Branson’s Virgin Active flags Aussie expansion

7:09PM | Monday, 18 July 2011 |  Richard Branson’s Virgin Group will dramatically expand its chain of Virgin Active health clubs in Australia, in a $40 million move that will see the brand grow beyond its Sydney and Melbourne foothold.

KFC operator Collins Foods set to float

7:58PM | Friday, 15 July 2011 |  Franchise operator Collins Foods, operator of KFC outlets in Queensland, will join the Australian Securities Exchange next month with a capitalisation of about $235 million.

Hard Rock Cafe set for Australian expansion drive

7:45PM | Thursday, 14 July 2011 |  Hard Rock Australia has outlined franchise expansion plans for Australian cities but an industry expert warns that the revived chain will struggle to resonate with cost conscious consumers.


7:32PM | Wednesday, 13 July 2011 |  Spooked by the GFC, Louise Curtis launched Lollypotz in 2009 with the hope of bolstering her existing business. She reveals how the start-up has exceeded her wildest expectations.

Collins Booksellers acquires A&R franchisees

7:55PM | Tuesday, 12 July 2011 |  Collins Booksellers has acquired a group of Angus & Robertson franchisees that will trade under the Collins brand, with negotiations continuing for a “significant number” of other A&R franchisees.

Baskin-Robbins targets regional towns in growth spurt

7:48PM | Tuesday, 12 July 2011 |  Ice cream franchise Baskin-Robbins has flagged regional areas across Queensland, NSW and WA as the focus of its next growth phase, ramping up its recruitment drive for franchisees.

Nanotek chief offers franchise expansion tips after Russian foray

7:32PM | Tuesday, 12 July 2011 |  The head of global car-cleaning franchise Nanotek says franchisors looking to expand internationally must mould their franchise model to the market they’re entering.

More A&R store closures but franchisees appear unaffected

7:09PM | Wednesday, 6 July 2011 |  Administrator Ferrier Hodgson will close another 16 Angus & Robertson company-owned stores within weeks, with many of the 47 franchise-owned stores tipped to go independent.

Collins Foods’ IPO plans highlight food sector strength

7:59PM | Tuesday, 5 July 2011 |  Pacific Equity Partners’ fast food group Collins Foods plans to raise up to $238 million in an initial public offering in an environment where experts have identified food retail as a major growth area.

THE NEWS WRAP: ACCC backs franchise dispute shake-up

7:56AM | Tuesday, 5 July 2011 |  Outgoing ACCC chief Graeme Samuel has backed improved dispute resolution measures for the franchise sector.