Franchises

FRANCHISING

Bucking the trend: franchises going strong in tough times

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.

Gavin Culmsee

Franchises one way to weather the retail storm

Franchises do well in an economic downturn.

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...

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.

Brewing up a success story

Making customers feel at home is a potent ingredient for an award-winning franchise.

Greenwash won't work in this franchise

Jim Cornish

David Wilson During the global financial crisis while other businesses cut back, the car-wash franchise Ecowash Mobile splashed out.

TECH

Domino's has its digitals in the pie

Domino's pizza is taking advantage of customers' growing use of mobile devices.

Eli Greenblat Domino's Pizza wants to harness greater productivity and fatter margins gained from customers' growing use of mobile devices.

Red Rooster joins franchise pay scheme

Red Rooster.

Fast food chain Red Rooster has signed up to a national audit to ensure its franchise store workers are not being underpaid.

Retail Food to buy Pizza Capers

Retail Food Group, the company behind brands such as Brumby's Bakeries, Donut King, and Michel's, is to add the Pizza Capers chain to its stable.

Grill'd not grand: healthy burger plan

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Vince Chadwick No celebrity endorsements. No meal deals. No upsizing. Grill'd wants a brand without the trimmings.

Giving the burger market a good grilling

Grill'd founder Simon Crowe

Entrepreneur Secrets No ads. No celebrity endorsements. No meal deals. No upsizing. Grill'd Burgers wants a brand without the trimmings.

Pizza maker offers 1000 new jobs

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It's not only the mining boom that's creating jobs - there's also plenty of work to be had in the pizza sector.

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

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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.