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John Paynter reports the results of the FANZ Survey of Franchising 2001, sponsored by The National Bank
Franchising in New Zealand continues to perform strongly with plenty more to come, according to the 2003 Survey of Franchising
12 November 2012 - turnover and the number of franchise systems increased, but the number of franchisees was down for the first time
24 July 2017 - New Zealand has one franchised unit for every 124 people. That’s just one of many surprising statistics from the Franchising New Zealand Survey 2017, which has just been released
11 October 2016 - Initial results from the Franchising Australia 2016 survey show that sales and employment within franchising are up slightly since 2014 but numbers are static. Is it out-performing the general economy?
2008 franchise survey reveals that the sector is continuing to expand across the Tasman.
31 January 2018 - Concerns about business confidence are reflected in the latest Franchising Confidence Index survey, but what's really happening?
21 April 2016 – The latest Franchising Confidence Index found strong franchisor confidence levels for general business conditions, franchisor growth prospects, franchisee sales levels and franchisee profitability.
22 February 2017 – Latest Economic Overview suggests continuing good news for now
15 August 2017 – The latest Westpac Economic Overview finds rising global interest rates are balanced by rising commodity prices for New Zealand products. Growth will continue but slow by the end of the decade.
3 November 2015 - After a dip in July, confidence in the franchise sector is bouncing back – but franchisees are still in high demand, says latest survey
20 October 2016 - The franchise sector is increasingly positive about the outlook for the next 12 months, especially for franchisees, with 54 percent of franchisors expecting improved profitability for franchisees and a further 40 percent expecting them to maintain current levels.
1 August 2016 – Franchising Confidence Index survey reveals better results for franchisees and good prospects in the regions, although housing issues are a worry in Auckland.
Finding the right franchisees, staff and locations are the biggest concerns for franchising in 2014, but confidence is still high.
Business confidence has been badly hit following the Christchurch earthquake, and the franchise sector is no exception.
28 July 2015 - Franchize Consultants’ Franchising Confidence Index reflects other reports by showing less optimism this quarter
12 February 2015 - The latest Franchising Confidence Index finds franchisors and franchise specialists confident about prospects for 2015, but finding good franchisees is still the biggest challenge
10 May 2018 – The latest GDP estimates from the MBIE show New Zealand’s regions to be growing strongly over the past five years with parts of the South Island standing out in particular
10 February 2016 – The latest Franchising Confidence Index suggests that almost half of all franchises expect increased profitability for franchisees this year, with only 4 percent expecting conditions to worsen.
December 2015 - Broker says recent immigrants from China and India are the biggest buyers of existing franchised outlets
Dun & Bradstreet’s quarterly report suggests the economy is in sound shape for now despite what it calls 'surprisingly moderate' growth
24 May 2018 – The latest Quarterly Economic Overview from Westpac suggests New Zealand is on track for moderate growth over the next few years but there are uncertainties
October 2016 - More women than ever are owning and operating businesses in New Zealand, with strong performance results across the country
11 February 2016 – No drought and net immigration have helped New Zealand’s economy go on growing, with economists revising GDP predictions upwards
August 2017 - Latest info from the Survey of Franchising reveals that the sector is a major employer and trainer of New Zealanders
31 March 2017 – The latest figures from Statistics New Zealand show growing economic activity in 12 out of 15 regions. That means new business opportunities for franchisees and franchisors.
31 January 2017 – The latest Franchising Confidence Index survey suggests that franchises are expecting a good year ahead
July 2012 – Slower growth and an ageing client base mean franchises need to tailor their appeal to a predictably-changing market
20 February 2018 - The latest Quarterly Economic Overview from Westpac deals with ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’ after Statistics NZ revised its estimates of GDP going back several years. But what's next?
April 2017 - A shortage of suitable staff and franchisees, as well as potential funding issues, are the main concerns for franchisors in the year ahead.
21 October 2016 – Just four regional council areas accounted for over 75 percent of New Zealand’s population growth last year, Statistics New Zealand said today. Some of that growth comes from a record level of migration to New Zealand.
5 July 2017 – The latest Franchising Confidence Index demonstrates a continued increase in confidence levels across many areas
A 2011 report by Massey University suggests that over half of all New Zealand franchisees felt they had failed to conduct sufficient due diligence before purchasing their franchise. The survey also suggests that 44% of franchisees spent less than one month researching the opportunity before buying their franchise, and finds that resolving conflict later becomes an issue for many franchisees.
A large number of new franchises have launched on to the New Zealand market over the last five years. Simon Lord suggests some things to watch out for
February 2015 - Most buyers of existing franchise units are recent immigrants. What challenges does that pose for franchisors, and where are the opportunities?
How do the backgrounds, lifestyle, work habits and personal characteristics of franchisees impact on their success? A new survey offers insights and surprises.
20 April 2018 - Franchisors and service providers report mixed sentiments as business confidence stays low
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