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