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NZ pizza wars get under way. Over the weekend Australian pizza chain Domino's launched what is planned to be a nationwide operation to compete head on with Restaurant Brands' Pizza Hut franchise. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2003
Small businesses not alone. The economy's growth is in the hands of more than 300,000 small to medium-sized enterprises, but many do not realise how important they are. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2003
Small businesses turn out to learn a big lesson. About 300 Wellington business people turned out last week to get help on expanding their small firms into bigger ones. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2003
Pero planned to sell his business - not buy it. Mike Pero didn't intend buying back the 50% of the nationwide mortgage broking firm he didn't own. Rather he and fellow shareholder South Canterbury Finance intended selling the business to a third party. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2003
Post banking on further growth. Replacing letters as the mainstream source of revenue for the state-owned postal service will be fully owned subsidiary Kiwibank. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2003
Earning millions is child's play. Barney the dinosaur and Wiggles-style shopping trolleys for kids will be weaving their way down US supermarket aisles next month, after Kiwi manufacturer Cabco Group landed deals with six of the top 10 American chains. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2003
Why Some Franchisees Fail. The causes of franchisee failure will be one of the hot topics at the National Franchise Conference being held at the end of June. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2003
Fix It Building Services franchise sold. Carter Holt Harvey unit Carters has sold its Fix It Building Services franchise to Auckland-based home building company Signature Homes and franchise consultant Robin La Pere. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2003
Foray into Australia holding group back. Restaurant Brands' first quarter sales figures released yesterday showed a company still shackled by its Australian Pizza Hut foray and disappointing results from Starbucks. .... [more] 28 May, 2003
Kiwibank expands horizons with low cost credit card. Kiwibank has expanded into the credit card market, offering a low-interest card aimed at people who will use the credit facility rather than pay off the balance every month. .... [more] 24 May, 2003
The flying carpet brothers. A carpet business set up by two brothers eight years ago is aiming to take No. 1 spot in the New Zealand residential flooring market. .... [more] 23 May, 2003
Restaurant Brands chairman ticks off vocal shareholders. Restaurant Brands' annual meeting yesterday took place beneath giant pizzas, but question time was dominated by commentary on the virtues of the Shareholders Association. .... [more] 22 May, 2003
Small business: A bit short of the mark. The Budget's initiatives for small- and medium-sized companies have received a mixed scorecard - nice to be recognised and have specific announcements but they don't quite hit the mark. .... [more] 16 May, 2003
LJ Hooker purchase expands NZ operation. Australian real estate franchise LJ Hooker strengthened its hold in New Zealand yesterday, announcing the purchase of Auckland franchise group Olsen Everson. .... [more] 15 May, 2003
Hydroponic Watercress Success. According to Andy Grey, "There's no such thing as a lifestyle business - not if you want to make a proper living. On the other hand, you can enjoy working in a relaxed environment, and this is a great way to do it." .... [more] 13 May, 2003
Rival for Starbucks aims to open 50 NZ shops. American coffee chain Gloria Jean's plans to open 50 New Zealand stores in the next few years - and promises to compete for Starbucks' customers. .... [more] 12 May, 2003
Kaikoura has its first fast food franchise. Kaikoura has its first multi-national fast food franchise with the official opening of a Subway Sandwiches outlet in the town. .... [more] 8 May, 2003
Green Acres was the place to be. Adrian Kenny, who founded Green Acres in 1991 which has since become the county's largest franchise network, is resetting his sights. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2003
Game On. DiscSTATION is an add-on for small retailers servicing a huge and growing market repairing CD's and video games. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2003
Kiwi makes tidy meal of US dollar on Big Mac index. The New Zealand dollar has made giant strides against the United States currency, according to the latest "Big Mac index" from the Economist magazine. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2003
Testing The Waters In Asia. If proof were needed of the potential markets awaiting local franchises in Asia, one look at the New Zealand Natural stand at Global Franchising 2002 in Singapore would have provided it. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2003
RELATED - Burger ban urged for children. Health officials have suggested that it be made illegal to sell junk food to children. They want a ban written into a new health law to meet concerns about child obesity. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2003

Mount shops successfully defy Easter ban. Mt Maunganui retailers have escaped prosecution after opening their doors yesterday in defiance against "discriminatory" Easter trading laws. .... [more] 21 Apr, 2003
Shoppers take your cards, and your chances. Anyone planning a little remedial shopping this Easter should first bone up on their local shop opening hours. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2003
The tears of a clown. The McDonald's golden arches are losing their gleam as health concerns and competition bite. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2003
'Merciless' bankrupt jailed for beer scam. A twice-discharged bankrupt has been jailed for 5-1/2 years for the "merciless" exploitation of investors who lost $500,000 in a franchise beer company. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2003
Pizza takes big bite from profit. Fast-food franchise operator Restaurant Brands yesterday displayed wounds from its foray into Australia, declaring a full-year profit of $11 million. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2003
Wild West Replicating Success. From the creation of the first bar in 1996, The Grumpy Mole Saloon now has seven themed bars throughout New Zealand, with plans to open four more in 2003. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2003
Taking Your Franchise To The USA. US franchise experts William Edwards and David Holmes say that New Zealand companies should not be afraid of entering the US market. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2003
Green Acres To New Pastures. The man who set up one of the country's best known franchise operations is moving to pastures new. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2003
Partnerships For Success. Partnerships for success is the theme of this year's National Franchise Conference to be held in Rotorua in June. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2003
Higher mail volume lifts NZ Post profit. State-owned New Zealand Post made a net profit of $19.6 million in the six months to December, up 22.5 per cent on the second half of 2001. .... [more] 21 Mar, 2003
Beauty Direct forced to change tack. Beauty products e-tailer Beauty Direct is revamping its business in an effort to stem losses and get around pharmacy franchising rules that prevent it from offering a full product line. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2003
Coffee war for Fuel Espresso, Starbucks. A coffee war has erupted in Wellington, with local brewer Fuel Espresso threatening heavyweight rival Starbucks with legal action over alleged "branding sabotage". .... [more] 17 Mar, 2003
Kiwibank in the red, but growing. Kiwibank lost $6.5 million in the six months to December. But the state-owned bank continued growing more quickly than it expected. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2003
Whole Lotto shake-up going on. Lotto will regain its No 1 position in the gaming market, of that its new chief executive Trevor Hall has no doubt. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2003
Big five's mortgage rates excessive says Kiwibank. Kiwibank has accused big banks of hitting home-owners with excessive mortgage rates. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2003
Beer Club Allegations Aired In Court. Charged with fraud, Roy Williams Edwards last week denied allegations that he was involved in a "scheme" to carry on the Global Beer Club under a new name before putting the company into liquidation. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2003
Pizza Hut registers ringing more often. Fast-food business Restaurant Brands increased sales by 8.6 per cent in the past quarter thanks to growth from its Pizza Hut operations in New Zealand and the acquisition of Pizza Hut stores in Australia. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2003
Pete's Post Director Wins Business Award. Director of New Zealand-based franchise company Pete's Post Limited, Denise McBeth, has been announced the winner of the Her Businesswoman of the Year award for 2002/3. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2003
Brands blames slide on pizza newcomer. Restaurant Brands' share price continued an eight-day downward run yesterday - a slide the company attributes partly to publicity about the impending arrival of a pizza competitor from Australia. .... [more] 1 Mar, 2003
Franchise Comeback For The Pie.
The pie is a legendary icon in both New Zealand and Australia, although it suffered at the hands of the ubiquitous hamburger in the past thirty years. Jesters The Jaffle Pie Co is setting out to reverse that trend. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2003
McDonald's savours the message.
McDonald's text-messaging campaign has pulled 1.5 million entries in five weeks and is being touted as the biggest of its type in New Zealand. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2003
Christchurch Hosts Franchise Board.
Christchurch plays host to senior figures in the $10.4 billion franchise industry later this week when the board of the Franchise Association meets there for the first time. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2003
Harvey rides retail wave.
Harvey Norman is riding the buoyant New Zealand retail market, and planning a major increase in the number of stores in this country over the next 18 months. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2003
Re/Max expands into New Zealand.
Greenwood Village (US)-based Re/Max International is opening an office in New Zealand, the 43rd country where it now has operations. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2003
Friendly Kiwibank finds its niche.
A year ago this week the Herald opened a Kiwibank account - so naturally we went back to see what had become of our money. .... [more] 15 Feb, 2003
Kiwibank ads misleading. Kiwibank has admitted that a home loan guarantee it offered in September and October was liable to mislead consumers, the Commerce Commission says. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2003
Bankrupt director on beer club company fraud counts. A bankrupt company director has gone on trial accused of defrauding investors and franchisees out of more than $600,000. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2003
Franchise Dispute Heads For Court. A bitter franchising dispute involving Sign-A-Rama has been fast-tracked for trial after the franchisor failed to get an injunction against the franchisee. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2003
Panel To Rule On Franchise Disputes. The Franchise Association of New Zealand has beefed up its commitment to dispute mediation in a bid to reduce the costs, delays and bad publicity from court cases between franchisees and franchisors. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2003
NZ Post ratings affirmed, Kiwibank remains risk. Standard & Poor's has affirmed its ratings on New Zealand Post but said the company's banking business remained a potential risk to the company's credit. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2003
INTEREST - NZ rated second most honest place in world to do business. Transparency International rated New Zealand joint second with Denmark, behind only Finland, in its eighth annual corruption perceptions index published last month. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2003
Kiwibank makes milestone early. Kiwibank has signed its 100,000th customer a few weeks before its first anniversary, reaching the milestone far sooner than expected. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2003
Retailing can lead to management aisle. Nine years ago Paul Mallard was flipping burgers for McDonald's in a part-time job around school. Today, at 27, he's an operations consultant for the same fast food chain and oversees six restaurants. .... [more] 27 Jan, 2003
Lawsuits and stress plague KiwiBank. The strain of running the controversial KiwiBank is taking its toll on managers and retailers, with stressed staff taking sick leave and legal action pending against NZ Post. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2003
Big Mac Loss Not A Kiwi Problem. McDonald's New Zealand says it is doing fine, thanks, compared with its American parent which has made its first ever quarterly loss. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2003
Franchises Targetting NZ Partners. New Zealand's business community is being courted by a number of overseas companies looking to appoint master licensees here, and a prominent US consultant says that number is likely to grow. .... [more] 20 Jan, 2003
INTEREST - McParity a way off for NZ dollar. Exporters might be losing their appetite as the New Zealand dollar surges to new multi-year highs, but the currency is still significantly undervalued against the greenback, according to The Economist's Big Mac index. .... [more] 20 Jan, 2003
Immeasureable = Unmanageable. This famous quote from Peter Drucker was the inspiration behind the development of Nathans Franchisee Profiler. .... [more] 14 Jan, 2003
New bank takes on big boys. Kiwibank chief executive Sam Knowles is a relaxed man. He believes the bank, which opened its doors in February, forced its big rivals to rethink their products and prices last year. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2003
Franchising Trans-Tasman. You have established your franchise in New Zealand and it is going well. You would like to expand further, and perhaps inevitably, your mind starts to think about that bigger market over the Tasman. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2003
Shoppers tipped to rein in spending. Consumers are expected to pull in the reins a bit on spending in 2003, but not enough to dampen the outlook for retailers. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2003
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