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BRAND NEW! FRANCHISE ASSOCIATION HAS A FRESH LOOK

June 2017 - The Franchise Association of New Zealand is modernising its logo and campaign lines as interest in franchising goes on growing

HELL KEEPS DOORS OPEN FOR TOURETTE’S ASSOCIATION

22 June 2017 - Hell and the Tourette's Association have joined forces to help raise funds, awareness and political action

MULTI-UNIT SUMMIT TO HELP FRANCHISEES, FRANCHISORS GROW

June 2017 - The Franchise Relationships Institute is running its Multi-Unit Summit again in Melbourne on 24 August 2017. Aimed at multi-unit franchisees and franchisors, the Summit has quickly gained a reputation for offering solid facts and practical strategies in an engaging and inspiring environment

MCDONALD’S TRAYMATS COME TO LIFE IN NEW AR PROMO

22 June 2016 - McDonald’s is taking traditional tray mats to a new level with the launch of an interactive augmented reality experience as part of their new Despicable Me 3 movie tie-in

SMALL BUSINESS ACCOUNTING 20 YEARS IN THE MAKING

SBA is celebrating two decades of growth and development

AFTER-4 EVENT THIS MONTH - MAKING NZ FRANCHISES GREAT AGAIN

June 2017 - The Franchise Association’s After-4 function on 28 June offers a chance to hear from one of the most-experienced franchisors in New Zealand’s hospitality industry.

CHRISTCHURCH WELCOMES ANOTHER NEW YORKER

15 June 2017- Christchurch's thriving food scene has received another boost with the opening of a third New York Deli in the city offering New York-style sandwiches and bagels. The latest location is at the new BNZ Centre.

FRANCHISOR STRENGTHENS GLOBAL TEAM AHEAD OF FLOAT

9 June 2017 – FAB Group, the owner of the Caci franchise, has today announced the appointment of two senior leadership positions.

MASSIVE RESPONSE FOR FRANCHISE SURVEY

May 2017 - Franchising New Zealand survey will provide most comprehensive survey ever

SEEKING YOUNG ACHIEVERS FOR FRANCHISE ACCELERATOR

17 May 2017 – Kiwi business owners can win involvement in a global business accelerator programme designed to help them grow their concepts through franchising

2017 FRANCHISE AWARDS - ENTER NOW

May 2017 - The Franchise Association has launched the 2017-18 Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards and is calling for entries from franchisors, franchisees and service providers

MIGRANT ARRIVALS AT NEW RECORD

26 April 2017 - Migrant arrivals reached a new high of 129,500 a year in the March 2017 year, Statistics New Zealand announced today.

STAFF, FRANCHISE BUYERS AND FUNDING COULD LIMIT GROWTH

April 2017 - A shortage of suitable staff and franchisees, as well as potential funding issues, are the main concerns for franchisors in the year ahead.

AUSTRALIA'S JOINT EMPLOYER INQUIRY UNDER WAY

April 2017 - A number of submissions have been made to the Australian committee reviewing proposed legislation that would make franchisors jointly liable with franchisees on employment issues.

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OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND AS REGIONAL ECONOMIES GROW

31 March 2017 – The latest figures from Statistics New Zealand show growing economic activity in 12 out of 15 regions. That means new business opportunities for franchisees and franchisors.

CONFERENCE ALL SOLD OUT

31 May 2017 - There's now a waiting list for places at the 2017 National Franchise Conference being held in Hamilton in August

HOW FAR IS FAIR?

Australian legislation may impact global franchise model

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.

NBR OPENS REGULATION DEBATE AGAIN

A recent series of articles in the National Business Review has once again raised the topic of possible regulation in New Zealand’s franchise sector.

CLAMPDOWN ON ROGUE EMPLOYERS

23 February 2017 - Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has today announced new measures to stop employers who breach immigration and employment law from recruiting migrant workers.

MIXED PROSPECTS FOR LOCAL CHINESE BUSINESSES

February 2017 – The economic outlook for local Chinese businesses is mixed, according to a survey by accounting software provider MYOB.

ECONOMY IN A SWEET SPOT

22 February 2017 ­– Latest Economic Overview suggests continuing good news for now

EMPLOYMENT FRAUD A RISK FOR FRANCHISES

February 2017 - Employment issues continue to dog the franchise sector in Australia – are New Zealand franchisors prepared?

OPTIMISTIC START FOR FRANCHISING IN 2017

31 January 2017 ­– The latest Franchising Confidence Index survey suggests that franchises are expecting a good year ahead

NZ FRANCHISE SURVEY FOR 2017

January 2017 - New survey planned to shed light on the current state of franchising in New Zealand

HELL CHAMPIONS DISABLED TRAINING

Hell Pizza is continuing to leave its controversial past behind as it builds a reputation as 'champion of the underdog’.

CACI OFFERS INCENTIVE FUNDING FOR NEW REGIONAL FRANCHISEES

22 December 2016 - Caci has launched a unique funding model to fuel growth before a public listing

FOCUS ON FRANCHISEES AS CRESTCLEAN CELEBRATES FIRST 20 YEARS

16 December 2016 - It’s happy birthday for CrestClean as the New Zealand-founded commercial cleaning franchise chalks up 20 successful years

RETAIL, HOSPITALITY EXPECT A GOOD YEAR AHEAD

14 December 2016 - With the festive season just around the corner, a new survey reveals retail and hospitality businesses are picking it will be a cracker year.

KIWIS NAME NZ’S FAVOURITE TAKEAWAY

8 December 2016 – One home-grown franchise has replaced another at the top of a major customer satisfaction survey

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

FRANCHISE FIGURES HONOURED

12 November 2016 - Two people who have made huge contributions to franchising were honoured at the Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards

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

IMMIGRATION TO NZ, BREXIT AND THE TRUMP FACTOR

Simon Lord talks to Bill Milnes of Laurent Law and Andy Chang of Westpac about immigration trends and their impact on franchising

MAKING IT EASY TO SHARE INFORMATION

October 2016 – Lauren Taylor brings fresh energy to providing franchisors and franchisees with the information they need to build better businesses

HIGH-EARNING US BRANDS SEEK LOCAL PARTNERS

A top US franchise executive is visiting NZ this summer to look for partners for some of America’s top-earning franchises

STATS SHOW WHICH REGIONS GROWING FASTEST AS IMMIGRATION DRIVES POPULATION GROWTH

21 October 2016 ­– Just four regional council areas accounted for over 75 percent of New Zealand’s population growth last year, Statistics New Zealand said today. Some of that growth comes from a record level of migration to New Zealand.

WOMEN MEAN BUSINESS - AWARDS PREVIEW 2016

22 October 2016 - We’re just three weeks away from the Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards. Who will come out on top for 2016?

FRANCHISE CONFIDENCE GOES ON GROWING

20 October 2016 - The franchise sector is increasingly positive about the outlook for the next 12 months, especially for franchisees, with 54 percent of franchisors expecting improved profitability for franchisees and a further 40 percent expecting them to maintain current levels.

ADMIN CUT AS MYOB FIRST TO LAUNCH DIGITAL SIGNATURES WITH IRD

16 October 2016 – MYOB first to launch innovative new way of connecting with Inland Revenue

NUMBER OF BUSINESSES OWNED BY WOMEN SKYROCKETS

October 2016 - More women than ever are owning and operating businesses in New Zealand, with strong performance results across the country

AUSTRALIAN FRANCHISING: GROWING OR NOT?

11 October 2016 - Initial results from the Franchising Australia 2016 survey show that sales and employment within franchising are up slightly since 2014 but numbers are static. Is it out-performing the general economy?

AUSTRALIAN FRANCHISE AWARDS 2016 RESULTS

Updated 13 October 2016 - Poolwerx won the top title at the Australian Franchise Awards last night, with franchisee awards being spread over four different brands

FRANCHISE RESTRAINTS: CASE-BY-CASE APPROACH MEANS OUTCOMES VARY

October 2016 – Deirdre Watson shares three lessons on the most recent High Court cases involving restraints of trade and good faith in franchising

SMALL BUSINESSES PREDICTING BUMPER YEAR AHEAD

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

NZ’S INTERNATIONAL FRANCHISORS SHARE THEIR SECRETS - PODCAST

August 2016 – Four of New Zealand’s top international achievers came together at the Franchise Conference for a gripping panel session on how to expand overseas. Their message? ‘Just do it!’

IS IT A BIRD? IS IT A PLANE? NO, IT’S A PIZZA!

25 August 2016 - Domino's to start trialling drone deliveries in New Zealand from next month

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

KIWI DINERS PUT OFF BY DIRTY BATHROOMS BUT FORGIVING OF SLOW SERVICE – SURVEY

17 August 2016 - Findings from a nationwide study suggest that most Kiwi diners (70 percent) prefer casual dining over a formal setting, and that excellent food is what will keep them going back to a restaurant time and time again.

CARTELS BILL TO BE AMENDED TO CLARIFY FRANCHISING ISSUES

August 2016 – A law that could have badly affected franchisors and franchisees is to be amended.

FIELD MANAGERS AND COMMUNITY AWARDS - LAST CHANCE TO ENTER

10 August 2016 - A last reminder about two very special categories in the Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards which recognise people and businesses who make a difference. Share this article with your team. Entering is easy - read on.

HOSPITALITY SPENDING UP; FUEL DOWN IN JULY

9 August 2016 - Accommodation, food and drinks were the sectors to be in last month.

FRANCHISEE PROFITABILITY EXPECTED TO GROW - SURVEY

1 August 2016 – Latest survey reveals better results for franchisees and good prospects in the regions, although housing issues are a worry in Auckland.

EMBROIDME CELEBRATES 10 YEARS IN NEW ZEALAND

August 2016 - EmbroidMe, the branded clothing and promotional products specialists, and a successful franchise organisation, is celebrating ten years of continued growth in New Zealand.

FESTIVE COFFEE CUPS HELP YOUNG ARTISTS WIN $9,000 FOR SCHOOLS

27 July 2016 - Imagine a 10-year old walking into one of the largest café chains in the country, pointing at the brightly-coloured cups and napkins and saying, ‘I designed those.’ It’s something they’ll always remember.

MACCA’S TRIALS MCDELIVERY IN AUCKLAND

July 2016 - McDonald’s NZ has confirmed its McDelivery service will be trialled at its New Lynn and Glenfield restaurants in Auckland.

FANZ TURNS 20 IN STYLE

July 2016 - The Franchise Association's 20th birthday went off with a bang as over 100 people gathered to celebrate.

FRANCHISORS FINALISTS IN EY ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARDS

26 July 2016 - Three franchisors are among the New Zealand 2016 finalists in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards – the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs.

WFC SHARES INFORMATION TO HELP FRANCHISES GROW

June 2016 - 45 members of the World Franchise Council gathered in Italy to discuss joint employer legislation and share information on franchising country-by-country

MCDONALD’S CELEBRATES 40 YEARS IN NEW ZEALAND BY GOING BACK TO 1976

June 2016 - 75 cent Big Macs as Macca’s Queen Street revisits the good old days

FRANCHISE AWARDS - LAST CHANCE TO ENTER!

UPDATED - Franchisors, franchisees and service providers have another two weeks to prepare their initial entries for this year’s Franchise Awards. The closing date for Expressions of Interest has been extended to 27th June 2016.

NEW TURN IN 7-ELEVEN PR DISASTER AFFECTS ALL AUSTRALIAN FRANCHISORS

The 7-Eleven employment scandal in Australia continues to have repercussions for the whole franchise sector there. Jason Gehrke of the Franchise Advisory Centre provides an update.

MIXED GROWTH OUTLOOK OFFERS OPPORTUNITIES, CHALLENGES

May 2016 – The latest Economic Overview from Westpac suggests growth will slow in 2018 and house prices stagnate at last. What does this mean for business buyers?

THE COFFEE CLUB HEADS NORTH

May 2016 - The Coffee Club has opened its first store in Warkworth, development continues to boom north of Auckland

FRANCHISEE TOPS AOTEAROA NZ MAORI BUSINESS LEADERS AWARDS

A New World franchisee has been named Outstanding Maori Business Leader for 2016

KIWI FRANCHISORS - THE USA WANTS YOU

The US Embassy is inviting New Zealand franchisors and investors to attend the International Franchise Expo in New York as a member of the US Embassy delegation.

MACCAS LAUNCHES ALL-DAY BREAKFAST

3 May 2016 - McDonald's is launching its all-day breakfast nationally tomorrow

NEW FRANCHISE SCHEME CALLED ‘MEANINGLESS AND DANGEROUS’

27 April 2016 - A specialist lawyer and the Franchise Association have spoken out against a new scheme which offers franchises ‘warrants of fitness’. The scheme was initially promoted to franchisors via an email sent out on 22 April that said: ‘Stop – Now there is no need to be a member of the NZ Franchise Association.’

CONFIDENCE STRONG BUT IT'S STILL A BUYERS' MARKET FOR FRANCHISEES

21 April 2016 – The latest Franchising Confidence Index found strong franchisor confidence levels for general business conditions, franchisor growth prospects, franchisee sales levels and franchisee profitability.

MYOB FIRST TO LAUNCH E-GST FILING SERVICE

14 Apr 2016 - Businesses using MYOB’s Essentials cloud-based accounting software now have the ability to file their GST returns online directly to the Inland Revenue Department.

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

MYOB BACKS FRANCHISEES AND FRANCHISORS THROUGH INCREASED SUPPORT

8 April 2016 - MYOB has announced key strategic partnerships signed with Franchise New Zealand and the Franchise Association of NZ (FANZ) this month.

VERITAS TO FRANCHISE NOSH STORES

6 April 2016 - Veritas Investments Limited has announced that it will shortly commence a programme to franchise the existing Nosh Food Market stores to appropriately-qualified operators.

DOMINO'S DRIVERLESS PIZZA DELIVERY PLANS EXCITE MINISTER

18 March 2016 - Testing a driverless pizza delivery unit in New Zealand could showcase NZ’s openness to autonomous vehicles, says Transport Minister Simon Bridges

NZ-DEVELOPED FRANCHISE MANAGEMENT APP TAKING OFF

March 2015 - Franchise Infinity, the tablet-based franchise management system, is catching the eye of some of NZ’s best-known franchises

FRANCHISE SECTOR STRENGTHENED AS LEADERS JOIN FORCES

16 March 2015 - Franchise New Zealand has joined forces with the Franchise Association to promote franchising to more people than ever

THE COFFEE CLUB TARGETS MORE EXPANSION IN CHRISTCHURCH

11 March 2016 - Christchurch’s burgeoning café and restaurant scene hots up as The Coffee Club opens in Spitfire Square and plans further outlets in the city

KIWI COMPANY TAKES OVER BIG COFFEE BRANDS

February 2016 - A New Zealand company has taken over the master franchises for some of the country’s best-known coffee brands.

FRANCHISE EXPERTISE APPEALS TO NEW OWNERS OF FASTWAY

23 February 2016 – The CEO of Aramex, the new owners of Fastway, has said that Fastway’s courier franchise model is of particular interest and could be replicated in other regions.

GOOD TIMES AHEAD FOR FRANCHISEES

10 February 2016 – The latest Franchising Confidence Index suggests that almost half of all franchises expect increased profitability for franchisees this year, with only 4 percent expecting conditions to worsen.

MCDONALD’S NZ INVESTS IN HEALTHIER EATING AND MORE CHOICE

4 February 2016 - McDonald’s New Zealand is to invest millions of dollars in a nutritional improvement programme that will see reductions in sugar, saturated fat and sodium across its product range.

FRANCHISEES TO CONTINUE AS FASTWAY SOLD OVERSEAS

22 January 2015 - Fastway, one of New Zealand’s best-known home-grown franchises, has been sold to a global company based in Dubai but franchise agreements will be unaffected

NZ FRANCHISE LAWYERS NAMED IN WHO'S WHO LEGAL

December 2015 - International publication Who's Who Legal has named two Auckland lawyers in its annual franchise special

FRANCHISEES WIN AGAIN IN INDIAN BUSINESS AWARDS

December 2015 – CrestClean master franchisees Viky and Nileshna Narayan finish the year on another high

THE COFFEE CLUB CELEBRATES 10 YEARS IN NEW ZEALAND

30 November 2015 - The Coffee Club New Zealand is celebrating 10 years in business today

WORLD FRANCHISE COUNCIL OPPOSES JOINT EMPLOYER LIABILITY

November 2015 - Jason Gehrke reports on international moves to stave off growing legislative pressure to draw franchisors into employment issues

"MCDONALD’S OF THE FUTURE" OPENS IN AUCKLAND

24 November 2015 – Thick-cut chips (not fries), gluten-free buns, Belgian waffles and affogato – whatever’s happening to McDonald’s?

PIZZA BECOMES THE GATEWAY DRUG TO READING ADDICTION

Hell Pizza is to sponsor the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

FRANCHISE PIONEERS HONOURED

14 November 2015 - Some of the people who have made huge contributions to the growth of franchising in New Zealand were honoured at the Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards

FRANCHISE AWARDS 2015 RESULTS - KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY

14 November 2015 – The Hall family of Columbus Coffee are New Zealand’s top franchisees, and Paramount Services is Supreme Franchise System of the Year for 2015/16

SCHOOL KIDS DESIGN THE COFFEE CLUB'S CHRISTMAS CUP FOR KIDSCAN

7 November 2015 - The Coffee Club’s popular Christmas cups are back for a second year to raise funds for schools and awareness for KidsCan

FRANCHISE CONFIDENCE BOUNCES BACK FOR 2016

3 November 2015 - After a dip in July, confidence in the franchise sector is bouncing back – but franchisees are still in high demand, says latest survey

SUBWAY FOUNDER FRED DELUCA DIES

Fred DeLuca, the founder of Subway, died on 14th September 2015 after being diagnosed with leukaemia two years ago. He was 67.

CHARITY AWARD GOES TO COURIER FRANCHISE FOR COLLECTING OLD CASH

Check your couches, says Fastway CEO, as Lions award recognises franchise’s role in collecting 20 tonnes of cash to help Kiwi kids

AUSTRALIA'S 7-ELEVEN SCANDAL HAS WIDER IMPLICATIONS

Australia's 7-Eleven employment scandal is starting to raise wider questions about the roles and responsibilities of franchisors and master franchisees

RESTRAINTS POSITION NOT ALL TIED-UP

Two recent cases before the High Court upheld the restraints of trade in franchise agreements. Can franchisors relax? Not necessarily, says barrister Deirdre Watson

EYES ON THE FUTURE

March 2015 - A young Mt Maunganui woman has been recognised as one of the next generation leaders in the global franchise industry

PIZZA PRICE WAR EASES, THE COFFEE CLUB IS BACK

28 August 2015 - With the pizza price wars seemingly over, The Coffee Club has entered the fray with a new product - the Crispizza

YOUTHFUL ENTHUSIASM

28 August 2015 - The Franchise Association has a new chairman, Brad Jacobs. We asked him about his experiences and concerns for the future of franchising

DEEKS BROTHERS SELL OUT OF ESQUIRES AS OWNERS RE-FINANCE

13 August 2015 - Cooks Global Foods, owners of Esquires Coffee outside Australasia, has secured a conditional $9 million equity injection and signalled a public offer. The move will see additional Chinese investment but brothers Stuart and Lewis Deeks are ending their association with the brand after more than 14 years

ONLINE DIRECTORY SCAMMING SMALL BUSINESSES

4 August 2015 - A German company is targetting New Zealand companies in an invoicing scam that leads small business owners to think they are providing details for the Companies Office

VIDEO EZY GRANTED INTERIM INJUNCTION AGAINST FRANCHISEE

31 July 2015 - A chain of Dunedin video stores which changed its name after its franchise agreements expired has been ordered to change its name back to Video Ezy.

FRANCHISING CONFIDENCE DROPS IN JULY

28 July 2015 - Franchize Consultants’ Franchising Confidence Index reflects other reports by showing less optimism this quarter

AUSTRALIAN REPORT UNDER FIRE

Updated 9 July 2015 - The recent FranData report on the state of the franchise sector in Australia has drawn criticism for its attack on academic research in the sector

AUSTRALIAN REPORT QUERIES NUMBER OF FRANCHISES

7 July 2015 - A new report has questioned the size of the Australian franchise sector while finding that NZ's franchise sector ranks third internationally for contribution to GDP

MCDONALD’S TRIALS ALL-DAY BREAKFAST

2 July 2015 - McDonald's is following the trend to 'brinner' by testing an all-day breakfast option in New Zealand while it seeks to simplify its menu worldwide

IMMIGRATION RULES EXPLAINED

June 2015 - Immigration is always a hot topic for franchisors, potential franchisees and existing franchisees looking to employ staff. Bill Milnes summarises the current position

BUSINESSES BENEFIT AS PAYMENT TIMES PLUMMET

June 2015 - There’s more positive news for New Zealand businesses with commercial cash flow in good health, although falling dairy prices are expected to hit future cash flow

BIKINI BARISTAS RAISE SOME ISSUES

We're always interested in new franchise concepts around the world - but can't see this one taking off in the chillier parts of New Zealand. And what about Health & Safety?

HOME SERVICES FRANCHISOR DITCHES BROTHER, REPAYS FRANCHISEES

10 June 2015 – Mr Green has responded to a series of negative articles by terminating a master licence agreement held by the franchisor’s brother

NZ UP THREE PLACES IN WORLD COMPETITIVENESS

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

MANUKAU FRANCHISEES IN GLOBAL TOP 10

May 2015 - Franchisees Bruce and Lynette Hopkins, of Speedy Signs Manukau, have been named among the Top 10 achievers in the world-wide Sign-A-Rama franchise group.

WHO WILL BRING HOOTERS TO NEW ZEALAND?

May 2015 - The world-famous Hooters Restaurants is looking for local partners to bring its unique brand of service to New Zealand

HELP FOR NZ FRANCHISORS TO ATTEND US FRANCHISE EXPO

18 May 2015 - The US Department of Commerce is offering assistance to NZ franchisors wanting to attend next month's International Franchise Expo in New York.

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK – GROWTH WITH CHALLENGES

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

START-UPS RISE AS OUTLOOK REMAINS POSITIVE FOR FRANCHISES

14 May 2015 - The latest Franchising Confidence Index confirms the positive mood among franchisors and service providers

DOMINO’S PIZZA LAUNCHES EAT-STREET IN SHORTLAND STREET

A new store model from Domino’s Pizza enables two customers to dine-in for less than $10.

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

CLOTHING AND QUILTS NEEDED TO HELP VANUATU

Fastway Couriers is assisting a select number of local initiatives to collect and transport much-needed items for the cyclone-hit areas of Vanuatu.

TACO-VER! MEXICALI FRESH BUYS BURGER WISCONSIN

Mariposa Restaurant Holdings, the company behind the fast-growing Mexicali Fresh franchise, has bought burger chain Burger Wisconsin for an undisclosed sum

FASTWAY TO OFFER PARCEL PICK-UP AND DELIVERY THROUGH LOCAL C-STORES

March 2015 - As NZ Post cuts delivery services, Fastway is targetting Post Offices themselves with the launch of its a pick-up and drop off parcel service that allows customers to send, collect or return parcels through local convenience stores.

BOLD NEW LOOK FOR ESQUIRES IN NZ

4 March 2015 - RFG has re-launched its Esquires Coffee Houses brand on the back of consumer research

ACT FAST TO PROTECT YOUR BRAND ONLINE

February 2015 - New domain name option leaves unwary franchises at risk of brand hijacking

LAWYER THREATENS COURT ACTION OVER COPIED FRANCHISE AGREEMENTS

A prominent New Zealand franchise law firm has reached settlement after threatening legal action over the copying of one of its franchise agreements

ESQUIRES BECOMES THIRD-LARGEST KIWI EMPLOYER IN CHINA

Cooks buys back Esquires master franchise as Chinese company takes shareholding in NZ-listed company

FRANCHISING LOOKING FORWARD TO GOOD YEAR AHEAD

12 February 2015 - The latest Franchising Confidence Index finds franchisors and franchise specialists confident about prospects for 2015, but finding good franchisees is still the biggest challenge

NZ SALES GROWTH HELPS DOMINO’S TO RECORD PROFIT

More stores, new products and me-tailing have driven Domino's to record sales world-wide

QUANTUM SHIFT FOR MCDONALDS NZ - WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE WITH THAT?

January 2015 – McDonald’s New Zealand has launched its first Customer Learning Lab’ which offers a touch-screen-operated ‘Build your own burger’ facility and table service

KIWI WINS YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS TRIP TO US FRANCHISE CONFERENCE

A young Mt Maunganui woman has been recognised as one of the next generation leaders in the franchise industry worldwide

SURF OR TURF? MCDONALD'S LAUNCHES SUMMERTIME BURGERS

17 December 2014 - McDonald's Facebook fans are behind two new burgers launched at McDonald's today

NZ CHILDCARE FRANCHISE LAUNCHES IN IRELAND

Sherpa Kids, the international arm of NZ-founded Safe Kids In Daily Supervision (sKids), has opened its first care centre in Ireland

FIREWORKS SKYROCKET HELL SALES TO RECORD LEVEL

Hell’s inaugural fireworks campaign went off with a bang last month: after becoming the first retailer in NZ to deliver fireworks direct to customers’ doorsteps, weekly sales rocketed to a record level for the third time in 12 months.

CHAMPIONS OF FRANCHISING RECOGNISED

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

FRANCHISES SUFFER AS IMMIGRATION NEW ZEALAND CHANGES RULE INTERPRETATION

A change of attitude by Immigration New Zealand has made it harder for franchisees to find suitable staff at a time when unemployment is declining.

FRANCHISE AWARDS 2014 / 2015 - FULL RESULTS SHOULD'VE GONE TO..?

15 November - Specsavers is the 2014/15 Franchise System of the Year and Ivy Joe of The Coffee Club is New Zealand's top franchisee for the third year in a row - possibly a world record!

REFRESH RENOVATIONS RANKED IN DELOITTE’S FAST 50

November 2014 - The annual Deloittes Fast 50 list measures companies’ revenue growth over the three years to the 2014 year end, and ranks them not according to their size but to their percentage growth rate.

CARL'S JR. TO BE FRANCHISED AS RESTAURANT BRANDS ACQUIRES WHOLE CHAIN

5 November 2014 - Restaurant Brands acquires Forsgren's seven Carl’s Jr. stores in Auckland, plans to sub-franchise.

AUSTRALIAN FRANCHISE AWARDS – 2014 RESULTS

3 November 2014 - With excitement building towards the announcement of the Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards later this month, the Franchise Council of Australia has named the winners of the MYOB FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards.

COFFEE-LOVERS PAYING IT FORWARD

October 2014 - Canterbury coffee-lovers have been paying it forward to deserving strangers with Jamaica Blue Riccarton's 'suspended coffee' programme.

ONE BUSINESS FOR EVERY NINE NEW ZEALANDERS

30 October 2014 - There was an all-time high of nearly half a million businesses in New Zealand in February 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today.

MCDONALD'S LAUNCHES NEW LIMITED-PERIOD MENU, BRINGS BACK OLD FAVOURITES

23 October 2014 - McDonald's is adding wedges and bagels as promotional items, as well as bringing back a classic favourite - the Kiwiburger

BURGERFUEL TO OPEN FIVE MORE RESTAURANTS IN AUSTRALIA

BurgerFuel Worldwide is to expand its operations in Australia with five new stores in the next six months

WORLD FRANCHISE COUNCIL SPEAKS OUT ON FRANCHISEE INDEPENDENCE

October 2014 - The World Franchise Council has responded to concerns about what it sees as a growing trend internationally for franchisors and franchisees to be caught up in employment legislation.

SIGNARAMA NZ JOINS SPEEDY SIGNS GROUP

October 2014 - Speedy Signs franchisor, Business Franchise Group, has announced the addition of Signarama New Zealand to its network of independently-owned and operated sign companies.

RECORD PAYMENT TIMES REFLECT STRONG BUSINESS PERFORMANCE

Businesses in New Zealand are experiencing a cash flow boost from the country’s strong economic performance, with the average time taken for invoices to be paid falling to the fastest second quarter level on record.

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.

BURGERFUEL TO OPEN COMPANY-OWNED STORES IN NZ

26 September - BurgerFuel is to buy back an existing franchised outlet as part of its plan to develop company-owned stores alongside its franchise programme.

SCHOOL KIDS DESIGN THE COFFEE CLUB'S CHRISTMAS CUPS FOR KIDSCAN

September 2014 – The Coffee Club is to launch special coffee cups with KidsCan to raise awareness & support for disadvantaged Kiwi kids

ECONOMY JUST ‘TAKING A BREATHER,’ SAYS WESTPAC

12 Aug 2014 - Westpac’s quarterly summary of the prospects for New Zealand's economy suggests some of the shine has come off our growth story, but it’s only temporary

ESQUIRES TO OPEN IN INDONESIA

NZX-listed Cooks Global Foods has finalised a deal to establish 40 new Esquires Coffee Houses in Indonesia

LATEST SURVEY SHOWS FRANCHISORS STILL MOSTLY POSITIVE

August 2014 - Franchize Consultants’ July 2014 Franchising Confidence Index finds franchisors retain an optimistic outlook across many key growth drivers, although service providers are more cautious

EXTRA AWARDS TO RECOGNISE FIELD MANAGERS

The Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards have added new categories this year to recognise the work of field support managers, as well as special awards for community involvement

FRANCHISE PIONEER COLIN TAYLOR DIES

It is with great sadness that we have to report that one of the pioneers of New Zealand franchising, Colin Taylor, has passed away at the age of 85.

NEW NAMES ON FANZ BOARD

13 July 2014 – A franchisor and a barrister are new voices for the Franchise Association’s members

BRYCE BELL

We regret to report the death of Bryce Bell, one of the founding fathers of franchising in Australasia. Stewart Germann offers this appreciation

GARDEN FRANCHISEES RETAIN TOP TITLE FOR TAURANGA

Palmers Bethlehem has been named Store of the Year by the Nursery and Garden Industry Association

GREEN ACRES RESTRAINT CASE' A WIN FOR FRANCHISING'

27 June 2014 - The CEO of Green Acres has hailed the result of an arbitration process with a former franchisee as a victory for the whole franchise sector.

THE COFFEE CLUB TURNS 50 IN NEW ZEALAND

June 2014 - A special event next week will see The Coffee Club franchise celebrate the opening of more than 50 cafés here

US FRANCHISE ASSOCIATION SUES A CITY

16 June 2014 - The US-based International Franchise Association has taken the unusual step of suing a city for discriminating against franchisees

ESQUIRES OPENS 14TH CHINESE STORE

The Beijing-based master franchisee for Cooks Global Foods-owned Esquires has opened its 14th store in China

WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU EAT IT?

7 June 2014 - Hell has unleashed Australasia’s hottest pizza, which has to be prepared with gloves and carries a health warning

CLEANING FRANCHISES FREE TO SEEK GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

30 May 2014 - A change of procurement rules announced yesterday by Labour Minister Simon Bridges has opened up new markets for commercial cleaning franchises.

MCDONALD’S INTRODUCES SOCCER BALL BURGERS FOR THE WORLD CUP

McDonald's has launched a new themed menu range of burgers with a kick for next month's soccer World Cup in Brazil

LISTED FRANCHISE'S VALUATION REPORT QUESTIONED

13 May 2014 - A financial commentator has questioned a valuation report on Cooks Global Foods, owners of the Esquires franchise rights overseas.

MORE POSITIVE SIGNS FOR NZ ECONOMY

13 May 2014 - The latest edition of Westpac’s Economic Overview finds encouraging signs that the economy still has room to grow without generating excessive inflation.

NZ BUSINESS BROKER OPENS IN US

6 May 2014 - New Zealand-founded business brokers Link Business Systems is taking its franchise model to the US with the opening of three new offices today

CANTERBURY FRANCHISEE RECEIVES ‘BEST OF THE BEST’ ACCOLADE

Green Acres Canterbury has been named the company’s Master Franchise of the Year for 2014

EASTER BUNNY PIZZA GOES OUT WITH A BANG-BANG-BANG!

Hell Pizza’s controversial Gourmet Rabbit Pizza has sold out in less than three weeks, delivering the Kiwi-owned business its best week of sales in its 18-year history.

COOKS FOOD GROUP BUY OUT ESQUIRES FOUNDERS

A New Zealand company has achieved another goal on the route to expanding Esquires Coffee Houses in North America

NO FRANCHISE EXPO OR SURVEY FOR 2014

Despite increasing confidence and signs of growth, two significant events have dropped off the franchise calendar this year

FRANCHISEES IN DEMAND AS OUTLOOK REMAINS POSITIVE - SURVEY

Finding the right franchisees, staff and locations are the biggest concerns for franchising in 2014, but confidence is still high.

BUY A BUSINESS - BUY A FRANCHISE

Whether you’ve owned a business before or are new to self-employment, if you’re a budding entrepreneur then one of the options you have to consider these days is whether to buy a franchise.

NEW STORES OPEN AS NANDO’S SOLD BACK TO AUSTRALIA

3 April 2014 – The Australian master franchisor has bought back the troubled New Zealand master franchise. Unusually, while the business was in receivership, two new stores opened.

RUN RABBIT, RUN RABBIT, RUN, RUN, RUN…

3 April 2014 - Q. ‘What happened to the Easter Bunny, Mummy?’ A. ‘We’re having him for dinner.’

NEW ZEALAND NATURAL RE-SHAPES INTERNATIONAL DESIGN

27 March 2014 - New Zealand Natural has unveiled a brand new store look in three New Zealand shopping centres.

BONNEY SWAPS COFFEE BEANS FOR BURRITOS

21 March 2014 - Nathan Bonney of Columbus Coffee is to join Mexicali Fresh as the fast casual dining franchise gears up for rapid growth

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

RECORD CONFIDENCE SUGGESTS STRONG YEAR AHEAD FOR FRANCHISING IN NEW ZEALAND

February 2014 – The first Franchising Confidence Index survey for the year shows high hopes for franchisors and franchisees in New Zealand

CAFE2U TO HOLD AUCKLAND FRANCHISE INFO EVENING

The world’s largest mobile café franchise has set its sights on further expansion in the North Island

BURGERFUEL RICCARTON BREAKS FIRST DAY SALES RECORD

15 January 2014 - BurgerFuel follows yesterday's investment announcement with more good news.

US FRANCHISES PROJECTED TO GROW FASTER THAN REST OF ECONOMY IN 2014

13 January 2014 – Research from the US International Franchise Association predicts positive growth in 2014 but calls for comprehensive tax reform to boost the economy

SUBWAY FOUNDERS' COMPANY TAKES STAKE IN BURGERFUEL

14 January 2014 - A massive US franchisor is to take a stake as shareholder and franchise advisor with NZ-founded BurgerFuel Worldwide

BUSINESS SET TO END YEAR IN 'HEALTHY FINANCIAL POSITION'

December 2013 - Dun & Bradstreet say that on-time payments are at a 12-month high, confirming the health of the New Zealand business sector

EMPLOYMENT LAW PROPOSAL EXEMPTS SOME FRANCHISEES BUT STILL HAS HOOKS

12 December 2013 – New recommendations on a controversial employment bill recognise the independence of franchisees but say it’s who generates the work that defines how franchisees will be treated

FRANCHISE AWARDS 2013/2014 THE SOCIAL SIDE

The Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards are a chance for the franchise whanau to get together, network, exchange stories and gossip and party into the small hours. Here's a selection of photos from the evening's festivities.

NANDO'S NZ PLACED IN RECEIVERSHIP

30 November 2013 - Shivram Ltd, the operator of Nando's News Zealand, has been placed into receivership

ANOTHER WORLD BURGER RECORD FOR NZ

Insatiable Cantabrians have set another new world sales for the Wendy's hamburger chain

HELL LAUNCHES 'WORLD FIRST' ZOMBIE GAME

Hell Pizza has launched what it calls 'the world's first 3D zombie shooter game on a pizza box.' Put like that, it probably is.

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 BUYERS TO ACCESS MORE EXPERTISE

Award-winning specialist Franchise Accountants takes on new role as co-sponsor of Franchise New Zealand

REFRESH FRANCHISE TO MANAGE TV RENOVATION PROJECT

15 November 2013 - New TV series The Kiwi Dream gets the experts to show how to achieve the right results while keeping within budget

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

TOP 200 REPORT GROWTH RETURNS TO GLOBAL FRANCHISES

Every year, US publication Franchise Times publishes a list of the Top 200 franchise systems worldwide, identifying top systems and new growth areas. The 2013 report finds that not only is expansion outside the US key to success for US companies – 2013 could be the year that a Japanese-owned franchise becomes the biggest seller in the world.

AUSTRALIAN FRANCHISE AWARDS – 2013 RESULTS

Franchise Council of Australia names tops members, recognises importance of field support staff in annual awards

GROWTH STRATEGY GATHERS PACE FOR NEWLY-LISTED FRANCHISE GROUP

Esquires owner Cooks has acquired an organic tea and coffee distributor as it reveals plans to open eight new cafes this quarter

TOP FRANCHISOR TAKES OVER AS MD AT FAB BEAUTY FRANCHISE GROUP

Beauty franchise group FAB, best known for its Caci brand, has appointed Glenice Riley as its new managing director

MCDONALD’S TRAINING TO PROVIDE NZ UNIVERSITY CREDITS

October 2013 - A new partnership between McDonald’s and Massey University will see restaurant managers training counting towards a business degree.

US INVITES KIWI FRANCHISORS TO FIND OUT MORE

New Zealand franchisors with international ambitions are being invited to join a delegation to the 2014 IFA conference.

ASSOCIATION APPEALS FOR INFO TO HELP ADDRESS CARTELS LEGISLATION

15 October 2013 – The Franchise Association is urgently seeking information from franchisors to help representations to the Commerce Commission on anti-competitive legislation.

GEORGIE PIE TO GO NATIONAL IN GRADUAL ROLL-OUT

McDonald's is to launch a single-flavour Georgie Pie in restaurants around the country - with the possibility of more to come

COLUMBUS LAUNCHES FRESH MENU WITH HEALTHY FOOD GUIDE MAGAZINE

14 August 2013 - Healthy Food Guide and Columbus Coffee have created a unique partnership to offer healthier choices in New Zealand’s café culture

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

NEW APP TAMES TAX PAIN FOR FRANCHISORS AND FRANCHISEES

A new app enables businesses to shift provisional tax payment dates to suit their cashflow needs

FANZ SUBMISSION SEEKS AUTOMATIC EXEMPTION FROM EMPLOYMENT LAW PROVISION

July 2013 – The Franchise Association has proposed that its members should be granted automatic exemption from a change to Part 6a of the Employment Contracts Act

KIWIS HAVE WORLD-RECORD APPETITE FOR BURGERS - AGAIN

New Zealand outlets of Wendy's and Carl's Jr. are setting world records for new burger sales

NEW CHAIRMAN FOR FANZ HAS SEEN BOTH SIDES

18 July 2013 - A former franchisee and experienced franchisor has taken over the leadership of NZ's franchise self-regulation body

GEORGIE PIE ADDED TO SIX MORE RESTAURANTS

The Georgie Pie trial is being extended south of Hamilton after a 'fantastic' response from Kiwis. McDonald's overseas management is taking a keen interest too

ESQUIRES CONTINUES INTERNATIONAL ACQUISITIONS PRIOR TO NZX LAUNCH

Esquires owners Cooks Food Group is to acquire Esquires master franchises in Great Britain and Ireland

NEW FANZ BOARD ELECTED

7 July 2013 - A banker and a franchisor have been elected to the FANZ Board for the next year

ESQUIRES OPENS FIRST KUWAITI COFFEE HOUSE

3 July 2013 - Another opening from soon-to-be-listed Esquires means they’re drinking NZ organic espresso in Kuwait

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

NEW LAW TO PROTECT FRANCHISEES CONTINUES LEGISLATIVE INTERVENTION IN US

June 2013 - As regulation of various kinds continues to be discussed in NZ, a new bill passed in the Californian Senate 'gives a bullet to franchisees,' says advocate.

TICKLED PINK HIRE A HUBBY REBRANDS TO REFLECT NEW GROWTH FROM COMMERCIAL CLIENTS

Hire a Hubby is dropping its outdated 'hairy men in pink shirts' image as commercial maintenance contracts boost franchisee growth

CANDIDATES VIE FOR PLACES ON FANZ BOARD

June 2013 – Five candidates are standing for just two places on the board of the Franchise Association

HEALTHY PROFIT RISE FOR BURGERFUEL

June 2013 - BurgerFuel Worldwide has reported a net profit after tax of $1,098,294 for the twelve month period to 31 March 2013

DELETE THE EVIDENCE, SOLICITOR TELLS FRANCHISEE

A solicitor who encouraged a franchisee to be dishonest to avoid falling foul of a restraint of trade provision has had their name withheld

COME-BACK KIWIS NEED RIGHT OPPORTUNITIES

June 2013 - Overseas woes mean more Kiwis are looking for businesses at home – but franchises need to offer financial security to appeal

AUSTRALIAN REVIEW RECOMMENDS PENALTIES FOR BREACHES OF FRANCHISING CODE

The latest review of the Australian Franchising Code of Conduct has presented 18 recommendations to the Australian Government

ANOTHER FRANCHISE TO LIST ON NZX

7 June 2013 – Esquires Coffee Houses is to list its internationally-based franchise on the NZX

WENDY'S CELEBRATES 25 YEARS IN NEW ZEALAND

Wendy’s has marked its first 25 years in New Zealand with an event to thank the local community, customers and suppliers.

IT'S BACK - GEORGIE PIE TO TRIAL IN MCDONALD'S OUTLETS AFTER 15 YEARS

9 May 2013 - McDonald’s are hopeful they can convert online fans into in-store footfalls as they bring back one of NZ’s best-loved brands

‘OPEN SEASON ON TRADEMARKS’ AFTER GOOGLE WITHDRAWS PROTECTION

The Internet has become a riskier place for New Zealand franchises trying to protect their brand after Google announced it will no longer monitor or restrict the sale of AdWords in response to trade mark complaints

BLAST FROM THE PAST

May 2013 - The owner and general manager of Switched On Gardener have recently been jailed on 16 counts of supplying equipment to grow cannabis. Back in the year 2000, the company intended to franchise, although they never actually proceeded. Their advert makes interesting reading, though…

NZ TO ENJOY STRONG GROWTH AND LOW INFLATION – FOR NOW

OPTIMISM GROWS FOR INCREASES IN FRANCHISEE PROFITABILITY – SURVEY

17 April 2013 - Good news for business buyers as franchisee sales levels and profitability are predicted to increase and obtaining finance becomes easier.

THE RIGHT BLEND VITAL FOR SUCCESS

November 2012 - Why do local café chains flourish while a big name struggles?

ENJOYING A DAY OFF WORK

March 2013 - This article is a pure indulgence. Let's say it's about work/life balance: after spending weeks working on the latest issue of our print magazine, editor Simon Lord reckoned he deserved a morning off.

JOLT FITNESS GRANTED FURTHER EXTENSION

19 March 2013 - UPDATED. A further stay of the order to close the three gyms at the centre of the Club Physical dispute has been granted until 25 March.

'HARSH CONSEQUENCES' FOR CLUB PHYSICAL FRANCHISEE AS INJUNCTION GRANTED

7 March 2013 - The application for interim injunctions against the Club Physical franchisee who rebranded three Auckland gyms without warning has been granted

UPDATED - JOLT FITNESS GYMS TO STAY OPEN PENDING APPEAL

8 March 2013 - Following the issuing of an interim injunction requiring that the three former Club Physical gyms now branded as Jolt Fitness should immediately stop trading, Jolt Fitness has advised that the gyms will remain open pending appeal

CLUB PHYSICAL – THE DANGERS OF WARRING IN PUBLIC

28 February 2013 - The dispute between the Club Physical franchisor and a multiple franchisee has attracted a lot of media interest. What are the implications?

FRANCHISES FLY HIGH IN CUSTOMER SATISFACTION AWARDS

The annual Roy Morgan awards saw some familiar names scoring highly for customer satisfaction

KIWIS TO TAKE ON MORE CREDIT AS CONFIDENCE GROWS

January 2013 - Dun & Bradstreet says Kiwis are expecting to take on additional credit and increase spending in the early part of 2013, driven by an improved perception of their household finances and a greater ability to cover existing credit obligations.

NO INJUNCTION TILL FULL TRIAL IN COFFEE COPYRIGHT CASE

January 2013 - A coffee franchise seeking to protect its copyright has been told it has a strong case but must wait for a full trial. The franchise team at Davenports Harbour Lawyers report.

FORBES RATES NEW ZEALAND AS 'THE BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD TO DO BUSINESS'

Forbes has ranked New Zealand as the best country in the world to do business. The influential bi-weekly US magazine says New Zealand has ‘a transparent and stable business climate that encourages entrepreneurship.

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.

SHARING IDEAS FROM AROUND THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION

November 2012 - The latest meeting of the Asia Pacific Franchise Confederation offers ideas for NZ

FRANCHISING TOPS $20 BILLION TURNOVER, 100,000 JOBS

12 November 2012 - The contribution of the franchising sector to New Zealand’s economy has reached $20 billion , according to a new study by Massey University. Franchising New Zealand 2012 also estimates that the franchise sector employs 101,800 people.

AUSTRALIAN FRANCHISE GROUP BUYS THE COFFEE GUY

November 2012 - Listed Australian franchisor Retail Food Group (RFG) has announced that it is to buy The Coffee Guy, New Zealand’s leading mobile coffee franchise.

ESQUIRES CAFE DESTROYED BY FIRE BOMB

An Esquires Coffee Houses outlet in Bahrain has been destroyed by fire after an attack at sword point.

NEW LOOK FOR NZ'S LARGEST HOME SERVICES FRANCHISE

Home services franchise Green Acres has launched a smart new look as it celebrates its 21st birthday.

AUSTRALIAN FRANCHISE AWARDS - 2012 RESULTS

October 2012 - The Franchise Council of Australia has named the winners of the 2012 NAB FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards.

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.

SME CASH FLOW HAMPERED BY POOR PAPERWORK

September 2012 - Businesses struggling with cash flow problems are making life more difficult for themselves by poor paperwork practices, says expert

PROPOSED ANTI-CARTEL BILL COULD INCREASE COMPLIANCE COSTS FOR NZ FRANCHISES

A draft bill before the Commerce Select Committee could see franchisors having to apply for exemption from laws designed to prevent collaborative activity among competitors, says FANZ

PAPER PLUS RISES ON DYMOCK'S DEMISE

The last Dymocks in New Zealand is becoming a Paper Plus as the Australian franchise leaves the book market to locally-owned competitors after 18 years

FRANCHISE CAMPAIGNS TO PUT PRESSURE ON MINISTER

9 September 2012 - Dunedin-based franchise Crest Commercial Cleaning has launched a campaign aimed at forcing a decision on uncertainty in the Employment Relations Act.

CONTOURS WOMEN'S GYM FRANCHISE SOLD TO NEW OWNERS

September 2012 - Micromode moves out of fitness and extends its beauty business as Contours NZ is sold to Business Franchise Group

RESIGNATION CREATES VACANCY ON ASSOCIATION BOARD

August 2012 - An unexpected resignation has left a vacancy on the newly-elected Franchise Association board

NZ FRANCHISOR FINALIST IN ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Franchisor Dawn Engelbrecht of Safe Kids In Daily Supervision (sKids) is one of 12 finalists in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 awards.

REAL ESTATE FRANCHISE CHANGES HANDS

Charles Tarbey, chairman and owner of Century 21 Australia, has successfully acquired the master franchise for Century 21 New Zealand

MCDONALD’S LAUNCHES NZ LAMB-BURGER

August 2012 - McDonald's NZ is launching two new lamb products this week, including its largest burger

FORMER MCDONALD'S CHIEFS OUT TO CHANGE THE MEANING OF LYFE

A new quick-service restaurant wants to do for organic ingredients what McDonald's did for factory farming - and it has the leadership, experience and funding to make a difference

THE COFFEE GUY EXPANDS INTO NEW FORMATS

New Zealand’s largest mobile coffee franchise is expanding into fixed locations

GOOD ENGLISH MATTERS FOR FRANCHISEE SUCCESS

A new study reveals that English literacy can have a major impact on franchisee performance

NZ BUSINESSES BENEFITTING FROM ECONOMIC RECOVERY

July 2012 - Dun & Bradstreet says payment days falling to pre-GFC levels supports strong economic growth in Treasury figures

FRANCHISE ASSOCIATION RECOGNISES PAST CHAIRS

The Franchise Association of New Zealand formally recognised the contribution of its Past Chairs at a recent function

NEW FACES ON FANZ BOARD FOR 2013

3 August 2012 - The new Franchise Association board includes three new faces, with lawyer David Foster re-elected as Chairman

CONDOMS OR BUST? EXPECTATIONS AND COMPLIANCE IN FRANCHISING

Gehan Gunasekara asks whether those who buy franchises really know what they are getting into, and suggests proposed changes to consumer law don't go far enough

FANZ BOARD ELECTIONS UNDERWAY

June 2012 - Franchise Association members are to elect four new board members

HELL PIZZA IN THE WARS

Hell Pizza is defending itself against allegations of bullying made by former franchisees on two popular television programmes, while the publication of confidential emails fuels the controversy.

WESTPAC ENABLES SMES TO GET ONLINE FOR FREE

June 2012 - A new initiative aims to get 10,000 more Kiwi businesses online in a year

FRANCHISING CONFIDENCE HITS RECORD HIGH

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

GEORGIE PIE THE BRAND THAT REFUSES TO DIE

April 2012 - Should McDonald's bring back Georgie Pie? Their new MD says they're damned if they do, damned if they don't. What are their options?

CREST FLIES THE FLAG

April 2012 - NZ franchisor to tell Asian audience how Crest expanded into India

FRANCHISE CONSULTANT ‘LEFT STRING OF UNHAPPY CLIENTS’

March 2012 - A New Zealand Herald report says franchise consultant Campbell Spencer ‘has left a string of unhappy clients who say they spent thousands of dollars with little to show for it.’

THE FRANCHISEE WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE

June Claunch helped many children get a better start in life through her sKids after-school programmes

FRANCHISE LAWS BACK ON THE AGENDA IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

9 March 2012 - The possibility of state-based franchising laws is again on the political agenda in Australia, with the Western Australia (WA) Opposition looking to push its Franchise Agreements Bill 2011 through the Upper House of Parliament.

LOCAL BOY MAKES GOOD MCDONALD’S APPOINTS NEW MD FOR NEW ZEALAND

1 March 2012 - An ex-Queen Street crew member has become the first local to run McDonald’s here for 21 years

RFG TO ACQUIRE PIZZA CAPERS GOURMET KITCHEN FRANCHISE

March 2012 - Multi-brand franchisor Retail Food Group is entering the fast food sector with its acquisition of an Australian pizza brand

PAPER PLUS TAKES TOP SPOT FOR CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

Paper Plus has the happiest book store customers, according to the latest research released by market research and public opinion company, Roy Morgan

GLOBAL FRANCHISE AWARD FOR AUCKLAND FAMILY

February 2012 - The Maharaj family of Auckland have been named among McDonald's top franchisees worldwide

FOOD FRANCHISOR RFG GOES GREEN

November 2011 - RFG has officially gone green. The RFG Green Team of staff members embraced this initiative, changing out of their suits and swapping them for green shirts, hats - one even coloured his hair

ANOTHER CONSULTANT UNDER SCRUTINY

The Franchise Association has taken the unusual step of appealing for information about someone offering consultancy services

FRANCHISOR WINS ACC BATTLE

The ACC has failed in an appeal over the status of franchisor support office staff in a case which means that some franchisors may be able to make considerable savings on ACC levies

US FRANCHISES VOW TO HELP EX-SERVICES PERSONNEL

November 2011 – US president recognises franchising’s commitment to reduce veteran unemployment

FRANCHISE AWARDS 2011/2012 THE SOCIAL SIDE

The Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards are not just about celebrating the winners on the night - they're also a chance for the franchise whanau to get together, network, exchange stories and gossip and party into the small hours. Here's a selection of photos from the evening's festivities. Click on each picture to enlarge.

NZ SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS DO IT FOR INDEPENDENCE

November 2011 – Kiwi entrepreneurs are inspired to run their own business by the desire to be the boss, outranking the desire for a better work/life balance, making more money and following one’s passion, according to American Express.

FASTWAY COURIERS UNVEILS NATIONWIDE BRAND REFRESH

November 2011 - Fastway Couriers is poised to target the nation's burgeoning online retail industry with the phased nationwide rollout of bold, new branding.

NEW ZEALAND BUSINESS INVESTMENT, PROFITS, REBOUND IN MARCH 2011 YEAR

18 November 2011 - Business investment in fixed assets rose 6.7 percent in the March 2011 year, Statistics New Zealand said today. This contrasts with falls of 10.3 percent and 16.5 percent in 2009 and 2010.

US REPORT LISTS TOP INTERNATIONAL SYSTEMS & NEW TRENDS

November 2011 - The US publication Franchise Times has released its annual list of the Top 200 franchise systems and it makes interesting reading, identifying top systems and new growth areas. It's worth reading the adverts, too.

PASSING OF BILL MAY DETER FRANCHISORS FROM SOUTH AUSTRALIA

21 October 2011 - The Labor Government of South Australia has pushed through its Small Business Commissioner (SBC) Bill, including the provisions which will allow it to adopt the Franchising Code of Conduct into SA law.

BURGER KING NZ CHANGES HANDS

October 17, 2011 - The Blackstone Group announced today that its private equity funds have agreed to acquire Antares Restaurant Group in New Zealand from Anchorage Capital Partners.

AUSTRALIAN FRANCHISE AWARDS - 2011 RESULTS

The Franchise Council of Australia has named the winners of the 2011 Westpac FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards.

BANNED CONSULTANT IN COURT AGAIN

Franchise consultant Campbell Shorland Spencer was in court earlier this month for allegedly breaching the ban on his acting as a company director and manager.

DIGITAL E-MAG NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Wherever you are, it’s easier than ever to stay in touch with Franchise New Zealand

RUGBY STARS KICK-START NEW LIFE IN FRANCHISING

Buying a franchise has proved a route into business for many people, including some famous New Zealand names from the rugby world. As the following examples show, it’s not just Super 15 franchises these guys are interested in.

NEW FANZ CHAIRMAN NAMED

17 August 2011 - The new chairman of the Franchise Association for 2011-2012 is David Foster.

LABOUR'S TAX POLICY - A FAIR GO FOR FRANCHISING?

Labour’s proposal for a Capital Gains Tax may exclude the family home but could have a big impact on franchisors and franchisees. GST and income tax rates are also an issue. We asked Geordie Hooft of business advisors and franchise specialists Grant Thornton about the implications.

NEW FANZ BOARD, NEW INITIATIVES

July 2011- Three new board members and two new initiatives from the Franchise Association

TOP HONOUR FOR FRANCHISE LAW STUDENT

July 2011 – A Te Atatu student has been named this year’s winner of the Gaze Burt Prize in Franchise Law

SAMOAN FAMILY BEHIND LATEST US BURGER CHAIN IN NZ

18 July 2011 - Carl’s Jr, the fourth largest burger chain in the world, will open its first New Zealand restaurant in Takanini later this week.

BRIAN SALMON RETAIL FRANCHISING PIONEER DIES

We are sad to report that Brian Salmon, founder of The $2 Shop, died on 7 June 2011.

HAVE KIWIS GOT THE APPETITE FOR TACO BELL?

June 2011 -Restaurant Brands has announced that it is evaluating the Taco Bell chain to add to its KFC, Starbucks and Pizza Hut operations in New Zealand

STANDARD FRANCHISE AGREEMENT ROW RUMBLES ON

April 2011 - Opposition to the Auckland District Law Society’s plan to launch a standard form franchise agreement has drawn support from overseas.

FRANCHISES NOT IMMUNE AS QUAKE HITS CONFIDENCE

Business confidence has been badly hit following the Christchurch earthquake, and the franchise sector is no exception.

RAPID RESPONSE HELPS AS CHRISTCHURCH FRANCHISES START RECOVERY

When the earthquake struck Canterbury, how did franchisees and franchisors fare? Crispin Caldicott finds out

TV ADVICE FOR FRANCHISE BUYERS

May 2011 - Watch advice for those looking at buying a franchise from business programme He Whare Pakihi

SUBWAY OVERTAKES MCDONALD’S AS WORLD'S LARGEST FOOD FRANCHISE

A sandwich company founded to fund a 17 year-old through college has become the largest food franchise in the world.

FRANCHISE AGREEMENTS ESCAPE CONSUMER LAW REFORM

Franchise agreements will not now be caught up in proposals by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs to reform consumer law. Originally, it was feared that some elements of consumer law might be extended into business-to-business standard form contracts, with suggestions that these might include clauses relating to unconscionable conduct and good faith.

EXPERIENCING THE EARTHQUAKE ONE FRANCHISEE'S STORY

March 2011 - Gary Tempero is a Provender franchisee in Christchurch who wrote this account of the day the earthquake struck for the franchise’s newsletter. It is reproduced here to give an impression of how not one but two typical franchisees and their family have been affected.

LAW SOCIETY'S FRANCHISE AGREEMENT PLAN UNDER FIRE

February 2011 - A plan by the Auckland District Law Society Inc to launch a standard format franchise agreement has drawn immediate fire from franchise specialists, with one prominent franchise lawyer calling it ‘inappropriate’ and ‘dangerous

NUMBER OF FRANCHISES DOUBLED IN LAST SEVEN YEARS, SURVEY SAYS

Top line results from a new survey of franchising suggest that the number of franchised business in New Zealand has doubled since 2003.

LATEST AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH REVEALS FRANCHISE SECTOR STRONG THROUGH DOWNTURN

The latest franchise research from Griffith University shows the first decline in numbers of franchised systems and units in Australia since 1998, but other indicators provide evidence the surviving franchises are growing.

FRANCHISING OUTLOOK MORE POSITIVE, BUT CONCERNS REMAIN

6 April 2010 - The inaugural Franchising Confidence Index, a quarterly survey of New Zealand franchising confidence caried out by Franchize Consultants, has just been released.

CONSULTANT BANNED AS DIRECTOR AND MANAGER

The name of franchise consultant Campbell Shorland Spencer has been published as a banned director and manager on the New Zealand Companies Office website.

CLASS ACTION POSSIBLE IN GREEN ACRES CASE

March 2010 - With the case against Green Acres master franchisee Keith Lapham due to come to court shortly, some of his alleged victims are threatening a class action against the franchisor

 

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Opportunity for dog lovers to make a great income in your own business. One of the biggest franchise brands in New Zealand for the smallest price! Work your own hours, take control of your lifestyle and have fun with the support of Jim's Group.

NZ House Surveys

Reputable and trusted house inspection business providing quality pre-purchase surveys including multiple income streams from other revenue sources such as drug testing and safe and sanitary reports. Strong branding with nationwide opportunities. Best suited to building industry applicants including designers and carpenters.

MathZwise

Quality maths tutoring programme following NZ maths curriculum. Suits people with teaching background.

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