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5, Spur group to expand takeaway format following revenue slump

5, Spur group to expand takeaway format following revenue slump

The Covid-19 pandemic has decimated Spur Corporation’s revenue, resulting in a 40.2% decline to R314.2m for the six months ended December 2020. However, the company is seeing strong growth in takeaways and will be expanding on this trading format going forward.

4. South Africa’s big restaurant franchises take a beating - pin hopes on drive-thrus and ‘virtual kitchens’

4. South Africa’s big restaurant franchises take a beating – pin hopes on drive-thrus and ‘virtual kitchens’

Spur Corporation, the owner of family franchise restaurant brands including RocoMamas and Nikos, on Tuesday (2 March) reported a 40.2% slump in revenue for the six months ended December 202, to R314.2 million.

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  • March 31, 2021 10:37 am
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3. Franchise sector prepared to help rebuild economy, says new FASA chair

3. Franchise sector prepared to help rebuild economy, says new FASA chair

Pertunia Sibanyoni, CEO of InspectaCar, has been appointed as the new chair of Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA) for 2021/2022. She boasts seventeen years’ experience in franchising, twelve of them spent in the oil and energy sectors and the current four in automotive and financial services.

  • Carol
  • March 31, 2021 10:24 am
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2. Business success – the franchise way

2. Business success – the franchise way

Everyone dreams of owning their own business, writing their own salary cheque and being successful. But in reality, only a small proportion of people realise that dream as the barriers to setting up a business are often quite daunting, the costs often prohibitive and the expertise needed to make the business work often lacking.

  • Carol
  • March 31, 2021 9:01 am
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1. Are you the Master Franchisor for Nutty Scientists in South Africa?

1. Are you the Master Franchisor for Nutty Scientists in South Africa?

Nutty Scientists is a Global Leader in the development of STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) for children of all ages. Our hands-on programs pique the interest and curiosity of children (and adults!) at schools, camps, parties, festivals, and special events all over the world!

The evolution of franchises post Covid-19

The evolution of franchises post Covid-19

Nearly eleven months after South Africa’s lockdown was first declared, there remains a great deal of uncertainty about the effect that the coronavirus pandemic will continue to have on our society and economy in 2021.

  • Carol
  • February 23, 2021 7:26 am
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Food Lover’s Market create social enterprise opportunities

Food Lover’s Market create social enterprise opportunities

Food Lover’s Market has launched its Seeds Of Change Supplier Development Partnership to create opportunities for social enterprises to join the fresh produce retailer’s network as a supplier. They are looking for businesses that are ideally socially and environmentally focused, are passionate about retail and motivated to deliver the best quality product or service.

  • Carol
  • February 23, 2021 7:19 am
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Carlo Gonzaga group launches dark kitchen ‘franchise of the future’

Carlo Gonzaga group launches dark kitchen ‘franchise of the future’

FIAMME HOLDINGS HAS ANNOUNCED the launch of Cloud Dine – an online delivery-only franchise concept, based in Eastgate Mall, Johannesburg. The concept is based on delivery only and lower set-up and rental costs.

  • Carol
  • February 23, 2021 7:04 am
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11 trends impacting the franchise business landscape in 2021

11 trends impacting the franchise business landscape in 2021

We all discovered in 2020 that we cannot predict the future. We have learnt how we can position ourselves and our businesses better for what may lie ahead. The pandemic intensified or accelerated some of the 2020 trends we predicted.

  • Carol
  • February 23, 2021 6:45 am
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  • January 25, 2021 10:30 am
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Retail franchise PNA expands store footprint

Retail franchise PNA expands store footprint

PNA, the specialist retailer of stationery, art and craft materials, educational books and related items, is growing its footprint with two new store openings in Gauteng. PNA at East Rand Retail Park opened its doors on 16 October while the Hyde Park Corner store opened on 22 October.

  • Carol
  • January 25, 2021 10:23 am
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How Spur is using delivery services to fight back

How Spur is using delivery services to fight back

Six months in, a big bet on ‘virtual’ kitchens looks very promising …. The Covid-19 lockdowns have led to innovative responses from the likes of Spur Corporation. Regular users of food delivery platforms such as Uber Eats or Mr D Food may be ordering from their neighbourhood Spur or Panarottis without even realising it.

  • Carol
  • January 25, 2021 10:19 am
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#BizTrends2021: Franchising post-Covid - 5 trends to watch

#BizTrends2021: Franchising post-Covid – 5 trends to watch

Nearly nine months after South Africa’s lockdown was first declared, there remains a great deal of uncertainty about the effect that the coronavirus pandemic will continue to have on our society and economy in 2021.

  • Carol
  • January 25, 2021 10:12 am
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Big franchise brands not better off during the pandemic

Big franchise brands not better off during the pandemic

The weaknesses inherent in franchised businesses and the health of relationships between franchisor and franchisees are being revealed as the Covid-19 pandemic unfolds. Excessive reliance on retail infrastructure, insufficient investment in digitisation and poor delivery capability is severely impacting franchised networks.

  • Carol
  • January 25, 2021 10:02 am
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The ability to adapt quickly to change is the key to survival and success

The ability to adapt quickly to change is the key to survival and success

As we settle in to our new normal, and as businesses start to find their groove again. We find ourselves descending into the joyful spiral of the festive season, and commencing our planning for 2021. All whilst reflecting on 2020.

  • Carol
  • November 23, 2020 4:49 pm
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Spur expects Covid-19 effects to linger longer

Spur expects Covid-19 effects to linger longer

The restaurant group’s annual profits are down over 21% due to lockdown restrictions. Spur, the owner of RocoMamas, John Dory’s Fish Grill Sushi and Nikos Coalgrill Greek, expects the economic devastation of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown to linger over the medium term.

  • Carol
  • November 23, 2020 4:33 pm
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Eight new Starbucks coffee shops to open in SA by 2021

Eight new Starbucks coffee shops to open in SA by 2021

Rand Capital Coffee is forging ahead with its expansion strategy, announcing that eight new Starbucks stores will be opening in South Africa within four weeks – from mid-November to mid-December – with six of them planned for Cape Town.

  • Carol
  • November 23, 2020 4:26 pm
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New, relocatable coffee franchise model – a first for South Africa

New, relocatable coffee franchise model – a first for South Africa

The Daily Coffee Group, a fast-growing and truly South African coffee franchise group, introduced its latest coffee franchise model, The Daily Coffee Express (food trailer).

  • Carol
  • November 4, 2020 8:00 am
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The owner of Kauai has launched a new chicken burger chain in South Africa – Free Bird

The owner of Kauai has launched a new chicken burger chain in South Africa – Free Bird

The Real Foods Group, owner of Kauai and other food brands in South Africa, has launched a gourmet chicken burger chain called Free Bird.

  • Carol
  • October 26, 2020 5:55 pm
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Spur appoints Val Nichas as new CEO

Spur appoints Val Nichas as new CEO

Spur Corporation has appointed Val Nichas as its new executive director and group chief executive officer.

  • Carol
  • October 26, 2020 5:47 pm
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Prepare for the franchise resurgence

Prepare for the franchise resurgence

When it comes to picking up the pieces from the devastation that has been 2020 and the coronavirus, the franchise sector is leading the way in its recovery.

  • Carol
  • October 26, 2020 5:38 pm
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Cash Crusaders opening of six new stores

Cash Crusaders opening of six new stores

Leading second hand, quality new goods and secure loans retailer, Cash Crusaders announce six new store openings across the country.

  • Carol
  • October 26, 2020 4:01 pm
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What restaurant franchising will look like in 2021

What restaurant franchising will look like in 2021

For restaurant founders looking to expand through franchising, the pandemic offers unique challenges, but for those who are prepared, the opportunities for expansion might never be better.

  • Carol
  • September 27, 2020 8:28 am
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GaliPods ignite entrepreneurship in rural and peri-urban areas

GaliPods ignite entrepreneurship in rural and peri-urban areas

“Primarily located in rural and peri-urban areas, GaliPods bring a well-known brand into these communities who are delighted to be able to access this food service so close to home, but they work well just about anywhere provided there are enough people in the area,” Galito’s group marketing executive Caitlin Winson.

  • Carol
  • September 27, 2020 8:16 am
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Famous Brands drops Tashas café, but aims to increase Wimpy and Mugg & Bean deliveries

Famous Brands drops Tashas café, but aims to increase Wimpy and Mugg & Bean deliveries

Boutique café group Tashas is back in the hands of its founders, after listed holding company, Famous Brands, said Monday (24 August) that it has sold its controlling 51% stake to the Sideris family, who hold the remaining 49%.

  • Carol
  • September 27, 2020 8:12 am
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Del Forno back on track

Del Forno back on track

We are officially back on track and grateful that the lockdown restrictions are easing and we can return to some normalcy. We are happy to confirm that all our stores are open for to the public for sit-down, take-away and delivery.

  • Carol
  • September 26, 2020 8:41 am
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The importance of agility for a franchisee in the times of Covid-19

The importance of agility for a franchisee in the times of Covid-19

We know that our economy is challenging, and that the world is changing rapidly. The novel coronavirus has brought more challenges for our economies, in South Africa and around the world. The ability to “quickly reconfigure strategy, structure, processes, people, and technology toward value-creating and value-protecting opportunities” – McKinsey’s useful definition of agility

  • Carol
  • August 24, 2020 5:42 pm
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South Africa’s franchising businesses are adapting to life during Covid-19

South Africa’s franchising businesses are adapting to life during Covid-19

Franchising has at its heart the spirit of entrepreneurship but amidst the Covid-19 pandemic that has resulted in immeasurable destruction of small businesses, the question remains whether the entrepreneurial flame can be re-ignited for future growth, says the Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA).

  • Carol
  • August 24, 2020 5:36 pm
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Franchising - Adjusting to the new normal

Franchising – Adjusting to the new normal

With seemingly no end to the ravages of the corona virus, franchising and businesses across the globe are fighting for their survival and are shifting operations to accommodate an unknown landscape. 

  • Carol
  • August 24, 2020 5:31 pm
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Farewell and thank you to Vera Valasis FASA’s executive director

Farewell and thank you to Vera Valasis FASA’s executive director

After fifteen years at the helm of the Franchise Association of South Africa as Executive Director, Vera Valasis has resigned from FASA and is moving on to new challenges. She holds the distinction of being the first woman to hold the position in FASA’s 41-year existence.

  • Carol
  • August 24, 2020 5:28 pm
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Spur paints a grim picture for restaurants suffering due to lockdown restrictions

Spur paints a grim picture for restaurants suffering due to lockdown restrictions

From the ban of alcohol sales to the national lockdown and the curfew, South Africa’s restaurant industry has been dealt a significant blow. All the restaurants in the Spur Group’s stable have reported significant drops in sales for May and June.

  • Carol
  • July 27, 2020 5:25 pm
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Spur CEO to depart after almost 40 years with the group

Spur CEO to depart after almost 40 years with the group

Pierre van Tonder, who has served as Spur MD and CEO, will leave the group at the end of December.

  • Carol
  • July 27, 2020 5:20 pm
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Goodbye to Kurt Illetschko – Franchising’s staunchest ally

Goodbye to Kurt Illetschko – Franchising’s staunchest ally

The franchising community is mourning the passing of Kurt Illetschko, who dedicated his life to the promotion of franchising and was a founder member of the Franchise Association of South Africa. Our condolences go to his family from all at FASA and from all who knew him.

  • Carol
  • July 27, 2020 5:16 pm
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Domino’s Pizza franchise up for grabs after its liquidation

Domino’s Pizza franchise up for grabs after its liquidation

All assets used for the Domino’s Pizza franchise, including 50 stores, are now up for grabs via auction following the liquidation of the large pizza chain, which affected about 770 employees.

  • Carol
  • July 27, 2020 5:05 pm
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InspectaCar streamlines buying and selling processes to cater to growing pre-owned vehicle demand

InspectaCar streamlines buying and selling processes to cater to growing pre-owned vehicle demand

In its efforts to provide customers with peace of mind, InspectaCar has implemented a number of new systems and protocols to ensure buying and selling pre-owned vehicles is as safe and easy as possible.

  • Carol
  • June 23, 2020 6:27 pm
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Franchise sector to get code of conduct and ombud

Franchise sector to get code of conduct and ombud

A recent exposé on an investigative television programme put the spotlight on the compliance of franchise companies with the Consumer Protection Act’s Regulations and with the Code of Ethics as set down by the Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA).

  • Carol
  • June 23, 2020 6:18 pm
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Franchise compliance lacking despite CPA protection

Franchise compliance lacking despite CPA protection

A recent exposé on an investigative television programme put the spotlight on the compliance of franchise companies with the Consumer Protection Act’s Regulations and with the Code of Ethics as set down by the Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA).

  • Carol
  • June 23, 2020 6:12 pm
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Del Forno - Handling the Covid-19 pandemic positively

Del Forno – Handling the Covid-19 pandemic positively

During recent months, it will come as no surprise that people have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic globally. This is also true for the restaurant industry, and we would like to use this opportunity to offer feedback on our journey during the Covid-19 pandemic and the National Lockdown since we have reopened.

  • Carol
  • June 23, 2020 6:01 pm
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Why every franchise should pivot right now

Why every franchise should pivot right now

Forget the way it’s always been done. For franchisors, letting go of the past is the key to surviving the crisis.

  • Carol
  • May 26, 2020 6:58 am
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Sorbet appeals to open under strict hygiene conditions

Sorbet appeals to open under strict hygiene conditions

The Grooming Sector (nail, hair, beauty & health services) which has a high proportion of female owners who are often the sole breadwinners of their families and support many dependants is suffering immense losses during this lockdown.

  • Carol
  • May 26, 2020 6:45 am
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Franchise business owners feel lockdown pinch

Franchise business owners feel lockdown pinch

From negotiating rental relief with landlords and royalty fees with franchisers to asking for relaxed loan repayments with banks, franchise operators are battling to survive the Covid-19 lockdown as trade continues to be restricted.

  • Carol
  • May 26, 2020 6:30 am
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75 000 Jobs at risk if franchises can’t start working

75 000 Jobs at risk if franchises can’t start working

South Africa’s 48 000 franchise businesses are holding their collective breath as they wait to hear who will be able to do business again when the total lockdown ends at midnight on Thursday.

  • Carol
  • May 26, 2020 6:24 am
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Don’t believe the hype: The South African passenger vehicle car parc in 2030 and beyond

Don’t believe the hype: The South African passenger vehicle car parc in 2030 and beyond

If many of the world’s respected motoring oracles are to be believed, private vehicle ownership will, over a debatable timeframe, ultimately die off in favour of mobility services.

  • Carol
  • April 27, 2020 5:00 pm
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SA food chain Anat crowdfunds to survive lockdown

SA food chain Anat crowdfunds to survive lockdown

South African food chain Anat has launched a crowdfunding campaign in an effort to remain afloat after the Covid-19 lockdown.

  • Carol
  • April 27, 2020 4:51 pm
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Franchises positive they will get through Covid-19

Franchises positive they will get through Covid-19

Government interventions and strong franchise leadership seen as reasons for hope.

  • Carol
  • April 27, 2020 4:44 pm
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Former Famous Brands CEO backs new wellness venture

Former Famous Brands CEO backs new wellness venture

The booming health and wellness sector has caught the attention of Kevin Hedderwick, the former CEO of food franchise giant Famous Brands.

  • Carol
  • April 27, 2020 4:38 pm
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Del Forno - PIZZA | PASTA | GRILL - A passion for good food

Del Forno – PIZZA | PASTA | GRILL – A passion for good food

At Del Forno, we pride ourselves of quality of our service and the ingredients we use to give you the best tasting Italian cuisine. Our recipe for success is A PASSION FOR GOOD FOOD enabling us to provide our patrons with the best meals and the best service!

  • Carol
  • March 24, 2020 10:29 am
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Spur group looking to rustle-up some more hot brands with good growth prospects

Spur group looking to rustle-up some more hot brands with good growth prospects

Spur Corporation is on the lookout to acquire brands with good growth prospects after reporting a strong 35.6 percent rise in diluted headline earnings per share to 124.9 cents in the six months to December 31.

  • Carol
  • March 24, 2020 10:20 am
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SA sales have met expectations, Famous Brands says

SA sales have met expectations, Famous Brands says

Famous Brands, the owner of Steers, Wimpy and Debonairs Pizza, said on Thursday sales growth for its year to end-February met expectations even as it battled with load-shedding and SA’s deteriorating economy.

  • Carol
  • March 24, 2020 10:13 am
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Here’s how much money the average Burger King makes in South Africa

Here’s how much money the average Burger King makes in South Africa

Current Burger King franchise owner Grand Parade Investments has published its interim results for the six months ended December 2019, showing solid growth in revenue and profit despite South Africa’s ailing economy.

  • Carol
  • March 24, 2020 10:09 am
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Franchising’s massive contribution to global economic output

Franchising’s massive contribution to global economic output

Did you know that South Africa franchising’s economic output as a percentage of GDP ranks in the top five worldwide?

  • Carol
  • March 24, 2020 7:50 am
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Ocean Basket’s new smaller stores drive ROI

Ocean Basket’s new smaller stores drive ROI

There’s a buzzing new Ocean Basket at Haasendal Gables, Cape Town, where you’ll find the ever-friendly seafood people, a home-from-home feeling and great value for your hard-earned bucks; but there’s something more important taking place here.

  • Carol
  • February 24, 2020 5:06 pm
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It’s a tough time to own a pizza franchise in South Africa

It’s a tough time to own a pizza franchise in South Africa

The Spur Corporation says that things are getting extremely competitive in the pizza franchise industry in South Africa, with brands turning to heavy discounts to draw customers as the economy continues to bite.

  • Carol
  • February 24, 2020 4:01 pm
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Burger King’s new owners aim to double stores in five years

Burger King’s new owners aim to double stores in five years

Burger King’s new owners, Emerging Capital Partners (ECP), plan to more than double the number of stores in SA in the next five years, says MD Paul Maasdorp.

  • Carol
  • February 24, 2020 3:55 pm
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Burger King South Africa franchise to be sold

Burger King South Africa franchise to be sold

Grand Parade Investments (GPI) says it will sell all of the shares it holds in Burger King South Africa – being 95.36% – to ECP Africa Fund as part of its restructuring process.

  • Carol
  • February 24, 2020 3:51 pm
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1. Are you the Master Franchisor for Nutty Scientists in South Africa?

1. Are you the Master Franchisor for Nutty Scientists in South Africa?

Nutty Scientists is a Global Leader in the development of STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) for children of all ages. Our hands-on programs pique the interest and curiosity of children (and adults!) at schools, camps, parties, festivals, and special events all over the world!

  • Carol
  • February 23, 2020 9:30 am
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6. The Brazen Head Big Bay in Blouberg, Cape Town is for sale

6. The Brazen Head Big Bay in Blouberg, Cape Town is for sale

This is an opportunity not to be missed! The uninterrupted view of Table Mountain and Lions Head welcomes all our patrons to the wonderful atmosphere of our fine Irish Restaurant and Pub.

  • Carol
  • February 6, 2020 9:55 am
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2. FNB announces 8th Franchise Leadership Summit

2. FNB announces 8th Franchise Leadership Summit

28 January 2020: FNB is hosting the 8th Franchise Leadership Summit on the 3rd of March 2020 at Montecasino, Johannesburg.

  • Carol
  • February 1, 2020 2:15 pm
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4. This is how much it’ll cost you to own an automotive franchise like Supa Quick and Dent Doctor

4. This is how much it’ll cost you to own an automotive franchise like Supa Quick and Dent Doctor

There are many automotive aftermarket franchises available to purchase. You will expect to fork out around R1.5 million to R2 million for most of these businesses. One of the easiest ways for new entrepreneurs to participate in the automotive sector is to buy into an existing automotive aftermarket franchise. This includes businesses like panel beaters, parts suppliers, tyre repair and sales, car batteries, vehicle repairs, and even carwashes.

  • Carol
  • January 27, 2020 6:35 pm
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3. These franchise restaurants are doing well in South Africa

3. These franchise restaurants are doing well in South Africa

Spur Corporation on Thursday (12 September) published its financial results for the year ended June 2019, showing revenue climbed 5.9% to R944.8 million.

  • Carol
  • January 27, 2020 6:22 pm
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5. #BizTrends2020: The social franchising opportunity

5. #BizTrends2020: The social franchising opportunity

It wasn’t the pursuit of riches, the drive of ambition or even his love of spicy, flame-grilled chicken that led entrepreneur Louis Germishuys to open his then-Nelspruit-based business, Galito’s, to franchising.

  • Carol
  • January 27, 2020 6:07 pm
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ActionCOACH Promotional Offer

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We’ve reflected on what happened over the past year and have seen first-hand the challenges and even devastation business owners have faced. We had to find a way to be part of the solution, as coaching is now needed more than ever before.

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  • January 25, 2020 10:18 am
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1. Growing Galito’s across SA

1. Growing Galito’s across SA

It wasn’t the pursuit of riches, the drive of ambition or even his love of spicy, flame-grilled chicken that led entrepreneur Louis Germishuys to open his then-Nelspruit-based business, Galito’s, to franchising.

  • Carol
  • December 12, 2019 5:14 am
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Existing Ceramic Pro Franchise For Sale

Existing Ceramic Pro Franchise For Sale

Exciting opportunity for a well-positioned Ceramic Pro Franchise in Sandton for sale as a going concern. R1.6 million negotiable.

  • Carol
  • November 28, 2019 6:12 pm
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These are the cheapest food franchises you can buy in South Africa - including King Pie, Sausage Saloon, and Corner Bakery

These are the cheapest food franchises you can buy in South Africa – including King Pie, Sausage Saloon, and Corner Bakery

The South African fast food industry is dominated by franchises. In 2017, the fast food industry turned over R587 billion. In recent years, the country has seen the arrival of several new big international brands. But most of the established food franchise businesses in South Africa are operated by just a handful of holding companies.

  • Carol
  • November 28, 2019 6:07 pm
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