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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.

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.

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.

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.

How can I find the right franchisees to expand my business?

12:00AM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Graeme McCormack

You need to get the foundations of franchising in place before you start looking for franchisees.

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.

Collins Booksellers diagnoses healthy returns on hospital-based store strategy

12:22PM | Monday, 17 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Collins Booksellers has opened a store inside a hospital as part of a new strategy, but experts say other retailers looking to follow suit must be willing to customise their store layout and stock.

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.

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.

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 Topfranchise.com.au Awards, which placed Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisors in the top spot.

The Cheesecake Shop does away with master franchisors

11:59PM | Tuesday, 20 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

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.

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.

Home-grown brands dominate as NZ franchising sector grows to $20 billion

11:28PM | Tuesday, 13 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new report reveals franchises contribute around $20 billion to the New Zealand economy, suggesting the market is ripe with opportunity, but 88% of those franchises are home-grown.

Boost Juice opens 200th Aussie store – three tips from founder Janine Allis

11:49PM | Wednesday, 7 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Boost Juice Bars has opened its 200th store in Australia as it continues to grow its network nationally and internationally, highlighting some key tips for start-ups to take note of.

The Chocolate Room to open 200 Chinese stores

11:57PM | Friday, 2 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian café franchise The Chocolate Room has announced an ambitious plan to open 200 outlets in China, along with stores in Europe and the Middle East, despite having just seven stores here.

Drive-thru chain Muzz Buzz couples coffee with car washing

10:20PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The founder of drive-through coffee franchise Muzz Buzz insists there’s no difference between coffee and car washing, after announcing plans to grow the brand by way of a car wash service.

Aussie chocolatier Theobroma expands to UK, Singapore and Saudi Arabia

10:39PM | Tuesday, 23 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Chocolatier Theobroma is expanding to the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Singapore, having already launched in five other markets, bucking the trend of struggling chocolate chains.

Grout Pro saved after liquidation as 11 franchisees sign on

10:43PM | Monday, 15 October 2012 | Cara Waters

The new owners of the Grout Pro Australia business have signed contracts with 11 existing franchisees after taking over the business in June 2012 following its liquidation.

Battery World takes out innovation gong at the Excellence in Franchise Awards

10:30PM | Wednesday, 10 October 2012 | Cara Waters

Battery World has scooped the pool to win the Innovation and Franchise Executive of the Year awards at last night's Excellence in Franchise Awards.

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