The brand new ICC Sydney at Darling Harbour will be filled with the who’s who of franchising at the Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo from Saturday 25 – Sunday 26th March.

Now in its 30th year, this enterprising event offers visitors a forum to compare and research a diverse range of franchise opportunities, with investment levels from under $10,000 to more than $500,000.

There will be more than 100 business concepts on show, from the likes of Retail Food Group, Fully Promoted, Clark Rubber, Godfreys, Refresh Renovations, Juiced Life, Tutor Doctor, Franchise Retail Brands, Minuteman Press, Signwave, Papa John’s Pizza, National Drones and Jim’s Pool Care, to name only a few.

“This Expo – and the shows to follow in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne later this year – are must-see events for advice, inspiration and information about the latest life-changing franchising opportunities,” says Exhibition Manager Fiona Stacey.

There will be plenty to see and do on the show floor, with free rock climbing at the Base Zero stand, fun photo booths at TapSnap, knife sharpening with Flamin’ Sharp, and espresso coffee from Lava Coffee and Coffee Mug Shot.

The free seminar program will feature inspiring keynote presentations stories from Brian Walker from Retail Doctor Group, Poolwerx’s John O’Brien and FCA CEO Damian Paull. Other prominent franchisors in the lineup include Chris Caldwell from Lenard’s Chicken and Love Pollo and Todd McGregor from New York Slice.

“This year the seminars will be right in the centre of the show floor, and I encourage visitors to make time to see at least one of the sessions,” Stacey says. “It’s an incredible opportunity to hear from people at the top of their game, and to see what drives them.”

The seminar program also includes specialist industry consultants such as Suzanne Jarzabkowska from DC Strategy, The Franchise Shop’s Grant Garraway and Brian Keen from Franchise Simply. The Franchise Council of Australia will also hold panel sessions with successful franchisees sharing their stories and taking questions from the floor.

“But of course the main game is on the show floor,” says Stacey, “with exhibitors from a wide range of industries all ready to encourage and inform visitors about their franchise or business opportunity. There’s no other event like it!”


10am-5pm 25-26 March

Hall 7, ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour

More Franchising Expo dates:

Perth: 7 May, Crown Perth, Burswood
Brisbane: 22-23 July, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank
Melbourne: 26-27 August at Melbourne Exhibition Centre, South Wharf

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John O'BrienJohn O’Brien – How to back a Franchise Winner

Poolwerx’s high profile CEO, John O’Brien, has built Australasia’s largest pool and spa network with over 300 active franchise territories, 330 mobile vans and more than 70 retail stores. O’Brien has been highly involved in the Australian franchise industry for over 20 years as a member of the Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) and World Franchise Council, and is a regular contributor at high profile franchise events such as the National Franchise Convention.


Damien PaullDamian Paull– Together Towards Tomorrow

After five years with the Australian Retail Credit Association, Damian Paull joined the Franchise Council of Australia as CEO last year. He is a highly regarded membership organisation executive, who brings years of experience, a successful track record of achievement and reputation for effective stakeholder collaboration and membership engagement.


Brian WalkerBrian Walker – Steps to Business Fitness

As the principal and founder of Retail Doctor Group, Brian has successfully led change teams in retail arenas and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of many strategic projects both nationally and internationally. Walker is a leading media commentator on retail issues, regularly appearing on ABC, Channel 9 News and A Current Affair and Channel 7 Today Tonight.

First published on Business Franchise Australia on 16th March 2017.