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With the appointment of HJM Business Development as the Franchise Development Services International (FDSI) Associate for Ireland, FDS aims to promote the value of franchising in Ireland, to help Irish companies expand operations domestically and internationally, to help Irish investors identify attractive franchise opportunities and to encourage and support self-employment in Ireland.

At the head of FDSI Ireland is Eamon Curtin, who has extensive experience working with the business and franchise community in Ireland and abroad. Eamon's experience of business planning and strategy, sales and marketing, finance and funding, recruitment and retention and project management, combined with FDS's international reputation and extensive resources, means that FDSI Ireland now offers a comprehensive range of franchise development services, from conception and planning through to implementation and harvest

He also has the capabilities to help match potential franchisees with the most suitable franchise, facilitate the exportation of a franchise brand to international markets, and help investors to identify potential franchise investment opportunities.

“This is an exciting time for franchising in Ireland and I expect to see significant growth,” Eamon comments. “I am really looking forward to working with FDS to help more companies and individuals benefit from the franchise system.”

Eamon first met with FDS’s Managing Director, Roy Seaman, at The Irish Franchise Exhibition in Dublin in 2005. As an experienced business consultant he was interested in the extensive range of services that the company is able to offer established and prospective franchisors and franchisees through its international network. “I was looking for an international partner so I could extend my own capabilities,” Eamon recalls. “FDS is an established company with an international track record. This partnership will enable me to offer services that are professionally packaged and efficient, and to connect with international markets though other FDS Associates.”

Eamon joins an international community of FDS franchisees and Associates based in the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Egypt and Russia. In welcoming Eamon to the team, Roy said: “We warmly welcome Eamon to the team and are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship. Franchising in Ireland is growing and this partnership will enable us to form new and closer relationships with franchisees and franchisors in Ireland.”

More Information:

Stuart Anderson, Franchise Development Services Ltd
Tel. 01603 620 301 E-mail: stuarta@fdsltd.com Web: www.fdsfranchise.com

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Notes to Editors:

To obtain further photographs or arrange an interview with either Eamon Curtin or Roy Seaman please call 01603 620 301

For further information visit www.fdsfranchise.com

Franchise Development Services (FDS) is an international franchise consultancy and publishing group dedicated to providing a portfolio of services to franchisors and franchisees.

The company provides a complete consultancy service, taking businesses through the franchise development programme from conception to implementation. Through its national and international publications (including The Franchise Magazine), websites and exhibition attendance, FDS also assists in the recruitment and support of franchisees, having helped more than 10,000 people to own a franchise.

Established in 1981, FDS has established offices across the UK as well as in France, Spain, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Russia. In recognition of its status as a professional national and international consultancy and publications organisation dedicated to the franchise industry, FDS has been awarded membership of the British Franchise Association and the International Franchise Association.

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