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1 Introducing The Daily Coffee Express

1 Introducing The Daily Coffee Express

The Daily Coffee Group, a fast-growing and truly South African coffee franchise group, has recently introduced its latest coffee franchise model, The Daily Coffee Express.

  • Carol
  • July 16, 2019 2:08 pm
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Here’s what it costs to buy into some of SA’s hottest franchises: Sorbet, Universal Paints, and Kids Emporium

Here’s what it costs to buy into some of SA’s hottest franchises: Sorbet, Universal Paints, and Kids Emporium

Here’s what it costs to buy into some of SA’s hottest franchises: Sorbet, Universal Paints, and Kids Emporium.

  • Carol
  • June 25, 2019 7:13 pm
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SA’s food franchising sector among ‘best in the world’

SA’s food franchising sector among ‘best in the world’

SA’s food franchising sector among ‘best in the world’. Quality, branding and franchisee support rivals the best globally, says industry veteran Manny Nichas.

  • Carol
  • June 25, 2019 2:47 pm
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From one store to a massive computer retail chain

From one store to a massive computer retail chain

From one store to a massive computer retail chain. With such a strong retail presence, many people assume Matrix Warehouse is owned by a large retail group. Not so.

  • Carol
  • June 25, 2019 2:34 pm
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Famous Brands resumes dividend payments as UK venture improves

Famous Brands resumes dividend payments as UK venture improves

Famous Brands resumes dividend payments as UK venture improves.

  • Carol
  • June 25, 2019 1:58 pm
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This South African fast-food empire started in a garage in Mbombela

This South African fast-food empire started in a garage in Mbombela

Mugg & Bean has launched its first new-format ‘move thru’ store in South Africa.

  • Carol
  • May 27, 2019 5:57 pm
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This is how much it costs to own a Spar or Pick n Pay

This is how much it costs to own a Spar or Pick n Pay

Mugg & Bean has launched its first new-format ‘move thru’ store in South Africa.

  • Carol
  • May 27, 2019 5:45 pm
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Mugg & Bean launches its first ‘drive-thru coffee shop’ in South Africa

Mugg & Bean launches its first ‘drive-thru coffee shop’ in South Africa

Mugg & Bean has launched its first new-format ‘move thru’ store in South Africa.

  • Carol
  • May 27, 2019 5:24 pm
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Krispy Kreme is heading to Cape Town

Krispy Kreme is heading to Cape Town

Krispy Kreme’s signature glazed doughnuts will soon be available in Cape Town as the company has announced plans to open its first store in the Mother City towards the end of 2019.

  • Carol
  • May 27, 2019 5:16 pm
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Moving Tactics partners with Famous Brands on digital signage menu boards

Moving Tactics partners with Famous Brands on digital signage menu boards

Famous Brands, Africa’s leading quick-service and casual dining restaurant franchisor, has appointed Moving Tactics, South Africa’s leading digital signage solutions company, as their digital menu board supplier.

  • Carol
  • May 21, 2019 11:49 am
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Why franchises are opting for shopping centres or malls

Why franchises are opting for shopping centres or malls

It has been proven time and again that choosing the right location is key to success in franchising. According to the latest FASA (Franchise Association of South Africa) survey, more franchises are choosing to be located at a shopping centre or mall.

  • Carol
  • April 25, 2019 4:50 pm
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McDonald’s $300m tech deal is its largest in 20 years

McDonald’s $300m tech deal is its largest in 20 years

New tech will better allow fast-food chain to personalise menus. McDonald’s, in its largest acquisition in 20 years, is buying a decision-logic technology company to better personalise menus in its digital push.

  • Carol
  • April 25, 2019 4:46 pm
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From waiter to franchisee – how 24-year-old Andile Mekeni is making his mark

From waiter to franchisee – how 24-year-old Andile Mekeni is making his mark

Andile Mekeni has the presence of a confident young rugby player. Nothing about him suggests he has walked a journey from being a waiter to a franchisee – all within a space of a few years.

  • Carol
  • April 25, 2019 4:43 pm
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Chicken Licken fans may finally get home deliveries - the chain is in talks with Uber Eats

Chicken Licken fans may finally get home deliveries – the chain is in talks with Uber Eats

Chicken Licken may just be popping up as an option on Uber Eats, at some point in the future, possibly. The chain would this week provide no other details, but in response to questions from Business Insider South Africa said it is “currently in discussion/negotiations with Uber Eats”.

  • Carol
  • April 25, 2019 4:36 pm
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Spur plans to dish up more restaurants on the back of increased sales

Spur plans to dish up more restaurants on the back of increased sales

Belts may be tightened across SA, but it’s not only due to a tough economic climate – fast foods are going down well too. Spur’s group revenue increased by 5.3% to R370.2m in the six months ended December 31, 2018, the corporation said on Thursday.

  • Carol
  • March 26, 2019 1:17 pm
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Spur founder Allen Ambor retires

Spur founder Allen Ambor retires

Effective from 1 March, founder of Spur Corporation Allen Ambor has officially retired after more than 50 years of service at the food franchise business.

  • Carol
  • March 26, 2019 1:12 pm
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Lessons learnt from launching Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins in SA - GPI acting CEO

Lessons learnt from launching Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins in SA – GPI acting CEO

The fastest growing convenience store retail brand in South Africa, FreshStop, recently opened its 300th store in Sherwood, Durban.

  • Carol
  • March 26, 2019 1:01 pm
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FreshStop and Astron Energy confirm alliance as 300th FreshStop store opens

FreshStop and Astron Energy confirm alliance as 300th FreshStop store opens

The fastest growing convenience store retail brand in South Africa, FreshStop, recently opened its 300th store in Sherwood, Durban.

  • Carol
  • March 26, 2019 12:49 pm
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Franchise sector opens up the heart of any economy

Franchise sector opens up the heart of any economy

Despite a struggling economy, the franchise sector has grown steadily and continues to make a strong contribution to the South African GDP across sectors, this is according to the Franchise Association of South Africa’s (FASA) 2018 survey.

  • Carol
  • February 22, 2019 9:10 am
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Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins are closing down in South Africa

Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins are closing down in South Africa

Grand Parade Investments (GPI) has announced that it has closed down Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins in South Africa due to poor performance.

  • Carol
  • February 22, 2019 9:08 am
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Three franchising trends in South Africa

Three franchising trends in South Africa

A recent survey conducted by the Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA) revealed that the franchising industry has grown from contributing 13.3% to the South African Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2017 to its current figure of 15.7% despite the tough economic climate and its impact on franchises.

  • Carol
  • February 22, 2019 9:01 am
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What franchises need to lookout for from Budget Speech

What franchises need to lookout for from Budget Speech

Franchise business owners are waiting with bated breath for the outcome of the 2019 National Budget Speech to be delivered by Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, as they seek more opportunities to increase their contribution to GDP.

  • Carol
  • February 18, 2019 7:53 am
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STARBUCKS’ EXPANSION RUNS OUT OF STEAM IN SA

STARBUCKS’ EXPANSION RUNS OUT OF STEAM IN SA

High operating costs and tight customer budgets have left US coffee giant Starbucks needing a caffeine hit.

  • Somerset
  • January 28, 2019 3:15 pm
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Opportunities aplenty in franchise space - not for sissies

Opportunities aplenty in franchise space – not for sissies

Could franchising be the next big push to lift our ailing economy? Statistics show buying into a franchise is increasingly becoming a lucrative investment for many of the previously marginalised.

  • Somerset
  • January 28, 2019 3:12 pm
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#NewCampaign: #EatingIsBelieving (what the customers say)

#NewCampaign: #EatingIsBelieving (what the customers say)

With the launch of its combos, RocoMamas took real-life testimonial tweets about the new offering and applied them to billboard sites across the country, including the Twitter handles of their customers.

  • Somerset
  • January 28, 2019 3:08 pm
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FASA Celebrates 40 Years representing the franchise phenomenon in South Africa

FASA Celebrates 40 Years representing the franchise phenomenon in South Africa

As the Franchise Association of South Africa prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year as the oldest internationally recognised Franchise Association on the continent, South Africa can be proud to hold the torch for franchising in Africa.

  • Somerset
  • January 28, 2019 2:58 pm
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Corner Bakery grows year-on-year!

Corner Bakery grows year-on-year!

Corner Bakery is probably most well known in the Engen Quickshops in forecourts across Southern Africa – as the most convenient and delicious place for a premium pie, healthy snacks and an invigorating cup of Equatorial Coffee.

  • Somerset
  • January 28, 2019 2:56 pm
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25 years of Anat - a brand built on chutzpah and pita

25 years of Anat – a brand built on chutzpah and pita

Over the past 25 years, Middle Eastern eatery Anat and its founder Anat Apter have risen from humble beginnings to having more than 20 stores spread across South Africa

  • Somerset
  • November 27, 2018 11:12 am
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RocoMamas shines for Spur group

RocoMamas shines for Spur group

New stores on the cards for company’s star performer in places like India and Saudi Arabia as restaurant sales increase 31.5%

  • Somerset
  • October 26, 2018 10:24 am
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Real Foods appoints ex-CEOs Kevin Hedderwick and Antony Ball

Real Foods appoints ex-CEOs Kevin Hedderwick and Antony Ball

Former Famous Brands group chief executive Kevin Hedderwick has joined the Real Foods board as group strategic director, while Antony Ball, the former co-founder, CEO and major shareholder of Brait, has also joined the Real Foods board as of 1 October 2018.

  • Somerset
  • October 26, 2018 10:20 am
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SA Franchise Brands Welcomes Catherine van Vuuren

SA Franchise Brands Welcomes Catherine van Vuuren

CEO, Kevin Antonie welcomes Catherine van Vuuren to SA Franchise Brands and is excited to have her as part of the team.

  • Somerset
  • September 26, 2018 11:54 am
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Mike’s Kitchen is opening new restaurants again – here’s how much a franchise costs

Mike’s Kitchen is opening new restaurants again – here’s how much a franchise costs

Mike’s Kitchen, one of oldest family restaurant chains in the country, is back in Kwa-Zulu Natal following its first store opening in Salt Rock, in June

  • Somerset
  • September 26, 2018 11:40 am
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For the first time in years, income at South African fast food franchises has seen a big drop

For the first time in years, income at South African fast food franchises has seen a big drop

Fast food franchises in the country typically cost anywhere from R500,000 and R6 million to open, and have proven to be the bright spot for the franchise sector.

  • Somerset
  • September 26, 2018 11:32 am
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Could this giant UK coffee chain land in South Africa?

Could this giant UK coffee chain land in South Africa?

Coca-Cola moved into the coffee space in a big way in late August with a $5.1 billion acquisition of UK chain, Costa Coffee.

  • Somerset
  • September 26, 2018 11:28 am
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Top 20 fast food franchises that make the most money in South Africa

Top 20 fast food franchises that make the most money in South Africa

South Africa’s fast food industry is looking very healthy, being one of the market sectors that has experienced strong growth in revenue amid tough economic times in the country.

  • Somerset
  • August 27, 2018 10:31 am
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Local franchises boost Spur sales

Local franchises boost Spur sales

Fast food chain the Spur Corporation says it recorded a 1.3% jump in franchised restaurants sales to R7.1bn, boosted by business from local outlets.

  • Somerset
  • August 27, 2018 10:22 am
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Famous Brands close 96 stores, with Wimpy restaurants set for the chop

Famous Brands close 96 stores, with Wimpy restaurants set for the chop

South Africa’s favourite guilty pleasure is to see a selection of its stores shut down.

  • Somerset
  • August 27, 2018 10:16 am
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#BuyaBusiness Expo and Small Business Expo

#BuyaBusiness Expo and Small Business Expo

The annual #BuyaBusiness Expo and Small Business Expo is taking place at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg from 06 to 08 September 2018.

  • Somerset
  • August 27, 2018 10:09 am
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Spur Group Acquires Stake in Franchise Restaurant Group Nikos Coalgrill Greek

Spur Group Acquires Stake in Franchise Restaurant Group Nikos Coalgrill Greek

Steakhouse franchise restaurant chain Spur Corporation said on Thursday it would expand its restaurant portfolio with the acquisition of a 51 percent stake in fast-growing Nikos Coalgrill Greek.

  • Somerset
  • July 26, 2018 2:28 pm
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Newly launched Food Franchise Forum to represent SA's vital food sector

Newly launched Food Franchise Forum to represent SA’s vital food sector

The Franchise Association of South Africa (Fasa) has announced the establishment of a Food Franchise Forum representing the majority of the household names in the casual dining and quick service restaurants (CDQSR) sector.

  • Somerset
  • July 26, 2018 2:23 pm
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Here’s why Kauai wants you as a franchisee – and how much it costs to open one

Here’s why Kauai wants you as a franchisee – and how much it costs to open one

Kauai says it is looking for hands-on franchisees to partner with as part of its growth plan for 2018

  • Somerset
  • July 26, 2018 2:19 pm
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Gold Brands to offload Black Steer restaurant franchise

Gold Brands to offload Black Steer restaurant franchise

NEWSWATCH: Fast food group Gold Brands plans to dispose of its Black Steer franchise business to Laudian Franchise Management One for R3.2 million.

  • Somerset
  • July 26, 2018 2:13 pm
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5. Burger King achieves restaurant development target and job creation goals

5. Burger King achieves restaurant development target and job creation goals

Burger King SA® announced that its 80th corporate restaurant has opened at the Kolonnade Retail Park in Tshwane on Friday, 8 June 2018. This is the 20th restaurant to be opened this financial year and the business is on track to open another 20 restaurants by the next financial year.

  • Somerset
  • June 27, 2018 11:54 am
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4. 14 food franchises that cost less than R2 million to open in South Africa

4. 14 food franchises that cost less than R2 million to open in South Africa

The fast food and quick service restaurant (QSR) sector continues to grow despite tough economic times. This is according to Andre Beck, sector head of Fast Food and Restaurants at FNB Business, who notes that with a contribution in excess of 29%, QSR has by far the biggest share in franchising turnover

  • Somerset
  • June 27, 2018 11:50 am
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1. FASA Awards honour SA's leaders in franchising

1. FASA Awards honour SA’s leaders in franchising

The Franchise Association of South Africa’s (FASA) Awards for Excellence in Franchising held recently, saw health food brand Kauai walk off with multiple awards including the coveted title of Franchisor of the Year.

  • Somerset
  • June 26, 2018 2:19 pm
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2. New Franchise, Tutor Doctor presents an unrivalled opportunity in the education sector

2. New Franchise, Tutor Doctor presents an unrivalled opportunity in the education sector

With the education sector identified by the Franchise Association of South Africa as one of the most rapidly growing in South Africa, Tutor Doctor is an exciting option for franchisees seeking a lucrative business opportunity while making a real difference to society.

  • Somerset
  • June 26, 2018 1:56 pm
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3. Family restaurant chain Mike's Kitchen reopens in KwaZulu-Natal

3. Family restaurant chain Mike’s Kitchen reopens in KwaZulu-Natal

Mike’s Kitchen, one of the oldest South African restaurant chains, has marked its return to KwaZulu-Natal with the opening of its first store in Salt Rock this week.

  • Somerset
  • June 26, 2018 1:50 pm
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FRANCHISE AWARD WINNERS REFLECT GLOBAL CONSUMER TRENDS AND COMMITMENT TO GROWING THE ECONOMY AND TO JOB CREATION

FRANCHISE AWARD WINNERS REFLECT GLOBAL CONSUMER TRENDS AND COMMITMENT TO GROWING THE ECONOMY AND TO JOB CREATION

The Franchise Association of South Africa’s Awards for Excellence in Franchising, sponsored by Sanlam, reflects what’s trending in worldwide consumer circles and cements the franchise community’s commitment to growing the economy and to job creation.

  • Somerset
  • June 12, 2018 10:00 am
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Visit the Franchise Expo (IFE) and Plan Your Future Success

Visit the Franchise Expo (IFE) and Plan Your Future Success

Survey results released by FASA in 2017 show that the franchise sector’s performance remains on an upward trend and with South Africa’s economy heading for welcome growth.

  • Somerset
  • May 24, 2018 10:17 am
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SA fast food franchising on the rise

SA fast food franchising on the rise

The fast food and quick service restaurant (QSR) sector continues to show steady growth on the back of what has been a tough economic climate in South Africa. With a contribution in access of 29%, QSR has by far the biggest share in franchising turnover.

  • Somerset
  • May 24, 2018 10:14 am
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How much it costs to open the 10 most popular fast food franchises in South Africa

How much it costs to open the 10 most popular fast food franchises in South Africa

Despite a weak economy and tough trading conditions, the franchising sector has continued to perform well – especially in the fast-food sector.

  • Somerset
  • May 24, 2018 10:12 am
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A taste for the Spur (franchise) life

A taste for the Spur (franchise) life

Franchisee Donald Clarkson talks about how Nedbank has helped him grow his business and deal with some of the challenges of operating in the difficult SA economy.

  • Somerset
  • May 24, 2018 9:44 am
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Pizza Hut on track with ambitious African expansion

Pizza Hut on track with ambitious African expansion

Pizza Hut’s African growth story continues as the restaurant chain celebrates the opening of its 100th store in sub-Saharan Africa in the historic Ghandi Square, Johannesburg.

  • Somerset
  • April 26, 2018 10:42 am
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Pick n Pay opened 59 franchise stores over the past year – here’s how much it costs

Pick n Pay opened 59 franchise stores over the past year – here’s how much it costs

Retailer Pick n Pay says it opened 59 franchise stores over the past year, including seven supermarkets, 35 liquor stores, nine express stores and eight spaza shops.

  • Somerset
  • April 26, 2018 10:41 am
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Buy your franchise with a tax deduction

Buy your franchise with a tax deduction

If you are looking to buy a small business, make sure you are using the tax breaks available

  • Somerset
  • April 26, 2018 10:38 am
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Doves CE: Burying poverty through wealth distribution

Doves CE: Burying poverty through wealth distribution

The chief executive of the Doves Group, Minki Rasenyalo, is a content character who seems to operate subtly below the radar in the funeral parlour sector.

  • Somerset
  • April 26, 2018 10:36 am
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SPUR FOUNDER ALLEN AMBOR TO RETIRE

SPUR FOUNDER ALLEN AMBOR TO RETIRE

Renowned businessman Allen Ambor (76), the founder and executive chairman of Spur Corporation, has announced that he will retire on 1 March 2019.

  • Somerset
  • March 23, 2018 2:01 pm
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SARS TAX INCENTIVE FOR THE FRANCHISE SECTOR

SARS TAX INCENTIVE FOR THE FRANCHISE SECTOR

FASA is proud to announce the launch of the first Section 12J Venture Capital Company (FASA VCC) for the franchise sector, to be utilised exclusively by accredited members.

  • Somerset
  • March 23, 2018 1:58 pm
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MULTI-UNIT FRANCHISING GROWING IN SOUTH AFRICA

MULTI-UNIT FRANCHISING GROWING IN SOUTH AFRICA

Multi-unit franchising is becoming a growing trend globally and in South Africa, meaning a single franchisee owns more than one outlet in different geographies.

  • Somerset
  • March 23, 2018 1:56 pm
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FRANCHISING SECTOR READY TO LEND A HAND

FRANCHISING SECTOR READY TO LEND A HAND

The SONA speech by President Cyril Ramaphosa and his commitment to supporting small business and entrepreneurship has been welcomed by Tony Da Fonseca, the Franchise Association of South Africa’s Chairman.

  • Somerset
  • March 23, 2018 1:44 pm
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SPUR EXPANDS FOOTPRINT DESPITE TOUGH TRADING CONDITIONS

SPUR EXPANDS FOOTPRINT DESPITE TOUGH TRADING CONDITIONS

Cape Town – Restaurant franchisor Spur Corporation experienced difficult trading conditions in South Africa and most of its major international markets in the six months to December 2017, reporting a 2.6% decline in total franchised restaurant sales from continuing operations to R3.7 billion.

  • Somerset
  • February 23, 2018 4:02 pm
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KEY FRANCHISING TRENDS TO CONSIDER FOR 2018

KEY FRANCHISING TRENDS TO CONSIDER FOR 2018

The franchising industry has steadily shown adaptability to the tough economy by growing the sector 3,6% over the past four years – from contributing an estimated 9,7% to the country’s GDP in 2014 to its recent figure of 13,3%. This trend is expected to continue in the same trajectory in the short-term and could possibly improve should SA see better economic growth.

  • Somerset
  • February 23, 2018 4:00 pm
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FRANCHISE SECTOR RALLIES TO ASSIST IN WATER CRISIS

FRANCHISE SECTOR RALLIES TO ASSIST IN WATER CRISIS

As everyone around the country mobilises to try and assist the Western Cape with their water crisis, the franchise sector has also come on board to help – whether through donations or in cutting back on water usage. Many of the initiatives are spearheaded by the water retailers such as H2O, Oasis Water and Perfect Water who are working with organisations such as Gift of the Givers, the #5LitreChallenge and transport companies to take donated water to those in need. They are also installing water saving devises on their water filtration plants to recycle waste water.

  • Somerset
  • February 23, 2018 3:57 pm
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1. TASTE CEO CARLO GONZAGA STEPS DOWN AFTER 18 YEARS

1. TASTE CEO CARLO GONZAGA STEPS DOWN AFTER 18 YEARS

Cape Town – Carlo Gonzaga, CEO and co-founder of Taste Holdings which owns Starbucks and Domino’s Pizza franchises in South Africa, has resigned after 18 years at the company.

  • Somerset
  • February 15, 2018 11:21 am
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PLAN B DESSERTERY OPENS IN JOBURG

PLAN B DESSERTERY OPENS IN JOBURG

Plan B Dessertery, a KwaZulu-Natal brand introduced by the founders of Wakaberry, has opened its doors in The Zone @ Rosebank in Johannesburg.

  • Somerset
  • January 25, 2018 7:44 pm
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