CONFERENCE ALL SOLD OUT
31 May 2017 - There's now a waiting list for places at the 2017 National Franchise Conference being held in Hamilton in August
The National Franchise Conference in Hamilton in August has proved so attractive that places have sold out. Over 40 franchise brands will be represented among the 140 delegates, with franchisors out-numbering service providers. Trade stands at the accompanying expo are also in short supply.
‘We have had to start a waiting list for people wanting to attend,’ says Robyn Pickerill, the CEO of FANZ. ‘It’s a nice problem to have, and shows how the franchise sector is increasingly coming together to discuss challenges in such areas as disruptive technology, increasing competition and media and legislative scrutiny. We’ll have sessions on all these topics and more, as well as a superb line-up of speakers.’
The conference will be the first major event following the release of findings from the 2017 Franchising New Zealand survey, which is currently under way. This is set to draw a new picture of the state of franchising and the threats and opportunities in the next five years.
‘As franchisors and franchisees face challenges from disruptive technology, increasing competition, and media and legislative scrutiny, the conference will be a “must-attend” event,’ says Brad Jacobs, Chairman of the Franchise Association of New Zealand.
A new addition to the speaker line-up is Paul Blackwell, a former Paper Plus and New World franchisee who is now owner of Pak’n’Save Albany and a director of Foodstuffs NZ. Unusually, Paul owns a sports franchise as well – the SkyCity Breakers basketball team. Paul is replacing New World franchisee Jason Witehera.
Martin Snedden is the man behind the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the director of NZ Cricket and Auckland World Masters Games, CEO of Tourism Industry Association and much more. Martin will share his stories on the conference theme of Innovation, Integration and Resilience and their application in the business environment.
Drawing on his Maori culture to present modern-day business lessons, Ngahihi o te ra Bidois is an international leadership speaker who has presented throughout the world, including the New York offices of Google. His presentation will share experiences from his leadership experiences in management and teaching.
Logan Sears will discuss applying a customer-focused strategy to digital evolution and unlocking the mystery around digital disruption. The CEO of Green Acres and Hire a Hubby, Logan is also a director of the New Zealand Lotteries Commission.
Scott Bush is New Zealand General Manager of Domino’s, the global pizza giant which reckons to have 40 new digital technology projects on the go at any one time, including the drone delivery programme currently being tested in New Zealand. Scott is a former multi-unit franchisee himself.
Pete Burdon is founder of Media Training NZ. Formerly a daily news reporter and government press secretary, his focus is preparing leaders to master media interviews and readying organisations to survive intense media and public scrutiny. Pete will also be running a workshop session.
Bill Edwards of USA-based Edwards Global Services has over 40 years of international business experience. Bill has worked on projects in 68 countries and publishes the GlobalVue country-ranking tool to help franchises decide which are the best countries for profitable development of their business.
Dr Callum Floyd of six-times Westpac Award-winners Franchize Consultants will discuss franchise network evolution, looking particularly at current trends impacting franchise system business models and changes that franchises are making to adapt and improve sustainability.
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