Borders and Angus & Robertson under threat as administrator fails to find buyer

5:02PM | Tuesday, 31 May 2011 |  The Angus & Robertson and Borders bookstore chains are on the brink of total collapse, with administrator Ferrier Hodgson unable to find a buyer amid continued staff lay-offs.

Finding the value in franchising

5:26PM | Friday, 27 May 2011 |  Husband-and-wife team Matthew and Dale Burke didn’t realise quite how challenging franchising their business – automotive scratch repair business What Scratch? – would be.

MP slammed over “rogue” warning to budding franchisees

5:56PM | Monday, 23 May 2011 |  Franchising experts have questioned the motives of WA Liberal MP Peter Abetz, who has warned prospective franchisees that “rogue elements” may “prey” upon them.

Cards franchise rules out eCommerce following sales spike

5:41PM | Thursday, 19 May 2011 |  Giftware franchise Wild Cards & Gifts says it has no intention of introducing an online shopping platform, after recording a 10.4% sales increase.

Franchisees back compulsory franchise education: Report

5:19PM | Wednesday, 18 May 2011 |  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.

Kwik Kopy posts record franchise growth

5:06PM | Wednesday, 11 May 2011 |  Print and design franchise Kwik Kopy increased its franchise system sales by 3.5% in the first half of the financial year, attributing the result to the company’s focus on franchisee support and product diversification.

Smartline wins franchisee award for third year in a row

5:00AM | Monday, 9 May 2011 |  The 2011 Topfranchise Awards have revealed Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisors as Australia’s top franchise system, as support mechanisms emerge as a key priority for franchisees.

Las Olas latest to eye “fast casual” food trend

5:27PM | Monday, 2 May 2011 |  Mexican food business Las Olas Fresh Mex Grill is to roll out a national franchise network in a bid to cash in on Australia’s increasingly crowded “fast casual” food market.

Pizza Hut, Ben & Jerry’s to add to Australian franchises

4:48PM | Thursday, 28 April 2011 |  US-based brands Pizza Hut and Ben & Jerry’s have unveiled plans to expand their franchised operations in Australia, despite the franchise industry’s continued recruitment problems.

Collins Booksellers examining options for REDgroup Retail

4:28PM | Thursday, 28 April 2011 |  Collins Booksellers says it’s interested in doing a deal with Ferrier Hodgson, the administrator of the collapsed book chain REDgroup Retail, around the Angus & Robertson book stores.