SA gives green light to SME commissioner and franchising code

10:22PM | Monday, 24 October 2011 |  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.

Franchisors eye up Russian opportunity

10:08PM | Monday, 24 October 2011 |  Australian franchises are being encouraged to consider less obvious markets such as Russia to expand into, after car-cleaning franchise Nanotek was named one of the country’s most popular franchises.

Franchisee furore for Refund Home Loans, Tyrecorp

10:42PM | Friday, 21 October 2011 |  Almost 400 Australian franchisees, which operate under Refund Home Loans or Tyrecorp, face an uncertain future after both companies collapsed within a day of each other.

Building the right start-up option

10:06PM | Friday, 21 October 2011 |  Trying to sell off $20 million worth of property during an economic crisis is a near-impossible task, yet Garry Braams found himself with no alternative.

Hungry Jack’s slogan change highlights branding challenge

10:52PM | Wednesday, 19 October 2011 |  Small businesses that introduce a new tagline must ensure it reflects larger changes within the brand, experts say, after fast-food franchise Hungry Jacks ditched its 16-year-old slogan.

Security franchise slashes fees by $50k as industry struggles continue

10:51PM | Monday, 17 October 2011 |  OzSpy Security Solutions is the latest franchise to heavily discount its start-up fees, reducing the establishment costs by $50,000, as recruitment issues continue to plague the industry.

Coffee Club franchisee scoops FCA award

10:31PM | Friday, 14 October 2011 |  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.

ACCC to crackdown on franchise compliance

10:28PM | Monday, 10 October 2011 |  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.

Is there a way to legally revamp my franchise?

10:01PM | Monday, 10 October 2011 |  Before you consider leaving the franchise to operate independently of it, it’s imperative you seek advice from a business lawyer.

Gym industry unfazed by Fitness First sale

10:33PM | Friday, 7 October 2011 |  International gym franchise Fitness First is reportedly planning to sell its Australian and Asian operations, but an industry player says the sale will have a minimal impact on smaller operators.