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Global Yellow Pages to acquire Gloria Jean's Coffees. - SGX-listed firm Global Yellow Pages (GYP) is acquiring Australia's Gloria Jean's Coffees. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2013
Brumby's unveils new store look. - The Brumby's Bakeries chain has a new store design, and it was unveiled in Underwood, Queensland mid December. ... [more] 13 Dec, 2013
Noodle Box opens training centre. - A franchisee training centre has been unveiled by Noodle Box and it takes the fast food business further towards its goal to consistently deliver a great customer experience. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2013
Swimart launches dedicated mobile franchise network. - Australasian pool and spa group Swimart is launching a mobile franchise network – a move it describes as a logical next step for the business. And initially the franchise group will focus on... [more] 10 Dec, 2013
Cafe2U's 150th Australian franchise launched. - Australian-born Cafe2U has reached a significant milestone, having just reached its 150th Australian franchise with the launch of the Hallam, Melbourne operation. ... [more] 10 Dec, 2013
Harvey Norman franchisees fined for misleading consumers. - Four franchisees in the Harvey Norman network have fallen foul of consumer law and the Federal Court has ordered them to pay a total of $116,000 in civil pecuniary penalties. ... [more] 9 Dec, 2013
Brumby's $10 million in donations. - Bakery franchise Brumby's has estimated its generous franchisees have contributed bread worth more than $10 million to charitable organisations over the last year. ... [more] 4 Dec, 2013
Cowin sells off KFC stores for $56m. - Fast-food pioneer Jack Cowin has finally sold his KFC franchises in WA in a $56 million deal with restaurant operator Collins Foods. ... [more] 29 Nov, 2013
Pizza Hut to reach 300 mark by end of the year. - The year may be wrapping up, however its business as usual at Pizza Hut, with the chain recently opening three new stores across Australia, and it plans to open its 300th before 2014. ... [more] 27 Nov, 2013
New fitness franchise enters the market. - Gold Coast based personal training business Fitness Enhancement has adopted the franchising model, and founder Scott Hunt is fast gaining recognition within the fitness industry and beyond. ... [more] 26 Nov, 2013
High satisfaction levels for Priceline franchisees. - If Priceline's recently released Franchise Satisfaction Survey is anything to go by, franchisees' satisfaction with the brand is not only high, but on the rise. ... [more] 26 Nov, 2013
Orange Leaf adds stores and innovation. - Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is marking its second anniversary in Australia with new store openings and a range of new product innovations and flavours. ... [more] 25 Nov, 2013
Mexican food set to be the next big thing in franchising. - Following a report by Consulting Company PwC, franchises that were not in the retail sector grew by 14% last year while retail had a slow 9% growth. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2013
The paleo trend is franchising. - Franchising is in full swing for Cairns-based business Paleo Cafe, meanwhile the Primal Pantry in Brisbane will adopt the model to open additional sites... [more] 18 Nov, 2013
Australian franchisees have a world-famous independent streak: US-based franchise expert. - Any franchise system seeking to set up in Australia needs to be ready to work with the locals and their engaged and independent approach to running their own businesses. ... [more] 15 Nov, 2013
Boost Juice clocks up 300th store. - Australian-based global fruit juice franchise, Boost Juice has recently achieved a company milestone with the opening of its 300th store in Kent, England. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2013
Franchise fee discounts at Pie Face to boost multi-unit ownership. - Fast food chain Pie Face is looking to multi-unit growth and has announced an incentive for its franchisees to add stores to their existing business. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2013
Take-away and fitness industry franchisors set for audit. - The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced that franchisors in the take-away food and fitness industries will be audited to ensure compliance with... [more] 11 Nov, 2013
Franchised Food Company unveils drive-through coffee venture Europa Coffee. - Franchised Food Company has launched a new drive-through coffee business, Europa Coffee, adding to its stable of snack food franchises. ... [more] 8 Nov, 2013
From one hairdressing salon to a franchise empire: One entrepreneur’s story. - When Denis McFadden opened his first walk-in hairdressing salon in 1986, he never imagined it would grow into the175-salon strong Just Cuts franchise it is today. ... [more] 8 Nov, 2013
Australia Post franchisees set to go postal over parcel delivery costs. - Australia Post franchisees are threatening to sue the government agency over cost increases in parcel deliveries. ... [more] 7 Nov, 2013
Franchisees to add local colour as Eagle Boys' roll out rebrand. - A brand new look has been released for the 26 year-old food business Eagle Boys Pizza. In fact it’s more than one new look... [more] 7 Nov, 2013
Anytime Fitness reaches 300 clubs in Australia. - The first weekend of November saw gym franchise Anytime Fitness celebrate a company milestone - its 300th Australian club. ... [more] 6 Nov, 2013
Wagamama in voluntary administration. - The Australian arm of UK-based Japanese restaurant and noodle bar chain, Wagamama has gone into voluntary administration at the helm of its Australian franchisee, Edible Concepts Holdings. ... [more] 4 Nov, 2013
Snap's Queensland franchisees to close service hub. - The franchisee owned and operated Snap Hub in Queensland is closing. The centre provides print services for the 22 Snap outlets in the region. ... [more] 4 Nov, 2013
Harvey Norman's global sales rise in September quarter to $1.37 billion. - The passing of the federal election in September has not encouraged consumers to spend more, says retailer Harvey Norman. ... [more] 4 Nov, 2013
FCA Franchise Woman of the Year 2013: Debb Meyer. - Debb Meyer has won the FCA Franchise Woman of the Year award for 2013. Debb told Franchising, "It's an honour to be recognised among such accomplished women. I hope we can continue to see..." ... [more] 1 Nov, 2013
Sydney businessman secures Hard Rock’s future. - Despite the country’s two Hard Rock Café restaurants reportedly collapsing with a debt of more than $4 million, the Australian franchise’s new owner, Jeffrey Beaumont remains positive. ... [more] 31 Oct, 2013
Cafe2U franchisees serve up support for fire fighters. - It was all hands on deck for communities in Western Sydney last week. While the wider community pledged support for bushfire victims, local Cafe2U operators were taking up the cause to help their neighbours. ... [more] 30 Oct, 2013
Escape Travel open again for franchise expansion. - The Flight Centre Travel Group has turned its focus to expanding the Escape Travel franchise model that was first launched in 2005. ... [more] 29 Oct, 2013
Fastway Couriers to launch the nation's first secure parcel delivery box. - National courier franchise Fastway Couriers has partnered with Mayo Hardware to launch the new Pakman Parcel Delivery Box. ... [more] 28 Oct, 2013
Collaboration the key at National Franchise Convention 2013. - Australian franchising sector's annual conference was this year officially opened by the Federal Minister for Small Business, the Hon Bruce Bilson. ... [more] 24 Oct, 2013
Pair gets $200,000 after sale of doomed coffee franchise. - A family lured to the Northern Rivers to take up a doomed mobile coffee franchise has been awarded more than $200,000 in damages. ... [more] 24 Oct, 2013
The best of the nation's franchising sector unveiled. - Australia's top performing franchisees and franchisors for 2013 were recognised at the NAB FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards gala dinner on 22 October. ... [more] 23 Oct, 2013
Flight Centre to expand franchise agency network. - Flight Centre is to expand its Escape Travel franchise network in a significant move that is almost certain to target Jetset Travelworld agents who are unsure about joining Helloworld. ... [more] 23 Oct, 2013
ACCC to target food, fitness franchises. - The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) plans to audit take-away food and fitness franchises to ensure they are complying with the Franchising Code of Conduct. ... [more] 21 Oct, 2013
Cleaning franchise Bebrite plans national roll-out. - Bebrite founder Diana Wilson is poised to take the cleaning franchise national, first stop Western Australia. ... [more] 17 Oct, 2013
Dymocks unveils first pop-up bookstore. - Dymocks bookstore chain is rolling out its first new pop-up store at the Westfield Eastgardens shopping centre in Sydney, New South Wales. ... [more] 17 Oct, 2013
Top brand speakers at 2013 Franchise Marketing Forum. - The 2013 Franchise Marketing Forum in Brisbane will feature a keynote presentation from the marketing manager responsible for more than $2 billion in annual sales revenue and successful Australian... [more] 15 Oct, 2013
First drive-thru outlet for The Coffee Club. - The Coffee Club recently marked the launch of its new drive-thru concept with the opening of a new store at Tingalpa in Brisbane's east. ... [more] 15 Oct, 2013
Precious Cargo childcare to franchise. - A South Australian based childcare business is opening up to franchisees and has appointed the Sherpa Group to help with its growth strategy. ... [more] 14 Oct, 2013
Mature workers made redundant seeking franchise opportunities. - Mature workers who’ve been made redundant are investigating opportunities to work for themselves through franchises, a leading Australian franchise business says. ... [more] 14 Oct, 2013
Boost Juice owners hope to cash in. - RETAIL Zoo -- the company that owns the Boost Juice health drink franchise -- is eyeing a trade sale or initial public offer as its private equity owners look to cash in. ... [more] 14 Oct, 2013
Cash Converters to fight $40m class action. - Cash Converters will fight a $40 million legal battle launched by customers claiming they were charged illegal levels of interest on personal loans. ... [more] 10 Oct, 2013
Data reveals Australians favour mature brands. - Market research house 10 Thousand Feet has today announced its Topfranchise Awards, with a number of well established brands making the cut. ... [more] 8 Oct, 2013
Gloria Jean’s opens first drive-thru. - Coffee franchise Gloria Jean’s opened its first ever drive-thru outlet at North Lakes, one of Brisbane’s outer northern suburbs, on 20 September. ... [more] 4 Oct, 2013
Cooks in final stages of FDL acquisition. - Cooks Food Group has got the green light from its shareholders to go ahead with the acquisition of Franchise Development Limited (FDL). ... [more] 1 Oct, 2013

The Coffee Club to open one new store a week pre-Christmas. - The Coffee Club is on a Christmas countdown: 14 weeks and 14 new stores to open around the country. ... [more] 30 Sep, 2013
Burger off! - The residents of one Victorian town aren’t just saying no to McDonald’s – they’ve launched an international fight. ... [more] 28 Sep, 2013
Noodle Box opens second Mauritius store. - The overseas market is on Noodle Box’s radar, with the noodle chain announcing the opening of its second store in Mauritius, as well as plans to accelerate its international expansion strategy. ... [more] 27 Sep, 2013
Trampoline bounces into Franchised Food Company stable, with more businesses set to join. - Gelato chain Trampoline has been snapped up from Burra Foods Australia by food franchise powerhouse Franchised Food Company (FFCo) for an undisclosed sum. ... [more] 25 Sep, 2013
Free University resource demystifies franchising. - Five thousand would-be franchisees have registered for a free, online course developed by Griffith University’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Franchising Excellence. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2013
Franchise concepts whip up interest. - Frozen yoghurt, ice-cream, Mexican fast food and pop-up retailing are among the latest franchising innovations. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2013
Amber celebrates 40 years in business. - Australian owned and operated tile and paving franchise Amber celebrates a milestone this month, its 40th anniversary. ... [more] 19 Sep, 2013
Cash Converters to raise some cash of its own. - Alternative credit provider Cash Converters International is set to raise $50-60 million with the issue of five-year 7.95% per annum unsecured notes (payable semi-annually in arrears). ... [more] 10 Sep, 2013
Now it is back to business, says FCA. - The election of a new Government promises certainty for franchisees and franchisors according to the Franchise Council of Australia. ... [more] 9 Sep, 2013
IKEA aims for $1b in local sales. - Swedish retail phenomenon IKEA is inching towards $1 billion in annual Australian sales, with a decision last year to slash its prices setting off a stampede of shoppers out to get... [more] 9 Sep, 2013
ASIC acts against rental goods franchisees. - The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has recently taken action against the franchisees of two household goods rental providers, slamming their practices as irresponsible. ... [more] 5 Sep, 2013
Franchising expo a hit in Melbourne. - Keen potential business owners turned out in force over the weekend to attend the Melbourne Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2013
Victoria and Tasmania’s best franchisees awarded. - The 2013 NAB FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards winners for the VIC/TAS region were announced at a gala dinner in Melbourne on 30 August. ... [more] 2 Sep, 2013
Retail Food Group looks to Australia’s two favourite vices to boost bottom line. - As its traditional brands slow their expansion, Australia’s largest multi-brand food franchisor aims to capitalise on Australia’s insatiable appetite for coffee and gourmet pizza. ... [more] 30 Aug, 2013
Harvey Norman 'cautiously optimistic' despite profit slump. - Harvey Norman remains ‘‘cautiously optimistic’’ about an uptick in the embattled domestic retail sector, despite weak trading conditions wiping 17.5 per cent off its full-year profit for 2013. ... [more] 30 Aug, 2013
Opportunities on show at Melbourne franchising expo. - Melbourne plays host to the Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo this weekend, with more than 80 franchised and licensed brands showcasing their business models. ... [more] 28 Aug, 2013
Grill'd appoints Braedon Lord as CEO. - Casual dining burger chain Grill'd has appointed a chief executive. Braedon Lord, currently the CEO of fresh fruit and vegie home delivery service Aussie Farmers Direct, will start his new role in September. ... [more] 22 Aug, 2013
J’s Dance Factory announces UK-wide franchise opportunities. - Dance organisation J’s Dance Factory (JDF) is offering prospective franchisees the chance to join its franchise network with nationwide opportunities available. ... [more] 22 Aug, 2013
Online shopping boom continues to drive courier franchising opportunities. - Courier and logistics companies are grappling with new challenges and growing rapidly as Australians increasingly shop online. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2013
King of Knives in voluntary administration but franchisees unaffected. - The kitchenware retailer King of Knives has gone into voluntary administration but the franchised outlets are not involved in the action. ... [more] 19 Aug, 2013
The Coffee Club to expand into Malaysia. - Australian café chain The Coffee Club is set to ramp up its international expansion plans after signing a licencing agreement for 10 new cafes to open in Malaysia. ... [more] 16 Aug, 2013
Fastway Couriers Sydney expands franchise management team. - Fastway Couriers Sydney has appointed Cameron Taylor as its new director of operations, meanwhile Yaggy Gill has taken up the role of regional franchise manager. ... [more] 16 Aug, 2013
McDonald's, Jim's at Melbourne franchise expo. - McDonald’s and the Jim's brand will be big drawcards to the upcoming franchising expo in Melbourne, which has more than 80 companies showcasing their businesses... [more] 15 Aug, 2013
New divisional franchisor at Jim’s Bookkeeping. - Jim’s Bookkeeping has recently appointed Grant Meikle as its new divisional franchisor, a role it seems he is ready to embrace with open arms. ... [more] 15 Aug, 2013
Australian Company Sets New Benchmark for Social Media Management. - Franchising International Pty Ltd, trading as Social Media Business Boosters is to offer its perfected franchise network model in the USA, Canada and UK. ... [more] 14 Aug, 2013
Domino's lifts profit, eyes expansion into Japan. - Fast-food franchisor Domino's Pizza Enterprises is set to buy a 75 per cent stake in Domino's Pizza Japan in a deal worth $236 million and funded by a discounted equity raising. ... [more] 13 Aug, 2013
Seven things I wish I knew before buying into a franchise. - Phil Blain, a franchise consultant at business advisers BDC, says that along with getting advice from an accountant and a lawyer, potential franchisees should... [more] 13 Aug, 2013
FCA awards high achievers in WA. - It was the turn of Western Australia to celebrate high performing franchises at the recent NAB FCA WA Excellence in Franchising Awards for 2013. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2013
Coral Homes spreads home building success through franchising. - Gold Coast based home builder, Coral Homes, has announced it will be franchising throughout Australia this year. ... [more] 9 Aug, 2013
Mrs. Fields rebrands first Adelaide Cookie Man store. - Mrs. Fields has returned to Adelaide with the opening of a new store in Westfield Marion after a break of over 10 years. . ... [more] 9 Aug, 2013
Franchise makes clean sweep around country. - If it's good news you want, Lucas Sambrooks has good news to tell. The AustClean franchise he started in October 2009 has exploded to now boast 33 franchises... [more] 6 Aug, 2013
Snap Franchising signs up to international alliance. - Australian print business Snap Franchising has formed an alliance with two of North America's prominent print and design groups to boost the global reach of the three companies. ... [more] 5 Aug, 2013
Brewster’s Chicken Spreads its Wings with Australia and NZ Expansion. - Brewster’s Chicken, a new U.S. founded franchise, is offering opportunities to people in Australia and New Zealand. ... [more] 2 Aug, 2013
New division at Jim's: conveyancing. - Conveyancing - that's the latest division to join the Jim’s Group franchise juggernaut. The division is headed by Melbourne-based conveyancer, Mandi Morison. ... [more] 1 Aug, 2013
Australian sports franchise for kids gets set to open batting in India. - An Australian exercise and sports class franchise system is expanding to India, opening its first location in Mumbai and the northern states. ... [more] 31 Jul, 2013
New franchise support role at Plus Fitness. - Plus Fitness has appointed a national franchise support manager to assist the brand's team of franchise support managers and help manage its rapid expansion. ... [more] 31 Jul, 2013
New Roll’d stores for Brisbane and Canberra. - Melbourne-based Vietnamese food franchise Roll’d is set to open a new store at Brisbane’s Queens Plaza in August, its first outside of Victoria. ... [more] 30 Jul, 2013
Legendary Sydney pie shop Harry's Cafe de Wheels goes global. - Harry's Cafe de Wheels, the iconic harbourside food stall which has been serving up its famous pies with peas since the 1930s, is to expand into Asia and the United States. ... [more] 29 Jul, 2013
UK’s IHG to open 15 Holiday Inn Express Hotels in Australia. - UK’s InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has said that international investment company, Pro Invest Group, has established a $150 million fund to develop a portfolio of 15 Holiday Inn Express hotels... [more] 29 Jul, 2013
OPSM eyes up franchising as growth strategy. - OPSM is on the lookout for new franchisees - and they don't need to be optometrists. ... [more] 29 Jul, 2013
K-Mart, eBay, Google: speakers signed up for franchise convention. - The top executive of 7-Eleven Australia will be joining speakers from high profile business brands including eBay, Google and K-mart at this year's National Franchise Convention. ... [more] 26 Jul, 2013
Nando's franchisee investigated for alleged immigration law breaches. - A Melbourne fast-food restaurant owner is being investigated for a possible 22 breaches of immigration law regarding the visa conditions of foreign students. ... [more] 26 Jul, 2013
Franchisors must now bargain in good faith and outline risks, under Franchising Code overhaul. - Franchisors will be mandated to give prospective franchisees a document outlining the risks of business and give information on their rights to benefit from online sales in an overhaul of the... [more] 25 Jul, 2013
Getting revenue streams flowing in the icy cashflow months: Franchise award winners tell. - The winter season can be tough on sales, but having a year-long perspective and diversifying your revenue streams can help you survive the slower cashflow months. ... [more] 25 Jul, 2013
Franchising sector complaints drop: ACCC report. - Almost 3000 complaints and enquiries about small business or franchising were received by the ACCC in the first six months of 2013. But there was a fall in complaints about the franchise sector. ... [more] 24 Jul, 2013
Aussie burger buyers abandoning McDonald's. - McDonald's says sales in Australia are going backwards, citing incorrect figures on the level of youth unemployment to help explain why fewer people are buying its burgers and fries. ... [more] 24 Jul, 2013
There was something for everyone at the Brisbane expo. - The Brisbane Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo showcased a combination of both completely new and higly prominent food retail, home-based construction and service franchises... [more] 22 Jul, 2013
Awards recognise the industry's top performers. - Queensland and Northern Territory based franchisees and franchisors were recognised for their hard work and dedication to the industry at the 2013 NAB FCA QLD/NT Excellence in Franchising Awards. ... [more] 22 Jul, 2013
Top four tips on how to make money from a food franchise. - Franchising is on the rise again in Australia, with food franchises continuing to be popular with prospective franchisees. ... [more] 22 Jul, 2013
Noodle Box pans for franchise gold with expansion to Western Australia. - Restaurant chain Noodle Box is expanding in Western Australia, with an executive saying the time is right as cashed-up miners explore new business opportunities as the mining boom fades. ... [more] 19 Jul, 2013
Red Energy seeks to expand its franchise reach. - Red Energy Promotions director John Leach has unveiled plans for a franchise network extending throughout Queensland from Cairns to the Gold Coast. ... [more] 18 Jul, 2013
Australian franchise SumoSalad gets fresh ideas for US expansion. - Ten years old and 30 million salads later, SumoSalad franchise founders Luke Baylis and James Miller are taking their company into the country that inspired the brand, the US. ... [more] 17 Jul, 2013
San Churro seeking new franchisees after its first million-dollar revenue week. - Spanish chocolate café chain San Churro is looking for new franchisees as it celebrates taking over $1 million in revenue in seven days for the first time since launching in 2007. ... [more] 16 Jul, 2013
Pasta manufacturer buys Byron Bay Cookie Company. - The Byron Bay Cookie Company, which went into voluntary administration less than a month after it entered the franchising world in February, has been sold to the Rinoldi Group. ... [more] 15 Jul, 2013
Opportunity knocks at Brisbane Franchising Expo. - More than 50 companies will be exhibiting at the upcoming Brisbane Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo, which will be held on July 20 and 21 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. ... [more] 10 Jul, 2013
Former Europcar franchisee fined $200,000. - Former Tasmanian Europcar franchisee BAJV Pty Ltd has been ordered to pay a civil pecuniary penalty of $200,000 for deliberately charging customers more than was required to repair their hire vehicles... [more] 10 Jul, 2013
First Class Financial Group to expand overseas. - International expansion is on the agenda for The First Class Financial Group, with its bookkeeping franchise First Class Accounts expected to appoint a Malaysian master franchisee early in the... [more] 9 Jul, 2013
De Pot Man founder heartbroken as franchise closes. - A Toowoomba family business which rose from humble beginnings into a multi-million dollar franchise will soon shut its doors. ... [more] 6 Jul, 2013
Mortgage Choice FP sets franchisee target. - Mortgage Choice Financial Planning has completed a trial phase of its advice offering and is hoping to have 60 planning franchisees on deck by the end of the 2014/2015 financial year. ... [more] 4 Jul, 2013
FCA awards South Australia’s best. - The Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) recognised top performing South Australian based franchisees at the 2013 NAB FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards recently. ... [more] 3 Jul, 2013
FWO turns up the heat on La Porchetta franchisee for alleged $250,000 underpayment. - Two Melbourne La Porchetta franchises have come under fire from the Fair Work Ombudsman for allegedly underpaying more than 100 staff, as the owner-operator and the ombudsman prepare to do battle... [more] 3 Jul, 2013
Franchising powerhouse ready to roll out coffee franchise across the country. - Retail Zoo, the parent company of Boost Juice and Salsa’s Fresh Mex Grill, is getting ready to roll out its coffee brand CIBO Espresso across Australia, with stores set to open in... [more] 2 Jul, 2013
KFC opens green restaurant. - KFC Australia has officially opened an outlet in New South Wales that is certified for its energy use and environmental design. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2013
Carv’n It Up expands into Melbourne. - A takeaway shop in Albury made popular by its instant Sunday roast has sold its first franchise to open in a Melbourne suburb. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2013
Smiling staff key to rapid growth for Bakers Delight franchisee award winner. - Bakers Delight franchise owners Richard and Najat Whittaker have won the Franchising Council of Australia’s South Australian Multi-Unit Franchisee of the Year award, attributing their rapid growth to... [more] 1 Jul, 2013
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