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Federal Court finds Seal-A-Fridge in profit gouge. - A franchise company that ripped off its franchisees acted unconscionably, the Federal Court has ruled. ... [more] 30 Jun, 2010
Franchisees reminded Code changes effective 1 July. - Changes to the Franchising Code of Conduct designed to provide incoming franchisees with better disclosure will become effective on 1 July 2010. ... [more] 28 Jun, 2010
Cold Rock sees Facebook value for franchisees. - The national ice cream franchise Cold Rock Ice Creamery is encouraging franchisees to set up their own fan pages to give customers exclusive coupons and information specific to their local store. ... [more] 28 Jun, 2010
FCA looks to Julia Gillard for small business support. - The Franchise Council of Australia and Australian Retailers Association are hoping for small business support with jobs-friendly Julia Gillard installed as the new Prime Minister. ... [more] 25 Jun, 2010
Jim’s Group to expand by rebranding existing trades. - Jim's Group founder Jim Penman is planning to expand his business by rebranding established medium-sized companies, and has already appointed a former franchisee to manage regional sales... [more] 24 Jun, 2010
NightOwl builds on Melbourne presence. - NightOwl Convenience has expanded its presence in Melbourne’s CBD market with the opening of its new Collins St store. ... [more] 24 Jun, 2010
Registrations Open for 2nd Annual Field Manager Summit. - Registrations are now open for the 2nd Annual Field Manager Summit, organised by the Franchise Relationships Institute. The travelling program which runs for two days in each of... [more] 23 Jun, 2010
Franchise research highlights need for better communication. - Franchise conflict research findings released today (by Griffith University’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Franchising Excellence) reveal a need for greater transparency by franchisors to their franchisees. ... [more] 22 Jun, 2010
Fast food franchises heat up the retail property market. - Small- to medium-size investors have been hit hard over the past two years, yet they remain the mainstay of the property sector. ... [more] 21 Jun, 2010
Hooters to expand across Australia. - As a result of recent growth, Hooters Restaurants Australia is preparing for a nationwide expansion, with between 10 and 25 new franchises opening over the next 10 years. ... [more] 18 Jun, 2010
Retail association slams Gerry Harvey. - Gerry Harvey, executive chairman of the household goods retailer Harvey Norman, has upset the Australian Retailers Association. The industry body has slammed the franchisor for "laughing off" the real... [more] 14 Jun, 2010
You're all whingers, Gerry Harvey tells retailers. - Harvey Norman Holdings chairman Gerry Harvey has labelled his retail peers whingers for bemoaning current strong economic conditions. ... [more] 11 Jun, 2010
Amendments to the Franchising Code of Conduct. - Franchisees will have access to more information from franchisors under new changes to the Franchising Code of Conduct, which come into effect on 1 July 2010. ... [more] 10 Jun, 2010
More Mr Rental stores to open in South Australia. - Appliance franchise Mr Rental will roll out five new stores in South Australia, beginning with a new store and distribution centre in Edwardstown, which opened last week. . ... [more] 9 Jun, 2010
Souvlakihut opens first drive-through store. - Greek restaurant franchise, Souvlakihut, has opened its first drive-through store in Australia, expanding its presence in the fast food market. ... [more] 8 Jun, 2010
Franchise Council survey slams push for new franchising laws in South Australia. - South Australian MP Tony Piccolo is expected to push ahead with his plans to introduce tough new state-based franchising laws, despite a survey from the Franchise Council of Australia showing 95%... [more] 7 Jun, 2010
Exclusive Collectables signs up first franchisee. - Australia's first hobby store franchise is set to open early August as the fourth outlet in the Exclusive Collectables retail system. ... [more] 7 Jun, 2010
Vote to wind up ABC Learning. - Creditors of failed childcare group ABC Learning have voted to wind it up. About 15 people attended a meeting yesterday to decide on the liquidation and to receive a report from administrators. ... [more] 3 Jun, 2010
Free online pre-purchase education for franchisees. - Free pre-entry franchise education online will soon be available for prospective franchisees, thanks to an alliance of Griffith University’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Franchising Excellence and the ACCC. ... [more] 2 Jun, 2010
Coffee and crepe franchise loves Melbourne. - The Love Coffee and Crepes franchise has opened its third Australian store and the second in Melbourne, with plans to expand further in the near future. ... [more] 1 Jun, 2010
Franchisor adds Nutshack to expanding empire. - Expanding franchisor Franchised Food Company (FFCo) has acquired Nutshack, the leading Australian retailer of nuts, confectionery and dried fruits. ... [more] 31 May, 2010
Cloaked in suspicion: franchises. - A new report, titled Towards Conflict Resolution, from Griffith University's Asia-Pacific Centre for Franchising Excellence, reveals 28 per cent of franchisees could not count on their franchisor to be... [more] 28 May, 2010
7-Eleven acquires Mobil. - Convenience store chain, 7-Eleven, has entered into a binding agreement with Mobil Oil Australia to acquire its retail fuels business, which will see the number of 7-Eleven stores jump from 400 to more than... [more] 27 May, 2010
Otix Global to Offer Franchise Opportunities in Australia. - Otix Global, Inc., annosunced that its Australian division, HearingLife, has begun offering franchising opportunities to audiologists and audiometrists throughout Australia. ... [more] 25 May, 2010
Franchise family celebrates 40 years at Big4. - A holiday resort franchise is toasting an unbeaten 40 years of setting industry benchmarks this year, at the multi award-winning, family owned and operated holiday park, Bi4 Beacon Resort in Queenscliff. ... [more] 25 May, 2010
Jim falls short on court proceedings disclosure. - The man behind one of Australia's best known businesses has not disclosed to prospective franchisees the full extent of court proceedings that have been launched against him. ... [more] 24 May, 2010
Smartline takes out top spot for franchisee satisfaction. - The results are in for's bi-annual review of the satisfaction levels of Australian franchisees and for the second survey running, Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisors has come out on top. ... [more] 24 May, 2010
Lots of dough for franchisees who use their loaf. - Mortgage brokers, coffee shop managers and those working nine-to-five running whitegoods rental businesses are among the most satisfied franchisees, according to a survey released today. ... [more] 24 May, 2010
More franchisees for Hotondo Homes. - Building franchise Hotondo Homes has expanded its network to include franchisees in Dubbo, Phillip Island and Mildura. ... [more] 19 May, 2010
Blockbuster fights demise of DVD storefronts. - Last week, Movie Gallery, the second-largest movie rental chain in the US after Blockbuster, threw in the towel and decided to close its 1,900 stores and liquidate all remaining inventory. ... [more] 18 May, 2010
Franchise with drive to succeed. - Danny Breen and Ross Cameron are running what they hope will take a chunk of corporate business from taxis and the Cabcharge system they rely on and become ''the Bunnings of hire-car services''. ... [more] 12 May, 2010
Small business mediation services to become faster and simpler. - Almost 100,000 Australian small businesses covered by three mandatory codes of conduct will benefit from $2.7 million worth of support for early intervention in disputes with other businesses in the same... [more] 11 May, 2010
Window in the West. - It is Western Australia's turn to host the Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo, which will take place on May 15 and 16, offering potential franchisees a range of business opportunities... [more] 10 May, 2010
Hungry Jack's faces court for staff underpayment. - The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a prosecution against fast food franchise, Hungry Jack's, for allegedly underpaying its employees more than $665,000. ... [more] 10 May, 2010
Networking the twist in latest online discount deals. - Franchise business Trampoline Gelato is among businesses taking advantage of a new retail tool in social networking. Scoopon launched its website last month, offering group buying power to attract... [more] 7 May, 2010
Punishment 'not enough' for Allphones' bullying tactics. - A posse of disgruntled former and current Allphones franchisees are banding together to pressure regulators to take harsher action against franchises that abuse their power over small business... [more] 4 May, 2010
RAMS looks to virtualise franchises. - RAMS Home Loans has been considering rolling out a virtualised desktop to its 69 home loan centre franchises after it began virtualising its headquarters last year. ... [more] 4 May, 2010
Allphones $3m payment shows franchisees can rely on regulation, says FCA. - A successful franchisee class action resulting in a $3 million payment by Allphones shows the current franchise regulatory environment is working well, according to Steve Wright, executive director of... [more] 3 May, 2010
Boost Juice sells majority stake for $65m. - A US-based private equity firm has paid roughly $65 million to purchase a controlling stake in Boost Juice, crystallising gains for founders Janine and Jeff Allis and major investors, the Besen family. ... [more] 3 May, 2010
FCA highlights need for education for new franchisees. - The Franchise Council of Australia predicts a role for its education program in improving understanding of the franchise relationship, following the recent survey findings that a quarter of franchisees don't trust... [more] 3 May, 2010
Seeking safe slice of franchise pie. - Franchising is experiencing a post-GFC boom, with companies that remained resilient, and even prospered throughout the downturn, now recording huge spikes in enquiries. ... [more] 30 Apr, 2010
ACCC settles Allphones case for $3m. - Allphones franchisees will split $3 million in damages after a long-running case brought about by Australia's competition watchdog was resolved in the Federal Court yesterday. ... [more] 29 Apr, 2010
Franchise inquiries up at Eagle Boys. - Australian pizza maker Eagle Boys Pizza has recorded an 80 percent jump in inquiries from potential franchisees during January, February and March this year. ... [more] 28 Apr, 2010
Watchdog takes on McDonald's pay deal. - McDonald's has been referred to the workplace watchdog for allegedly underpaying some workers after the industrial umpire threw out an enterprise agreement covering its 80,000 employees. ... [more] 27 Apr, 2010
Rod White appointed to ACCC committee. - Yong International chief operations officer Rod White has been appointed to the national Franchise Consultative Committee. ... [more] 27 Apr, 2010
Almost 30% of franchisees don’t trust their franchisor: Survey. - A new survey of conflict management issues in the franchise sector has revealed an extraordinary level of distrust between franchisees and their franchisor, with 28% of respondents claiming they... [more] 22 Apr, 2010

Mailpost deceived franchisees. - The Federal Court has declared Mailpost founder Peter Kritas and the NSW master franchisor Mailpost Postie Network Pty Ltd (MPNS) guilty of breaching the Franchising Code of Conduct by misleading... [more] 22 Apr, 2010
Can franchising be applied to the not-for-profit sector? - The franchising of government long precedes the acknowledged prominence of franchising in the private sector, but can this method of business be extended even further into the not-for-profit... [more] 20 Apr, 2010
Nail salon franchise to set up training schools. - Queensland based nail salon franchise is launching training schools as a solution to help franchisees train staff. ... [more] 20 Apr, 2010
Coffee giant embroiled in bitter battle over beans. - The coffee giant Gloria Jean's is facing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit that threatens to lift the lid on one of the most secretive companies in Australia. ... [more] 19 Apr, 2010
FCA calls for awards entries. - Calling successful franchisees and franchisors; the Franchise Council of Australia's Excellence in Franchising Awards 2010 are now open for entries. ... [more] 16 Apr, 2010
Cosmetics giant Napoleon Perdis launches franchising strategy. - Cosmetics brand Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics plans to more than double the size of its retail footprint over the next three years in Australia by adopting a franchise model. ... [more] 15 Apr, 2010
Get Sushi expands into France. - Get Sushi, the French arm of the Australian owned Go Sushi franchise brand, is now open in the Kinepolis Cinema Complex located in Lomme, France. ... [more] 13 Apr, 2010
Just Projects takes off in Queensland market. - The Sunshine State has proven a fruitful market for international consultancy firm Just Projects, which adopted a successful franchise model upon expanding into Queensland last year. ... [more] 12 Apr, 2010
German-inspired King of Cakes to expand into franchising. - Brisbane-based King of Cakes is planning to expand its empire and become the first franchise chain of its kind in Queensland. ... [more] 12 Apr, 2010
Allsafe appoints franchise development manager. - To help manage its growth, Allsafe Energy Efficient Products has fast-tracked the implementation of a franchise development manager, welcoming Sarah Ford to its team. ... [more] 12 Apr, 2010
MP vows to continue franchise reform with State Bill. - The fight for fairer franchisee representation is set to continue as South Australian State MP for Light Tony Piccolo is returned to his seat and vows to press on with his private members Bill. ... [more] 6 Apr, 2010
Stephen Conroy 'knew of' Allphones settlement. - Communications Minister Stephen Conroy appears to have had advance knowledge that a multi-million-dollar settlement offer would be made to franchisees in a class action suit against Allphones. ... [more] 6 Apr, 2010
Outback Jacks takes over Lone Star in Sydney. - Outback Jacks Bar & Grill, the franchise steakhouse chain, has signed an agreement to acquire the five Lone Star outlets across Sydney over the next 12 months. ... [more] 6 Apr, 2010
Allphones, ACCC settle class action. - The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has reached an out-of-court settlement with mobile phone retailer Allphones over allegations the company engaged in unconscionable conduct... [more] 1 Apr, 2010
Jim's Mowing founder in $5m UK 'conspiracy'. - One of Australia's best-known businessmen is being sued for more than $5 million over claims he unlawfully conspired to get rid of the head of his UK operation. ... [more] 31 Mar, 2010
Victorian Institute launches Diploma of Franchising. - As of 31 March, William Angliss Institute will be offering a brand new Diploma of Franchising, developed in response to the growing number of opportunities for potential franchisees. ... [more] 30 Mar, 2010
La Porchetta founder dies in motorbike crash. - The millionaire founder of the La Porchetta pizza restaurant chain has been killed in a motorcycle crash in St Kilda this afternoon. ... [more] 26 Mar, 2010
Gap Inc. Announces Franchise Agreement to Bring Gap Brand to Australia. - Continuing with its international expansion, Gap Inc. today announced a franchise agreement to bring Gap brand to a new continent, Australia. ... [more] 24 Mar, 2010
ACCC and Allphones court battle begins. - The Federal Court has begun hearing an action taken by The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) against mobile retailer, Allphones. ... [more] 24 Mar, 2010
PoolWerx targets ex-military with $30,000 discount. - Pool care business PoolWerx wants more ex-military personnel to take advantage of its franchise opportunities and is offering $30,000 off the current franchise fee as encouragement. ... [more] 22 Mar, 2010
New franchise opportunities in Sydney expo line-up. - Fresh franchise opportunities were up for grabs at the Sydney Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo at the weekend, with a steady stream of visitors ready to take advantage of the new and established... [more] 22 Mar, 2010
Blockbuster video stores not in rewind like entertainment company in US. - Blockbuster stores in Australia claim to be doing well and have distanced themselves from the strife that threatens to topple the giant home entertainment company of the same name in the US. ... [more] 19 Mar, 2010
Franchising Opportunities Expo in Sydney. - Anyone interested in buying a franchise has the chance to view a host of franchise opportunities this weekend when Sydney hosts the Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo at Darling Harbour. ... [more] 18 Mar, 2010
Bay Bee Cino placed in administration. - A Sydney-based babywear company Bay Bee Cino has been placed in administration, just three years after undertaking a capital raising and unveiling plans to grow aggressively through franchising. ... [more] 16 Mar, 2010
Refund Home Loans misled franchisees. - Franchisees have been misled by Refund Home Loans' managing director Wayne Ormond who claimed the ACCC approved the company's treatment of franchisees. ... [more] 15 Mar, 2010
Franchisee site selection seminars launch. - Prospective franchisees searching for the perfect franchise opportunity can take advantage of a new series of educational seminars on site or territory selection. ... [more] 11 Mar, 2010
Ominous signs for Australian franchising. - As 2010 gets well underway, there are ominous signs that not all is well with Australian franchising, with a number of key challenges and threats facing the sector. ... [more] 9 Mar, 2010
The Fairies first franchise opens doors. - Children's brand, The Fairies, opened its first franchise recently, launching a store in Launceston. ... [more] 8 Mar, 2010
Mortgage Choice may go it alone in $1 trillion home lending market. - Australia's biggest independently owned mortgage broker, Mortgage Choice, is poised for a direct assault on the $1 trillion home lending market. ... [more] 8 Mar, 2010
Franchising changes 'window dressing'. - Proposed changes to Australia's franchising industry will do little to help those at greatest risk of failure, the man at the forefront of the push for change says. ... [more] 4 Mar, 2010
Changes to franchising code finalised. - The federal government has finally acted on changes to the franchising industry, today announcing what it calls "the most sweeping reform" of the industry's code of conduct. ... [more] 3 Mar, 2010
Worldwide Online Printing franchisor collapses. - The franchisor behind the Worldwide Online Printing network will be put up for sale by administrators after its collapse last week. ... [more] 3 Mar, 2010
Maccas sees a fat profit in dieting. - In a world-first, McDonald's has signed a deal with Weight Watchers to promote some of its meals, such as Chicken McNuggets, as ideal for dieters. ... [more] 3 Mar, 2010
Souvlakihut is fastest growing franchise. - Greek-themed restaurant group Souvlakihut has been rated the fastest growing food franchise on in the BRW Fast Franchises edition this week. ... [more] 2 Mar, 2010
Oporto heads to China. - Chicken and burger franchise chain Oporto is on the brink of its Chinese launch, taking the taste of Bondi to the city of Xiamen and its population of 1.25 million. ... [more] 1 Mar, 2010
Harvey Norman expansion plans back on agenda. - Furniture and electronics retailer Harvey Norman has three new store openings planned for the next few months as it prepares for a return to boom times. ... [more] 27 Feb, 2010
Lenard's to add stores. - Lenard’s has set its sights on adding 30 new stores to its existing 191 before the end of the year, with founder and director Lenard Poulter taking a more hands-on role in the company’s franchise recruitment. ... [more] 24 Feb, 2010
Ombudsman asked to probe 'flawed' Bakers Delight investigation . - The Commonwealth Ombudsman has been asked to review an investigation into one of Australia's, and the world's, largest bakery companies. ... [more] 22 Feb, 2010
Mr Rental adds local support for WA franchises. - Franchisees in the eight metro and regional Mr Rental stores in Western Australia will now get a state coach to provide on-the-ground support. ... [more] 22 Feb, 2010
Building continues for Quest apartments. - Quest Serviced Apartments has begun construction at its newest multi-million dollar development, Quest Heatherton in Victoria. ... [more] 18 Feb, 2010
More delays for crucial government reforms. - The federal government's long-awaited reforms to two contentious areas of business could be delayed until after this year's election, with an official response to a crucial expert report unlikely to allow... [more] 15 Feb, 2010
Business help group folds. - A Sunshine Coast company established to help businesses prosper has gone into liquidation. Enact International, a small and medium-size enterprise development company based at... [more] 10 Feb, 2010
Shingle Inn shifts to franchising. - Cafe business, Shingle Inn, has entered the franchising world with the introduction of the brand's first franchised stores and more to come, according to director, Andrew Bellchambers. ... [more] 10 Feb, 2010
Singapore beckons as Crust Gourmet Pizza opens 50th Aussie store. - Franchise network Crust Gourmet Pizza Bars has just opened its 50th store and is setting its sights on Singapore. ... [more] 3 Feb, 2010
Australian delegation heads to US franchise convention. - The International Franchising Association's annual convention takes place in San Antonio, Texas, US, from 5 to 8 February, with an Australian delegation heading over the Pacific to find out more about... [more] 1 Feb, 2010
Mower man's middle men far from willing to follow blindly. - Jim Penman's days cutting lawns gave way to getting others to do it for him. Now many of his recruits want to cut him out of the business. ... [more] 25 Jan, 2010
Non-payer of staff lands Jim's Group job. - A former car-wash owner handed a record fine for not paying his staff has become second-in-charge of one of Australia's largest franchise groups. ... [more] 25 Jan, 2010
Expert panel holds hearings to consider stronger unconscionable conduct law for franchising. - The Franchise Council of Australia and other franchising industry figures have taken part in a discussion session with the Federal Government's expert panel examining whether... [more] 22 Jan, 2010
Church welcomes Hell pizza. - A Hell Pizza restaurant has opened in Booval and the suburb’s Catholic Church has surprisingly welcomed the outlet to the neighbourhood. ... [more] 21 Jan, 2010
A good idea, but does it go too far? - Now that the dust has settled somewhat on the proposed SA franchising law introduced into that state's Parliament last month, one question being asked is whether the proposal will improve... [more] 19 Jan, 2010
The return of Brad Sugars. - Motivational guru, business brain or snake oil salesman? There are plenty of different takes on what Brad Sugars does for a living, but the man himself is in no doubt. ... [more] 19 Jan, 2010
Go Sushi offers profit guarantee for new franchisees. - Go Sushi is starting the year by introducing the First Year $100,000 Profit Guarantee for all new franchisees. ... [more] 18 Jan, 2010
Pie Face experiencing record growth. - Sydney-based bakery cafe, Pie Face, has experienced record franchising activity and store growth since beginning its franchising program. ... [more] 13 Jan, 2010
Cash Converters picks up Balcatta franchise for $1.18m. - Cash Converters has acquired of a store at the Northlands Shopping Centre in Balcatta from a franchisee for $1.18 million and opened another two stores in the UK. ... [more] 11 Jan, 2010
Retail Food Group buys Brumby franchises. - Food brand manager and franchisor Retail Food Group Ltd (RFG) has reacquired the Brumby's Bakeries master franchise territories for Western Australia and the Northern Territory. ... [more] 7 Jan, 2010
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