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Don’t Blame the Bike if You Want to Succeed with Continuous Improvement

April 9, 2015
by Joakim Ahlström  Have you ever watched a child learning to ride a bike? Who (or rather what) gets the blame when things don’t go the way the child wants? The bike! The child might even argue that it’s a stupid bike and it’s impossible to ride. But what has this to do with organizations wanting to succeed with continuous improvement? Grownups at work don’t behave like that, do they? No, there...

From the pen to the coffee press – Jonny finds his new art form

April 7, 2015
Jonny Liebenberg is no stranger to hard work and unusual hours, previously working in the fast paced world of PR, before making the transition to franchising. “I used to live in Johannesburg, working in public relations in both the public and private sectors. I enjoyed penning media releases, speeches, newsletters and much more. Life there was not safe, so I moved to Australia with my family...

Fringe Benefits Tax – tax tips for year end

March 25, 2015
With March 31 just around the corner, many businesses are focusing on ways to reduce their Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) liability. Fringe benefits are benefits that you provide to your staff that fall outside the categories of traditional wages and salaries. Examples of common fringe benefits include cars, low-interest or interest-free loans and school fees. Fringe benefits are taxed differently...

Start-ups versus established businesses: why established businesses can have an edge over newcomers

March 18, 2015
With a rapid influx of new businesses in the Australian market and increasing demand for government support for start-ups, established businesses are facing an onslaught of new competition.  According a survey by Dun & Bradstreet, 62,160 enterprises commenced operations during the second quarter of 2014, up from 50,539 in the three months previous and 57,504 in 2013*. Andrew Beck, national...

Are Your Managers Bottlenecks in Your Improvement Process?

March 10, 2015
by Joakim Ahlström For managers, time is a scarce commodity. Actually, it’s equally scarce for everyone, but I start off this way to show that I know how tough it is to be a manager. When I meet managers of various kinds - CEOs, division managers, middle managers, indeed all sorts of managers - I take their lack of time into account and let them know that there’s only one thing they need to do...

Five mistakes businesses make with attempting ‘viral’ videos

March 10, 2015
Written by Marcus Seeger Everyone in the video industry dreams of producing just one viral video! You know, the one that gets millions of views around the world complete with an avalanche of shares and comments. The most successful video in the history of the internet is PSY, Gangnam Style with, at the time of writing, over 2.3 billion views and over 9 million likes on YouTube alone. Just...

Time poor and quality rich

February 20, 2015
The dawn of the mobile franchise industry Ten years ago, coffee and food from a van was a mediocre experience at best. Mobile food was limited to hot chips and a questionable pie, or a soft serve ice cream for the kids. In the past few years a bevvy of mobile food outlets have exploded nation wide, from gourmet catering companies serving up food at weddings in brightly coloured vans, to your...

Jetts club owners' inspiring story

February 17, 2015
Profile: Jill Bingham and Warren White What were you doing before you became involved with Jetts (E.g – working in a different industry, travelling, semi – retired)? Chef – Jill. Boat mechanic – Warren. We met when we were doing our PT courses at the Australian Institute of Fitness (AIF) in Maroochydore. Why did you choose to open a Jetts club? We were both PTs at another gym. We put so...

Newsletter 21 January 2015

January 21, 2015
New powers for ACCC will strengthen franchising industry   Changes to the mandatory Franchising Code of Conduct came into effect on 1 January 2015. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has new powers to: issue infringement notices of $8,500 for body corporates ($1,700 for individuals and other entities) and seek penalties of up to $51,000 in court for serious breaches of...

RSM Bird Cameron - The rise of the zombie company

January 21, 2015
In the past, many underperforming companies managed to slip under the radar and escape insolvency. With market conditions changing, these businesses need to change course if they want to avoid going under. Andrew Beck, national head of turnaround and insolvency at RSM Bird Cameron said, “In 2014, many indebted companies were able to repay the interest on their debts but not able to reduce the...

Trading barbells for black gold

December 19, 2014
Personal trainers Ken and Jeny fit for career change Ken Tran and Jeny Sony do everything together. They fell in love, and worked as personal trainers at the same gym. Now they’re polishing their portafilters for their next significant partnership- serving award-winning coffee from the world’s biggest mobile coffee franchise, Cafe2U, to customers in the Rosebery area. Retiring their...

The Pros and Cons of bringing in an investor for your business

December 9, 2014
Starting up a business often involves large costs initially which can be difficult to manage alone. Add to this location, staff, budgeting and planning and starting a business could become an emotional rollercoaster. For this reason many Australians consider the use of investors to help with the financial risks on the business set-up. Rather than trying to manage the business alone, investors...

Newsletter 8th October 2014

October 9, 2014
Choice Hotels Australasia rolls up its sleeves for ‘Head office to front office' Campaign Choice Hotels Australasia has rolled up its collective sleeves ahead of National Customer Service Week to launch its second annual 'Head Office to Front Office' campaign. Designed as part of a continued focus on enhancing customer experience, Australia’s largest mid-market hotel franchisor will send its...

Dreams Become Reality for The Coffee Guy Franchisee

October 2, 2014
Desiree DeGruchy took a gamble in May 2013 by becoming Australia’s first Coffee Guy franchisee and now that gamble has paid off with an eight week European adventure. Since launching the Coffee Guy mobile coffee van, Ms DeGruchy has built up a loyal following and is now having a well-earned break by living out her dream to take an eight week holiday in Europe. “The business has been booming, and...

Snooze named in Topfranchise Awards for second year running

September 25, 2014
Snooze has ranked as one of Australia’s top 10 most desired franchised businesses for the second year in a row, in 10 THOUSAND FEET’s Top Franchise Awards, with an overall ranking of fifth place. The recent poll was voted for by over 1,000 Australian franchise owners across categories including franchisee support, lifestyle, passion to the brand, marketing and opportunities. Snooze ranked highest...

Newsletter 17th September 2014

September 17, 2014
New small business e-Classes to highlight what it takes to survive A new suite of business e-classes has been launched today by Griffith University’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Franchising Excellence, and is aimed at assisting small businesses and potential franchisees to understand some of the key issues associated with running their business. Based on in-depth research, “Survival of the...

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