Following the success of last year's inaugural event, NatWest joined
with Horwath Franchising to present the 2004 Franchisor Supplier
Showcase, which was held in conjunction with BMW/WilliamsF1 at their
Conference Centre at Wantage, Oxfordshire. The day was dedicated
to presenting specialist suppliers to franchisors and their managers
within the franchise industry.
The line-up of exhibitors presented a range of topics including
franchisee profiling systems, online franchisee recruitment solutions,
print management systems and coaching techniques to improve motivation
and performance. Issues surrounding employment law, health &
safety and taxation were explained and outlined as to how they affect
franchise organisations. Another presentation dealt with corporate
insurance claims and how to ensure full and sustainable business
recovery, whilst a leading franchisor explained the high-quality
telecommunication products and services they are able to offer to
other franchise organisations. The Franchise Support Centre used
the event to launch its range of services and explain the benefits
of using this 'One-Stop Shop' for outsourcing the vital services
needed to develop and manage franchise businesses.
The success of the day enabled franchisors to network with fellow
colleagues within the franchise industry. Pleased with the success
of the event, Brian Duckett, managing director of Horwath Franchising
said: "We have received excellent feedback, both from the delegates
and the presenters. Delegates enjoyed the range of presentations
and the suppliers came away with several high quality leads, that
should lead to major accounts."
Anne Phillips, of Primary Books Ltd books commented: "The
day proved to be very useful for me and I would certainly recommend
the event to my colleagues. It was an excellent day and I will use
the services of at least two of the ten showcase companies."
Paul Davies from Ben & Jerry's supported this by stating: "The
day was extremely well organised with a good balance of presentations
and time allowed to network. The day was professional and informative."
Delegates, including representatives from Interlink, Mr Electric,
MFI, Wimpy, easyGroup, ERA, and Thorntons, all had the opportunity
to tour around Williams' stable of F1 top-performance cars.
Mark Scott, from NatWest concluded: "We have been delighted
to be involved in this successful event. We believe it essential
that franchisors are kept up to date with developments from within
the industry, in order to stay ahead of their competitors. The success
of the day demonstrates that there is a definite need for this kind
of activity and we have been more than happy to support the event."