Celebrating 20 years of their dream
It was 20 years ago this year that Grant and Sarah Archibald sat around the kitchen table in their first home in Westbrook as a young married couple to consider bringing an international franchise system to New Zealand.
Sarah, mokopuna of Te Hingawaka and Taniera Morrison, descendent of Te Arawa — and Grant, son of Roy and Margaret Archibald, a long-standing Rotorua family with brothers Roy and Bill Archibald founders of Star Appliances, have strong ties to the city.
When the time came to organise the 20th anniversary of the dream that flourished into the largest signage network in New Zealand, there was only one place to consider.
Sarah Archibald, with her husband Grant, is founder of Business Franchise Group, the parent company for two leading business-to-business franchise brands — Speedy Signs (25 franchised locations) and Embroidme (15 locations). Speedy Signs recently celebrated its 20th anniversary at its national conference at the Novotel Lakeside Rotorua.
It was no coincidence that this was the hotel Sarah cut the ribbon with former prime minister Jim Bolger at its opening 23 years ago. Sarah says it was a wonderful walk down memory lane.
The Speedy Signs Rotorua group.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern (centre) congratulates Grant and Sarah Archibald on the 20th anniversary day.