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MYOB FCA Excellence in Franchising Award winners honoured at Allphones Arena in Sydney

Written on the 29 October 2014

The Franchise Council of Australia honoured franchising’s best and brightest at the MYOB FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards Gala Dinner last night at Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park.

The big winner on the night was South Australian-based Wendy’s Supa Sundaes who went home with Australian Established Franchisor of the Year trophy. CEO Rob McKay said it was a very special win for a brand that is a big family.

“Over time we’ve grown and evolved through a pretty basic premise – yum and fun. It’s always been about putting smiles on the customers’ faces and the franchisees’ faces. Thirty-five years later we still work every day to do the same thing,” Mr McKay said.

Shingle Inn Cafes were twice honoured in the Australian Emerging Franchisor of the Year and Franchisee of the Year, two or more staff categories.

Optometry and retail franchise, OPSM also took out two awards on the night, Excellence in Marketing and Franchisee of the Year, less than two staff.

Victorian OPSM franchisee Rowan Prendergast attributed his win to the support of his franchisor.

“They’re incredibly flexible and support of initiatives that I want to put in place to grow my business. They also consistently invest in what we do as optometrists. The technology growth in our industry is quite rapid and OPSM is at the forefront of that, which really helps me to be great at what I do,” Mr Prendergast said last night.

There were 13 awards presented on the evening, proudly sponsored by MYOB. Successful individuals and businesses were recognised across a range of functions including franchisees, support staff and franchise systems. (Full list below).

Accepting the inaugural award for International Franchisor of the Year, Peter Larson, Director of Professional Services at Specsavers said the Australian arm of the business now influences the original European brand.

“In the early days it was about transferring the (franchise) model to Australia. As the Australian model grew and the people grew, the model evolved. In fact the learnings and success we’ve had here, we’ve been able to push back to the parent company,” he said.

The awards also included the induction of a new member into the Franchise Hall of Fame – Psychologist and author Greg Nathan, founder of the Franchise Relationships Institute. Mr Nathan spoke of a vibrant Australian franchise sector after accepting his award.

"The Australian franchise sector has a genuine commitment to success for franchisees as well as franchisors. I think it comes from our ethos of giving everyone a fair go. We also have a strong commitment to quality and excellence, and to top it off we’re incredibly innovative,” Mr Nathan said.

MYOB FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards 2014 Winners

Australian Established Franchisor of the Year – Wendy’s Supa Sundaes
Sponsored by 7-Eleven Australia

Australian Emerging Franchisor of the Year – Shingle Inn
Sponsored by 7-Eleven Australia

International Franchisor of the Year – Specsavers
Sponsored by LeaseEagle

Multi-Unit Franchisee of the Year – Brad and Matt Walker, Grill’d Camberwell, Knox and Southland

Franchisee of the Year, two or more staff – April and Tony Carnie, Nicki Nesbitt and Wiesiek Lewandowski, Shingle Inn Mount Ommaney

Franchisee of the Year, less than two staff – Rowan Prendergast, OPSM Waurn Ponds

Franchise Woman of the Year – Sharon Jurd, HydroKleen Australia
Sponsored by Battery World

Field Manager of the Year – Danika Heslop, Jamaica Blue

Supplier of the Year – Shift8

Excellence in Marketing – OPSM
Sponsored by American Express

Franchisor Social Responsibility – Specsavers
Sponsored by Battery World

Franchisee Community Responsibility and Contribution – David Price, Grill’d Cairns
Sponsored by Crea Legal

Franchise Hall of Fame Inductee 2014 – Greg Nathan, Franchise Relationships

For more information, please contact:
Stephanie Wells, Marketing Communications Manager
Franchise Council of Australia 1300 669 030 stephanie.wells@franchise.org.au

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