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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...

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...

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