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Seeking the edge

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Legal preparations are always crucial

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

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.

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.

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...

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Ombudsman asked to probe 'flawed' Bakers Delight investigation

Bread.

Chalpat Sonti The Commonwealth Ombudsman has been asked to review an investigation into one of Australia's, and the world's, largest bakery companies after former franchisees claimed flaws.

Franchise with drive to succeed

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A start-up has ambitions of becoming the Bunnings of hire-car services, writes Kate Lahey.

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.