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Directory of Franchising      Advice    Advertise        2018 - Issue 5   
 There's a lot going on in the regions of New Zealand at the moment. Auckland and Christchurch might still be growing, but so is (almost) everywhere else. Te Reo is in and plastic straws are out, and at last the complexities around holiday pay could be simplified.  
 Local heroes

The latest GDP estimates from the MBIE show New Zealand's regions to be growing strongly, with parts of the South Island standing out in particular. The statistics reinforce the appeal of the regions for franchise buyers, who are increasingly finding that some of the best business opportunities lie outside the main cities where lower overheads can mean higher profitability. Read more
  McDonald's embraces Te Reo

Fancy a Makanui or a Pākīheihei? A McDonald's franchisee in Hawkes Bay has worked with a local iwi to translate some of its most popular menu items into Te Reo. Will McDonald's take up the initiative nationally, and will other restaurant chains follow? Read more 
These four brands pride themselves on helping franchisees to grow successful food and beverage businesses in regions throughout New Zealand.

  Burger Wisconsin's focus on profitability has really paid off, says 77-year-old franchisee.  
A new Domino's franchisee abandons city traffic to reap the rewards of life in the provinces.
Sierra's national network of boutique cafés specialises in gourmet coffee and fresh food. 
Coffee perfection is served up from Streetwise designer take-away coffee outlets.
  Straw poll

After years of concern, the tide seems to be turning on use of conventional plastics in packaging. The one-use plastic bag is on its way out - and the plastic straw has clearly had its day, too. But supply issues could mean New Zealand's franchises are unable to lead the way and instead be seen as being slow to respond to customer demand. Read more
  Economy slows but still growing

The latest Quarterly Economic Overview from Westpac suggests New Zealand is on track for moderate growth over the next few years with stimulatory government spending and strong export earnings underpinning the economy. However, domestic and international uncertainties mean business confidence remains low. It will be interesting to see if the recent 'no-surprises' budget changes things. Read more
  opportunities - MOVING AND GROOVING  
Premises-based businesses thrive on showing the customer what they've got, providing personal service and solutions and delivering on-the-spot.

  Bakers Delight offers franchisees the right ingredients for success with fresh-baked food. An army man turned franchisee salutes Dream Doors for being right on target.
Beating the rush on e-bikes - the first four licensees are already up to speed. A new Para Rubber franchisee has done so well she's stretched to two stores within a year.  
  Holiday Act review

The Government has announced that it will review the Holidays Act 2003 and make recommendations for change within the next 12 months. This will be welcome news for franchises which are battling with compliance issues under the scrutiny of a Labour Inspectorate which announced last year it would be specifically targeting the franchise sector. The current massively-complicated Act makes it difficult for employers to do the right thing no matter how hard they try. Read more
  What have the Romans done for us?

That's one of the classic lines from Monty Python's Life of Brian. In this article from our archives, Simon Lord takes a light-hearted look at why the same cry might go up from a group of franchisees at a conference when the going gets tough, and how franchisors might respond.
  advice - REDUCING RISK  
You invest your money, your time and your future in buying a franchise - so make sure your legal advisors know what they are doing. Here are four highly-experienced specialists.

  Long-established franchise lawyers Gaze Burt ensure realistic expectations. Goodwin Turner's team of experts have a can-do attitude to getting the right result. 
Quantum Law knows the importance of building real relationships with clients.
Stewart Germann Law Office is a multi-award-winning specialist franchise law firm.
  EVENTS - Migrant Expo and Awards Entry

The 2018 ANZ Migrant Expo is focusing on employment and start-up business opportunities. We'll be handing out Franchise New Zealand magazines to visitors on behalf of all our clients - come and grab a free copy. The Expo takes place on Saturday 16 June at The Cloud, Queens Wharf, Auckland from 10am - 4.30pm.

A final reminder that if you want to enter the 2018 Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards, you need to register now. Registration is quick and simple, then you have until 30 July to prepare your full entry.  

An Australian report has identified five key factors that drive growth in the food delivery market. 82% of Australians are current users of food delivery services.

Fastway is making changes in senior management in New Zealand as it looks to roll out new leading-edge technologies in the e-commerce delivery sector.

More than 70 submissions to the latest enquiry into the Australian franchise sector have so far been uploaded to the enquiry website. About one third of the submissions are by current or past franchisees.
Franchise Direct has released the 2018 version of its Top 100 Global Franchises, which sees franchises going 'wherever necessary' to continue their growth. Most are US-based companies, but a South Korean baguette brand is at #48.

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