Could your business be the next McDonald’s or Fastway Couriers? Win Robinson describes what you need to do to turn your opportunity into action
8 February 2018 – FAB Group has announced the appointment of a UK General Manager to lead the company’s global brand, Skinsmiths, in the UK.
July 2016 - The Franchise Association's 20th birthday went off with a bang as over 100 people gathered to celebrate.
3 May 2016 - McDonald's is launching its all-day breakfast nationally tomorrow
24 November 2015 – Thick-cut chips (not fries), gluten-free buns, Belgian waffles and affogato – whatever’s happening to McDonald’s?
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
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.
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
This year's franchise awards were even more hotly-contested than ever, and attracted a host of new entrants. Our full report starts here.
Mike Pero Mortgages has been named the Westpac Supreme Award winner in the New Zealand Franchise Awards 2003
The Sparkies were sparkling and Jesters came out laughing at the 2005 Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards
Australia's 7-Eleven employment scandal is starting to raise wider questions about the roles and responsibilities of franchisors and master franchisees
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.
Cooks buys back Esquires master franchise as Chinese company takes shareholding in NZ-listed company
5 November 2014 - Restaurant Brands acquires Forsgren's seven Carl’s Jr. stores in Auckland, plans to sub-franchise.
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.
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.
We regret to report the death of Bryce Bell, one of the founding fathers of franchising in Australasia. Stewart Germann offers this appreciation
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
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 Council of Australia names tops members, recognises importance of field support staff in annual awards
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
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.
The latest review of the Australian Franchising Code of Conduct has presented 18 recommendations to the Australian Government
June 2013 - Overseas woes mean more Kiwis are looking for businesses at home – but franchises need to offer financial security to appeal
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
November 2012 - Why do local café chains flourish while a big name struggles?
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
7 March 2013 - The application for interim injunctions against the Club Physical franchisee who rebranded three Auckland gyms without warning has been granted
18 February 2013 - The following media release has been received from the franchisors of Club Physical. We do not usually publish details of ongoing disputes as we feel it is not helpful to the parties seeking resolution. In this instance, however, there has been so much publicity regarding Club Physical that we are making an exception. We have not yet received any information from the other party, but would publish that on the same basis.
October 2012 - The Franchise Council of Australia has named the winners of the 2012 NAB FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards.
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
June Claunch helped many children get a better start in life through her sKids after-school programmes
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
From our archives - March 2004. Carlos Spencer takes up a new challenge as a franchisee with Esquires Coffee House.
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.
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.
We are sad to report that Brian Salmon, founder of The $2 Shop, died on 7 June 2011.
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.
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
The Franchise Council of Australia has named the winners of its 2010 Excellence in Franchising Awards.
November 2010 - View Bill Sampson of Tauranga, the 2009/10 Westpac Supreme Franchisee of the Year, in a Maori TV programme on franchising
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.
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.
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.
McDonald’s New Zealand’s founding father, Hugh Morris, has passed away in Auckland after a long battle with ill health.
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
September 2009 - How much does it cost to buy a McDonald's franchise? Less than you might think.
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.
16 October 2009 - The Commerce Commission has welcomed the conviction and sentencing today of Stewart John Brown and Robert Llewelyn Parr
The Franchise Coach has been named New Zealand's Service Provider of the Year at the Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards 2009/2010.
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.
31 March 2009 - Snap Printing has become the first national print partner for Air New Zealand's Airpoints Loyalty Programme
Are the new SME incentives helpful to franchisees and franchisors? One franchisor says not - what do you think?
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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