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Winners at the event included Drew Sherwin and Amanda
Monaghan of Specsavers Australia Fair, who received the
award for Queensland/Northern Territory Single Unit Franchisee
of the Year, two or more staff; and Brazilian Beauty's Francesca
Webster, who took home the Queensland/Northern Territory
Franchise Woman of the Year award.
Stephen Halls of Poolwerx won the award for Queensland/
Northern Territory Field Manager of the Year, and Bakers
Delight multi unit franchisee Ryan Kirkham took home
the Queensland/Northern Territory Franchisee Community
Contribution and Responsibility Award for 2016.
For Drew, Optometry Partner, and Amanda, Dispensing Partner
at Specsavers Australia Fair Pty Ltd in Queensland, franchising
provided an unrivalled opportunity to become small business
owners at just 24 and 25 years of age respectively. This young and
successful franchise partnership team has grown its Specsavers
store significantly since taking over the business in early 2013.
'As young franchisees, we're very glad to have been afforded
the opportunity to be in a business such as ours,' says Drew.
'We both started with our franchisor as employees before
we progressed and became franchisees together. We're very
grateful to have had this opportunity, because there's no other
sector or environment where young people like ourselves can
have such wonderful exposure to life changing opportunities.'
Franchising has also provided Ryan Kirkham with a career
path, and the opportunity to become a small business owner.
Starting out as a Bakers Delight apprentice as a teenager, Ryan
has recently purchased his third Bakers Delight franchise.
As a local business owner on the Sunshine Coast, Ryan
believes in the importance of giving back to the community;
he supports a range of charity groups and initiatives, including
Wishlist -- a Sunshine Coast charity that raises money for the
improvement of local public health services -- and he makes
weekly bread donations through Life Church to help homeless
people and struggling families within the community.
'The Bakers Delight network is really fantastic with supporting
charitable organisations and helping groups out,' says Ryan. 'As
a network, we have several large charity events every year that
we donate to. Having that platform from a network perspective
makes it a lot easier to go out and do something in our local
community. It just gives you the right place to start from.'
Supporting franchisees to become successful small business
owners is a driving motivation for 2016 Queensland/Northern
Territory Field Manager of the Year Stephen Halls, who is
himself a former franchisee.
'Most people who join a franchise are on a journey,' says
Stephen. 'They are either looking for a job or looking to go into
business for the first time, so seeing them become successful
in their own right, whether it be financially or time wise, for me
is the most rewarding aspect of the role.'
For Brazilian Beauty CEO and Founder Francesca Webster,
winning the 2016 Queensland/Northern Territory Franchise
Woman of the Year Award was especially important given
the strong focus the franchise has on providing opportunities
'My personal philosophy -- and our philosophy at Brazilian
Beauty -- centres around empowering women to be the best
that they can be, and also empowering women to own their
own style of beautiful,' says Francesca. 'Last year we serviced
over 150,000 clients, and 97 per cent of those were female;
100 per cent of team members at a salon level are female; and
at a head office level, predominantly we're an all female team.
Winning this award is about all the amazing women that we
have within the Brazilian Beauty brand.'
Following their success, all winners have qualified as finalists
for the MYOB FCA National Excellence in Franchising Awards.
The Gala Awards Dinner will be held in Canberra on Tuesday
11 October 2016 at the culmination of the 2016 National
in Franchising Awards
The important contributions that franchising
makes to local communities, and the
opportunities that the sector provides to
foster business success, were on show at
the Franchise Council of Australia's 2016
Queensland/Northern Territory Excellence
in Franchising Awards presentations, which
were held in Brisbane on Monday 8 February.
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