Getting Frank About Franchising

Franchising Confidence Index Quarterly Survey Franchize Consultants’ Franchising Confidence Index is a quarterly survey of 383 New Zealand franchisors and 115 specialist service providers (e.g. consultants, banks, accountants, lawyers and publishers) to the franchising community. The Franchising Confidence Index represents confidence in key measures critical to the success of franchising in this country by reporting attitudes toward...

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Working To Rule

By Kate Pierson Our lives are democratically governed by an intricate web of civic laws and legislation. And despite the occasional frustrations that arise from fleeting feelings of imposition, the rational law abiding citizen in all of us knows their presence is not the result of a governmental ‘power trip’; it’s a fact of life that societal laws exist for a reason. And, contrary to the convictions of one general Douglas MacArthur,...

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Supercity Business

By Bridget Gourlay It doesn’t matter if you live in Flat Bush, Forest Hill or Freeman’s Bay. The long talked about supercity has happened and the same mayor, the same council and the same rules apply from Rodney to Franklin. The point of the cities merging was to put an end to rampant bureaucracy. With the new supercity, the council is now focused on thinking about what is good for the whole region, not just ‘what’s good for my patch...

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The Santa Spend
Jan08

The Santa Spend

By Bridget Gourlay It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or so the cheesy Christmas carol goes. While that might be debatable for some of us, the silly season certainly gives retailers arguably their biggest boost of the year. But 2008 was rough. 2009 was better, but not great. What will 2010 be like, and if it’s not a humdinger, will some SMEs be able to survive another year? NZ Retailers Association CEO John Albertson is fairly...

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Hot Spots: Trade Trends For The Coming Year

By Melinda Collins There’s a lot to be said for free trade and its economic covenants. But flipping a coin and throwing product at a reluctant country is unlikely to bode well for anyone. To celebrate a new year and new horizons, Auckland Today went seeking trade trends for 2011. Europe, the Middle East & Africa What sectors align well? New Zealand Trade and Enterprise regional director Anne Chappaz says austerity measures in...

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Simplicity Will Succeed
Jan08

Simplicity Will Succeed

For someone who loves words and writing, it is humbling to be completely lost for them in face of such devastation and tragedy. Our quiet little Christchurch slice of life has been turned asunder as God leaned on the smite button like you press harder on the remote when the batteries are flat. It’s probably fair to say, when surveying the scale of loss and damage, that most people asked, “Well, where do we go from here?” Not a bad...

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