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Franchise provisions reviewed. Franchise owners may have to give more warnings to prospective franchisees, after the Federal Government today announced a review of the franchising code of conduct. .... [more] 28 Jun, 2006
Strathfield says franchise model working. The franchise model adopted by car audio and mobile phone retailer Strathfield Group Ltd is starting to reap financial benefits. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2006
Couple of smoothies taking on UK juice market. In a bid to establish itself as the Starbucks of the smoothie world, Australian juice retailer Boost has signed a franchise agreement to take its brand to the UK. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2006
Franchisor on acquisition trail. Leading franchisor Retail Food Group, which owns Donut King's Australian operations, said it is on the acquisition trail in an industry it believes is ripe for consolidation. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2006
ABC eyes more US expansion. ABC Learning Centres chief executive Eddy Groves has signalled an interest in acquiring more childcare centres in the US as the company starts to buy some of the franchised centres it obtained through its deal with the Learning Care Group. .... [more] 21 Jun, 2006
Its all in the name. The name of a franchise can help your business take off, reduce your marketing costs and reflect the essence of the brand - if you make the right choice. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2006
Franchising makes its mark on hotel sector. Accor, one of numerous hotel groups to adopt the franchising model, is expanding its franchise activities. .... [more] 14 Jun, 2006
23 new Donut King stores to open. Retail Food Group plans to open another 23 Donut King stores over the next 13 months, driving growth in earnings for the company. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2006
S8, Webjet in travel marketing alliance. Rapidly expanding travel group S8 has cut a deal with Webjet to promote its Queensland resort properties, just one day after divesting its hold over 17.4 per cent of shares in the travel website. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2006
S8 bids $196b for Gullivers Travel. Barely eight months after entering the travel agency game, Surfers Paradise property group S8 is set to become the southern hemisphere's biggest travel retailer. .... [more] 30 May, 2006
A hole in the donut? Soon-to-float Donut King has defended itself against criticism it sugar-coats financials, wastes store-owners' money on the CEO's race car and faces legal claims which could cost millions. .... [more] 30 May, 2006
Brisbane first port of call for aged care giant. After caring for over one million seniors throughout the US, Europe and Asia, the world’s largest senior care company, Home Instead Senior Care, is now launching in Australia. .... [more] 26 May, 2006
Brumby's maestro making plenty of bread. IT had been a 10 in 10 plan - 10 stores in 10 years. Well, Brumby's North Queensland maestro Michael Kopittke has exceeded himself, opening his 55th franchise at Port Douglas this month. .... [more] 26 May, 2006
Pick 'n Pay 'committed' to Aussie unit. Pick 'n Pay, South Africa's biggest supermarket chain, said it was "totally committed" to Franklins, its loss-making Australian chain, after a report it would decide on the unit's fate soon. .... [more] 25 May, 2006
Bob Jane has all the right connections. A national roll-out is transforming the way the company operates. .... [more] 23 May, 2006
ABC Learning looks to US for growth. Australian childcare group ABC Learning Centres Ltd says. .... [more] 18 May, 2006
$36m float for franchise group. Retail Food Group is heading to the stock market in a $36.5 million capital raising. The group is a recognised leader in food retail franchising with two major brands in its portfolio - Donut King and bb's cafe. .... [more] 10 May, 2006
Franchise goes for national ADSL. Coffee franchise Gloria Jeans has signed a two-year contract for a national IP network to connect 340 Australian franchisees on ADSL and the Gloria Jeans data centre on fibre optic. .... [more] 9 May, 2006
Opposite Lock set to open new Brisbane outlets. National franchisor of 4WD accessories and service, Opposite Lock Australia, which recently relocated headquarters from Perth to Brisbane, is opening three new stores in Brisbane. .... [more] 8 May, 2006
Giant US care franchise will visit Gran for $60. Home Instead Senior Care, a giant American company that provides services to the lonely, needy and well-heeled elderly, is set to take off in Australia, raising questions about the commercialisation of community care. .... [more] 4 May, 2006
Revolutionising retail: Why franchising is the chosen format for small business. Franchising has revolutionised retail in Australia, providing small business proprietors with the competitive resources to compete against the large corporations that dominate Australian retailing. .... [more] 4 May, 2006
S8, Virgin tour England. Queensland accommodation and travel group S8 has joined forces with Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group to launch a new chain of specialist travel agencies across England. .... [more] 4 May, 2006
Domino's to get a slice of Europe market. The Australian arm of pizza group Domino's is expanding into Europe with the acquisition of 153 stores in France, the Netherlands and Belgium from its parent for $14.8 million. .... [more] 1 May, 2006
Plenty of room left for Storage King. Storage King remains committed to its plan to float but may test the waters of the bigger British market, into which it has just moved, before going public in Australia. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2006
S8 flying high as group makes $67m bid for Travelscene. S8 is set to become Australia's largest integrated travel company with a $67 million offer for Travelscene. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2006
Dog washing winner. You can wash your clothes at a laundromat, spruce up your car at a carwash . . . and now Sydneysiders can avoid bathing the family pooch at home by visiting a DIY dogwash. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2006

Harvey mum on CFO exit. Furniture and electrical retailer Harvey Norman yesterday refused to comment on reports from inside the company that chief financial officer John Skippen had left the group. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2006
SA rivals put the bite on Quiznos. An international franchise operation which launched its Australian campaign from Adelaide has become a casualty of the sandwich war. .... [more] 18 Apr, 2006
Harvey Norman riding techno boom. Harvey Norman co-founder and chairman Gerry Harvey says the consumer-electronics retailer would not have had such strong sales if not for the ongoing technology boom. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2006
Gloria Jean's deal to read all about it. Almost 300 coffee shops will sell News Limited newspapers under a deal brokered to lift sales among impulse buyers and casual readers. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2006
SA company aims at staffing the nation. Declan Rowan has ambitious plans to turn his $20 million recruitment company into a national business turning over $100 million a year. Using the power of franchising, he believes the task is achievable. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2006
Coffee chain expands to east coast. Get ready for another coffee chain, with Adelaide's CIBO Espresso planning to tempt east coast cities with Italian-style pastries and coffee. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2006
Strathfield to franchise. CAR audio and mobile phone retailer Strathfield Group will franchise 62 of its 87 stores and expects to produce an annual cash profit of more than $10 million when the model is fully operational. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2006
Expansion ups Brumby's Bakeries earnings. Brumby's Bakeries Ltd says an ambitious rollout of new stores across Australia and New Zealand has helped deliver a record 18 per cent rise in first half net profit. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2006
Rules gap hurts franchisors. The debate on bolstering protection for franchisees is handicapped by a dearth of information. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2006
Harvey in for the long haul. Harvey Norman co-founder and chairman Gerry Harvey has no plans to retire as the retailer continues to enjoy rich pickings from the technology boom. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2006
Signature pulps juice bar strategy. Fruit juice retailer Signature Brands has called in administrators after a failed attempt to franchise its Pulp juice bar business. .... [more] 18 Mar, 2006
It's all ABC on Kids Campus. Australia's biggest babysitter, ABC Learning Centres, is set to expand its child-care empire through the $142 million acquisition of rival Kids Campus. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2006
Strathfield goes down the franchise road. Car audio and mobile phone retailer Strathfield Group Ltd is looking to a new franchise model and higher margin product categories to drive its return to profitability. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2006
ABC Learning about to chalk up another 100. ABC Learning is to tighten its dominance of the Australian child-care industry today, with the child-care group expected to announce a $75 million-plus takeover of Kids Campus. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2006
ABC Learning in trading halt. Childcare group ABC Learning Centres Ltd said it would remain in a trading halt pending the release of a company announcement expected in the next two days. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2006
Harvey reckons lust for the high-tech will last. "Inexhaustible" demand for new technology products is expected to drive continued growth for Harvey Norman, with the retailer chalking up strong sales in January and February despite a tough retailing environment. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2006
Aussie franchises expand. Don't be surprised to find a Boost Juice in Chile, Crepe Cafe in Bahrain or an Aussie Pooch in Malaysia. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2006
S8, Transonic fly high in new merger. Acquisitive Gold Coast-based accommodation and travel group S8 announced plans yesterday to merge with tourist services provider Transonic Travel in a deal worth more than $124 million. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2006
Franchisees struggle when franchisor fails: study. Franchisees find little protection under insolvency laws when their franchisor fails, according to a study commissioned by Australia's largest accounting body, CPA Australia. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2006
Watchdog called as some subs go down. A leading franchisor has a drama on its hands with 15 of his franchisees shutting shop and pleading with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to come to their rescue. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2006
ABC chalks up $38m interim result. The biggest publicly listed child-care provider in the world, ABC Learning Centres, has predicted good times as it expands and its new US business takes off. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2006
Queensland's Crepe Cafe to open Middle East store. A Queensland-based fast-food outlet is going where few franchises have dared venture - the Middle East. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2006
Franchising rules. It's an industry, we are told, in which only 8per cent of participants are unhappy and it contributes more than 10per cent, or $80billion, to Australia's total production of goods and services. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2006
Mortgage Choice detects signs of life in Sydney housing. Flickering signs of life in the Sydney property market have helped mortgage broker Mortgage Choice double its profit growth forecast for the full year. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2006
Domino's delivers 80% rise - and wants more. Domino's Pizza says it intends to take an even bigger bite out of the pizza market this year after posting a strong half-year result. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2006
Expo costs mean care needed in planning. Networking opportunities, strategic alliances and new customers can be found by exhibiting at business and franchise expos. However, the exhibitor must be careful not to miss these chance, especially given the expenses involved in appearing at such events. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2006
Harvey Norman sees sports boost. Retailer Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd expects a strong second half as consumers get ready for the release of the newest X Box game and upgrade their TVs for the Commonwealth Games and the Soccer World Cup. .... [more] 11 Jan, 2006
It's simply swell for learn-to-surf schools. It's a little more crowded on Anglesea beach this summer, with three companies now providing surfing lessons where four years ago there was one. .... [more] 6 Jan, 2006
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