BDC Partners launches executive recruitment division

BDC executive recruitment boss John Cooksey
John Cooksey will head up BDC Talent. Image supplied.

BDC Partners is launching a new division, BDC Talent, to help franchisors recruit, coach and develop employees. It’s the latest addition to the partnership group which launched in 2020.

Former interim CEO of Franchise Relationships Institute, John Cooksey, will head up the talent division.

BDC Partners CEO Bruce McFarlane said “We are really excited to have someone with John’s experience as a psychologist, with senior HR and executive search roles, to assist our business and with BDC Talent, to work with our franchisor network to attract quality people and put in place tools to retain them. 

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“Since the start of the pandemic, finding people in all industries has been difficult and we would like to be able to help our clients with this,” he said.

John Cooksey has partnered leaders in emerging businesses and multi-national organisations in Australia, South East Asia and the Middle East. He has also worked with Yum! Brands.

Cooksey said “Understandably, franchisors focus on their franchisees. However from experience, timely and targeted investment on employees will deliver significant and sustainable benefits for all stakeholders,” he said.

“The BDC Partners service offering is highly impressive, and it’s clear they have the experience to proactively partner with franchisors to improve business performance.”

BDC Partners group was launched as an addition to the 12-year-old BDC Property Partners business.

The group has since added franchisee recruitment to the mix and brought on Tanya Robertson to lead franchise development.

The partners also unveiled a legal division, BDC Law. Kristie Piniuta, former director of Small Business and Industry Codes at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), is managing director of the legal group.

BDC executive recruitment adds another link to the chain which aims to provide an integrated service linking franchisors, franchisees, landlords and lenders.