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Hire a Hubby rebrands to reflect new growth from commercial clients. - Hire a Hubby is dropping its outdated 'hairy men in pink shirts' image as commercial maintenance contracts boost franchisee growth. ... [more] 30 Jun, 2013
Regional GDP figures provide franchises with food for thought. - The first official measure of NZ’s regional economies provides pointers for franchises looking to expand around the country. ... [more] 28 Jun, 2013
Builder expands with growing demand. - The country's biggest house builder has opened four new franchises and will build almost 1000 new houses in the year to next March. ... [more] 27 Jun, 2013
Business threatened by 'bullying' rival. - A small-business owner from Invercargill believes she is being bullied by a national franchise which she claims is trying to push her out of business by threatening legal action. ... [more] 26 Jun, 2013
Real estate franchise boosts market share. - Ray White has opened three new offices in May – Forrest Hill and Manly in Auckland and a new office in Cromwell. Two more will open next month at Sandringham and Millwater. ... [more] 26 Jun, 2013
Kiwiyo Franchise Regional Expansion. - Self-serve frozen yoghurt retailer KiwiYo is looking to open franchise stores throughout regional centers across New Zealand. ... [more] 25 Jun, 2013
Coffee-chain brothers building head of steam. - Kiwi Stuart Deeks reckons the Esquires coffee chain has a good chance of becoming New Zealand's answer to Starbucks. It's a big call, but the firm he owns with his brother Lewis, Franchise Development, is... [more] 24 Jun, 2013
Hell nails a unique cease and desist notice to Pizza Hut's door. - Hell Pizza has often been on the wrong side of the authorities over the years for its controversial marketing stunts. But the shoe is on the other foot now... [more] 21 Jun, 2013
Candidates vie for places on FANZ Board. - Five candidates have been nominated for two vacant positions on the seven-person board of the Franchise Association of New Zealand. ... [more] 21 Jun, 2013
Delete the evidence, solicitor tells franchisee. - A solicitor who encouraged a franchisee to be dishonest to avoid falling foul of a restraint of trade provision has had their name withheld. ... [more] 18 Jun, 2013
Fastway delivers mountains of change for Kiwi kids. - Fastway Couriers around the country are preparing to ship a mountain of change after Kiwis donated more than two tonnes of obsolete and foreign currency to the Heads Up for Kids charity last month. ... [more] 13 Jun, 2013
More NZ legislation could affect franchisors, franchisees. - Two pieces of legislation currently working their way through the usual channels will affect the franchising industry in New Zealand if, as seems very likely, they are enacted. ... [more] 12 Jun, 2013
BurgerFuel profit up on Middle East sales. - BurgerFuel Worldwide, the fast food chain franchisor, boosted annual profit 55 per cent as sales in the Middle East continued to surge. ... [more] 12 Jun, 2013
Come-back Kiwis need right opportunities. - Overseas woes mean more Kiwis are looking for businesses at home – but franchises need to offer financial security to appeal. ... [more] 10 Jun, 2013
Another franchise to list on NZX. - Another franchise is to list on the New Zealand Stock Exchange with the announcement that Esquires Coffee Houses is to go public via a ‘backdoor’ listing. ... [more] 7 Jun, 2013
The Brucie Group Open Up Franchise Opportunities Nationwide in New Zealand. - The Brucie Group, one of Auckland’s most loved lawn mowing and garden care groups, is making master franchise opportunities available throughout NZ. ... [more] 30 May, 2013
Georgie Pie trial launch set for 5th June. - McDonald’s today announced that Kiwis will be able to purchase a single flavour Georgie Pie at its Greenlane and Queen Street restaurants from 5th June. ... [more] 29 May, 2013
Restaurant Brands lifts Q1 sales 3.9% after adding Carl’s Jr stores. - Restaurant Brands, which operates four fast-food chains, lifted first-quarter sales 3.9 percent after it added the Carl's Jr burger brand to its stable in November. ... [more] 29 May, 2013
Wendy's celebrates 25 years in New Zealand. - Wendy’s has marked its first 25 years in New Zealand with an event to thank the local community, customers and suppliers. ... [more] 27 May, 2013
Boom in mobile coffee vans defies NZ consumption trends. - A recent study by Roy Morgan Research has shown that 56 percent of New Zealanders have bought a coffee in a café in the past three months, suggesting that NZ is largely a nation full of coffee drinkers. ... [more] 27 May, 2013
Lollipop Playland's closure no fun for anyone. - Children's play centre Lollipop's Playland has closed - leaving some parents who paid up to $300 for a themed birthday party distressed about cancellations and concerned about where their money... [more] 21 May, 2013
KiwiYo planning Chinese scoop. - Just 15 months after its launch in New Zealand, frozen yoghurt retailer KiwiYo is gearing up for major push into China. ... [more] 13 May, 2013
IT'S BACK - Georgie Pie to trial in McDonald's outlets after 15 years. - McDonald’s are hopeful they can convert online fans into in-store footfalls as they bring back one of NZ’s best-loved brands. ... [more] 10 May, 2013
Success: Fastway hitting digital highway. - The growth of internet sales galvanised Fastway Couriers into action and it now aims to be the first choice for online retailers. ... [more] 10 May, 2013
Mad Butcher goes public. - The Mad Butcher went public today, joining the stock exchange through its shell company Veritas Investments. ... [more] 8 May, 2013
McDonald's to announce Georgie Pie's return. - McDonald's says it will make announcement tomorrow regarding a return of Georgie Pie. ... [more] 8 May, 2013
‘Open season on trademarks’ after Google withdraws protection. - The Internet has become a riskier place for NZ franchises trying to protect their brand after Google announced it will no longer monitor or restrict the sale of AdWords in response to trade mark complaints. ... [more] 7 May, 2013
No pain, no gain for gym empire founder. - A book on wealth creation set Paul Richards on the path to building the Club Physical chain, but he says it's not about the money. ... [more] 4 May, 2013
Burger ad falls foul again. - An advertisement for Carl's Jr, already banned from TV screens, has been deemed inappropriate for online use. ... [more] 3 May, 2013
McDonald's staff set to strike. - Unionised McDonald's staff will protest at the Queen St store in Auckland tomorrow before a countrywide strike threatened for next week. ... [more] 30 Apr, 2013
Mad Butcher buy gets shareholder approval. - Veritas Investments' shareholders have given the firm the green light to acquire the Mad Butcher. The company, which was formed late last year through a backdoor listing on the NZX, registered a... [more] 29 Apr, 2013
Ex-serviceman joins Just Cabins. - An ex-navy man has set sail in a new career as a Just Cabins franchisee on Auckland's North Shore. ... [more] 23 Apr, 2013
Restaurant Brands not planning Aus purchase. - KFC and Pizza Hut-owner Restaurant Brands has ruled itself out as a buyer of 40 KFC outlets in Australia. ... [more] 22 Apr, 2013
McDonald's needs to upsize profit. - McDonald's Restaurants made a net profit of $31.8 million in New Zealand last year - flat on the previous year - as revenue edged up 2.7 per cent to $204.7m. ... [more] 19 Apr, 2013
Christchurch Expo this Saturday. - The Business Opportunities & Franchise Expo returns to Christchurch after several years with a one-day event on Saturday 20th April. ... [more] 18 Apr, 2013
Optimism grows for increases in franchisee profitability – survey. - Franchize Consultants’ April 2013 Franchising Confidence Index survey of Franchisors and Service Providers shows improved optimism in many areas. ... [more] 17 Apr, 2013
Fastway calls for loose change to support Kiwi kids. - Courier franchise provides practical support to children's charity Heads Up for Kids. ... [more] 17 Apr, 2013
Mrs Higgins Opens Three Gourmet Cookie Stores in China. - Mrs Higgins, has opened three licensed shops in Shanghai (with more in the pipeline) in conjunction with New Zealander Greg Harvey (Kiwi Cookies) and his business partner Jenny Zheng. ... [more] 11 Apr, 2013
Restaurant Brands says it's sticking with Starbucks. - Closing the remaining Starbucks stores is not being considered by Restaurant Brands, but selling the New Zealand arm of the global coffee chain could happen for the right price, says chief executive Russel Creed. ... [more] 8 Apr, 2013
Carl's Jr boosts Restaurant Brands revenue. - Restaurant Brands says strong sales at its new Carl's Jr stores, KFC and Pizza Hut helped offset a decline in revenue at Starbucks in the firm's full year result. ... [more] 4 Apr, 2013
Mad Butcher listing appeals to buyers' tastes - chief. - Mad Butcher chief executive Michael Morton says investors' strong appetite for the company's back-door listing has not surprised him. ... [more] 3 Apr, 2013
Auckland training for franchisors and field staff - May 2013. - 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 May. ... [more] 2 Apr, 2013

Gym stoush over - victory to Club Physical. - A legal stoush between two Auckland gym owners has finally been resolved with three fought-over gyms set to be transformed back to their original state. ... [more] 27 Mar, 2013
How much for a slice of the Mad Butcher? $1.30. - Veritas Investments expects to register a prospectus this week to raise up to $25 million to part fund its acquisition of the Mad Butcher. ... [more] 26 Mar, 2013
Success: Fro-yo chain eyes global growth. - Doling out your own dessert topped off with an array of sweets, sauces and fruit is the stuff of childhood fantasies. It's also the basis of a booming frozen yoghurt chain with global ambitions. ... [more] 22 Mar, 2013
Mad Butcher's listing details due soon. - A prospectus for the Mad Butcher's back door listing is expected to be out next week. ... [more] 22 Mar, 2013
Jolt Fitness granted further extension. - A further stay of the order to close the three gyms at the centre of the Club Physical dispute has been granted until 25 March. ... [more] 19 Mar, 2013
Job fears holds up gym stoush resolution. - An Auckland gym owner who was ordered to shut down his gyms by early next week is concerned for his staff and may ask the High Court for a delay, says his lawyer. ... [more] 15 Mar, 2013
BurgerFuel opens seventh Dubai store. - BurgerFuel Worldwide is continuing its Middle Eastern expansion by opening another store in Dubai. ... [more] 14 Mar, 2013
Bagel store closes its doors. - Two Auckland gym owners are still locked in urgent negotiations to resolve a month-long dispute which has left a number of jobs on the line. ... [more] 13 Mar, 2013
Gym jobs on the line as urgent talks continue. - Two Auckland gym owners are still locked in urgent negotiations to resolve a month-long dispute which has left a number of jobs on the line. ... [more] 13 Mar, 2013
Club Physical dispute approaching 'optimistic solution'. - The dispute between Club Physical and Jolt Fitness is approaching an 'optimistic solution' according to a posting on Club Physical's Facebook page. ... [more] 12 Mar, 2013
Subway chain hits 250 stores. - American sandwich brand Subway has just opened its 250th New Zealand store and has bullish plans for local expansion, with 20 restaurants set to open this year. ... [more] 11 Mar, 2013
Study will focus on the fragility of franchise startups. - The survival rates of franchise businesses in their formative period will be part of a three-year university study into the popular New Zealand business model. ... [more] 10 Mar, 2013
Coffee firm brews expansion plans. - The founders of Coffee Culture in Christchurch are about to take on the North Island with their expanding franchise chain. ... [more] 9 Mar, 2013
Jolt Fitness granted extension for 10 days. - The three gyms at the centre of the Club Physical dispute ordered to close yesterday have been granted 10 days to progress discussions with the franchisor. ... [more] 8 Mar, 2013
Breakaway gyms refuse to close doors. - Three Auckland gyms have opened their doors for business this morning despite an order by the High Court to stop trading. ... [more] 8 Mar, 2013
Restaurant Brands sales on the rise. - Sales at Restaurant Brands' coffee and fast-food chains rose 4.5 per cent in the fourth quarter, reflecting stronger sales at Pizza Hut and consumer interest in the new Carl's Jr stores. ... [more] 7 Mar, 2013
'Harsh consequences' for Club Physical franchisee as injunction granted. - The application for interim injunctions against the Club Physical franchisee who rebranded three Auckland gyms without warning has been granted. ... [more] 7 Mar, 2013
Club Physical – The Dangers of Warring In Public. - The dispute between the Club Physical franchisor and a multiple franchisee has attracted a lot of media interest. What are the implications? ... [more] 28 Feb, 2013
Carl's Jr big hit with kiwis, says US boss. - New Zealand consumers are outpacing those in the rest of the world in terms of the uptake of American burger brand Carl's Jr, according to the global boss of the business. ... [more] 28 Feb, 2013
Harvey Norman NZ sales recover. - Sales at Harvey Norman in New Zealand rose 2.9 per cent for the half-year, thanks to the reopening of a Christchurch store and increasing consumer confidence. ... [more] 28 Feb, 2013
Offensive ads helped push gym breakaway. - Dating agency flyers slipped into new members' packs and an advertisement depicting aliens shooting fat people were given as reasons why a businessman broke three franchise agreements... [more] 26 Feb, 2013
Manawatu Jennian Homes franchisor bankrupt. - The owner of the failed Manawatu Jennian Homes franchise has been placed into bankruptcy. ... [more] 21 Feb, 2013
Angry gym members plan street protest. - Furious members of three gyms which were rebranded without warning two weeks ago are planning to hold a public protest outside one of the clubs this weekend. ... [more] 21 Feb, 2013
Mitre 10 CEO Steps Down. - Chairman of the Mitre 10 Board, Martin Dippie, announced today the resignation of John Hartmann, Chief Executive Officer. ... [more] 21 Feb, 2013
Gym stoush gets urgent High Court hearing. - A High Court judge has directed that a stoush between the owner of a well-known gym chain and one of his franchisees who suddenly rebranded three clubs have an "urgent" half-day hearing next week. ... [more] 20 Feb, 2013
Gym rebrand stoush heads to High Court. - A legal battle between the owner of a well-known gym chain and one of his franchisees who suddenly rebranded three clubs is heading to the High Court. ... [more] 19 Feb, 2013
Whipping icecream franchise into shape. - Former PricewaterhouseCoopers director Chris Dorn hopes to give Mr Whippy a new lease on life by opening a bricks and mortar store at a high-profile Auckland location, and is seeking new franchisees in... [more] 19 Feb, 2013
Club Physical dispute continues. - The following media release has been received from the franchisors of Club Physical... [more] 18 Feb, 2013
Researcher Aims To Produce Ground-Breaking Franchise Study. - A University of Canterbury (UC) researcher is aiming to provide ground-breaking work this year looking in detail at how business franchises start up. ... [more] 14 Feb, 2013
Auckland gym feud sparked by owner walk out. - A legal feud has broken out between the owner of a well-known Auckland gym chain and a franchise owner who suddenly changed the name of three branches. ... [more] 13 Feb, 2013
Battle for a living wage: Ghosts in corridors of power highlight disparities in pay. - MPs considering a proposed law change to scrap protections for vulnerable workers such as cleaners in small businesses don't need to look far to see the effects of low pay. ... [more] 13 Feb, 2013
Fastway Couriers geared up to spread the love. - With romantics flocking to the web in unprecedented numbers, Fastway Couriers Auckland and Auckland based online florist, Roses are Red, have expanded their relationship in preparation for Valentine's Day. ... [more] 8 Feb, 2013
The Coffee Club opens 40th New Zealand outlet. - The Coffee Club New Zealand has just celebrated its 40th store opening, with the new Stoddard Road store opening its doors in Mt. Roskill, Auckland. ... [more] 5 Feb, 2013
Cookie Time's sweet growth plan. - As Christchurch company Cookie Time celebrates its 30th anniversary this month, owners Michael Mayell and Guy Pope-Mayell have expansion plans. ... [more] 4 Feb, 2013
US franchise expert visiting Auckland to find master licensees in NZ. - International franchise developer Ray Hays will be in Auckland from 11-12 February in search of licensees for three different US franchise concepts: The Melting Pot, Rita's Italian Ice and BrightStar Care. ... [more] 30 Jan, 2013
No injunction till full trial in coffee copyright case. - A coffee franchise seeking to protect its copyright has been told it has a strong case but must wait for a full trial. The franchise team at Davenports Harbour Lawyers report. ... [more] 30 Jan, 2013
Carl's Jr looks to social media after TV ban. - The banning of a racy television advertisement for Carl's Jr burger chain is a setback for Restaurant Brands as the company embarks on its push to take the burger chain nationwide. ... [more] 22 Jan, 2013
Mitre 10 first half sales 'strong'. - Hardware chain Mitre 10 says half year sales have performed "strongly" as more Kiwis chose to tackle building and do-it-yourself projects. ... [more] 14 Jan, 2013
McDonald's pulls claim 95c in dollar stays in NZ. - McDonald's New Zealand is withdrawing a longstanding claim that 95 cents in every dollar spent at one of its restaurants stays in New Zealand. ... [more] 13 Jan, 2013
Miner looks at franchising options. - Glass Earth Gold is seeking to sell franchises within its Central Otago alluvial gold operations, and to make the venture self-funding for further exploration. ... [more] 10 Jan, 2013
Icecream icon licked into shape. - After almost 50 years on NZ streets Mr Whippy franchise gets a makeover, including a jazzed-up Greensleeves. ... [more] 4 Jan, 2013
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