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.

FRANCHISING

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.

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

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.

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...

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.

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.

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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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.