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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.

We encourage you to read as widely as possible about all aspects of franchising in New Zealand, whether you are interested in buying and then running a successful franchised business, or whether you have a business that you have already franchised or are contemplating growing using the franchising model.

If you don't find what you are looking for here in our Advice Centre then call or email us to ask for guidance - our team are ready and waiting to help you find the information you need.

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ADVICE MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE

Wondering how to choose the right franchise for you? Getting the right advice from the right people can set you on the path to success

SHARING THE LESSONS OF MCDONALD'S

Al Dunn spent 31 years with McDonald's before establishing his own consulting business. In a recent issue of Franchise New Zealand magazine, he answered questions put to him by some top franchisors. This article contains both the magazine story and some extra material.

STRUCTURING A FRANCHISE SYSTEM

The right structure is vital for franchise success, says Simon Lord. One size doesn't fit all!

WHY USE A LAWYER?

There's no excuse for cutting corners when buying a franchise

WHY USE AN ACCOUNTANT?

Does money matter? The way some franchise buyers avoid taking advice, they don't seem to think so.

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250 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR FRANCHISOR

What do you need to know before you buy a franchise? Here's a comprehensive list of over 250 vital questions to ask the franchisor that will help you make the right decision.

ADVICE FOR NEW RESIDENTS IN NZ (IN 5 LANGUAGES)

Protect your own interests as you assess any franchise business opportunity. Translated versions of this article are available in Hindi, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Korean.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT ADVISOR

Many of the articles on this website talk about the importance of consulting ‘specialists', ‘good' advisors and ‘experts' before buying a franchise - but how do you ensure that your chosen advisors fit into this category? Here are seven handy hints.

SECRETS OF SUCCESS HOW TO FIND A QUALITY FRANCHISE?

Buying a good franchise can take some of the fear out of starting your own business – but how do you choose a good one?

WHY USE A LAWYER?

There's no excuse for cutting corners when buying a franchise

WHY USE AN ACCOUNTANT?

Does money matter? The way some franchise buyers avoid taking advice, they don't seem to think so.

Archive

AUSTRALIA NAMES TOP FRANCHISES FOR 2007

Pack & Send, Worldwide Online Printing and Ella Bache have all been recognised for their outstanding achievements in Australia's prestigious PricewaterhouseCoopers Excellence in Franchising Awards.

AUSTRALIAN CODE CHANGES TO BE LAST FOR SOME TIME?

3 March 2010 - Australian Small Business Minister Craig Emerson has announced Franchise Code reforms but suggests a breather on further changes.

AUSTRALIAN FRANCHISE AWARD WINNERS 2006

The Australian Franchise Award winners for 2006 were announced on Tuesday 24 October at the end of the Australian National Franchise Convention. The names included several franchises yet to establish themselves in New Zealand.

AUSTRALIAN FRANCHISE AWARD WINNERS 2008

The winners of the Franchise Council of Australia's MYOB Excellence in Franchising Awards were announced on October 18 2008.

AUSTRALIAN FRANCHISE AWARDS - 2009 RESULTS

The Franchise Council of Australia has named the winners of its 2009 Awards.

AUSTRALIAN FRANCHISE AWARDS - 2010 RESULTS

The Franchise Council of Australia has named the winners of its 2010 Excellence in Franchising Awards.

BAKERS DELIGHT PLANS EXPANSION

Bakers Delight has announced plans for further expansion across its Australian, New Zealand and Canadian operations in 2009.

BURGERFUEL PUTS PIPELINE INTO SAUDI ARABIA & BAHRAIN

2 April 2009 - BurgerFuel announced today that it has signed its second international master licensing agreement outside of Australasia, in the Middle East. The deal is for the two countries of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

CARLOS SPENCER SCORES A FRANCHISE

From our archives - March 2004. Carlos Spencer takes up a new challenge as a franchisee with Esquires Coffee House.

CONSUMER LAW TO PROVIDE BACKDOOR FRANCHISE REGULATION?

October 2010 - The Ministry of Consumer Affairs is proposing to extend some elements of consumer law into business-to-business standard form contracts, including franchise agreements.

ELECTIONEERING DOESN'T HELP FRAUD VICTIMS

February 2008 - The recent outburst by Chris Carter, the Minister for Ethnic Affairs, accusing Green Acres of being devious and ruthless in its dealings with those affected by the apparently fraudulent sale of non-existent franchises to Chinese and Indian immigrants marks a sad decline in the previously sensible commentaries on the situation.

ESQUIRES COFFEE HOUSES NZ FRANCHISE SALE COMPLETED

February 2011 - The sale of the Esquires Coffee Houses chain in New Zealand to ASX-listed Retail Food Group has been completed.

ESQUIRES NZ TAKES CAFE CULTURE TO CHINA

October 2010 - New Zealand franchisor Esquires Coffee Houses has signed a new deal to open 250 stores in China, and numerous other Kiwi businesses are set to benefit from the flow-on effects.

FALSE FRANCHISORS PLEAD GUILTY

16 October 2009 - The Commerce Commission has welcomed the conviction and sentencing today of Stewart John Brown and Robert Llewelyn Parr

FANZ SEEKS TO EXTEND CHAIRMAN’S TERM

Franchise Association members are being asked to vote to extend the maximum term for which a Chairman may remain in office from two years to three under a special motion currently before members.

FASTWAY FOUNDER RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

September 2005 - Bill McGowan, Fastway Couriers' founder and chairman, has been recognised for his contribution to the franchising in New Zealand franchise industry with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Franchise Association of New Zealand. The award is one of only two the Association has given since its establishment in 1996.

FRANCHISE AWARDS 2001- FULL RESULTS

This year's franchise awards were even more hotly-contested than ever, and attracted a host of new entrants. Our full report starts here.

FRANCHISE AWARDS 2002 - FULL RESULTS

This year's Franchise Awards were the most competitive yet. Our full report details all the winners and explains what made them stand out from the rest

FRANCHISE AWARDS 2003 - FULL RESULTS

Mike Pero Mortgages has been named the Westpac Supreme Award winner in the New Zealand Franchise Awards 2003

FRANCHISE AWARDS 2004 - FULL RESULTS

Commercial cleaning company Cleantastic cleaned up at the 2004 Franchise Awards, taking the Westpac Supreme Award, sharing the ANZ Franchise System of the Year award with Star Mart and taking out the Exporter of the Year title as well. Brumby's Hot Bread Shops franchisees returned to their winning ways in the battle for Franchisee of the Year

FRANCHISE AWARDS 2005 - FULL RESULTS

The Sparkies were sparkling and Jesters came out laughing at the 2005 Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards

FRANCHISE AWARDS 2006 - FULL RESULTS

New Zealand's new best franchisee is a mum of three from the Waikato, but there's no change at the top for Franchise System of the Year

FRANCHISE AWARDS 2007 - FULL RESULTS

It was all change at the Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards this year as Carpet One and Fonterra Brands (Anchor) came through to take the Supreme Awards for the first time.

FRANCHISE AWARDS 2008 - FULL RESULTS

Paramount Commercial Cleaning has been named New Zealand's top franchise for 2008 in a stunning victory for the home-grown system. The Supreme Award for franchisees went to the team at Quest Serviced Apartments, Newmarket.

FRANCHISE AWARDS 2009 - FULL RESULTS

There are some brand new names and some familiar faces on the winners' list for this year's Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards, which were announced on Saturday 14th November.

FRANCHISE AWARDS 2010 - FULL RESULTS

14 November 2010 - Columbus Coffee took the Franchise System title for the second year running while a Civic Video franchisee from Glenfield is New Zealand's new Franchisee of the Year

FRANCHISE COACH TAKES NZ TO DUBAI

KEY'S SME INCENTIVES FALL SHORT, SAYS FRANCHISOR

Are the new SME incentives helpful to franchisees and franchisors? One franchisor says not - what do you think?

LEGISLATION: HELP OR HINDRANCE?

Archive article from September 2005 - Simon Lord outlines calls for franchise legislation and David Munn looks at the possible pros and cons. See end of article for a chance to have your say.

LOOKSMART ALTERATIONS FRANCHISOR WINS ETHNIC BUSINESS AWARD

7 November 2010 - Abraham Hatoum, managing director of clothing alterations franchise LookSmart Alterations, has been awarded the 2010 Australian Ethnic Business Award for personal and business endurance through hardship, success and contributions to the community.

MAORI TV FEATURES FRANCHISING

November 2010 - View Bill Sampson of Tauranga, the 2009/10 Westpac Supreme Franchisee of the Year, in a Maori TV programme on franchising

MCDONALD'S - THE MYTH & THE MAGIC

Simon Lord looks at the facts and philosophies behind McDonald's - the best-known franchise in the world

MCDONALD'S TRAINING TO COUNT FOR UK QUALIFICATIONS

The focus on youth training schemes by both major parties at the beginning of this election year in New Zealand coincides with a news item from the UK that McDonalds is one of just three commercial organisations awarded the right to offer nationally-recognised qualifications by the British Qualifications & Curriculum Authority.

MCDONALD'S ‘NOT LOOKING FOR MULTI-MILLIONAIRES'

September 2009 - How much does it cost to buy a McDonald's franchise? Less than you might think.

MCDONALD’S NEW ZEALAND FOUNDER DIES

McDonald’s New Zealand’s founding father, Hugh Morris, has passed away in Auckland after a long battle with ill health.

MORE LEGISLATION COULD IMPACT ON FRANCHISING

June 2010 - Following coverage about the possible impact upon franchising of the Ministry of Economic Development’s consultation on the criminalisation of cartel behaviour, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs is now releasing a discussion document on plans to ‘review and rationalise’ consumer law in New Zealand.

NEW ZEALAND NATURAL COMES HOME

One of NZ's best-recognised franchised brands is at last owned by a kiwi company

OVERSEAS SURVEYS SUGGEST FRANCHISING STILL STRONG

PARA RUBBER BACK IN KIWI HANDS

2 April 2009 - Para Rubber is back in New Zealand hands following a deal completed yesterday

PETER BASSETT - LASER GROUP

PRINT FRANCHISE JOINS AIRPOINTS SCHEME

31 March 2009 - Snap Printing has become the first national print partner for Air New Zealand's Airpoints Loyalty Programme

RESEARCH SEMINAR GETS FRANCHISORS' YEAR OFF TO GOOD START

February 2007 - Over 50 franchisors got the year off to a good start when they attended a research briefing presented by the Franchise Research Institute in Auckland last month.

SERVICE PROVIDER AWARD REFLECTS CONFIDENCE AND TRUST

The Franchise Coach has been named New Zealand's Service Provider of the Year at the Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards 2009/2010.

SIGNATURE HOMES LAUNCHES COMPLETION GUARANTEE

Building franchises Signature Homes has launched a home completion guarantee to build customer confidence

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.

THE CODE FOUR YEARS ON

September 2001 -The Franchising Code of Practice was launched in July 1997. Simon Lord examines the impact it has had, and asks what protection it provides?

THE OTHER SIDE OF HELL

4 September 2008 - A senior Hell Pizza franchisee has spoken out to support the company against allegations being made by a disgruntled operator who closed his five stores.

TWENTY PERCENT OF FRANCHISEES ‘HAD NO IDEA WHAT THEY WERE GETTING INTO’

June 2010 - A recent survey of 345 Australian franchisees found that 20% of respondents admitted that they had no idea of what they were getting into when they bought a franchise. The survey also came up with some other headline-grabbing statistics.

UK SCHEME HELPS FRANCHISEES FIND FINANCE

We find out about a government programme that makes it easier for small businesses and franchises in the UK to access the finance they need.

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250 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR FRANCHISOR

What do you need to know before you buy a franchise? Here's a comprehensive list of over 250 vital questions to ask the franchisor that will help you make the right decision.

ADVICE FOR NEW RESIDENTS IN NZ (IN 5 LANGUAGES)

Protect your own interests as you assess any franchise business opportunity. Translated versions of this article are available in Hindi, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Korean.

HOW TO APPROACH FRANCHISING YOUR BUSINESS

April 2012 - Simon Lord outlines three different approaches to franchising and invites comment from the experts

THE BEGINNERS' GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING THE NUMBERS

Philip Morrison of Franchise Accountants explains what financial reports can tell you about the business you’re buying

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

 

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