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Retail disputes rise as stores fret over rising rents

9:36PM | Tuesday, 20 September 2011 |  Disputes between landlords and tenants dominated enquiries to the Victorian Small Business Commissioner, its annual report shows, but the body representing shopping centre owners and managers says the pain cuts both ways.

Franchise Council to push for retail tenancy code of conduct

7:45PM | Wednesday, 27 July 2011 |  The Franchising Council of Australia is looking for franchisees, franchisors and leading retailers to lend their support to a voluntary Retail Tenancy Code of Conduct.

Is it worth holding off getting office space until the rental market calms down?

3:59PM | Thursday, 17 March 2011 |  If you’re looking at your first office, you might want to test the waters with a serviced office or even a shared space.

Exactly what overheads will I save with my online retail shop compared to a bricks and mortar store?

2:35PM | Thursday, 3 February 2011 |  It's certainly much cheaper to launch an online retail store compared with a physical store, and there are significant cost savings to be made… But there are also some disadvantages.

Commercial leases continue to cripple retailers

12:54PM | Wednesday, 8 December 2010 |  According to a small business lobbyist, the increasing cost of commercial leases is only adding to the financial pressure on bricks-and-mortar retailers.

International brands pushing up retail rents

11:32PM | Wednesday, 17 November 2010 |  A report shows smaller retailers are being hit by strong tenant demand from international brands.

Madlener vows to fight for Villa & Hut franchisees’ survival

11:10PM | Thursday, 11 November 2010 |  Villa & Hut founder, Franz Madlener, says he will attempt to save the brand’s remaining 22 franchises despite admitting that it is “very unlikely” that he will avoid personal bankruptcy.

New Parliament, new tax reform?

9:07PM | Wednesday, 29 September 2010 |  In the wake of a much anticipated election result and minority Labour government coming into power, small business is left wondering where are the promised tax reforms?
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