FCA takes franchise delegation to Canberra

FCA delegation Canberra
FCA CEO Matthew Monaghan and FCA chair Brendan Green are leading the delegation. (Source: Supplied)

The Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) is taking a franchise delegation to the nation’s capital for pivotal discussions with key ministers on 26 and 27 March.

A number of key franchise figures are participating:

  • Richard Thame, CEO of CouriersPlease 
  • Steve Grossrieder, CEO of JAX Tyres and Auto
  • Dan Mesiti, a multi-site Boost franchisee
  • David Mansfield, managing director of Ascott Australia
  • Matt Fitton and Amber Biesse, joint founders and COO and CEO respectively of Nurse Next Door Australia
  • Costa Cominos, associate director, national retail partnerships, Optus
  • Kerri Wane, CEO of San Churro

Franchising, skills, and workforce shortages will be the topics of discussion. There is a focus on commitment to excellence and education and where improvements to the framework governing the sector can be made.

FCA delegation to Canberra meets with ministers

The delegation is meeting with the Office of Minister for Skills and Training, the Hon Brendan O’Connor. The focus will be franchising’s integral role in the vocational education and training sector.

The agenda includes consultations with industry advisors and a roundtable discussion on franchising with Minister for Small Business Julie Collins. Meetings are scheduled with the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Sussan Ley, and Shadow Treasurer Angus Taylor.

FCA chair Brendan Green, CEO of Hire A Hubby, said “The FCA’s active and ongoing presence in Canberra highlights our dedication to fostering a resilient franchising sector to support our members who make up a large proportion of small businesses in Australia.

“It’s imperative we collaborate with those political and departmental stakeholders who shape the legislative and regulatory framework, so we help to nurture a thriving business environment.”