Cel­e­brat­ing 20 years of their dream

Rotorua Weekender - - News -

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.

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The Speedy Signs Ro­torua group.

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Prime min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern (cen­tre) con­grat­u­lates Grant and Sarah Archibald on the 20th an­niver­sary day.

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