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On our Business Franchise Blog, we share a wealth of content from knowledgeable writers around the world. Here you'll find both news and advice covering everything in franchising and business. Whether you're just getting started, expanding your business, or just want to stay up to date, the Business Franchise Blog has got you covered. Find more specific content by also visiting our Expert Advice and Latest News pages.

Smartline continues franchising success

September 16, 2014
Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers has capped off its strongest 12 months of turnover and recruitment growth by again being named as Australia’s top franchise. Topfranchise.com.au ranked Smartline number one in its latest top 10 list released Monday, September 15, following a comprehensive survey of franchisees from franchise systems across the country. Smartline has held the number one...

James De Ruiter, Co-owner, Norwest

September 15, 2014
Almost two decades of experience has given James De Ruiter a solid grounding in the finance industry. He has a unique understanding of vehicles, motoring and business management, and provides personalised customer service that’s second to none. The co-owner of stratton Norwest started his career in finance working with Capital Corp before moving on to United Financial Services. In 2007, James...

Newsletter 20th August 2014

August 21, 2014
Choice Hotels Australasia announces China expansion One of Australia’s largest hotel franchise groups, Melbourne-based Choice Hotels Australasia, has announced major Greater China expansion plans for the hotel group with 30 new build hotels planned for development over the next five years. Choice Hotels has signed a development agreement with Hangzhou-based Boli Hotel Management Co.,...

Melbourne Exhibitor Highlights 22-24 August 2014

August 20, 2014
Attending the Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo is the best way to meet the people behind some of Australia’s most exciting franchises. But to make the most of the show it pays to plan ahead. Here are Exhibition Manger Fiona Stacey’s top tips on how to get the most from the Expo: Start off by visiting the Franchise Council of Australia stand A1 for general information about...

Hungry Jack's asks R U OK?

July 30, 2014
Hungry Jack's has announced a partnership with R U OK? to inspire its crew and customers to start life-changing conversations. R U OK? is a national not-for-profit that aims to inspire Australians to have meaningful conversations to help anyone who might be struggling with life. It's most well known for R U OK?Day, held this year on Thursday, 11 September. As R U OK?'s Principal Partner, Hungry...

Celebrating 30 years of Forty Winks

July 30, 2014
This month marks a special occasion for an Australian success story in the bedroom retailing and franchise space – Forty Winks are celebrating 30 years of bringing Australian’s a better night’s rest. From its humble beginnings of just a handful of stores in 1984, Forty Winks has grown into a household bedroom retailer, with more than 90 successful stores across Australia. Forty Winks’ retail...

Business Franchise Newsletter 23 July 2014

July 23, 2014
ACCC takes action against cleaning franchisor The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings against Coverall Cleaning Concepts South East Melbourne Pty Ltd (Coverall Melbourne) alleging that it engaged in unconscionable conduct in contravention of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The ACCC also alleges that Coverall Melbourne made false or misleading...

BEDSHED INTRODUCES NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR CUSTOMERS

July 23, 2014
Leading Australian bedding retailer, Bedshed, has today launched an innovative online Bedroom Planner to bridge the gap between the online and offline retail environment. Available on Bedshed’s website, the Bedroom Planner guides customers through selecting bedroom furniture and placing their favourite bedroom furniture in their virtual bedroom. Bedshed Chief Operating Officer, Gavin Culmsee said...

Poor measurement puts Australian business at risk

July 17, 2014
Australian quick service retail (QSR) operators are jeopardising business growth by failing to monitor and measure staff performance levels, according to research by franchise point of sale specialist Shift8. Findings showed almost a third (32 per cent) of operators had never measured employee productivity or efficiency while well over half (62 per cent) didn’t even set service level KPIs for...

CARPET COURT’S OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE ON POPULAR DESIGN SHOWS

July 17, 2014
With Australia in a renovation boom, reality DIY shows are drawing more viewers than ever and for Carpet Court, the benefits of partnering with these shows goes beyond just reaching customers. Carpet Court has once again partnered with popular reality DIY shows The Block and House Rules, positioning the brand as the trusted flooring retailer for renovators who are looking for the best product and...

Franchisee Insight: Deb Doran, Hairhouse Warehouse

July 2, 2014
Hairhouse Warehouse’s franchisees are a diverse range of owners, from husband-wife teams through to single operators all with unique backgrounds but share the commitment, energy and passion to turn their dreams into reality. Deb Doran, Franchisee of Forest Hill is one of those franchisees, a determined, entrepreneurial member of the Hairhouse Warehouse family. Her experience at Hairhouse...

Business Franchise Newsletter 21st May 2014

May 21, 2014
  Latest News Nine Harvey Norman franchisees ordered to pay total penalties of $234,000 for misleading consumers In proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission against certain Harvey Norman franchisees, the Federal Court of Australia has recently ordered a further three Harvey Norman franchisees to pay a total of $60,000 in civil pecuniary penalties for making...

Will You Be Attending the 2014 Franchising Expo?

March 31, 2014
Company Website:  http://www.franchisingexpo.com.au A world of opportunities under one roof Finding a franchise that ticks all the right boxes is so much easier when you can compare many different businesses under one roof. That’s why the Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo, which opens in Sydney 28-30 March, is the first stop for anyone planning to buy their first franchise...

Service Provider of the Day - National Franchise Insurance Brokers

March 28, 2014
Company Website:  http://www.MYNFIB.com.au Another successful year for NFIB Having recently been a finalist in the 2013 Telstra Small Business Awards and after another year attracting more and more of Australia’s best known franchise businesses, National Franchise Insurance Brokers (NFIB) is fast becoming an insurance force to be reckoned with. “Our goal has always been to penetrate...

Service Provider of the Day - Franchise Selection

March 27, 2014
Company Website:  http://www.franchiseselection.com.au Franchise Selection is a group of professional franchise consultants who help others achieve their dreams of franchise ownership. Our consultation process is a proven method of helping people identify and research franchises that present a true opportunity for success for our clients and their target markets. With over 1,400...

Did You Know?

March 26, 2014
New Research on whether franchisees peform better has been conducted by the Franchise Relationships Institute (FRI), and was aimed at testing a common belief in the franchising sector that franchised stores perform better than company operated stores under similar conditions.  Research Director of the FRI, Greg Nathan, says that "Most franchisors enthusiastically talk of stores achieving an...

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