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Franchising Expo comes to Perth

The Perth Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo opens for one day only on Sunday 6 May, bringing together a range of franchises available for West Australians keen to be their own boss.

Showcasing more than 50 franchise brands with investment levels from under $10,000 to more than $500,000, the Franchising Expo will be held at Crown Perth.

“If you are thinking of getting into your own small business, there has never been a better time to attend the Franchising Expo,” says Exhibition Director Tim Collett.

“While it is disheartening to see reports of a small number of failed systems and individual stores, this does not change the fact that franchising is a popular and proven business model, which has helped thousands to get into their own business, provided the community with great service and employed hundreds of thousands of Australians,” he adds.

Exhibitors at the Expo include well-known names including Jim’s Group, Poolwerx, Aussie, Baker’s Delight, Signarama and Fully Promoted, plus emerging brands such as KX Pilates, Soul Origin, Oxworks, GroutPro, Laser Clinics Australia, Fox Mowing & Gardening and Acai Brothers. Global companies seeking WA franchisees include Jon Smith Subs, Minuteman Press International, Experimac, TaxAssist and Tutor Doctor, while local franchises include Jester’s, Croissant Express, Krazy Keys, Absolute Cosmetic Medicine and Go Private real estate.

There are also free seminars running all day throughout the show, including a keynote by Jim Penman, the man behind Jim’s Group. Other speakers include the new CEO of the Franchise Council of Australia Mary Aldred, Clayton Treloar from Mailboxes Etc., Mike Stringer from MPower Franchising and Rajiv Rajan from Finn Franchise Brokers. These informative seminars are sponsored by Aussie and there is no need to book.

Collett says anyone going into business for themselves needs to find out the facts. “The Franchising Expo brings everyone together under one roof. You can compare the options, eyeball the people behind the brands and ask the hard questions. It is all about doing your research and finding the right match for you.”

Perth Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo
10am-5pm Sunday 6 May
The Astral, Crown Perth, Burswood

Register online for a free ticket at


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Note to editors – see selected speaker bios below, a full program is attached.

KEYNOTE: Jim Penman – Every customer a raving fan

Famously starting the Jim's Mowing system with just $24 over 35 years ago, Jim Penman is founder and CEO of Jim's Group. With 45 different business systems and close to 4000 franchisees, it is Australia's largest franchise network.

Penman started a part-time gardening business while he completed his PhD in history. It went full time in 1982 and was franchised in 1989. He has written several books, including ‘Selling by Not Selling’ and ‘Every Customer a Raving Fan’.

MC & SPEAKER: Rajiv Rajan – The winning formula for buying the right franchise business

Since immigrating to Australia, Rajan worked as a management consultant specialising in Sales Force Effectiveness before joining Finn Franchise Brokers as their South Perth specialist. Previously he was a senior executive with 15 years of highly successful experience in two blue chip pharmaceutical and life science companies.

With a strong commercial background and MBA qualified, Rajan has performed a broad range of functions in sales and marketing, applying diverse solutions to complex business challenges.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Mary Aldred – Fuelling the engine room of the Australian economy – standing up for a robust, respected and represented franchising sector

Commencing her role as CEO of the Franchise Council of Australia in April 2018, Aldred has extensive experience across government, industry and the corporate sectors.

Most recently she was CEO of the Committee for Gippsland, where her successes included attracting strong government, business and community support through effective and engaging advocacy; building a growing membership base that includes several franchise businesses, and establishing strategic partnerships that position the organisation for long term growth.

Mary has a BA (Hons) from Monash University, a Master of Agribusiness from the University of Melbourne, and MBA from Federation University. She studied public private partnerships at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in 2016 and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.