Franchising shows are returning to Sydney
The popular Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo will be one of the first live exhibitions to return to the convention centre in Sydney. It runs from 26-27 March and will have around 100 exhibitors and 3000 visitors.
Organisers say the industry is keen to get back in front of consumers to meet the huge demand to explore new careers and working for yourself.
“People have experienced the frustration and joy of working from home through lockdown” explains Exhibition Manager Fiona Stacey. “The pandemic has forced us all to think about our careers and lifestyle. It is no surprise that people want greater control over their future. Working for yourself is one way to achieve that, and franchising might be the best way to turn that dream into reality”.
The show has been running for over thirty years and launched thousands of new businesses. Recent controversies around some major chains has seen a dint in confidence, but Stacey says that attitudes are changing and the next few years will be a time of renewal.
“There are actually over 1000 different franchise systems in Australia with almost 75,000 individual operators. These small businesses provide essential services for our cities and employ almost half a million Australians. If you want to work for yourself then this could be the best option for you. You just don’t know if you don’t look at all the options”.
The Franchising Expo will be one of the first shows running at the convention centre and organisers have worked closely with the venue to meet safety requirements. Visitors will be required to register before entering the show, handwashing stations are available and there will be lots of room to spread out. Exhibitors will favor an elbow bump over a handshake.
CEO of the Franchise Council of Australia Mary Aldred said the live shows had been sorely missed over the last year and she was delighted that were back.
“Getting into your own business is a big decision. These events give everyday Australians a chance to take those first steps. Our team will be there to talk about how franchising can be a very effective way to make this happen with a support structure around you. It is a great chance to do the research and make informed choices”.