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'The environment is toxic': Croc's Playcentres under scrutiny

'The environment is toxic': Croc's Playcentres under scrutiny

The franchising inquiry has received a damning submission from franchisees of the indoor playcentre chain Croc's.

  • by Cara Waters

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'Groomed me': ex-RFG boss accused of using franchisee to hide loss-making Brumby's stores

'Groomed me': ex-RFG boss accused of using franchisee to hide loss-making Brumby's stores

A former Brumby's Bakeries franchise owner has accused the ex-chief executive of Retail Food Group, Tony Alford, of using him to hide loss-making stores and mislead the market.

  • by Cara Waters
Franchising isn’t everyone’s pie or muffin, but it could be
Opinion
Opinion

Franchising isn’t everyone’s pie or muffin, but it could be

Franchising can be a great way to grow a business but the scrutiny it receives is well founded.

  • by Jenny Buchan
Class action against Retail Food Group folds

Class action against Retail Food Group folds

The class action against beleaguered franchise chain Retail Food Group has been dropped.

  • by Cara Waters & Mathew Dunckley
Review No. 17: It's time to do something radical
Opinion
Opinion

Review No. 17: It's time to do something radical

“Who would buy a franchise?” It was a bold question but one Senator Deborah O’Neill felt compelled to ask.

  • by Adele Ferguson
'That is wrong': 7-Eleven boss denies paying franchisees to not give evidence
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'That is wrong': 7-Eleven boss denies paying franchisees to not give evidence

7-Eleven chief executive Angus McKay strongly denies claims that the troubled company settled with witnesses so they would not give evidence at the franchising inquiry.

  • by Cara Waters
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'The whole industry stinks': Big tobacco's squeeze on small business
Tobacco

'The whole industry stinks': Big tobacco's squeeze on small business

Franchising inquiry reveals claims of bullying and manipulation by big tobacco.

  • by Cara Waters
'Five white people not getting audited': Alleged racial targeting at Domino's
Opinion
Opinion

'Five white people not getting audited': Alleged racial targeting at Domino's

Shift trimming, the illegal sale of Visas and racial targeting were just a few of the explosive allegations made against pizza giant Domino’s at a parliamentary inquiry into the franchise sector.

  • by Adele Ferguson
‘It sounds like a bribe to me’: 7-Eleven accused of buying witnesses
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‘It sounds like a bribe to me’: 7-Eleven accused of buying witnesses

Parliamentary inquiry hears witnesses have been 'bought out' so as not to give evidence.

  • by Cara Waters
Domino's CEO can't rule out worker exploitation at pizza chain
Retail

Domino's CEO can't rule out worker exploitation at pizza chain

Don Meij tells inquiry he can't vouch for what happens at franchised stores as probe hears allegations of racism, underpayment and churning of franchisees.

  • by Patrick Hatch & Cara Waters
7-Eleven accused of paying people not to give evidence at parliamentary inquiry
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7-Eleven accused of paying people not to give evidence at parliamentary inquiry

The franchising inquiry will hear evidence today convenience chain 7-Eleven paid people not to appear before the inquiry.

  • by Cara Waters