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Don’t wing it by buying a business without research

1:00AM | Tuesday, 28 January 2014 | Taskmaster

If you don’t do your research before buying a business, you’re plucked.

The top franchise trends in Australia for 2014

1:00AM | Monday, 6 January 2014 | Gavin Lower

For people considering getting into business for themselves, especially in the New Year, franchising is one option many will likely investigate.

A franchisee’s biggest business regret

12:00AM | Tuesday, 3 December 2013 | Taskmaster

Old Taskmaster is back at the local shopping centre for another sales meeting. During the meeting, a franchisee confesses their biggest regret in business.

From one hairdressing salon to a franchise empire: One entrepreneur’s story

11:41PM | Friday, 8 November 2013 | Rose Powell

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.

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.

Domino’s new Facebook app lets customers rate stores in real time

3:36PM | Wednesday, 6 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Domino’s Pizza is allowing customers to rate stores in real time via a new app, with the information to be shared on Facebook in a bid to improve the stores’ service and operations.

Matchbox wins global innovation award – five things you can learn

3:28PM | Wednesday, 6 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Kitchenware and cookware retailer Matchbox has been named the Australian winner of the 2012 Global Innovation Award, recognised for its design and franchising model.

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.

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.

Nanotek to clean up in eastern Europe following further expansion

2:34PM | Wednesday, 27 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian car-cleaning franchise Nanotek is expanding into the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria, with founder Jim Cornish attributing the move to the region’s “entrepreneurial spirit”.

Homegrown cookie franchise bites into global market

2:53PM | Tuesday, 26 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Gourmet biscuit producer Byron Bay Cookies intends to go global with its franchising model, after establishing six Australian stores, and is looking for franchisees to fuel its expansion.

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.

Mr Rental ordered to refund $300,000 for unfair contract term

2:40PM | Thursday, 14 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Household goods rental franchise Mr Rental says it has taken “the necessary steps” to satisfy the corporate regulator, which has ordered it to refund more than 1,500 customers because of an unfair contract term.

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.

Quest Serviced Apartments sets sight on new franchisees

2:11PM | Monday, 11 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Quest Serviced Apartments has announced plans to build 10 new properties across NSW by 2014, after revealing it is on the hunt for new franchisees to drive the brand forward across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

Franchisee coalition outlines wish list for franchise code review

2:00AM | Monday, 11 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The National Franchisee Coalition has outlined its wish list for the federal government’s review of the Franchising Code of Conduct, including a specific definition of good faith and measures to combat the issue of “churning”.

Secret Recipe collapses after investors spent $7 million in start-up costs

2:52PM | Friday, 8 February 2013 | Cara Waters

An ambitious food franchise chain has come unstuck after start-up costs doused its flames.

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.

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.

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