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Franchise names in young retail awards. - Out of 25 young hopefuls in the line-up for the National Retail Association Young Retailer of the Year award, four are in the franchising sector. ... [more] 29 Jun, 2012
Cafe2U unveils 10-year franchisee hiring spree. - Mobile coffee franchise Cafe2U has highlighted opportunities in the US market, after announcing plans to appoint more than 1,000 additional US franchisees within the next 10 years. ... [more] 26 Jun, 2012
US$15 m investment in Pie Face. - Aussie pie retail franchise Pie Face is building on its initial US success with a local investor's US$15 million boost to the business in exchange for a 43 percent share in the company. ... [more] 25 Jun, 2012
Betta CEO confirms more Retravision Southern stores are joining. - The CEO of Betta Stores Retail (BSR), the franchisor of the Betta Home Living and Chandlers retail brands, Graeme Cunningham, has confirmed more Retravision stores are about to join his group. ... [more] 22 Jun, 2012
Here comes the bridesmaid. - Australia's bridal industry is largely focused on just that: the bride. But what about the women behind 'the woman'? Enter this mother and daughter team. ... [more] 18 Jun, 2012
Adore Tea signs up first franchisee as part of nationwide rollout. - Specialist tea retailer Adore Tea has signed up its first franchisee in Melbourne, after announcing its plans to roll out a franchise network that aims to rival established players such as T2. ... [more] 18 Jun, 2012
Endota multi-unit franchisee adds to portfolio. - Two new Endota day spas will open in Queensland, under the helm of former Beauty Spa Group International founder Cameron Fancourt who is an established multi-unit franchisee in the Endota network. ... [more] 18 Jun, 2012
Build franchise to make money magic. - It's unlikely to become the next McDonald's but if you have a successful and growing small business, you may wonder if it is worth franchising. ... [more] 17 Jun, 2012
Revealed: The surprising secrets of franchise success. - The most comprehensive survey of Australian franchisees ever undertaken has uncovered exactly which franchisees are the most financially successful. ... [more] 14 Jun, 2012
Ten franchise traps to avoid at all costs. - Thinking of buying a franchise? The good news is that franchises usually work, says three-time franchise owner Jane Lombard, now a franchise consultant. ... [more] 14 Jun, 2012
HydroKleen looks to double its franchise network. - A young Queensland-based franchise, HydroKleen, plans to double in size by next year and has South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria in its sights after signing up 13 new franchisees in as many... [more] 13 Jun, 2012
Queensland has taste for The Cheesecake Shop. - The latest opening in The Cheesecake Shop network is the outlet at North Lakes, the fourth new store in Queensland in the last 12 months. ... [more] 12 Jun, 2012
Lending a helping hand turns into a viable franchise. - An ever-increasing demand for home-based care was the catalyst for one entrepreneur to introduce the US franchise model, Senior Helpers, to Australia. ... [more] 7 Jun, 2012
New fitness brand to attract female dollar. - Australasia Franchise Group CEO, Dave Hundt, is excited. The business has launched a whole new brand, EnVie Fitness - a name which in French means 'in life'. EnVie is a female only brand, and... [more] 7 Jun, 2012
Five reasons why franchisor websites fail recruitment basics. - A review of various franchisor websites conducted by the Franchise Advisory Centre in recent months has highlighted five common problems that undermine the credibility of franchise brands and become... [more] 5 May, 2012
Third win for Muffin Break in customer satisfaction survey. - Muffin Break has scooped its third consecutive win in the Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards, putting the premium bakery café franchise in the lead to claim the title of Coffee Shop of the Year. ... [more] 5 Jun, 2012
Last call for FCA awards. - Top accolades are up for grabs in the Franchise Council of Australia's annual national awards and there's just time to register your interest. Entries close on Friday 1 June. ... [more] 31 May, 2012
Kikki.K hunts 10 local franchisees to fuel expansion plans. - Stationery brand Kikki.K will franchise up to 10 of its Australian stores as it eyes off further expansion in the Asian market, but insists there are no prerequisites for franchisees. ... [more] 30 May, 2012
Subway franchisee allegedly underpaid young employees more than $50,000. - The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a prosecution against the operator of four Subway outlets at Newcastle, in regional NSW, over more than $50,000 in alleged underpayments of 11 young employees. ... [more] 30 May, 2012
From $100 in his pocket to a sprawling bun empire. - Simon Ip and his brother Kenneth opened their first Breadtop bakery in Box Hill in 2002 and have since opened 60 stores - most of them franchises - across the country. ... [more] 29 May, 2012
Canadian coffee chain Esquires looks to Australia following NZ success. - Canadian coffee chain Esquires Coffee House is expanding into Australia following an entry to the New Zealand market, spearheaded by a high-tech store concept. ... [more] 29 May, 2012
Franchise warning on sales estimates. - Australia's $202 billion franchising industry must back up its promises when attracting new business partners, a court has warned. ... [more] 27 May, 2012
Chatime’s Australian expansion highlights growth of Asian franchises. - Taiwanese tea specialist Chatime has launched in Australia, adding to the growing Asian influence within the Australian franchising sector. ... [more] 25 May, 2012
Franchising a sweet addition to slushie mix. - Long-established brand Slush Puppie discovers it pays to be diligent before mixing it up in the franchising market. ... [more] 24 May, 2012
Tea franchise Chatime to expand. - Chatime, a tea specialist franchise chain, is looking to have almost 60 stores across Australia by the end of the year. ... [more] 24 May, 2012
Retravision stores survive supplier collapse. - More than 100 Retravision stores in Victoria, Tasmania and southern New South Wales will continue to trade as normal despite the collapse yesterday of their central buying co-operative, Retravision Southern Ltd... [more] 22 May, 2012
Franchise whiz hit by arsonists for second time. - For the second time, one of Domino's Pizza's most successful young franchisees has been attacked by arsonists. ... [more] 22 May, 2012
Retravision calls franchisee meeting, employees assured of entitlements. - The future of electrical appliance franchise Retravision is under a cloud as the company's buying group summoned store-owners to a meeting amid reports it has been unable to pay suppliers. ... [more] 18 May, 2012
Just Cuts kiosk highlights shrinking franchise operations. - Prospective franchisees could be set for a rise in smaller retail units, after hairdressing franchise chain Just Cuts unveiled a kiosk concept at a Melbourne shopping centre. ... [more] 17 May, 2012
Wonders of the west: Perth Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo. - Opportunities in Perth go beyond the mining world, and a number of new and exciting business ventures will be on display at the Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo next weekend. ... [more] 17 May, 2012
You do what?! Australia's quirkiest franchises. - By name or by trade, Marcella Bidinost highlights some of the more innovative tendencies of the franchising world. ... [more] 17 May, 2012
Just Cuts' new kiosk concept. - Hair cuts at a kiosk; the latest retail concept from Just Cuts, the haircutting franchise chain, has been unveiled at the Westfield Doncaster shopping centre in Victoria. ... [more] 16 May, 2012
McDonald's, KFC face supersize rates slug in obesity fight. - In a new attack on the obesity crisis, a Melbourne council is considering upping their rates of fast food giants such as McDonald's and KFC by up to 400 per cent. ... [more] 15 May, 2012
Franchises one way to weather the retail storm. - The latest Westpac Melbourne Institute index of consumer sentiment showed a drop in confidence from the previous period and found Australians are less optimistic about their financial position over the coming... [more] 14 May, 2012
A $1.22m victory for franchisees in the Supreme Court of Victoria. - A $1.22 million damages award to franchisees after their successful appeal against franchisor Billy Baxters serves to alert both franchisees and franchisors to the high stakes involved in negotiating... [more] 14 May, 2012
New franchisor networking group launches. - Anytime Fitness was the focus of the first networking event organised by the Franchisor Support Alliance, a new organisation designed to help franchisors through learning and mentoring. ... [more] 9 May, 2012
Could you cut it as a franchise owner? The top 10 traits a franchisee needs. - Franchising is a $128-billion-a-year business in Australia. Over a thousand franchise brands run across the country, covering every angle from coffee vending to in-home behavioural dog training. ... [more] 8 May, 2012
Top 10 franchises for franchisee satisfaction. - Smartline, Mister Minit and Anytime Fitness have topped the latest franchisee satisfaction awards while Mrs Fields has re-entered the top 10. ... [more] 7 May, 2012
Harvey Norman's franchisee model is becoming more corporate: RBS. - A new report released by RBS equities today shows that Harvey Norman’s franchisee structure is being increasingly corporatized, with Harvey Norman Holdings exercising more power over individual... [more] 4 May, 2012
Jim’s Cleaning franchisee triggers warning over exclusivity rights. - A franchising expert has issued a warning to prospective franchisees about exclusivity rights, after a former Jim’s Cleaning franchisee claimed he lost exclusivity in his assigned territory. ... [more] 3 May, 2012
Franchisees ready to pounce on upturn, claims Harvey Norman head office. - Despite today’s announcement of a 24.8 per cent decline in profits, Harvey Norman company secretary Chris Mentis said the group’s franchisees were in a good position to capitalise on any upturn in the market. ... [more] 3 May, 2012
Cleaning franchise Kleenit acquires rival Graffiti Gone. - The franchising sector can expect to see more mergers and acquisitions as smaller franchises struggle to remain profitable, an expert says, after Kleenit acquired competitor Graffiti Gone. ... [more] 3 May, 2012
Harvey Norman hit by aggressive competition. - Harvey Norman's pre-tax profit for the first nine months of the financial year is down 25 per cent as sales continued to fall in the first quarter. ... [more] 3 May, 2012
McDonald's, Domino's, Subway headline franchise forum. - Keynote speakers from top global franchise brands McDonald’s, Dominos and Subway will be speaking at the upcoming Franchise Management Forum, with franchisee performance, recruitment and... [more] 1 May, 2012
No blues with store franchise. - When choosing a business to purchase, Robert Whittet wanted a company that had a good reputation in the community. He certainly found it. Since December, Mr Whittet has been the franchisee of... [more] 1 May, 2012
Cleaning up through finding a better way. - When Julie Finch-Scally walked out of her job in a bank after a clash with management, she was well into her 50s and struggled to find another job. ... [more] 30 Apr, 2012
Web portal aims to develop 1,000 franchises across Australia. - A newly-launched online portal is offering businesses the opportunity to offer products, trades and services as franchisees, with the aim of developing more than 1,000 franchises nationally. ... [more] 27 Apr, 2012
Anytime Fitness: 150 clubs open in Australia. - Anytime Fitness Australia has reached another milestone with the opening today of its 150th club. ... [more] 27 Apr, 2012
Franchise brands among fast starters. - Four franchised businesses are among those listed in the latest BRW ranking, Fast Starters. The listings acknowledge companies started after 30 June 2007 and who have weathered the economic times to... [more] 26 Apr, 2012
Jim's Group seeks $10m investment. - Jim Penman is looking for $10m from an investor to help provide business start-up loans to new franchisees and to develop the business to a position where it can float on the stock market. ... [more] 26 Apr, 2012
Franchise success stories amid WA boom. - While franchisors continue to struggle with recruitment in the wake of the mining boom, some local franchisees are bucking the trend and flourishing amidst WA’s growing population. ... [more] 25 Apr, 2012
Crust pizza franchise flags expansion into US and Asia. - Australian franchise Crust Gourmet Pizza Bars will open its first store in the United States next month as part of an expansion strategy that encapsulates Asia, New Zealand and the Middle East. ... [more] 23 Apr, 2012
Muffin Break tops coffee shop survey for customer satisfaction. - Customers love Muffin Break. That's according to a recent survey which found the chain had the most satisfied customers of all major coffee shop brands in Australia. ... [more] 20 Apr, 2012
Big plans for Braap motocross franchise: 50 stores in five years. - Brad Smith, 25 year old entrepreneur and founder of the motocross bike retail franchise Braap, plans to open 50 further outlets in the next five years. ... [more] 16 Apr, 2012
Go Sushi extends its manage-to-own programs. - Sushi chain Go Sushi has followed in the footsteps of Bakers Delight, extending its Manage to Own program, which allows more than 75% of start-up costs to be paid over three to five years. ... [more] 11 Apr, 2012
Jim's Pool Care recruits 50th franchisee. - Jim's Pool Care, part of the Jim's Group of home services, has reached a business milestone, signing up its 50th mobile pool shop franchisee. ... [more] 11 Apr, 2012
Yum! and Competitive Foods to mediate. - Battling KFC franchisor Yum! Restaurants Australia and franchisee Jack Cowin of Competitive Foods have moved to mediation and the 15 stores threatened with closure have been given a lifeline until... [more] 2 Apr, 2012

New Victorian franchisee for sKids. - A new franchisee has joined the Safe Kids In Daily Supervision (sKids) operation and will run the Frankston territory in Victoria, offering out of hours school care. ... [more] 30 Mar, 2012
Tasty Trucks shows “vanchising” goes the distance. - Mobile food franchise Tasty Trucks plans to invest $2 million into the business this year and increase its fleet of vans, following the acquisition of Newcastle-based business Lunch Express. ... [more] 28 Mar, 2012
Chicken dispute goes to mediation. - Federal Court Justice Geoffrey Flick on Friday told businessman Jack Cowin's Competitive Foods Australia and Yum! Restaurants they had 45 days to find a solution to their dispute through... [more] 27 Mar, 2012
Free information and advice for franchisors. - The Fair Work Ombudsman provided free advice and information to franchisors and employers at the recent Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo at the Sydney Convention Exhibition Centre. ... [more] 26 Mar, 2012
Walk in to franchising with eyes open. - Be your own boss, run your own show - for many people a dream that seems too daunting to achieve on their own in the jittery economic climate. ... [more] 26 Mar, 2012
Franchising leaves a bad taste for some. - Many franchisees believe they are vulnerable when a contract ends, but the law provides no residual rights, writes Stuart Washington. ... [more] 24 Mar, 2012
Franchisee success celebrated in seminar sessions: Sydney expo. - Franchisees will be sharing their success stories in daily panel sessions at the Sydney Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo this weekend. ... [more] 22 Mar, 2012
Gelatissimo opens flagship store in Kuwait. - Australian gelato chain Gelatissimo has unveiled its most spectacular outlet to date, and its first Middle Eastern franchise, serving exotic new flavours to tempt local consumers. ... [more] 20 Mar, 2012
'Hungry' Jack in KFC stoush. - "Hungry" Jack Cowin, recently making news as a confidant of mining magnate Gina Rinehart, is about to make headlines himself: he has accused the owners of KFC of unconscionable conduct. ... [more] 20 Mar, 2012
Brisbane and Victorian franchises of builder Cavalier Homes collapse. - The Brisbane franchise of Gold Coast residential property group Cavalier Homes has been placed in administration, just weeks after the owner of Cavalier Homes' Warrnambool and Gippsland... [more] 20 Mar, 2012
Why franchising works: Nanotek. - “Franchising is a fantastic business model,” says Nanotek CEO, Jim Cornish. “It enables someone to own their own business and be their own boss, but provides the security of a proven business model..." ... [more] 20 Mar, 2012
Jim’s Mowing seeks $10 million in funding, eyes vendor finance to boost franchisee numbers. - Entrepreneur Jim Penman, owner of the Jim's Group franchise, says he is seeking around $10 million in funding to help potential franchisees pay for start-up costs, as well as... [more] 19 Mar, 2012
Will burger mania change group buying? - After two days of bargain burger mania, Hungry Jack's has offloaded 675,000 discount vouchers through daily deal website Scoopon. ... [more] 15 Mar, 2012
Funding franchisees is paying off for Snap-on Tools. - Tight lending at the major banks is not a concern for ten new franchisees who have taken advantage of private funding through the Snap-on Tools Australia Credit Program. ... [more] 14 Mar, 2012
Franchise opportunities: Sydney expo coming up. - The 2012 Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre March 23 to 25 is expecting a big turnout from Sydneysiders keen to start their own business. ... [more] 13 Mar, 2012
Gelatissimo eyes up Japan, Vietnam in expansion plan. - Gelato franchise business Gelatissimo is planning further overseas expansion with Vietnam and Japan initial targets for growth. The Middle East and South Africa are also on the company's radar. ... [more] 13 Mar, 2012
Pizza maker offers 1000 new jobs. - It's not only the mining boom that's creating jobs - there's also plenty of work to be had in the pizza sector. So says Australia's biggest pizza company, Domino's Pizza Enterprises. ... [more] 12 Mar, 2012
Ben & Jerry’s looks to lick US franchise failure trend. - Ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s has aimed to reverse the trend of failed US franchises in Australia, with plans to open up to 30 “scoop shops”, saying the network will be based on quality, not quantity. ... [more] 8 Mar, 2012
Franchising women in top entrepreneurial list. - Influential figures in the franchising sector have been cited as among Australia's top 30 entrepreneurial women in a list released today, International Women's Day. ... [more] 8 Mar, 2012
Will franchisor education help the sector's image? New study coming up. - Could franchisor training help improve the image of the franchise sector? That's the question being asked in a new study to be undertaken by education research and consulting firm Corven. ... [more] 7 Mar, 2012
Lord of the Fries kicks off expansion with new VIC store. - Vegetarian food franchise, Lord of the Fries is opening its sixth store, located in Fitzroy, ahead of further openings in Melbourne and interstate later in the year. ... [more] 6 Mar, 2012
Franchise expo coming to Sydney this month. - The 2012 Franchising & Business Opportunities Expos is being held in Sydney later this month. ... [more] 5 Mar, 2012
Grill'd not grand: healthy burger plan. - No ads. No celebrity endorsements. No meal deals. No upsizing. Grill'd Burgers wants a brand without the trimmings. ... [more] 5 Mar, 2012
Franchisees bolster suit against bank. - Franchisees who are suing the Bank of Queensland for allegedly misleading them about the profitability and viability of operating bank branches in NSW have shored up their case before a trial scheduled to... [more] 3 Mar, 2012
Retailer Harvey Norman scales back online hopes. - Consumer goods retailer Harvey Norman is drastically scaling back plans to conduct five per cent of its trade online, only months after launching a brand new website. ... [more] 2 Mar, 2012
Retail code of conduct discussed at Sydney forum. - Some of Australia's leading retail representative groups and franchise systems met yesterday to discuss ways to reenergise the struggling retail sector, such as the creation of a... [more] 1 Mar, 2012
Gerry Harvey retains faith in struggling Harvey Norman franchisee system. - Gerry Harvey is placing the future growth of the Harvey Norman retail business in the hands of its struggling franchise business. ... [more] 29 Feb, 2012
Muffin Break heads to India; Jamaica Blue to open in Singapore. - The FoodCo Group is growing its overseas presence with both Muffin Break and Jamaica Blue heading for new shores. ... [more] 28 Feb, 2012
Retail Food to buy Pizza Capers. - Retail Food Group (RFG), the company behind brands such as Brumby's Bakeries, Donut King, and Michel's, is to add the Pizza Capers chain to its stable. ... [more] 28 Feb, 2012
FCA forum to discuss retail leasing code, payroll tax freeze. - Retail issues that affect the franchisee community are up for discussion at a forum hosted by the Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) in Sydney this week. ... [more] 27 Feb, 2012
RealScope opens its real estate services business to franchisees. - Entrepreneur Julia Cormie is turning to franchising to grow her brand, RealScope, which creates professional photography, high quality floor plans and interactive floor plans for the real estate industry and... [more] 27 Feb, 2012
Red Rooster joins franchise pay scheme. - Fast food chain Red Rooster has signed up to a national audit to ensure its franchise store workers are not being underpaid. ... [more] 22 Feb, 2012
Jetts Fitness tops fastest growing franchise list. - Jetts Fitness is leading the list of the top five fastest growing franchises in Australia, as picked by BRW magazine. ... [more] 21 Feb, 2012
Online potential untapped by franchise sector: new study. - The franchise sector is neglecting the huge potential of online retailing, suggests new research by The Franchise Relationships Institute (FRI) which reports the $130 billion sector is earning less than... [more] 20 Feb, 2012
Final call for regional franchise award entries: FCA. - Are you a winning franchisee or part of a successful franchise team? Then you could enter the 2012 FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards - regional entries close soon. ... [more] 20 Feb, 2012
Brisbane law firm joins Franchise Legal network. - The franchised Melbourne law firm Franchise Legal is partnering with Brisbane based Walsh Halligan Douglas lawyers. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2012
Domino's checks it is serving fair pay packets. - Major pizza chain Domino’s has followed a lead set by McDonald’s and signed up to a national audit designed to ensure the pay packets of its 11,000-strong workforce in Australia are accurate. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2012
How franchisees are fighting back. - For most of the last decade, as the sector enjoyed explosive growth, the franchisors held the power – and were prepared to use it. But in the last 12 months, the franchisees have tried to take... [more] 16 Feb, 2012
OPSM to add 50+ stores while sister brands closed by Luxottica. - More than 50 extra OPSM stores are planned for Australia and New Zealand. But the opportunities come at the expense of other brands within the Luxottica Group. ... [more] 16 Feb, 2012
Domino's has its digitals in the pie. - Domino's Pizza wants to harness greater productivity and fatter margins gained from customers' growing use of mobile devices. ... [more] 16 Feb, 2012
Cheesecake Shop franchisee takes down - Rebel Cheesecake Shop franchisee Brad Skuse has taken down following claims that he had breached a prior agreement by launching the site... [more] 16 Feb, 2012
Cash Converters profit slides 7.5pc. - Shares in Cash Converters fell nearly 6 per cent after the short term lender and second hand trader posted a 7.5 per cent fall in first-half profit to $13.2 million. ... [more] 16 Feb, 2012
Rogue franchisee reignites battle with The Cheesecake Shop. - Renegade Cheesecake Shop franchisee Brad Skuse has set up a site critical of the company, called, six months after being forced to take down ... [more] 15 Feb, 2012
The great franchise giveaway. - The problem franchisors face in recruiting quality franchisees isn’t a new one, but only recently have industry players begun to offer bold incentives, such as the reduction or elimination of fees. ... [more] 13 Feb, 2012
Franchises: Don't go in half-baked. - First, the bad news - there is no pot of gold at the end of the franchising rainbow. And if the 600 complaints received by the ACCC last year are any guide, there may be a lot worse. ... [more] 13 Feb, 2012
Travelscene franchisee referred to police. - A Darwin travel agent suspected of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from customers has been reported to police and cut loose from parent company Travelscene American Express. ... [more] 10 Feb, 2012
Jim's Building Inspections seeking interstate franchisees. - Jim's Building Inspections is set to expand nationally, six months after its launch. The start-up division's first five Victorian franchisees have already exceeded their annual income projections and the company... [more] 8 Feb, 2012
Double-shot espresso for coffee shop group. - Australia's largest coffee shop chain, The Coffee Club Group, aims to open a new store every fortnight for the next five years after growing by 18.5 per cent last year. ... [more] 7 Feb, 2012
Anytime Fitness Sells 300th Franchise Territory in Australia. - It took Anytime Fitness nearly three years to sell 300 franchise territories and open 130 clubs in the United States. The club's master franchisees for Australia recently matched those numbers in Australia... [more] 6 Feb, 2012
Fair work for franchisors. - The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a new program aimed at bringing some of Australia's largest franchisors up to speed on workplace laws. ... [more] 3 Feb, 2012
Hungry Jack's investigating restaurant claims it sells halal food. - A Melbourne Hungry Jack's restaurant owner is being grilled after claims he falsely advertised the chain was selling halal food. ... [more] 2 Feb, 2012
Bricks & Clicks forum for franchise leaders. - A forum being run by the respected Franchise Relationships Institute later this month aims to equip franchisors with vital information to help protect their brands, customer base and franchise relation... [more] 1 Feb, 2012
Franchise Council slams SA Government after appointing franchisee champion Frank Zumbo as deputy small business commissioner. - The franchising industry has baulked at the announcement that advocate for state-based franchise legislation Frank Zumbo has been appointed the new deputy SA small business commissioner. ... [more] 1 Feb, 2012
Pizza franchise plans aggressive Sydney expansion. - Pizza Capers will open 25 stores in the Sydney region this year, in response to “huge demand” from the market. The aggressive expansion plan will see Pizza Capers take its total store numbers to 130... [more] 31 Jan, 2012
Pets Paradise franchise in Federal Court stoush with disgruntled franchisees. - Negotiations will continue between Pets Paradise and two former Queensland franchisees, after the decades-old pet care chain was found to have breached the Trade Practices Act by making... [more] 31 Jan, 2012
Woolies to sell Dick Smith as sales disappoint. - Woolworths plans to sell its struggling Dick Smith consumer electronics division as the supermarket giant steps up its price war with rival chain Coles. ... [more] 31 Jan, 2012
Cafe on wheels business Tasty Trucks buys Lunch Express. - Just three months after launching its new franchise system, Victorian-based cafe on wheels, Tasty Trucks, has begun its national expansion with the acquisition of the 17 van business Lunch Express. ... [more] 30 Jan, 2012
Former master franchisee of Essential Beauty Franchising loses bid to shift case to Queensland. - A Queensland-based franchisor accused of breaking her franchise agreement with Essential Beauty Franchising has failed in an attempt to shift court proceedings to her home state of Queensland... [more] 24 Jan, 2012
Jim's Group founder opposes government intervention. - Last week, the FCA called on the government to set up a small business assistance program which would help to drive franchisee recruitment. Jim Penman, founder of the Jim's Group franchise, disagrees... [more] 23 Jan, 2012
Harvey Norman franchisee model branded 'unsustainable' by investment bank. - Macquarie Securities has declared Harvey Norman’s franchisee fee structure as “unsustainable” given the current retail market’s propensity towards discounting in low margin categories. ... [more] 23 Jan, 2012
South African bookstore owners migrating to Australia. - Dymocks’ franchisees Ken and Anna-Maria Cosgrove are moving from South Africa to take on full management of their two Perth stores (in Belmont and Whitford City)... [more] 19 Jan, 2012
Jim's Group makes moves for public listing. - Jim Penman, founder of the Jim's Group franchise, has announced his intention to have the company publicly listed by the end of the year - a move which will help to drive franchisee recruitment. ... [more] 19 Jan, 2012
Franchise Council of Australia calls for small business assistance program. - The FCA is calling for the development of a small business assistance program that would allow emerging companies to use the Federal Government guarantee when seeking funding. ... [more] 18 Jan, 2012
Star franchisee’s bankruptcy has lessons for franchisors and franchisees. - News of the bankruptcy of former Olympic basketballer and high-profile multi-unit franchisee Shane Heal has generally received more attention in the sporting pages than in the business press. ... [more] 18 Jan, 2012
Fastway supports brand refresh with improved app. - iFastway, downloaded approximately 5,000 times last year, has been redesigned to reflect Fastway's new look and the evolving needs of users. ... [more] 17 Jan, 2012
Ben & Jerry’s searches for young, “cool” franchisees. - US-based ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s is looking to expand its Australian network by opening a series of franchisee-owned stores, describing its ideal franchisee as someone “cool” aged 18-35. ... [more] 17 Jan, 2012
Stan Gordon is expanding his franchise businesses. - Stan Gordon admits he is hungry. And he is not just talking about sampling the ice cream from the outlets covered by his brand management business, Franchised Food Company. ... [more] 16 Jan, 2012
WA franchisee advocate explains why state laws are necessary. - Western Australia's shadow minister for commerce and small business, Ljiljanna Ravlich, has explained why she is trying to push through state-based franchising laws... [more] 13 Jan, 2012
Bedshed launches online franchise calculator tool. - Bedshed has launched a simple franchise calculator tool that will help in the early stages of evaluating franchise systems. ... [more] 11 Jan, 2012
Cafe2U plans Tassie expansion. - With 117 franchises across Australia and 180 worldwide, Cafe2U is searching for franchisees for three Tasmanian territories: two in Hobart and one in Launceston. ... [more] 9 Jan, 2012
Theobroma chocolate cafe heads for Sydney and QLD. - Theobroma, the Victorian based chocolate cafe and bar franchise, is in expansion mode in Queensland and Sydney and is calling for international inquiries too. ... [more] 9 Jan, 2012
Pandora closes 100 more stores. - After a difficult 12 months where it saw weak international sales, Pandora has announced the closure of another 100 accounts in Australia and New Zealand. ... [more] 5 Jan, 2012
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