Franchise Council of Australia
Service-based businesses have trumped food retail as the most popular type of franchise for new franchisees, new research reveals, due to smaller start-up costs and stronger trading conditions.
Advocates of state-based franchising laws have suffered a setback after a private member’s bill in WA failed to pass through Parliament earlier this week, falling short of just one vote.
South Australia will receive its own Small Business Commissioner and a new code to protect franchisees, after a hotly contested bill passed through state Parliament.
The Coffee Club franchisee Carolyn McManus has revealed her secrets to success for multi-unit franchising, after being named Multi-unit Franchisee of the Year by the peak industry body.
Competition watchdog ACCC says it will focus on compliance in the franchising sector in order to “improve its standing”, while industry experts say the sector is performing well financially.
Disputes between landlords and tenants dominated enquiries to the Victorian Small Business Commissioner, its annual report shows, but the body representing shopping centre owners and managers says the pain cuts both ways.
The franchising industry is tipped to undergo a surge in enquiries as job losses ripple through the economy, but a small business lobbyist has issued a warning to prospective franchisees.
WA Liberal MP Peter Abetz is relying on the Labor party to see his franchise bill become a reality, after it passed the second reading in State Parliament’s Lower House last night.
The South Australian Government has introduced a new combined bill into Parliament that would establish a small business commissioner as well as take measures to regulate the franchise industry.
Start-ups are being encouraged to make the most of the small business “festival season”, which kicks off next week and lasts for several months, with events held across NSW and Victoria.
The Federal Government’s push for a dispute resolution system has won the support of the competition regulator but has only received lukewarm response from industry groups.
Franchisees are divided over a decision by Liberal MP Peter Abetz to push ahead with his WA franchise bill despite an investigative committee advising against it.
Liberal MP Peter Abetz is to push ahead with his controversial WA franchise bill despite a parliamentary investigative committee advising against it.
Franchising experts have questioned the motives of WA Liberal MP Peter Abetz, who has warned prospective franchisees that “rogue elements” may “prey” upon them.
Prospective franchisees strongly support mandatory pre-entry franchise education programs, with many unhappy over the scope of information on offer, according to a new report.
Pizza chain Eagle Boys is the latest franchise to team up with another operator in a bid to attract new customers, although the peak industry body says franchisees should be wary of “multi-branding”.
A host of Australian and US franchises were recently unveiled at a Sydney franchising expo, suggesting the sector is still ripe with opportunity for prospective franchisees.
Fast food franchise McDonald’s has thrown its weight behind opposition to the WA Franchising Bill, clashing with the owner of major rival Hungry Jack’s.
The International Franchising Association is the latest industry body to oppose the controversial WA franchising bill, calling for the proposals to be scrapped.
WA union leader Joe Bullock has thrown his weight behind proposed franchise reforms, labeling Liberal MP Peter Abetz as “courageous” for pushing for change in the face of fierce opposition.