• May 14 2015 Small business owners: The Budget measures you need to remember

    As a small business owner, you need to be clear what this means, where you can save money and what new legislation you are able to take advantage of. Here’s what you should note…

  • March 24 2015 Cleaning company fined $500,000 for offences

    A Melbourne cleaning company has been fined half a million dollars in proceedings by the ACCC.

  • February 9 2015 The 5 legal issues to watch out for when investing in a franchise

    Choosing a franchise over owning an independent business should provide you with constant back up and support. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to wash your hands of the legal and financial implications.

  • January 14 2015 6 things to know before buying a franchise in 2015

    Buying a franchise is often a daunting decision, from both a monetary and lifestyle perspective. Here are six pearls of wisdom to consider when scoping out potential franchises.

  • December 4 2014 How to start an SME in the home improvement industry

    The home improvement industry is one arena in which a skilful and tenacious Australian entrepreneur may be interested in starting a vibrant SME.

  • November 21 2014 What should a franchisee expect from a franchisor?

    There will be expectations that are unique to each industry, however, when buying into an existing franchise franchisees can expect to receive expert assistance from franchisors in a range of areas relevant to their business.

  • November 13 2014 Government releases updated Franchising Code of Conduct

    The Abbott Government has released an updated Franchising Code of Conduct, which Small Business Minister Bruce Billson says will save the sector an estimated $8.6 million per year.

  • November 3 2014 Pizza chain taps the online marketing power of customers to boost profits

    For those who have long desired to make their own pizza toppings, there is a new mobile application allowing customers to design and market new pizzas while keeping a slice of the profits.

  • October 16 2014 The top five qualities a franchisor looks for in a franchisee

    Franchisors work hard to develop their business model into a format that can be easily replicated. To build an exceptional franchise brand, franchisors are looking for exceptional people to join their team.

  • September 29 2014 Seven key questions to ask before buying a franchise

    With the franchise industry contributing an estimated $131 billion to the Australian economy, it is fast becoming a mature sector with many small to medium scale businesses utilising a franchise model as one of their key strategies for growth.

  • September 15 2014 New Franchise Code: ACCC given more power to penalise

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) now has further power to penalise business after the Coalition Government passed a new Franchising Code of Conduct.

  • August 4 2014 How to create a positive workplace

    It’s well known that a happy workplace is more productive, but it’s far easier said than done.

  • July 21 2014 Tougher penalties for franchise sector

    The government has moved to introduce fines for businesses that breach the soon to be updated Franchising Code of Conduct and reduce costly disputes in the sector. A bill introduced into the lower house last week strengthens the enforcement of the code and hands new powers to the competition watchdog. The code is currently being Read More…

  • June 10 2014 Wages traded for soft-drink and pizza

    The operators of two Melbourne restaurants have been fined $334,818 for trading the wages of teenage employees for soft drink and pizza. Federal Circuit Judge John O’Sullivan slammed the “dark ages” practice and noted that Tecoma man Ruby Chand, who owned both franchises, had a history of underpaying employees. The underpayments took place between 2009-2012 Read More…

  • May 22 2014 Salad chain plans major makeover

    Successful health food chain Sumo Salad will refurbish its stores across Australia over the next three years on the heels of the Tulla Group’s purchase of a 60 per cent stake in the business.