Becoming a franchisor



ACCC flags financial penalties for Franchising Code breaches

10:31PM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Cara Waters

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has called for stronger sanctions for breaches of the Franchising Code as the sector continues to boom.

Bucking Bull the latest franchise to shun shopping centres

10:13PM | Wednesday, 3 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Roast and grill chain Bucking Bull is the latest franchise to shun major shopping centres, opening a store outside a local supermarket in Queensland in a bid to reduce operating costs.

Outback Jacks’ expansion highlights rise of all-Australian offerings

9:33PM | Wednesday, 26 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Restaurant chain Outback Jacks Bar & Grill will expand its network in NSW and the ACT after appointing a master franchisee, who is also looking at opportunities in the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand.

BoQ franchisee court case serves as due diligence reminder

9:56PM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Franchisees and franchisors have been urged to do as much as “humanly possible” to scope each other out before entering into an agreement, as a court battle kicks off involving 10 former Bank of Queensland franchisees.

Pie Face strikes deal to open more than 60 NZ stores

9:39PM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

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

Non-retail franchisors lead the charge in revenue growth: Report

9:07PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

First-time franchisees are being encouraged to consider non-retail franchises such as home and personal services, after a report revealed retail operations are lagging behind other sorts of franchises.

Another Mexican food franchise arrives – but this one’s aimed at uni students

9:58PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Another Mexican food franchise will attempt to carve a slice of an increasingly crowded market, but has created a point of difference for itself by opening some of its stores in universities.

Dog grooming franchise HydroDog rebrands, taps into mobile concept

9:51PM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The success of mobile franchises often depends on the season, an expert says, after mobile dog grooming service HydroDog Australia underwent a rebrand and launched two new businesses.

Retail Food Group franchisees to swap shopping centres for standalone stores

8:09PM | Monday, 27 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retail Food Group (RFG) is set to move its franchise brands out of major shopping centres and into standalone shopfronts and drive-through stores, in a bid to survive the tough retail climate.

The harsh franchise reality check

8:29PM | Monday, 27 August 2012 | Alexandra Cain

Entrepreneurs who invest in a franchise with unrealistic expectations can find themselves in for a nasty surprise. If you’re thinking about becoming a franchisee, here are some key points you must be aware of. BY ALEXANDRA CAIN.

Franchising expert highlights pros and cons of training academies

8:57PM | Tuesday, 21 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An expert says training academies can be an ideal way to educate franchisees without damaging the reputation of the brand, after Retail Food Group revealed details about its training academy.

NZ franchising sector poses challenges for Aussie firms: Report

8:43PM | Friday, 17 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

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.

Trampoline Gelato on the Moove with mobile venues

8:47PM | Friday, 10 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retail food franchise Trampoline Gelato is hoping to attract new franchisees with its Trampoline on the Moove concept, set to be rolled out later this year in the form of mobile food vendors.

Cafe2U launch to capitalise on Kiwi coffee culture

7:58PM | Friday, 27 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

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.

Ready Steady Go Kids sells first foreign franchise

7:12PM | Friday, 13 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Adelaide-based exercise franchise Ready Steady Go Kids is planning to enter the New Zealand market and expand further into Asia, after selling its first international franchise in Singapore.

Revealed: The 10 most common habits of ineffective leaders

6:45PM | Tuesday, 26 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Franchising expert Greg Nathan has unveiled 10 of the most common habits of ineffective leaders, after highlighting the secrets to franchise success in a new in-depth report.

Subway franchisee accused of underpaying workers more than $50,000

5:50PM | Thursday, 31 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Subway franchisee is in hot water for allegedly underpaying 11 staff by more than $50,000, with an industry expert warning that franchisors should ensure their franchisees receive proper legal information.

Kikki.K hunts 10 local franchisees to fuel expansion plans

5:06PM | Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Stationery brand Kikki.K will franchise up to 10 of its Australian stores as it eyes off further expansion in the Asian market, but insists there are no prerequisites for franchisees.

Canadian coffee chain Esquires looks to Australia following NZ success

5:09PM | Monday, 28 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Canadian coffee chain Esquires Coffee House is expanding into Australia following an entry to the New Zealand market, spearheaded by a high-tech store concept.

Just Cuts Kiosks to compliment franchise operations

5:59PM | Thursday, 17 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Prospective franchisees could be set for a rise in smaller retail units, after hairdressing franchise chain Just Cuts unveiled a kiosk concept at a Melbourne shopping centre.