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During our many years working within New Zealand's franchise sector, we've learnt a great deal about the market - what works, what doesn't work, and what people involved in all aspects of franchising need to think about to succeed.

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ADVERTISER SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

What do our clients think of Franchise New Zealand? Here are some highlights from our October 2008 survey.

AN INTRODUCTION TO FRANCHISING IN NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand has more franchise systems per capita than any other country in the world. Simon Lord provides a guide to this exciting sector

AUSTRALIAN FRANCHISE AWARDS – 2017 RESULTS

11 October 2017 – Two names familiar to New Zealanders took out the top titles at this year’s MYOB FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards

BURGERFUEL DEAL A MILESTONE FOR FRANCHISING IN NEW ZEALAND

February 2014 - Four reasons why US investment in BurgerFuel is significant for franchising in New Zealand

BUYING AUSTRALIAN

March 2006 - Increasing numbers of Australian franchises are crossing the Tasman. What should Kiwi buyers look out for?

CAN YOU HAVE TOO MUCH EDUCATION?

A new survey suggests a high school education is all you need to be a top-performing franchisee

CHAMPIONS OF FRANCHISING RECOGNISED

November 2014 – The Franchise Association has created five new life members

COME HOME KIWIS - YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU

The government wants to encourage New Zealanders overseas to return home to work. Carlene du Toit and Simon Lord talk to some of those who have heard the call and chosen self-employment through franchising

DEVELOPING EXCELLENCE - THE HISTORY OF THE NEW ZEALAND FRANCHISE AWARDS

We look back at some of the winners and how the Awards have helped New Zealand become the most franchised country in the world

DO FRANCHISORS CARE ABOUT FRANCHISEES?

They can’t afford not to – whatever some people might think, says Simon Lord

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK – GROWTH WITH CHALLENGES

May 2015 - Solid growth to continue for now, but two-speed economy presents challenges says Westpac

FRANCHISE AWARDS 2012/2013 - FULL RESULTS STAR OF BETHLEHEM SHINES AT FRANCHISE AWARDS

November 2012 - New Zealand's top franchisee comes from Bay of Plenty as The Coffee Club takes both major titles at the Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards.

FRANCHISE AWARDS 2013/2014 - FULL RESULTS UNIQUE DOUBLE AS HISTORY REPEATS

Bethlehem’s Ivy Joe stays on top as New Zealand's top franchisee and The Coffee Club reigns supreme in the Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards for the second year running

FRANCHISE AWARDS 2016 RESULTS - LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE

12 November 2016 – The top titles this year have gone to franchises with decades of experience - and home-grown franchises took the majority of the honours

FRANCHISE AWARDS 2017 RESULTS - CABIN FEVER

11 November 2017 – There were double celebrations for Just Cabins after the extra room specialists took out both Supreme titles at the Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards. The other big winners this year were franchisees from the regions.

FRANCHISEE PROSPECTS GOOD, BUT WHERE ARE THE BUYERS?

Confidence and expectations are up but it's still hard to find new franchisees in New Zealand, says the latest Franchising Confidence Index

FRANCHISING CONFIDENCE HITS RECORD HIGH

April 2012 - Franchisors and service providers are feeling very positive about the future, according to FCI survey

FRANCHISING'S PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE IN NEW ZEALAND

Readers share their memories of the early days of franchising in New Zealand and their expectations for the future.

FRANCHISORS CAUTIOUS BEFORE COALITION POLICIES CLARIFIED

Updated 27 October 2017 - Pre-election uncertainties caused a slow-down in business confidence which extended into the post-election period. How will the announcement of a Labour-led government affect that?

FRESH! - TRENDS AND ISSUES IN FOOD FRANCHISING

June 2017 - What are the latest ideas in food franchising? What are the issues and what are the challenges? Simon Lord asks some local experts for their thoughts on what’s coming next

GEORGIE PIE - BACK ON THE MENU

June 2013 - McDonald’s are looking to dominate a new market by bringing back one of NZ’s best-loved brands. Simon Lord takes a deeper look at the strategy behind the relaunch of Georgie Pie

GREEN ACRES MASTER CHARGED WITH FRAUD

7 November 2008 - Former Green Acres master franchisee Keith Lapham appeared in court yesterday on two charges of obtaining by deception and one charge of fraud.

HEALTHY EATING FRANCHISES OFFER FRESH OPTIONS

People are thinking more about what they're eating - and food franchises are rising to meet the challenge. Simon Lord investigates how fast food is becoming healthy food.

IMMIGRANTS NOT THE ONLY VICTIMS IN FRANCHISE FRAUD

Over the summer holidays, an extraordinary story has unfolded regarding the sale of non-existent Green Acres franchises by an Auckland master franchisee

IS FRANCHISING GOOD NEWS OR BAD FOR SMALL BUSINESS?

Why is franchising so popular in New Zealand – and is it good news or bad?

IS NEW ZEALAND BECOMING TOO FRANCHISED?

May 2011 - The Australians might not believe it, but New Zealand is the most franchised country in the world. Are we approaching saturation point? Simon Lord looks at the figures.

IS THIS A GOOD TIME TO BUY A FRANCHISE?

May 2009 - If you're thinking of buying a franchise, perhaps now is not the time. Doom and gloom is all around and the future is uncertain. Well, think that way if you like, but you could be missing out on a great opportunity.

IT'S GOOD NEWS DAY AS SIGNS POINT UPWARDS FOR NZ ECONOMY

6 November 2013 - A series of announcement today have combined to suggest that New Zealand’s economy is truly on the turn

KEEP ON TRUCKIN’, SAYS NZ ECONOMIC FORECAST

August 2016 - The New Zealand economy is set to continue growing at a firm pace for some time, according to the latest Westpac Economic Overview

LIVE FAST BUY YOUNG

March 2005 - Out of school and into business? Teens and 20s are increasingly finding franchising offers a great way to get into a business of their own.

MEASURING THE DIFFERENCES IN TRANS-TASMAN FRANCHISING

May 2011 - A seminar conducted at Massey University’s Albany campus provided an interesting comparison of trans-Tasman franchising.

MORE FRANCHISES THAN EVER - BUT SHOULD WE CELEBRATE?

A 2012 survey of New Zealand’s franchise sector finds more new franchises have launched at a time when franchisee numbers have declined. Why should this be - and what are the implications?

MORE PEOPLE COMING TO NEW ZEALAND ON WORK VISAS

21 March 2017 – Record net annual migration levels continue, Statistics New Zealand said today, bringing larger numbers of migrants into the country on work and residence permits.

NEW FRANCHISEES WILLING TO MOVE FOR RIGHT OPPORTUNITY

A survey of visitors to the Franchise New Zealand website has revealed that 74% of those seriously interested in buying a franchise would be prepared to move to another location for the right opportunity.

NEW STATISTICS SHOW WHERE KIWIS ARE SPENDING ONLINE

September 2014 - The latest report from market analysts Datamine shows where Kiwis are spending money online. Travel & accommodation accounts for almost 50 percent of online retail.

NZ ECONOMY – STRONGER FOR LONGER

Stronger population growth, rising business confidence and a rebound in milk prices point to an enduring period of growth for the New Zealand economy, says the latest Westpac Quarterly Economic Overview

NZ UP THREE PLACES IN WORLD COMPETITIVENESS

28 May 2015 - New Zealand has risen to 17th place on an annual world competitiveness ranking

POSITIVE ACTIONS BREED POSITIVE RESULTS

2 February 2009 - How franchisors and franchisees fare in 2009 depends not just on the economy but on their own attitudes and actions

POSITIVE OUTLOOK FOR NZ FRANCHISORS, FRANCHISEES - LATEST

August 2013 - Confidence continues to grow in future prospects for the franchise sector, according to the results of the latest Franchising Confidence Index survey

PROFITS WITHOUT HONOURS

When will the nation recognise the pioneers of one of our largest business sectors?

REASONS WHY PEOPLE BUY A FRANCHISE

September 2012 - Why do most people consider buying a franchise? A recent survey of visitors to the Franchise New Zealand website showed that ‘being my own boss’ was still the number one reason for around 35% of New Zealanders.

REGIONAL GDP FIGURES PROVIDE FRANCHISES WITH FOOD FOR THOUGHT

28 June 2013 - The first official measure of NZ’s regional economies provides pointers for franchises looking to expand around the country

REGIONAL POPULATION TRENDS TO AFFECT FRANCHISE GROWTH

The latest figures from Statistics New Zealand reveal population trends for individual regions; Auckland continues to get bigger.

SMALL BUSINESSES PREDICTING BUMPER YEAR AHEAD

22 September - Revenue and optimism are on the increase among small businesses

SME CONFIDENCE REBOUNDS AS SECTORS SHOW GROWTH

New Zealand’s underlying economy appears strong with rising numbers of small and medium sized businesses reporting increased confidence and revenue growth, according to MYOB, the leading accounting software developer

SOUTH ISLAND FRANCHISING

March 2009 - Simon Lord looks at the opportunities and issues facing franchise buyers and franchisors in the South Island

STIMULATING SMALL BUSINESS GETS BEST RESULTS

December 2009 - A new study showing that small business is the powerhouse of the economy has caused a significant policy change in the application of stimulus funds in the US. Win Robinson suggests New Zealand could benefit from the same approach.

SURVEY SUGGESTS ECONOMY NOT THE BIGGEST DETERRENT TO FRANCHISE BUYERS

October 2011 - A new survey of would-be franchise buyers suggests that many people are not deterred by the slow-recovering economy – instead, they are still looking for the right opportunity.

TAPPING INTO TRADITIONAL VALUES

Traditional values retain a lot of appeal, says Simon Lord. Franchising can offer a way to tap into them profitably

TEN YEARS OF CHANGE - IMPROVING THE MODEL

In the second part of our review of the last decade in New Zealand franchising, we look at the way that systems and perceptions have changed

TEN YEARS OF CHANGE – WHAT’S NEXT FOR FRANCHISING?

It’s been 10 years since the start of the new millennium. Simon Lord examines what the decade has brought for franchisors and franchisees

THE DROUGHT OVER - NOW WE’RE STARVING

May 2009 - More people want franchises - but can they find funding?

THE FIRST LADY OF FRANCHISING

Estelle Logan of VIP Home Services has become the first woman to chair the Franchise Association of New Zealand

THE GOOD NEWS...

March 2009 - Last week I was asked to give a presentation to an audience of master franchisees on Current Trends in Franchising. I divided my speech into bad news and good news. Not surprisingly, given the current economic climate, the second part of my presentation was shorter but at least it was not all negative. So what is the good news? Here are ten positives to focus on.

TOP 200 FRANCHISES BOUNCE BACK

5th October 2017 – After a sales decline last year, global franchises are on the rise again, says a US publication. Who's growing and who's struggling?

US FRANCHISE PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS NEW ZEALAND

April 2015 - Two articles from an influential US franchise magazine have put the focus on franchising in New Zealand

WHAT TO DO WITH GEORGIE PIE?

August 2009 - Over the last year or so, there's been a lot of media interest in a Facebook campaign to bring back Georgie Pie.

WHAT’S THE NEXT BIG THING IN FRANCHISING?

March 2013 - One of the questions that anyone who works in franchising is regularly asked is ‘What’s the next big thing, then?’ Here are some thoughts that might help you decide the answer for yourself

WHEN IS A FRANCHISE NOT A FRANCHISE?

August 2010 - Can a business be a franchise without knowing it? The answer may surprise.

 

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Premium franchise opportunities

Navigation Homes

Navigation Homes are offering an opportunity to own and drive a profitable house building franchise. Proven management system, support and the best national supply prices. Extensive range of designs to offer customers. Get off the tools and build an asset for yourself.

The Coffee Club

One of NZ’s largest café and restaurant franchises, The Coffee Club have a comprehensive menu and offer relaxed dining experience. Take advantage of a proven track record, great training and ongoing support. Ideal if you are passionate about people and building customer loyalty.

Carl's Jr.

We are looking for enthusiastic franchises to join the Carl's Jr. team and from the business together with Restaurant Brand's support. You need to be hands-on and goal focused. Operational training is provided.

Pukeko Rental Managers

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Blink n Clean Blinds

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