The 2015 International Franchise Expo, which takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from the 16 – 18th April has a full complement of exhibitors – confirming that franchising is alive and well and remains the best way to get into business and succeed.
The Franchise Expo, a platform for both established franchise concepts and new up-and-coming business opportunities reflects the diversity of business sectors that franchise. In the FASA franchise study, the largest sector was the Fast Food & Restaurant category at 20%; with retailing close behind at 19%. Business-to-Business Services and Childcare, Education and Training occupy 21% of the franchise market (10% and 11% respectively). The other categories (Health, Beauty & Body Culture, Real Estate Services, Construction & Related Services, Personal Services, Building, Office & Home services, Entertainment and Leisure) are 6% and smaller.
A range of exciting concepts from diverse sectors will be exhibiting at IFE this year – from the established and recognised brands such as Taste Holdings (Domino’s, Pizza, Maxi’s, Zebro’s and NWJ Jewellers), Spar, Subway, OBC Chicken, Melissa’s, Mike’s Kitchen, DIY Depot, Cash Converters and real estate brands RealNet and Rawsons to new concepts such as The Wunderbar, Bugman Pest Control, Defendoor, Inky Shop, Aluminium Network, John Dore Flooring, Men’s Clinic International, Plastic Ideas and Stretch-n-Grow – to name just a few.
With FASA applying to the Minister of the DTI to have its code accredited and become the industry ombud and with accreditation as a professional body through SAQA on the cards, a Franchise Convention for stakeholders will take place on the 15th April and two accredited training courses will run during the IFE.