Franchises

Gavin Culmsee

Franchises one way to weather the retail storm

Gavin Culmsee THE latest Westpac Melbourne Institute index of consumer sentiment showed a drop in confidence from the previous period and found Australians are less optimistic about their financial position over...

You do what?! Australia's quirkiest franchises

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Ever considered going into the lice business – becoming a professional nitpicker? What about chick-hatching for schools? By name or by trade, Marcella Bidinost highlights some of the more innovative...

FRANCHISING

Bucking the trend: franchises going strong in tough times

Boost Juice is one of Australia's best-known franchises.

Tony Kaye It’s tough times for many in the general economy, but more and more Australians are leaving their jobs and buying into franchises that give them the chance to be their own boss.

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Could you cut it as a franchise owner? The top 10 traits a franchisee needs

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David Wilson Franchising is a $128-billion-a-year business in Australia. Over a thousand franchise brands run across the country, covering every angle from coffee vending to in-home behavioural dog training.

FRANCHISING

Franchise whiz hit by arsonists for second time

Nick Wright

Julie Power For the second time, one of Domino's most successful young franchisees has been attacked by arsonists.

Franchising a sweet addition to slushie mix

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Marcella Bidinost Shortly after iconic ice drink makers Slush Puppie announced plans to sell 90 franchises across Australia, a prompt reality check swayed management to put its grand plans for fast expansion on ice.

ENTREPRENEURS

From $100 in his pocket to a sprawling bun empire

Breadtop.

Peter Cai When Simon Ip arrived in Australia 20 years ago as a pastry chef, he had just $100 and a French certificate in patisserie. Last year he and his brother sold $50 million worth of buns.

Franchising

Ten franchise traps to avoid at all costs

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David Wilson Thinking of buying a franchise? The good news is that franchises usually work, says three-time franchise owner Jane Lombard, now a franchise consultant.

GROWING

Here comes the bridesmaid

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Marcella Bidinost Australia's bridal industry is largely focused on just that: the bride. But what about the women behind 'the woman'? Enter this mother and daughter team.

Darrell Lea franchisees at risk, as company goes under

Darrell Lea has gone has been placed into voluntary administration after 85 years.

Philip Wen Australia's famous chocolate retailer Darrell Lea is up for sale after being placed into voluntary administration.

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FRANCHISING

Coffee Club on the boil with fresh grounds

Paying for your coffee just got easier.

Jonathan Swan Less than a year after selling a licence to an Egyptian franchisee, The Coffee Club opened its first cafe on Egypt's north coast.

Brumby's let off hook after carbon misfire

Brumby's Bakeries

Larissa Ham Brumby's has escaped a hefty fine over its carbon tax misfire, agreeing to a court enforceable undertaking with the consumer watchdog.

FRANCHISING

Size up a franchise in seven easy steps

Franchise.

David Wilson Here's some expert intel on how to spot a legitimate franchise opportunity.

Battle goes into cyberspace

Dominos pizza franchise.

Chalpat Sonti The battle to pass two contentious pieces of legislation affecting one of Australia's largest industries has gone online, as supporters race to beat upcoming deadlines.

FAST GROWTH

Fast track to a fitness empire

Jetts founder Brendon Levenson.

Larissa Ham A 31-year-old personal trainer raised in public housing has come in second on this year's BRW Fast 100.

Domino's defies 'Scandinavian labour costs'

Domino's Pizza

Despite complaining about ‘‘Scandinavian labour costs’’, pizza chain Domino’s profit rose 20 per cent, sparking a rally in its shares.

Allied Brands grew too fast, say administrators

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Colin Kruger THE administrators of Allied Brands, the failed Baskin Robbins franchisor, have blamed its expansive growth plans and an uncertain economic environment for the company's collapse last week.

FRANCHISING

Double-shot espresso for coffee shop group

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Vince Chadwick Australia's largest coffee chain aims to open a new store every fortnight for the next five years.

Retail Food Group posts 11% profit rise

Food franchisor Retail Food Group has posted a 10.6 per cent rise in annual net profit, and says its cash flow in the current year will be strong.

Sad end: Wendy's franchisee dies after detailing dispute

Wendy's.

Stuart Washington WHEN Therese Evans spoke to BusinessDay last Thursday she sounded upbeat and determined to continue her fight against Wendy's, which had locked her out of her shop for a debt she put at $7000.

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