Can you Afford not to be on Social Media

Mike Said, social media marketing and franchise strategist, who presented at FASA’s 2017 Convention made a compelling case for every business to take their social media marketing seriously.  With statistics showing that 75% of people purchased a product because they saw it on social media and of that percentage, 60,7% needed to see a post … Read more

FASA Planning to Grow Franchising in 2018

The management team at FASA are working on various exciting initiatives for 2018 designed to promote franchising as one of the safest ways to get into business. The role of FASA is to assist newcomers to the sector as well as existing members. At the same time, it aims to grow membership numbers but will … Read more

Trends in Franchising for 2018

It’s a known fact that when the world economy undergoes changes – either positive or negative – franchising is standing by to pick up on new trends or gaps in the market and presto – you have a new franchise concept.  The buzz word in global franchising is ‘flexibility and adaptability.’  Whether a result of a … Read more

Be Part of the 2018 Franchise Business Festival

The Franchise Association of South Africa’s Franchise Expo, which has enjoyed over 20 years as the flagship event for FASA and the industry’s showcase for small business and franchising, was taken to new heights in 2017 with a complete make-over turning into a lifestyle event as the Franchise Business Festival.  On the back of that … Read more

Spotlight On… Wilcote

If you are looking at buying a franchise, you should start by familiarising yourself with the different business sectors that offer franchise opportunities.  Whilst you may be familiar with a category like fast food because you see well-known brands on every corner, you should also look at what is currently in demand and also what … Read more

How Junk Status Will Affect Your Marketing

Marketers across South Africa are all asking how junk status will affect your marketing expenses. Veronica Wainstein and Mandy Davis of Penquin (www.penquin.co.za), service provider members of FASA share some tips to help you stretch your budget for maximum ROI. Whenever the economy takes a turn for the worse, one of the first places businesses … Read more

Accreditation by FASA Means Member Discounts & Exclusive Deals

If you are a franchise and want to be part of the family of ethical franchise operators, join the association now and make use of the member discounts and exclusive deals on offer i.e. Universal Healthcare who offers no less than five different medical schemes (depending on employee needs) from as little as R250 per … Read more

National Assembly Approves Sugar Tax

The bill providing for the implementation of a tax on sugary beverages – the health promotion levy – was passed by the National Assembly in mid-November. The adoption of the measure, which will be introduced in April 2018, came after extensive public hearings by Parliament’s finance and health committees as well as negotiations within the … Read more

Mastercard Research Shows Small Retailers Showing Better Growth Than National Chains

As consumer habits change and the retail landscape has to also change to meet the challenges of on-line shopping, Mastercard Inc, in a recent US survey which tracks purchasing patterns, has picked up that, whilst big chain stores still account for the majority of shoppers’ purchases, spending growth at mom-and-pop businesses has outpaced that of … Read more

Development Funding puts Pietermaritzburg Cash Converters Franchise into Business

Kim Broom and Africa Msimango took over the Cash Converters branch in Victoria Centre, Pietermaritzburg, on 1 November as part of the Kutana Group’s corporate social development programme. “Kutana’s leadership is committed to BEE and sustainable growth through responsible investments,” says CEO Thoko Mokgosi-Mwantembe. “As a Pan-African investment company focused on delivering significant shareholder value … Read more