Even more amazing is that there is no-one representing us.
If Small Business, Government or the media want to speak to us where do they go? They could go to the Franchise Council of Australia but, they represent the interests of Franchisors.
You could go to the Small Business Council of Australia but do they know what it is like to live work and operate in a three way partnership i.e. Franchisor, Franchisee and the business unit? And if you the franchisee did speak out how would that effect your Franchise Agreement – would you be cautioned or even worse breached.
Australia, I think it is time. Time to have a group of people who look after the interest of the Franchisee. A group that offers real business training and operation that improves the profitability of your business. A group that can give really valuable advice before you enter a franchise agreement and really valuable advice when you are inside a franchise agreement. A group that can properly evaluate a franchise model for its profitability and support mechanisms as well as rating Franchisors for their credibility, authenticity and commitment to having a stable of successful franchisees. In short it is time we had a group created by Franchisees to support Franchisees.