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Turn ambition into action at the Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo

Written on the 13 June 2013

Media Release: Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo
June 2013

Anyone who’s ever dreamed of being their own boss, or turning their small business into an empire, will find plenty to inspire them at the Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo, which opens at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre on Friday 14 June.

“The Sydney Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo will give visitors the opportunity to compare and research a diverse range of franchise opportunities with investment levels from under $10,000 to more than $500,000,” says Exhibition Manager Fiona Stacey.

According to the Franchising Industry Council, Franchising has been remarkably successful in Australia, with Australia/NZ having the world’s highest per capita penetration of franchised systems in the world.

The sector is a major contributor to the Australian economy; with 1180 franchise systems achieving $131 billion in annual turnover, and earning $300 million each year in export income. There are around 73,000 franchisees, which employ more than 400,000 people. In addition the indirect economic impact of franchising has been estimated at almost $4 billion annually.

“Franchises dot our landscape and meet thousands of our goods and service needs every day,” says Suzanne Jarzabkowska, CEO of DC Strategy, a multi-disciplinary consulting, legal and recruitment firm that specialises in franchising. 

“Australia is one of the most heavily franchised countries per capita in the world,” she says. “And maybe that’s because we are also one of the most risk-averse nations globally, which combined with the fact that Aussies really like to be their own boss, makes franchising such a winner.”

Jarzabkowska explains that a franchisor’s proven profitable concept, supported by their training, systems, marketing, brand and often product, takes a lot of the risk out of running your own business.

“And despite the prevalence of the Golden Arches and other international concepts such as Shell and 7-Eleven, over 90% of Australian franchises are home grown, with increasing numbers such as Boost and Pie Face taking their place among the 10,000 odd global franchise brands,“ she adds.

Jarzabkowska and DC Strategy Chairman Rod Young will be sharing their insights as part of the Expo’s seminar programme, with free sessions running throughout the three days of the show. As well as a strong lineup of experienced and knowledgeable franchisors, franchisees and service providers, the seminars will include a series of FCA Franchise Success Panels, where successful franchisees and franchisors from different systems will discuss their journeys and reasons behind selecting their chosen businesses. The Franchise Council of Australia will also provide further insight into the franchising industry to help visitors decide whether franchising is right for them.

Visitors will also benefit from free one-on-one sessions available at the Franchising Advice Centre, where they may meet with an expert from DC Strategy to discuss legal issues, or with a wealth manager from Yellow Brick Road to explore finance options.

Exhibition Manager Fiona Stacey adds that visitors who decide a traditional franchise operation is not right for them, can still learn about a wide range of other opportunities to earn additional income.

“Entry is free if you pre-register online, and there is an abundance of information available on every aspect of being your own boss,” she says. “It’s really time to stop dreaming and start doing.” 

The Sydney Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo is on Friday 14 June – Sunday 16 June at the Sydney Convention Exhibition Centre. Entry is $15 at the door or free with pre-registration.

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

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