Inside a Paul Bakery store with baked goods on the counter

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Paul Bakery has revealed its first franchisees in the UK as it hands over the reins of its Oxford store to father and son hospitality duo Graham and Matthew Allan.

Matthew, who has worked in hospitality for the past 18 years, is excited to grow his own business as Paul’s franchisee alongside his father, Graham, who has also enjoyed a successful executive career with large international restaurant and retail companies, including Yum Brands, franchisor of brands such as KFC and Taco Bell.

“Our number one priority is to contribute to Paul’s continued success by delivering the same exceptional customer experience that it is well known for,” the pair said. “We truly believe Paul has a distinctive offer which is unmatched by competitors in the UK market.”

They added that they envision the Oxford store to be the first of many spaces across the south east as they look towards ‘significant expansion’ under the franchise with 10 additional stores planned for the next decade.

With a track record of franchise development in 50 countries around the world, Paul Bakery said developing a franchise network in the UK was a ‘logical step in driving growth’. The network will focus on growth outside of London as the business seeks ‘capable and driven franchise partners’.

“Having worked in hospitality for years now, Graham and Matthew truly know the industry inside-out and have a clear vision for their Paul franchise,” said CEO Mark Hilton.

“Their knowledge and desire to grow alongside Paul means they are a natural fit, and we are very excited that they are joining the brand and taking on this exciting opportunity.”

The duo are the first of what the business expects to be a growing number of franchise partners joining the brand in the UK in the coming years.

“We are looking for franchising partners who share the same passion for the brand, have sector experience and the capability to expand the business in a way that’s true to our standards,” Hilton added.