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Former real estate agency fined $63,000


A former real estate agency has been fined $63,000 in penalties for workplace law breaches. The Fair Work Ombudsman secured the penalties against the former operators of a Stockdale &

Telstra penalised $50m for unconscionable conduct


Telstra has been fined a whopping $50 million by the Federal Court for engaging in unconscionable conduct. The telco retailer admitted it breached the Australian Consumer Law and acted unconscionably when

How to approach employee engagement


You’re paying appropriate wages, and meet all compliance requirements. But are your employees truly engaged? What is employee engagement?  A simple definition of the term would be, how connected staff

Budget 2021 sets road to recovery, says Franchise Council


Federal Government has listened to small business and implemented policy critical for the road to recovery in its 2021 Budget. That’s the view of the Franchise Council of Australia which believes

Build A Bear opens flagship in Gold Coast


The children’s retailer Build A Bear has opened a flagship store in the Gold Coast, bringing the national network to 17 stores., a good representation across the country according to

Oporto appoints CEO to head up fast-growing chain


Craveable Brands has appointed Samantha Bragg as Oporto chief executive officer. The news is confirmation that Bragg has been doing a good job as acting CEO of the fast food chain

Selling three salons in three weeks: Just Cuts multi-unit franchisees


Selling three salons to existing franchisees has proved to be a successful step for multi-unit franchisees Noel and Jenny Gregory. After 13 years the couple are retiring for health reasons, farewelling

Motto Motto joins Marrickville Metro development


Motto Motto will open its 10th store at the new-look Marrickville Metro in Sydney’s inner west. The Japanese casual dining chain joins other franchised brands including hospitality firms C9Chocolate and

Small businesses to get a fairer go in ATO disputes


Small businesses in dispute with the ATO will get a fairer go under new rules proposed by the Australian Government. That’s according to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise

Quest expands New Zealand footprint as travel bubble confidence rises


Quest Apartment Hotels will open seven new properties across New Zealand’s North and South Islands between June 2021 and July 2022, extending the brand’s footprint to 42 New Zealand hotels, and bringing Quest’s global footprint to 177.  A further nine