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How To Franchise Your Business

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

FAB Group appoints first UK General Manager for Skinsmiths

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.

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.

Maccas launches all-day breakfast

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

"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?

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 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 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 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 2003 - Full Results

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

Franchise Awards 2005 - Full Results

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

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

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 becomes third-largest Kiwi employer in China

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Australian Franchise Awards – 2013 Results

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

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

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.

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

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

McDonald's - The Myth & The Magic

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

‘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

the right blend VITAL FOR SUCCESS

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

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

'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

Club Physical dispute continues

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.

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.

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

The franchisee who made a difference

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

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

Carlos Spencer Scores A Franchise

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

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.

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.

BRIAN SALMON retail franchising pioneer dies

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

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.

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

Australian Franchise Awards - 2010 results

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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