Attending the Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo is the best way to meet the people behind some of Australia’s most exciting franchises. But to make the most of the show it pays to plan ahead.
Here are Exhibition Manager Fiona Stacey’s top tips on how to get the most from the Expo:
- Start off by visiting the Franchise Council of Australia stand for general information about franchising.
- Attend ‘Is Franchising Right for You?’ seminar, on daily at 11am and 2pm.
- Check the rest of the seminar program, and the Business Soapbox program and add the sessions that interest you to your schedule.
- Meet with a broad range of exhibitors and gain insights into the range of franchise and business opportunities.
To get started, here are some of the exciting business opportunities and services available at the show:
CXpresso – Stand C25
The emerging and fast growing sister brand of Croissant Express, CXpresso has sit down or grab and go menu options, with a focus on great coffee. The recent opening of Perth’s Joondalup store follows the launch of CXpresso Strathpine in Queensland and occurs during a high growth period for the franchise.
With five stores planned nationally in this financial year alone, the future of the brand is looking bright. “There has never been a better time to join our growing family of franchises,” says CEO Neil Soares. “Our great selection and service is being experienced in more locations than ever, all across Australia”.
DC Strategy – Stand B30
This specialist team of franchise consultants and lawyers work together to ‘Build, Protect, Create and Secure Enterprise Value’. According to CEO Suzanne Jarzabkowska, DC Strategy has developed many of Australasia’s most successful franchise networks. “Over the last 10 years we have created a billion dollars worth of enterprise value for our clients, with over 1,943 locations franchised locations established.”
Hear Jarzabkowska’s eye-opening presentation “What it takes to build a $50 million franchise business – a holistic approach” as part of the free seminar program. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to learn how to build a $50 million franchise business, from Australia’s only end-to-end franchise specialty firm.
Degani Café – Stand C1
Since the first Degani Café in 1999, the company has grown to more than 60 Degani Bakery Cafes in metropolitan Melbourne, as well as five in Rockhampton, Queensland. To ensure the highest standards are always met, Degani roasts its signature blend daily in Victoria to ensure only the highest quality coffee reaches the customer.
Enjoy a taste of Degani at the Expo with a coffee from the Fiat Café car at the stand, and chat with the team about creating your own Degani Café experience. With various store designs to choose from, Degani offers training support, national marketing programs and the peace of mind that comes from a reputable brand.
FRANdata – Stand A11
Established more than 25 years ago in the United States, FRANdata commenced Australian operations in 2013 to provide business intelligence to the franchising sector. Last year FRANdata created The Australian Franchise Registry™, which was widely welcomed as a tool to promote transparency and increased credibility in the franchise sector with increased availability of reliable and independent information.
As well as the Registry, FRANdata specialises in assisting companies to obtain finance for franchise business. “The established suite of FRANdata funding accreditation products, including the industry standard Bank Credit Report, assists franchisors take control of the recurring and frustrating theme of finance access,” says CEO Darryn McAuliffe. “FRANdata works with not only established franchise brands looking to achieve or maintain bank accreditation, but also with new and emerging brands seeking a path to formal bank accreditation.” Hear McAuliffe’s presentation as part of the free seminar program, or visit the stand for more information.
Franchisee Success – Stand A29
Meet Elizabeth Gillam, a leading franchisee mentor, award winning multi-franchise owner and the founder of Franchisee Success. Having owned and operated three franchised food businesses; Boost, Healthy Habits and Bucking Bull; she knows what it takes to operate a profitable food franchise. This multi award winning businesswoman, author speaker and mentor, thrives on showing fellow franchisees how to do the same.
At the Expo, Gillam will be launching her new book, Upsize your profit – 6 steps to running a profitable food franchise at the Business Soapbox on Saturday. She will also be appearing at the Franchisee Success stand throughout the show, with complimentary copies of her booklet, Do your Due Diligence – THE PROCESS. In addition Gillam will be giving a seminar presentation “How to buy a franchise, making the right decision,” on Sunday.
G-Force Simulators – Stand D42
The G- Force simulator is the most realistic, powerful adrenaline rush possible without being on a racetrack! Based on the concept of a real V8 racing car, the G-Force simulator is currently the only working model in Australia that reproduces the driving experience of a real race car vehicle.
This innovative product has its very own unique, profitable marketing system to create lead generation and produce sales for the product. Its mobile billboard marketing system is used as a mechanism to attract business through corporate hire, party hire and corporate sponsorship. Not only is the system mobile, it is also efficient, taking just 15 minutes for the vehicle and the system to be set up or packed up. It is also operational from a 240-volt power plug, and costs less than $10 per day in electricity. See the G-Force simulator in action at stand D42 and find out how to accelerate your business future.
Jim’s Fencing Australia & NZ – Stand B29
Established more than 17 years ago, Jim’s Fencing is an extension of the Jim’s Group, the biggest and best-known home services business in Australia that now has branches in Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
As the largest fencing installation company in Australia, Jim’s Fencing has a very high profile and a trusted name, appearing regularly on TV renovation and gardening programs.
There are over 140 franchisees in Jim’s Fencing and over 3,000 franchisees in the entire group. Meet the team at the Expo to learn what it takes to join this dynamic company.
Jim’s Test & Tag – Stand A26
The Jim’s Test & Tag franchise is a proven business model with 100% per cent of businesses owned and operated by local franchisees. They say the care taken in recruiting, screening, training, developing and retaining qualified franchisees has been integral to both their own and their franchisees’ growth and success.
Meet the team from Jim’s Test & Tag at the show to find out about the satisfaction that comes from working with other people – from your team members, to your customers and the local community.
Lenard’s – Stand D19
Lenard’s is a business built from the customer’s perspective. It is focused on providing three core attributes that the customer craves – innovative and delicious chicken meals, quality service, and convenience. Since the first store opened in Queensland in 1987, Lenard’s has sold more than 500 million chickens, served more than 200 million customers, injected more than $2 billion into the Australian poultry market and won countless retailing awards. Today, Lenard’s employs more than 2,000 staff in nearly 300 franchises, supermarkets and butchers across Australia and remains one of the great success stories of Australian retailing. The business is growing quickly through supermarkets and butchers, and the next major challenge is to introduce the franchise into lucrative overseas markets. At the Expo Lenard’s will be launching a new ready to cook range, talk to Danny Messenger and his team at the show about the promising opportunities as a Lenard’s franchisee.
Mövenpick – Stand A2
Enjoyed in 38 countries around the world, Mövenpick is renowned for Swiss premium quality ice cream. The first Mövenpick Ice Cream franchised store opened in Australia in 2008 and its success has spread to 14 franchised Mövenpick boutiques operating on the east coast of Australia. Every Mövenpick flavour is natural, with no artificial additives or colours – a subtle and delicate work of culinary inspiration that is sure to delight the most discerning gourmets.
Visitors to the Brisbane Expo will be able to taste the ice cream for themselves and learn about the opportunities available at this dynamic and enticing stand.
New York Slice – Stand D29
New York Slice Pizzeria is the home of authentic New York style pizza by the slice. Over the last 12 years this progressive company has served nearly 2 million slices of hot, tasty pizza in inner city Brisbane alone.
New York Slice is now appointing Master Franchisees and Store Franchisees across the country, and at the Expo CEO Todd McGregor and the team will explain how New York Slice operates with less than 80% labour cost of other Pizza stores. See the genuine New York Cab on display and find out more about this hot and tasty opportunity.
RFG’s franchise systems are some of the most successful in Australia – household names offering high quality products, innovative store designs and exceptional customer service. At the Brisbane show RFG will showcase leading brands to prospective franchisees, including Donut King, Michel’s Patisserie, Brumby’s Bakery, Crust Gourmet Pizza, Pizza Capers, Gloria Jean’s Coffees, The Coffee Guy and Café2U.
RFG’s Sales & Leasing Manager Sarah Kidman says Brumby’s Bakery, Michel’s Patisserie and Donut King have recently undergone ‘Project Evolution’ and have some exciting new store designs on offer that are sure to excite potential franchisees. Meanwhile the mobile coffee van systems offer the ultimate in lifestyle as they pioneer the growing convenience coffee industry. “Offering established Brand Systems, extensive training, expert support, passionate teams and a variety of lifestyle opportunities, RFG is a one-stop franchising shop,” she adds. Kidman and her team will also be offering some special deals and potential financial support for approved applicants they meet at the Expo.
Your Social Village – Stand C36
The Expo’s social media partner, Your Social Village is a specialist social media marketing company with branches across Australia that many businesses trust and rely upon because it is made up of social media marketers only.
This forward-looking company excels in leveraging the power of social media for businesses across Australia keen to generate results fast. Their social media consultants work with clients one-on-one to determine the best use of resources, then create and implement a social media strategy that will generate the greatest returns.
The Brisbane Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo is on Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 July at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 10am–5pm. Entry is $20 at the door or $10 with pre-registration online. Free entry for children under 16 years.
For more information go to www.franchisingexpo.com.au