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Time to cancel the annual Christmas party?

November 18, 2015
Bah Humbug. Over 60 per cent of employees would prefer to scrap their work Christmas party and be given the money instead, according to recent market research conducted by First Class Accounts. The same survey found that over 50 per cent of respondents did not enjoy attending their annual Christmas party with a further 14 percent saying they had never bothered to attend. Clive Barrett,...

How accountants can adjust to their changing role

November 17, 2015
The ready availability of cloud-based and self-service accounting tools means today’s accountants must find a way to remain relevant or risk becoming obsolete, according to RSM. Andrew Sykes, director, RSM, said, “Cloud accounting has made day-to-day tasks such as keeping track of income and outgoings, and finding ways to minimise clients’ tax burdens easier. This means that accountants now...

Franchisor Gelare found guilty of misrepresentation

November 11, 2015
By Peter Buckingham CFE   Gelare International is an ice cream Franchisor based in Perth, who want to expand into Melbourne. The core product of Gelare cafés is its own brand of ice-cream, but the cafés also sell waffles, pancakes, yoghurt, vegan ice-cream, smoothies and coffee. They were taken to court over misrepresentation around a site at Forest Hills Chase in Melbourne, and found guilty...

Franchisees – how to make your voice heard

November 10, 2015
Franchising takes a lot of the risk out of starting your own business, but that doesn’t have to mean that you don’t have a say in what you sell. Katy Gennai from Bedshed Watergardens shares her top tips and tricks on how you can get involved purchasing decisions with your franchise. Voice your opinion If you feel you have something to say, don’t be shy - speak up! You’re on the front line,...

Pioneering new market trends

November 4, 2015
The success of La Porchetta restaurants was built on providing traditional Italian food with warm service, however the franchise has a deep culture of innovation and is now pioneering new market trends as they emerge across Australia and New Zealand. In the mid-1980s, when La Porchetta’s founders bought a humble pizzeria in Melbourne’s North Carlton, the Australian love affair with Italian food...

Helping you feel better

November 4, 2015
My sister Jacinta McDonell & I, with our business partner Richard Peil, launched the highly successful U.S. franchise Anytime Fitness into Australia in 2008. IBIS World report recently ranked Anytime Fitness as the largest health club chain in Australia with over 410 locations currently open and still growing. Since Anytime Fitness’s launch into Australia, it has become the quickest growing...

Strong growth attracts national recognition for Poolwerx franchisees

November 4, 2015
From one store to a multi-million dollar business, it’s clear Perth’s Poolwerx franchise partners Irene and Ian Hughes made the right choice to ditch their corporate careers ten years ago, with their immense success recognised after being named Australia’s best multi-unit franchise. Topping sales in excess of $3 million dollars last year, Mr and Mrs Hughes deservedly took out the Franchise...

How to keep business spending in check on Melbourne Cup Day

October 27, 2015
With Melbourne Cup Day on its way, businesses need to take stock of their corporate spending policy and think about how they can keep track of spending on office social events. Matt Goss, managing director, ANZ, Concur Australia, said, “The company purse is the first go-to resource to cover corporate social events. “However, a company should draw the line between what they should pay for and...

Michelle makes the move to mobile franchising

October 23, 2015
Having worked for the local council for 15 years, Michelle Tuyau was more than ready for a career change. She first heard of Cafe2U and its advantages when her cousin Joanne and her husband Andrew bought a van to service the suburb of Botany. It was through word-of-mouth they had decided to pursue Cafe2U as well. Prior to purchasing her franchise, Michelle flew to Sydney to go on a coffee run...

Retail figures drop in wake of Federal leadership change

October 20, 2015
Any sign of improved retail spending under new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has faded, according to data from the Australian Retail Index (ARI). The Australian Retail Index, created by BDO and Retail Express, draws on sales figures from thousands of retailers across the country. BDO National Retail Lead Partner Simon Scalzo said while figures remained steady immediately after the leadership...

Findings of the Financial Services Inquiry

October 20, 2015
Banking In 2015 all of the major banks have announced some form of capital raising in an effort to bolster capital ratios in response to APRA increasing risk weights on mortgage loans. The aim is to boost the bank’s financial strength. While this may reduce solvency risk, there is a price. Evan Tsipas, principal, RSM Bird Cameron, said, “The cost of making the financial system resilient is...

How to tell if your business is sustainable

September 29, 2015
By Andrew Beck, turnaround and insolvency partner, RSM Bird Cameron The unstable economy and change of leadership means government policies are likely to be reviewed. For many businesses, a change in policy could mean the difference between continuing to operate and becoming unviable according to RSM Bird Cameron. Andrew Beck, turnaround and insolvency partner, RSM Bird Cameron, said, “Business...

Harrison hits the road

September 24, 2015
Harrison Kaissis never likes to stay in the one place for too long. The Maroubra local initially used hospitality to supplement his work within the health industry before eventually taking a full time job managing a café near his home. In 2013, he made a career move in more ways than one after investing in a Cafe2U mobile coffee franchise. He now spends his days driving around Waterloo, serving...

Could your franchise business survive a data crisis?

September 1, 2015
By Dale Rockell, State Manager NSW, Compu-Stor Business interruption can take many forms and can happen to any business irrespective of size or business model set up. The effects would largely be the same, potentially damaging your franchise, business reputation, respect to customers and suppliers, and even threatening the survival of your business. Most modern businesses back up computer...

How to work with a coach: 3 Tips

August 24, 2015
By Peter Knight & Kate Groom Business coaching has become a hot topic over the last few years, and for a very good reason: coaching can really improve the performance of your business! An independent business coach can be really helpful even in a franchise – especially if you want to be a top performer. Those at the top in business, sport, or even politics have coaches to help them get the...

A duty of care checklist for companies sending employees overseas

August 17, 2015
Business travel is unavoidable, and it introduces the possibility that an employee may face certain risks. These risks range from illnesses to natural disasters, and even civil unrest. They can be detrimental to employees and companies alike. However, these risks can be managed if companies adhere to a duty of care checklist. Matt Goss, managing director ANZ, Concur, said, “Mistakes when...

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