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Restaurant Brands expects to at least match last year's profit. - Fast-food company Restaurant Brands expects to at least match last year's profit in the year ending February 2013, chairman Ted van Arkel told the annual shareholders' meeting. ... [more] 29 Jun, 2012
Condoms or Bust? Expectations and compliance in franchising. - Gehan Gunasekara asks whether those who buy franchises really know what they are getting into, and suggests proposed changes to consumer law don't go far enough. ... [more] 28 Jun, 2012
FANZ board elections underway. - Seven people are vying for four available positions on the board of the Franchise Association of New Zealand. ... [more] 27 Jun, 2012
Handling disputes via media - a legal perspective. - Two franchise disputes have been featured on high-profile TV programmes recently. Here, David Munn expands upon his comments about what franchisors can and can’t do legally to protect their brand. ... [more] 27 Jun, 2012
Labour leader talks about the value of franchising. - Opposition leader David Shearer talks to Franchise New Zealand about the role franchising has to play in the recovery of the New Zealand economy. ... [more] 26 Jun, 2012
Nanotek expands in NZ. - Nanotek Car Cleaning has expanded its waterless care system as far afield as Russia but is now opening up an overseas market closer to home, signing up its master franchisee for New Zealand. ... [more] 21 Jun, 2012
Hell Pizza in the wars. - Hell Pizza is defending itself against allegations of bullying made by former franchisees on two popular television programmes, while the publication of confidential emails fuels the controversy. ... [more] 17 Jun, 2012
Passion leads franchisee to the top for a fourth time. - When Julie Clarke went into business five years ago, she hit the ground running. Within a couple of weeks of seeing an advertisement in the newspaper for a Baby On The Move franchise, she had... [more] 15 Jun, 2012
A hell of a franchise. - Last month a controversy erupted over ex-Hell Pizza franchisees claiming they were bullied and pushed out of business by the owners of the master franchise. We thought that might be the end of it. But it wasn't. ... [more] 15 Jun, 2012
Working the way up at McDonald's. - Jess Hawkesby went from working for cosmetics giant L'Oreal in London to flipping burgers and is as happy as Larry. ... [more] 6 Jun, 2012
Red tape delays McDonald's open day. - Christchurch's newest McDonald's did not open as planned today because of a holdup with building compliance documentation. ... [more] 1 Jun, 2012
NZ's Restaurant Brands sales fall in Q1. - New Zealand fast food operator Restaurant Brands Ltd on Wednesday reported a 2.7 percent fall in sales during the first quarter from a year ago due to lower income from KFC, one of the brands it operates. ... [more] 30 May, 2012
McDonald's reaps biggest NZ dividend in at least a decade. - McDonald's Restaurant New Zealand, the local arm of world's largest fast food chain, paid the biggest dividend in at least a decade as its US parent invests $US2.9 billion to expand its global empire. ... [more] 30 May, 2012
Young entrepreneurs have a Hell of a time dealing with HELL. - It appears that it’s not only former franchisees who have encountered difficulties dealing with HELL Pizza, two Wellington based entrepreneurs have now come forward alleging that the pizza company used their... [more] 28 May, 2012
BurgerFuel profits jump. - Margin improvements in BurgerFuel's eight Middle Eastern operations helped boost the fast food operator's profits in its annual result. ... [more] 22 May, 2012
Hell Pizza accused of bullying franchisees. - Hell Pizza is under fire from former franchise owners who say they have been bullied out of business, including one couple who say they are now $300,000 in debt. ... [more] 20 May, 2012
World-leading franchise brands to speak at franchise forum. - Franchise New Zealand is offering readers a 20% discount on the chance to learn from top franchisors at a franchise management forum in Brisbane. ... [more] 18 May, 2012
How long do franchisees keep their businesses? - We were recently asked what the average length of time is that franchisees stay with a franchise system in New Zealand. It's longer than many people might think, so we decided to explore some of the... [more] 18 May, 2012
Expert comment: Franchize Consultants NZ. - Win Robinson, managing director of Franchize Consultants NZ talks about the risks and rewards of franchising. ... [more] 18 May, 2012
Small Business: Pets in the City - time to franchise? - Founders of upmarket pet hotel and day spa, Pets in the City, Rob and Carole Ellis, on why they are about to franchise their business. ... [more] 17 May, 2012
Small Business: After school franchise success. - Dawn Engelbrecht with the franchise story of after school care business, sKids. ... [more] 15 May, 2012
Hell Pizza boss calls in police over email. - A bankrupt Hell Pizza franchisee has gone to police after a mass of emails he had sent and received were posted online. ... [more] 12 May, 2012
Fastway Couriers meet ‘Urgent’ demand in Christchurch. - Businesses moving goods within Christchurch's city limits and immediate outskirts will benefit thanks to a new, franchise-first, Urgent Delivery Service, launched by Fastway Couriers Christchurch. ... [more] 10 May, 2012
Mike Pero Mortgages thriving - founder. - Christchurch businessman Mike Pero says an ongoing dispute between the joint venture owners of Mike Pero Mortgages, the firm he founded, is having no impact on the profitable and high-volume business. ... [more] 7 May, 2012
Kiwi burgers fuel Middle East. - In January BurgerFuel opened its fourth store in Dubai, giving it a total of eight stores across the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Additional restaurants will soon open in Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Qatar and Riyadh... [more] 5 May, 2012
Franchise confidence booms. - Business confidence amongst kiwi franchisors has risen to record levels, with the latest Franchising Confidence Index strongly outpacing other measures of business confidence. ... [more] 30 Apr, 2012
McDonald's boss: It's flipping unfair. - McDonald's is sick of being the country's whipping boy as the debate over the types of jobs available for highly qualified people ramps up again. ... [more] 29 Apr, 2012
Payless chain enters receivership but trades on. - Plastics retail chain Payless has gone into receivership. Receiver Rowan Chapman said 11 stores, which employ around 90 staff, went into receivership last week but were still trading. ... [more] 25 Apr, 2012
Stand by for the $2 pizza. - In an environment where the big fast food players appear hell-bent on undercutting each other to offer the cheapest deals, the possibility of $2 pizzas isn't too far-fetched. ... [more] 21 Apr, 2012
Lifestyle & business - can you have it all? - Some franchises like to promote themselves as ‘lifestyle opportunities’ – but what does this really mean? Simon Lord has been looking at the options. ... [more] 16 Apr, 2012
Researchers want more response from franchisors in 2012. - The second biennial survey of franchising in New Zealand is being launched this month and researchers are hoping for more response from franchisors this year. ... [more] 13 Apr, 2012
Flying the kiwi flag in Singapore. - A New Zealand commercial cleaning franchise that has exported its system to India will be explaining how to franchise executives at a conference in Singapore later this month. ... [more] 11 Apr, 2012
Focus on SMEs: Brighter economy boosts franchise. - Aucklanders are warming to the idea of buying franchises after a couple of years with their hands in their pockets, experts say. ... [more] 8 Apr, 2012
Georgie Pie may be back, hints McDonald's boss. - The new Kiwi boss of McDonald's in this country has revealed the burger giant is actively investigating whether it is feasible for Georgie Pie to make a comeback. ... [more] 7 Apr, 2012
McDonald's boss enjoys career path. - Patrick Wilson, 46, is the first New Zealander to head McDonald's operations here in 21 years and has spent nearly all his working life at the company. ... [more] 7 Apr, 2012
Restaurant Brands profits plunge 27pc. - Restaurant Brands, which operates the local Pizza Hut, KFC and Starbucks brands, reported a 27 per cent fall in annual profit due to the Christchurch earthquakes and fewer Pizza Hut stores as it offloaded... [more] 3 Apr, 2012
BurgerFuel Opens the April Bun in Cuba. - Not unlike the Kiwi band Dragon from the 70s, BurgerFuel is also heading to the “April Sun in Cuba” – Cuba Street in Wellington, that is. ... [more] 3 Apr, 2012
Jennian Homes Manawatu $1m in red. - Manawatu's Jennian Homes franchise has collapsed, leaving a trail of debt of more than $1 million. ... [more] 2 Apr, 2012

Auckland training for franchisors & field staff. - Three training sessions aimed at helping boost the performance of franchisees through better management and support are being run by local experts Franchize Consultants (NZ) Ltd in Auckland in April. ... [more] 30 Mar, 2012
Burger Fuel to open in Libya. - Burger Fuel Worldwide, the local fast-food chain targeting franchises in the Middle East, has signed up a new franchisee in post-Gaddafi Libya. ... [more] 27 Mar, 2012
Franchise row leaves business owners fuming. - A franchise broker who convinced business owners they were sitting on gold mines - if they went national - has left a string of unhappy clients who say they spent thousands of dollars with little to show for it. ... [more] 18 Mar, 2012
The franchisee who made a difference. - Franchisor Dawn Engelbrecht has paid tribute to sKids Sylvia Park franchisee June Claunch, who died recently after a short illness. June was the 2010 Lifestyle Services Franchisee of the Year. ... [more] 16 Mar, 2012
Franchisees organise family fun day for charity. - sKids franchisees in West Auckland are behind an event raising money for a charity that supports families of children with heart conditions. ... [more] 15 Mar, 2012
Pumpkin Patch posts $30m loss on UK, US store closures. - Pumpkin Patch, the children's clothing retailer, posted a first half loss on costs to close its US and UK stores. The shares gained as it reported growth in sales. ... [more] 14 Mar, 2012
Restaurant Brands sales take a hit. - The owner of some of New Zealand's biggest takeaway brands continues to feel the effect of the Canterbury earthquakes on its sales. ... [more] 7 Mar, 2012
McDonald's chewing over Georgie Pie. - McDonald's is evaluating how Georgie Pie might be integrated into its business, but is also wary of being accused of "bastardising" one of the country's best-loved brands, says the fast food firm's new boss in NZ. ... [more] 6 Mar, 2012
HRV - a lot more than hot air. - Founded just nine years ago, ventilation company HRV boasts sales in its own right of $43.8 million in the year to March 31, 2011. Including its franchise network, that figure rises to around $70m, said chief executive... [more] 4 Mar, 2012
Auckland training for franchisors & field staff. - Three training sessions aimed at helping boost the performance of franchisees through better management and support are being run by local experts Franchize Consultants (NZ) Ltd in Auckland in April. ... [more] 4 Mar, 2012
Better-educated franchisors attract better franchisees. - Why do franchisors need education? Jason Gehrke, creator of New Zealand's first Franchise Education Week, explains. ... [more] 4 Mar, 2012
Carl's Jr eyes up Henderson and Manukau. - Henderson, Manukau, Pukekohe, Rotorua, Tauranga and Hamilton are in the sights of American fast-food restaurant chain Carl's Jr in a $120 million New Zealand expansion drive. ... [more] 2 Mar, 2012
Local boy makes good McDonald’s appoints new MD for New Zealand. - 27 years after starting as a crew person at McDonald’s Queen Street, Auckland, and having worked through a number of roles at the fast food company, Patrick Wilson has been appointed the new MD... [more] 1 Mar, 2012
Domino's aims for bigger slice of small town pizza business. - Domino's Pizza is expanding into small towns throughout New Zealand and general manager Josh Kilimnik says the company is looking for people to take on a franchise in towns such as... [more] 26 Feb, 2012
New burger chain 'just wants to feed hungry guys'. - Carl's Jr, an American burger chain setting up shop in New Zealand, and dubbed one of the world's worst for high-calorie meals, has hit back at criticism from an Auckland community leader. ... [more] 24 Feb, 2012
Cleaning franchise wants NZ to learn environmental lessons from China. - The author of When a Billion Chinese Jump is being brought to New Zealand by commercial cleaning franchise Paramount Services for public speaking events in Auckland, Taupo, Wellington, Christchurch... [more] 20 Feb, 2012
Cookie Time logo hijacked. - China is infamous for counterfeiting everything from phony Rolex watches to knock-off Gucci bags. But fake Kiwi biscuits are a new one. Cookie Time says it's "going to war" with a Chinese company it claims is... [more] 18 Feb, 2012
Big plans mean more buns on seats. - Fast-food chains are on the hunt for new properties as they look to expand their global empires, according to an Auckland real estate agent. ... [more] 13 Feb, 2012
Global franchise award for Auckland family. - The Maharaj family of Auckland have been named among McDonald's top franchisees worldwide. ... [more] 9 Feb, 2012
Esquires follows in the footsteps of Genghis Khan. - Esquires Coffee Houses is boldly going where few franchises have gone before: Mongolia! ... [more] 31 Jan, 2012
Hell Pizza denies copying syringe stunt. - Hell Pizza has denied copying an Australian food outlet's controversial marketing strategy, using a fake-blood filled syringe to promote fast food. ... [more] 31 Jan, 2012
BurgerFuel opens first store in Iraq. - BurgerFuel Worldwide has opened its first store for 2012 – in Iraq. The new store has opened in Sulaymaniyah in Northern Iraq, the Kurdish-speaking area known as Iraqi Kurdistan. ... [more] 26 Jan, 2012
Cafe franchise eyes Square site. - A long-empty restaurant site in The Square in Palmerston North is likely to be filled by Hog's Breath Cafe, a popular Australian restaurant chain, provided a franchisee can be found. ... [more] 26 Jan, 2012
Survey finds most new franchisees don't do enough due diligence. - A new report by Massey University suggests that over half of all New Zealand franchisees felt they had failed to conduct sufficient due diligence before purchasing their franchise. ... [more] 24 Jan, 2012
NZ cleaning company expanding into Asia. - Crest Commercial Cleaning, a specialist cleaning company, has announced plans to expand its New Zealand and Asia operations creating 150 jobs over the next 18 months, the company says. ... [more] 24 Jan, 2012
Campbell Spencer fined for prohibition breach. - Banned franchise company director Campbell Spencer was fined $5000 today for breaching the order prohibiting him from being a director or managing a company. ... [more] 17 Jan, 2012
Resolving conflict an issue for many franchises. - A new study into the causes and experience of conflict in the franchise sector shows that New Zealand franchisees can be disappointed with their franchising experience. ... [more] 17 Jan, 2012
Frustration for Christchurch bakery. - A Christchurch bakery faces axing staff next month as an insurance deadline looms. The February 22 quake anniversary for a lot of Christchurch businesses sees the end of 12 months of... [more] 16 Jan, 2012
Winnie Bagoes hopes to reopen in CBD. - Owner of well-known Christchurch pizza restaurant Winnie Bagoes, Geoff Cavell, approached Recover Canterbury for help in the new year. Cavell is upbeat about the future of his business. ... [more] 14 Jan, 2012
Hell fires its pizzas around the world. - Hell Pizza is firing up in Korea, 15 years after it first started selling pizzas in Wellington's Kelburn squash club. The irreverent takeaway joints are now spread around the world, including Canada, Britain and India. ... [more] 14 Jan, 2012
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