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McDonald's aims to beef up its burger image. - McDonald's is on a mission to show its customers how sustainable the New Zealand beef that goes into its hamburgers really is. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
Franchisee fed up as assurances fall flat. - Former Pak 'n Save grocery assistant Sani Thomas, 31, fears he has lost $19,500 in an attempt to get ahead with a Mr Green cleaning franchise in Christchurch. ... [more] 18 Dec, 2014
Cooks Foods widens 1H loss, as it buys Canadian franchise. - Cooks Global Foods widened its first-half loss after buying the Canadian franchise rights to Esquires Coffee Houses, completing its ownership of the brand outside New Zealand and Australia, and spending... [more] 15 Dec, 2014
Petrol station for sale after pay saga. - A petrol station owner who docked workers' wages when customers drove off without paying has been "required" to sell his business. ... [more] 13 Dec, 2014
NZ childcare franchise launches in Ireland. - Sherpa Kids, the international arm of NZ-founded Safe Kids In Daily Supervision (sKids), has opened its first care centre in Ireland. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2014
KFC so good for Restaurant Brands. - A boost from its KFC stores has helped the nation's largest fast food operator, Restaurant Brands, lift third quarter sales by 6.4 per cent. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2014
Fireworks skyrocket Hell sales to record level. - Hell’s inaugural fireworks campaign went off with a bang last month: after becoming the first retailer in NZ to deliver fireworks direct to customers’ doorsteps, weekly sales rocketed to a record level for the third... [more] 8 Dec, 2014
Hire a Hubby building a name for quality on Coast. - Swapping a corporate life for working in the fresh air renovating and decorating houses has paid huge dividends for Kapiti Hire a Hubby franchisee Dave Coley. ... [more] 1 Dec, 2014
Global coffee retailer Esquires brews Downunder plan. - New Zealand-based Cooks Global Foods is eyeing the Australia and New Zealand market - one of the few places it does not hold the rights to the Esquires coffee shop brand. ... [more] 1 Dec, 2014
Mr Rental franchise in the doghouse. - A Mr Rental store in Christchurch has received a dressing-down for allowing two beneficiaries to sink almost $40,000 into household items. ... [more] 29 Nov, 2014
Champions of franchising recognised. - The Franchise Association has appointed five new Life Members to recognise the contribution they have made to the development of the sector in New Zealand through championing franchising over many years. ... [more] 25 Nov, 2014
Demand for retail space in suburbs. - Franchises in bigger stores continue to displace smaller, locally-owned businesses in Invercargill's central business district - but there appears to be a suburban revival with increased demand for shop space in... [more] 22 Nov, 2014
Petrol stations to be audited for 'unlawful' pay docking. - The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) says it will be undertaking a review of petrol stations over the "unlawful" practice of docking employee pay to cover petrol drive-offs. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2014
Apology for petrol employee’s docked pay. - A petrol station employee who had his pay docked over petrol thefts has received an apology from the company's boss. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2014
Mad Butcher opens 40th store. - Veritas Investments Limited subsidiary Mad Butcher Limited has opened its 40th franchise store. Located in the Nelson suburb of Stoke, the store provides direct access to a local market of some 7,000... [more] 17 Nov, 2014
Franchise Awards 2014/15 - full results. - Specsavers is the 2014/15 Franchise System of the Year and Ivy Joe of The Coffee Club is New Zealand's top franchisee for the third year in a row - possibly a world record! ... [more] 16 Nov, 2014
Cooks on coffee high in China. - Listed cafe operator Cooks Global Foods has opened its 20th Esquires Coffee House in China, doubling the number it has in the country in a year. Another five were expected to open by the end of this year. ... [more] 18 Nov, 2014
Mike Pero wins fight with law firm. - Christchurch businessman Mike Pero has claimed victory against law firm Buddle Findlay. In a case considered to be a first in New Zealand, the business entrepreneur has welcomed a High Court judgment ... [more] 13 Nov, 2014
Kids' charity cups bring Christmas cheer to The Coffee Club. - The Coffee Club and the KidsCan charity have teamed up to offer customers a touch of seasonal cheer with their new-look cups and napkins designed by three Kiwi kids. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2014
One coffee franchise - to go. - He stands to lose about $19,500, but that's not stopping Brian Mackenzie's plans of giving away his coffee franchise. ... [more] 7 Nov, 2014
Outlook positive but recruitment still tough. - The latest Franchising Confidence Index shows the franchise sector is still positive about the future but recruitment and unfair competition are generating concern. ... [more] 6 Nov, 2014
Carl's Jr. to be franchised as Restaurant Brands acquires whole chain. - Restaurant Brands acquires Forsgren's seven Carl’s Jr. stores in Auckland, plans to sub-franchise. ... [more] 5 Nov, 2014
The Coffee Club customers give generously for men's health charity. - The Coffee Club New Zealand has raised more than $42,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. ... [more] 4 Nov, 2014
Coffee-lovers paying it forward. - Canterbury coffee-lovers have been paying it forward to deserving strangers with Jamaica Blue Riccarton's 'suspended coffee' programme. ... [more] 31 Oct, 2014
Mike Pero sued by mortgage broker he founded. - Christchurch businessman Mike Pero is facing High Court action from the mortgage broking company he set up more than two decades ago and which still bears his name. ... [more] 30 Oct, 2014
ISIS forces Kiwi BurgerFuel firm to shut up shop in Iraq. - New Zealand owned BurgerFuel has "suspended" operations in Iraq over the growing threat of ISIS. ... [more] 24 Oct 2014
KFC sales plump Restaurant Brands profit forecast. - Restaurant Brands New Zealand, the nation's largest fast food operator, raised its annual profit forecast as it benefits from lower input costs, higher sales and restructuring of stores. ... [more] 23 Oct 2014
Mercedes-Benz collusion case has lessons for NZ franchisors and franchisees. - A recent UK case saw Mercedes-Benz as franchisor and five of its dealers (franchisees) fined over £2.8 million for infringing UK competition law. ... [more] 22 Oct 2014
Guy Fawkes a boom for Hell Pizza. - Hell Pizza is becoming a fireworks retailer. The company, known for its offbeat marketing campaigns, announced today it would be selling fireworks over the Guy Fawkes period - including with home delivery. ... [more] 22 Oct 2014
Franchises and Skilled Migrant Residence – Not a Happy Marriage. - In the last few months we have seen Immigration New Zealand’s attitude continue to harden about allowing migrants to get Residence Visas based on their job as a Retail Manager in a franchise business. ... [more] 21 Oct, 2014
BurgerFuel to open five more restaurants in Australia. - BurgerFuel Worldwide is to expand its operations in Australia with five new stores in the next six months. ... [more] 20 Oct, 2014
World Franchise Council speaks out on franchisee independence. - The World Franchise Council has responded to concerns about what it sees as a growing trend internationally for franchisors and franchisees to be caught up in employment legislation. ... [more] 17 Oct 2014
Upper Hutt gets serious about attracting new business. - Upper Hutt City Council is seeking to stimulate the local economy by offering incentives for businesses to set up and expand within the city. ... [more] 15 Oct 2014
Gardening franchise takes to TV with two new home shows. - The long-established Palmers franchise is joining the lifestyle show trend with new gardening and cooking shows on Choice TV. ... [more] 13 Oct 2014
Signarama NZ joins Speedy Signs Group. - Speedy Signs franchisor, Business Franchise Group (BFG), has announced today the addition of Signarama New Zealand to its network of independently owned and operated sign companies. ... [more] 2 Oct 2014

BurgerFuel to open company-owned stores in NZ. - BurgerFuel is to buy back an existing franchised outlet as part of its plan to develop company-owned stores alongside its franchise programme. ... [more] 29 Sep 2014
NZ Post weighs its options in Mana. - New Zealand Post is in negotiations with more than one potential franchisee to open a smaller scale PostShop in Mana, north of Wellington, it was revealed last week. ... [more] 29 Sep 2014
Burger Fuel buys back franchisees. - Burger Fuel Worldwide, the NZAX-listed fast food chain franchisor, plans to bring its franchise stores in-house which it expects will deliver greater profitability, and has bought the Henderson, Auckland store for... [more] 26 Sep 2014
Cooks concludes Indonesia deal for Esquires. - Cooks Global Foods has successfully signed the contract for an Esquires Coffee master franchise in the burgeoning Indonesian coffee market. ... [more] 23 Sep 2014
It’s happy in Hell. - The ovens of Hell are breaking sales records and recent survey results show its franchisees, and its directors, are happier than ever. ... [more] 16 Sep 2014
Cooks makes big coffee move in China. - Cooks Global Foods says it plans to buy the Esquires Coffee Houses master franchise for China for $8.3 million, to be paid for with new Cooks shares. ... [more] 16 Sep 2014
School kids design The Coffee Clubs’s Christmas cups for KidsCan. - The Coffee Club is to launch special coffee cups with KidsCan to raise awareness & support for disadvantaged Kiwi kids. ... [more] 12 Sep 2014
Sour taste for burrito chain creditors. - The founder of a failed string of Auckland burrito outlets is running a new Mexican fast food chain that will open in Hong Kong this month. ... [more] 6 Sep 2014
McDonald's aims to cut staff turnover. - Kiwis don't think McDonald's is a good place to work, a view the company is trying to turn around. The fast food giant is running a campaign throughout the country to improve its corporate image and... [more] 3 Sep 2014
Video rental chain takes films online. - Yet another player has announced its entry into the internet film and television arena. Video Ezy's on demand service allows users to "rent" videos by streaming them straight on to their TV, computer or tablet... [more] 2 Sep 2014
Mad Butcher owner buying Nosh Food Market. - The owner of the Mad Butcher is looking to extend its food group with the purchase of specialty food business Nosh Food Market. ... [more] 30 Aug 2014
Veritas profit meets guidance. - The Mad Butcher's listed parent company, Veritas, made an after-tax profit of $4.3 million for the year ending June 30, in line with market guidance. ... [more] 26 Aug 2014
Company deeply sorry over 'kia ora'. - The chief executive of the KiwiYo company says he is deeply sorry that a Whangarei teenager quit her job after she was told not to greet customers with a traditional "kia ora". ... [more] 23 Aug 2014
Teen quits job after boss tells her not to say 'kia ora'. - Monet-Mei Clarke, 17, resigned from the KiwiYo frozen yoghurt store on Cameron St this week because she was uncomfortable over franchise owner Margaret Lang instructing her not to say "kia ora"... [more] 22 Aug 2014
Two The Coffee Club Stores Go Head To Head in NZ Awards. - The Coffee Club New Zealand has added to its long list of award nominations. Not one, but two of its Tauranga stores have been named as finalists in the prestigious 2014 Westpac NZ Franchise Awards ... [more] 19 Aug 2014
Carl's Jnr company in High Court stoush. - A company which helped set up a string of Carl's Jr fast food stores in New Zealand has taken a franchisee part-owned by former All Black Michael Jones to the High Court. ... [more] 15 Aug 2014
Esquires to open in Indonesia. - NZX-listed Cooks Global Foods has finalised a deal to establish 40 new Esquires Coffee Houses in Indonesia. ... [more] 12 Aug 2014
Fastway Couriers Auckland eyes growth with new depot and GM. - Fastway Couriers has promoted Mark Little to General Manager at Fastway Couriers Auckland, coinciding with the relocation of its depot to new premises. ... [more] 11 Aug 2014
The Leather Doctor to increase presence in New Zealand. - Australian furniture repair business, The Leather Doctor is tracking well in New Zealand, and it is subsequently looking to increase its footprint there. ... [more] 7 Aug 2014
Creative Learning Corporation Awards Master Franchise in New Zealand. - Creative Learning Corporation is pleased to announce that BFK FRANCHISE COMPANY, LLC has recently awarded a master franchise in New Zealand to KidzBlock Ltd. ... [more] 6 Aug 2014
Franchising Sentiment Mostly Positive. - The Franchize Consultants’ July 2014 Franchising Confidence Index demonstrates mixed results from reporting Franchisors and Service Providers. ... [more] 5 Aug 2014
Burger King NZ losses grow. - Blackstone Group's Burger King chain in New Zealand widened its loss in 2013 as rising sales were offset by higher costs for raw materials and consumables, and increased property and consultancy... [more] 28 Jul, 2014
The heat is on for Jamaica Blue chefs. - Six of the most promising professional cooks from across Australia and New Zealand will compete for the coveted title of 2014 Jamaica Blue Golden Cuisine Champion this week. ... [more] 28 Jul, 2014
Extra awards to recognise field managers. - The Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards have added new categories this year to recognise the work of field support managers, as well as special awards for community involvement. ... [more] 18 Jul, 2014
Cooks’ Esquires opens third Kuwait store. - Cooks Global Foods’ Esquires Coffee Houses continues its Middle East expansion programme with the opening of a third franchise store in Kuwait with a further four planned in the constitutional monarchy. ... [more] 15 Jul, 2014
Franchise pioneer Colin Taylor dies. - It is with great sadness that we have to report that one of the pioneers of New Zealand franchising, Colin Taylor, has passed away at the age of 85. ... [more] 15 Jul, 2014
No payouts for Pizza Hut call centre staff. - A 74-year-old office worker made redundant after 18 years has been told she won't get a payout from her Pizza Hut bosses. ... [more] 13 Jul, 2014
New names on FANZ board. - A franchisor and a barrister are new voices for the Franchise Association’s members. ... [more] 13 Jul, 2014
Southern franchisee scoops top award. - Jennian Homes Southland has won a top franchise award in the country. The Southland branch collected the "franchisee of the year award" at the Jennian Homes annual conference this month. ... [more] 9 Jul, 2014
Bryce Bell. - We regret to report the death of Bryce Bell, one of the founding fathers of franchising in Australasia. Stewart Germann offers this appreciation. ... [more] 8 Jul, 2014
Post's franchise plan sparks pay cut fears. - Hundreds of workers could face drastic pay cuts under New Zealand Post's new franchising model. ... [more] 5 Jul, 2014
Fast 50 seeks entries from franchisors & franchisees. - Franchisors and franchisees are being encouraged to enter the Deloitte Fast 50, the index of New Zealand’s fastest-growing companies, by 25 July - and it takes just 10 minutes. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2014
More jobs as McDonald's moves into Cambridge. - The golden arches are set to rise over Cambridge. A new McDonald's restaurant has been given the go-ahead and will be built on Queen St, a road at present catering for thousands of vehicles a day... [more] 2 Jul, 2014
Palmers Bethlehem retain coveted Store of Year title. - Palmers excellence of their iconic garden stores and their products has been recognised in the annual Nursery and Garden Industry Association Awards, held in Tauranga last week. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2014
Green Acres chasing rogue franchisees for damages. - Green Acres says it will "vigorously" chase two former franchisees for costs and damages after it stopped the pair from running a rival lawn mowing service. ... [more] 1 Jul, 2014
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