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The big winner of the night was G.J . Gardner Homes, which
was named Australian Established Franchisor of the Year and
won the Excellence in International Franchising and Franchisor
Social Responsibility categories.
From humble beginnings in 1983 as an independent building
firm in Queensland, G.J . Gardner Homes now has more than
100 franchisees operating throughout the world.
And whether it is planting 15 trees for every house they build
in Victoria – an initiative that has seen G.J . Gardner homes
plant 30,000 trees over the past seven years – or successful
international expansion that has included entry into the United
States, G.J. Gardner Homes demonstrated excellence across
the board in its Award submissions.
‘We’ve been so fortunate to take out three awards tonight, and
it’s really thanks to the team – our franchisees, our master
franchisees and our strategic partners,’ said G. J. Gardner
Homes’s CEO and Managing Director, Darren Wallis.
‘It’s a massive recognition of the effort our team has put in
over the years we’ve been franchising. It’s just so good to be
recognised by our peers and by the franchising industry.
‘Winning a Franchise Council of Australia award is just great
for business,’ added Lee Moore, General Manager of G.J.
Gardner Homes. ‘From an international perspective, it’ll mean
that new franchisees will see us as a leading franchisor in the
business. Certainly, from a social and community responsibility
perspective, it’s great for our customers to see we are really
involved in the community.’
Food and coffee franchise Soul Origin was named the
Australian Emerging Franchisor of the Year. With 80 stores and
a presence in most Australian states, Soul Origin is a rapidly
growing franchise system that serves nutritious food on the go.
‘I’m a little bit overwhelmed at the moment, because we didn’t
expect to win this award tonight,’ said Chris Mavris, General
Manager of Soul Origin.
‘To be recognised by our peers in such a way gives us real
credibility in the industry, and for them to say “guys, you’ve
done a great job” means more to me than anything we’ve ever
achieved so far.’
Fastway Couriers celebrated its 25th anniversary of operating
in Australia by taking home the award for the International
Franchisor of the Year for the second time in three years.
‘The award really recognises all the hard work that goes on
not only in our franchise support office, but in our 27 regional
franchise locations across the country,’ said Richard Thame,
CEO of Fastway Couriers in Australia.
‘And of course, [the award recognises] all our courier
franchisees – they’re the ones who are getting up early every
morning and working really long days to build businesses.’
It was also a successful evening for handyman franchise Hire A
Hubby, which won the Excellence in Marketing and Franchise
Innovation categories at the Awards.
Ryan Willsher of Finn Franchise Brokers North Perth and
Regional Western Australia was honoured as the 2017
Multi-Unit Franchisee of the Year, as well as taking home the
Franchisee Community Responsibility and Contribution Award.
‘Winning these awards means a lot for both me and my
team, but also our brand. We’re still a relatively young brand,
so to be able to receive an award like this means a lot for
everyone involved. It will definitely help us win business, I
think. People will trust us more and it will give us a lot of
credibility,’ said Willsher.
The Awards also included the induction of a new member into
the Franchise Hall of Fame – Rod Young. Young is considered
one of the world’s foremost franchising consultants, and is the
current Chairman and Global CEO of the $250-million Cartridge
Aaron Smith, founder and CEO of KX Pilates was named
the winner of the 2017 NextGen in Franchising FranShark
competition. The competition is designed to assist young
entrepreneurs who are looking to grow their businesses by
franchising, and is powered by Octomedia and supported and
judged by the FCA Hall of Fame.
A total of 14 Excellence in Franchising Awards, plus the 2017
Hall of Fame inductee and NextGen in Franchising Australia
winner, were presented on the evening, which was proudly
sponsored by MYOB. Successful individuals and businesses
were recognised across a range of functions, including
franchisees, support staff and franchise systems.
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