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Subway stores in liquidation trading on. - Two Subway fast food stores placed into liquidation for unpaid tax are still trading. ... [more] 30 Jun, 2011
More financial expertise for franchisors and large franchisees. - Grant Thornton has joined forces with Westpac as co-sponsor of Franchise New Zealand. What does this mean for business? ... [more] 28 Jun, 2011
Franchised maths tutoring a winner. - When funding for her rural school dried up during the early 2000s, Tokoroa principal Kathy Redwood was forced to re-evalsuate her career options. So, Mrs Redwood launched a business from her garage. ... [more] 27 Jun, 2011
Taco Bell test outlet possible for Auckland. - Restaurant Brands says it may launch a pilot Taco Bell in Auckland in six months if further analysis of the suitability of the Mexican-style food chain is positive. ... [more] 24 Jun, 2011
Restaurant Brands 'performing well'. - Restaurant Brands chairman Ted van Arkel expects the Rugby World Cup could be a ''catalyst'' for the fast-food company company but he's not so sure the event will benefit the wider retail sector. ... [more] 23 Jun, 2011
Franchising’s future in the clouds. - Giles Brown & Daniel Munns outline changes in technology that offer new efficiencies, new opportunities and new threats for franchisees and franchisors. ... [more] 20 Jun, 2011
Gull swoops on Night 'n Day alliance. - South Island convenience grocery chain Night 'n Day has nearly doubled in size in just a few months, opening 21 new outlets in the North Island. ... [more] 19 Jun, 2011
Subway to open at Mobil Stations in Auckland. - New Zealand’s largest quick service restaurant chain, Subway, has announced plans t team up with petrol company Mobil. ... [more] 16 Jun, 2011
Theft claimed as Hawke's Bay franchise folds. - One of the Hawke's Bay franchises of Signature Homes has gone into liquidation after allegations of theft and fraud. ... [more] 14 Jun, 2011
McDonald's still top of food chain with healthy result. - The McDonald's mothership made a $35 million profit in New Zealand last year, a 5 per cent increase, but it says a drop in tourism and the popularity of cooking shows are eating into its sales. ... [more] 13 Jun, 2011
NZ eye on Taco Bell. - NZX-listed Restaurant Brands is evaluating the Taco Bell brand to add to its other operations of KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks. ... [more] 11 Jun, 2011
Jobs go as Breakers Cafe and Bar closes. - New Plymouth's Breakers Cafe and Bar is to close with the loss of up to 20 jobs. Staff were called to a meeting yesterday and told their jobs would be gone from June 20, when the premises would close... [more] 11 Jun, 2011
Burger Fuel posts skinny maiden profit. - Gourmet burger chain Burger Fuel has recorded its first full year net profit since listing on the NZX's second board in July 2007. ... [more] 10 Jun, 2011
Aucklanders named Australasia's Franchise Law Firm of the Year. - Stewart Germann Law Office has been named Franchise Law Firm of the Year for Australasia in the international 2011 DealMakers Law Awards. ... [more] 8 Jun, 2011
Loyalty to Hell skin deep. - Paul Hinton was so proud of his Hell Pizza store he had the company's logo tattooed on his neck. He came to regret the decision after a dispute with bosses led to him losing the franchise... [more] 5 Jun, 2011
Measuring the differences in trans-Tasman franchising. - A seminar conducted at Massey University’s Albany campus provided an interesting comparison of trans-Tasman franchising. ... [more] 1 Jun, 2011
Tauranga's trans-Tasman franchise trader. - In the internet age, managing a trans-Tasman business is as easy as heading up one that solely serves New Zealand. At least that is what Paul Andersen, director and CEO of Computer Solutions, says. ... [more] 1 Jun, 2011
Subway on roll with Mobil plans. - Subway will have expanded into 19 Mobil service stations by the end of the year in a bid to generate greater sales and offer customers more options when they are on the move, the sandwich chain says. ... [more] 31 May, 2011
Restaurant Brands sales hit by store closures. - Restaurant Brands New Zealand, the fast food franchise operator, reported a 4.4 per cent fall in first-quarter sales as the February earthquake in Christchurch keeps stores closed at a cost of some $2.5M. ... [more] 31 May, 2011
Franchise binned in favour of new image. - New Blenheim business Simplifood has had even couriers confused. Formerly Bin Inn, the Maxwell Rd store changed its branding about the same time as a new Bin Inn store opened on Redwood St. ... [more] 26 May, 2011
TV ADVICE for franchise buyers. - Watch advice for those looking at buying a franchise from business programme He Whare Pakihi. ... [more] 21 May, 2011
ADLS going down the wrong road – collision imminent! - The Auckland District Law Society, Inc (ADLS) is promoting and will presumably soon publish a standard form of franchise agreement. ... [more] 21 May, 2011
Troubled double-glaze boss in new venture. - Wellington homeowners abandoned by an Upper Hutt double-glazing business are concerned the man behind it is setting up in Christchurch to take advantage of vulnerable residents. ... [more] 17 May, 2011
Whitcoulls sale to Kiwis tipped. - Hundreds of staff employed by Whitcoulls and Borders in New Zealand may soon find out how much longer they are likely to have jobs. ... [more] 17 May, 2011
NZ Post confirms shop closures. - New Zealand Post is to close seven of its PostShop and Kiwibank stores, and downgrade another seven to PostCentres, with the loss of dozens of jobs. ... [more] 13 May, 2011
Speedy Signs New Zealand’s largest sign network now open. - Speedy Signs New Zealand’s largest sign network is now open in Tauranga!. ... [more] 9 May, 2011
Fuss over cafe franchise plans. - Joe's Garage, an award-winning late-night cafe franchise, is looking to set up shop in a vacant car yard in the heart of Fitzroy. ... [more] 9 May, 2011
Burger Fuel moves into Iraq. - BurgerFuel will soon be available in Iraq after the New Zealand-listed company sold its first Master Franchise to the country in a bid to expand across the Middle East. ... [more] 6 May, 2011
Franchising back on TV this May. - Maori TV’s business programme He Whare Pakihi is featuring franchising once again in May. Guests will include Roanne Parker (re Hire A Hubby) with expert advice from Dr Callum Floyd and Simon Lord. ... [more] 6 May, 2011
Turning your business into a franchise. - Now that you've finally got your own business performing really well, the question is: what next? One option you should certainly examine is whether this model could work for others under a franchise arrangement. ... [more] 4 May, 2011

Restaurant Brands issues Whimp warning. - The company which operates some of New Zealand's leading fast food outlets has warned shareholders they may soon be targeted by low-ball share buyer Bernard Whimp. ... [more] 28 Apr, 2011
Standard franchise agreement row rumbles on. - Opposition to the Auckland District Law Society’s plan to launch a standard form franchise agreement has drawn support from overseas. ... [more] 27 Apr, 2011
New book tells McDonald’s New Zealand story. - McDonald’s may be a global giant, but the brand’s success is based upon its ability to attract local talent and adapt to local conditions wherever it goes. A new book by Rosemary Hepozden tells the story of... [more] 27 Apr, 2011
Harvey Norman reports lower sales in New Zealand. - Australian retailer Harvey Norman said same store sales in New Zealand fell 0.9 percent in the three months to March 31 compared to the same month a year earlier. ... [more] 21 Apr, 2011
Cookie Time says it's risen again despite difficulties. - Cookie Time has bounced back quickly from the February 22 earthquake but some of its franchisees and the stores they sell to have been hit hard, the company says. ... [more] 20 Apr, 2011
It’s hip to be Foursquare: BurgerFuel locks in new social media campaign. - BurgerFuel has once again hopped on the interactivity campaign train, starting a location based social media promotion with L&P and location-based digital platform for nerds, Foursquare. ... [more] 18 Apr, 2011
NZ Post set to close shops. - New Zealand Post is poised to close some of its Post and Kiwibank outlets and lay off staff after warning the Government that it was making a $40 million loss on its store network. ... [more] 15 Apr, 2011
Franchises not immune as quake hits confidence. - The latest Franchising Confidence Index survey has found franchisor’s sentiment towards business conditions has generally deteriorated, dropping into negative territory for the first time since... [more] 13 Apr, 2011
VTL franchisee threatened SFO complaint. - VTL Group's California master franchisee, Paul Hyslop, threatened to tell the company's auditors about its mounting bad debts and lay a complaint with the Serious Fraud Office. ... [more] 12 Apr, 2011
Hotchin 'warned' franchisee that VTL could go broke. - A former master franchisee of VTL's Californian operation says he was told by VTL director John Hotchin that it was in danger of "going broke'' and was having trouble with an auditor, according to court evidence. ... [more] 12 Apr, 2011
KFC boosts Restaurant Brands. - KFC has chalked up a record $236 million in sales for its parent Restaurant Brands which today reported net profit for the food retail group up 25.8 per cent to $25.1m for the year to February. ... [more] 7 Apr, 2011
New Zealand Credit Union South partners with Telcoinabox. - Financial cooperative New Zealand Credit Union (NZCU) South has signed a major telecommunications partnership agreement with the Telcoinabox franchise. ... [more] 4 Apr, 2011
Auckland training for franchisors & field staff. - Two popular training sessions aimed at helping boost the performance of franchisees through better management and support are again being run in Auckland in April. ... [more] 29 Mar, 2011
New franchisees willing to move for right opportunity. - A survey of visitors to the Franchise New Zealand website has revealed that 74% of those seriously interested in buying a franchise would be prepared to move to another location for the right opportunity. ... [more] 21 Mar, 2011
Ray White withdraws from Don Ha receivership. - The Ray White Group has withdrawn from the receivership process for one of its franchises, Don Ha Real Estate. ... [more] 21 Mar, 2011
Christchurch franchise expo cancelled. - The Business Opportunities & Franchise Expo planned for Christchurch in April has been cancelled. The announcement was made by Brett Rodger of organisers Expro NZ. ... [more] 11 Mar, 2011
Restaurant Brands sales fall. - Restaurant Brands NZ, the fast food franchise operator, reported a 1.8 per cent decline in fourth-quarter sales as revenue growth slowed at its KFC fried chicken outlets. ... [more] 8 Mar, 2011
Biscuit makers happy to get cooking again. - Christchurch business Cookie Time reopened its factory on Monday and workers have been furiously baking this week to replenish stock for the city and the rest of the country. ... [more] 4 Mar, 2011
Christchurch earthquake: Retailers face future on the fringe. - Small Christchurch retailers who traded from the CBD will be forced out to fringe areas like Riccarton, Addington and Sydenham, a property expert says. ... [more] 1 Mar, 2011
Quake-hit workers to get $400 a week Govt subsidy, PM announces. - Prime Minister John Key today announced those put out of work by last week's devastating Canterbury earthquake will be eligible for subsidies of up to $400 per week. ... [more] 28 Feb, 2011
Appeal for help over ACC classification of franchisors. - The Franchise Association has appealed for evidence to assist a member in a battle with the ACC. ... [more] 23 Feb, 2011
Telecomms wholesaler expands. - Telecommunications wholesaler and franchisor Telcoinabox New Zealand has opened an Auckland office. ... [more] 21 Feb, 2011
New master franchisor for Anytime Fitness NZ. - Anytime Fitness has announced the changeover in ownership of its New Zealand franchise, previously owned by Australian master franchisors Justin McDonell and Jacinta McDonell-Jimenez. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2011
Pero slashes commissions on top home sales. - Entrepreneur Mike Pero has again moved to undercut the competition by slashing his commission on homes sold over $390,000, by a further 1 per cent. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2011
Esquires coffee houses NZ franchise sale completed. - The sale of the Esquires Coffee Houses chain in New Zealand to ASX-listed Retail Food Group has been completed. ... [more] 15 Feb, 2011
Specsavers sees benefits of fresh approach. - The battle of the eyewear chains is heating up with Specsavers about to open its 50th store and rival OPSM owner Luxottica announcing it has just bought a 12-outlet chain and an online... [more] 14 Feb, 2011
Pharmacybrands to buy Radius Pharmacy for $17m. - Pharmacybrands, which manages the Unichem, Amcal, Life Pharmacy and Care Chemist stores, has agreed to buy Radius Pharmacy Ltd. for $17.1 million and take on $18 million of debt. ... [more] 14 Feb, 2011
Pero launches real estate company. - Christchurch entrepreneur Mike Pero is set to launch a new real estate business and will offer cut-price commission rates. ... [more] 13 Feb, 2011
Law society's franchise agreement plan UNDER FIRE. - A plan by the Auckland District Law Society Inc to launch a standard format franchise agreement has drawn immediate fire from franchise specialists, with one prominent franchise lawyer calling it ‘inappropriate’... [more] 11 Feb, 2011
Pero confirms real-estate idea, but no launch date. - The real estate industry is abuzz with rumours that entrepreneur Mike Pero is about to launch a low-cost real-estate agency business. ... [more] 5 Feb, 2011
MIXED SENTIMENT as franchising enters new year. - The latest Franchising Confidence Index from Franchize Consultants finds mixed sentiment, including further challenges for franchisees. ... [more] 24 Jan, 2011
Troubling times in Hell. - A series of overseas store closures has "damaged" fast-food giant Hell Pizza, says its founding director. ... [more] 23 Jan, 2011
Out-of-court deal ends job dispute. - A former Cookie Time manager says an out-of-court employment settlement has put an end to four years of anxiety. ... [more] 20 Jan, 2011
Cafe2U targets New Zealand in 2011. - On the back of the successful launch of the brand into the United Kingdom and USA, Australian Mobile Coffee Van Franchise Cafe2U has set its sights on the New Zealand market in 2011. ... [more] 19 Jan, 2011
Harcourts' Hamilton franchise honoured. - Harcourts' Hamilton franchise was honoured today, with the owners receiving a special award in recognition of their company's 20-year membership of the Harcourts group. ... [more] 19 Jan, 2011
McDonald's lifts blocks on some gay websites. - McDonald's has begun allowing access to a number of gay-related websites from its free Wi-Fi service, but is sticking by its ban of a leading gay news website. ... [more] 11 Jan, 2011
Greener on other side. - Green Acres' troubled Auckland lawnmowing business has been cut to the roots, with up to 40 operators expected to walk out after one franchisee was jailed for ripping off hundreds of immigrants. ... [more] 10 Jan, 2011
McDonald's Wi-Fi blocks spark anger. - McDonald's is facing the anger of the gay community after denying access to gay-related websites on a new free Wi-Fi service at its restaurants. ... [more] 10 Jan, 2011
McDonald's burger-flipping change preacher. - In Mark Hawthorne's ideal world, kids would drop by McDonald's on their way to school and pick up their lunch. Fat-fighters would swing by their local fast food restaurant for a WeightWatcher's meal. ... [more] 10 Jan, 2011
Kiwi coffee brothers brew up global cafe expansion. - From opening three cafes in New Zealand in 2001, Stuart Deeks and brother Lewis have expanded the Esquires franchise to 51 local outlets, with many more opening around the Asia-Pacific region. ... [more] 9 Jan, 2011
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