Adams & Adams Voted Leading Law Firm in South Africa

At the recent Managing IF EMEA Awards in London, Adams & Adams was named the leading Law firm in South Africa for 2018, as well as Africa’s Corporate Social Responsibility & Innovation in IP Firm of the Year. Of the awards, Partner and Chairman, Gerard du Plessis, commented: “Our proven track record in Africa and … Read more

FASA Award Winner Nanou N’SA of Hot Dog Cafe Visits the USA

If you ever wondered how a franchise brand manages to uphold the same standards of product and service through all its branches, look no further than their teams of Field Service Consultants who monitor and advise franchisees on running their businesses effectively and profitably.  The Franchise Association of South Africa, as part of their annual … Read more

How to Bolster your Employee Engagement Levels for Better Business Results

Beyond Engagement, an independent and agile speciality consultancy which was founded to bring the power of Employee Engagement to African entities in a practical and results-focused format offers employee engagement levels for better business results.  They first seek to understand your business objectives (profitability, productivity, customer satisfaction, absenteeism and quality assurance), and then apply design … Read more

Retailers React to Consumer’s Shift in Spending

Pick n Pay has met the shift in consumer behaviour and the trend in ‘cocooning’ by innovating and expanding its convenience and ready-made meals range in 2018, offering quality convenience foods to entertain and dine at home with family and friends. This is supported by a recent poll by Business Tech, which revealed that of … Read more

Franchising set to Maintain it’s Momentum

Tony Da Fonseca, MD of the OBC Group and Chairman of FASA, is confident that franchising can hold its own in our fast-moving world where change is seen as a constant. Backed by FASA’s survey sponsored by Sanlam that shows the sector’s performance remains on an upward trend, with 845 franchisors and their over 40,000 … Read more

National Assembly Approves Sugar Tax

The bill providing for the implementation of a tax on sugary beverages – the health promotion levy – was passed by the National Assembly in mid-November. The adoption of the measure, which will be introduced in April 2018, came after extensive public hearings by Parliament’s finance and health committees as well as negotiations within the … Read more

Mastercard Research Shows Small Retailers Showing Better Growth Than National Chains

As consumer habits change and the retail landscape has to also change to meet the challenges of on-line shopping, Mastercard Inc, in a recent US survey which tracks purchasing patterns, has picked up that, whilst big chain stores still account for the majority of shoppers’ purchases, spending growth at mom-and-pop businesses has outpaced that of … Read more

Retail Apocalypse Hitting USA Stores

In a report by Bloomberg news (, America, although showing optimistic growth with its stock exchanges hitting new highs and the job market buoyant, is suffering from what is being referred to at the ‘retail apocalypse’. This is borne out by statistics that show that, although retailers announced more than 3 000 store openings in the … Read more

How to Navigate the New Retail Environment

Retail at the best of times is a stressful environment, always having to be one step ahead of the competition.  But to survive under the added pressures of a low growth economy, negative consumer credit growth, on-line sales and consumers with less money in their pockets is a challenge and needs out-of-the-box thinking. With on-line … Read more

Franchisees Flourish within the Support System of Franchising

In today’s difficult trading environment starting a business or even a franchise does not guarantee success but as one franchisee put it, “I would rather be in business within a franchise system than be facing all these challenges on my own.”  That is what 80% of franchisees surveyed felt about their businesses and would recommend … Read more