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A Julia Roberts Shopping Experience

October 28, 2015 | Danielle MacInnis

A Julia Roberts Shopping Experience

Last year I was walking down Main Beach, Gold Coast (Tedder Ave) with my son and saw some lovely comfortable shoes in a pretty high-end shoe shop. It had a no eating or drinking sign in the window which is fair enough so I asked my son to stay outside with his food and had 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 blog platform

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) […]

Business Name Registration Doesn’t Mean You Own It

August 24, 2015 | Binh Rey

Choosing the right blog platform

Many businesses do not think of calling a trademark consultant when they start up a new business, create a product name or buy an existing business. It is a fact that registering a business, company or domain name does not give you any proprietary rights. With a trade mark you are able to take legal […]

Franchising Marketing Funds: The Balancing Act

June 29, 2015 | Simone Pentis

Franchise Marketing Funds

Marketing Funds are an area that can cause tension between franchisees and franchisors. This is since franchisees are often required in addition to paying franchise fees to pay certain monies into a fund for marketing and/or promotional purposes as determined and controlled by the franchisor. These marketing and/or promotional related activities can include, without limitation: […]

Franchisor’s Time For a Check Up: The New Franchise Code 5 Months In

May 26, 2015 | Simone Pentis

Putting an agreement in place helps to ensure that all parties fully understand the expectations and minimises any potential misunderstandings.

2015 has been a big year for those operating within the franchising industry, most especially Franchisors. As of 1 January 2015, the franchising industry faced the repeal of the pre-existing Franchise Code of Conduct with the introduction of a new Franchising Code of Conduct (“New Code”). Furthermore, the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Industry Code-Penalties) Act […]

Creating Franchising Territories That Work

March 6, 2015 | Simone Pentis

The boundaries are changing.  When designing and setting up territories for a franchise there are many factors that need taking into account.

Franchisors are now moving towards being more creative in how they design the types of territories they are now granting their franchisees. So long as overall there is value and benefit to both the franchisor and franchisee, franchise territories do not need to follow the prior traditional views of territories. This traditional view often equating […]

How to Choose the Right Amount of Insurance

January 16, 2015 | Kate Fairley

Insurance what is covered

It’s called your Sum Insured. The dollar figure you give to your insurance company so they can work out how much to charge you. But how do you choose the number to give them? You only know about flowers, or computers, or goal setting… you don’t know anything about insurance or time to read all […]

The New Code – Changing Franchising From 1 January 2015

December 10, 2014 | Simone Pentis

Franchisees need to be aware of changes that could take place from 1 January 2015.

The Franchising industry is about to go through another major change. The final version of the new Franchising Code of Conduct (“New Code”) together with the regulation repealing the existing Franchising Code of Conduct (“Old Code”) have been released and are now moving through the process of being tabled into the houses of parliament. While […]

Franchisee’s Request for an Updated Disclosure Document – warning sign or a just normal part of operations?

November 28, 2014 | Simone Pentis

Putting an agreement in place helps to ensure that all parties fully understand the expectations and minimises any potential misunderstandings.

Within Australia, each and all franchisees have the right to require from their franchisor at least once every 12 months that a current Disclosure Document be provided to them within 14 days of their written request. This right arguably acknowledges that franchisees are generally involved in a long term relationship with their franchisor and every […]