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2017 survey confirms NZ is the most franchised country in the world

New Zealand has one franchised unit for every 124 people. That’s just one of many surprising statistics from the Franchising New Zealand Survey 2017. Next survey results are due out in 2020.

Economy 'falling into place'

21 August 2018 – The economy may be slower, but it is moving on to a surer long-run footing, says Westpac

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2017 survey confirms NZ is the most franchised country in the world

New Zealand has one franchised unit for every 124 people. That’s just one of many surprising statistics from the Franchising New Zealand Survey 2017. Next survey results are due out in 2020.

One in 20 Kiwi jobs is in franchising

August 2017 - Latest info from the Survey of Franchising reveals that the sector is a major employer and trainer of New Zealanders

Franchisors more positive but challenges remain – survey

8 July 2019 – Dropping the CGT has helped franchise confidence increase, but worries remain about costs and staffing

Reducing the stress of business ownership

18 June 2019 – A new survey shows that running your own business can be stressful and frustrating. How does being part of a franchise help?

Business still nervous despite balanced economy

11 April 2019 – The franchise sector remains nervous about the current business outlook, though more positive than general business

Franchising starts 2019 with hint of optimism

1 February 2019 – Business confidence seems to be creeping back after several quarters of pessimism, and franchising is no exception. The latest Franchising Confidence Index shows improvement in sentiment over the previous quarter towards general business conditions, access to suitable franchisees, operating costs per franchisee and franchisor growth prospects. There are still challenges, but opportunities too.

Economy is Extraordinarily Ordinary, says Westpac

20 February 2019 – The latest Westpac Economic Overview, published today, says that the economy is unusually average at the moment. Where will it go from here?

Regions on a roll, suggests economic overview

The latest economic overview from Westpac finds it's 'different strokes for different folks' as regional economies are at their most buoyant in years

Confidence concerns continue for franchisors

26 October 2018 - Franchize Consultants’ latest Franchising Confidence Index finds franchisors are continuing to be concerned about possible future challenges, although franchisors still remain more positive than respondents to general business surveys

Economy 'falling into place'

21 August 2018 – The economy may be slower, but it is moving on to a surer long-run footing, says Westpac

Shortage of franchisees, staff, limiting growth

5 July 2018 – The availability of suitable franchisees and staff continues to pose problems for franchisors despite positive signs

Maturing economy – positives among the questions

24 May 2018 – The latest Quarterly Economic Overview from Westpac suggests New Zealand is on track for moderate growth over the next few years but there are uncertainties

GDP estimates show widespread regional economic growth

10 May 2018 – The latest GDP estimates from the MBIE show New Zealand’s regions to be growing strongly over the past five years with parts of the South Island standing out in particular

What's ahead? Good, bad and goodness knows

20 April 2018 - Franchisors and service providers report mixed sentiments as business confidence stays low

Business confidence down but franchising more positive

31 January 2018 - Concerns about business confidence are reflected in the latest Franchising Confidence Index survey, but what's really happening?

REWRITING HISTORY – and what’s to come for our economy?

20 February 2018 - 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. But what's next?

Survey review: new franchises require care

A large number of new franchises have launched on to the New Zealand market over the last five years. Simon Lord suggests some things to watch out for

Economy throttling back but growth to continue

15 August 2017 – The latest Westpac Economic Overview finds rising global interest rates are balanced by rising commodity prices for New Zealand products. Growth will continue but slow by the end of the decade.

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?

2012 Franchising New Zealand survey

12 November 2012 - turnover and the number of franchise systems increased, but the number of franchisees was down for the first time

survey finds most new franchisees

A 2011 report by Massey University suggests that over half of all New Zealand franchisees felt they had failed to conduct sufficient due diligence before purchasing their franchise. The survey also suggests that 44% of franchisees spent less than one month researching the opportunity before buying their franchise, and finds that resolving conflict later becomes an issue for many franchisees.

Australian Survey Reveals Franchising Still Growing

2008 franchise survey reveals that the sector is continuing to expand across the Tasman.

2003 Survey of Franchising - Highlights

Franchising in New Zealand continues to perform strongly with plenty more to come, according to the 2003 Survey of Franchising

The changing face of franchising

February 2015 - Most buyers of existing franchise units are recent immigrants. What challenges does that pose for franchisors, and where are the opportunities?

Immigrants drive franchise re-sales

December 2015 - Broker says recent immigrants from China and India are the biggest buyers of existing franchised outlets

2001 Survey - Sector Tops $10 billion

John Paynter reports the results of the FANZ Survey of Franchising 2001, sponsored by The National Bank

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.

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.

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.

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

NZ economy humming along

11 February 2016 – No drought and net immigration have helped New Zealand’s economy go on growing, with economists revising GDP predictions upwards


How do the backgrounds, lifestyle, work habits and personal characteristics of franchisees impact on their success? A new survey offers insights and surprises.

population changes present

July 2012 – Slower growth and an ageing client base mean franchises need to tailor their appeal to a predictably-changing market

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