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Caci opens first new franchise for 2018

posted on 17th January 2018

16 January 2016 - Caci launches new clinic design in first franchise opening of the year

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Belgian company to buy Laser franchises

posted on 12th January 2018

Belgium-based multinational vehicle glass repair business Belron has agreed to buy Australiasia's largest plumbing and electrical services franchise, Laser Group, for an undisclosed sum. Laser was found in West Auckland by fellow electricians David Clemmett and Pete Bassett and started franchising in 1999, mostly by signing up existing electrical businesses. The company twice won the Westpac Supreme Franchise System of the Year title, in 2005 and 2006, and further expanded by developing Laser Plumbing on a similar platform. The company started franchising in Australia in 2004 and now has 239 franchisees across both countries. Pete Bassett died tragically in 2010.

Belron already owns the Smith&Smith glass business in New Zealand.

The international vehicle glass repair and replacement group, which is part of Belgium-listed D'Leteren, said it had made the acquisition through its subsidiaries O'Brien in Australia and Smith&Smith in New Zealand. The deal is subject to finalisation of a due diligence book checking exercise.

Laser Group, through its members, provides plumbing and electrical services to both business-to-customer and business-to-business customers throughout Australia and New Zealand.


Mad Butcher returns to Leitch family

posted on 20th December 2017

Veritas Investments is to sell its Mad Butcher franchisor business to chief executive and former owner Michael Morton and his partner Julie Leitch - daughter of company founder Sir Peter Leitch - for $8 million. This is less than a quarter of what Mr Morton sold it to Veritas for in a reverse listing in 2013, when Veritas paid $40 million for the business - $20 million in cash and $20 million in Veritas shares. Since then, a number of stores have closed or been taken over by the company after experiencing difficult trading conditions and stiff competition from supermarkets. The sale is subject to the approval of Veritas shareholders, which will be sought at a special shareholders' meeting to be held in early 2018.

Veritas hired Bancorp Corporate Finance to manage a sale process for the meat franchisor business and attracted three bids. Morton declared his interest in October and was excluded from board discussions on the sale.

'The independent directors fully support the proposed Mad Butcher sale transaction and recommend that shareholders vote in favour of the resolution to be put to them for the proposed Mad Butcher sale transaction at the special shareholders meeting,' chair Tim Cook said.

Read the Veritas statement


New year, new start for franchise buyers

posted on 19th December 2017

Ready for a change? Is it time to get into a business of your own? What do you need to do first?

The start of a new year is always a good time to examine your life and decide what direction you want to go in next. Buying a franchise can provide excitement, adventure, opportunity and financial security. It can give you less time on the road, more time with your loved ones, more flexibility over where and when you work, more control over your life. It will probably also give you greater challenges than you’ve ever faced before and involve a lot of hard work. If you’re prepared for that, now could be a good time to consider making a new future. Here are some tips ...


Semi-retired couple are NZ's top franchisees

posted on 19th December 2017

New Zealand’s top franchisees are a semi-retired couple who believe in working smarter, not harder. They also prove that some of the best opportunities in business lie outside the big cities

New Zealand’s top franchisees are a semi-retired couple who believe in working smarter, not harder. They also prove that some of the best opportunities in business lie outside the big cities.


Listed Australian franchise under fire

posted on 19th December 2017

19 December 2017 - A series of articles overseas has accused one of Australia’s largest franchisors of causing multiple franchisee failures through increased charges and a challenged business model.

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Follow the law on alternative holidays, says Labour Inspectorate

posted on 19th December 2017

19 December 2017 – Payroll calculations are continuing to catch companies out, and franchisees could be vulnerable

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New technology allows deliveries at the drop of a pin

posted on 13th December 2017

Domino’s Anywhere is a maps-based pin drop feature for mobile customers wanting picnic blanket pizza deliveries

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2017 survey confirms NZ is the most franchised country in the world

posted on 7th December 2017

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

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March visit from US franchisors

posted on 29th November 2017

29 November - Some top American franchises will be visiting New Zealand in March 2018 looking for local master licensees

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New chapter for NZ as economic policies become clearer

posted on 22nd November 2017

22 November 2017 – What impact will new government policies have on the economy, and what will this mean for franchising?

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Franchise Awards 2017 RESULTS

posted on 12th November 2017

11 November 2017 – There were double celebrations for Just Cabins after the extra room specialists took out both Supreme titles at the Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards. The other big winners this year were franchisees from the regions.

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New Life Members recognised

posted on 11th November 2017

11 November 2017 – The Franchise Association has awarded Life Memberships to three people who have made considerable contributions to the growth of franchising in New Zealand

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Children win thousands for their schools in Christmas competition

posted on 3rd November 2017

2 November 2017 – The Coffee Club’s popular Christmas Cup art competition is back, and kids everywhere are the winners

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NZ Franchise Awards - who will win this year?

posted on 2nd November 2017

We look back at some of the winners and how the Awards have helped New Zealand become the most franchised country in the world

The Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards take place next week, and everyone is keen to know who will be setting the standards this year. We look back at some of the past winners and how the Awards have helped New Zealand become the most franchised country in the world

While some franchise awards internationally seem to be based upon reputation rather than systems and results (even today, some countries call for entries a scant two weeks before the winners are announced rather than three months as is normal here), the movers behind the initial New Zealand Franchise Awards were keen to ensure that the New Zealand Awards had real relevance to franchisors and franchise buyers.

After establishing the concept, in 1997 the judging process was further developed using a new system based upon the Malcolm Baldrige international quality criteria and with the assistance of one of the few New Zealanders to have won such an award. The criteria measure entrants across six key areas: Leadership & Planning; Customers & Market Focus; Information & Analysis; People; Processes; Results. The Awards were further developed ten years later with the appointment of the Business Excellence Foundation to manage the Awards process - a link that continues to this day.


Handling the media - free seminar for franchisors

posted on 2nd November 2017

Media expert Pete Burdon is presenting a full-day seminar in Auckland to show franchisors how to handle potential media threats and create positive media attention

2 November 2017 - Media expert Pete Burdon is presenting a full-day seminar in Auckland next week to show franchisors how to handle potential media threats and create positive media attention

‘The media can be your friend or your foe,’ says Pete Burdon. ‘If you are prepared, they can be your friend, even during a time where reputations are threatened. And let’s face it, that threat could be just around the corner.’

Pete is a former journalist and government press secretary, which puts him in the unique position of having worked on both sides of the news media fence. His sessions at the National Franchise Conference in 2017 were highly rated by delegates and opened the eyes of many to the value of media training. This seminar will go into the topic in far more detail - read more.


NZ franchisor to pay nearly $200,000 for employment breaches

posted on 1st November 2017

1 November 2017 – Employment breaches in a series of connected Asian restaurants in Auckland, including the Gengy’s Mongolian BBQ Buffet franchise, have seen the owners face nearly $200,000 of costs.

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Tax cuts for small business to offset wage increases?

posted on 31st October 2017

31 October 2017 - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is looking at offering tax breaks for small businesses to ease the burden of incremental increases to the minimum wage rate over the next three years.

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Australian Franchise Awards
– 2017 Results

posted on 29th October 2017

11 October 2017 – Two names familiar to New Zealanders took out the top titles at this year’s MYOB FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards

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Franchisors cautious before government policies clarified

posted on 27th October 2017

Updated 27 October 2017 - Pre-election uncertainties caused a slow-down in business confidence which extended into the post-election period. How will the announcement of a Labour-led government affect that?

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