Why do some people seem to win all the time?

3:46AM | Wednesday, 13 March

I have spent my life looking for that ‘big break’ or some get-rich-quick scheme.

The Cheesecake Shop does away with master franchisors

3:37AM | Monday, 11 March

The Cheesecake Shop has finalised the restructure of its franchise group following the expiry of its master franchise agreement in New Zealand, which means all franchisees now deal directly with the franchisor.

Pie Face strikes deal to open more than 60 NZ stores

9:41AM | Thursday, 13 September

Australian food franchise Pie Face plans to open more than 60 stores in New Zealand after granting an exclusive license to two local businessmen.

NZ franchising sector poses challenges for Aussie firms: Report

8:47AM | Friday, 17 August

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.

Cafe2U launch to capitalise on Kiwi coffee culture

7:01AM | Friday, 27 July

Sydney-based company Cafe2U is the latest franchise to launch in New Zealand, one month after announcing plans to appoint more than 1,000 additional franchisees in the United States.

How Nanotek took eight years to find a NZ master franchisee

6:27AM | Thursday, 21 June

The founder of Nanotek has revealed what the company is looking for in a master franchisee, after admitting it took eight years to find the perfect candidate for the New Zealand market.

Mag Nation to close poor-performing Auckland store

6:18AM | Wednesday, 13 June

Specialist magazine retailer Mag Nation has announced the closure of its foundation store in Auckland, but hasn’t ruled out the possibility of setting up shop elsewhere in the New Zealand city’s CBD.

ANZ Innovyz START names inaugural start-ups for accelerator program

5:26PM | Monday, 28 May

A marketplace for pre-loved baby items and a farm business management software provider are among the 10 companies selected to take part in the first three-month ANZ Innovyz START program.

Soul Virgins

5:21PM | Monday, 21 May

Soul Virgins has set itself the task of making non-alcoholic drinks sophisticated, launching several non-alcoholic beverages made with fruit concentrates and natural flavours.

Xero acquires Max Solutions after raising $15m

3:54AM | Friday, 15 March

Accountancy software company Xero has raised $15 million to fund global growth and has made its first acquisition for the year, snapping up Max Solutions in a deal worth almost $5 million.

NextDC raises additional $10m for data centre expansion

4:55AM | Wednesday, 20 April

Data centre start-up NextDC has defended its decision to raise $10 million more than expected from its offer to existing shareholders, saying the funds will position the company to pursue additional growth opportunities.

Christchurch earthquake could drive up reinsurance pricing

2:36PM | Monday, 28 February

The devastating earthquake in Christchurch may have an impact on reinsurance pricing across the Tasman with premiums potentially rising for Australian businesses.

Turning the page on the Mag Nation doubters

2:36AM | Wednesday, 2 February

Sahil Merchant isn’t afraid of a challenge. According to friends, potential investors and even the magazine industry itself, his start-up Mag Nation didn’t have a chance of succeeding. Five years and more than four million customers later, Merchant didn’t just beat the odds. He smashed them.

Getting your start-up on the map

4:55AM | Friday, 27 April

The recent entry of social network giant Facebook into the geolocation game has sparked a wave of interest in location-based apps, with digital experts the world over predicting the likes of Facebook Places and Foursquare will soon be mainstream.