Australian Franchise Opinions
The CEO - It's a tough gig!
Running a Franchise organisation has a lot more challenges than most businesses. You still need the same skills as any other CEO running a business in your Industry but you also have the challenges of managing the relationships with a diversified group of people that have all come from different backgrounds – your Franchisees.
New unfair contracts - changes expected in early 2016
In this exclusive article to whichfranchise, hear from Alan Branch who is a experienced consultant, commercial lawyer and franchise expert. He shares pertinent information on what to expect in 2015 in regards to changes made to the 'small business contact' so as satisfy unfair contract terms in Australia. Be in the know with this sound advice...
Top 10 things to check in a franchise disclosure document
In this exclusive article by leading franchise lawyer, Corinne Attard, you can discover the top things you should know about before you sign a franchise disclosure document. Are you 'in-the-know'? Find out here...
The Most Asked Questions in Franchising
George Yammouni, the CEO of Bathroom Werx Group, shares with us the most common questions asked within the franchising sector and gives his own expert advice.
From escaping workplace bullying to redundancy: Why I bought a franchise
Gemma Rasmussen from 'umm...communications' talks about why it is no longer the status quo to work in the same job for forty years, or tolerate a less than desirable work situation. Employees from all walks of life are ditching the conventional 9-5 for an opportunity to call the shots and be their own boss.
Franchise Opinion Authors
Nigel Williams of Century 21
Nigel Williams is the State Franchise Development Manager (Vic) for the global franchise group Century 21. Supported by his considerable expertise in business development, training, leadership & management coaching, Nigel spearheads C21’s strategic growth strategy throughout Victoria and Tasmania to locate and develop high profile, profitable "attraction" businesses.
Phil Blain of Franchise Right
In 2014, Phil and Sue Campbell formed the franchise consultancy Franchise Right. Phil has been on the Board of the Franchise Council of Australia, President of the Victorian Chapter and is a Fellow of that organisation, holding a Diploma of Business (Franchising) amongst various other qualifications.
Eli Gescheit of Navon Retail
Eli Gescheit is an urban planner with over seven years’ experience working with planning consultancies and local Councils. This has given Eli the ability to have a thorough understanding of Council's internal processes and client's requirements. When he's not solving client's property problems, he enjoys playing guitar and camping with his kids.
Alan Branch of Optivance 360
Alan is an experienced consultant, commercial lawyer and franchise expert recognised for his skill in negotiating and completing business set up and expansion projects. Alan is a recognised International speaker and publisher on franchising.
Corinne Attard of Holman Webb Lawyers
Corinne is a franchising and retail specialist with more than 25 years franchising and retail industry experience including extensive in-house experience as general counsel with responsibility for over 350 franchised stores. Corinne’s approach is outcome oriented and risk management based and combines practical business advice with legal solutions. She acts for primarily retailers, franchisors, master franchisees and multi-unit franchisees.
Mark Fernandez of Business Development Alliance
Director Mark Fernandez has had over 20 of senior management experience in franchising and business development. His breadth of knowledge and expertise spans across both local and multi international business models and his influence has seen him serve on the committee of the West Australian chapter of the Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) for a number of years.
Gemma Rasmussen of umm.. communications
Gemma Rasmussen is a Sydney based writer whose work has appeared in publications across the globe - from national newspaper Japan Today to Australian fashion rag Catalogue, and everything in between.
George Yammouni CEO of Bathroom Werx Group
George is CEO of the Bathroom Werx Group - a national Franchise System specialising in quick and affordable bathroom makeovers and renovations.
He is a 30year CPA veteran by profession and started his business as a Franchisee in 1986 after a career in merchant banking. He acquired the Franchisor in 1988 and began franchising in 1990.
Bathroom Werx renovates over 200 bathrooms every month around Australia for Customers, including the world’s leading Hotel groups and Government Housing Departments..
George is one of Australia's leading exponents of service franchising and is a Past Chairman of the Franchise Council of Australia.
Robert Toth of Marsh & Maher
Robert Toth a Partner of Marsh & Maher Lawyers is a recognised leader in Franchise law in Australia and a Member of the Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) & the International Franchise Lawyers Association (IFLA).
Melissa Strain of Wisewould Mahony
Melissa Strain, a Senior Associate at Wisewould Mahony Lawyers, is an Accredited Business Law Specialist with extensive experience in franchising.
Melissa works with both franchisees and franchisors to resolve franchise related disputes and assists franchisees with negotiated exits from franchise systems. Melissa is a member of the Franchise Council of Australia.
Paola Tanner of Fuse
Paola Tanner is the sole director at Fuse, Australia's leading multi-location specialist agency focusing on marketing implementation.
Vicki Prout of Sherpa Group
Vicki Prout has had varied experience having been involved in the franchising sector as a Franchisor, Franchisee, and Consultant. Her franchising journey seriously took off when she became the International Development and Marketing Manager for Cartridge World. Vicki established Sherpa Group in 2009.