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Tax franchise hauled into court for misleading job ads. - The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission launched proceedings yesterday against Taxsmart Group, an accounting and taxation firm with franchises across Australia. ... [more] 27 Jun, 2013
When franchising meets innovation. - In just five years Luxottica has emerged as one of Australia’s most innovative franchisors, creating a model that has seen its OPSM stores flourish despite the tough economic climate. ... [more] 27 Jun, 2013
Employee to franchisee in three months. - In three months Nieves Calvo has gone from part-time worker to business owner. The opening of her Get Threaded Brow and Beauty Bar in the Sydney CBD on Wednesday caps a whirlwind few months... [more] 26 Jun, 2013
Eight new franchises for Just Better Care. - Home-care franchise Just Better Care Australia has opened eight new franchises so far this year, bringing its total number of franchises to 30. ... [more] 26 Jun, 2013
Government begins consultation of code review. - The government has released a consultation paper in response to the Franchising Code of Conduct review handed down by Alan Wein in April. ... [more] 20 Jun, 2013
Get Threaded gets serious about growth. - The Queensland-based founder of personal grooming business Get Threaded has announced big plans for the brand after achieving 75% growth in 2012-13. ... [more] 20 Jun, 2013
Research identifies survival factors for small business. - New research identifies factors that contribute to and hinder small business success - for both franchised and independent small businesses. The research, conducted by Griffith University... [more] 19 Jun, 2013
Government releases 176-question Franchising Code consultation paper. - The review into the Franchising Code of Conduct has progressed to the next stage with the federal government issuing a complex consultation paper seeking responses to six times as many... [more] 18 Jun, 2013
Presse Café signs first Australian franchisee. - Presse Café, the Canadian café franchise with locations in seven countries including France, Cyrpus and of course Canada, has just signed its first Australian franchisee. ... [more] 17 Jun, 2013
Excellence in Franchising awards – NSW/ACT region winners unveiled. - Winners of the NAB FCA NSW/ACT 2013 Excellence in Franchising awards were announced during a gala dinner at Sydney’s Four Points by Sheraton on Friday, 14 June. ... [more] 17 Jun, 2013
Sydney expo showcases new names. - Sunshine brought out the crowds for the Sydney Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo at Darling Harbour, with visitors flocking to the venue on the lookout for the latest opportunities. ... [more] 17 Jun, 2013
Australian franchisees seek structure for satisfaction. - An Australian franchisee’s satisfaction with their business was likely to be based on how well the franchise’s structures were set up, as new research shows franchisees were more satisfied with... [more] 14 Jun, 2013
ACCC takes action against Harvey Norman franchisees. - Nine Harvey Norman franchisees are being taken to court by the ACCC for misrepresenting consumer rights. ... [more] 13 Jun, 2013
Expansion on the agenda at Jim’s Pool Care. - The past 12 months have proven particularly busy for Jim's Pool Care, with the company recruiting another 10 franchisees. ... [more] 12 Jun, 2013
FCA to celebrate leading franchisees in annual regional and national awards. - The Franchise Council of Australia’s annual awards are back, with the FCA notifying the state finalists of their success this week. ... [more] 7 Jun, 2013
Zambrero has its sights set on WA. - Mexican food franchise the Zambrero Group is looking to open 50 new stores in Western Australia over the next five years. ... [more] 5 Jun, 2013
Who's at the Sydney Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo? - If you're keen to buy a franchise, a visit to the upcoming expo in Sydney should be on your To Do list. ... [more] 3 Jun, 2013
Franchise code audit may deter retailers. - Proposed changes to the Franchising Code could lead to increased operating costs and dissuade foreign retailers from entering the Australian market, a sector specialist has warned. ... [more] 3 Jun, 2013
Franchising Expo return signals continued sector growth. - Franchising in Australia is recovering from a dip caused by the global financial crisis, with thousands of people interested in taking on a business expected to attend an expo in Sydney later this month... [more] 3 Jun, 2013
Pie Face responds to headlines over leaked documents. - The Pie Face chain has responded to articles indicating it is fielding losses across its network of company owned and franchised stores. ... [more] 3 Jun, 2013
Blow Dry Bar seeking franchisees as demand grows. - Australian hairdressing salon chain Blow Dry Bar is seeking new franchisees as consumer demand for its services grows. ... [more] 31 May, 2013
How will major changes to the Franchising Code affect the sector? - The recent release of the Review of the Franchising Code of Conduct provides a valuable insight into what the future of franchising in Australia might look like. ... [more] 28 May, 2013
Franchise sector grows in tough market. - Australia's franchise sector appears to be holding its own as the nation's overall business trading conditions remain difficult. ... [more] 28 May, 2013
Telcoinabox plans to go public. - There are changes afoot at the Telcoinabox business as it becomes part of a new group which is taking steps to significantly grow its operations through an IPO (Initial Public Offer). ... [more] 27 May, 2013
Franchise review to introduce "good faith" provision into code. - The long awaited publication on Friday of the government’s review of the Franchising Code of Conduct has been welcomed by the franchising sector. ... [more] 20 May, 2013
Corporate Cars sells first franchises. - Corporate Cars Australia has sold its first two franchises. Jason Wong and Nazih Abdi are the new Sydney based franchisees. ... [more] 20 May, 2013
FCA supports Alan Wein's code review. - The Franchise Council of Australia is pleased with the outcomes and recommendations offered by franchising expert Alan Wein in his review of the Franchising Code of Conduct. ... [more] 17 May, 2013
Review of the Franchising Code of Conduct. - An independent review of the Franchising Code of Conduct has presented 18 recommendations to the Australian Government about the future of the industry. ... [more] 17 May, 2013
A grinding battle is brewing, as original Coffee Guy fights Retail Food Group. - A small business which has been trading as Coffee Guy since 2006 is now struggling against the might of the Retail Food Group and its introduction of The Coffee Guy brand to Australia. ... [more] 17 May, 2013
WA is all the GO! for Brumby’s hybrid model. - Retail Food Group has highlighted the success of hybrid business model Brumby’s GO!, which is looking for franchisees to accelerate the brand’s growth, particularly in regional WA. ... [more] 15 May, 2013
Former Brumby's MD now adjunct professor at Griffith Business School. - Griffith University’s Griffith Business School has appointed prominent franchising expert Michael Sherlock to the position of Adjunct Professor. ... [more] 14 May, 2013
Smartline wins 2013 Topfranchise Awards for fifth year in a row. - Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers has taken out the top spot in the 2013 Topfranchise Awards for the fifth straight year, with online, mobile and kiosk-style concepts putting in a strong performance at... [more] 14 May, 2013
Online platforms boost franchise brands: survey. - Franchises that are embracing online communications with franchisees are reaping the benefits according to a recent survey. ... [more] 13 May, 2013
Jim's adds glazing business to franchise opportunities. - The latest national franchise division to join the Jim's Group, Jim's Glass, has ambitious plans to recruit independent glaziers across Australia to join forces and transform the fragmented domestic glazing market... [more] 13 May, 2013
New cost-conscious, flexi-franchise model at Keen to Clean. - The Keen to Clean Group has launched flexible franchise models designed for a lower-level investment that suits the current cautious market. ... [more] 13 May, 2013
Multi-Units to Control 62% of Franchising Market. - Multi-unit franchising is continuing to grow in popularity in Australia and will account for 62% of franchising sector revenues in this market by 2015, according to the Franchise Relationships Institute. ... [more] 10 May, 2013
Retail Food Group’s social media hub set to up the ante for franchisors. - Franchisors look set to face increasing pressure from franchisees to implement social media polices, after Retail Food Group established a “social media command centre”. ... [more] 8 May, 2013
The Future of Australian Franchising’s Underbelly. - Australian franchisees from many brands and with protracted stories of franchising disasters are coming out of the woodwork yet again. ... [more] 7 May, 2013
How franchisees can improve online customer service. - Whether you are an online or offline franchise business, exceptional customer service is crucial to the continued success and growth of the brand. ... [more] 7 May, 2013
Multi Unit Summit. - The 4th National Multi-Unit Summit includes focused interactive sessions to help franchisees and franchisors build and maximise successful multi-unit programs. ... [more] 6 May, 2013
Anytime Fitness opens 250th club. - Australia's 250th Anytime Fitness club opened its doors in Mount Isa, Queensland on 6 May, with franchisee Chris Bennett at the helm. ... [more] 6 May, 2013
NZ's The Coffee Guy to Australia. - Another mobile coffee brand will be launching in Australia when The Coffee Guy expands across the Tasman Sea as early as next month. ... [more] 29 Apr, 2013
Australia Inquires into Regulating Franchising. - This article provides some preliminary assessment of the submissions to the 2013 review of the regulation of the franchising sector in Australia. ... [more] 24 Apr, 2013
SA Italian restaurant franchise chain Fasta Pasta in corporate makeover. - South Australian restaurant chain Fasta Pasta is stepping out of the kitchen into the boardroom after nearly three decades, unveiling measures to shed its family tag and become more corporate. ... [more] 23 Apr, 2013
Franchising Awards: entries open! - Do you believe in your brand and your business? Then why not share what makes you a success and enter the inaugural Franchising Awards? ... [more] 22 Apr, 2013
Janine Allis on her new book. - Boost Juice founder Janine Allis released her second book, The Secrets of My Success – the story of Boost Juice, juicy bits and all on April 15. ... [more] 22 Apr, 2013
Aussie Home Loans CEO stands down. - Stephen Porges, the chief executive of mortgage brokering company Aussie Home Loans has resigned. ... [more] 17 Apr, 2013
Harvey Norman sales up in Q3. - Electrical and homewares retailer Harvey Norman has lifted its third quarter sales by 0.6 per cent to $1.28 billion. ... [more] 17 Apr, 2013
Bakers Delight says big retail landlords should set new rents through third parties. - Fresh bread franchisor Bakers Delight wants pricing regulations changed to force big retail landlords to use third-party figures when setting new rents. ... [more] 16 Apr, 2013
Bicycle Centre rebrand idea pedalled for independent bike stores. - A bicycle distributor based in Brisbane is taking a new twist on the franchising model by asking bike retailers to rebrand as Bicycle Centre, promising to offer a range of support such as... [more] 16 Apr, 2013
1800Approved looks to create 100 new franchisees by 2021. - Rodney Michail, the founder of Queensland based finance, insurance and warranty company 1800Approved aims to create as many as 100 new franchisees within the next seven years. ... [more] 12 Apr, 2013
Court dismisses ACCC injunctions against Harvey Norman franchisees. - Of the 11 injunctions the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has applied for against Harvey Norman franchisees, all except for one have been dismissed. ... [more] 10 Apr, 2013
Australia's Largest Hotel Franchisor Advances Regional Accommodation Growth Plans. - Choice Hotels Australasia (Choice) has started the year with an aggressive acquisition strategy as it partners with seven new hotel properties across Australia. ... [more] 10 Apr, 2013
Are franchise businesses adapting for the digital world? - If you’re a franchisee, in senior management, or in franchise development, 'social' is definitely worth paying attention to. ... [more] 5 Apr, 2013
Pie Face eyes India, Indonesia. - Australian pie chain Pie Face says it has commenced discussions to open outlets in India and Indonesia as part of a global expansion plan. ... [more] 4 Apr, 2013
Confectionery start-up Lollypotz ditches franchising model. - Chocolate bouquet business Lollypotz is to move away from franchising, instead concentrating its efforts on distribution centres, but insists its 25 franchisees won’t be disadvantaged. ... [more] 4 Apr, 2013
Kids Korner: the first Australian owned daytime childcare franchise. - In June 2010, Debbie Pham sold off her 11 centre strong childcare business, yet retained its original name and created a new franchised childcare company. ... [more] 3 Apr, 2013
FineDays to be Aussie master franchise for EagleRider. - Motorcycle renting company FineDays has announced its plans to be the Australian master franchise for motorcycle tourism and renting company EagleRider. ... [more] 2 Apr, 2013

Small town, big arches: Why one Australian town is fighting McDonald's. - It seems that in at least one part of the world, the golden arches have lost a little luster. The reason lies in a proposal by U.S.-based fast food giant McDonald's to build a restaurant in Tecoma, a small Australian town... [more] 28 Mar, 2013
Games2U successfully recruits first franchisee. - Games2U has officially expanded into the world of franchising, with the company recently signing its first franchisee. ... [more] 28 Mar, 2013
Franchisees making the cut. - The franchise sector in Australia recovered from the global financial crisis in a stronger position than small business, with a net growth of 4.4% for new franchise businesses during the past two years. ... [more] 26 Mar, 2013
Quest opens up franchisee recruitment. - Australasia’s largest and fastest growing serviced apartment operator – Quest Serviced Apartments - is seeking a new generation of franchisees to keep up with the company’s rapid expansion across... [more] 25 Mar, 2013
Healthy Cairns cafe evolving into a franchise. - A Cairns couple is set to spread the paleo message around Australia, franchising their business just six months after its opening. ... [more] 22 Mar, 2013
CBA free to control Aussie Home Loans. - Commonwealth Bank is free to seize control of independent mortgage provider Aussie Home Loans after the competition watchdog gave its blessing to the deal. ... [more] 21 Mar, 2013
Franchising industry mourns the loss of Elisabeth Richie. - Franchising Magazine today acknowledges the loss of Elisabeth Richie, a talented and courageous woman who lost her battle with cancer on Friday, 15 March. ... [more] 21 Mar, 2013
Fasta Pasta wins customer satisfaction award. - For the second time running, restaurant franchise Fasta Pasta recently won The Quick Service Restaurant of the Year award for 2012. ... [more] 21 Mar, 2013
Why franchise education is essential to improving business outcomes. - A theme in the current Franchising Code of Conduct review that is consistent with previous federal and state inquiries into franchising underlines the importance of franchisees knowing what they... [more] 19 Mar, 2013
Zambrero continues rapid expansion. - Zambrero is spreading the Mexican flavour with two new restaurants opening in Melbourne University and Subiaco, Western Australia in March. ... [more] 15 Mar, 2013
Dr Group offers 285 free franchises to offer industry aspirants a leg up, expand network. - Well-known IT entrepreneur David Raffen is offering 285 franchises worth close to $10 million for free to industry aspirants to give them "a leg up in the industry". ... [more] 12 Mar, 2013
Domino's still talking 'bout a pizza revolution. - Domino's Pizza boss Don Meij has been forced to publicly defend the massive hype leading up to yesterday's announcement that promised to "revolutionise" the nation's pizza industry... [more] 11 Mar, 2013
Cookie company crumbles after Oscars showcase. - The beleaguered Byron Bay Cookie Company has been placed into receivership a week after the Taxation Office began a court action alleging unpaid debts of more than $1.2 million. ... [more] 9 Mar, 2013
Eagle Boys Pizza manager moves to Franchised Food Company. - Former Eagle Boys Franchise Development Manager Phill Tucker has been appointed the new Head of Business Development for Franchised Food Company (FFCo). ... [more] 5 Mar, 2013
Green Homes launches sustainable housing franchise. - Green Homes Australia is launching its building franchise, The Green Builder, which aims to deliver energy efficient homes with the potential to... [more] 4 Mar, 2013
Chapter closed: Dymocks exits e-book publishing after 15 months. - Dymocks is shutting its publishing venture at the end of the month after just 15 months in the business. ... [more] 4 Mar, 2013
BRW releases 2013 Fast Franchises list. - The BRW Fast Franchises list for 2013 has been released, with some interesting results indeed. ... [more] 28 Feb, 2013
Harvey Norman sees light after profit plunges. - Harvey Norman’s half year profit has dropped by 36 per cent because of weaker sales and falling property values, but the retailer says the outlook is brightening. ... [more] 28 Feb, 2013
Nanotek adds admin technology to support franchisees and adds to global footprint. - Car cleaning franchise Nanotek has signed up a mobile Point of Sale system for Australian and New Zealand franchisees which will also serve as the platform for customer management and loyalty programs. ... [more] 27 Feb, 2013
Homegrown cookie franchise bites into global market. - Gourmet biscuit producer Byron Bay Cookies intends to go global with its franchising model, after establishing six Australian stores, and is looking for franchisees to fuel its expansion. ... [more] 26 Feb, 2013
Herbalife - sign of a sick system. - What are we to make of the ability of hedge-fund managers and other influential investors to manipulate the market with impunity and make millions of dollars doing it? ... [more] 26 Feb, 2013
Subway competition allows young entrepreneurs to build their own virtual business. - Subway is currently running a competition where budding entrepreneurs are invited to build, train, operate and promote their own virtual store. ... [more] 21 Feb, 2013
Unhappy franchisee takes Australia Post to court. - On February 14, former franchisee John Christensen took Australia Post to court over an agreement the company had with the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union of Australia... [more] 18 Feb, 2013
Jetts fitness group opens 200th club. - The Jetts health and fitness group has reached a significant milestone with the unveiling of its 200th club and has plans for 50 more this year. ... [more] 18 Feb, 2013
Cash Converters profit up nearly 40pc. - Cash Converters' half year profits have soared nearly 40 per cent, thanks to a boost in revenue from its personal loans business. ... [more] 14 Feb, 2013
Australia Post's franchising hopes shattered by a 'secret agreement'. - Australia Post is in a battle with a former franchisee, John Christensen, in the Federal Court tomorrow over an agreement the company had with the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union of... [more] 13 Feb, 2013
George Calombaris, Mr Whippy saga comes to a close. - Celebrity chef George Calombaris and Stan Gordon, the man behind the Mr Whippy franchise and CEO of the Franchised Food Company, have finally reached an agreement about the name of... [more] 13 Feb, 2013
Submissions for code review coming to a close. - Submissions for the federal government’s review of the franchising code of conduct close on Friday, 15 February. ... [more] 12 Feb, 2013
Secret Recipe franchise collapses after investors spent $7M in start-up costs. - Malaysian café franchise Secret Recipes has gone into administration, putting into jeopardy ambitious expansion plans in Australia. ... [more] 8 Feb, 2013
Too much friction in franchising action. - Australia is the most franchised nation in the world but there is continual unrest within the relationships. As franchising expands, the danger is fewer people will look before they leap. ... [more] 8 Feb, 2013
Retail Food Group brands proving popular with international franchisees. - Retail Food Group (RFG) has uncovered that over the last six months; more than 50 per cent of its successful franchisee applicants spoke English as a second language. ... [more] 6 Feb, 2013
“Bakers Delight stole my business”: Former franchisee tells all. - A former Bakers Delight franchisee has been asked to attend a mediation session with the company, after taking to Facebook to accuse the company of “stealing” his business. ... [more] 5 Feb, 2013
The break-up: What happens when franchises go wrong. - A franchise has often been compared to a marriage. But just as some marriages break down in divorce, there are times when franchisees and franchisors get caught up in costly disputes. ... [more] 4 Feb, 2013
Ice cream franchise loses flavour. - Another CBD business will close its doors but the reason has less to do with its CBD position and more to do with franchising arrangements. ... [more] 4 Feb, 2013
ACCC's franchise complaints increasing. - The latest report from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission reveals a big increase in complaints within the franchising sector. ... [more] 31 Jan, 2013
Mothercare goes into administration. - Maternity and children's retailer Mothercare Australia has gone into administration after the Myer family pulled the pin on a deal to buy the business. ... [more] 31 Jan, 2013
New owner for franchising expos. - The Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo has a new owner who is promising to return the event to its rightful place as the pre-eminent showcase for franchisors, service suppliers and franchisees. ... [more] 30 Jan, 2013
Retail Food Group inundated with inquiries from potential franchisees. - The latest figures from Retail Food Group (RFG) have revealed that the number of people inquiring about franchising opportunities with the company has increased by 120 per cent. ... [more] 30 Jan, 2013
Fondue franchise heading for Oz. - Fondue is making a comeback - that's the plan anyway, if The Melting Pot has anything to do with it. ... [more] 29 Jan, 2013
Grill’d criticised for "Coat of Arms" burger. - In celebration of Australia Day, burger chain Grill’d has created a rather controversial “Coat of Arms” burger, which contains a meat patty made from kangaroo and emu meat. ... [more] 23 Jan, 2013
Denny's among US franchise groups heading to Australia. - A number of massive US franchise groups, including 24-hour diner Denny’s, are looking for corporate partners to help them set up in Australia. ... [more] 22 Jan, 2013
Jim's launches locksmith franchise. - Two of Adelaide's locksmith businesses have come together to create Jim's Locksmiths, the latest franchise opportunity in the group founded by Jim Penman. ... [more] 22 Jan, 2013
Franchise association to shift focus as executive director departs. - The Franchise Council of Australia has flagged a shift in focus following the resignation of executive director Steve Wright, who has been commended for his “tremendous” contribution. ... [more] 17 Jan, 2013
Fastway Couriers franchisee offers relief for bushfire victims. - Fastway Couriers franchisee Warrick Peake has organised a relief effort for residents of the Tasmanian communities affected by the recent spate of bushfires. ... [more] 16 Jan, 2013
Jobs at risk and stores to close as Crazy John's hangs up. - The Crazy John’s brand was a successful business when Ms Ilhan sold it to Vodafone five years ago for $150 million. But from next month the brand will disappear from shopfronts to be replaced with Vodafone... [more] 16 Jan, 2013
McDonald’s embraces its Aussie nickname. - In celebration of Australia Day, 13 McDonald’s stores have had their signaged changed to “Macca’s". ... [more] 16 Jan, 2013
ACCC takes Abel Rent a Car to court. - The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is taking the operators of Brisbane based car and truck hire company Abel Rent a Car to court over misleading advertising claims. ... [more] 15 Jan, 2013
Franchise review raises questions. - The Federal Government has moved to review its Franchising Code but criticism has already surfaced about its limited scope. ... [more] 13 Jan, 2013
Franchise on the brink? Top tips to fight back. - Congratulations: you bought a franchise. Now, in theory at least, you have the resources to compete with big business. But suppose that your commercial marriage does not run to plan. ... [more] 11 Jan, 2013
Pie Face rejects ex-franchisee’s bullying claims. - Pie Face has hit back at claims that it doesn’t do enough to support franchisees, after another former franchisee of the chain came forward to criticise the business. ... [more] 10 Jan, 2013
Oporto opens first WA store. - Oporto's reach has expanded to encompass the west coast, with its first Western Australian store opening in Perth on December 29. ... [more] 9 Jan, 2013
“I’ve suffered $1 million in losses”: Pie Face franchisee tells all. - A group of Pie Face franchisees are preparing to sue the company for millions of dollars, with one franchisee alleging that undisclosed costs were a key factor in the underperformance of his stores. ... [more] 9 Jan, 2013
Franchising Code of Conduct under review. - The Minister for Small Business, Brendan O’Connor has announced a review into the operation of the Franchising Code of Conduct. ... [more] 8 Jan, 2013
Australia's first social media conference for the franchising industry. - The Social Franchising Summit, Australia’s first social media conference designed specifically for the Australian franchising industry, will take place on Tuesday, April 9. ... [more] 8 Jan, 2013
Pie Face founder defends company against franchisee trio's threat to sue. - Three franchisees from the fast-food chain Pie Face are threatening to sue the company for millions of dollars, claiming they were misled with regard to both cost and profits when they first bought into... [more] 8 Jan, 2013
Sydney Master Franchisee takes over national franchisor. - Espresso Vend Australia master franchisee for Sydney and ACT acquires Adelaide based national coffee vending franchisor, and takes over national franchisor operations and sales of... [more] 6 Jan, 2013
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