Fonehouse plans 100 branches


Fonehouse will open 10 new stores by the end of Q1, and is targeting a retail estate of 100 by the end of the year.

Fonehouse currently has 52 stores and recently opened shops in Deal in Kent, Billington in Middlesbrough and Stepney Green in London. It said most new sites will be in London.

Fonehouse has also made a number of new appointments. Sunny Ratnam joins as marketing manager, having headed up Data Select’s Platinum Club for two-and-a-half years.

Ben Roberts has joined its web support team and will look to overhaul Fonehouse’s website, adding a welcome area for prospective new franchisees along with information on how to become a franchisee.

Zibi Matkowski has been promoted from store manager to training manager, dealing with partner systems and procedures. Also, Steven Sandilandwill comes in to assist the shop fitting team.

Fonehouse managing director Clive Bayley (pictured) said: “Sunny comes with plenty of experience. His appointment means we’ll be upping marketing and getting communications out to new and existing partners more efficiently.

“The new recruits have settled in well. We have 10 stores ready to go in this quarter so we’re well set.”