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Are You Using LinkedIn as a Potential Source For Work?

July 4, 2016 | Robyn Henderson

Careers on linkedIn

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

Dr John's Tips

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

Good Faith

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

Team Member Pretense

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

Tradmark Fact File

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

Brexit Trademark Protection

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 […]



Why the Annual Code Update is More Important Than Ever Before

October 19, 2015 | Simone Pentis

Ensure you review and diarise the new Franchising Code of Conduct.

For most franchisors 30 October is a significant date. Given that most franchise systems within Australia follow the Australian financial year of 1 July to 30 June, then 30 October represents the expiry of the 4-month period from the franchisor’s last financial year whereupon franchisors must generally have ensured that they have updated Disclosure Documents […]



Key Considerations When Seeking Franchise Agreement Advice

September 17, 2015 | Simone Pentis

Choosing the right name for your business

Before deciding on becoming a franchisee, prospective franchisees should ensure they have first done a proper due diligence and obtained appropriate advice from experts on the business, site and franchise documents to be entered into. I would recommend that these experts should at the minimum include a lawyer and accountant (who are experienced in franchising) […]



Is It Time For A LinkedIn Review?

July 3, 2015 | Robyn Henderson

Keep your fingers on the pulse when it comes to your LinkedIn profile.

How long has it been since you visited your own LinkedIn profile page? Unless you have been living under a rock, you will be aware that LinkedIn is continually making changes and improvements. Their mantra as you know is “doing less better” and to that end they are continually improving. What you will find on […]



What Percentage of The LinkedIn Australian Reach Would You Like?

June 3, 2015 | Robyn Henderson

I am always on the look out for articles about LinkedIn and other people’s opinions of the do’s and don’ts. So it was reassuring today to read the Sydney Morning Herald  and an article by Samantha Riley and see an article that was aligned with most of my views. Interestingly, the latest number of users […]