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#BizTrends2018: Is franchising future-proof?
#BizTrends2018: Is franchising future-proof?

Modern-day franchising has been with us since the mid-1950s when it made its presence felt in the USA. Subsequently, expansion was swift and within a few short years, the concept had conquered the world.

By Tony Da Fonseca 9 Jan 2018

Wimpy's managing executive, Molla Bonnet.
Reminiscing about Wimpy's sizzling campaigns

Wimpy is celebrating its 50th birthday and managing executive Molla Bonnet reminisces by talking us through some of her favourite Wimpy campaigns to date...

By Juanita Pienaar 24 Oct 2017

Driving business profitability through benchmarking
Driving business profitability through benchmarking

Benchmarking is a vital component in your management tool box. It is about a lot more than just collecting numbers for the sake of some vague historical record...

By Richard Mukheibir 14 Sep 2017

#FreshConnections: Maryla Masojada on the state of fresh produce retail in SA
#FreshConnections: Maryla Masojada on the state of fresh produce retail in SA

Maryla Masojada from Trade Intelligence discusses the trends affecting the produce supply chain and their impacts on the way companies do business...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 12 Sep 2017

Primi shakes up breakfast
Primi shakes up breakfast

Primi recently relaunched its breakfast menu, with a handful of new additions sure to please even the most jaded of foodies...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 28 Jul 2017

#CSIMonth: Imbalie Beauty Academy opens doors into the industry
#CSIMonth: Imbalie Beauty Academy opens doors into the industry

South African beauty franchise group Imbalie Beauty has become a key player in South Africa's robust franchising industry...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 24 Jul 2017

Franchising industry shows resilience amid economic challenges
Franchising industry shows resilience amid economic challenges

Franchising is one industry that has proven in many countries to be resilient even in the face of extensive macroeconomic difficulties...

By Dumisani Bengu 12 Jul 2017

#SeaFoodShareFood: Sharing, Ocean Basket's new conversation
#SeaFoodShareFood: Sharing, Ocean Basket's new conversation

Mediterranean culture is all about sharing and conversation and these are the golden threads that follow through Ocean Basket's new branding...

By Danette Breitenbach 11 Jul 2017

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Five steps to cracking cashflow

Cashflow is one of the cornerstones of your business because if you can't get it right, your business will crumble...

By Richard Mukheibir 10 Jul 2017

How to handle franchisor-franchisee conflict
How to handle franchisor-franchisee conflict

Successful franchise businesses are characterised by strong relationships between franchisees and franchisors...

By Sally J’Arlette-Joy 29 Jun 2017

Allen Ambor
Burger special wasn't financially viable: Spur founder

When Spur ended its popular Monday Buy One Get One Free burger special at the end of March this year, cash-strapped diners mourned the loss...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 27 Jun 2017

Allen Ambor, founder and executive chairman of Spur Corporation.
Spur founder Allen Ambor's tough love approach to business

Iconic SA restaurant chain, Spur Steak Ranches, will be 50-years-old in October this year and has grown into an internationally-recognised brand...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 26 Jun 2017

Burgers, breakfasts and beyond with McDonald's SA
Burgers, breakfasts and beyond with McDonald's SA

McDonald's South Africa serves over a million breakfasts every month, meaning that its recent National Breakfast Day promotion...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 6 Apr 2017

Are you a good fit for franchising?
Are you a good fit for franchising?

Entrepreneurs contribute towards job creation, which motivates many people to want to start their own business, but how well do they know their business personality?

By Richard Mukheibir 27 Mar 2017

Jade Kirkel
#BrandManagerMonth: How Sorbet's Jade Kirkel sells a feeling

Here, Jade Kirkel, brand manager of Sorbet Group, and daughter of founder Ian Fuhr, shares her perspective on working for your dad, being a mother of three and staying in the job market, and why to stop trying to make everything balance all the time...

By Jessica Tennant 24 Mar 2017

Starbucks SA launches rewards programme
Starbucks SA launches rewards programme

Starbucks South Africa launched its localised version of the global rewards programme, Starbucks Rewards at the Rosebank store...

By Jessica Tennant 1 Feb 2017

Why financial benchmarking in franchising is essential
Why financial benchmarking in franchising is essential

Financial benchmarking runs a financial analysis and compares the findings to other franchises in order to assess the competitiveness, productivity and efficiency...

By Eric Parker 1 Feb 2017

#BizTrends2017: Local franchise trends for 2017
#BizTrends2017: Local franchise trends for 2017

South Africa's economy is under significant pressure and does not promise a great deal of progress for business or consumers – with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicting only 0.8% growth...

By Dumisani Bengu 11 Jan 2017

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Franchising mistakes to avoid

To become a preferred franchisor, franchise companies should avoid the following ten mistakes...

By Anita du Toit 2 Dec 2016

#EntrepreneurMonth: Umhlanga-based founders buff up their business portfolio
#EntrepreneurMonth: Umhlanga-based founders buff up their business portfolio

Tracy Gielink, and Kim and Debbie Davidson, founders and owners of Umhlanga-based businesses recently launched their third, Buff Beauty Parlour...

By Jessica Tennant 29 Nov 2016

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10 basic rules for successful franchising

From my 20 years' experience of running franchise outlets, franchisees can earn a comfortable living, and in some cases an exceptional living, if they adhere to these 10 basic rules...

By Sally J’Arlette-Joy 22 Nov 2016

Franchising joint ventures offer benefits
Franchising joint ventures offer benefits

The joint venture is growing in popularity because it is a win-win mechanism that works well for the franchisor and the franchisee...

By Eric Parker 28 Oct 2016

Five factors of successful franchisor leadership
Five factors of successful franchisor leadership

In addition to being concerned about the match between a franchisee and a franchisor, in terms of psychometric testing, franchisors should review their own leadership and management capabilities, as becoming a franchisor changes the nature of a business...

By Anita du Toit 26 Oct 2016

Marketing tips for franchisors seeking high-quality franchisees
Marketing tips for franchisors seeking high-quality franchisees

Many franchise owners have found that it is hard to find good franchisees in a difficult economy and, when these can be found, how to attract them in the face of many competing franchises...

By Eric Parker 20 Oct 2016

What cage-free means with Braam Malherbe
What cage-free means with Braam Malherbe

Braam Malherbe recently joined Angus McIntosh and Yolanda Guse, who started the petition to get McDonals to commit to a cage-free policy, on the Spier Spier Biodynamic Farm to see how free range chickens live...

By Cari Coetzee 14 Oct 2016

KFC Head cook, Sam Mdluli (who has been with KFC for 25 years) and J’Something
KFC's return to 'It's Finger Lickin' Good'

In 2012, KFC changed their tagline to 'So Good', but South African consumers, stubborn as they are, never stopped licking their fingers...

By Cari Coetzee 14 Sep 2016

Ian Fuhr
Sorbet's Ian Fuhr hits the nail on the head when it comes to brand loyalty

With over 265,000 loyalty members to date, Sorbet Group's CEO Ian Fuhr recently shared insights on the subject of developing brand loyalty at Business of Design in Johannesburg...

By Jessica Tennant 23 Aug 2016

Silulo Ulutho Technologies: A franchise built from the boot of a car
Silulo Ulutho Technologies: A franchise built from the boot of a car

Khayelitsha is said to be the second largest and fastest-growing township in South Africa, home to roughly 1.5 million residents...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 5 Aug 2016

#MandelaMonth: Ronald McDonald House to open at local hospital, a first for Africa
#MandelaMonth: Ronald McDonald House to open at local hospital, a first for Africa

On Mandela Day, Ronald McDonald House Charities South Africa hosted media and investors at the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital in Parktown for a hard hat tour of the development. The house is scheduled to open in December 2016...

By Jessica Tennant 29 Jul 2016

Building local supply chain aids food franchises
Building local supply chain aids food franchises

While it may be tempting for big food franchises entering South Africa to import their goods from suppliers in their 'head office' country, there are many good reasons to set up a strong, effective local supply chain...

By Jonathan Herbert 12 Jul 2016

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