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: : Jan - Jun 2007

How to retain that good franchisee. Increasing competition and rising recruitment costs make it hard to recruit good franchisees in the current market. Once skilled franchisees are part of a performing network, then, it’s important to hang onto them. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2007
The Coffee Club Townsville wins Franchisee of the Year Award. The Coffee Club’s Stockland Townsville franchisee Carolyn McManus has outshone more than 150 outlets across Australia and New Zealand to be named Franchisee of the Year for 2007. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2007
Borders to sell Aussie, NZ bookstores. Global book seller Borders is on track to offload its Australian and New Zealand stores as the US company scales down its international operations. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2007
Eagle Boys named National Franchisor of the Year. Pizza chain Eagle Boys was crowned Australia’s Best Franchisor at last night’s American Express National Retailer of the Year Awards. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2007
BoQ franchise brawl escalates. Bank of Queensland told potential franchisees in NSW it wanted to make them "millionaires", only to later terminate the contracts for two owner-managed branches (OMBs), court documents llege. .... [more] 5 Jun, 2007
INTEREST - Jetstar said mulling franchise option for ASEAN open skies. Australia's Jetstar will consider adopting a franchise system to expand in Southeast Asia if ASEAN adopts an "open skies" policy next year. .... [more] 5 Jun, 2007
Gold Coast businessman opens first Bush Essentials franchise outlet. Natural beauty company Bush Essentials are taking their business to the next level, offering franchise opportunities across Australia for the first time. .... [more] 31 May, 2007
Cute outfits, great cuts. Blokes, fancy watching television and drinking free beer while you have your locks cut by a hairdresser who looks like she just stepped out of a Hooters bar? It might not be politically correct, but Knockouts Haircuts for Men is a booming franchise in the US. And Australian men looking for a quick cut need not despair. .... [more] 26 May, 2007
Cobs under scope in Australia. Cobs Bread is hoping a growing controversy involving its parent company and several ousted franchisees over allegations of faulty business practices in its home nation of Australia will not hurt the bakery chain's ability to expand in Canada. .... [more] 25 May, 2007
The sizzle's only just begun, says Macca's. McDonald's, with a Scot heading its marketing, is getting feistier, reports Julian Lee. .... [more] 24 May, 2007
How to smarten up. A clean, tidy image – that's the focus for 1300RUBBISH, a waste removal business that recently began operating in Brisbane. .... [more] 21 May, 2007
ACCC investigates franchisee bunfight. An avalanche of support from around the country has led the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission to investigate a South Coast woman's claims against the world's largest bakery franchise. .... [more] 18 May, 2007
Jetset forecasts profit to soar. Travel agency franchiser Jetset Travelworld Group Ltd is expecting a 2006/07 profit 40 per cent better than last year as a result of buoyancy in the international travel market. .... [more] 16 May, 2007
Brumby's backs takeover bid. The board of Brumby's Bakeries Holdings Ltd has unanimously recommended a takeover bid by Retail Food Group Ltd. .... [more] 15 May, 2007
A pizza the action. If you're looking for success in small business, look no further than regional Australia, where Tom Potter's pizza business is booming. .... [more] 8 May, 2007
The burghers' burger: fast food gets fancy. The restaurateur Paul Campbell took a seat a few weeks ago by the window of the newly opened branch of Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) in the Festival Square shopping mall in Basingstoke. .... [more] 8 May, 2007
Bevan pitches for mortgage business. Former Test cricketer and one-day international star Michael Bevan is pitching for a piece of Australia's mortgage market. .... [more] 7 May, 2007
Wizard moves to franchise model. Australia's largest non-bank lender, Wizard Home Loans, has begun operating as a franchise as the company sets its sights on opening 300 branches. .... [more] 3 May, 2007
Flight Centre bid to be sweetened. The private equity fund circling Flight Centre is likely to raise its planned $1.4 billion bid for the listed travel agent by about $100 million. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2007
Cartridge World in brand-building push. Cartridge World, the company that specialises in refilling computer printer cartridges, has appointed integrated agency MICE TMM to handle a £1.5m campaign raise its brand awareness. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2007
Bendigo rejects BoQ. Investors wiped nearly $140 million off the value of Bendigo Bank yesterday after its board outright rejected the Bank of Queensland's $2.5 billion merger due to philosophical differences. .... [more] 25 Apr, 2007
Bendigo rejects buyout by Bank of Queensland. Bendigo Bank, founded during Australia's gold rush in the 1850s, rejected Bank of Queensland's 2.7 billion Australian dollar, or $2.3 billion, takeover offer after forecasting an increase in full-year earnings. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2007
Australian Fast Foods signs buyout deal. Australian Fast Foods Pty Ltd, owner of the Red Rooster and Chicken Treat retail chains, has struck a $180 million management buyout deal for its 450 outlets in Australia and New Zealand. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2007
Lifestyle Innovations launches MobileStore Franchise. Lifestyle Innovations, a small business based in its eastern suburbs of Melbourne, has expanded the business with a MobileStore franchise. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2007
Harvey Norman posts Q3 sales growth. Furniture and electrical retailer Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd says sales rose by more than 17 per cent in the third quarter, following strong growth across all of its products, particularly electronics. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2007
Choose franchises with care. For many, it works a treat, running a business under the umbrella of a household brand. But others never adapt to being a franchisee; it proves far too stressful. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2007

Gym shapes up for busy women. Women with time constraints are turning to Contours to get in shape with franchisees opening its 30-minute workout studios everywhere busy women need. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2007
Boss keeps finger on pizza. He may have sold his pizza empire, but Eagle Boys founder Tom Potter hasn't lost any of the perks. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2007
Franchising still popular. According to the Franchise Council, Australia is the most franchised nation in the world, with a new franchise system created every five days. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2007
Work to do on franchising. For more than a decade franchising has been a high-performing industry, but for a small minority of participants the effect on their lives has been like a gun to their head. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2007
Franchising and the art of keeping balls in the air. Entrepreneur approached four franchisees from some of Australia's fastest-growing franchises to talk about the top five business lessons they have learned. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2007
Waterless carwash heads overseas. A waterless carwash was always going to be a hit in Australia, one of the most arid continents on earth, but now a local company is dipping its toe into the less water-conscious European market. .... [more] 28 Mar, 2007
BoQ in second franchise dispute. Allegations of deceptive conduct against the Bank of Queensland by a second disgruntled franchisee are providing an unwanted backdrop to the bank's $2.4 billion merger proposal with Bendigo Bank. .... [more] 23 Mar, 2007
Fast food outlets exploited children. Three Kalgoorlie fast food outlets have been fined a total of $94,000 after pleading guilty to charges of breaching the law governing the employment of children. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2007
Brumby's no loafer as chain makes more dough. Bakery franchise and takeover target Brumby's Bakeries yesterday reported a near 8 per cent lift in first-half profit as customers sought cheaper and fresher bread, ditching products offered at major supermarkets. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2007
Float out for Eagle Boys Pizza. Australia's largest privately owned pizza chain, Eagle Boys Pizza, has ruled out listing on the Australian stock exchange, as it plans an overseas expansion. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2007
Allied settles its Cookie Man purchase. Allied Brands yesterday settled its $5.83 million purchase of the Cookie Man franchise in a move described by managing director Peter Graham as a 'defining moment' for the company. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2007
First franchise opportunities for Queensland's Bush Essentials. Natural beauty business Bush Essentials is offering its first ever franchise opportunities, as part of a global expansion plan. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2007
Cash Converters men in hot water. The board of the Cash Converters global pawnbroking and second-hand goods empire has been hit by a third tax scandal. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2007
Brumby's board gives the nod to BBS bid. Brumby's Bakeries has recommended an offer by its management team to take over the breadmaker after its $28.5 million bid became unconditional. .... [more] 2 Mar, 2007
Franchisors to reveal more. Franchisors will soon be required to disclose more information about their business operations following a review of the Franchising Code. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2007
Blockbuster goes for the Video Ezy option in Australia. Movie rental operator Blockbuster said on Thursday it had agreed to sell its Australian subsidiary and grant master franchise rights to rental chain Video Ezy. .... [more] 23 Feb, 2007
Strategies for playing the game. Mongolian military leader Genghis Khan seems an unusual role model for Gametraders, a video games franchisor. .... [more] 23 Feb, 2007
Franchising industry consults with govt on disclosure provisions. Consultation with the franchising industry is underway on the implementation of the Australian government’s response to a review of the disclosure provisions of the Franchising Code of Conduct. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2007
Mortgage Choice profit up, keeps outlook. Mortgage Choice has stuck to its forecast of delivering 10 per cent annual profit growth despite warning of challenging lending conditions in the second half. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2007
Domino's Pizza goes cold - profit slashed. The failure of the High Crust Plus to whet consumer's appetites and poor sales in new stores in Victoria have contributed to a 46 per cent slump in profit for Domino's Pizza. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2007
Commander to ramp up franchising. Commander Communications says its pilot franchise programme in regional Australia has proved a success and it now ramping up the programme and extending it into metro markets. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2007
Junk is this man's treasure. Most of the junk thrown out by Sydneysiders is not nearly so exciting but Mr Kemper said he was excited about building the 1800-GOT-JUNK? brand in Sydney and, in time, throughout Australia. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2007
Betta franchise group BSR talks up summer sales. National franchise group BSR Australia Limited says its Betta Electrical and Chandlers stores have enjoyed an "excellent" start to 2007, following the insovency of its predecessor under millions of dollars worth of debt. .... [more] 12 Feb, 2007
Franchising in spotlight. Long-awaited reforms to the franchising code have received an overall thumbs-up from industry watchers, although some think the changes might cut the number of franchisors or increase paperwork burdens. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2007
Franchising is thriving, and trying to do better. Franchising in Australia is a $128 billion industry employing more than 600,000 workers, but it needs to become more transparent, a government review has found. .... [more] 9 Feb, 2007
Franchise code revamped. The federal Government seems to be riding to the rescue of franchisees. It has accepted most of the recommendations from its examination of how Australian franchising works. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2007
Hole in one. It was a Tiger Woods-inspired love of golf that convinced Melbourne-native Naomi to uproot her family from their Victorian home to pursue a life in Queensland. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2007
Juice bars blending into suburbia. Coffee chain Starbucks may have multiplied through our malls like cane toads in the tropics but in recent years, they’ve been jostling for supremacy with the McDonald’s of the noughties – the juice bar. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2007
Sherlock homes in on Brumby's. The management of Brumby's Bakeries, led by chief executive Michael Sherlock, has stepped up pressure on the company's board of directors to recommend its $40.2million buyout for the franchise bread chain. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2007
Caffe Primo is numero uno. Adelaide-based restaurant chain Caffe Primo was the country's biggest growing franchise last year. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2007
AWA launches AWA Franchise Network. AWA Limited, one of Australia’s leading information technology and telecommunications service providers to corporate Australia, announced today that it is establishing a franchise network. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2007
Allied Brands to buy Cookie Man. Ice cream retailer Allied Brands Ltd will buy biscuit and coffee franchise Cookie Man Pty Ltd for $5.83 million. .... [more] 19 Jan, 2007
INTEREST - iPod swallows Big Mac Index and plays down the dollar. In a sign of the times, a new indicator for foreign exchange movements based on Apple's iPod music player has been developed as an alternative to the Big Mac Index. .... [more] 19 Jan, 2007
Harvey's Xmas cracker. Australia's biggest electrical retailer Harvey Norman took advantage of the collapse of rival Retravision in NSW and continuing strong demand for wide-screen televisions to lift sales nearly 17 per cent in the six months to the end of 2006. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2007
Queensland business coach ranked in top 100 worldwide franchises. A Queensland-based business coaching company has been named among the world’s top 100 franchises for the fourth year running. .... [more] 11 Jan, 2007
Brumby management put in takeover offer. The management of Bakery franchise operator Brumby's put in its own bid to acquire the business in opposition to a pre-Christmas $38 million bid from Retail Food Group. .... [more] 8 Jan, 2007
Pizza chain buys up in Lowlands. Australia's only listed pizza company, Domino's, has exceeded its targets for its crucial European expansion by buying a pair of pizza chains in neighbours Belgium and the Netherlands. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2007
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