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The stars of Aus­tralia’s fran­chise world have had a chance to shine at their an­nual gala event. Both fran­chisees and fran­chise brands alike were recog­nised for their con­tri­bu­tions and com­mit­ment to busi­ness.

Fran­chis­ing’s top per­form­ers were recog­nised at the Fran­chise Coun­cil of Aus­tralia’s starstud­ded an­nual black-tie evening, with its awards show­cas­ing the strength and dy­namism of the ser­vices sec­tor, and three brands go­ing home with mul­ti­ple tro­phies: Finn Fran­chise Bro­kers, GJ Gardner Homes and Hire A Hubby.

The house-build­ing busi­ness GJ Gardner Homes won the main ti­tle, Aus­tralian Es­tab­lished Fran­chisor of the Year, fight­ing off com­pe­ti­tion from a line-up of ser­vice-based fran­chise fi­nal­ists – Hire A Hubby, MBCM Strata Spe­cial­ists, Mis­ter Minit and The Leather Doc­tor.

GJ Gardner had just scooped up two other awards, be­ing named na­tional win­ner for both Ex­cel­lence in In­ter­na­tional Fran­chis­ing and for Fran­chisor So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“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,” GJ Gardner Homes CEO/manag­ing di­rec­tor Dar­ren Wal­lis told award guests. “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.”

Gen­eral man­ager Lee Moore said that win­ning a Fran­chise Coun­cil of Aus­tralia award was great for busi­ness. “From an in­ter­na­tional per­spec­tive, it will mean that new fran­chisees will see us as a lead­ing fran­chisor in the busi­ness. Cer­tainly, from a so­cial and com­mu­nity re­spon­si­bil­ity per­spec­tive, it is great for our cus­tomers to see we are re­ally in­volved in the com­mu­nity.”


Handy­man net­work Hire A Hubby was re­warded for Ex­cel­lence in Mar­ket­ing, and named na­tional win­ner for Fran­chise In­no­va­tion, a hotly con­tested cat­e­gory with fel­low ser­vice busi­ness Fast­way Couri­ers and food brands Ja­maica Blue, Spud­bar and Zam­brero the na­tional fi­nal­ists. Turn to page 37 to read more about Hire A Hubby.

Healthy fast-food chain Soul Ori­gin was named Aus­tralian Emerg­ing Fran­chisor of the Year af­ter open­ing 80 stores in three years. Other fi­nal­ists in the cat­e­gory were Bon­bons Bak­ery, Book­wiz Book­keep­ing, KX Pi­lates and Shoe­box Book­keep­ing.

“I’m a lit­tle bit over­whelmed be­cause we didn’t ex­pect to win this award,” said Soul Ori­gin CEO Chris Mavris. “To be recog­nised by our peers in such a way gives us real cred­i­bil­ity in the in­dus­try ... and means more to me than any­thing we’ve achieved so far.”

Fast­way Couri­ers cel­e­brated its 25th an­niver­sary of work­ing in Aus­tralia by tak­ing home the award for 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,” said Aus­tralia CEO Richard Thame.


Finn Fran­chise Bro­ker’s Ryan Will­sher had a dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion, tak­ing out the Fran­chisee Com­mu­nity Re­spon­si­bil­ity and Con­tri­bu­tion Award then go­ing on to win the Multi-Unit Fran­chisee of the Year cat­e­gory.

Ca­reer banker turned fran­chisee Nel­lie Dicks, who joined the Bank of Queens­land in 2004, was named SIN­GLE­U­NIT Fran­chisee of the Year (two or more staff). She is fea­tured in the Septem­ber/ Oc­to­ber In­side Fran­chise Busi­ness edi­tion.

The Sin­gle-Unit Fran­chisee of the Year (fewer than two staff) ti­tle went to this is­sue’s cover star, Bev­er­ley Tay­lor of InX­press. Turn to the fea­ture on page 18 to read how she cat­a­pulted to suc­cess in just four years.

De­signed to help young en­trepreneurs seek­ing to grow their busi­nesses by fran­chis­ing, The Next Gen in Fran­chis­ing FranShark Com­pe­ti­tion was won by KX Pi­lates founder/CEO Aaron Smith. The com­pe­ti­tion is run by Oc­to­me­dia, the pub­lisher of In­side Fran­chise Busi­ness, sup­ported and judged by the FCA Hall of Fame.

Smith goes on to at­tend the fi­nals of the global com­pe­ti­tion, at the In­ter­na­tional Fran­chise As­so­ci­a­tion’s con­ven­tion in the US in Fe­bru­ary. Last year’s Aus­tralian win­ner, Salts of the Earth, was this year’s global run­ner-up.

An­other high­light of the awards was the in­duc­tion of Rod Young into the Fran­chise Hall of Fame. Con­sid­ered one of the world’s fore­most fran­chis­ing con­sul­tants, Young is chair­man/global CEO of the $250 mil­lion Car­tridge World group.

The Sup­plier of the Year Award went to MST Lawyers, a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor of le­gal ad­vice for the In­side Fran­chise Busi­ness web­site, Fran­chiseBusi­

MYOB FCA Ex­cel­lence in Fran­chis­ing Awards 2017 win­nersAus­tralian Es­tab­lished Fran­chisor of the Year: GJ Gardner Homes Aus­tralian Emerg­ing Fran­chisor of the Year: Soul Ori­ginIn­ter­na­tional Fran­chisor of the Year: Fast­way Couri­ersMulti-Unit Fran­chisee of the Year: Ryan Will­sher, Finn Fran­chise Bro­kers, North Perth and Re­gional Western Aus­tralia Sin­gle-Unit Fran­chisee of the Year (two or more staff}: Nel­lie Dicks, Bank of Queens­land, Rich­mond Sin­gle-Unit Fran­chisee of the Year (fewer than two staff): Bev­er­ley Tay­lor, InX­press, BondiFran­chise Woman of the Year: San­dra Car­ring­ton, Fad Cheer and DanceField Man­ager of the Year: Eric Ce­lik, Pack & SendSup­plier of the Year: MST Lawyers Ex­cel­lence in Mar­ket­ing: Hire A HubbyEx­cel­lence in In­ter­na­tional Fran­chis­ing: GJ Gardner Homes Fran­chise In­no­va­tion: Hire A HubbyFran­chisor So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity: GJ Gardner HomesFran­chisee Com­mu­nity Re­spon­si­bil­ity and Con­tri­bu­tion: Ryan Will­sher, Finn Fran­chise Bro­kers, North Perth and Re­gional WAFran­chise Hall of Fame In­ductee: Rod YoungNex­tGen in Fran­chis­ing, FranShark Com­pe­ti­tion: Aaron Smith, KX Pi­lates

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