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McDonald's scheme criticised. There are calls for the Government to encourage young people to work in industries with decent wages, rather than at McDonald's. Work and Income will help fill some of the 6,000 vacancies McDonald's expects over the next three years. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2009
Restaurant Brands predicts profit, welcomes share price rise. Fast food franchise operator Restaurant Brands has told its shareholders today it expects to make an annual profit, excluding non-trading items, of about $12 million. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2009
Franchise decision puts heat on minister. Commerce Minister Simon Power is likely to face a roasting from franchise law experts today after the Government's decision to leave the franchising sector unregulated. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2009
Govt strikes deal with McDonald's. Thousands of beneficiaries could soon be flipping burgers under a deal between Work and Income and McDonald's. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett revealed the agreement during a select committee meeting at Parliament yesterday. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2009
Shakedown for fast food sector. The fast food industry is driving though changes including a shakedown in franchising deals. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2009
Harcourts Cromwell franchise changing hands. The owners of the Harcourts Queenstown franchise have negotiated to purchase the Harcourts Cromwell franchise from M C Realty Group Ltd, which is owned by Marlene Connolly. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2009
More Pizza Huts to go in Restaurant Brands sell-off. Restaurant Brands is to sell some of its Pizza Hut stores to owner-operators, under a new arrangement with Yum! Restaurants International. .... [more] 24 Jun, 2009
Handmade pizza oven hot. The first time Brent Harley tried out his handmade wood-fired pizza oven, he cooked a piece of toast in 20 seconds. "I knew I was on to something. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2009
Christchurch seminar for franchise buyers. Franchise New Zealand magazine & website will be hosting a seminar in Christchurch on 4 July for people interested in buying a franchise. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2009
Laws to prevent fraud wanted. A government decision to not regulate New Zealand's franchise industry leaves franchisees vulnerable to deception and fraud, an Auckland University academic says. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2009
Franchise sector in NZ a "Wild West". A significant number of people who have bought franchise businesses over the last 20 years have apparently ended up in court claming they did not get what they thought they were buying. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2009
National's failure to act on franchise regulation 'disappointing'. The National Government's failure to address the lack of regulation in the small service orientated franchise sector is extremely disappointing and displays a complete lack of understanding of the needs of this part of the sector, Labour Commerce spokesperson Lianne Dalziel says. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2009
Harvey Norman's battle for Nelson. The midst of a recession would hardly seem to be the best time to open a new store, let alone one that's the size of 18 basketball courts, has about 200 car parking spaces and cost about $15 million to build. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2009
New Zealand Franchise Association Supports The Government's Review Of The Industry Legislation. The Franchise Association of New Zealand (FANZ) today welcomed the Cabinet paper released by the Hon Simon Power, which says that the current regulatory framework, together with self regulation is sufficient. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2009
Government Decides AGAINST Franchise Regulation. The Ministry of Economic Development has today announced that, following last year's Review of Franchising Regulation, the Government has decided that there is no case for franchise-specific regulation at this time. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2009
Franchise regulations 'robust': Power. New Zealand's franchise regulations are robust and adequate, Commerce Minister Simon Power says. A review of franchising regulations found the mix of general business law and self-regulation by the industry was appropriate, Mr Power said. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2009
BurgerFuel goes global, but still can’t avoid losses. Gourmet fast food operator BurgerFuel has reported an annual loss of more than $710,000, although its performance in the second half of the year was a lot stronger than the first six months as it expands its global operations. .... [more] 11 Jun, 2009
Hell Pizza deploys artificial intelligence for impact. When New Zealand pizza franchise Hell Pizza made the journey across the Tasman to set-up shop in Brisbane, it needed to get noticed fast. .... [more] 11 Jun, 2009
Restaurant Brands surges into NZX-50 index. The trend towards cheap pizza and fried chicken has propelled Restaurant Brands into the NZX-50 index. It replaces Tourism Holdings, which has been in a share-price slump for two years. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2009
Verdict soon in burger battle. A two year battle over a proposed McDonald's restaurant in Balmoral could be over by the end of the month. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2009
Blue Chip founder free to take business to Australia. Blue Chip co-founder Mark Bryers is free to move his business to Australia after a failed attempt by New Zealand officials to have the Blue Chip parent company wound up. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2009
Dymocks to close its Queen St outlet. Bookseller Dymocks is to close its Queen St outlet, its third store closure within a month. The company-owned and operated store at 246 Queen St will shut its doors for the last time on June 27. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2009
Pizza Hut's crunchy return. A recessionary trend of families staying at home and ordering in a pizza appears to be paying off for fast-food group Restaurant Brands. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2009
Voucher scam hits McDonald’s. Sophisticated scamming tactics have forced fast-food giant McDonald's to invest in a complete rebuild of its New Zealand website, as it tries to stave off bogus emails and protect its brand. .... [more] 29 May, 2009
Small profit for Life Pharmacy. Life Pharmacy reported a full year net profit of $61,000, with the company saying retail and dispensary sales were strong across all its stores including franchisees. .... [more] 29 May, 2009
IT keeps Green Acres in the know. Services company Green Acres, which was rocked by revelations of alleged fraud by a master franchisee last year, has installed a new IT system, giving senior managers improved business information. .... [more] 28 May, 2009
Freedom Furniture to open new store. Freedom Furniture will open its new Albany store on Thursday, creating up to 30 jobs and creating more work for the New Zealand upholstery industry, its chief executive says. .... [more] 26 May, 2009
Pie may come in from the cold. Forget the return of the kakapo from near-extinction, Stacey Jones's rugby league resurrection or the apparition of Sir Roger Douglas in Parliament. One of the great New Zealand comebacks could be on the cards for budget fast-food chain Georgie Pie. .... [more] 22 May, 2009
Harcourts looking at entering India. Harcourts International is exploring various international growth opportunities in India having received strong interest from there, according to Harcourts International Franchise Development Manager Aaron Hodson. .... [more] 22 May, 2009
Dymocks Wellington store closes with loss of 12 jobs. Central Wellington bookshop Dymocks has been placed in liquidation with the loss of 12 jobs, following the recent closure of another Dymocks store in Auckland. .... [more] 19 May, 2009

June Symposium on Franchise Law Reform. A symposium on franchise law reform at the University of Auckland Business School has attracted contributions from top local and international experts. The symposium is certain to re-ignite the debate about the possible need for franchise law in New Zealand. .... [more] 19 May, 2009
Hell trio return to pizza chain. Hell is back in its original position. That's not somewhere below Purgatory, but in the hands of its founding fathers. .... [more] 13 May, 2009
McDonald's plans restaurant in Mosgiel. About 60 to 70 jobs would be created if plans to build a McDonald's restaurant and McCafe in Hartstonge Ave, Mosgiel, are approved. .... [more] 12 May, 2009
Men admit charges over franchise sales. Two men have pleaded guilty to obtaining payments by false pretences over the sale of carpet cleaning and water blasting franchises. The pair were due to go before a jury trial in Christchurch District Court next week, but talks led to replacement of the charges and guilty pleas. .... [more] 8 May, 2009
Christchurch Expo cancelled - seminar to offer advice to franchise buyers. A special seminar to advise those looking at buying a franchise has been announced in the wake of the cancellation of the 2009 Franchise Expo in Christchurch. .... [more] 7 May, 2009
Top international franchisor to talk in Christchurch and Dunedin. Mainlanders have the chance to learn from one of the world's fastest-growing franchises Following our South Island special feature in the last magazine, the renaissance of franchising on the Mainland continues. .... [more] 6 May, 2009
McDonald's in $100m expansion drive. McDonald's is planning aggressive expansion in New Zealand, building 30 more restaurants and hiring another 6000 staff over the next three years. .... [more] 5 May, 2009
Telcoinabox appoints local CEO. Australian telecommunications reseller and franchisor, Telcoinabox has appointed Shannon Fisher to head its New Zealand operations as CEO. Since opening its Wellington office one month ago the company has already signed two franchisees, YLT and Creative Telecom. .... [more] 4 May, 2009
Dymocks relocates to Sydney. Bookseller Dymocks has closed its Auckland office and moved the administration of its nine New Zealand outlets to Sydney. Chief executive Don Grover said having two head offices meant some tasks were being duplicated. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2009
Post defends franchise decision. New Zealand Post says the closure of some of its Post Shops and Kiwi Bank services is part of a review of its franchise and network outlets. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2009
Blue Chip all over bar the counting. The final nail has been driven into the coffin of Blue Chip group's remaining New Zealand operations, with Blue Chip Financial Solutions (NZ) Ltd being tipped into liquidation with no assets and a $20 million tax bill. This follows the collapse of a related New Zealand franchise operation last year. .... [more] 26 Apr, 2009
Golden arches glow in gloom. McDonald's New Zealand appears to be bucking the recession, enjoying strong same-store sales growth and planning to open seven new stores this year. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2009
Coping With Recession. What actions are franchise systems taking to help their franchisees deal with downturn? In this extract from the latest issue of Franchise New Zealand magazine, we talk to some of New Zealand's most experienced franchisors. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2009
McDonald's warns of scam. The McDonald's restaurant chain is warning of an email scam offering $50 in McDonald's vouchers in exchange for credit card and address details. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2009
Burger Fuel closing in on Dubai site. Burger Fuel hopes to nail down a site for an outlet in Dubai within the next six weeks, a year after announcing it had signed a deal in the emirate. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2009
Retailers face prosecution for defying Easter trading rules. The Department of Labour says it is considering further action against 16 retailers who opened on Easter Sunday in apparent contravention of Easter shop trading legislation. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2009
Restaurant Brands: Juggling the good, the bad and the indifferent. Fast food giant Restaurant Brands is relying on strong sales at KFC to drive revenue, but says the growth seen over the past couple of years will slow down as the company also slows down the pace of its store transformations. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2009
KFC greases Restaurant Brands bottom line. Strong sales at KFC stores has boosted Restaurant Brands’ net profit after tax by 13% for the year, but sluggish Pizza Hut sales continue to drag the company down. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2009
Domino's goes on recruitment drive. Fast food chain Domino's Pizza says it is desperate for staff as more people switch from dining out to ordering takeaways to save cash during the downturn. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2009
Burger King workers get new redundancy clause. Fast-food workers have broken new ground after Burger King employees accepted an agreement with a new redundancy clause. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2009
BurgerFuel puts pipeline into Saudi Arabia & Bahrain. BurgerFuel announced today that it has signed its second international master licensing agreement outside of Australasia, in the Middle East. The deal is for the two countries of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2009
Para Rubber Back In Kiwi Hands. Para Rubber, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year, is now 100% New Zealand -owned again after spending 13 years under the ownership of Australian company Clark Rubber. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2009
Second Opinion on Court of Appeal's Due Diligence Decision. Franchisors shouldn't rejoice too soon over the recent Court of Appeal decision in the James Home Services case The recent Court of Appeal case involving the franchisor James Home Services is an important decision for anyone selling a franchise or considering challenging a franchisor for misrepresentation. .... [more] 1 Apr, 2009
Print franchise joins Airpoints scheme. Snap Printing is offering customers the opportunity to earn Airpoints Dollars when they buy business print and design. NZ Master Franchisor, Brian Sutton, said this partnership aims to reward its loyal customers. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2009
VTL Group fined for listing rule breach. Failed vending machine company VTL has been censured by the New Zealand Markets Disciplinary Tribunal and ordered to pay NZX $40,000 after VTL breached listing rules. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2009
Can Georgie Pie make a comeback? A North Shore baker wants to resurrect Georgie Pie and is even talking about going to court to make it happen. It has been a decade since the well known Kiwi pie became high street history, and Bakers Harvest owner Martin Gummer believes the demand is there. .... [more] 23 Mar, 2009
Kitchen refacing franchiser confident. Defying the economic meltdown, Wanaka businessman Derek Lilly is launching his New Zealand Dream Doors franchise network this month. .... [more] 21 Mar, 2009
Pizza companies battle for dough. Consumers shopping around to get the best value for their food dollar are putting the heat on pizza companies battling for a slice of the takeaway pie. Gourmet pizzas are shaping up to be a casualty of the recession as consumers move toward cheaper-value toppings and other takeaway options. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2009
Small Businesses Now Have Alternative. A new invoice discounting franchise is offering business owners in the Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa areas a lifeboat to stay afloat until economic conditions improve. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2009
All Black's business venture kicked to touch by recession. A furniture company part owned by All Black lock Ali Williams is closing down barely a year after it opened as consumer spending continues to dry up. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2009
KFC in demand as recession bites. Demand for KFC has boosted Restaurant Brands' fourth quarter sales figures as Kiwis change their eating habits during tough times. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2009
Mortgage Express broker wins national award. Taranaki-based mortgage broker Kerry Kelly of Mortgage Express, which is 90% owned by Harcourts International, has won the prestigious Sovereign Mortgage Adviser of the Year award. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2009
Franchise Training Sessions for Improving Business. Franchisors, franchisees and intending buyers will find something to help them in the coming months. Here are details of seminars, training sessions and conferences to help you improve your performance. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2009
East Day Spa chain gets the growth treatment. She may own some of the country's most luxurious day spas, but Ina Bajaj insists the work is anything but glamorous. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2009
Franchisee's Due Diligence is Paramount, says Court Of Appeal. The Court of Appeal has delivered an extremely important judgement for the franchise sector in respect of a long-running case involving James Home Services. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2009
Big losers in SureSlim row head to court. Failed SureSlim franchise owners are lining up to take legal action against the franchisor in New Zealand after 17 of the 21 SureSlim diet clinics here closed their doors last year. .... [more] 1 Mar, 2009
Glamour couple in $1m dispute. Ex-Black Caps wicketkeeper Adam Parore and his fashion designer wife Sally Ridge are in a High Court dispute over a million-dollar purchase of a business franchise. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2009
Restaurant Brands sees stronger profits at last. The old adage of consumers turning to fast food in tough economic times appears to be a reality for erstwhile struggling retailer Restaurant Brands. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2009
Cookie Time signs amazing star for US launch. Christchurch snack-food giant Cookie Time has teamed up with Kiwi television star Phil Keoghan to drive its multimillion-dollar expansion into the United States. .... [more] 26 Feb, 2009
Angry dieter's wallet slimmer after franchise fails. Dunedin dieter Shirley Kerr lost some weight after paying $990 in November for a Sureslim weight-loss programme, but the only thing significantly lighter is her bank account after the Otago franchise closed suddenly five weeks ago. .... [more] 26 Feb, 2009
Paramount Services gets environmental certification. The 2008 Franchise System of the Year, commercial cleaning franchise Paramount Services, has been certified for the internationally-recognised ISO standard for environmental management systems. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2009
$181 restaurant bill? I'll take the works. Theresa Cowan, 27, snagged a TradeMe bargain last week when she won an online auction for a 60-seater former Spagalimis pizza restaurant in Christchurch's Northlands Shopping Centre for a bid of $181. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2009
Weightloss franchise goes into liquidation. SureSlim's Christchurch branch has gone into liquidation, owing more than $100,000 and leaving about 100 people on the weightloss programme without support. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2009
Tax Changes: What they mean for franchising. Franchise specialist Chartered Accountant Craig Weston from Inspired Business Solutions has been pondering the effect on franchisors and franchisees of the tax changes announced earlier this month. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2009
Dominos looking for a bigger pizza the action. New Zealand was the star ingredient in Domino's Pizza's Australasian operation as the fast food chain says it has to step up its game to capture customers who have upsized expectations on downsizing budgets. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2009
Franchise failure no blow for Taranaki firm. The collapse of the David Reid Homes Wellington franchise will have no impact on its Taranaki cousin. .... [more] 17 Feb, 2009
Recession a factor in David Reid Homes closures. A string of businesses in the franchised David Reid Homes have gone to the wall lately, a move its chief has blamed on the construction downturn. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2009
Christchurch Franchise Breakfast Attracts Big Numbers. Over 50 franchise people have already booked to hear gold medal triathlete Hamish Carter speak at the FANZ breakfast in Christchurch on 17 February. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2009
Fast-food giant hit by minimum wage rise. McDonald's, the fast food company, says it may be forced to increase prices and review plans for expansion owing to the Government's decision to raise the minimum wage. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2009
Wellington building firm collapses. A David Reid Homes franchise in Wellington went into liquidation on Monday, the third franchise to fold in recent months. The Pukekohe and Marlborough franchises have also folded recently. The company has 23 franchises around New Zealand. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2009
Key's SME incentives fall short, says franchisor. For a franchise business operating on both sides of the Tasman, the recent package of SME "incentives" announced by both Kevin Rudd and John Key make an interesting comparison, says Philip Horrocks, director of the New Zealand-based Provender vending franchise which operates in both countries. .... [more] 5 Feb, 2009
Green Acres Master Franchisee Back In Court On Fraud Charges. An Auckland man charged with fraudulently obtaining $3.5 million from people he granted Green Acres sub-franchises to, has re-appeared in court. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2009
Pasta gets a pizza the action. Restaurant Brands is likely to put pasta on the menu at its Pizza Hut outlets by the middle of this year. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2009
The Aussie invasion. More than a dozen Australian food and clothing retailers are looking to open stores in Hamilton as part of their aggressive growth strategies, indicating few signs of hardship for businesses across the ditch. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2009
Burger King backs down over ban. Two Christchurch mothers are fighting for their sons' rights to eat burgers, and the Human Rights Commission has been called in. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2009
Wizard conjures new mortgage life. Licensees of fraud-hit home-loan network Wizard are set to relaunch the business as a nationwide mortgage broker under a new brand. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2009
Blue Chip offshoot escapes scrutiny. One investor paid a Northern Crest subsidiary $120,000 as a deposit on an apartment but had been unable to get it back. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2009
VTL receivers continue asset sales. More than a year after being suspended from trade, VTL Group may be on its way to delisting. VTL Group receiver and PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Colin McCloy says there is no point in maintaining the company’s stockmarket listing. .... [more] 20 Jan, 2009
SFO investigating millions of dollars in Wizard home loans. The Serious Fraud Office is investigating two branches of home loan company Wizard for alleged mortgage fraud. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2009
$2 shop pays price of sliding Kiwi dollar. Rising prices for imported goods prompted Invercargill $2 Shop co-owner Ann Ferrari to halt trading from the Esk St store on Sunday, opting not to renew her franchise. .... [more] 13 Jan, 2009
Catching up: Franchise victims hoping for closure. Ketan Trevidi spent a large part of last year organising meetings, planning strategies and fronting the media as spokesman for victims of a Green Acres scam. .... [more] 2 Jan, 2009
Tough year ahead for retailers. Retailers struggling towards the end of a year marred by the global economic downturn expect little respite in 2009. .... [more] 1 Jan, 2009
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