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: : Jul - Dec 2009

Outback Steakhouse fined $21m for sex discrimination.
news.com.au - Outback Steakhouse has agreed to pay $US19 million ($21 million) to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging sex discrimination against thousands of women at hundreds of its US restaurants. ... [more] 30 Dec, 2009
Domino's scoops up Belgian pizza chain.
smh.com.au - Fastfood group Domino’s Pizza Enterprises hopes to expand its footprint in Europe by acquiring Belgian pizza chain Pizza Company. ... [more] 30 Dec, 2009
Trademark battle between Grill'd and Mitre 10.
franchise.net.au - Grill'd is taking legal action against Mitre 10 Australia for "hijacking" its brand. Mitre 10 has released a range of barbecues named 'Grill'd' - featuring an apostrophe and a missing 'e'- a trademark... [more] 22 Dec, 2009
Thinking outside the box.
theage.com.au - They're one of Australia's fastest growing fast food chains, and the owners of Noodle Box now want to extend their footprint in WA. ... [more] 22 Dec, 2009
Dominos serves up a bigger pizza profit.
smh.com.au - Domino's Pizza Enterprises expects a 35per cent increase in first-half profit, with strong earnings in Australia and New Zealand. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2009
Franklins claims victory in dispute.
smh.com.au - An aborted deal to supply Franklins stores has triggered a bitter war of words between the supermarket minnow and grocery wholesaler Metcash. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2009
Diploma of Franchising to launch in 2010.
franchise.net.au - A Diploma of Franchising to start in 2010 at the William Angliss Institute in Melbourne has been developed in response to the growing number of opportunities for potential franchises. ... [more] 14 Dec, 2009
American brands at risk of failure, franchise expert warns.
smartcompany.com.au - American franchises are at risk of failure if they enter the Australian market and refuse to acknowledge consumer or cultural differences, an industry veteran has warned. ... [more] 11 Dec, 2009
Shingle Inn training first franchisees.
franchise.net.au - Brisbane-based cafe Shingle Inn’s franchisees-in-training are in a race to the finish line to become the brand’s first ever franchisees. ... [more] 11 Dec, 2009
Mitre 10 seeks independents after Metcash move.
smh.com.au - Hardware chain Mitre 10 says it is trying to convince independent hardware retailers to come under its brand after grocery wholesaler Metcash won the bid to buy 50.1 per cent of the chain for $55 million. ... [more] 10 Dec, 2009
Chocolate franchise misled franchisees says Federal Court.
franchise.net.au - Personalised Chocolates 4U has misled franchisees and breached the Franchising Code of Conduct, the Federal Court has found following legal action by the ACCC. ... [more] 9 Dec, 2009
FCA slams MP's move to state franchise law in South Australia.
franchise.net.au - The Franchise Council of Australia has slammed South Australian Labor backbencher Tony Piccolo's introduction of a private member's Bill into the State Parliament as a retrograde step. ... [more] 7 Dec, 2009
South Australian franchisor says new state franchising laws would just mean more red tape.
smartcompany.com.au - Mark Langford, founder of Adelaide-based franchise Gametraders has hit out at a South Australian MP's plan to introduce changes to the state's franchising laws, claiming the sector is already... [more] 7 Dec, 2009
Dymocks opens in Brisbane for Christmas.
franchise.net.au - Franchise book retailer Dymocks has officially opened a Brisbane store at the Q&A Building with book signings from celebrities such as... [more] 7 Dec, 2009
Bun fight over McDonald's move on Barossa Valley.
news.com.au - On one side are the Barossa Valley's wine barons and gourmets - on the other, the golden arches of McDonald's. At stake is the image of Australia's most famous wine and food region. ... [more] 6 Dec, 2009
Metcash in for the long haul with Mitre 10.
theaustralian.com.au - Metcash chief executive Andrew Reitzer says takeover target Mitre 10 has a choice between a long-term wholesale partner in his company, or a short-term partner in private equity firm... [more] 5 Dec, 2009
South Australian MP breaks ranks on franchise law.
businessday.com.au - The first state-based law for one of Australia's most troubled industries is a step closer to reality, after a bill designed to clean up the franchising industry was introduced into the South Australian parliament... [more] 4 Dec, 2009
Chocolate franchisor ‘misled franchisees', says Federal Court.
qbr.com.au - The Federal Court has declared Personalised Chocolates 4U and its sole director, Troy Patching, misled franchisees and engaged in conduct in breach of the Franchising Code of Conduct. ... [more] 3 Dec, 2009
From little things, given a Boost, big things grow.
smh.com.au - Boost Juice now turns over more than $100 million a year and operates all over Australia and in 11 other countries - and it didn't get that way with a little part-time dabbling. ... [more] 3 Dec, 2009
Praise for Harvey Norman's restraint.
nzherald.co.nz - Shareholders of Harvey Norman Holdings have praised the retailer for its reasonable executive pay packages, with some hoping other companies would follow its example. ... [more] 1 Dec, 2009
RFG to merge DCM, Donut King.
insideretailing.com.au - Retail Food Group (RFG) has moved to purchase the Donuts Coffee & Muffins (DCM) chain and plans to reacquire the Brumby’s Bakeries master franchise territories for North Queensland and NZ. ... [more] 30 Nov, 2009
Metcash pounces on Mitre 10 as rivals circle.
smh.com.au - Metcash has unveiled a proposal to take over the struggling hardware group Mitre 10 and could be matched by at least two other bidders over the weekend. ... [more] 28 Nov, 2009
Franchising panel looks into unconscionable conduct.
franchise.net.au - Minister for Small Business, Craig Emerson, has announced the establishment of an expert panel on franchising and unconscionable conduct. ... [more] 27 Nov, 2009
Miniquip hire business launches franchise model.
franchise.net.au - Miniquip, a West Australian compact equipment hire company, is launching a franchise model ideal for individuals who enjoy hard work outdoors. ... [more] 26 Nov, 2009
Cash Converters raises profit guidance.
ninemsn.com.au - Pawnbroking chain and micro-loan provider Cash Converters International Ltd has raised its annual profit guidance after four months of strong trading. It also plans several franchised store acquisitions... [more] 25 Nov, 2009
Are business migrants the new hope for Australian franchising?
smartcompany.com.au - With many Australian franchise systems commenting on a lack of suitable franchise applicants domestically, business migrants are attracted to Australia and buying franchises to meet visa requirements. ... [more] 24 Nov, 2009
Ray White to expand to India.
theage.com.au - Property group Ray White has formed a partnership with Indian real estate business Gulshan Properties to expand its business in the country. ... [more] 23 Nov, 2009
Mums, dads bear the brunt of teddy cult.
theage.com.au - Build-A-Bears, the designer teddy bears taking over households across Australia, recorded double-digit growth in the past 12 months. ... [more] 23 Nov, 2009
ACCC wake-up call for Snooze advertising.
franchise.net.au - Bed retailing franchisor Snooze has admitted advertising in a campaign last year could have misled customers. ... [more] 20 Nov, 2009
Burberry joint venture targets India's brand-aware middle class.
news.com.au - Burberry is to expand its presence in India, a market in which the ultra-rich are thriving because of a soaring stock market. ... [more] 20 Nov, 2009
Draft State law for franchising to go ahead in SA.
franchise.net.au - State Labor MP, Tony Piccolo, has reiterated his decision to go ahead with draft legislation for the South Australian Parliament to provide a “fairer and more competitive” environment for franchises. ... [more] 16 Nov, 2009
ACCC delays Caltex-Mobil findings.
franchise.net.au - Watchdog body Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has extended the date for the announcement of its findings in relation to Caltex’s proposed acquisition of 302 Mobil service station... [more] 12 Nov, 2009
Franchising needs good faith provisions.
smh.com.au - Late last week the Federal Government finally responded to the recommendations handed down on 1 December 2008 by a Federal Parliamentary Inquiry chaired by Queensland Labor MP, Bernie Ripoll. ... [more] 9 Nov, 2009
Cash Converters buys two UK franchisees.
smh.com.au - Cash Converters International Ltd has bought out two of its UK franchisees for STG600,000 ($1.09 million) as the pawn shop chain seeks to bring more stores under corporate control. ... [more] 9 Nov, 2009
Emerson faces flak on franchise changes.
smh.com.au - He might have finally acted on changes to one of Australia's most troubled industries, but that hasn't stopped Federal Small Business Minister Craig Emerson from criticism from within his own party... [more] 6 Nov, 2009
Australian Refund Home Loans Passes 300 Franchise Mark.
bluemaumau.org - Just 67 months since taking the mortgage broking industry by surprise with its promise to refund its customers a share of its commissions, Refund Home Loans has confirmed the appointment of its... [more] 6 Nov, 2009
Changes for franchises, but the wait continues.
theage.com.au - The Federal Government has finally acted on the troubled $128-billion-a-year franchising industry, strengthening some laws to protect franchisees. ... [more] 5 Nov, 2009
Spudbar appoints franchising expert as expansion gathers pace.
ausfoodnews.com.au - One of Australia’s leading franchise experts has joined up-and-coming franchisor Spudbar as they embark on their growth strategy. ... [more] 5 Nov, 2009
Coffee Club birthday brews further expansion plans.
qbr.com.au - Another milestone was added to The Coffee Club history books today, with industry guests gathering at the first ever store on Brisbane’s Eagle Street Pier to celebrate its 20th birthday. ... [more] 2 Nov, 2009
Flour power spreads across the land.
smh.com.au - Mark Maumill and Jason Love believe in sticking to what they know best. The partners, this year named the Franchise Council of Australia's franchisees of the year, have become the poster boys for the emerging... [more] 31 Oct, 2009
Bakers Delight takes out web honours.
franchise.net.au - Franchised bakery chain Bakers Delight has been recognised for its relaunched website taking out finalist honours in the SmartCompany Web Awards 2009 Best Overall Site category. ... [more] 30 Oct, 2009
Franchising study seeks sustainability answer.
franchise.net.au - Griffith University’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Franchising Excellence has won funding to explore whether or not franchising is more sustainable than independent business. ... [more] 28 Oct, 2009
‘Franchise woman of the year’ proves cut above the rest.
qbr.com.au - Director of Price Attack Franchising Carol Jarred has been named the 2009 ‘Franchise Woman of the Year’ at the Franchise Council of Australia’s (FCA) Awards Evening. ... [more] 27 Oct, 2009
Franchise frenzy for WA.
news.com.au - WA will get an array of new fast-food flavours next year with eastern states franchises set to descend on the west coast. ... [more] 24 Oct, 2009
Cutting Jim down to size.
theage.com.au - Jim Penman, the founder and owner of the ubiquitous Jim's Mowing franchise, admits he can be ruthless. But the 57-year-old carefully cultivates a different persona: the franchising guru fanatical about... [more] 24 Oct, 2009
7-Eleven scoops top franchise award.
franchise.net.au - Convenience store chain 7-Eleven has been named Established Franchisor of the Year in the MYOB Excellence in Franchising Awards 2009, scooping the top award for the second consecutive year. ... [more] 22 Oct, 2009
Sales buoy Eagle Boys to second spot: AUS.
foodweek.com.au - Eagle Boys Pizza says it has overtaken Pizza Hut as Australia’s second largest pizza seller as its national network grows beyond 281. Domino's remains the leader in the pizza sector. ... [more] 22 Oct, 2009
Bakers Delight scores top award.
insideretailing.com.au - Bakers Delight has been won the Franchisor Social Responsibility Award at the Franchise Council of Australia MYOB Excellence in Franchising Awards. ... [more] 22 Oct, 2009
ACCC launches legal action against Refund Home Loans alleging false and misleading statements.
smartcompany.com.au - The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission launched Federal Court proceedings against Queensland-based mortgage broker Refund Home Loans, alleging that its founder... [more] 21 Oct, 2009
Jim backs down on fees.
businessday.com.au - Jim's Group entrepreneur, Jim Penman, says he will fight attempts to remove him from the company he founded, signalling he intends to scrap a controversial new minimum fee... [more] 21 Oct, 2009
Franchiser vote could mow down founder Jim Penman.
smh.com.au - The future of the owner of Australia's second-largest franchise system is in jeopardy after a revolt by franchisees. Jim Penman, founder and owner of the Jim's Group faces being forced out of the company... [more] 20 Oct, 2009
Ex-Brumby’s manager heads to FFCo.
ausfoodnews.com.au - A former business manager at Australia’s second largest bakery chain has been appointed to a similar role at the Franchised Food Company (FFCo). ... [more] 20 Oct, 2009
Hooker buys back family business.
smh.com.au - The grandson of the founder of LJ Hooker, Leslie Janusz Hooker, has paid $82 million to Suncorp Metway to buy back the family business. ... [more] 16 Oct, 2009
FCA launches mentoring initiative.
franchise.net.au - The Franchise Council of Australia will launch its first official mentoring program at the annual National Franchise Convention on Wednesday, 21 October in an effort to meet a demand for more mentoring... [more] 16 Oct, 2009
Harvey Norman shares slump on sales growth.
smh.com.au - Retailer Harvey Norman’s sales from its outlets across Australia, New Zealand, Slovenia and Ireland, but excluding Singapore, totalled $1.5 billion for the three months to September 30, up 4.3 per cent... [more] 16 Oct, 2009
NAB makes franchise team appointments.
franchise.net.au - The National Australia Bank (NAB) has boosted its franchising team with two new appointments. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2009
National Franchise Convention 2009 next week.
franchise.net.au - The National Franchise Convention 2009 is just one week away but there is still time to register for the sector's main event of the year. ... [more] 12 Oct, 2009

300 more jobs for state as Specsavers expands.
theage.com.au - The optometry chain and manufacturer said yesterday it would add 300 jobs in Victoria in the next year including 200 at its new head office in Port Melbourne. ... [more] 9 Oct, 2009
Aussie franchisor calls franchise law pathetically weak.
franchise.co.nz - As Australia debates further reforms of its franchising code of conduct with the South Australian parliament threatening legislation at state level, one of the country's largest franchisors has... [more] 8 Oct, 2009
Coffee, hair, youth and software gurus face off.
brisbanetimes.com.au - One is the king of a coffee company, another a hairdressing icon, one is a youth counselling expert and the other is a software guru. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2009
Franchisor agrees to release franchisees from their agreements.
franchise.net.au - Australian Loans Management has agreed franchisees can be released from their agreements and issued refunds following a failure by the franchisor to comply with the Franchising Code of Conduct. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2009
Go Sushi going to France.
foodweek.com.au - Pacific Retail Management is taking Go Sushi overseas and is opening the new Get Sushi brand in the expanding Kinepolis Cinema Complex located in Lomme (Lille), France in early 2010. ... [more] 2 Oct, 2009
Domino's expansion moves afoot.
businessday.com.au - Take-away business Domino's Pizza has committed to ramping up its franchise footprint across Australia and New Zealand over the next 12 months. ... [more] 1 Oct, 2009
Harvey Norman optimistic despite trading loss.
smartcompany.com.au - Gerry Harvey yesterday said retail giant Harvey Norman has suffered the worst of the financial crisis and the company is entering the recovery with a strong balance sheet, despite recording a trading loss... [more] 1 Oct, 2009
GJ Gardner reviews practices after ACCC action.
qbr.com.au - The franchisor of GJ Gardner Homes, Netdeen, and its directors are offering compensation totalling $40,000 to two former franchisees affected by alleged misleading representations. ... [more] 25 Sep, 2009
ASIC to investigate Kleenmaid.
businessday.com.au - The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has approved funding for an investigation into the collapse of white goods business Kleenmaid. ... [more] 25 Sep, 2009
A Hooker stakes claim for return to family business.
theaustralian.news.com.au - A member of the Hooker clan is set to reclaim ownership of the famous real estate chain, LJ Hooker, three decades after the family sold off the company. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2009
Geelong 7-Eleven wage row.
geelongadvertiser.com.au - The lawyers of former Moorabool St 7-Eleven store owner Eddie Chan say they are yet to see any proof of the unpaid wages allegations levelled at him by disgruntled ex-employees. ... [more] 19 Sep, 2009
Mowing magnate caught up in million-dollar stoush.
smh.com.au - Jim Penman, the man who founded the Jim's franchise group and one of Australia's most prominent faces has been caught up in a million-dollar stoush with a UK business associate. ... [more] 17 Sep, 2009
INTEREST - Business confidence at two-year high - survey.
news.com.au - Business confidence among small-to-medium sized companies (SMEs) has surged to levels not seen since just before the onset of the global credit crunch, a survey says. ... [more] 17 Sep, 2009
Stakes raised in franchising saga.
smh.com.au - As pressure grows from within Labor ranks for the Federal Government to do something about the problems plaguing one of Australia's largest industries, one of the biggest players in the business has... [more] 14 Sep, 2009
Hotels chains seek greater market control.
theaustralian.news.com.au - Well-known hotel chains are moving to secure greater control of the accommodation market amid the global slump, with most major brands announcing they are in negotiations to add... [more] 14 Sep, 2009
Bakers Delight stands up in tough times.
smh.com.au - While much of the retail sector is feeling the pinch of the global financial crisis and in cut-back mode, Bakers Delight is trending positively against the economic downturn. ... [more] 12 Sep, 2009
Tupperware mum slugged $10,000 by council.
goldcoast.com.au - A Gold Coast Tupperware mum has been slugged more than $10,000 by the council to operate from her Robina home. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2009
Australia Post franchisee charged with stealing gift vouchers.
insideretailing.com.au - An Australia Post office owner has been charged over a scheme in which gift vouchers were stolen from their intended recipients and redeemed at Sydney stores. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2009
Franchises on the rise, PWC report finds.
news.yahoo.com - Australian franchises grew over the past year despite battling the economic downturn and a lack access to credit, a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers found. ... [more] 9 Sep, 2009
Hotondo Homes franchisee takes South Australian award.
franchise.net.au - Franchisee Andy Coombs from Hotondo Homes in Bordertown has won the 2009 Franchise Council of Australia’s South Australian Franchisee of the Year award. ... [more] 8 Sep, 2009
Reality bites for food franchises.
theage.com.au - As any chef will attest, the food business can be a difficult gig at the best of times. But the past 12 months in particular have thrown unprecedented challenges at the industry, with franchise restaurants... [more] 8 Sep, 2009
"Business as usual" for Cold Rock franchisees, says new boss.
smh.com.au - A bread company boss has scooped a new role at an ice-cream chain after a takeover from Franchised Food Company (FFCo). ... [more] 7 Sep, 2009
7-Eleven Unveils New Concept Stores in Australia.
csnews.com - 7-Eleven Stores Australia unveiled two pilot food stores in Melbourne and Sydney and plans to roll out a new food-focused convenience store concept across all 7-Eleven stores in the country. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2009
Caltex takeover of Mobil stations may push prices up.
smh.com.au - Motorists could be forced to pay more for petrol and diesel under Caltex's proposed acquisition of 302 Mobil petrol stations, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2009
Eagle Boys founder shares slice of wisdom.
qbr.com.au - Eagle Boys founder Tom Potter has added ‘author’ to his list of accomplishments, following the release of his first book The Eagle Boys Pizza Story. The book details Potter’s experience in nurturing... [more] 2 Sep, 2009
The Franchise Council of Australia awards WA businesses.
news.com.au - WA'S fanchise sector this weekend celebrated a string of businesses that will now go on to fight for awards on the national arena. ... [more] 31 Aug, 2009
Franchising opportunities attract expo visitors.
franchise.net.au - Increased interest in franchising continues as the recent Melbourne Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo has shown; the expo recorded 3846 visitors over the three days. ... [more] 31 Aug, 2009
Harvey Norman takes massive profit hit.
news.com.au - Retailer Harvey Norman has reported a 40 per cent drop in annual profit but says it's cautiously optimistic about the future. ... [more] 28 Aug, 2009
Cash Converters turns over $94m.
theaustralian.news.com.au - Hard times mean good business for Cash Converters International, the retailer of second-hand goods and short-term finance, which announced a 26per cent hike in turnover... [more] 27 Aug, 2009
Subway probes 'exploitation'.
theage.com.au - Fast food chain Subway will investigate and review its operations after claims that a Melbourne shop systematically failed to pay foreign trial workers. ... [more] 25 Aug, 2009
Athlete's Foot races to profit despite crisis.
theaustralian.news.com.au - The owner of the Athlete's Foot chain of sports shoe stores, RCG Corporation, expects further growth after increasing annual profit and acquiring two new footwear brands. ... [more] 25 Aug, 2009
Kleenmaid transferred luxury cars before collapse.
news.com.au - The ownership of two luxury cars worth $80,000 was transferred to the wife of Kleenmaid founder Andrew Young just five days before the company collapsed, according to new court documents. ... [more] 23 Aug, 2009
A bigger share of the pie.
smh.com.au - Almost half of all Australian franchisees want more financial guidance from their head office to help them handle the downturn, a survey shows. The latest 2009 industry satisfaction study by... [more] 21 Aug, 2009
Sparks fly in franchise debate.
smh.com.au - As recommendations to reform one of Australia's largest, and most troubled, industries move at a snail's pace, MPs from both sides of the political divide have re-ignited deep wounds. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2009
JB Hi-Fi puts the boot into franchise business models.
current.com.au - JB Hi-Fi CEO Richard Uechtritz has fired a broadside at retailers with franchise-based business models, saying that once you start franchising, you lose control of your own destiny. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2009
Allphones franchisees launch class action.
smh.com.au - The consumer watchdog has dealt troubled mobile phone retailer Allphones another blow, announcing yesterday that it had launched a class action against the company on behalf of 74 franchisees. ... [more] 19 Aug, 2009
Opposition lashes Small Business Minister on franchising report delay.
smartcompany.com.au - The Federal Opposition has criticised Small Business Minister Craig Emerson over his delay in responding to a parliamentary inquiry into the franchising sector. ... [more] 19 Aug, 2009
Online pizza orders boost Domino's profit.
news.com.au - New stores, a revamped menu and online pizza orders have helped boost profits at Domino's Pizza, the company says. The chain expects to grow profit this year by up to 15 per cent. ... [more] 19 Aug, 2009
Federal Government’s franchising report delayed.
smartcompany.com.au - The Federal Government's formal response to a Parliamentary inquiry into the Franchising Code has been delayed. Small Business Minister Craig Emerson had previously said he hoped to... [more] 17 Aug, 2009
Quest to stamp out franchisee fee abuse.
itnews.com.au - Quest Apartments has overhauled the way franchisees report reservation and finance data to head office at least partially to prevent abuse of the system. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2009
Franchises gear up for awards.
news.com.au - The State's top franchises will vie for the title of South Australian Franchise of the Year at the MYOB Excellence in Franchising Awards on Saturday night. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2009
Aust Post franchisee responsible for largest ever fraud.
insideretailing.com.au - The licensee of a post office in central Sydney has been charged over what police say is Australia's largest postal fraud of $4.2 million. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2009
Melbourne Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo just days away.
franchise.net.au - Don't miss the Melbourne Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo this week at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 August. ... [more] 10 Aug, 2009
Athlete's Foot parent RCG secures long-term deal.
theaustralian.news.com.au - Investment holding company RCG Corp, which has the Athlete's Foot franchise licence in Australia and New Zealand, has secured a long-term deal to continue operations after outlaying a one-off ... [more] 8 Aug, 2009
Australian Tax Office targets Kleenmaid boss Brad Young.
news.com.au - The Deputy Commissioner of Taxation has lodged a claim in the Supreme Court of Queensland against Mr Young for $1,033,855, plus interest and legal costs. ... [more] 4 Aug, 2009
Mortgage Choice a ‘top choice’ for franchisees.
dynamicbusiness.com - Mortgage Choice, Australia’s largest independently-owned mortgage broker, has ranked as the four most popular franchise on the Top Franchise list. ... [more] 3 Aug, 2009
Domino's doubles profit growth forecast. Domino's Pizza Enterprises Ltd has doubled its forecast for annual profit growth, which it now expects to rise by as much as 30 per cent after strong sales. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2009
Australian Creative Agency Launch Franchise Operation. Award winning Australian creative agency The Creative Collective has launched a unique franchise operation that will allow creative types and those wanting to work from home the opportunity to emulate their success from anywhere in the world. .... [more] 30 Jul, 2009
Hooters goes bust after radio station sends bill. Hooters Girls will have to look for a new employer after poor management and a small advertising bill from radio station Triple M forced its Australian parent company to go bust. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2009
Harvey Norman shares slide on sales result. Retailer Harvey Norman said this morning that its retail margins continue to be under pressure after sales for the financial year ended totalled $6.03 billion, against $5.81 billion for the previous year. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2009

Mortgage Choice eyes Suncorp's LJ Hooker chain. Home loans broker Mortgage Choice is believed to be close to acquiring Suncorp's LJ Hooker real estate agency business, 10 months after the troubled Allfinanz group first tested the waters for a sale. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2009


Franchisee accused of underpaying staff. The Fair Work Ombudsman is taking court action against a Sydney Optus World franchisee for allegedly underpaying staff by more than $80,000. The action is part of a crackdown on the exploitation of migrants. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2009
ACCC: Spray Pave Australia to amend false advertising. A paving company which claimed to be a franchise and to be part of an international group has agreed to stop making those representations as part of a court enforceable undertaking accepted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. .... [more] 13 Jul, 2009
Liquidators target Kleenmaid director's properties. Kleenmaid liquidator Deloitte has placed caveats on the sale of two Queensland properties owned by director Andrew Young. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2009
Ikea chain assembles staff-friendly employment benefits. Hundreds of workers employed by the Ikea retail chain have secured some of the most progressive workplace benefits in the nation, including 26 weeks paid maternity leave and four weeks paid paternity leave. .... [more] 9 Jul, 2009
Savvy mums have it all. Economic downturn, global financial crisis and redundancy. Just reading those words can induce an inward groan from many. Not so for three Sunshine Coast mums, who are taking advantage of the economic climate to expand their veritable “motherships”. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2009
Spa business a real pleasure. When Endota Spa co-founders and friends, Belinda Fraser and Melanie Gleeson, teamed up in 2000, the idea was to create a business which could be expanded through resort and city locations. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2009
A business out of a box. A franchise might promise a safe entry into business but things can pan out differently. .... [more] 3 Jul, 2009
Kleenmaid franchisees thrown a lifeline. Some franchisees within the services division of collapsed white goods retailer Kleenmaid Group have been given a lifeline, with the new owner of the division offering former franchisees independent contractor agreements. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2009
Franchisees mount Allphones class action. Attempts by the Allphones group to force franchisees on to new agreements has taken a blow after the Federal Court allowed 35 franchisees to proceed with a class action fighting the move. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2009
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