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Snooze: A retail love affair

December 17, 2015
Elkin Alvarado’s career journey can be put down to a wealth of experience. After working for 30 years in department stores and gaining experience in everything from electrical, appliances, bedding and furniture, Elkin’s career naturally progressed to becoming a Snooze Franchise Partner. From his humble beginnings of moving stock on the shop floor, to managing teams of up to 250 people and a...

Toys, electronics & wine are top of Aussies’ Christmas list

December 2, 2015
The ‘friendly courier experts’ are seeing toys, wine and electronic products all topping the Christmas ‘wish list’, this year. Reports reveal that there are more parcels in transit in Australia than ever before - online retailing is 5.7% higher, with Australians spending an estimated $17.6 billion online over the 12 months to September 20151. Additionally, Fastway Couriers estimates that in the...

Lesson for Franchising from the Hawthorn Tri-Pete

November 23, 2015
By Peter Buckingham I am a very keen Hawthorn fan, and now have the personal record of attending 7 Grand Finals in which they have played – and seen 7 Premiership wins. So what does Hawthorn do differently from the other 17 teams in the AFL? They work to Their Rules – and do it the best way possible. Whilst I cannot say I am an expert, these are my views – and I think they have a real business...

Insolvency and directors’ liabilities: how to minimise your personal risk

November 19, 2015
When business debts fall due and can’t be paid, an organisation may become insolvent. In this scenario, company directors have specific duties and options: failing to discharge these appropriately can result in fines and even criminal prosecution. Andrew Beck, partner, RSM, said, “There are many potential causes for insolvency, such as ongoing losses, poor cash flow, increasing debt,...

Three tips to avoid Christmas expense management mayhem

November 18, 2015
The lead-up to Christmas comes with an increasing number of expenses related to seasonal events, outings, and other items. The holiday season is not only a drain on company and office budgets, but can often cause an expense management backlog. This can be made worse by paper-based claiming processes. December 8 is one of the busiest days of the year in Australia for expense activity, according...

Hilary Lamb from CROSSMARK Host appointed Chair of The 100% Project

November 18, 2015
CROSSMARK Host Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Hilary Lamb has been appointed Chair of The 100% Project, a not for profit organisation that aims to address gender inequality. The 100% Project’s mission is to challenge organisational leaders to change the practices and mindset within their organisations to fully realise the leadership potential of women and men. It is positioned as...

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...

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