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  does franchising have A POOR IMAGE?

A new research study has been launched in Australia to determine the role of franchisor education in improving the image of franchising on that side of the Tasman. The study, by education research and consulting firm Corven, is also seeking input from New Zealanders. Read more?
  better-educated franchisors ATTRACT BETTER FRANCHISEES

Another way of looking at the same issue is suggested by Jason Gehrke, who is the creator of New Zealand's first Franchise Education Week which runs from 19-23 March and comprises six workshops for franchisors. Read more...
  auckland training for FRANCHISORS AND FIELD STAFF

Franchisor training seems to be the flavour of the month. Multi-award winning specialists Franchize Consultants are running three seminars in April: managing a franchise system, franchise field visits and performance information and management. Read more...
  opportunities - FOOD & BEVERAGE   
There's plenty of choice available to business buyers in this sector, including some of New Zealand's best known brands. Find more here.

What makes Columbus Coffee Ashburton the best in NZ? We look at the franchisee and the franchise.

An ex-policeman goes on serving the community as a Robert Harris Coffee Roasters franchisee.

Changes at LJS Seafood Restaurants aim to make our best-known fish and chip brand even better.

Brumby's GO! is the new ready-to-eat food outlet from a trusted brand.
  50 questions TO ASK FRANCHISEES

Want to know what a franchise is really like? Ask the people who know - the existing franchisees in the same system. After all, they have already made that choice and are living the life. By talking to them either in person or on the phone, you can learn what that life is really like. Here are some tips to help you get the best out of your researches. 

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  paramount wants us to learn ENVIRONMENTAL LESSONS FROM CHINA

China faces the world's greatest environmental crisis with fossil fuel pollution, water shortages and deforestation tied to its extraordinary economic growth, says Jonathan Watts, who is being brought to New Zealand by commercial cleaning franchise Paramount Services. Read more...
  opportunities - MEET PEOPLE, MAKE MONEY  
Want to get out and about rather than being stuck within the same four walls? Here are profiles of four franchises that might suit - learn more here
It might look like selling lollies, but the returns prove Simplicity Vending is a serious business.

Telcoinabox franchisees are ideally positioned for roll-out of speed-of-light broadband.

These V.I.P. Home Services franchisees put family first yet still have successful businesses.

A cheery franchisee is getting his life back with The Coffee Guy.
  local boy MAKES GOOD

McDonald's has appointed a new MD for New Zealand. Patrick Wilson started as a crew member at McDonald's in Queen Street, Auckland and is the first Kiwi to run McDonald's here for 21 years. Read more...  His appointment has rekindled interest in reviving the Georgie Pie brand. Read what the outgoing MD said about this in 2009 - 'People's tastes have moved on.
  importing an ESTABLISHED BRAND

We've had a number of meetings recently with people representing overseas franchises looking for partners or master franchisees in New Zealand. Importing an established brand from overseas can make great sense if the numbers work out - read our article here. We also feature master licence opportunities in our directory here

Franchise New Zealand offers a lot of free financial advice from some of New Zealand's top experts. Here are some samples from our website.
Grant Thornton suggests the best ways to structure and finance a franchise investment.

Franchise Accountants toast another award-winning year for their clients and themselves.

Service franchises present some unique challenges with regard to funding. Here's some advice from Westpac.

Martin Richardson of WHK looks at the differences between buying a business and buying a job.
  new magazine OUT THIS MONTH

The next issue of Franchise New Zealand magazine will be published at the end of the month. As well as celebrating our 20th anniversary, it also includes profiles of some brand new franchise opportunities and details of former Black Cap Adam Parore's latest franchise venture - his third. Make sure you get your copy. We'll also be following up the tale of new franchisees Steve and Monique Sutherland, as they prepare to open the first Energy Saving Centre in Auckland.
  SNIPPETS from our news feed

New Zealand Herald reporter Alan Perrot has been on the road with Mr Whippy playing stealth games with the competition. The franchise has been known to take imposters to court. It reminds us of the 1984 film Comfort and Joy, based on the (very real) ice cream wars in Glasgow.

Fastway Courier Dennis Roderick saved the life of a toddler who wandered into the middle of the State Highway 1 near Plimmerton. 

Retail Food Group is entering the pizza business in Australia with the acquisition of the Pizza Capers Gourmet Kitchen franchise. Will it come to New Zealand? Observers are tipping several possible new entrants at the upper end of the market, citing the gap between the price-driven Pizza Hut/Domino's chains and the polarising image of Hell.

A US franchise lawyer has some thoughts on why and how franchisors need to change their systems to survive. It's a thought-provoking article from a US perspective.

And Kiwi opponents of franchise legislation worried about politicians' inability to stop fiddling get all the ammunition they need by looking across the Tasman. Here's the latest in the state-by-state legislation saga

Carl's Jr is drawing flak for its plan to open 30 new outlets, with health activists claiming it's targetting lower socio-economic groups.

Meanwhile, KFC's Double Down Burger, which attracted so much criticism from the same groups last year, is being blamed for cannibalising sales at the fast food chain. Owners Restaurant Brands have seen a decline in same store sales at both KFC and Pizza Hut, though Starbucks has improved. See full sales report.


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