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Resilient franchise sector optimistic, latest survey reveals


A national survey of franchise businesses has shown 64 per cent of respondents are optimistic about business conditions in the next six months following improved trading during the September quarter,

Accor’s premium hotel brand adds three more properties


Three new The Sebel hotels are set to open in Australia and New Zealand within the next 12 months, giving Accor’s premium hotel brand a total of 35 properties in the Pacific.

CouriersPlease COO returns after three-year absence


A familiar face takes up residence on the CouriersPlease executive team as Phil Reid slips back into the chief operating officer role after a three-year absence. In the last three years,

How Baskin-Robbins hit a two-year target in just two months


Baskin-Robbins’ took just two months to hit a two-year target during the pandemic. How did it do it? Learning to activate the digital channels was the challenge that paid off with just

The Yiros Shop signs first franchisee to its Greek-street food chain


The Yiros Shop has signed its first franchise with a store opening date set for December 2020.  Inaugural franchisee Atul Sakhiya will open his outlet at Jindalee, south-west of the Brisbane

Why Roll’d kept a foot on the pedal during the pandemic, and how it’s paid off


New stores this year, a fresh take on delivery innovation and a boost in the Net Promoter Score…just some of the highlights from 2020 so far for Vietnamese fast-food chain

Battery World appoints new GM


Battery World has a new GM. Johnny Kennedy brings more than 26 years of experience in the battery industry, previously managing sales teams for Lion Batteries, Federal Batteries and Century Yuasa Batteries. He has

The HR Dept licenses Aussie operation to WA franchisee


UK-based The HR Dept has licensed its Australian operation to HR Franchise Group Pty Ltd trading as HR Dept Australia. Pia Engstrom takes on the role of managing director and will head

Melbourne re-opens as first set of lockdown restrictions eased


Melbourne re-opens, a little at least, as Premier Daniel Andrews announced the easing of some restrictions. From midnight last night hairdressers were able to open their doors, and outdoor home

Clark Rubber acquired: new owners reveal plans


Clark Rubber has been acquired by CRG Operations, a new group that brings experience in retail, international management, investment and funding. CRG Operations comprises John Weste, Edward Plowman and Graeme Goldman. The