Growth Strategy



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.

Online fashion start-up Jasu gives its launch some Klout

8:13PM | Friday, 24 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A local online fashion start-up is taking the invitation-only concept to a new level for its launch, only accepting people who have a high “Klout score”, which is a measure of a person’s online social influence.

Find a way to make your workplace more inviting

8:55PM | Wednesday, 24 August 2011 | Taskmaster

Here are some quick things you could do to improve the feel of your workplace.

Australia “off the radar” for US tech investment: Rackspace chief

8:21PM | Thursday, 23 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The local head of US hosting giant Rackspace has risked provoking indignation among start-ups for claiming that Australia is “off the radar” of US technology firms investing in overseas markets.

Hairhouse Warehouse set to offer franchisees Myer concession stores

8:17PM | Thursday, 23 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Hair salon franchise Hairhouse Warehouse will offer existing franchisees the opportunity to operate a concession store inside Myer, after entering into a partnership with the retail giant.

Retail Food Group posts record profit, swallows former Smart50 entrant Crust Pizza for $24 million

8:01PM | Thursday, 23 August 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Retail Food Group has added another pizza chain to its roster with the purchase of Crust.

The Reading Room looking to open book on expansion, new investment

8:01PM | Monday, 20 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

A small Sydney start-up is looking to break the eBook hegemony of tech giants Apple and Amazon by raising funds and expanding rapidly in Australia, the US and Europe.

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.

Entrepreneur concern over NSW Government cutbacks prompts workshop series

8:31PM | Friday, 17 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Two entrepreneurs have launched a series of Sydney small business workshops amid concerns over cut-backs in SME event programs by both the NSW and Queensland state governments.

ANZ Innovyz START gets a second year as this year’s class graduates

8:00AM | Friday, 17 August 2012 | Cara Waters

The ANZ Innovyz START accelerator program, the Adelaide-based start-up program that's based on the US incubator TechStars, was confirmed for another year at the graduation of the program’s inaugural class.

Google chief Schmidt takes stake in Sydney start-up BiNu

8:00AM | Thursday, 16 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

A Sydney start-up has secured a landmark investment from Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt, amid a growth push in developing countries around the world.

Meet Australia’s next clean tech superstars – Part one

8:34PM | Tuesday, 14 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

The introduction of the carbon tax has created new business opportunities for start-ups by making clean technologies more attractive for consumers. Here are the pioneers of the clean tech revolution. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Pizza Hut to battle gourmet market with ambitious franchise plans

8:26PM | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Pizza Hut has announced a plan to open 11 new stores before Christmas, having already opened 11 this year, as mass-market pizza franchises fight back against the rise of gourmet pizza bars.

Business app pitfalls to avoid

8:42PM | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

Mobile app development is now a $US 20.5 billion business, but there are also many pitfalls for the unwary in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Here are five keys to making sure your apps stand out from the crowd. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Sydney start-up Pinion’s have-a-go spirit inspires backing from Microsoft’s Bing Fund

8:00AM | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian gaming start-up Pinion has been selected as one of the first companies to participate in Microsoft’s new Bing Fund, after raising almost $2 million from Australian investors.

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.

Four brilliant uses of video by start-ups

8:00PM | Friday, 10 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

A YouTube video can be a low-cost way to promote your start-up. But how do you make a video that will go viral? It’s time to learn from four of the best. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Confident exporters predict New Zealand market will keep growing

8:15AM | Friday, 10 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

New Zealand has replaced the United Kingdom as the predicted third biggest export destination for Australian exporters in five years’ time, according to the 2012 DHL Export Barometer.

Five rising stars of the start-up co-working scene

8:52PM | Thursday, 9 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

Co-working spaces allow entrepreneurs to share an office instead of working alone. Here are five lesser-known spaces that are worth checking out. BY OLIVER MILMAN.