The Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo has new owners, and they are promising to return the event to its rightful place as the pre-eminent showcase for franchisors, service suppliers and potential franchisees.
The new owner is Specialised Events, a dynamic exhibition company that specialise in business events including the popular Foodservice Australia show. They have acquired the expo from Diversified Exhibitions, who launched it back in 1987.
Managing Director Tim Collett says the show is a perfect fit with the Specialised Events portfolio. He says “the shows are still in great shape, but we look forward to adding a new level of energy and innovation that will deliver more business for exhibitors and information for visitors”.
In a popular move the company has appointed Fiona Stacey as Exhibition Manager. Fiona ran the show from 1993 to 2005 and will be well known to many in the franchising community. She says she is looking forward to being involved again.
Fiona says “these events are the perfect place to showcase all the different franchising options available. I just love seeing the excitement of people’s faces when they discover a new business opportunity, or an exhibitor finds a new franchisee”.
She adds “The franchising model has improved over the years and the industry is much larger than a decade ago. I think the shows are more relevant than ever, and look forward to introducing some new ideas that will make them even better”.
Kym De Britt from the Franchising Council of Australia says the association is delighted that the shows have a new organiser with the passion and experience to take them to the next level. He says “we have been closely involved in the handover and are confident this is the right move for the industry.
Matt Pearce from Diversified Exhibitions says it was time for the company to focus on other events. He said “we have enjoyed a long association with the franchising industry but think this change will be good for the show and allow us to invest in our larger shows and emerging industries”.
He said “I want to thank all those companies who have supported the event over the last twenty years and wish them well with their future plans. We believe the new organisers are well placed to keep the shows growing and meeting their needs”.
Fiona says she has been working closely with the Franchising Council and Diversified to ensure a smooth handover. She says “everyone has been really supportive and focused on a positive outcome. The show has a proud history and nobody wants to lose that”.
Some dates have changed. The Sydney Franchising Expo will now run at Darling Harbour from 14 - 16 June 2013, Brisbane will run from 20 - 21 July 2013 and Melbourne from 30 August – 1 September 2013. The Perth show will return in 2014.
Organisers are currently in the process of contacting exhibitors and suppliers with details of the handover. For more information contact Fiona Stacey at Specialised Events on 03 9999 5464 or visit the show website at www.franchisingexpo.com.au.
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