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RFG to buy NZ coffee chain. - Retail Food Group has agreed to buy the New Zealand master franchise business for the Esquires Coffee Houses chain. ... [more] 29 Dec, 2010
Summit on Multi-Unit Franchising - New Date. - The highly-respected Franchise Relationships Institute is running its third annual Multi-Unit Franchising Summit in Melbourne on 10-11 March 2011. ... [more] 21 Dec, 2010
Bucking Bull's new concept store opens. - Bucking Bull has unveiled its new concept store at Charlestown Square Shopping Centre in New South Wales. ... [more] 20 Dec, 2010
Baskin-Robbins opens first franchised Aussie store. - The first Australian Baskin-Robbins store to be opened under the US parent company is now trading at Camp Hill, Brisbane. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2010
Choc-full of ambition. - Can success really be this sweet? Marcella Bidinost checks in on Planet Chocolate's plans for expansion. ... [more] 14 Dec, 2010
January 2011 deadlines for two extra franchise inquiries. - While many businesses managers and owners will be taking time off over the holiday season, franchise sector participants may find themselves preparing submissions to legislate franchising... [more] 14 Dec, 2010
Brand service for retail franchisors. - A new company focused on brand, sales and marketing has launched its advertising and marketing services for retail franchisors. ... [more] 13 Dec, 2010
The burgers sell better at Hungry Jack's. - The company behind one of Australia's largest fast-food chains has seen its profits rise more than 50 per cent, as sales of its products topped the $1 billion mark. ... [more] 13 Dec, 2010
Fury over $500 KFC gift cards as nation battles obesity crisis. - Fast-food giant KFC has sparked outrage from health experts by offering Christmas gift cards worth up to $500 as the nation battles an obesity crisis. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2010
Baker’s Delight wants 100 Gen Y franchisees by 2011. - Baker's Delight is embarking on an ambitious drive to recruit over 100 new franchisees in the next six months to combat a fall in applications, the company has announced this morning... [more] 10 Dec, 2010
Australians 'clueless' about running a franchise. - Almost a quarter of Australian franchise owners have major disputes with their parent company, often taking legal action. ... [more] 8 Dec, 2010
Cartridge World founder Paul Wheeler back in the franchising game. - Cartridge World founder Paul Wheeler is back in franchising, three years after selling down stake in the business. ... [more] 7 Dec, 2010
Souvlakihut sold to ex-Video Ezy CEO and franchisee. - Just days after going into administration, Greek food franchise, Souvlakihut, has been bought by a group of private investors which includes ex-Video Ezy CEO, Daryl McCormack. ... [more] 6 Dec, 2010
Pizza chain nears 100 stores. - Gourmet pizza chain Pizza Capers has grown from two stores to more than 90 stores in 10 years. ... [more] 6 Dec, 2010
When Oprah Winfrey educates Yanks on our 'hip' McCafes, it's the dollar talking. - Oprah Winfrey has already given Americans an insight into our culture. This is despite the fact the TV queen some say is the most influential woman in the world doesn't arrive in Australia until tomorrow. ... [more] 6 Dec, 2010
Sweet news for Krispy Kreme and Cookie Man. - The Australian arm of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is back in the hands of directors, but only after the closure of nearly half of its stores. ... [more] 3 Dec, 2010
Fast food franchise Souvlaki Hut falls into administration. - Fast food franchise Souvlaki Hut, which was named as one of the fastest growing franchise networks in the country just 10 months ago, has been placed into voluntary administration. ... [more] 2 Dec, 2010
Australia Wide I.T. welcomes first franchisee. - Australia Wide I.T., which offers computer services to small and medium businesses, has announced that is has sold its first franchise. ... [more] 2 Dec, 2010
Ray White axes branch amid phoenixing claims. - A fortnight ago, the real estate giant Ray White was doing its best to distance itself from one of its own franchises in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. Now it has cut Ray White Randwick loose. ... [more] 1 Dec, 2010
India's Cookie Man 'could save' local franchise. - The operators of India's Cookie Man are in the running to take over the embattled Australian Cookie Man. ... [more] 30 Nov, 2010
Multi-unit franchising on the rise. - Increasing numbers of franchisees are taking up second franchise outlets, although relationships with franchisors appear to be suffering as a result, according to new research. ... [more] 30 Nov, 2010
Another state to introduce franchise laws. - A third state could introduce its own version of franchising laws, further throwing down the gauntlet to the federal government. ... [more] 29 Nov, 2010
Summit on Multi-Unit Franchising - February 2011. - The highly-respected Franchise Relationships Institute is running its third annual Multi-Unit Franchising Summit in Melbourne on 8-9 February 2011. ... [more] 29 Nov, 2010
Optimism improving among franchisors and franchisees. - Franchisors remain optimistic about growth, and franchisee satisfaction is on the increase. That's according to research house 10 Thousand Feet which in its latest Franchisor Expansion Study... [more] 29 Nov, 2010
Regulator bashes the banks over their involvement in Storm Financial. - ASIC seldom produces any crackdown surprises ahead of time. But Friday's opening "whack 'em all" salvo at the main players involved in Storm Financial served to provide one important reminder... [more] 29 Nov, 2010
Metcash's ACCC challenge perhaps sparked by a feud. - A simmering feud that ended an enduring professional relationship could be a major motivation for Andrew Reitzer challenging the ACCC. ... [more] 25 Nov, 2010
Sale of collapsed franchise chain Cookie Man close. - The sale of Allied Brands' former franchise chain Cooke Man could be completed by the end of the week, although the liquidator of the group has denied Indian press reports that an Indian group has... [more] 24 Nov, 2010
The Kebab Co joins Aktiv franchise group. - The Aktiv group, owners of the Bucking Bull Roast and Grill franchise and the se7en Gourmet Takeaway concept, has acquired Western Australian brand The Kebab Co. ... [more] 24 Nov, 2010
Allingtons Lawn and Garden Care to franchise. - Allingtons Lawn and Garden Care is opening up its gardening services for domestic and commercial markets with franchise opportunities in South Australia. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2010
Allied's administrators seek more time. - Administrators for Allied Brands Ltd will ask the Queensland Supreme Court to delay a second creditors meeting to January 19 to allow a more thorough investigation of the food franchisor's affairs. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2010
First of The Franchise Shop franchises sold. - The first franchise outlet of The Franchise Shop, a five year old consultancy business, will open its doors in NSW/ACT with an experienced franchisee at the helm. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2010
Quest wins national service award. - Accommodation franchise chain Quest Serviced Apartments has won the National Customer Focused Franchise award at this year’s Australian Service Excellence Awards. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2010
Ray White franchise directors under fire. - One of Australia's biggest real estate firms is distancing itself from the operations of one of its Sydney franchises following the collapse and apparent rebirth of one of its service companies. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2010
Buswell fingered for role in franchise fracas. - MP Troy Buswell bullied fellow Liberal backbencher Peter Abetz to try to get him to drop a contentious Bill, it has been claimed. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2010
Baskin-Robbins to revive brand. - The world's biggest ice-cream franchise says it's not licked in Australia, despite a glitch in its local operations. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2010
Hungry Jack comes out swinging on franchise law. - Australia's best-known franchisee has slammed what he calls a "shameful" campaign to try to prevent a franchising law in WA. ... [more] 18 Nov, 2010
Belt tightens for bloated fast-food industry. - In the past three weeks alone, three mid-sized franchise chains peddling donuts, ice-cream and grilled chicken have hit financial troubles, promoting concerns that the industry itself has become bloated. ... [more] 18 Nov, 2010
Franchising laws may be killed by review. - Proposed legislative changes to WA's franchising industry may never come to fruition after the Premier indicated he wanted the matter to be reviewed by a Parliamentary Committee. ... [more] 17 Nov, 2010
Debate over WA franchising laws get personal – and nasty. - The debate over a controversial proposal to introduce new state-based franchising regulations in Wa has become personal, with the Franchise Council of Australia raising questions about the ethics of... [more] 17 Nov, 2010
Red Rooster drops in the pecking order. - The owner of some of Australia's best-known fast food chicken franchises has seen sales of its products fall 18 per cent. ... [more] 17 Nov, 2010
FCA active in fighting WA state legislation. - As the gloves come off in the battle over state legislation for the franchising sector, the Franchise Council of Australia has launched an intensive campaign to see off the proposed Western Australian... [more] 15 Nov, 2010
WA franchise bill will strengthen regulation says supporter while franchisor threatens to move interstate. - Western Australian based franchisor has threatened to move its corporate headquarters and 3800 jobs east if a bill to introduce state-based franchising regulation becomes law. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2010
'Take a cold shower and settle down': Zumbo. - The behind-the-scenes battle to change the franchising law in WA has heated up, with claims it is designed to favour the nation's most prominent franchisee and counterclaims of... [more] 11 Nov, 2010
Allied Brands 'accrued debts in my name'. - Villa & Hut founder Franz Madlener faces bankruptcy over debts run up by the homewares chain he sold to the failed Allied Brands. ... [more] 11 Nov, 2010
Franchise fights like 'mother and rebellious teenager relationship'. - Half of all franchisors have had a dust-up with their franchisees in the past three years, a study reveals. And 17 per cent of formal disputes have ended in legal action. ... [more] 11 Nov, 2010
Krispy Kreme cuts another 21 stores. - Krispy Kreme will shutter another 21 outlets - slashing their range by almost half - as a restructure plan announced last week takes effect. ... [more] 10 Nov, 2010
Chain franchises hunt young entrepreneurs. - Eagle Boys Pizza, Snap Printing and Bakers Delight are among a number of franchises making it cheaper and easier for young people to run their stores. ... [more] 10 Nov, 2010
Ice cream and cookies unite in co-branding agreement. - Cookie franchise Mrs. Field’s Australia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with New Zealand Natural Ice Cream to develop co-branded stores in Australia. ... [more] 10 Nov, 2010
Franchise Council up in arms. - The Western Australia Parliament will be setting the scene for uncertainty, conflict and reduced investment in the $10 billion WA franchising sector if it proceeds with a private members’ bill to introduce... [more] 8 Nov, 2010
Franchisees to be protected under new bill. - MPs are expected to debate a private member's bill in State Parliament this week that would introduce legislation to protect local franchises. ... [more] 8 Nov, 2010
Zarraffa's heads to holiday hotspot. - Sunshine Coast coffee lovers will have yet another place to enjoy their daily brew as of next week when Zarraffa’s opens shop at Noosa Fair Shopping Centre. It will mark the 43rd franchise in the chain’s growing... [more] 5 Nov, 2010
Cupcake store grows into trendy franchise. - The humble cupcake has had a makeover. The girls from Sex and the City are credited with kicking it along thanks to a clip showing them tucking into pink iced cakes at New York's Magnolia Bakery. ... [more] 4 Nov, 2010
Allied Brands grew too fast, say administrators. - The administrators of Allied Brands, the failed Baskin Robbins franchisor, have blamed its expansive growth plans and an uncertain economic environment for the company's collapse last week. ... [more] 3 Nov, 2010
D'ough! Krispy Kreme whipped. - The Krispy Kreme doughnut chain has entered voluntary administration because of poor sales at some stores. The locally owned Australian arm of Krispy Kreme has 50 sites across the east coast... [more] 1 Nov, 2010
Boost Juice boss goes undercover for tv. - Boost Juice founder Janine Alliss is the latest franchise chief to head to the frontline of the business in disguise for the tv show, Undercover Boss. ... [more] 1 Nov, 2010
Baskin Robbins' franchisor Allied Brands in administration. - Franchise manager Allied Brands has gone into voluntary administration with mounting debts. With Baskin Robbins, Kenny's Cardiology, Cookie Man and Villa & Hut among its brands, the... [more] 28 Oct, 2010
'Surrender your rights - or else'. - Mums and Dads looking to get into business are being asked to sign "gag" contracts that amount to standover tactics, it has been claimed in federal parliament. ... [more] 28 Oct, 2010
Harvey Norman warns of profit slide as growth stalls. - The tough trading conditions in the retail sector and falling sticker prices for electrical and whitegoods have seen Harvey Norman's first-quarter sales growth grind to a halt in Australia and the company warn of... [more] 28 Oct, 2010
Chinese entrepreneurs take up Australian franchises - study. - Chinese entrepreneurs want to invest in Northern Territory franchises, a study says. Research house 10 Thousand Feet said a third of inquiries now came from China. ... [more] 27 Oct, 2010
Franchise industry 'outperformed' Australian economy. - For small businesses in the franchising space, it's exciting news. That's the conclusion that can be drawn from PricewaterhouseCoopers' Private Clients Franchise Sector Indicator, which provides... [more] 26 Oct, 2010
Maid2Clean® Australia Bound. - In addition to Ireland and Canada, Maid2Clean® is delighted to announce that Australia is the next country of expansion. ... [more] 22 Oct, 2010
Allied Brands loses Baskin Robbins franchise rights, receivers appointed to subsidiary. - Listed franchise brand manager Allied Brands now looks perilously close to collapse after the company was stripped of its Australian franchise rights for the Baskin Robbins franchise by the... [more] 21 Oct, 2010
The Greenest Dry Cleaner in the World Now Franchised. - The only chemical-free dry cleaner in Australia, Daisy Dry Cleaning, has opened its first franchised store in Greater Geelong, Victoria. ... [more] 20 Oct, 2010
Franchise sector strengthening: survey. - Overseas expansion is high on the list of the nation's big franchisors, with 35 per cent indicating they were already exploiting global markets and a further 22 per cent looking to grow internationally within the next... [more] 19 Oct, 2010
Blockbuster reinvents itself and adopts a social hub strategy. - Video rental chain Blockbuster has taken the first step towards reinventing itself as a multi-platform home entertainment hub. ... [more] 18 Oct, 2010
Cold Rock 'open to talks' with Baskin Robbins franchisees. - Executive chairman of the Franchised Food Company (FFCo), Stan Gordon, has admitted that he would be open to talks with Baskin Robbins franchisees if the ice cream franchise follows fellow... [more] 14 Oct, 2010
Franchisee protection. - A second state parliament is to consider laws to improve the lot of franchisees. This week a private member's bill from Liberal MP Peter Abetz is expected to be put before the West Australian Parliament. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2010
Private equity aims at franchising sector as industry growth slows. - A leading franchising expert says private equity firms are actively looking to buy into Australia's franchising sector, as a new survey shows growth in industry is slowing. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2010
La Porchetta CEO among Excellence in Franchising award winners. - The Franchise Woman of the Year award has been scooped up by Sara Pantaleo, chief executive of Italian restaurant franchise La Porchetta. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2010
Top franchisees named in national awards. - High performing franchisees from Hairhouse Warehouse, Action Coach, Mr Rental and Mortgage Choice have been recognised in a national event for the franchising sector, the Excellence in Franchising Awards. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2010

Food franchises ‘must evolve to remain competitive’. - Food franchises must evolve to remain competitive as consumers gravitate to products that can be customised to their individual tastes, an industry veteran says. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2010
Franchisees told to expect more growth. - Australia's franchise owners have been told the federal government's top priorities are to provide the sector with a sense of stability and certainty. ... [more] 11 Oct, 2010
Pick n Pay may sell Australian stores via tender. - Pick n Pay may sell its Franklin stores in Australia individually or in groups via a tender process, the JSE retailer said on Monday. ... [more] 11 Oct, 2010
Domino's boss goes Undercover. - When the producers of the local version of Undercover Boss approached Domino’s Pizza chief Don Meij to take part, they knew they weren’t taking the easy route. ... [more] 8 Oct, 2010
Governments on collision course over proposed laws. - The federal and at least one state Labor government look likely to remain at odds over changes to one of the nation's largest industries. ... [more] 8 Oct, 2010
Harvey Norman pumps it up. - Furniture and electrical retailer Harvey Norman has signed a five-year extension with its finance provider that will allow it to offer consumers long-dated, interest-free deals... [more] 8 Oct, 2010
Academic twist to franchising debate over proposed new SA laws. - Leading academics have now weighed into a raging year-long debate between the State Government and the Franchise Council of Australia over proposed changes to laws governing the franchising... [more] 6 Oct, 2010
Chinese nationals seek Aussie franchises. - Australia's franchise arena is a big pull for overseas residents looking to buy a business to enter the country, with Chinese applicants the most keen on becoming franchisees... [more] 6 Oct, 2010
Bakery chain derides dough grab. - Conditions in commercial property markets are becoming more buoyant, but one retailer, Bakers Delight, has warned landlords against trying to use this trend to dramatically raise tenants' rents. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2010
SA franchising reforms will bring industry to a halt, according to FCA. - Proposed changes to South Australia's franchising system, which include implementing state-wide rather than national legislation, would cause investment in the state's franchising sector to grind to a halt... [more] 5 Oct, 2010
Billabong snaps up Surf Dive 'n' Ski, Jerry Surf stores. - The surfwear company Billabong has raised its exposure to Australia after agreeing to buy 38 retail stores under the Surf Dive 'n' Ski and Jetty Surf retail banners as well as two licensed Billabong stores. ... [more] 2 Oct, 2010
Cookie Man in liquidation. - Food franchise Cookie Man has gone into liquidation and is up for sale as a going concern after the Allied Brands-owned business was served a winding up order by the NSW Supreme Court. ... [more] 1 Oct, 2010
Commissioner hired to protect small firms from 'franchise bullies'. - Operators of franchises, including fast-food outlets, gardening operations and baking, will be given new protection from coercion and unfair business dealings by their often large parent companies. ... [more] 1 Oct, 2010
Mothercare Buys 25% Stake In Australian Franchisee Headline Group. - Parenting and children's products retailer Mothercare plc Friday said it received shareholders approval to buy 25% stake in its Australian franchisee Headline Group Ltd. ... [more] 1 Oct, 2010
Gametraders expands despite industry downturn. - Retail computer games franchise, Gametraders, has opened three new stores in Sydney over the past three months and according to managing director Mark Langford, they are "going gangbusters". ... [more] 1 Oct, 2010
Multi-brand franchises have many benefits. - Although many franchisees are owner-operators and are content to run a single franchise, increasingly, savvy franchise owners are operating not just multiple outlets of the same franchise, but multiple franchise... [more] 30 Sep, 2010
The counter-view: Blockbuster Australia replies. - Michael Baker's column yesterday “A Blockbuster's grand finale" has caused considerable angst among the Australian Blockbuster franchisee community and may have also misled both your readers and... [more] 30 Sep, 2010
A Blockbuster's grand finale. - Is Blockbuster a goner, and what does this mean for its thousands of stores in the US and 1700 or so overseas, including about 300 of its franchise-operated units in Australia? ... [more] 29 Sep, 2010
Franchisees star in Harvey Norman revenue result. - A franchised Harvey Norman store in Australia brought in, on average, just under $27 million in revenue during the 2010 Financial Year. ... [more] 29 Sep, 2010
Gerry Harvey takes a pay cut. - Harvey Norman boss Gerry Harvey has seen his remuneration sliced by 30 per cent after performance conditions linked to nearly $500,000 worth of options were not met and the board was forced to... [more] 28 Sep, 2010
Food and job satisfaction the big pulls for potential franchisees. - Potential franchisees have an appetite for the food sector and want to run their own business for the job satisfaction, according to a Mortgage Choice-commissioned national survey of 500 potential... [more] 27 Sep, 2010
Con-X-ion to expand franchise operations. - Gold Coast bus transfer company Con-X-ion, buoyed by a strong take-up of new franchises, has stepped up plans to expand into Sydney and Melbourne. ... [more] 25 Sep, 2010
PoolWerx chief wins management award. - The founder and chief executive officer of pool care franchise business PoolWerx, John O’Brien, has won the Australian Institute of Management’s (AIM) 2010 Owner/Manager of the Year Award. ... [more] 21 Sep, 2010
Franchises outlook positive - survey. - Franchise bosses pocketed profit growth up to 20 per cent in the past year while their franchisees had to be content with 7 per cent. ... [more] 21 Sep, 2010
Lenard's celebrates 200 stores. - Australia now has 200 Lenards outlets, as the chicken retail franchise celebrates the opening of Lenard’s Hibiscus in Leanyer, Darwin. ... [more] 20 Sep, 2010
Micronet opens office in Melbourne. - Franchise friendly business software solutions provider Micronet Systems has opened a new office in Melbourne in response to an expanding client base in Victoria, South Australia. ... [more] 20 Sep, 2010
Gerry Harvey stumps up $61m to win feud. - Billionaire Gerry Harvey spent a whopping $61 million to buy 900 car spots in Sydney's west as part of a feud with a rival retailer. ... [more] 18 Sep, 2010
7-Elevens audited: 30% breach workplace laws. - Seventy per cent of Victoria's 7-Eleven stores randomly audited by the Fair Work Ombudsman are complying with national workplace laws. But 30 per cent recorded contraventions... [more] 17 Sep, 2010
Domino's boosts franchise development. - Pizza franchise business Domino's has restructured its development and franchise department to match demand for new franchise sites. ... [more] 16 Sep, 2010
Shanghai gets sixth Jamaica Blue cafe. - Australian café franchise Jamaica Blue has opened its 11th China café in Shanghai with licensees Peter Wang and Julia Y Gu heading up their sixth Shanghai outlet. ... [more] 15 Sep, 2010
Court backs BoQ in franchise row. - Bank of Queensland has won a crushing victory in the first round of courtroom battles involving disgruntled former branch owners. ... [more] 14 Sep, 2010
Allied Brands still Baskin distributor. - Allied Brands says the food franchisor still has the rights to distribute Robbins products in Australia and discussions are ongoing between it and the owner of the ice-cream chain, Dunkin Brands. ... [more] 14 Sep, 2010
Milking Australia's love for a good brew. - The maturing palate of Australian coffee drinkers is fuelling a fast-growing thirst for franchises that serve up high-quality espressos. ... [more] 14 Sep, 2010
Hairhouse Warehouse offers Blitz Box value pack. - Hairhouse Warehouse, the hair and beauty franchise, has released its latest big value Blitz Box. ... [more] 14 Sep, 2010
Cool drinks to become a franchise. - Everyone knows Slush Puppie - it's been around for more than 30 years, and now the company is moving into franchising. ... [more] 11 Sep, 2010
Allied shares frozen over ice-cream dispute. - Shares in troubled franchise operator Allied Brands have been placed in a trading halt over a dispute relating to its Baskin Robbins ice-cream chain. ... [more] 11 Sep, 2010
The IKEA 'honey pot' effect. - IKEA stores have a "honey pot" effect on surrounding retailers, driving up sales with the furniture chain's ability to draw large crowds of shoppers from long distances, a retail analyst says. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2010
Taco Bill gets people's food award. - The Taco Bill Mexican restaurant in South Melbourne, Victoria, run by franchisee Philip Bowden, has won the overall national I Love FOOD Awards 2010 favourite place to eat out and Australia’s Favourite... [more] 9 Sep, 2010
Hydrodog takes on 201st franchisee. - Mobile dog grooming franchise HydroDog Australia has appointed its 201st franchisee. ... [more] 8 Sep, 2010
Focus on franchise frontline at field manager summit. - Franchisee support was boosted last week when more than 300 field managers from 71 franchise brands came together at the second Annual Field Manager Summit. ... [more] 6 Sep, 2010
Pizza franchises deny sale rumours. - Crust Gourmet Pizza Bars and Domino's Pizza have both issued statements denying rumours that Domino's has plans to purchase its competitor. ... [more] 7 Sep, 2010
AllSafe in US joint venture with United Franchise Group - Franchise business AllSafe will head to the US in a joint venture with American based United Franchise Group and the AllSafe one-stop-shop energy efficiency stores will be branded as SuperGreen Solutions in... [more] 3 Sep, 2010
Marble Slab ice cream heads to Australia. - Marble Slab Creamery, a franchise that specialises in hand-mixed ice cream, has signed a master franchise agreement with Miteco Pacific ahead of its expansion into Australia. ... [more] 2 Sep, 2010
Mortgage Choice achieves Top Franchise ranking. - Australia’s largest independently-owned mortgage broker, Mortgage Choice, is proud to have featured in the top five of each Top Franchise list. Now in its second year. ... [more] 30 Aug, 2010
Independent v franchise coaches. - You hear some horror stories about coaching franchises: coaches with no real business experience; clients being pressured to sign 12 month contracts who are then sued when they want to end... [more] 28 Aug, 2010
Harvey Norman boosts profits despite drop in consumer demand. - Electrical and furniture retailer Harvey Norman Holdings has posted an 8 per cent rise in full-year profit to $231.4 million despite a drop in demand for household goods after the effects of the... [more] 28 Aug, 2010
7-Eleven celebrates finalists in industry award. - Franchise convenience chain, 7-Eleven has announced Paul Wallace, assistance brand manager and Shane Byrne, category manager, as finalists in the Peter Jowett Industry Award. ... [more] 26 Aug, 2010
Eagle Boys expands in Victoria. - Pizza franchise, Eagle Boys, has almost doubled its Victorian presence with the conversion of four Encore Pizza stores, taking the company's total store count to 322. ... [more] 25 Aug, 2010
Melbourne Expo gets thumbs up. - The Melbourne Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo had a steady attendance at the weekend with regulars and franchise newbies reporting plenty of interest from visitors. ... [more] 23 Aug, 2010
Pink tribute to tragic Wendy's franchisee. - Therese Evans may have lost her Wendy's ice-cream franchise but it was clear at her funeral today she would always be remembered as one half of "the pink people". ... [more] 23 Aug, 2010
Franchising awards in South Australia. - Franchising is alive and well in South Australia, as the $9.5 billion state franchising community celebrated success at the SA Excellence in Franchising Awards Gala Dinner. ... [more] 23 Aug, 2010
Mr Whippy back on the streets. - Mr Whippy vans will soon be back on the streets, with the ice cream franchise on the look-out for a suitable partner to operate them. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2010
Gloria Jean's to appeal $12.3m court bill. - Gloria Jean's has confirmed it will appeal a $12.3 million court-ordered bill for breaching a contract with US-based coffee supplier. ... [more] 19 Aug, 2010
Slush Puppie set to franchise. - Slush Puppie, a company which provides drink freezers to Australian supermarkets, fast food outlets and small corner stores, will soon embark on a national expansion program involving the... [more] 19 Aug, 2010
Franchising: ticket to riches, or ruin? - A franchise can be a great way to be your own boss — but always be on the lookout for traps, writes Carolyn Boyd. ... [more] 18 Aug, 2010
Domino's Pizza profit up 16% - Domino’s Pizza Enterprises has increased full-year profit by 16 per cent while forecasting more profit growth in the current year. ... [more] 18 Aug, 2010
Gloria Jeans owner is insolvent, court told. - The parent company of Gloria Jeans Coffee, co-owned by the Hillsong Church elder Nabi Saleh, is in ''financial dire straits'' and should be put into liquidation and an investigation held into its affairs... [more] 17 Aug, 2010
Retail Food Group posts 11% profit rise. - Food franchisor Retail Food Group has posted a 10.6 per cent rise in annual net profit, and says its cash flow in the current year will be strong. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2010
Melbourne's franchising expo this week. - Victorians looking to find out more about franchising opportunities and the benefits the sector offers can see a host of franchise systems and gain valuable advice at the Melbourne Franchising and Business... [more] 16 Aug, 2010
Upcoming franchisee survey. - Market research agency 10 Thousand Feet will survey franchisees across Australian franchise networks throughout September and October for the awards to be announced in Nov... [more] 16 Aug, 2010
Sad end: Wendy's franchisee dies after detailing dispute. - When Therese Evans spoke to BusinessDay last Thursday she sounded upbeat and determined to continue her fight against Wendy's. On Saturday morning Mrs Evans, 48, died of a suspected heart attack... [more] 16 Aug, 2010
Pizza chief wins franchise award. - La Porchetta chief executive, Sara Pantaleo, has been named the Victoria/Tasmania Franchise Woman of the Year by the Franchise Council of Australia. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2010
City of opportunity. - As the Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo heads to the grand old city, Melbourne will once again showcase what franchising can offer. ... [more] 11 Aug, 2010
Is Australia too franchised? - There’s no doubting the success of franchising. More than 80,000 franchised outlets had a whopping $130 billion in sales and employed 413,000 people, the 2008 FCA survey showed. ... [more] 10 Aug, 2010
American healthy yoghurt franchise Tasti D-Lite to expand into Australia. - Yet another American franchise is targeting Australia, with frozen yoghurt chain Tasti D-Lite sending out representatives to Sydney and Melbourne to examine the possibility of opening locations in... [more] 10 Aug, 2010
A sundae too far away for franchisees. - After Therese Evans and her husband were locked out for a debt Mrs Evans puts at $7000, Evans and other Wendy's franchisees are asking whether Wendy's business model is built to fail. ... [more] 10 Aug, 2010
First regional winners announced in Excellence in Franchising Awards. - Some of Australia’s leading franchising brands, including Bakers Delight, 7-Eleven and Pack & Send, were in attendance as winners of the Regional categories of the 2010 Excellence in Franchising Awards were... [more] 9 Aug, 2010
Third Fairies franchise to open in WA. - Children's brand, The Fairies, has recently sold its third franchise store, located in Rockingham, Western Australia, which is expected to open to the public next month. ... [more] 9 Aug, 2010
Wobbly growth for franchise sector. - A sharp slowdown in Australia's franchising sector could wipe billions off its growth and hurt thousands of small enterprises. ... [more] 7 Aug, 2010
Destination for Men franchising opportunities on view at expos. - A male grooming franchise opportunity for Australia and New Zealand is showcasing its business at the upcoming franchising exhibitions in Auckland this month and Brisbane in September. ... [more] 6 Aug, 2010
Sharp slowdown threatens franchising growth. - A sharp slowdown in Australia's franchising sector could wipe billions off its growth and hurt thousands of small enterprises. ... [more] 3 Aug, 2010
LJ Hooker to launch mortgage product. - LJ Hooker is to re-launch its house brand mortgage product after announcing a joint financial services agreement with Firstfolio Ltd. ... [more] 28 Jul, 2010
Club Academy to train future franchisees. - Home loan and mortgage broking firm, Club Financial Services, has introduced a new recruitment and training initiative set to assist the franchise to double its broker numbers before the end of the year. ... [more] 28 Jul, 2010
Eagle Boys takes out retail excellence accolade. - Pizza franchise, Eagle Boys, has been named Joint Winner of the 2010 Australian Business Award for Retail Excellence in recognition of its recent growth, achievements and contribution to the industry. ... [more] 27 Jul, 2010
NightOwl opens its doors in Palm Beach. - Leading convenience retail franchise NightOwl has opened its doors in Palm Beach today, the first store of its kind for the area. ... [more] 26 Jul, 2010
Harvey Norman full-year sales fall flat. - Retailer Harvey Norman Holdings reported flat sales for the year with an increase of 0.8 per cent. ... [more] 26 Jul, 2010
Franchise Council's new Diploma launched. - The Franchise Council of Australia has partnered with Multiple Coaching Services (HAYS) to launch a new Diploma of Franchising course at HAYS International College in Box Hill, Melbourne. ... [more] 23 Jul, 2010
Jetset-Stella merger hits turbulence. - The competition regulator has raised concerns about Jetset Travelworld's proposed $440 million merger with Australia's largest travel retailer, Stella. ... [more] 22 Jul, 2010
Hire A Box in administration. - The Australian franchised Hire A Box Pty Ltd has gone into voluntary administration. Hire A Box has 15 active franchisees and a number of inactive franchisees within the system. ... [more] 22 Jul, 2010
Hungry Jacks manager charged with fleecing job-seekers of $20,000. - Jobseekers at a fast food restaurant were fleeced of up to $3500 each by the manager responsible for hiring them, police claimed yesterday. ... [more] 22 Jul, 2010
Franchise legal firm becomes franchisor. - Franchise Legal has embraced the industry it services by becoming the first industry-specialist law firm to franchise. ... [more] 21 Jul, 2010
The watchdog strikes back. - The competition watchdog has hit back at claims its actions could force Australia's largest fridge sealing franchise to go out of business, saying there was no evidence that was the case. ... [more] 19 Jul, 2010
Telcoinabox consolidates Australia, New Zealand support. - In continued moves to consolidate its Australian and New Zealand operations telecommunications wholesaler Telcoinabox this week opened a new Sydney-based support centre. ... [more] 19 Jul, 2010
Business in jeopardy - over $25 a week. - The future of Australia's largest fridge seal replacement franchise is in jeopardy after a court ruling that it acted unconscionably in charging its franchisees an extra $25 a week nine years ago. ... [more] 15 Jul, 2010
Ray White admits possible Code breach. - Real estate franchise Ray White (Real Estate) Pty Ltd has been pulled up by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for its treatment of a franchisee. ... [more] 14 Jul, 2010
Regulator probes secret Groves deals. - The corporate regulator is investigating Eddy Groves's personal financial dealings with the leading creditors of the multibillion-dollar company he founded and ran aground, ABC Learning. ... [more] 12 Jul, 2010
Summit for franchise support teams. - An event dedicated to the professional development of franchisee support personnel is taking place this winter. The second annual Field Manager Summit is aimed at... [more] 12 Jul, 2010
Domino's Pizzas makes it 300 stores in Europe. - Australian owned and operated pizza franchise Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited (DPE) has opened its 300th European store. ... [more] 5 Jul, 2010
New head for Franchise Careers group franchising division. - The Franchise Careers Group has appointed highly-respected franchising stalwart Sergio Alderuccio to head the new FC franchising and distribution division. ... [more] 5 Jul, 2010
Harvey Norman buys rival's stores. - Household goods retailer Harvey Norman has bought most of the stores of its collapsed rival Clive Peeters for $55 million. ... [more] 3 Jul, 2010
Dymocks franchise takes out national bookselling award. - Franchise bookshop Dymocks Garden City in Perth has been named the 2010 National Chain Bookseller of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards held at the Paddington Town Hall in Sydney... [more] 2 Jul, 2010
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