Becoming a franchisee



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.

“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.

Beaumont Tiles sweeps up fellow family business Majer Tiles

2:40PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Nationwide tile retailer Beaumont Tiles appears to be on a spending spree, after making its third major acquisition, purchasing Queensland-based business Majer Tiles for an undisclosed sum.

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.

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.

Complaints about franchises rise as ACCC looks to crack down

1:04PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Cara Waters

Franchising has come under scrutiny by the ACCC, as complaints about the sector jump by 67%.

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.

Italian gelato chain RivaReno heads Down Under

1:14PM | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Italian gelato chain RivaReno has chosen Sydney as its first location outside of Italy, opening a store in Sydney’s Darlinghurst, but an expert says it will have to work hard for consumer dollars.

Fresh wave of US franchises set sail for Australia

1:23PM | Tuesday, 22 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford and Michelle Hammond

A fresh wave of US franchisees will soon descend on Australian shores, including dining chain Denny’s, while an exercise machine created in the US has rolled out an Australian franchise program.

Bakers Delight plots to turn apprentices into franchisees

1:20PM | Tuesday, 22 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Bakers Delight is hoping to grow its franchise network by way of apprenticeships, after announcing it will offer 1,000 new apprenticeships in 2013, described as a “solid” opportunity.

Eagle Boys owner takes stake in Vic-based café chain

1:45PM | Wednesday, 16 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The co-founder of Degani Bakery Café says the Victoria-based chain will be able to “crystallise its growth opportunities” following an investment from NBC Capital, which owns Eagle Boys.

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.

Start-ups urged to speak out over franchise code review

1:50PM | Wednesday, 9 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

The head of the government’s review of the franchising code of conduct has revealed the key areas he'll examine.

“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.

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.

Kiwi franchise SnorePro to roll out Australia-wide

12:22PM | Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

New Zealand-based franchise SnorePro has included Australia in its international expansion strategy, revealing plans to roll out up to 55 Australian franchises over the next 12 months.

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.

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.

Sumo Salad acquired by one of Australia's richest families

12:44PM | Thursday, 13 December 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Fast food chain Sumo Salad has been bought out by one of Australia's wealthiest families, with the company now planning to triple its 100 locations and even pursue a float on the ASX as it grows beyond the restaurant category and expands its brand.

Pizza Capers to ramp up in regional areas with new assistance package

12:39PM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retail Food Group is offering assistance packages to franchisees who take on a Pizza Capers store in selected areas, as it seeks to ramp up its presence in regional Queensland and NSW.