch if you would like to be similarly profiled at tssreviews Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc is a franchiser, operator and developer of global multi-channel food service brands. Their strategy: ‘to develop owned and acquired food service brands through a repeatable operating model that leverages the core franchise business into multiple distribution channels, including licensing, consumer products, and ecommerce’ FOCUS Brands have been operating since 2001 and acquired Cinnabon (whose …

7 smart reasons why UNILIN is a Growth Company

What is a growth Company? ‘A growth company is any company whose business generates significant positive cash flows or earnings, which increase at significantly faster rates than the overall economy. A growth company tends to have very profitable reinvestment opportunities for its own retained earnings’ Source: Investopedia Here follows 7 Reasons why UNILIN is one of these companies: 1. Because since first becoming established in Flanders, Belgium in 1960, UNILIN has developed into a world player and maintains a leadership position in the flooring industry with its famous brands Quick-Step (introduced in 1990) and Pergo. UNILIN also manufactures products such as roof elements, insulation panels and furniture panels 2. And because UNILIN has been part of corporate retailing giant Mohawk Industries Inc since 2005. The UNILIN acquisition established a strong European presence for MOHAWK,  as well as bringing about a leading laminate position. Aside from Europe, Mohawk Production units are situated in North and South America and Asia too   3. and UNILIN is a strong growth business because it is internationally active. UNILIN has nine production …

Publisher Search Press is TSS Business of the Month for July 2016

Media and Publishing are the realms in which TSS operates and so excited to champion book publisher, Search Press, as our Business of the Month for July 2016 About Search Press Now in its 46th year Search Press Ltd, is an award winning independent consumer publisher and wholesale business, operating from Tunbridge Wells, and one which has become a leading art and craft publisher in the UK. A family run business, Search Press has been championing and presenting, in book format, the best in fine art, textiles, general/children’s crafts since the company was founded by Charlotte (Lotti) de la Bedoyere in 1970 About Lotti Lotti translated a book on Basket Weaving from German to English and published it in an attic room in Kensington. This the first of many titles with a winning format on art and craft subjects, at a good price, which proved to be popular. The move in the 1980s to Tunbridge Wells saw that Lotti had expanded the business at a fast pace, she continued to publish books of a series, …

High-End Kitchen Business PROVENCALE is TSS BotM for June 2016

After having a face-to-face meeting with Provencale founder, Ian Philliskirk, TSS Ed. decides to profile Ian as well as his company in this Business of the Month article, as Ian is very much the embodiment of the Provencale business About Ian and Provencale Please meet, Ian, a personable man, a no fuss professional, who has well and truly earned his stripes within the KBB industry. Not just as a business owner but as a fitter, a designer and a planner. He is a small business supporter and commentator and a known community figure in his long established surrounds of South Derbyshire. Ian has 35 years of total involvement in the kitchen industry as a whole. Ian has valued connections with other skilled workers and chooses to deal with only one or two tried and tested suppliers/brands with a reputation for manufacturing quality, and who offer Ian a high standard of customer service that he can pass on to clients The Product Complete fitted kitchens including related building works i.e. flooring, lighting etc. and the supply …

Hotel Review – Hotel Cascais Miragem, Portugal

Hotel Cascais Miragem, Av. Marginal, 8554, Cascais 2754-536, Portugal…a 5-star hotel in a prime location within the pleasant coastal town of Cascais 20 miles west of Lisbon. The hotel is geared for leisure and tourism, hospitality events (including weddings). Free breakfast and Free WiFi. On Floor 3 is pool side casual dining facilities outdoors, plus indoor bar and informal seating areas to enjoy bar meals and snacks. The Gourmet restaurant supports an à la carte menu. Room service is available. There is also a heated indoor pool and spa facilities, gym and fitness, luxury retail and beauty outlets Location: Situated on the main road, close to the town centre, beaches and Marina. With upgrade rooms overlooking (or having partial views of) the Atlantic Ocean, the hotel entrance is easy to approach by car, though reviewer cannot comment on the car park and its cost and ease of access. On foot however, from the train station, the hotel is just a few minutes walk. Follow the beach side walk heading east, take the subway opening after …

ARTDECO Cosmetic Group is TSS Business of the Month for April 2016

asking 5 interview style questions to profile German Cosmetic’s company ARTDECO Can you define ARTDECO in a few short sentences? ARTDECO is a leading brand for colour cosmetics and though it is Germany’s number one cosmetics brand there are many more strings to the ARTDECO bow. ARTDECO sells in Canada hugely, and in 15.000 cosmetic institutes, 6.000 perfumeries, 350 exclusive department stores and 150 duty-free shops worldwide. ARTDECO is a favourite choice with make-up artist’s who can fulfill their client’s needs expertly when working in the professional arena, and ARTDECO has repeatedly been voted as the most popular makeup brand in beauty salons. ARTDECO’S main competitors are global brands, so the market is challenging, but ARTDECO combines numerous collections into one integrated concept and so is quite unique in that sense. ARTDECO is relatively new to the UK Mainland but the appointing of new handlers in 2014 means it is beginning to raise its profile here too, however, ARTDECO has been long time present in Debenhams department stores nationwide Who founded the company and when? …

3M – TSS BUSINESS OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH 2016

What’s to know about the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company? Well, apart from the fact it is now known as 3M, there’s so much more. For a start, 3M helped put a man on the moon! Image owned by BNPS – Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2575515/ 3M is an American Worldwide Enterprise Multi-Industry company which manufactures products for Business and for the Consumer. Not bad going for something that was originally a small-scale mining venture, established in 1902, by five founders 3M is fundamentally a science-based company and a global diversified technology giant of a corporate business. 3M’s many technology platforms touch almost every aspect of modern life. Nowadays, the majority of 3M products across the majority of those platforms rely on polymer processing 3M has been creating innovative products which cater for a wide variety of end markets, far too many to mention in a 500 word profile but now follows an interesting list: Image Source – MST 3M employee Richard Gurley Drew (see above) invented masking tape in the laboratory, 1923, and went on to develop a transparent tape based on cellophane, …

10 reasons why we should give shelf space to Steenbergs Organic

  because Steenbergs is an organic and Fairtrade spice business. and is a friendly firm (family run over sixteen years) who places Fairtrade, the environment, and people at the forefront. Primarily selling spices, as well as loose leaf teas (mainly from Sri Lanka and India), and home baking ingredients to business to trade and retail customers because founders and owners of this North Yorkshire based business, Axel and Sophie Steenberg (The Steenbergs) were the first to be UK licensed to sell spices carrying the Fairtrade Mark, and they continue to add to the range   because Steenbergs Organic is a carbon neutral company and that the business is run out of a purpose built eco-factory in which environmental features have been incorporated such as sun pipes and green energy. The Steenbergs use ‘green’ suppliers wherever possible and their packaging is fully recyclable   because Steenbergs Organic range consists of over 400 spices and spice blends and several carry the Fairtrade Mark. The majority are organic, Steenbergs offer the widest organic range available and the company knows …

Our attributes for BRIO – TSS Business of the Month for January 2016

BRIO and Wood (a long time connection) After moving to Osby, Southern Sweden in 1884 Ivar Bengtsson and wife, Sissa enjoyed continued success from selling woodchip baskets and other goods. They went on to produce their first wooden toy in 1907 (the Osby horse). After their three sons Viktor, Anton and Emil took up the reins, the toy manufacturing remained prominent. Later, once Anton’s son, Lennart Ivarsson became CEO, the company went international and BRIO was a top wooden toy manufacturer with a range which included the famous train sets. BRIO is still ever-present in the development of new wooden toys for children. Wood is natural, workable, clean, long lasting and tactile and BRIO makes the most of its qualities. Since 2014, all wooden toys have been made from traceable wood coming from responsibly managed forests BRIO and Design (toy designs are timeless, uncomplicated and fun) Imaginative play and child development have always been and remain a key consideration in any design concept through to fruition. When asked how he knows a new toy will be compelling …