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  What's to come for our economy? 

The latest Quarterly Economic Overview from Westpac deals with 'lies, damned lies and statistics' after Statistics NZ revised its estimates of GDP going back several years. The good news is that although the economy's momentum may be softening as predicted, it's doing so from a higher starting point. Despite some challenges, there are still several positives ahead for New Zealand businesses. We've summarised the findings here.
  Planning pays off for Kiwi franchise in US 

Back in 2014, Dream Doors founder Derek Lilly was part of a small delegation from New Zealand which attended the annual convention of the International Franchise Association in New Orleans. Four years later, he's just appointed the first state master franchisee for the USA in a $2 million investment and has created a US-based advisory team with amazing experience. Read more.
  opportunity - B2B A GROWTH SECTOR  
In a complex world, businesses often need the help of others to stay safe and stay on top. These four franchises offer great opportunities in the B2B sector. 

  Building Wash Services is a franchise for business builders with management and sales skills.  
If you have handyman skills, you could nail a new career with aCrest PropertyCarefranchise.
Jim's Test & Tagfranchisees find satisfaction and success within a growing industry. 
A new Small Business Accountingfranchisee finds sticking to the plan works wonders. 
  NZ supermarket leads the world in AI 

Lin Guo, the award-winning franchisee at Four Square Ellerslie, is to be the first to trial Smartcart - an innovative shopper solution from Auckland-based artificial intelligence company Imagr. Four Square is part of the Foodstuffs group, suggesting bigger things around the corner. The move comes as retailers look for ways to give consumers more streamlined shopping, improve convenience and help eliminate queuing at the checkout ... Read more.
  Criminalising cartels - how will it affect franchising? 

New legislation amending anti-cartels legislation means franchises will need to be more careful than ever to ensure proper compliance. The current legislation under the Commerce Act has been of major concern to the franchise sector, and the new penalties mean that it is more important than ever for franchisors to review their arrangements. Franchise lawyer Michael Bright reviews the proposals.
  service providers - INVALUABLE EXPERTISE  
Franchising isn't easy. That's why you should always use specialist advisors for everything from finances or performance issues to staff employment and training. 

  Advice for franchisees on managing cash flow from expert Franchise Accountants.   Franchize Consultants improve ROI with the building blocks of field management. 
In2HR helps keep franchises safe from brand-damaging employment disasters.
Delivering franchisee and staff training on a mobile device is affordable with Intuto.
  sKids kids get year off to a good start 

Business confidence may have taken a hit last year after the uncertainty following the election, but don't tell that to sKids. Like several other franchises, the popular child care provider has reported a storming start to the New Year and they are 'passing it on' with some major initiatives to give back to the communities supporting them... Read more.
  Employment clampdown - penalties grow 

The Labour Inspectorate of the MBIE has introduced a public 'name and shame' list of employers who are now banned from recruiting migrant workers for varying periods. To date, there are already over 150 employers who appear on this list, including at least one company operating under a franchise agreement. Franchisors are being warned to maintain efforts to educate and monitor franchisees over employment issues to avoid the potential for significant brand damage. Read more.
  opportunities - ROLLING OUT  
You can't beat a mobile service business for variety and flexibility in your daily working life. Here is a selection from our wide range of very different mobile opportunities. 

  Airport find leads to opportunity for Appliance Tagging Services franchisee.
Fastway Couriersfranchise really delivers thanks to rapid growth in online shopping.  Jim's Dog Washwheels out franchise opportunities throughout New Zealand.  Business is pouring in for perfectionist franchisees at The Wheel Magician
  Franchise Events 

A free half-day seminar being held at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on 13 March will help investors, entrepreneurs and companies discover how to investigate an overseas brand and evaluate its suitability for the New Zealand market. Topics include negotiation, legal considerations and financial implications. It will also introduce four well-established US brands which are actively seeking partners in New Zealand. Details and booking information here.

Franchize Consultants' popular seminar series is back in March, with an additional event in May aimed at helping field managers improve the business planning of franchisees. The seminars are designed to help franchisors improve performance and provide a foundation in franchise management for new franchisors and franchise executives. Details and booking information here
  opportunities - HOUSE & GARDEN    
Looking after people's homes and gardens is a hugely competitive market. These established franchise brands help you to get into business for yourself, but not by yourself. 

  Digital innovation helps Dream Doorsget top results for customers and franchisees.  NZ House Surveys'bright yellow vehicles build business, inspire confidence.
V.I.P. Home Servicesmakes it easy for you to succeed and achieve your goals.
Woolgro urgently needs more franchisees to meet demand for its revolutionary lawn.   

Police in the UK were forced to issue a 'don't call us' appeal after distribution problems caused more than half of the 900 KFC outlets in the country to close. But an anagrammatic apology has raised eyebrows for the formerly family-friendly brand. 

A union boss has claimed that migrant business owners to New Zealand are bringing attitudes from home and exploiting their own people. 

Direct selling company Avon has announced it will close operations in New Zealand and Australia by the end of the year, leaving over 20,000 operators looking for new opportunities

Domino's has terminated the franchise agreements of a multi-unit franchisee who claimed to be so busy he forgot to pay tax to the IRD. 

New Zealand's FAB Group, the franchisor for Caci, has announced the appointment of a general manager to lead the company's Skinsmiths brand in the UK
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