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NAVIGATING THE FUTURE

by Simon Lord,
last updated 13/08/2018

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National Franchise Conference - August 2018

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The theme of the 2018 National Franchise Conference will be Navigating the Future. The conference is being held at the Wairakei Resort, Taupo, on 9-10 August. ‘Last year’s event was a sell-out, so make sure you book early,’ says Robyn Pickerill, the CEO of the Franchise Association.

‘The National Franchise Conference attracts some of New Zealand’s most experienced franchisors, franchise managers, and advisors from all round the country. The inclusive and welcoming atmosphere of the event always surprises newcomers, but no matter how experienced you are, there’s always more to learn.

‘This year, we have guest speakers who will bring inspiration and innovative expert knowledge from the franchise sector and beyond. Employment will be a particular focus, with presentations from the Labour Inspectorate and workshops on both legal and HR implications, and there’s a varied programme of local and international speakers, stimulating workshops and round-table sessions.

This year’s presenters include:

Greg Nathan is one of the legends of franchising. Founder of the Franchise Relationships Institute, Greg is a former franchisee, franchisor and a registered psychologist. The author of several studies and five must-read franchising books, Greg will share insights he believes franchisors need to embrace if they are to navigate the future successfully.

Natalie Brennan is General Manager of Muffin Break, one of Australasia’s best-known café franchises. Having trained, led and mentored thousands of people over the years, Natalie is passionate about franchising and especially about paving the way for other women in this sector. Natalie is the 2016 winner of the FCA’s Woman in Franchising award.

Glen Todd is CEO of MTF Finance and has been part of the team leading the company’s transition from a dealer-owned cooperative to a franchise operation. Learn how the brand has made the change while negotiating the post-GFC world and increasing regulation of the financial sector.

Phil Goldie, Microsoft NZ’s Commercial Director, will look at the latest technologies to help franchises improve the way they go to market and serve customers. Phil will cover real world examples and take a look at Artificial Intelligence in action.

Jason Gehrke has more than 25 years’ experience in the franchise sector. As a director of the Franchise Council of Australia, he has watched some of Australia’s best known franchise brands get entangled in employment issues and wage scandals. He will share some vital lessons for franchisors. 

Debbie Mayo-Smith specialises in entertaining, plain-talking tips on making the most of the internet. She will show franchisors how to achieve significant competitive advantage; improved communication and promotion; improved income, better branding and lower operating costs.

Latest - More speakers have just been announced, including a leading franchisor from the US – see here for more.

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