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FWO takes ex-La Porchetta franchisee to court


An ex-La Porchetta franchisee is being hauled before the Federal Circuit Court for alleged workplace breaches. Facing court is Little Italy Wagga Wagga Pty Ltd, the former franchisee for the outlet until

Poolwerx appoints NZ master franchisee to take brand to 40 stores


A former Nando’s executive is joining Poolwerx as New Zealand’s first master franchisee. Garth Parker takes on the role of NZ master franchisee, with a plan to grow the footprint to

Two Subway franchisees face court


The operators of two Subway outlets in Adelaide are set to face court for allegedly underpaying former employees. According to the Fair Work Ombudsman, franchisees Hutt Nominees Pty Ltd and

Club Pilates launches in Australia


US chain Club Pilates launches in Australia under a master franchise agreement with big plans for a nationwide rollout. The Australian business is headed up by CEO Brendan James. He told

Ex-Anytime Fitness GM heads up Plus Fitness franchise expansion


The former Anytime Fitness GM, Gordon Martin, has been appointed head of franchising at Viva Leisure, and tasked with growing its Plus Fitness chain to more than 300 studios. Viva

FCA welcomes Government responses to sexual harassment report


The Federal Government’s belated acceptance of recommendations laid out in the 2020 Respect@Work report has been welcomed by the Franchise Council of Australia and other industry groups. Mary Aldred, CEO

Taco Bell Green Square: chain picks inner city Sydney precinct for its fifth NSW store


Mexican food chain Taco Bell is expanding its presence in New South Wales with a fifth store, to be located at Green Square, Sydney. The store will be launched within

Accor announces second Mövenpick Hotel for Australia


Australia’s second Mövenpick Hotel will open in Melbourne in May this year. The Accor group, together with Singapore’s Fragrance Group Limited, will unveil the  172-room premium hotel at the junction of Spencer

Belgravia Group releases BK’s Gymnastics franchising model


The Belgravia Group’s BK’s Gymnastics is now franchising its kids’ fitness model. Currently there are seven corporate BK’s Gymnastics centres in Melbourne and Sydney. Mark Rendell , CEO Gymnastics, Belgravia Kids, is confident

Wellness concept StretchLab steps into Aussie market


The US-born, one-on-one customised stretching brand StretchLab is set to make its mark in Australia, led by Matt Gordin, the master franchisee of sibling brand CycleBar. Gordin’s company Boutique Fitness Studios has partnered with former