Franchising

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 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.

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.

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Seeking the edge

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Chalpat Sonti When Issam and Enza Soubjaki visited a gourmet burger store, they liked it so much they bought a franchise - then turned around the entire company.

Fair work for franchisors

Larissa Ham The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a new program aimed at bringing some of Australia's largest franchisors up to speed on workplace laws.

Allphones fined for contempt of court

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Lucy Battersby Mobile phone franchise Allphones has been hit with a $45,000 fine for contempt of court.

Court challenge to bookshop breakaways

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Eli Greenblat The administrators to the collapsed REDgroup Retail have initiated court proceedings against the breakaway Angus & Robertson franchisee group.

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.

Franchisee protection

Stuart Washington A second state parliament is to consider laws to improve the lot of franchisees.

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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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Sundae, bloody sundae

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Wendy's franchisees are asking whether the ice-cream chain's business model is built to fail, writes Stuart Washington.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Travelscene franchisee referred to police

A Darwin travel agent suspected of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from customers has been reported to police and cut loose from parent company Travelscene American Express.

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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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New or existing franchise? That's the question

David Mensch

Both options have their attractions. It all depends on your appetite for risk and hunger for reward.