A world of opportunities under one roof
Finding a franchise that ticks all the right boxes is so much easier when you can compare many different businesses under one roof.
That’s why the Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo, which opens in Sydney 28-30 March, is the first stop for anyone planning to buy their first franchise, expand their network, or franchise their existing business.
“The internet is a great way to research different opportunities, however nothing can replace a real person explaining their business to you,” says Exhibition Manager Fiona Stacey. “Also a lot of people find that they come across franchises they never knew existed at these shows.”
Stacey adds that visitors to the show not only benefit from meeting franchisors on the stands, but also from listening to experts present informative sessions as part of the free seminar program.
One such expert is Jane Lombard, a master franchisee and consultant from The Franchise Shop, who will be presenting a seminar about master franchising and how it works. “There are currently some excellent opportunities in the marketplace to purchase master franchises,” she says.
“The seminar sessions are all very informative, offering everything from basic information to real life discussions with franchisors and franchisee panels, so there is really something for everyone, adds Lombard.
“Visiting the show provides people with fantastic opportunities to gather information and research, but more importantly meet face to face with the people representing the franchised systems in the room.”
Kym De Britt, General Manager of the Franchise Council of Australia, agrees.
“The importance of being able to meet franchisors and their staff, to experience their passion, and often interact with franchisees, is an opportunity not to be overlooked,” he says.
“One of the fundamental ingredients for success as a franchisee is brand passion and culture fit. Being able to speak face to face with franchisors and compare several businesses under one roof is incredibly valuable.
“Add to that the extensive experience of other professionals working in franchising, the additional support services like FCA and wider resources available on the day, and the expo is an event not to be missed by anyone serious about investing in a franchise.”
De Britt says franchising has been consistently recognised for many years as an incredibly successful way to do business.
“The support of a network of likeminded small business owners, along with the assistance and experience of a franchisor, and proven robust business systems ensure franchises businesses have a greater likelihood of success than independent small businesses,” he says.
The Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo will be held at the Royal Hall of Industries at Moore Park in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.
“This venue is only 10 minutes from the CBD, with easy access by car or public transport, and cheap or free parking,” says Fiona Stacey.
“Entry is free if you pre-register online, and there is an abundance of information available on every aspect of being your own boss,” she says.
“It’s really time to stop dreaming and start doing.”
The Sydney Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo is on Friday 28 March – Sunday 30 March 2014 at the Royal Hall of Industries at Moore Park. Entry is $15 at the door or free with pre-registration.
Sydney’s show will be followed by the Brisbane Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo 19-20 July at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, and the Melbourne Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo, 22-24 August at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
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