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Europcar sets off on the road to Asia. Europcar's Doug Hunt is behind the wheel of a plan to drive Australia's third biggest car rental business into Asia. .... [more] 31 Dec, 2005
Turning over a new leaf. The Collins Booksellers story is proof that it is possible to run a successful city business while enjoying the perks of living in the country. .... [more] 24 Dec, 2005
Jesters Pies appoints CEO. Perth-founded Jesters Pies is pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Downer as its CEO. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2005
Franchise a way of escape. Flight Centre will start franchising its leisure-oriented Escape Travel stores in a bid to accelerate growth in regional areas. .... [more] 22 Dec, 2005
Melbourne Cinnabon franchises switch to Brumby's GO! Cinnabon franchise stores at two outlets in Melbourne have switched to Brumby's GO! as the bakery chain launches its new concept store across Australia. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2005
Howards cashes in on the little-boxes generation. The premium placed on storage space by an increasing number of people living in small inner-city apartments has given the Howards Storage World franchise a kick-along in recent years. .... [more] 9 Dec, 2005
Burgers on the backburner. McDonald's new Victorian boss, Catriona Noble, has been in the job for four months but already has a big agenda to keep the brand growing. .... [more] 6 Dec, 2005
Signature looking to restructure. Juice-maker Signature Brands Ltd says its operating costs will be reduced following a restructure of its business, including the closure of some of its juice bars. .... [more] 2 Dec, 2005
Jim's Group mows down problems. The results of a Deloitte survey last year into franchisee satisfaction came as no surprise to Jim Penman. The Jim's Group had been rated as "below average" on how the reality of owning a franchise lived up to the promise. .... [more] 2 Dec, 2005
Strathfield franchise plan may shut stores. Retailer Strathfield Group might have added some credibility in the form of a new chairman, former Supreme and Federal Court judge Marcus Einfeld, but there are signs the old problems linger not far from the surface. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2005
Strathfield planning franchise license. Car audio retailer Strathfield Group Ltd is working on a franchise license model for its 90 company-owned stores. .... [more] 30 Nov, 2005
Harvey World Travel CEO Resigns. Harvey World Travel has a new CEO following the sudden resignation of former leader Barry Mayo last Friday. .... [more] 28 Nov, 2005
Harvey Norman eyes Myer. The billionaire Harvey Norman founder Gerry Harvey yesterday declared his hand as one of the 22 interested parties in the Myer chain at yesterday's annual meeting. .... [more] 23 Nov, 2005
A full head of hair. Dennis and Graham Langford are living proof you don't have to have hair to earn a good living from it. They, along with sister Barbara, own the Toni&Guy franchises in Australia, with more than 30 salons across the country. .... [more] 22 Nov, 2005
Harvey Norman expects Christmas card win. Consumer electronics retailer Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd expects sales heading into Christmas to be stronger than last year as it launched a credit card aimed at tapping into higher holiday spending. .... [more] 22 Nov, 2005
Harvey Norman To Open Concept Store. Retailer Harvey Norman is building a digital home concept store in an effort to over come in store convergence issues. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2005
Netgear Back In Harvey Norman Stores. Netgear Managing director Ian McLean has refused to comment however a leading Harvey Norman franchisee told SmartHouse Reseller that all problems that existed have been overcome. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2005
Now Harvey's eyeing Myer. Furniture and electronics retailer Harvey Norman is interested in buying the iconic Myer department store chain. .... [more] 10 Nov, 2005
Staff confused over Harvey Megamart move. Store managers from Coles Myer's ailing Megamart stores were called to meetings last night to be briefed on an impending deal under which Gerry Harvey's Harvey Norman would begin calling the shots. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2005
Domino's got the hots to Net more sales. Ordering pizzas by mobile phone and on the Internet will make Australians eat more pizza and boost revenue by 12 per cent for Brisbane-based fastfood chain Domino's Pizza Australia, the company hopes. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2005
Brumby's Middle East expansion set for go-ahead. Bakery franchise operator Brumby's Bakeries is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Gulf Co-Operation Council (GCC) with the aim of opening stores in the Middle East. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2005
Harvey Norman Shafts Netgear. In a vindictive move Retailer Harvey Norman has ordered the removal of Netgear products from their stores after store management found out that Netgear had won a major contract with arch rival Woolworths. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2005
Trios goes from wraps to riches. David Elia smiles ironically. When his parents arrived in Australia from Lebanon in the mid-1960s, there was no Lebanese flat bread in Australia. Now it's used in many Aussie kids' school lunches. .... [more] 28 Oct, 2005
Bendigo woman named Australian Business Woman of the Year. Diana Williams, the Bendigo woman who pioneered Fernwood Women's Health Clubs, now joins the list of Australia's most acclaimed businesspeople. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2005
Fitness franchise runs on taut model. The motto "Good help is hard to find" was one that group outdoor fitness company Step Into Life had to learn the hard way. .... [more] 23 Oct, 2005
Mr Rentals franchise network plans IPO. Queensland 400 company Mr Rentals will next week lodge a prospectus with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission for a public share issue and stock exchange listing. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2005
Gloria Jean's hits back at boycott. Prominent Oxford Street business Gloria Jean’s Coffees has rejected allegations it supported an anti-gay charity organisation and hit back at the call for a community boycott of the café. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2005
Aust's Coffee Club to open NZ store. Australia's biggest locally-owned coffee chain, The Coffee Club, is to open its first New Zealand store next month, at the Westfield Queensgate centre in Lower Hutt. .... [more] 18 Oct, 2005
Slowdown hits Harvey. Harvey Norman has reported its third consecutive quarter of single-digit sales growth after a decade of continuous double-digit growth, because of the continuing slowdown in consumer spending caused by rising petrol prices. .... [more] 14 Oct, 2005
Qld franchise founder wins national award. Part of Australia's $80 billion franchise sector, Gloria Jean's Coffees has added another accolade to its ever-growing list of achievements by taking out the 2005 Franchisor of the Year award. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2005
MediaConnect Now A Franchise. PR Services and Relationship brokerage MediaConnect plans to restructure to enable it to enter a new phase of global development. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2005

RELATED: Australian Opposition Wants Tax Concessions for Small Businesses. Opposition Leader Kim Beazley is urging the federal government to ease the pressure on small businesses by giving them further tax concessions to cope with skyrocketing petrol prices. .... [more] 11 Oct, 2005
Eagle Boys seek a slice of the action. The pizza wars may still be up in the air but Eagle Boys is seeking to take a slice from the titans of the fast food industry. .... [more] 10 Oct, 2005
McDonald's sued over a torn note. A McDonald's customer is suing the fast-food giant after a Melbourne store refused to accept her torn $20 note. .... [more] 4 Oct, 2005
Brazin to buy HMV music stores for $4m. Brazin Ltd is set to acquire its third major music store brand, with an agreement to purchase HMV Australia Ltd from its UK parent for $4 million. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2005
Harvey Norman king earns $855,578. In an age of multi-million dollar salaries for top executives, nobody could accuse retail kingpin Gerry Harvey of being overpaid. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2005
Convenience chain seeks fix for nicotine withdrawal. A battle to sell the nicotine patches Nicorettes has broken out between Queensland-based NightOwl Convenience Stores and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2005
Pizza man making his rivals grate. As anyone in Australia's low-margin high-turnover pizza industry will attest, Tom Potter is a highly competitive man. You have to be to build up Australia's third-largest pizza chain. .... [more] 19 Sep, 2005
Harvey World gives nod to S8. The board of Harvey World Travel has recommended its shareholders accept an increased takeover bid from Queensland property management firm S8 of $2.05 per share. .... [more] 17 Sep, 2005
Harvey Travel calls new S8 bid too low. Queensland property management company S8 has increased its on-market bid price for tourism retailer Harvey World Travel to $81.05 million. .... [more] 15 Sep, 2005
Mobile carwash saves on water. A waterless car washing and detailing company called Ecowash Mobile is rapidly expanding using a winning formula that taps into the market of time poor, but environmentally conscious consumers. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2005
Nando's growth proves that chicken has legs. After several attempts to break into Australia, Nando's has found franchises are the right recipe. .... [more] 10 Sep, 2005
Mortgage Choice co-founders sell shares. The two co-founders of Mortgage Choice Ltd have sold 13.7 million shares or about 12 per cent of the broking firm's stock at $1.40 per share. .... [more] 9 Sep, 2005
Aussie to expand after franchise success. An Aussie Home Loans experiment with franchising in Brisbane has proved so successful that the prominent non-bank lender announced plans yesterday to take the scheme nationwide. .... [more] 8 Sep, 2005
McDonald's taps into nostalgia. McDonald's is trying to lure lapsed customers to its restaurants with an ambitious brand ad campaign that harks back to the excitement they first felt when stepping through the Golden Arches. .... [more] 8 Sep, 2005
Harvey World tells its investors to stay put. Harvey World Travel has labelled a $78.1 million on-market takeover bid by Queensland property management company S8 "opportunistic" and called on shareholders to take no action. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2005
Harvey plans to hand reins to wife. Gerry Harvey has flagged handing control of the Harvey Norman empire to wife Katie Page when the time comes for him to be put out "to pasture". .... [more] 5 Sep, 2005
S8 seizes a slab of Harvey World. The travel agency sector encountered its second shock in a week yesterday when Queensland property group S8 made a $78 million hostile on-market bid for the large travel franchise, Harvey World Travel. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2005
Harvey shows slowdown scars. Harvey Norman has confirmed fears that a discounting war designed to spark slowing sales has instead eaten heavily into earnings. .... [more] 3 Sep, 2005
Fantastic defies consumer slowdown. Furniture retailer Fantastic Holdings says it is strongly positioned for growth despite difficult retail conditions. .... [more] 30 Aug, 2005
Fattened ABC calls halt to acquisitions. The quick integration of its latest acquisitions has allowed ABC Learning Centres to boost its forecasts after reporting a 76.6 per cent rise in net profit in 2004-05. .... [more] 30 Aug, 2005
Franchise aims at taming GST. The intricate tax world of the GST and the Business Activity Statement are a nightmare for many small-business people, who just throw up their hands in despair. .... [more] 26 Aug, 2005
RetireInvest recruitment recovers. RetireInvest is on the road to recovery following recent adviser losses, with the dealer group recruiting three new proprietors to boost its franchise numbers to 87 with 116 officers..... [more] 25 Aug, 2005
Mortgage Choice plays down slump. Mortgage Choice managing director Paul Lahiff has played down the effect of the NSW housing market slump and a dispute with some of the broker's franchisees, announcing a 28 per cent increase in full-year net profit. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2005
Streetwise Brazin looks to the future. Music, DVD and women's apparel retailer Brazin is expected to double its earnings this financial year after scrapping its two failed ventures into street-style clothing earlier this month. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2005
Domino's Pizza $6.8m tops prospectus forecasts. Domino's Pizza Australia New Zealand plans to continue to serve up strong sales growth this year as it expands shop numbers. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2005
Brit grit hits Harvey travel where it hurts. Harvey World Travel's results have been dragged down by its poorly performing British business, with the company reporting a 38.4 per cent slump in net profit to $2.52 million. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2005
Mortgage broker bonus brawl. Mortgage Choice, Australia's only listed mortgage broker, is locked in conflict with franchise owners - who control more than a third of its loan book - after it cut performance bonuses in a slowing home loan market. .... [more] 16 Aug, 2005
Count profits rise. Booming investment markets and a decision to not pay almost $1 million for professional indemnity cover have helped Barry Lambert’s Count Financial to record a $12.3 million after tax profit. .... [more] 16 Aug, 2005
Wage case prompts suit against bakery franchisee. High-profile bakery chain Bakers Delight says it has commenced breach-of-franchise proceedings against one of its South Australian outlets. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2005
Brumby's chain earns a better crust. Bread is not the only thing rising at Brumby's - the franchised bread retailer raised its sales by 7 per cent in the past year. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2005
Lofty aims for healthy chain. With the help of franchising consultant Rod Young, who has worked with Janine Allis' Boost brand, Katherine Sampson spent eight months looking at the feasibility of turning Healthy Habits into a franchise. .... [more] 9 Aug, 2005
White wins top entrepreneurship award. Brian White, the third generation of the White family to head 102-year-old Ray White Real Estate, last night was presented with the Champion of Entrepreneurship award. .... [more] 5 Aug, 2005
Pizza Hut provides food for thought. Not even the most ardent Pizza Hut fan would describe the popular franchise's fare as haute cuisine. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder. .... [more] 5 Aug, 2005
Oven door open to Delight. Franchise pioneer Baker's Delight has launched a program to attract people who might not have the $300,000 to $1 million for a franchise. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2005
Duo give Kiwis the sheets. Homewares franchise holySheet! will roll-out up to 10 shops in Australia's "third-largest state" - New Zealand. .... [more] 30 Jul, 2005
McDonald's franchisee backs clearer food labelling call. The company being targeted by the farmers' 'Fair Dinkum Food" rally says it is supporting the push for clearer food labelling. .... [more] 29 Jul, 2005
Mortgage Choice foreshadows growth. Australia's biggest mortgage broker Mortgage Choice says it is poised for significant growth in the year ahead. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2005
HWT scraps trading zones. Harvey World Travel today announced plans to scrap its traditional franchise trading zones - a move the retail group is hoping will allow it to add another 80 travel agencies to its Australian network over the next 24 months. .... [more] 27 Jul, 2005
KFC denies 'offshore potatoes'. Fast food chain KFC has no plans to source potatoes offshore, despite reports today that it was not committed to Australian farmers. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2005
Macca's under fire as farmers rally. Newly-elected federal Liberal MP Mark Baker today launched a broadside at fast food giant McDonald's as he spoke out in support of Tasmania's vegetable industry. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2005
Harvey Norman sales up 10% for 2004/05. Strong demand for plasma screen televisions and the latest technology has driven a solid increase in annual sales for Harvey Norman. .... [more] 13 Jul, 2005
Mortgage Choice is pleasant surprise. The punters were betting that with housing down, people would take out fewer loans and people in the loan business would suffer. But Mortgage Choice's mid-year results surprised on the upside. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2005
Allied Brands set to acquire Wendy's. Allied Brands Ltd has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Retail Brands Group Pty Ltd, including the Wendy's Ice Cream chain. .... [more] 8 Jul, 2005
Harvey Norman domestic earnings to fall. Retailer Harvey Norman Ltd's margins are expected to continue to be pressured by discounting, with retail earnings set to slide in the second half of the year. .... [more] 8 Jul, 2005
Bread sales buck trend. Bakery franchise Brumby's will open two new stores in Townsville as demand for its products continues to surge. .... [more] 5 Jul, 2005
Take a franchise break. Coffee chain Gloria Jean's plans to open at least another 120 outlets in Australia over the next year. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2005
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