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last updated 23/09/2019


2019 Conference - Together Towards Tomorrow

last updated 23/09/2019


Together Towards Tomorrow is the theme of this year’s National Franchise Conference, and it’s attracted a great line-up of speakers. The deadline for Earlybird bookings has just been extended to 8 April.

The National Franchise Conference takes place in Rotorua on 20-21 June. As always it will be a fascinating mix of networking, workshops, round tables, panel sessions and presentations from some of the top practitioners in franchising, both from New Zealand and overseas.

‘The theme this year is Together Towards Tomorrow, which looks at the challenges facing businesses in the face of disruption in many industries, and explores how franchises can not only address the issues but bring their franchisees with them as changes are made,’ says Robyn Pickerill, CEO of FANZ.

Speakers include FANZ Chairman and leading franchise expert Dr Callum Floyd talking about how to innovate and adapt franchise models in a dynamic business environment in order to foster long-term sustainability. David Ovendale, the CEO of Top 10 Holiday Parks, will address raising franchisee standards through customer insights and technology, providing learnings to support change. Paul Wright, the chairman of Harcourts International (one of New Zealand’s greatest franchise success stories) will make his first appearance at the conference explaining how a business founded in 1888 – and franchised in 1988 – has to focus on the future.

From Australia, Sara Pantaleo, the CEO of the La Porchetta restaurant franchise, will describe how a 30-year-old franchise system is navigating disruption in the food sector, particularly focusing on events of the last few years which demand that a franchise must evolve to meet the market needs whilst still ensuring all stakeholders come along for the journey. Mary Aldred of the Franchise Council of Australia will talk about the recent Parliamentary Enquiry into franchising over the Tasman and what this means for best practice franchising standards in New Zealand. And renowned franchise expert Greg Nathan from the Franchise Relationships Institute will share an interactive presentation with practical tips and insights from the field of business psychology on how to get franchisees ready and willing to change as franchisors update their business models.

‘These are just some of the speakers at this year’s Conference,’ says Robyn. ‘If you are involved in franchising, are thinking of franchising your business or buying a master franchise, it’s a must-attend. You’ll make contacts, make friends and enjoy the exchange of experiences and ideas between people immersed in the realities of doing business in a changing New Zealand via franchising. Last year’s Conference was a sell-out, so book now to get the Earlybird rate.’

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