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: : Jul - Dec 2010

Lockwood strong enough to survive, says chairman.
stuff.co.nz - Joe La Grouw's Lockwood Homes business has survived a "torrid" year, but he is expecting a bubble of demand and a shortage of skilled workers next year. ... [more] 31 Dec, 2010
Esquires chain moves into Australia.
stuff.co.nz - An Australian food franchiser has agreed to buy the Australasian rights to the Esquires Coffee Houses chain from an Auckland family. ... [more] 31 Dec, 2010
Cookie Time concept store sparks interest.
stuff.co.nz - Christchurch-based Cookie Time has aroused interest from as far afield as Kuwait, which could lead to the opening of four new Cookie Time stores there. ... [more] 29 Dec, 2010
Burgerfuel a Middle East hit.
stuff.co.nz - Chris Mason uses a line that New Zealanders in other companies echo when he explains why the Burgerfuel fast food brand he founded is taking on the Middle East. ... [more] 28 Dec, 2010
Sharing McDonald's windfall.
stuff.co.nz - A Marton woman was the first winner of a weekly draw in a McDonald's promotion entered by 152,000 New Zealand customers. ... [more] 22 Dec, 2010
Harcourts Foundation makes two local grants.
stuff.co.nz - Harcourts Foundation, which raises money through donations and fundraising by Harcourts' staff, has given grants to Frankleigh Park Kindergarten and Taranaki Educare Training Trust. ... [more] 20 Dec, 2010
McDonalds launches free wi-fi - and a little McCensorship.
nbr.co.nz - McDonald’s claims it is now the largest free internet provider in New Zealand. Today the company announced that it is offering free wi-fi in nearly all its restaurants nationwide. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2010
KFC drives Restaurant Brands performance.
nzherald.co.nz - Restaurant Brands NZ, the fast food franchises owner, reported a 1.8 per cent increase in third quarter sales, again led by a strong performance at its KFC franchise. ... [more] 14 Dec, 2010
Burger Fuel reports loss, sales up 13%
nbr.co.nz - Fast food company Burger Fuel has reported an unaudited loss of $219,022 for the six months to September 30, a 26% improvement on the same period last year. ... [more] 13 Dec, 2010
Survey finds franchise sector resilient & growing.
franchise.co.nz - A long-awaited survey gives us a snapshot of the current state of franchising in New Zealand. Simon Lord reports. ... [more] 10 Dec, 2010
Jean Jones caught in new SFO probe.
nzherald.co.nz - The swirl of official investigations surrounding failed finance company Rockforte is growing, with the Serious Fraud Office confirming a probe that will almost certainly shed light on the failure of Jean Jones... [more] 10 Dec, 2010
Harcourts USA appointments announced, with Kiwi CEO.
scoop.co.nz - Harcourts, originally established in New Zealand and most recently launched in the United States of America, has announced a number of key appointments in America following its joint venture with... [more] 8 Dec, 2010
Jail term 'doesn't stop the suffering'.
nzherald.co.nz - Ketan Trevidi says the jailing of Keith Lapham is a small victory for Lapham's victims in the war to get their money back. ... [more] 30 Nov, 2010
Burger Fuel chain to open 15 outlets in UAE.
zawya.com - New Zealand's Burger Fuel chain of restaurants, known for its grass fed halal meat, will open 15 outlets in the UAE, within the next five years. ... [more] 30 Nov, 2010
Green Acres 'ponzi' schemer jailed.
nzherald.co.nz - A Green Acres franchisee has been sentenced to three years eight months in jail for running a "ponzi" scheme in which he ripped off hundreds of new immigrants by up to $25,000 each. ... [more] 29 Nov, 2010
SFO closes probe into Vending Technologies.
stuff.co.nz - The Serious Fraud Office has decided it has insufficient evidence to lay charges against Vending Technologies Ltd Group's directors or management but the directors of its failed subsidiary Nathans Finance still face... [more] 27 Nov, 2010
Harcourts opens doors in the US.
scoop.co.nz - International real estate group Harcourts has opened its first offices in the United States with the official launch of its joint venture with California group, Altera Real Estate. ... [more] 23 Nov, 2010
Online nanny recruiters go global.
stuff.co.nz - Ursula Maidens had a name for her new company long before she knew what it would actually do. With a background in childcare and the name, Rockmybaby, it was always going to be about children... [more] 22 Nov, 2010
Lloyd upsizes her marketing combo.
stoppress.co.nz - McDonald’s New Zealand has made a key marketing appointment. And it’s a familiar face: ex-Air New Zealander Jules Lloyd. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2010
NZ Natural expands globally despite volatile NZ dollar.
nbr.co.nz - Ice cream company New Zealand Natural continues to expand into new export markets despite the volatile NZ dollar. ... [more] 18 Nov, 2010
Number of franchises doubled in last seven years, survey says.
franchise.co.nz - Top line results from a new survey of franchising suggest that the number of franchised business in New Zealand has doubled since 2003. ... [more] 15 Nov, 2010
Franchise Awards 2010 - Full Results.
franchise.co.nz - Columbus Coffee took the Franchise System title for the second year running while a Civic Video franchisee from Glenfield is New Zealand's new Franchisee of the Year. ... [more] 14 Nov, 2010
Jean Jones receivers expect sale by end of year.
nbr.co.nz - Receivers for the Jean Jones clothing stores say they have received an excellent response from potential buyers and expect a sale before the end of the year. ... [more] 9 Nov, 2010
Flooring Xtra eyes Australia expansion.
stuff.co.nz - Carpet retailer Flooring Xtra inked a licensing deal on Friday that will, all going to plan, see the brand expand across Australia. Flooring Xtra is partnering with Consolidated Flooring... [more] 8 Nov, 2010
LookSmart Alterations Franchisor wins ETHNIC BUSINESS AWARD.
franchise.co.nz - Abraham Hatoum, managing director of clothing alterations franchise LookSmart Alterations, has been awarded the 2010 Australian Ethnic Business Award for personal and business endurance... [more] 7 Nov, 2010
Signature Homes acts on $1.3m debt.
stuff.co.nz - Dozens of small businesses will suffer under a Signature Homes changeover plan, which the building company's creditors say is a bid to avoid paying a $1.3 million debt. ... [more] 4 Nov, 2010
MAORI TV to feature franchising.
franchise.co.nz - Franchising will be in the spotlight on Maori TV on 6 November in a new business show. He Whare Pakihi - the house of business – is a new half-hour show designed to take the mystery out of business and make... [more] 4 Nov, 2010
Bay of Plenty builder folds owing creditors $500,000.
nzherald.co.nz - David and Kay Fawcett's WTF Builders, which had the David Reid Homes franchise for the area, was placed in liquidation following a court application by a long-time customer, Mt Maunganui Roofing. ... [more] 4 Nov, 2010
Aussie firm buys Harveys real estate.
nbr.co.nz - Australasian real estate firm LJ Hooker has bought local real estate company Harveys. It is LJ Hooker’s first major acquisition since a consortium of private investors acquired LJ Hooker from Suncorp last Nov... [more] 3 Nov, 2010
Merger puts sparkle on competition.
stuff.co.nz - Competition in New Zealand's jewellery market is set to heat up following Gemtime Jewellers' merger with Australian group Showcase Jewellers. ... [more] 2 Nov, 2010
November franchise education programmes in Auckland.
franchise.co.nz - Donna Ferrall and Dr Callum Floyd of Franchize Consultants deliver two different but complementary training programmes that fill in the information gaps for new or experienced franchise management and field... [more] 29 Oct, 2010
Consumer law to provide backdoor franchise regulation?
franchise.co.nz - The Ministry of Consumer Affairs is proposing to extend some elements of consumer law into business-to-business standard form contracts, including franchise agreements. ... [more] 29 Oct, 2010
Franchise expert calls for government recognition as sentiment falls.
franchise.co.nz - Dr Callum Floyd has called for the government to increase its awareness of the part franchising can play in New Zealand’s economy and to create the right conditions for recovery. ... [more] 27 Oct, 2010
Taranaki firm takes on ailing Whanganui business.
stuff.co.nz - Taranaki Property Specialists Ltd, which owns the Harcourts real estate franchise in New Plymouth and has four branches in Taranaki, has acquired the Whanganui franchise and is now operating the office there. ... [more] 27 Oct, 2010
Jean Jones in receivership.
stuff.co.nz - The company behind clothing retailer Jean Jones has entered receivership with the receiver saying he is ''hopeful of achieving a positive outcome.'' ... [more] 26 Oct, 2010
Hardware chain stores busy as DIY season roars into life.
nzherald.co.nz - Hardware giants Bunnings, Mitre 10 and PlaceMakers are gearing up for a big summer of home improvement as Labour Weekend marks the start of the New Zealand DIY season. ... [more] 25 Oct, 2010
Guarantee protects homeowners after franchise fails.
nzherald.co.nz - A special guarantee against a franchise builder's failure saved home owners in South Auckland, according to an insurance head. ... [more] 20 Oct, 2010
Restaurant Brands half year profits up 50pc.
nzherald.co.nz - Restaurant Brands reported a 50.3 per cent rise in half year net profit excluding non-trading items to $13.9 million, but cautioned that "economic storm clouds still remain on the horizon". ... [more] 20 Oct, 2010
McDonald's chief backs GST-free fruit, vege push.
nzherald.co.nz - Labour has found an unlikely ally for its move to take GST off fresh fruit and vegetables in the world's largest fast food chain. ... [more] 19 Oct, 2010
Financial irregularities found in failed house builder.
nzherald.co.nz - Financial irregularities have been uncovered in a failed G.J. Gardner Homes Auckland franchise which owes creditors $1.8 million. ... [more] 19 Oct, 2010

Pair seal Oporto NZ deal.
nzherald.co.nz - Grilled chicken burger joint Oporto (New Zealand) has been sold to an Auckland couple who want to turn the fast-food chain into a drive-through mega business. ... [more] 18 Oct, 2010
Nando's eatery all set to open.
stuff.co.nz - Fast food chicken franchise Nando's is days away from opening in Palmerston North in the site of the failed Wholly Bagels. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2010
Success: Pieman with a healthy obsession.
nzherald.co.nz - A Napier business with a long family history is keen to build a franchise based on Kiwi-style pies. ... [more] 11 Oct, 2010
Coffee concept sold to Saudis.
nzherald.co.nz - Kiwi coffee chain Esquires has struck a "dream" deal with a Saudi Arabian sheikh in which its concept will be exported to the Middle East. ... [more] 10 Oct, 2010
Tailored training for Tony’s Tyres.
scoop.co.nz - UCOL and Tony’s Tyre Service have collaborated to provide a productive learning experience for ten of the tyre franchise’s employees. ... [more] 4 Oct, 2010
Man admits Green Acres fraud.
nzherald.co.nz - An Auckland man has admitted fraud charges over a Green Acres franchise fraud, but still disputes the amount of money allegedly involved. ... [more] 30 Sep, 2010
Franchise management training programmes offered in November.
franchise.co.nz - Donna Ferrall and Dr Callum Floyd of Franchize Consultants deliver two different but complementary training programmes that fill in the information gaps for new or experienced franchise management and field... [more] 28 Sep, 2010
KFC opening causes traffic jam.
stuff.co.nz - Fried chicken lovers caused traffic chaos in New Plymouth this weekend as they flocked to the city's newly renovated Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. ... [more] 27 Sep, 2010
Kiwiana used in drive to boost BP sales.
stuff.co.nz - BP is overhauling the branding of its owner-operator stores, playing up its New Zealand links. Staff will wear rugby jerseys, stores will carry Kiwi imagery, the food offered will come from a menu created by celebrity... [more] 25 Sep, 2010
NZ video stores resilient despite consolidation.
stuff.co.nz - Local video chains say the movie rental market is thriving, despite store closures and Blockbuster in the United States collapsing into bankruptcy. ... [more] 25 Sep, 2010
Kiwi company cleaning up the Games.
stuff.co.nz - Crest Commercial Cleaning, which has operated in New Delhi for two years, has been called in for a big tidy up in a bid to save the possible threat of NZ's team's withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games in India. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2010
Restaurant Brands sales rise.
stuff.co.nz - Restaurant Brands reported a 3.7 percent rise in second quarter sales from a year earlier, to $100.4 million, with same store sales up 3.9 percent. ... [more] 21 Sep, 2010
Retailers struggling after quake.
nzherald.co.nz - Some central Christchurch businesses are struggling with up to a 60 per cent decline in business since the September 4 earthquake. ... [more] 21 Sep, 2010
Christchurch earthquake: Supermarket owner determined to rebuild.
nzherald.co.nz - For Andrew Palmer, news that his Kaiapoi supermarket cannot reopen is even more devastating than the earthquake that damaged it so badly. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2010
Union and Burgerfuel reach employment consensus.
nbr.co.nz - BurgerFuel has managed to get into the good books of the Unite Union after agreeing to ensure it takes a softer approach to 90-day trial laws. ... [more] 6 Sep, 2010
New-look company puts best foot forward.
nbr.co.nz - New Zealand women's shoe manufacturer Kumfs today unveiled ambitious plans to gain a stronger foothold in the Australian -- and global -- market under the new brand Ziera. ... [more] 1 Sep, 2010
Peter Bassett - Laser Group.
franchise.co.nz - It is with huge regret that we report the death on Saturday of Peter Bassett, who co-founded the Laser Electrical and Laser Plumbing franchise with his friend and colleague David Clemmett. ... [more] 30 Aug, 2010
Australian icon seeks higher NZ profile.
nzherald.co.nz - Sydney businessman Leslie Janusz Hooker, nicknamed LJ, is accustomed to being introduced as LJ Hooker. ... [more] 30 Aug, 2010
Vodafone buys 77-store retailer.
nbr.co.nz - Vodafone has entered a conditional agreement to buy one of its two retail partners, First Mobile... [more] 20 Aug, 2010
Burger Fuel defends 90-day firing.
nzherald.co.nz - Another business has been "named and shamed" over its use of the 90-day employment law, but the business is sticking to its guns, saying it respects employees but needs flexibility on the odd occasion... [more] 20 Aug, 2010
Building franchise firm may owe over $600,000.
odt.co.nz - Asset values have not yet been determined in the collapsed Jennian Homes Otago Ltd, but almost 90 creditors are estimated to be owed more than $600,000. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2010
With profit up, Domino's aims for expansion.
stuff.co.nz - Pizza chain Domino's says it will continue to roll out stores in New Zealand and Australia, as it revealed a 16 per cent-rise in profits. ... [more] 19 Aug, 2010
Domino’s Franchise Scoops Top Award.
scoop.co.nz - New Zealand’s Daniel Murray has been named Australia and New Zealand’s Franchise Operations Team Member of the Year for pizza maker Domino’s Pizza. ... [more] 11 Aug, 2010
Kiwi firm takes Fastway to success.
stuff.co.nz - Turning over $485 million a year, the original company is now focused entirely on the franchising side of the business, no longer directly owning and running vans. ... [more] 9 Aug, 2010
FANZ Board loses only lawyer.
franchise.co.nz - Paul Brown of commercial cleaning franchisor Paramount Services has been elected to the Board of the Franchise Association, but sole legal representative David Foster lost his position. ... [more] 3 Aug, 2010
Wayne's new brand offers cheaper cuts.
nzherald.co.nz - Auckland hairdressing entrepreneur Rodney Wayne is launching a new chain of salons, Stylexpress, which will aim at a different market. ... [more] 2 Aug, 2010
New Harcourts Office Opened In Hokitika.
scoop.co.nz - Harcourts’ franchise owner Richard Day has opened a new branch in Hokitika to ensure his Greymouth-based business can better service the nearby West Coast town and surrounding areas. ... [more] 2 Aug, 2010
NZ taken for a spin.
nzherald.co.nz - German chainsaw manufacturer Stihl is using New Zealand as a test market for its concept of a nationwide chain of franchised power tool retailers. ... [more] 1 Aug, 2010
Aussie budget gym hits Kiwi shores.
stuff.co.nz - New Zealand's fitness industry is set to bulk up with Australian budget gym franchise Jetts Fitness planning to open 25 stores around the country within the next two years. ... [more] 29 Jul, 2010
Michael Hill cuts value of IP sale.
stuff.co.nz - Michael Hill International (MHI) has reduced by $20 million the valuation put on its intellectual property in a 2008 transaction, following a query from the Australian Tax Office (ATO). ... [more] 26 Jul, 2010
Signature Homes tightens processes.
odt.co.nz - Collapsed Signature Homes franchises around New Zealand have left more than 450 unsecured business creditors out of pocket by more than $4.5 million during the past five years. ... [more] 19 Jul, 2010
Rising costs put paid to $2 Shop.
stuff.co.nz - Nelson's $2 Shop will close tomorrow, with the rise in GST a factor in the decision. Owner and operator Kate Elliott is giving up the franchise, saying increasing overheads have forced her to rethink how to best... [more] 17 Jul, 2010
2010 franchise survey first for seven years.
franchise.co.nz - A major survey of franchising in New Zealand currently under way will provide the first picture of the sector since 2003. ... [more] 16 Jul, 2010
FANZ seeks to extend chairman’s term.
franchise.co.nz - Franchise Association members are being asked to vote to extend the maximum term for which a Chairman may remain in office from two years to three under a special motion currently before members. ... [more] 13 Jul, 2010
New names stand for FANZ Board.
franchise.co.nz - Two new names are among those standing for the Board of the Franchise Association of New Zealand later this month. ... [more] 13 Jul, 2010
Survey says conditions remain tough for franchisors and franchisees.
franchise.co.nz - The second quarterly Franchising Confidence Index, produced by Franchize Consultants (NZ) Ltd, finds falling franchisor net sentiment across many key franchising indicators. ... [more] 7 Jul, 2010
BurgerFuel opens in Dubai.
nzherald.co.nz - New Zealand gourmet burger chain operator BurgerFuel has opened its second store in the Middle East, with the new Dubai location expected to provide more scope than the less tourist-oriented Saudi Arabia. ... [more] 7 Jul, 2010
IKEA no closer despite Facebook fans.
stuff.co.nz - Kiwi fans of the Swedish furniture outlet IKEA face an indeterminate wait for the brand to arrive in this country. ... [more] 7 Jul, 2010
New fast-food products from Restaurant Brands.
stuff.co.nz - Restaurant Brands is looking at introducing new product lines and concepts as its shareholders bask in the knowledge their earnings per share are fat, dividends plump, share price healthy and earnings... [more] 2 Jul, 2010
McDonald's backs revised work conditions bill.
nzherald.co.nz - Representatives from McDonald's have thrown their weight behind a bill which aims to remove some of the rules around rest and meal breaks in workplaces. ... [more] 1 Jul, 2010
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