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When Business Founders Fight and Have a Falling Out

June 9, 2017 | Simone Pentis

Over the last few months the media has picked up on the court fight that erupted between two founders of Grill’d, the burger chain group operating throughout Australia via a network of company and franchised operations. Unlike, many franchise systems, this network has more company owned than franchised stores in its’ 140 outlet chain network. […]



Virtual Assistants in Australia – The What, How and Why

May 12, 2017 | Ingrid Bayer

When I tell people about the work I do as a VA (Virtual Assistant) and training VAs in Australia, I quite often see their eyes glaze over as they try very hard to look as if they comprehend what it is I am actually talking about.  My very next question will always be, “Do you […]



The Late Payment Culture in Australia is a Boon for Invoice Finance Companies

February 28, 2017 | Guest Blogger

Business conditions in Australia have surged in recent weeks and a reprieve from a hike in interest rates seems likely, at least in the short-term. The ASX 200 has risen and data from a national survey carried out by the National Australia Bank shows that business confidence is now 10, which is the highest it […]



Good Faith – It’s Important and is Here to Stay and Grow!

October 5, 2016 | Simone Pentis

In 2015 any debate as to whether there are obligations to act in Good Faith within the franchising industry ended with the Franchising Code of Conduct (the main law regulating franchising in Australia) expressly confirming Good Faith exists in franchising and cannot be excluded or limited. The obligation to act in Good Faith applies before, […]



Are You Using LinkedIn as a Potential Source For Work?

July 4, 2016 | Robyn Henderson

Friends know that I am a media fan – and yes one of the few people who still buy hard copy newspapers every day. Living regionally, my daily purchases include the Sydney Morning Herald and the Gold Coast Bulletin and depending on the cover stories – the Australian Financial Review, plus ABC News 24 is […]



Learning’s From The 7 Eleven Franchise Scandal

May 10, 2016 | Simone Pentis

The convenience chain 7-Eleven franchisee employee wage scandal arguably rocked the franchising industry when it was brought to light and continues to have material implications on the franchising industry. As a result of the media investigation that very publicly brought to light that numerous Australian franchisees within the 7-Eleven chain were underpaying their workers, members […]



Shareholder And Partnership Agreements – Essential To A Franchisee’s Longevity

January 19, 2016 | Simone Pentis

When looking at entering into a franchise with others, I always recommend the parties immediately get together after working out the relevant franchisee entity structure with their legal and accounting advisors, and have a lawyer work with them to create a partnership agreement or shareholder agreement, as appropriate. This assists to ensure that from the […]



Trademarks: Shapes, Colours & Illustrations are So Important!

December 7, 2015 | Binh Rey

There are so many pot holes you can fall into when it comes to designing and developing trademarks for your business. Let’s look at the issues around shapes, colours and illustrations and when they become important from a trademarking point of view. There is a rural shop in New Zealand, that sells tyres in a […]



Fact File: 10 Essential Trademark Facts You Need To Know

November 24, 2015 | Binh Rey

A trade mark is typically a name, word, phrase, logo, symbol or image; but less commonly is a sound, scent, 3D shape, colour, packaging or a combination of two or more of these elements. Here are ten facts you need to know about them: Fact 1:  A logo trademark only protects you for the visual […]



Top 5 Tips on Finding The Right Business Name to Trademark

October 23, 2015 | Binh Rey

These five top tips will help you find a name which will likely assist in a successful trademark application if your search is thorough. 1)  Avoid common words: When thinking of names avoid commonly used terms within the industry you operate in. The reason is that section 41 of the Trademarks Act, requires that a […]