The FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards recognise and reward companies and individuals within the Australian franchise sector and provide a platform for entrants to showcase their achievements on the national stage.
The Awards are only open to FCA member companies or individuals, and are committed to ensuring that franchisors, franchisees and suppliers to the sector are appropriately represented. Success at the Awards not only increases brand recognition, customer enquiries and media coverage, but it can also boost company morale and help attract the best talent to companies.
The Excellence in Franchising Awards ceremony is held in conjunction with the National Franchise Convention and is the pinnacle of the franchising year.
Past winners include 2017 Australian Established Franchisor of the Year, G.J. Gardner Homes; 2017 Australian Emerging Franchisor of the Year, Soul Origin; and 2017 Multi-Unit Franchisee of the Year, Ryan Willsher of Finn Franchise Brokers; and many more.
The Australian Franchise Hall of Fame was established in 2003. During its creation, the selection panel searched back to the origins of franchising in Australia and, by a meticulous process of elimination, identified the groundbreakers, influencers, quiet achievers, selfless contributors and outstanding performers who endured the trials and laid the foundations of the sector’s success.
Now, it is the members of the Hall of Fame themselves who induct new entrants. The sole criterion is an outstanding contribution to franchising – whether as a franchisor, franchisee, academic, lawyer, consultant, politician, financier – whomever.
The 2017 Hall of Fame inductee is Rod Young, one of the world’s foremost franchising consultants and current Chairman and Global CEO of the $250 million Cartridge World group.
In 2007, the FCA announced the introduction of the Women in Franchising Committee (WIF), dedicated to promoting and advancing the achievements of women in franchising and small business.
The aim of the WIF Committee is to increase female participation in franchising. It aims to be a professional, organised group within the FCA that will provide women inside and outside the sector with information and encouragement, as well as genuine opportunities for contribution, networking and professional development.
The FCA is closely affiliated with franchising associations around the world and actively participates in international conventions, expos and working groups to inform and educate countries on Australian franchising trends and opportunities. The FCA is a full member of the World Franchise Council (WFC), as well as a founding member of the Asia Pacific Franchise Confederation (APFC) which is a supranational regional group of the WFC.
The WFC meets twice a year, and the FCA is an active participant and member of the WFC Task Force – which is the Executive Committee of the WFC. Access to the NFA’s from across the globe provides FCA members with cross referrals to key advisors when looking to expand internationally and provides a source of referral for international franchisors looking at entering the Australian franchising sector.
Members of the FCA receive many benefits which help businesses keep informed and connected with the franchise sector and facilitate education. One of the hallmarks of a reputable sector is a commitment to high standards of personal and professional conduct. This enhances public perceptions of franchising, helps safeguard the investments of franchisors and the businesses of franchisees, protects franchise networks from unfair or unethical attack and provides guidance for those seeking to commence their franchising journey.
The FCA encourages its members to maintain standards of conduct worthy of franchise sector professionals. The Member Standards are designed to provide members of the FCA with an authoritative guide on acceptable standards of conduct. The FCA believes the Australian franchise sector to be well regulated with the Franchising Code of Conduct (the Code) allowing for affordable, efficient dispute resolution procedures and disclosure provisions to assist and guide the sector. It also considers that the relationship between the franchisor and the franchisee can be developed even further with best practice guidelines in the form of FCA Member Standards.
It is the FCA’s view that a member gains significant market benefit in identifying themselves with FCA membership and as such the business practice and activities of members should work towards franchise best practice.