Small business success on show at Brisbane Franchising Expo

The benefits of franchising will be celebrated at the Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo, opening at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July.

Fiona Stacey, Exhibition Manager“Anyone investing in a small business is taking a risk, however franchised businesses have high rates of longevity and success, with greater brand recognition and the benefit of proven systems,” says Exhibition Manager Fiona Stacey. “Basically you’re in business for yourself, but not by yourself.”

Franchising is a successful and fast growing part of Australia's small business landscape. According to the Franchise Council of Australia’s (FCA) most recent data, the sector is worth an estimated $144 billion in sales across 79,000 franchise units, and employs around 460,000 people.

At the Brisbane Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo visitors can see a wide range of concepts, with investment levels ranging from $5,000 to over $500,000.

“There really is something for everyone, whatever your experience or interest,” says Stacey. “Many people come to see traditional franchise formats in the fast food, home services or retail sectors, but there are also some really novel businesses exhibiting this year, from drone photography to hot yoga and rock climbing.”

The Brisbane show will feature a high number of franchises in the food and beverage industry, with exhibitors such as Lenard’s, New York Slice, Raw Energy, Degani, The Coffee Club, Wicked Berries and Xpresso Mobile Café. In addition the team from Retail Food Group will be on hand to discuss their brands and provide information.

Michael Marr, RFG’s Marketing Manager Sales & Leasing says he looks forward to showcasing leading brands including Donut King, Michel’s Patisserie, Brumby’s Bakery, Crust Gourmet Pizza, Pizza Capers, Gloria Jean’s and The Coffee Guy.

One of the highlights of the Expo will be its free seminar program, with sessions running throughout the two days of the show. The strong lineup of experienced and knowledgeable franchisors, franchisees and service providers includes keynote speaker John O’Brien from Poolwerx and special guest presenter Sharon Jurd from HydroKleen, plus Lenard’s CEO Chris Caldwell and networking expert Sarah Cobb from BforB.

In addition the seminars will include the FCA Franchise Success panel series, where successful franchisees and franchisors from different systems will discuss their journeys and reasons behind selecting their chosen businesses.

While the free seminars and panel discussions are all strong drawcards, Stacey says visitors will gain most from meeting representatives from a wide range of businesses, so they can compare the opportunities on offer.

“Some visitors come with specific businesses in mind, while others are open to new ideas, in industries they had never previously considered,” she says. “We also attract entrepreneurs wishing to grow their business through the franchising model. They come because the Franchising Expo is the country’s leading event to find information and inspiration to start, build or grow your own business.”

Pre-register online at for discounted tickets.

Brisbane Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo

Saturday 23 July – Sunday 24 July, 10am-5pm

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Next show:

Melbourne Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo

Friday 26 – Sunday 28 August, 10am-5pm

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre