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WHSmith opens first Australian Zoodle store. - UK based bookseller, stationer and newsagent WHSmith opened its first Australian Zoodle store in Melbourne on December 15. ... [more] 20 Dec, 2012
Five franchises under $100k. - Australia is the world's most franchised nation on a per-person basis, with three times as many franchises per head compared with the United States, IBISWorld research shows. ... [more] 18 Dec, 2012
SnorePro plans further expansion following a successful year. - SnorePro has announced that it will roll out a maximum of 55 franchises in Australia over the next 12 months. ... [more] 18 Dec, 2012
Why a franchise can be the healthy option. - There is a compelling argument that both budding entrepreneurs and experienced business owners looking for an opportunity should buy into a franchise. ... [more] 14 Dec, 2012
Ex-Starbucks Coffee MD is new CEO at The Coffee Club. - The Coffee Club has appointed the former managing director of Starbucks Coffee Australia as its chief executive officer. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2012
Yogurtland Goes Down Under with Australian Franchise Deal. - Now with more than 200 locations in the U.S., Mexico, and Guam, Yogurtland announces growth plans for Australia. ... [more] 11 Dec, 2012
New consultancy for franchisors. - Two former employees of the Pack & Send franchise have joined forces to develop their own consultancy model, focused on franchise recruitment and franchise modelling. ... [more] 10 Dec, 2012
Rams grows business in South Australia. - Rams is expanding its presence across South Australia with the opening of the second retail Home Loan Centre in the state and the appointment of a third franchisee. ... [more] 6 Dec, 2012
A franchisor with plenty of fight. - Taekwondo champion Maher Magableh knows how to kick butt when it comes to small business. The Jordanian-born businessman first came to Australia to vie for selection in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. ... [more] 5 Dec, 2012
Mortgage Choice Financial Planning opens first franchises. - The first franchisees in the Mortgage Choice Financial Planning network have opened their doors for business with Brisbane-based Kayla White, and Fairien Azeem in Sydney, trailblazing the brand extension. ... [more] 4 Dec, 2012
Real estate group RE/MAX kicks off Aussie franchisee hunt. - Real estate veteran Michael Davoren intends to double the number of local RE/MAX offices to 120, after being named the first-ever Australian master franchisee of the US company. ... [more] 3 Dec, 2012
Retail Food optimistic about FY13. - Retail Food Group (RFG), the company behind the brands such as Michel's Patisserie and Donut King, remains optimistic the group will continue to perform well despite trough trading conditions. ... [more] 30 Nov, 2012
How booming gym franchise Anytime Fitness is beating the landlords. - Fast-growing 24-hour gym franchise Anytime Fitness says its status as a mini-major and "traffic drawcard" means it can negotiate significant rental incentives of up to 25% for new retail leases. ... [more] 29 Nov, 2012
World class accreditation program for Australian franchise sector. - The Franchise Council of Australia is launching an internationally recognised professional accreditation program for franchisees and franchisors. ... [more] 27 Nov, 2012
Smartline tops franchisee satisfaction survey. - Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisors has scooped the top spot in this year’s topfranchise awards which recognises the level of franchisee satisfaction in franchise networks. ... [more] 26 Nov, 2012
No soft serve for Mr Whippy's rivals. - A settlement may yet sweeten the sour relationship between Mr Whippy and the Master Chef. ... [more] 26 Nov, 2012
Jim's franchisees mow world's biggest grass moustache. - Twenty five of Jim’s Mowing franchisees from across Victoria converged at Avalon airport on their ride-on mowers, ready to help create the world’s biggest grass-mown moustache to help promote Movember. ... [more] 26 Nov, 2012
The Cheesecake Shop does away with master franchisors. - The Cheesecake Shop has finalised the restructure of its franchise group following the expiry of its master franchise agreement in NZ, which means all franchisees now deal directly with the franchisor. ... [more] 20 Nov, 2012
Harvey Norman franchisees face heavy fines. - Eleven Harvey Norman franchisees are face fines of up to $1.1 million for giving misleading information to customers who were sold faulty products about their right to claim a refund or replacement. ... [more] 20 Nov, 2012
Zarraffa's first WA store opens. - Zarraffa's Coffee begins its WA expansion with the opening of the Canning Vale store today. ... [more] 16 Nov, 2012
San Churro to open 30th store. - The sweet treat cafe franchise chain San Churro is poised to open the doors to its 30th Australian store after just six years of trading. ... [more] 16 Nov, 2012
Mad Mex opens four stores this spring. - It started in Darlinghurst five years ago; now the Mad Mex restaurant chain has reached 30 outlets with a projected 10 to 20 more stores to open in the next 13 months. ... [more] 14 Nov, 2012
Franchises finance from within. - Franchises are hitting back at a perceived lack of bank finance to fund their own new businesses - and they are winning the battle. ... [more] 11 Nov, 2012
Jim's Pest Control signs 50th franchisee. - Jim's Pest Control has become the fastest growing division in the Jim's Group, recently signing up its 50th franchisee, Michael Dillon in Adelaide. ... [more] 9 Nov, 2012
UK online retailer Labels4Kids on the hunt for Aussie franchisees. - UK-based online retailer Labels4Kids is looking to expand into a range of countries including Australia and New Zealand, offering country licences to approved franchisees to grow the brand. ... [more] 9 Nov, 2012
Plus Fitness signs up 70th franchise. - Franchised gym chain Plus Fitness 24/7 has just sold its 70th territory, and opened three outlets in three days. ... [more] 7 Nov, 2012
Jim's Mowing joins Movember. - Jim's Mowing customers may notice their gardeners are looking a little hairier this November. ... [more] 6 Nov, 2012
Boost Juice opens 200th store. - Eleven years after launching as a juice bar in Adelaide the Boost Juice Bars franchise business has opened its 200th outlet in Australia, at Port Macquarie. ... [more] 6 Nov, 2012
Retail Food Group snaps up The Coffee Guy group and invests in drive-through outlets. - The acquisition mode is continuing at Retail Food Group which has just announced plans to buy out the New Zealand based The Coffee Guy group, a business that started with a focus on mobile coffee services. ... [more] 5 Nov, 2012
Australian Gelatissimo expands in Kuwait. - Just six months after the opening of the first Australian-owned Gelatissimo outlet in the Middle East, the local response has been so overwhelming that two more gelaterias have opened... [more] 1 Nov, 2012
The Chocolate Room: China, UK and more... - The Australian café franchise The Chocolate Room is launching into China with 200 outlets planned in the first four years and further expansion across Europe, the Middle East and Asia underway. ... [more] 1 Nov, 2012
OPSM partners with Cricket Australia. - Eye care franchise OPSM has signed up a five year partnership with Cricket Australia to provide its players with optometry services and merchandise - sunglasses and spectacles. ... [more] 31 Oct, 2012
Franchisees keen for low-entry investment. - More than half of would-be Australian franchisees only want to invest $100,000 or less, a new study has found. ... [more] 28 Oct, 2012
Which franchises made the Fast 100 list? - Solar energy company, Zen Energy Systems, is the highest ranked franchise on BRW's Fast 100 List, which was announced last night. ... [more] 25 Oct, 2012
Expert tips on growing your franchise. - Franchising can be a very effective way of expanding a business, but it's not as easy as it looks. So we asked two highly successful franchise operators to share their tips for building a franchise. ... [more] 23 Oct, 2012
A franchising milestone at 7-Eleven. - Erdal Ismail is celebrating 25 years with convenience franchise 7-Eleven. He shared his franchising journey with Franchising's Sarah Stowe. ... [more] 22 Oct, 2012
Chocolate franchise set for UK launch. - Theobroma, the Australian chocolatier, café and bar franchise, is heading to the UK with stores set for opening in Birmingham and London in early 2013. ... [more] 22 Oct, 2012
Bunfight as jobs get hamburgled. - Fast-food giants McDonald's and Hungry Jacks will be forced to employ fewer fresh-faced workers in the future after being stripped of millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded incentives to hire casual staff. ... [more] 19 Oct, 2012
Pool business is growing swimmingly. - When Paul Sadler took on a part-time job as a swimming teacher in regional Victoria in the 1970s, little did he think he would one day own a swimming school generating around $20 million a year. ... [more] 17 Oct, 2012
Music retailer to close, but franchises remain. - Australia's largest independent music retailer, Allans Billy Hyde, will close with the loss of 513 jobs after the failure to find a buyer for the struggling business. ... [more] 17 Oct, 2012
Your quick guide to the National Franchising Convention 2012. - What are the top tips from the National Franchise Convention 2012? Here's a quick, easy guide to what the speakers had to say, and what the delegates thought. ... [more] 15 Oct, 2012
What potential franchisees want: survey. - What are the most popular franchises right now? Well, according to a recent survey of 600 users of Franchise Business the clear winner in the investment stakes is the food sector. ... [more] 12 Oct, 2012
New program to lead to happier, more profitable franchisees. - Australia's first specialised leadership program for franchisor executives is about to launch, featuring online mentoring from the CEOs of Australia's leading brands. ... [more] 11 Oct, 2012
Franchising Excellence award winners announced. - The franchising industry celebrated great achievements in the sector at the FCA Excellence in Franchising awards 2012 on Tuesday 9th October. ... [more] 10 Oct, 2012
Lack of capital drives record growth of franchisors. - The latest Franchising Australia survey indicates continued growth in the franchise sector, with numbers of franchised outlets, franchisees and overall sector revenues demonstrating slight increases. ... [more] 9 Oct, 2012
The golden arches weren't built in a day. - Not every business is a candidate for franchising. Steve Wright, executive director of the Franchise Council of Australia, outlines four key conditions before a business can consider selling franchises. ... [more] 9 Oct, 2012
John Howard opens franchising convention with leadership tips. - The National Franchise Convention got under way in Canberra today with former Prime Minister John Howard the opening keynote speaker. ... [more] 8 Oct, 2012
ACCC flags financial penalties for Franchising Code breaches as sector shows strong growth. - The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has called for stronger sanctions for breaches of the Franchising Code as the sector continues to boom. ... [more] 8 Oct, 2012
Franchisees emerge in buoyant mood. - Australia's $131 billion franchising sector has bounced back from the global financial crisis with more systems and more franchisees but the same challenges. ... [more] 7 Oct, 2012
Discount Drug Stores hits 100th outlet amid interstate expansion plans. - Discount Drug Stores is set for further expansion across Australia as it celebrates the opening of its 100th store. ... [more] 5 Oct, 2012
Tasti D-Lite signs first franchisee. - Frozen dessert brand Tasti D-Lite has signed its first franchisees in Australia just six months after opening its flagship store in Melbourne's Chapel Street. ... [more] 3 Oct, 2012
Franchisor insolvency puts coffee chain sale in the spotlight. - South Australian based coffee franchise Bean Bar has been sold to a separate company controlled by franchisor Ronald Basset, just one day before the Federal Court ordered liquidation of the parent business... [more] 2 Oct, 2012

From a few front lawns to fleet of handy hubbies. - It was one of those throwaway lines. A man was doing some handy work around the home as his wife and friend watched on. All of a sudden the friend piped up and said "Gosh, he's handy. Can I hire your hubby?" ... [more] 27 Sep, 2012
Outback jacks: new master franchisee. - Outback Jacks Bar and Grill is seeing double; the casual dining franchise chain has appointed two business partners as the master franchisee for NSW and ACT. ... [more] 25 Sep, 2012
Australia's All Seasons hotel chain rebrands as Ibis. - Australia's hotel scene is changing with the introduction of two new brands under the Ibis banner. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2012
Signarama opens 90th store. - Signarama is expanding its franchise network in Australia with the opening of an outlet in Mackay, its 90th store. ... [more] 20 Sep, 2012
EnVie Fitness opens doors to first franchise. - EnVie Fitness has unveiled its first franchise at Woonona, New South Wales with 545 foundation members signed up to the women-only gym. ... [more] 18 Sep, 2012
BoQ franchisee court case serves as due diligence reminder. - Franchisees and franchisors have been urged to do as much as “humanly possible” to scope each other out before entering into an agreement, as a court battle kicks off involving 10 former BoQ franchisees... [more] 17 Sep, 2012
Burger business's taste for growth. - Simon Crowe is turning into a burger baron, having expanded his Australian operation from one store only eight years ago to almost 60 now. ... [more] 17 Sep, 2012
Allans Billy Hyde likely to close after receivers fail to find buyer. - The end is drawing closer for iconic music retailer Allans Billy Hyde, with receivers Ferrier Hodgson announcing yesterday it will start a major restructure that will begin with the immediate loss of 56 jobs. ... [more] 13 Sep, 2012
Franchise sector soars with double-digit growth, PwC report reveals. - The franchising industry has broken out of the current downbeat economic climate, recording growth of 10% for both profits and revenue in the past year, according to a new PwC indicator. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2012
Franchisees' future undecided in Darrell Lea sale. - The three franchisees within the Darrell Lea network are as yet unsure of their future following news that the chocolate business will be sold to the Queensland based Quinn family and the 27 company owned... [more] 7 Sep, 2012
Ali Baba partners with nutritionist. - In a move to further emphasise the nutritional aspects of its menu, Australia’s largest kebab franchise Ali Baba has added a dietitian and exercise physiologist to its team. ... [more] 4 Sep, 2012
Hydrodog rebrands as Blue Wheelers. - The mobile dog grooming service Hydrodog Australia has re- launched its business with a new name and two new business opportunities and brands. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2012
Harvey Norman profit falls 32pc. - Harvey Norman continues to feel the retail pain, announcing profit has dropped by close to a third. ... [more] 27 Aug, 2012
Burger chain turns up heat. - Grill'd founder Simon Crowe's belief in the possibility, and ultimate marketability, of a healthy burger continues to reap rewards for the master franchisor, with three new restaurants and three more to... [more] 27 Aug, 2012
RFG to buy Crust Gourmet Pizza. - The Retail Food Group has announced its plans to acquire the Crust Gourmet Pizza Bars business. Predominantly based in NSW and Victoria, the Crust system has expanded to NZ, Singapore and the US. ... [more] 23 Aug, 2012
Hairhouse Warehouse announces Myer partnership. - Hairhouse Warehouse, this year celebrating its 20th anniversary, has announced a partnership with retail behemoth, Myer, which will see the launch of a new concession store model. ... [more] 22 Aug, 2012
A fresh approach pays off. - Yarra Valley Farms' Geoff Cook is passionate about helping people start their own business and improve their lifestyle. He is the director and master franchisor of Yarra Valley Farms on the North Coast... [more] 21 Aug, 2012
Fresh ideas on show at Melbourne expo. - Ghost tours, family fitness sessions, a self-serve food franchise and a party hire service were among the new ideas on show at the Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo in Melbourne from 17-19 Aug. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2012
Franchisor victory against franchisee. - An Australian master franchisee in the David Reid Homes business has been ordered to pay franchisors David and Suzanne Reid $2.85 million. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2012
NZ franchising sector poses challenges for Aussie firms: Report. - Australian franchisees should think twice before expanding to New Zealand, according to a new report, which highlights challenges within New Zealand’s fledgling franchising sector. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2012
Franchise Local Area Marketing Goes Digital. - Exstatic, a digital marketing agency based in Melbourne has designed and developed a franchise approved online marketing service to add to the local area marketing toolkit for franchises. ... [more] 16 Aug, 2012
Jamaica Blue opens first Singapore store. - The Foodco Group has announced its coffee brand, Jamaica Blue, has opened its first outlet in Singapore, with a second scheduled for mid-September. ... [more] 15 Aug, 2012
Online serves up profit for Domino's. - Domino's Pizza says it will be dishing up more dough over the next year, with full-year profits expected to grow by 15 per cent by June 2013. ... [more] 14 Aug, 2012
Brothers' business booms amid a hairy economy. - It's no surprise that brothers Tony and Joseph Lattouf look like they've just stepped out of a salon. With almost 150 franchises around Australia, the founders of Hairhouse Warehouse can barely visit a... [more] 13 Aug, 2012
Croissant Express heads for suburbs. - Croissant Express is embarking on a push into suburban commercial zones after 25 years of focusing on the central business district and then shopping centres. ... [more] 8 Aug, 2012
Betta could hit 200 stores with 50 from Retravision. - Betta Stores Retail (BSR) chief executive officer Graeme Cunningham has confirmed that he is in advanced discussions with 10 Retravision stores based on the east coast of Australia, including some in... [more] 7 Aug, 2012
The internet challenge for franchisees. - You spend thousands of dollars on a franchise, only to discover your franchisor is about to sell the same products or services online. How would you feel? Worried no doubt. ... [more] 6 Aug, 2012
Harvey Norman unaudited pre-tax profit falls 40pc. - Harvey Norman has flagged a 39.1 per cent reduction in profit before tax to $227.6 million, following a 7 per cent fall in global sales for the year ending June 30, 2012. ... [more] 6 Aug, 2012
Pets Paradise problems just beginning for franchisees. - The appointment of receivers to Pets Paradise this week did not include stores operated by franchisees, but franchising experts warn there are still difficult times ahead for franchisees. ... [more] 3 Aug, 2012
Zarraffa's goes west. - Queensland-based coffee franchise, Zarraffa's Coffee, has purchased the West Australian specialty coffee chain, One for the Road, and its five drive-through sites. ... [more] 2 Aug, 2012
Essential Beauty opens 50th salon. - Aussie beauty salon franchise Essential Beauty has just opened its 50th salon. Watergardens in Victoria is the latest venue for the business which combines traditional treatments with the latest... [more] 31 Jul, 2012
Pets Paradise in hands of receivers Deloitte Restructuring Services. - A national chain of 62 pet accessory stores run by a self-styled "leader of franchising" has collapsed. Pets Paradise was founded by Melbourne-based Gary Diamond about 20 years ago... [more] 31 Jul, 2012
Sting in Go Gecko tale as franchise revolution falters. - For all the optimism colouring the email sent to Go Gecko's real estate agents this month, a terse threat dangled near the end. A "few rogue" franchise operators needed to be put "in their rightful place"... [more] 30 Jul, 2012
Lord of the Fries growth continues with new Melbourne opening. - This year has been one of solid growth for vegetarian food franchise Lord of the Fries, which has just opened a new grab-and-go store in Melbourne city. ... [more] 27 Jul, 2012
Billy Baxter’s under fire for failing to pay $1.2 million damages claim. - A former franchisee has spoken out about his legal battle with South Australian restaurant franchise Billy Baxter’s, which is facing a winding-up application over a $1.2 million damages claim. ... [more] 23 Jul, 2012
Gloria Jean's Coffees accused of homophobia in PR disaster. - Gloria Jean's Coffees is the latest brand to fall victim of a social media PR disaster, with what was intended to be an opportunity to promote the coffee franchise's activities in the community resulting in a... [more] 19 Jul, 2012
McDonald's beefs up its workforce with another 3000 jobs. - McDonald's will today announce it is to hire more than 3000 young burger flippers, a boost for Australia's job industry at a time when youth unemployment is at a record high. ... [more] 18 Jul, 2012
Darrell Lea and the franchisee fallout: 10 risks to franchisees of insolvent systems. - The recent decision by the owners of the 85-year-old Darrell Lea brand to place the business into voluntary administration highlights the potential risk of insolvency in franchise relationships. ... [more] 17 Jul, 2012
Brumby's let off hook after carbon misfire. - Brumby’s has escaped a hefty fine over its carbon tax misfire, instead entering into an undertaking with the consumer watchdog. ... [more] 16 Jul, 2012
Billy Baxters faces winding up. - National restaurant franchise Billy Baxters is facing a winding-up application over a $1.2 million court debt. Billy Baxter's (Franchising) Pty Ltd is connected to more than 20 family restaurants throughout... [more] 11 Jul, 2012
Don't be fooled: Franchisors making false claims on income - ACCC. - The number of franchisors making false claims about potential income is on the rise, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has warned. ... [more] 10 Jul, 2012
Darrell Lea franchisees at risk, as company goes under. - The iconic confectionery retailer Darrell Lea has gone under after 85 years in business. Up to 700 jobs at Darrell Lea's franchises and company-owned stores, as well as its factory in Kogarah, NSW, are at risk. ... [more] 10 Jul, 2012
Brumby's carbon tax misfire a legal warning for franchisees. - Franchisees have been reminded they are personally liable for their business decisions, even if the advice comes from head office. The warning comes in the wake of last week's apology from Brumby's Bakery... [more] 9 Jul, 2012
Hire A Hubby's $500,000 investment in franchise management system pays off. - A $500,000 investment in a customised, fully programmed franchise management system is reaping rewards at Hire A Hubby with franchisees benefiting from streamlined processes. ... [more] 9 Jul, 2012
Brumby's ad campaign in support of franchisees after MD resigns. - Brumby's Bakeries has gone into damage control with an ad campaign designed to absolve franchisees running the bakeries from any connection with the carbon tax comments made last week by... [more] 9 Jul, 2012
Brumby's boss quits over carbon tax letter. - The head of one of Australia's largest bakery chains, Brumby's, has quit after revelations he urged franchisees to increase prices and blame it on the carbon tax. ... [more] 7 Jul, 2012
The Coffee Club opens in Egypt. - Australian cafe franchise The Coffee Club has expanded its global footprint with its first Egyptian store opening in tourist spot Tivoli Dome on the north coast. There are plans for 15 outlets to open in the country... [more] 5 Jul, 2012
Jani-King now national with ACT launch. - Commercial cleaning business Jani-King, with its global headquarters in the US, has opened an office in the ACT. This means the franchise now has a national presence in Australia. ... [more] 4 Jul, 2012
Baker apologises for carbon price advice. - A major food retailer has apologised after its bakery franchisees were told to blame price rises on the carbon tax but still faces inquiries by the consumer watchdog. ... [more] 4 Jul, 2012
Brumby's carbon tax claims under microscope. - The consumer watchdog is questioning a major bakery franchise following an internal newsletter that advised bakeries to put up prices and "let the carbon tax take the blame". ... [more] 4 Jul, 2012
Teen worker exploited by franchisee. - A fast food franchisee underpaid a teenage worker almost $10,000 in a blatant and devious case of exploitation, a court has ruled. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2012
FCA celebrates regional success with awards night. - The Franchise Council has honoured franchisees and support staff from across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory at the NAB FCA NSW/ACT Excellence in Franchising Awards for 2012. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2012
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