When you Attend the Franchise Expo you can also attend our
FREE seminars at the Expo

Please note topics and speakers may change without prior notice.

 

29 June - Friday

9h30 – When and if I should consider franchising my business

Speaker:
Kobus Oosthuizen

CEO – SA Franchise Warehouse

Kobus is a chartered accountant and the founder and CEO of SA Franchise Warehouse, which is a service provider to the franchise industry involved with the recruitment, assessment, training and funding of franchisees for a portfolio of franchisors. Kobus was also a co-founder and CEO of Butterfield from 1996 until 2004 from where he entered the greater franchise sector and also served FASA as chairman until 2009.

SA Franchise Warehouse is also a media platform publishing a bi-monthly magazine serving as a mouthpiece to the franchise industry as well as promoting opportunities from various franchisors. Since 2012, SA Franchise Warehouse has been actively involved with the facilitation of funding form franchisees in association with the Jobs Fund and various development funding institutions.

 

10h30 – How to evaluate a franchise

Nicole-Mare-franchise-speaker Speaker:
Nicola Mare

Director -Franchize Directions

Nicola is a Director of the company who is involved in both the consulting and training side of the business. She is a senior consultant for franchisor development, particularly specialising in all the related package elements.

Nicola facilitates the running of the training programmes and is also actively involved as a presenter on modules such as the general principles of franchising, the critical success factors in franchising, and franchise relationships. Nicola completed a Bachelor of Arts as well as an HDE diploma at the University of the Witwatersrand. She spent three years teaching English and History, and then spent a further 5 years in Quality Assurance in the pharmaceutical industry before joining Franchize Directions in 2006.

 

11h30 – What are the legal requirements when starting your own business

Antonio-Kohler-franchise-speaker Speaker:
Antonio Kohler

Associate – Christodoulou & Mavrikis Inc.

Antonia completed her Bcom LLB (cum laude) in December 2014. During her time at the University of the Witwatersrand she achieved a Certificate of Merit in the Law of Delict, was on the Dean’s List for the years 2013 and 2014 and was awarded the Bowman Gilfillan Award for Insurance Law. She spent a year in the Family Law Department at the Wits Law Clinic, rendering legal services and assistance to the poor and marginalized communities within the Johannesburg region.

Antonia commenced her tenure at Christodoulou & Mavrikis Inc. in January 2015 and has completed all 4 parts of the Attorneys Admission examinations. Antonia was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court in April 2017 and is now an Associate at Christodoulou & Mavrikis Inc.

Antonia completed a Certificate course in Advanced Company Law (Wits) (cum laude) in 2017. She is involved in all aspects of litigation and commercial practice, as well as family law, labour law and constitutional law matters. She has appeared in the Magistrates Courts and together with Counsel in various High Court, Labour Court and Constitutional Court matters.

 

12h30 – Can I design and publish my own website

 

13h30 – How do I promote and market my business on social media

 

14h30 – Business fitness for funding

 

stephen-hollis-franchise-speaker

Speaker: Sanale Gumeda

Collaborative and Syndicated Lending Portfolio Manager – Absa

Gumede currently serves as the national product manager for Absa’s Alternative Funds portfolio. He has been in the Business Banking environment since July 2014 and has held roles in the SME Credit and SME Sales departments before assuming the current role in the Business Lending Product space.

 

15h30 – Effective local community marketing

 

 

30 June - Saturday

9h30 – Intellectual Property – the key to sustainable success in business

stephen-hollis-franchise-speaker Speaker:
Stephen Hollis
Partner – Adams & Adams

Stephen Hollis is an Intellectual Property (IP) lawyer (and Partner at Adams & Adams law firm) who advises local and international clients on brand protection and enforcement strategies with a specific focus on the African market. He is also a copyright and entertainment law expert who advises the SA Copyright Alliance (an organized collective of creative industry stakeholders representing more than 35 000 creatives in the music, publishing, film and dramatic & literary arts industries), as well as local and international film industry associations.

 

10h30 – How do I pick the right site for my business

 

11h30 – What are the pitfalls in signing a lease agreement?

meria-flynn-franchise-speaker Speaker:
Mercia Flynn
Director – Commercial and Corporate Services Department

Mercia has a Bachelor of Commerce (Law), LLB and Postgraduate Diploma (Corporate Law) which she obtained at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a member of the Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa and the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law. Her main areas of expertise are Commercial Law, particularly the negotiation, structuring and drafting of a variety of commercial transactions and agreements, Corporate Law, Consumer Law, Protection of Personal Information Law and E-commerce Law.

 

 

12h30 – Franchise agreements explained

nicolene-padayachee-franchise-speaker Speaker:
Nicolene Padayachee
Commercial Associate- Hogan Lovells SA

Nicolene Padayachee focuses on all aspects of corporate and commercial law. This includes public and private mergers, acquisitions and disposals, as well as giving advice on franchising, product regulation, advertising and sponsorship, consumer law and the protection and licensing of intellectual property and branding. She also assists with legislative and regulatory compliance.

 

13h30 – How can I grow my turnover effectively

 

14h30 – Controlling costs and calculating break-even and other financial formulas

 

15h30 – What happens to my business should I become disabled or die?

 

 

1st July - Sunday

9h30 – How to recruit the right personnel for your business

 

10h30 – What should I do to avoid ending up at the CCMA during a dispute with an employee?

michael-berkowitz-franchise-speaker Speaker:
Michael Berkowitz
Specialist Labour Laywer – Berkowitz Attorneys

Michael has been practising for his own account as a specialist labour lawyer since 1999 under the name and style of Berkowitz Attorneys.

Michael’s work includes, inter alia, consulting with clients and defending / litigating claims; presiding over disciplinary hearings; facilitating the settlement of disputes; drafting agreements and furnishing legal opinions.

Michael has appeared in the Labour Court, Labour Appeal Court, the CCMA and Bargaining Councils over the last 19 years in representing clients right across the spectrum from JSE- listed companies to doing pro-bono work for destitute individuals.

In July 2016, and again in January 2017, he was appointed by the Minister of Justice, to sit as an Acting Judge in the Labour Court of South Africa.

 

11h30 – Keeping employees motivated day in and day out

12h30 – Surprise and delight customers – How to train and develop employees to live by this motto

 

13h30 – What is the best funding model for my business

14h30 – How to purchase a franchise at a discount of up to 45%

jonty-sacks-franchise-speaker Speaker:
Jonty Sacks
Partner – Jaltech

Nicolene Padayachee focuses on all aspects of corporate and commercial law. This includes public and private mergers, acquisitions and disposals, as well as giving advice on franchising, product regulation, advertising and sponsorship, consumer law and the protection and licensing of intellectual property and branding. She also assists with legislative and regulatory compliance.

 

 

Book Your Ticket to Attend the Expo!