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QLD-NT Chapter Christmas Celebrations - 24/11/2016

QLD Christmas Event: New Horizons
Innovation & Learning

This year we will have an impressive combination of guest speakers and our panel of experts for the pre-party event from 4:00pm to 6:00pm and the key theme is 'New Horizons'.

Reaching for 'New Horizons' requires innovation and learning so guest speakers and panellists for our pre-party event have been selected to reflect these topics.

Our guest speakers will share their experiences with Next Gen as well as learning;

  • The latest trends in eLearning,
  • How to incorporate instructional video content and engaging animation, as well as
  • The latest in Virtual Reality.

Our panel of experts will contribute their own personal experiences to the mix and Jan Timms, Director, Get Smart Services, will provide a summary of insights gleaned so far from her PhD topic on learning and development in the Australian franchising sector and the factors that contribute and hinder the success of Learning and Development (L&D) Strategy.

This is a great event for the franchising community in QLD to:

  • Meet others in the franchising sector and share some Christmas Cheer
  • Share experiences with like-minded franchising professionals
  • GREAT opportunity to network with others in a relaxed social setting
  • Win a prize from Santa's Sack!
  • Finger food and complimentary beer, wine or soft drink
  • Have some fun!
Santa's Sack Donations

If your company would like to share in the Christmas cheer and donate a prize to be included in Santa sack, please contact jan.timms@getsmartservices.com.au or phone 0414 314 276

Pre-Event: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Party: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Venue: The Ship Inn at Southbank
              Cnr Stanley & Sidon Streets Southbank Parklands, Brisbane*
Price: Members $30
            Non Members: $35

*Southbank train station is only a few minutes' walk and parking is available at Southbank Parklands Car Park. The Parklands Underground Car Park has more than 800 car parking spaces. The car park is accessible via Tribune Street and Little Stanley Street.

Guest Speakers:

Jacob Foster, Founder of FCF Fire & Electrical and 2016 NextGen finalist, and
Nik Leigh Founder of Real Property Photography and 2017 NextGen finalist

The NextGen in Franchising competition is a competition that is open to businesses which have been in operation for less than 5 years with the owners being 35 and under, as well as a business whom is either currently franchising, or has a model that would be well suited to franchising as a method of scaling.

Jacob Foster won a trip to the International Franchise Conference the NextGen competition in the US in 2016 and Nik Leigh was one of 3 finalists for 'NextGen' in Australia at this year's NFC where he competed for the opportunity to win a trip to the International Franchise Conference in Vegas in Feb 17.

As a candidate for the 2017 IFA NextGen competition, Nik will share experiences (primarily about the NextGen process and how to pitch) for his topic at the FCA Christmas party along with sharing how NextGen recognition has helped Real Property Photography and the types of questions/ concerns each judge raised throughout the process.

As last year's candidate, Jacob will talk about the reality, the people he met and how being part of the NextGen competition has helped his business. We will then have a Q & A session on why emerging brands should nominate for NextGen.

Jacob describes the process of meeting so many people in one place that specialise in the franchising industry as "amazing". As part of the group he met Suzanne from Subway, Dian Dwyer and many more industry leaders.

Wayne Bell and Toby Hewitt, The eLearning Company

Organisations fostering innovation are moving away from traditional training methods and adopting eLearning methodologies to ensure employees are engaged with training, whilst also minimising the costs to deliver face-to-face training.

We live in a knowledge based economy that is characterised by advancements in technology, globalisation, intensive competition, and rapid changes in customer needs.  To be able to consistently grow, cope with these changes and stay ahead of the game, employees must be updated with new concepts, skills and technology.

How do franchisors ensure they are not hindering their business by the inability to train a new type of workforce - one that is young, diverse, globally dispersed and with new learning needs?


Len Ferguson, Finn Franchise Brokers

Len is a Co-founder and Managing Director of the Finn Group, Australia's largest network of franchise and business brokers and the owner of well-known brands Finn Franchise Brokers and Finn Business Sales.

Len has personally been involved in the sale and recruitment of businesses and franchisees for almost 2 decades, resulting in hundreds of transactions.

Jan Timms, Get Smart Services

Jan will provide a summary of insights gleaned so far in her PhD topic on L&D in the Australian franchising sector and the factors that contribute and hinder the success of L&D strategy.  Arguably the most valuable asset a franchise group has is its knowledge and therefore a knowledge exchange framework is needed for capturing and sharing the knowledge that exists within the group.  Several franchise groups have invested heavily in L&D in order to achieve this but it hasn't always been enthusiastically embraced by its franchisees. This research study aims to find out why!

Phase one of the research study is well underway and some common themes have emerged regarding factors that appear to impact on the successful implementation of an L&D strategy.  Successful implementation is all about achieving results and ROI.  Find out what some of Australia's most successful franchisors are doing to become knowledge sharing machines!

Special thanks to our sponsors:



Venue: The Ship Inn
Venue Address: Stanley St & Sidon St, South Brisbane QLD, 4104
Starting: 4:00 PM
Thursday 24th November 2016
Ending: 8:00 PM
Phone Enquiries: 1300 669 030

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