Franchising

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.

Walk in to franchising with eyes open

As job losses mount, the franchising sector is seeking to encourage more people to take the plunge.

Miriam Steffens Be your own boss, run your own show - for many people a dream that seems too daunting to achieve on their own in the jittery economic climate.

Franchising changes 'window dressing'

Frank Zumbo

Chalpat Sonti Mixed views on changes to troubled industry.

Changes to franchising code finalised

Small business minister Craig Emerson

Chalpat Sonti The federal government has finally acted on changes to the franchising industry, today announcing what it calls "the most sweeping reform" of the industry's code of conduct.

Cleaning up through finding a better way

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Miriam Steffens When Julie Finch-Scally walked out of her job in a bank after a clash with management, she was well into her 50s and struggled to find another job.

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.

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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...

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.

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.

FRANCHISING

Lending a helping hand turns into a viable franchise

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Gayle Bryant An ever-increasing demand for home-based care was the catalyst for one entrepreneur to introduce the US franchise model, Senior Helpers, to Australia.

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.

Brumby's carbon tax claims under microscope

Brumby's bakeries

Judith Ireland The consumer watchdog is questioning a major bakery franchise, following an internal newsletter that advised bakeries to put up prices and ''let the carbon tax take the blame''.

Brumby's carbon tax misfire a legal warning for franchisees

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Larissa Ham Franchisees reminded they are personally liable even if advice comes from head office.

Homework key for franchise buyers

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission.

David Wilson Consumer watchdog urges would-be franchise buyers to watch out for inflated franchise-income claims.

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.

Watchdog warns investors over income promises

David Wilson THE consumer regulator is urging would-be franchise buyers to watch for inflated franchise income claims.

Brumby's dodges fine over carbon tax price rise suggestion

Kym Hancock, owner of Brumbys , needs road signage  to show where Morisset Square shopping centre is. SPECIALX 120

Larissa Ham Bakery franchise Brumby's has escaped a hefty ACCC fine over its carbon tax misfire.

FRANCHISING

Size up a franchise in seven easy steps

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