Looking to business models of the future

The Asia-Pacific Centre for Franchising Excellence will host the annual Franchise Management Forum in June.
The Asia-Pacific Centre for Franchising Excellence will host the annual Franchise Management Forum in June.

The new managing director of Pie Face, the former CEO of Lenard’s and the leader of the Westfield World Retail Study Tour are among those who will attend and address the 2015 Franchise Management Forum next month.

The sixth annual staging of the forum by the Asia-Pacific Centre for Franchising Excellence will engage the latest industry knowledge, market strategies and retail trends in business and franchising at South Bank on Wednesday, June 3.

From the impact of “unfair contracts laws” which have been extended to small business and their impact on franchising contracts to the use of rebates, the experts and delegates will run the gamut of the franchising sector through a series of interactive sessions and panel discussions.

Kevin Waite, Chief Executive Officer of Pie Face, will open discussions when he outlines how Pie Face has emerged from administration and is rebuilding its business model.

His presentation will be followed by the insights of Australia’s youngest female franchisor, Tina Tower, the CEO of Begin Bright and the 2014 Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year.

Jack Hanrahan, Retailer Relations Manager, Westfield, will outline the hottest retail trends from the world’s leading shopping destinations and consider how these trends are likely to impact Australian franchisors going forward.

MYERS_Bruce_smallThe day will end with the thoughts of Bruce Myers(left), former CEO, Lenard’s, who will delve into how the efficiency of a franchisor’s management team can be maximised.

“The day offers a strong combination of serious industry content, speakers and panels,” Professor Lorelle Frazer (below left), Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Franchising Excellence, said.Supplied 268-08.jpg

“It’s an opportunity for company directors, executive officers and senior managers to network and share franchisor experiences, insights and ideas. The practical takeaway is a major element of the Franchise Management Forum each year.

“Franchising is a key player in the business world, particularly local business. If someone is considering franchising as a possible expansion model for a local business, this could be an ideal forum to explore the way forward.”

Check out the Franchise Management Forum program and speakers. Register here.