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Pizza wars: paying heavy price for a slice
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Opinion

Pizza wars: paying heavy price for a slice

When franchisors squeeze franchisees too hard, the consequences can be profound.

  • by Adele Ferguson

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From burnt-out nurse to earwax queen
Franchising

From burnt-out nurse to earwax queen

Lisa Hellwege has found clear air in the business of clear ears.

  • by Alexandra Cain
'Inherently unfair': the human misery of franchising
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Opinion

'Inherently unfair': the human misery of franchising

Franchising by its very nature is inherently unfair, says the former founder and managing director of Brumby’s franchising chain.

  • by Adele Ferguson
'Unknown' franchise mediator calls for beefed-up body
Franchising

'Unknown' franchise mediator calls for beefed-up body

The man appointed to settle disputes in the franchising industry says many small operators don't know he exists.

  • by Patrick Hatch
'Can't legislate against stupidity', franchise inquiry told
Franchising

'Can't legislate against stupidity', franchise inquiry told

The government cannot stop small business owners from making stupid decisions, a leading franchising lawyer has told a government inquiry.

  • by Patrick Hatch
Independent body needed to oversee franchising system, say lawyers
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Independent body needed to oversee franchising system, say lawyers

An independent regulatory body is needed to oversee the franchising system, lawyers will tell a parliamentary inquiry on Friday.

  • by Anna Patty
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Jamaica Blues: Pregnant and shut out of her business
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Jamaica Blues: Pregnant and shut out of her business

Estella Yang and her husband have been shut out of their Jamaica Blue franchise because she was too tired to work for free anymore.

  • by Cara Waters
'Take up the life buoy': Westpac exec struggles to defend loan process
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'Take up the life buoy': Westpac exec struggles to defend loan process

Royal commission hears Westpac prefilled guarantee documents and presigned and witnessed mortgage.

  • by Cara Waters
'Can of worms': Franchising in the royal commission's sights
Franchising

'Can of worms': Franchising in the royal commission's sights

After repeated scandals in recent years, the $170 billion sector is about to have a whole new level of scrutiny.

  • by Cara Waters
'Never trust them': How a pensioner lost her home
Franchising

'Never trust them': How a pensioner lost her home

Carolyn Flanagan will be one of the first witnesses as the banking royal commission scrutinises small businesses.

  • by Cara Waters
'Immoral and illegal': Inquiry warns against threats to Muffin Break and Jamaica Blue franchisees
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'Immoral and illegal': Inquiry warns against threats to Muffin Break and Jamaica Blue franchisees

Franchisor Foodco Group is in the sights of the parliamentary inquiry into franchising after threatening its franchisees with legal action. 

  • by Cara Waters