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More from the MYOB FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards 2014 – have you seen the video?

You may have seen our last blog post featuring the winners of the MYOB FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards 2014 – if not, you can click here!

Below is the FCA’s video coverage of the event; we spied our Director, Mark, in a few shots – perhaps you were featured too! Have a look below:

If you are having issues watching the embedded video then click here to view it on Youtube.

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FCA WA State Chapter Christmas Bowls

On the 12th December 2014, the FCA WA State Chapter held their annual Christmas function at the South Perth Lawn Bowls Club where friends and colleagues in the franchising sector were given an opportunity to network and spread some Christmas cheer whilst getting into the competitive spirit with a few games of lawn bowls.

This year’s champions to take out the Chris Hewitt trophy were Ed Babington, David Shimell, Steve Seddon. Congratulations!

Our on-site photographer/reporter Mark Fernandez has produced and directed the video below – perhaps you will be able to spot yourself amongst the festivities!


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How to Franchise Your Business Seminar 2014


On the 29th October 2014, BDA held their annual ‘How to Franchise Your Business Seminar’ at Kailis Bros. Leederville.

Speaking on the night to a room of prospective franchisors and business owners were BDA’s Director Mark Fernandez, Walker Wayland’s John Dorazio and HWL Ebsworth’s Veronica Jumeaux – all three experts in their respective fields regarding franchising.

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Infographic: Franchising in 2014

Did you know that Australia is the most-franchised nation (per head of population) in the world?

Did you know that it contributed over 144 billion dollars to the Australian economy this year?

Do you want a piece of that pie?

Check out our infographic to pique your interest (click for larger):


Click here to view it in full size

Interested in franchising?

Franchising is clearly a proven business model that allows companies to expand without the risk of debt or the cost of equity.

It requires minimal capital investment on the franchisor’s behalf as franchisees provide the initial investment at the unit level. In addition, since it’s the franchisee, and not the franchisor, who signs the lease and commits to various service contracts, franchising allows for expansion with virtually no contingent liability- reducing the franchisor’s risk!

Do not hesitate to contact us and book in (08 9364 3811) a free 1-hour consultation with our Director, Mark Fernandez for the new year!

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FRANCHISING STARS: 10 Minutes with Viva Photography’s Vittorio Natoli

In this installment of FRANCHISING STARS, we interview the hugely successful Viva Photography’s Director and Founder – Vittorio Natoli.



Tell us about how Viva Photography was conceived:

After many years practicing as a wedding and portrait photographer, the concept occurred to me that there were so many facets and areas of learning required. I realised this is a very niche business and it would be difficult for anyone who has not worked in the industry to understand it’s dynamic and achieve a worthwhile result. And to that end, I realised that the whole way of doing business could be systemised, broken down and trained to create a consistent and viable photography franchise.

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Walker Wayland / BDA Franchising & Business Corporate Charity Golf Day 2015

golfdaywalkerwaylandWe are excited to announce that Walker Wayland have come on board for the 5th year in a row as our major sponsor! Your continued support is much appreciated.

BDA and Walker Wayland will be holding their 5th Annual Franchising & Business Corporate Charity Golf Day at Maylands Peninsula Golf Course. With past guest speakers such as Glen Jakovich and Shaun McManus – you can be assured that this is an event not to be missed!

It is a 100% not-for-profit event with all net proceeds from a percentage of the ticket sales and our charity auction (last year hosted by Tiny Holly) going to our WA-based charity.

Even if you are not a keen golfer (and you don’t have to be with Ambrose rules) – it’s all about the networking! There will be ample opportunities for you to rub shoulders with Perth’s franchising and business community.

Tickets will be released soon so watch this space and perhaps consider entering a team and sponsoring a hole!

Have we piqued your interest in sponsoring?
Please contact Janet Lee-Taylor for your copy of the Sponsorship Prospectus: admin@bda-online.com.au.

In-kind donations of goods and services are also much appreciated for prizes and charity auction items – contact us to find out more.


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Social Media and Christmas – Tips, Apps & Content Ideas!

Della Cornish, Owner and Principal Consultant at Social Ekho has been kind enough to contribute some very useful information for those engaging with stakeholders on social media during the festive season.


By: Della Cornish


The key to using social media for Christmas marketing is to make the most of the opportunity that it presents to reach out, connect, engage and provide value to your audience.

Here are 5 of my tips for producing content this Christmas season:

1. Christmas offer – use the ‘silly season’ to promote a special Christmas offer. Be sure to post and promote your exclusive seasonal offer early in October or November to get the most impact.

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FRANCHISING STARS: 10 Minutes with Kidz ‘n sport’s Mike Mellor

In this installment of FRANCHISING STARS, we interview the hugely successful Kidz ‘n sport’s Franchisor and Director, Mike Mellor.



Tell us about how Kidz ‘n sport was conceived:

Kidz ‘n sport was conceived by the two experiences that I had below:
As a school physical education teacher I became very dissatisfied at the lack of value being created in schools during Phys Ed lessons. There was insufficient equipment and the syllabus was just game orientated. I wanted every pupil to develop skills in order to encourage them to play sport and to exercise. The Phys Ed programme at schools was not delivering that.

The enjoyment that I had when engaging with my two young children in sporting activities also inspired me to start the Kidz ‘n sport programme. They both thrived on the fun that we derived from participating in the unique movement and sporting activities that I developed for them.

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MYOB FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards 2014 winners announced!


On the 28th of October 2014, the franchising community Australia-wide came together at the Allphones Arena in Sydney Olympic Park for the MYOB FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards Gala Dinner 2014. The night was well attended by over 600 patrons who congregated to honour the nation’s ‘best and brightest’ in the franchising industry.

The full list of winners announced are as follows:

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BDA Franchising Workshop Breakfast Series: Franchisee Recruitment – Best Practice Methods


On the 8th October 2014, BDA held the first session of the Franchising Workshop Breakfast Series on ‘Franchisee Recruitment – Best Practice Methods’ at Kailis Bros. Leederville.

Facilitated by Mark Fernandez of BDA and Tamra Seaton of MDS Legal; franchisors, master franchisees and members of franchise management came together to not only learn of the changes to the Code of Conduct and how it may affect franchisee recruitment practices but also to network with their peers

Make sure you don’t miss our next session!


Topic: Marketing & Advertising Funds – Best Practice Methods
Date: Wednesday 11th February 2014
Time: 7:30am – 10:00am
Venue: Kailis Bros. Leederville

Eventbrite - BDA Franchising Workshop Breakfast Series: Session Two - Marketing & Advertising Funds - Best Practice Methods

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