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CEO Update, 30th April

CEO Update, 30th April
“To truly represent the franchising sector means not only looking after the best interests of franchisors and professional affiliates but those of franchisees too. This week I am really pleased to tell you about some new initiatives we have launched for your franchisees and I hope you will direct them to the support available.”

– Pip Wilkins, CEO
We are excited to be in a position to bring you results of our industry survey next week. However, in the meantime we wanted to bring you some value that could make a big difference in your ongoing development. On Thursday, 7th May Brad Sugars, the ActionCOACH founder, Chairman and CEO will take over the 4pm Franchisor Power Hour and share his 11 steps that all business owners need to take now. Brad will present and take questions about ‘PIVOT’ – How to Survive & Thrive. We often talk about the power of collective ambition in franchising. Having strong relationships with our members means we can collaborate on amazing opportunities like this one. It isn’t everyday that you can secure an international keynote speaker to present, and I’m delighted we are able to open the opportunity to hear from Brad, to the entire franchising sector. This is testament to the relationships and influence the bfa have built both nationally and internationally.
Brad Sugars
bfa Franchisee Hub
We have set up a bfa franchisee hub designed for the franchisees of our Members. This hub will provide them with the opportunity to network online with fellow franchisees, ask questions, access expert led content and leverage a franchise inter-trade opportunity. Please do share the hub link with your franchisee networks so they can get on board: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bfaBusinessHub/

The Leading Educator
We continue to bring you expert content in the 11am bfa Surgeries, and as of next week we will be launching a Franchisee Power Hour on Tuesdays at 4pm in addition to our 4pm Franchisor Power Hour on Thursdays. All session info below:

Monday 4th May – 11am
Preparing your strategy now
Kim Studdert-Kennedy – eDivert- 

Prepare for an online automated marketing system now and save time when lockdown is over. Plus, how to keep your customer base nurtured when things get busy again!

Tuesday 5th May – 4pm
Franchsiee Power Hour
Expert panel hosted by bfa Exec. Team
This is your franchisee’s opportunity to ask their questions and share their concerns, learning from their peers and industry experts.

Wednesday 6th May – 11am
Learning and Development in lockdown
Expert panel hosted by Pip Wilkins
How to progress with your own and your team’s learning and development during lockdown.

Thursday 7th May – 11am
Using digital marketing effectively
Steve Hyde and Jasleen Banwaitt, Push

Getting the most from digital marketing tools without big agency fees and overcoming digital marketing challenges.

Thursday 7th May – 4pm
Franchisor Power Hour take over with ActionCOACH’S Brad Sugars
A unique and extremely valuable opportunity to experience, first-hand from a world class business coach and franchisor.

Ongoing Community Learning 
Don’t forget your free lunch & Learn on 5th May. The session will leave you with a better understanding of how your leadership can impact team performance and what you can do to develop your leadership skills. You can register on the bfa website here.
New Government Scheme
On Monday, 27th April, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new ‘Bounce Back’ loan scheme. The scheme is designed to provide small businesses with fast access to loans worth between £2,000 and £50,000. The scheme launches on the 4th May and more details can be found here.

I’d like to end this week’s update with a tribute to Steve.
I am incredibly sad to say that on Monday 27th April, Steve Calvert suddenly passed away. Steve was the Franchise Recruitment Director at NIC Services Group and was a highly valued member of the team there. He was a huge advocate of the bfa, a regular at many of our events and he also served as a Forum Chair in the South West region. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. As an industry we have truly lost one of the good ones.

  – Pip Wilkins, CEO

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