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

Generic pic of a woman eating a hamburger.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Brewing up a success story

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

Legal preparations are always crucial

Go into your new franchise with top advice and be sure you understand your obligations.

Pink tribute to tragic Wendy's franchisee

Therese Evans

Georgina Robinson Pink roses, pink ribbons, pink blouses, a pink skirt, even pink hair.

Do your homework before buying a franchise

Steve Wright. Business. 4 March 2012.

Steve Wright What to consider before parting with your hard-earned.

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.

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.

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

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.