Here's a scoop: Baskin-Robbins and Ben & Jerry's opening 230 stores, melting rivals

3:01PM | Tuesday, 12 March 2013 | Cara Waters

Expansion plans for ice-cream franchises in Australia are heating up with Baskin-Robbins announcing plans for another 200 shops in Australia over the next 10 years, tripling the chain's presence in the country.

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Sherpa Kids flags global expansion following UK launch

3:44PM | Tuesday, 5 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Afterhours childcare franchise Sherpa Kids plans to recruit 100 Australian franchisees in five years and expand into as many as eight countries, after launching in the United Kingdom.

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US burger franchise Carl’s Jr wants to open 300 stores in Australia

3:12PM | Tuesday, 5 March 2013 | Cara Waters

Carl's Jr is set to launch in Australia with the American burger chain announcing its intention to open 300 stores in the next 10 to 15 years.

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Where should I try to open a fast food franchise?

6:27AM | Thursday, 2 June 2011 | Graeme McCormack

When it comes to the two main types of franchisee locations – high street versus shopping centre – it’s vital to weigh up the pros and cons.

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Australia Post's franchising hopes shattered by a 'secret agreement'

2:00PM | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Australia Post's shelved plans for franchised outlets will come under the legal microscope in a court case involving a disgruntled franchisee.

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Franchisee cultural diversity on the rise

2:40PM | Thursday, 7 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

An expert has highlighted some of the challenges of hiring immigrant franchisees, after Retail Food Group said more than 50% of its successful franchisee applicants over the last six months spoke English as a second language.

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“Bakers Delight stole my business”: Former franchisee tells all

2:03PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A former Bakers Delight franchisee has been asked to attend a mediation session with the company, after taking to Facebook to accuse the company of “stealing” his business.

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The break-up: What happens when franchises go wrong

2:12PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Leon Gettler

A good franchise has a lot in common with a good marriage. In both cases, however, things can get messy if it ends in divorce. BY LEON GETTLER.

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Retail Food Group sees 120% post-Christmas spike in franchise enquiries

1:19PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Retail Food Group says it received more than double the number of enquiries this January compared to January 2012, as enquiries throughout franchising experience an upward trend.

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Jim’s Group unlocks franchise potential of locksmith sector

1:45AM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Jim Penman says good business acumen is the key to unlocking success as a locksmith, as his company looks for more than 100 franchisees for its newly-launched Jim’s Locksmiths division.

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Pie Face rejects ex-franchisee’s bullying claims

1:00AM | Thursday, 10 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Pie Face has hit back at claims that it doesn’t do enough to support franchisees, after another former franchisee of the chain came forward to criticise the business.

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“I’ve suffered $1 million in losses”: Pie Face franchisee tells all

1:01PM | Tuesday, 8 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A group of Pie Face franchisees are preparing to sue the company for millions of dollars, with one franchisee alleging that undisclosed costs were a key factor in the underperformance of his stores.

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WHSmith unveils child-focused brand Zoodle at Melbourne Airport

12:28PM | Friday, 21 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

British retailer WHSmith has opened the first store under its new child-focused brand Zoodle, located at Melbourne Airport, with local franchising opportunities believed to be on the horizon.

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Jardin Fresh Life to offer franchisees a fresh start

12:23PM | Tuesday, 18 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian branch of global food retailer Spar has opened its first Jardin Fresh Life store in Queensland, with managing director Lou Jardin revealing there are plans to franchise the brand.

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Retail Zoo adds coffee to its franchise menu with Cibo Espresso

12:26PM | Monday, 17 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The parent company of Boost Juice has flagged franchising opportunities after acquiring Adelaide-based coffee chain Cibo Espresso, which will now be extended across the country.

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Franchise council launches professional accreditation program

11:42PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Franchise Council of Australia has partnered with a US organisation to launch a professional accreditation program, described as a “must” for franchisors, franchisees and suppliers.

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It’s all about the passion for franchisees as top 10 franchises unveiled

11:40PM | Monday, 26 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

Franchisees are increasingly prioritising the passion they have for a business when deciding whether to stick with it, according to the 2012 Awards, which placed Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisors in the top spot.

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Staff training key to rebranding: Zarraffa’s Coffee chief

11:32PM | Monday, 19 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The head of Zarraffa’s Coffee has highlighted the importance of staff training in the rebranding process, after the Queensland-based coffee franchise unveiled the overhaul of a chain of WA stores it recently acquired.

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Two-thirds of would-be franchisees rely on external finance: Report

10:29PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost 70% of prospective franchisees rely on external finance, according to a new report, which shows franchisees continue to gravitate towards stable sectors such as food and beverage.

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Vending franchises won’t help you get rich quick, entrepreneurs warned

10:49PM | Thursday, 25 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Aspiring entrepreneurs have been warned about the deceptive ease of running a vending machine franchise, after a major vending company announced its plan to offer vendor financing and a DIY package.

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