Urban Retreat to operate mobile franchise scheme
Luxury salon group Urban Retreat is gearing up to launch a franchise scheme, which will offer experienced therapists the opportunity to buy into the group and operate a mobile service in their local area. Urban Retreat chairman George Hammer has employed ex L'Oreal director Susan Morris to manage the UR at Home division, which will launch at Professional Beauty 2011. Morris intends to recruit a team of therapists across the UK, starting in London and Manchester. Hammer has also purchased a stake in training school the London School of Beauty and Make-up, where franchisees will be trained. Therapists who buy into the scheme would pay £12,500 upfront followed by 16% commission in return for marketing and bookings support plus the use of a car, phone and ipad. Full details of the scheme are revealed in the February 2011 issue of Professional Beauty magazine.