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VIC Breakfast 26/08/2016

Franchise Recruitment

Friday 26 August 2016

Finding the right franchisee is never easy, and with the changes that have occurred in the way people access information, the way we find our franchisees has also changed.

As the mix and the pool of available franchisees continues to change, how do you cut through the noise to find the right people for your brand?

On top of this, when you do find the right franchisee, access to funding can be an issue. This is the new normal in franchising and it's a challenge that the industry faces. 

The way to find these potential franchisees out there has changed dramatically, and is set to continue to change.

Join us in a lively panel discussion, with franchise experts as well as franchisors that are experiencing some success in their franchise recruitment;

Follow the breakfast with a visit to the Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo, held at the same venue.

Time: 8.00am - 9.30am
Date: Friday 26 August, 2016
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre,
             2 Clarendon Street, Melbourne, VIC
            (Please note this event will be held in the exhibition hall of the Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo)
Tickets: $47.50 for Members, $67.50 for Non-Members
              Registration includes a light buffet breakfast, refreshments and access to the Expo.

About the Guest Panellists;

Aaron Smith, Founder & CEO, KX Group

Meet Aaron Smith, Founder and CEO of Australia's first high performance, boutique Fitness Company, KX Group.  Since opening the first KX Pilates studio in Malvern, VIC in 2010, Smith quickly expanded operation with a mix of wholly owned, part-owned and franchised studios.

Recognising the need for diversity and innovation, Smith launched KX International Retreats in 2012, followed by KX Yoga and KX Barre, in 2013. The company is now known as the KX Group and can be found at 29 different locations across Victoria and Sydney.

In 2014, Aaron Smith and KX Group have been recognised with a string of awards;
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist at the Australian Startup Awards,
  • Owner Manager of the Year Finalist (VIC) at the Australian Institute of Management Excellence Awards, and
  • KX Group was awarded Service Business of the Year at the Australian Startup Awards,

Ben Fletcher, Director, Listen To Your Body

Ben Fletcher is the founder of Listen To Your Body Australia. Ben has always had a passion for health and fitness, he has grown his passion from humble beginnings as a Personal Trainer in 2002, to having eight Listen To Your Body Studios in August 2016.

Listen To Your Body has improved the conventional personal training by implementing small personalised group sessions that give people the opportunity train at a reasonable price, with a qualified trainer by their side.

Sarah Stowe, Editor, FranchiseBusiness

Sarah Stowe heads up the editorial team at FranchiseBusiness. She has been immersed in the franchising sector for more than nine years, bringing independent news, profiles and advice articles to two audiences: franchise buyers and the franchisor community.

Sarah is the editor for the digital, print and social media channels franchisebusiness.com.au (the official online directory of the FCA), the Franchise Newsletter and the Franchise Industry Bulletin, the bi-monthly Franchising magazine, and Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter platforms for FranchiseBusiness.

Sarah has a strong publishing and editorial background, bringing 30 years' experience to the role.

Allan Sweeney, National Business Development Manager, SEEK Business

Allan has a passion for people and helping businesses leverage the power of digital marketing in an ever changing marketplace. Known for his enthusiastic personality and expertise in sales, Allan has forged a successful career imparting his knowledge to help others succeed.

With over 12 years' experience in strategic business development, Allan takes a consultative solutions based approach to ensure the people and businesses he partners with achieve their objectives.

Allan has been with the SEEK family for nearly two years, and joined SEEK Business to help create an efficient marketplace for both business seekers and sellers. By interpreting key data insights, he is able to foster strategic partnerships allowing them to succeed in an ever changing digital marketplace. He is driven to help people live more fulling and productive working lives and helping organisations succeed.

Originally from Scotland, Allan grew up in Portugal, and currently lives in Melbourne with his young family. He loves golf, and after playing professionally for five years, is a current member of the Professional Golfers Association, and still enjoys a few rounds whenever time allows.

Peter Waters, Director, ReStart1000

With close to 30 years experience implementing strategic change across industries including retail, manufacturing, online and franchising, Peter has had extensive experience leading businesses through start-up, turnaround and growth modes.

Having held senior management roles through to CEO, Peter has a comprehensive understanding of domestic and international distribution channels encompassing wholesale and retail sales, as well as implementing strategic change for Franchisors.

Well known for his innovative approach and energy for making "it" happen, has enabled Peter to develop a niche advisory practice within the SME, Not For Profit and Franchise sectors.

Along with The University of Melbourne and The Grey Army, Peter is currently a key stakeholder in an innovative community pathway project to recruit and transition 1,000 mature aged retrenched workers into self-employment or franchising.

Jeremy Szelag Digital Media Specialist, FC Business Solutions

As the Digital Media Specialist at FC Business Solutions Jeremy takes care of all internal and external marketing.  He helps clients identify and achieve their marketing goals as well as managing the content creation and design of our weekly EDM.

Jeremy is a digital native with experience developing online marketing strategies using Google AdWords, Facebook advertising and SEO and know how to maximize advertising spend and maintain online presence across brands.

Jeremy has also worked as a freelance graphic designer, designing banners, brochures, online ads and artwork for print as well as writing a tutorial blog on how to use Photoshop.
Venue: Victoria
Venue Address: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf, VIC
Starting: 8:00 AM
Friday 26th August 2016
Ending: 9:30 AM
Phone Enquiries: 1300 669 030

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