The top franchise trends in Australia for 2014

1:00AM | Monday, 6 January 2014 | Gavin Lower

For people considering getting into business for themselves, especially in the New Year, franchising is one option many will likely investigate.

Planning  | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisor  | Becoming a franchisee

A franchisee’s biggest business regret

12:00AM | Tuesday, 3 December 2013 | Taskmaster

Old Taskmaster is back at the local shopping centre for another sales meeting. During the meeting, a franchisee confesses their biggest regret in business.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisor  | Becoming a franchisee

How to find a good business to buy

10:07PM | Friday, 18 October 2013 | Peter Watson

For many people, buying a business can be the perfect option. Before deciding to purchase an existing business, there are several factors to consider so that you can find the perfect business investment.

 | Buy a business  | Sell a business  | Franchising

Mature workers made redundant seeking franchise opportunities

10:57PM | Monday, 14 October 2013 | Gavin Lower

Mature workers who’ve been made redundant are investigating opportunities to work for themselves through franchises, a leading Australian franchise business says.

 | Franchising  | Financing a business  | Employer

Retail Food Group looks to Australia’s two favourite vices to boost its bottom line

8:41PM | Friday, 30 August 2013 | Myriam Robin

As its traditional brands slow their expansion, Australia’s largest multi-brand food franchisor aims to capitalise on Australia’s insatiable appetite for coffee and gourmet pizza.

 | Franchising  | Sole trader

Top four tips on how to make money from a food franchise

7:00AM | Monday, 22 July 2013 | Rose Powell

Stan Gordon, chief executive of the Franchised Food Group, shares four key tips for anyone looking to launch a food franchise.

 | Franchising

Noodle Box pans for franchise gold with expansion to Western Australia

7:55PM | Friday, 19 July 2013 | Gavin Lower

Restaurant chain Noodle Box is expanding in Western Australia, with an executive saying the time is right as cashed-up miners explore new business opportunities as the mining boom fades.

 | Franchising

Looking to franchise as a sole trader? Opportunity knocks at Brisbane Franchising Expo

7:17PM | Wednesday, 10 July 2013 | Rose Powell

More than 50 companies will be exhibiting at the upcoming Brisbane Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo, which will be held on July 20 and 21 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

 | Franchising  | Sole trader

Mexican fast food franchise Zambrero reveals big expansion plans for Western Australia

6:19PM | Thursday, 6 June 2013 | Gavin Lower

Mexican fast food franchise Zambrero is in expansion mode, seeking to open 50 outlets in Western Australia over the next five years.

 | Franchising  | Sole trader

Yoghurt franchise seeks investors for business

6:30PM | Monday, 3 June 2013 | Rose Powell

A new franchising opportunity has opened up in Australia for aspiring business owners with Crave Yoghurt, a frozen yoghurt franchise, exhibiting at the Franchising Expo for the first time this year.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Franchising

Franchising Expo return signals continued sector growth

6:00AM | Monday, 3 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Franchising in Australia is recovering from a dip caused by the global financial crisis, with thousands of people interested in taking on a business expected to attend an expo in Sydney later this month.

 | Franchising  | Sole trader

Corporate Cars to target top end of town via franchising

5:48PM | Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Luxury car service Corporate Cars Australia says it is confident it can compete with US-based competitor Uber, which recently launched in Australia, after recruiting its first two franchisees.

 | Franchising

Franchise review to introduce "good faith" provision into code

5:44PM | Monday, 20 May 2013 | Cara Waters

The long-awaited publication on Friday of the government’s review of the Franchising Code of Conduct has been welcomed by the franchising sector.

 | Legal matters  | Franchising  | Leadership  | Government and Regulation

WA is all the GO! for Brumby’s hybrid model

5:22PM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Retail Food Group has highlighted the success of hybrid business model Brumby’s GO!, which is looking for franchisees to accelerate the brand’s growth, particularly in regional WA.

 | Franchising

Smartline wins 2013 Topfranchise Awards for fifth year in a row

5:24PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers has taken out the top spot in the 2013 Topfranchise Awards for the fifth straight year, with online, mobile and kiosk-style concepts putting in a strong performance at the awards.

 | Franchising

Retail Food Group’s social media hub set to up the ante for franchisors

5:09AM | Wednesday, 8 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Franchisors look set to face increasing pressure from franchisees to implement social media polices, after Retail Food Group established a “social media command centre”.

 | Franchising  | Technology  | Social media

NZ franchise The Coffee Guy pours into Australian market

4:44PM | Tuesday, 30 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

New Zealand-founded franchise The Coffee Guy is looking to establish up to 200 mobile coffee vans in Australia, six months after being acquired by Retail Food Group.

 | Planning  | Franchising

Start-up PharmaChoice vows to take on iSelect via 500-strong franchise network

4:29PM | Wednesday, 17 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Health insurance comparison start-up PharmaChoice has vowed to take on iSelect as it embarks on an ambitious franchise-based launch in 500 pharmacies across Australia, ahead of a potential $2.5 million venture capital round in order to fuel its growth.

 | Franchising  | Financing a business

Bicycle Centre rebrand idea pedalled for independent bike stores

4:10PM | Tuesday, 16 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A bicycle distributor based in Brisbane is taking a new twist on the franchising model by asking bike retailers to rebrand as Bicycle Centre, promising to offer a range of support such as product and sales training.

 | Franchising

The personality traits of the start-up entrepreneur

4:14PM | Monday, 8 April 2013 | Nina Hendy

It’s no fluke that successful entrepreneurs are outgoing, confident and self-disciplined. Research suggests a number of key personality traits are needed to succeed in business.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Innovation  | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisee  | Franchisee