Hit the franchising hot spot in Sydney


Sydney’s Royal Hall of Industries at Moore Park will be filled with the who’s who of franchising next week at the Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo from Friday 18th – Sunday 20th March.

This enterprising event offers visitors a forum to compare and research a diverse range of franchise opportunities, with investment levels from under $10,000 to more than $500,000. Companies from a wide range of industries will showcase their business concepts, such as VIP Home Services, Retail Food Group, EmbroidMe, Dream Doors, Refresh Renovations, Tutor Doctor, endota spa, The Coffee Club, Minuteman Press, Skinny’s Grill, Amber Tiles, National Drones, WH Smith and Johnny Rockets to name just a few.

“This Expo – and the shows to follow in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne later this year – are must-see events for advice, inspiration and information about the latest life-changing franchising opportunities,” says Exhibition Manager Fiona Stacey.

The free seminar program will feature inspiring franchising success stories from Poolwerx’s John O’Brien and Pippa Hallas from Ella Baché, as well as a special guest presentation from international author and business coach Sharon Jurd.

“I’m very excited about our seminar program in Sydney this year,” Stacey says. “It’s an incredible opportunity to hear from people at the top of their game, to learn from them and to see what drives them.”

Sharon JurdSharon Jurd began her franchising journey at Century 21, where she rose to become the organisation’s youngest female director. After selling her real estate franchises she joined her partner as co-director of HydroKleen and in two years grew it to the market leader. Jurd has won 36 business and industry awards, including Franchise Woman of the Year, and has written two books; How To Grow Your Business Faster Than Your Competitor – The Secrets to Freedom and Success in 5 easy Steps and Extraordinary Women in Franchising – How their businesses have grown and how yours can too.

Pippa Hallas is the dynamic CEO of beauty company Ella Baché, and the granddaughter and great-niece of founders Edith Hallas and Ella Baché. After a career in advertising in UK and Australia, Hallas joined the family-owned company as Marketing Manager and General Manager before being appointed CEO in 2010. With 170 Ella Bache salons in Australia and New Zealand including 110 franchised salons, plus David Jones outlets around Australia, Hallas emphasises the importance of education, brand integrity and product innovation as keys to success.

Poolwerx’s high profile CEO John O’Brien will share what he has learned as he built Australasia’s largest pool and spa network with over 300 active franchise territories, 330 mobile vans and more than 70 retail stores. O’Brien has been highly involved in the Australian franchise industry for over 20 years as a member of the Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) and World Franchise Council, and is a regular contributor at high profile franchise events such as the National Franchise Convention.

The seminar program also includes specialist industry consultants such as Suzanne Jarzabkowska from DC Strategy, The Franchise Shop’s Grant Garraway and Brian Keen from Franchise Simply. The Franchise Council of Australia will also hold panel sessions with established and successful franchisors sharing their stories and taking questions from the floor.

“The seminars and free panel sessions are always a highlight of the Expo,” says Fiona Stacey. “It’s a good idea to check the program on our website before you attend, to make sure you’re in time to hear from any speakers who particularly interest you.

“But of course the main game is on the show floor, with exhibitors from a wide range of industries all ready to encourage and inform visitors about their franchise or business opportunity.”

Stacey adds that readers may gain free entry online until Tuesday 15 March, after that it is $10 online or $20 at the door. “So grab your ticket now, it’s really time to stop dreaming and start doing!” 

Sydney Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo 2016

18-20 March, Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park

Diary dates:

Perth: 15 May, Crown Perth, Burswood

Brisbane: 23-24 July, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank

Melbourne: 26-28 August at Melbourne Exhibition Centre, South Wharf

For more information go to www.franchisingexpo.com.au