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Harsher penalties, industry ombudsman floated by franchising taskforce


Harsher penalties and the introduction of an industry-specific ombudsman may be on the cards for Australia’s under-pressure franchise sector. An issues paper, collated by the recently announced franchising taskforce and

RFG class action looms from Michel’s Patisserie franchisees


Scandal-plagued franchisor Retail Food Group (RFG) is facing a new battle, after law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth announced a possible class action suit against the company. On Friday, the firm

RFG admits it told Michel’s Patisserie franchisees to ignore use-by dates


Embattled franchisor Retail Food Group (RFG) has come under fire once again, this time over food safety at its Michel’s Patisserie chain. On Saturday, a report from The Sydney Morning Herald and

Government franchising taskforce formed


The franchising sector is in for an overhaul after the federal government revealed it has formed a franchising taskforce. Inside Franchise Business can confirm that as of Tuesday, an inter-agency

5 new JUMP! Swim Schools set to rebuild image


Embattled franchise JUMP! Swim Schools is making inroads on repairing its damaged image with a string of new site openings. Over the last five weeks, five new JUMP! Swim Schools have been

RFG defends goodwill figure


Retail Food Group (RFG), the embattled company behind franchise chains Gloria Jeans and Donut King has come under fire for valuations presented in its recent results. Last week, the beleaguered franchisor

McDonald’s puts faith in franchising at parliamentary inquiry


Fast-food giant, McDonald’s has today put its backing into the franchising system, despite a drop in sector confidence.

RFG to front parliamentary inquiry


September sees the final three public hearings of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the operation and effectiveness of the Franchising Code of Conduct, with contentious franchisor Retail Food Group (RFG) to front the committee.

Financial disclosure lacking, parliamentary inquiry told


Day one is done. The first day of the parliamentary inquiry’s public hearing into the effectiveness of the Franchising Code threw up questions over marketing fund transparency, lack of valuable financial disclosure, an underfunded ACCC, employment liability, breaches that lead to a termination and the need for minimum due diligence standards.