last updated 12/09/2023
last updated 12/09/2023
September 2023 – The National Franchise Conference in Christchurch fuelled discussion, change and growth for franchisors and franchisees
The 2023 National Franchise Conference had an international feel this year, with speakers and delegates from the USA and Australia connecting with the local franchise fraternity to share ideas, experiences, trends and stories from all over the franchise world.
Over 200 people attended the three-day event held at Te Pae in Christchurch, which included some spectacular events and settings. A racing theme led by faux supercar driver MC Magnum Throughline set a high octane buzz and, as always, the friendly atmosphere and the combination of presentations, panels and networking sessions meant that new franchisors could meet and learn from established ones, and advisors were happy to share their expertise.
A thoughtful opening address from the Honourable Dr Duncan Webb, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, revealed an understanding of franchising and had some useful suggestions on the topic of dispute resolution. The Minister spent much of the morning with delegates, offering a valuable chance to engage.
US speakers included Peter Holt, who spoke about using culture to develop your franchise system, and how the very structure of franchising creates staff engagement, while Bill Edwards outlined the international opportunities and trends for New Zealand franchises. Local franchisors detailed their own experiences with case studies, with the level of information shared surprising and delighting newcomers.
‘The Conference was once again the place for franchise people to learn, get new insights and be inspired,’ says FANZ CEO Robyn Pickerill. ‘The 2024 Conference will be held in Tauranga from 28-30 July. Put it in your diary now!’
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