Experienced franchisee Brent Howard and rising star Josh Harkness have been appointed joint franchisees at Quest North Sydney.

Brent Howard will own a majority share of the North Sydney apartment hotel and maintain his role as General Manager at Quest St Leonards. Josh Harkness, with more than three years’ experience as Front Office Manager at Quest King William South in Adelaide, will take on the role of General Manager at Quest North Sydney.

The joint franchising model is one of several commissioned by the apartment hotel operator this year which partners established Quest franchisees with high-performing hospitality professionals from Quest’s Franchisee Accelerator Program. The model serves as a pathway for experienced franchisees to enter multi-unit franchising and employees to take their first step into the world of business ownership.

Recognised for running one of Quest’s most successful franchises, Brent Howard, together with partner Ann Crowhurst, has been awarded Quest NSW Franchise of the Year for the last two years. Brent said he is pleased to apply his expertise in hotel management and hospitality in the heart of North Sydney.

“The proximity to Sydney’s CBD and its location in a mixed-use property is one of several exciting features of this apartment hotel. I’m eager to begin working with Josh and our clients over the coming months in preparation for the launch in October,” Mr Howard said.

Quest North Sydney, due to open October 2019, features 100 studio, one, and two-bedroom apartments containing modern amenities such as high-speed Wi-Fi and smart televisions. Each apartment is also equipped with kitchen facilities, spacious bathrooms and ergonomic workspaces to provide a home away from home experience for guests.

Quest North Sydney is located just 4 kilometres from Sydney’s central business district. With a Sydney Metro train station at Victoria Cross expected by 2024, the commute will soon drop to less than 10 minutes.