NO FRANCHISE EXPO OR SURVEY FOR 2014
Despite increasing confidence and signs of growth, two significant events have dropped off the franchise calendar this year
No dates have been published for the Business Opportunities & Franchise Expo in 2014 and the organisers have confirmed that it is unlikely that the event will take place this year. ‘I’d never say never, but unless we received a flood of interest then we don’t have anything planned,’ Brett Roger of organisers Expro NZ told us in response to readers’ queries. As exhibition venues are normally booked more than six months in advance, the chances of holding an expo in 2014 look slim.
The Business Opportunities & Franchise Expo series was launched in Auckland in 1994 and has been held annually ever since. Smaller expos have also been held some years in Wellington and Christchurch, with the last being a one-day event in Christchurch last year.
There will also be no Survey of Franchising in New Zealand this year. The Survey, launched in 2010 and repeated in 2012, was intended to be carried out every two years by Massey University in conjunction with Griffith University in Brisbane, which manages the concurrent Australian survey. However, the organisers have advised that funding issues following the non-renewal of support from the Franchise Association of New Zealand (FANZ) have meant that it is unable to go ahead in 2014.
Meanwhile, FANZ is launching a new website to replace its previous Australian-run directory site. The move coincides with a significant increase in membership fees as FANZ seeks to address financial issues caused, says chairman Ian Robertson, by the considerable drop in revenue from the previous website.
As the recent Franchising Confidence Index survey showed, overall confidence in the sector remains high although sentiment varies across industries. Availability of suitable franchisees remains a concern for many, although Franchise New Zealand’s own visitor numbers and magazine request statistics suggest that interest in opportunities is once again increasing.
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