Durban is flying the flag for franchising at the Durban IFE Franchise Expo


Whether you’re in the market to buy a fast food franchise or are looking for a small home-based franchise opportunity, the upcoming International Franchise Expo (IFE 2019) hosted by Ithala is coming to Durban on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th MARCH 2019 at the Durban Exhibition Centre.

In our volatile world, franchising is the one business method that continues to grow at an exponential rate – offering people from all walks of life an alternative to employment and a chance for independent self-employment.  Contributing a steady 15,7% to the country’s GDP, the franchising sector is found in a myriad of business categories making it a vital economic force and one of the dominant organisational forms of our time.

The Franchise Expo (IFE), under the auspices of FASA (Franchising Association of Southern Africa) reflects the mood of entrepreneurship that is being encouraged by both government and the private sector.  According to Martha Mashele, IFE’s Expo Manager, “the franchise sector in South Africa contributes more to GDP than many other sectors including manufacturing and agriculture and within the context of small business development, has an extremely important role to play, not only in skills transfer and job creation but in affording ordinary people the opportunity to become successful entrepreneurs.”

The world may be in a recession but the cycle of recovery is never far behind and the economy will soon be growing and prospering once again.  With our economy heading for a recovery and renewal, now is the time to investigate the opportunities to start your own business and invest in your own future.

The Franchise & Entreprneurs Expo is your one-stop shop – from purchasing FASA’s franchise manual that gives you the background to what franchising is all about to the talks by experts who will advise you on everything from funding to the legalities of franchising.

A wide range of franchise concepts will be on show at IFE, offering investment opportunities from the lower-entry level, small home-based or man-in-a-van concepts to well-known brands.  Gone are the days when franchising was synonymous with only food franchises –  today the range of franchise options covers different sectors, offering opportunities in a myriad of industries and disciplines. 

Food franchising is still one of the most popular sectors and there are some great opportunities at IFE – from the familiar Mike’s Kitchen, Maxi’s, Chip n Dip  and The Fish & Chip Co to exciting new, up-and-coming food brands such as Ko-Lay, Nkunku Box, Faizal Flame Grilled and Petros Flame Grilled Chicken.

Education & Training franchises are an important sector as they offer opportunities from early-learning to adult upliftment programmes as well as extra-mural activities. Be sure to visit Sherpa Kids South Africa with their play-area, A+Students, UCMAS and MiniChess.

The Services Sector is a growing sector that includes categories such as Automotive Products and Services, Building, Office & Home Services and Business to Business Services. Exhibiting their business opportunities are brands such SpareBoyz that offer new and used spare parts, Minuteman Press with their print services, Transworld Business Advisors and BeztForex.

General business opportunities in retail and other areas will also be selling their concepts including the wide range of income-generating machines from Zhaun’s and Pfirestorm.

Support Services to the franchise industry include funding institutions like Ithala, Business Partners and the Masisizane Fund will be on hand to elaborate on their funding offerings and  Sure-Swipe will offer information on their mobile card payment systems.

Don’t miss the 2019 KZN FRANCHISE EXPO hosted by Ithala and organized by the Franchise Association of South Africa.

Where you will find…

  • Over 40 franchise and business opportunities.
  • Expert advice on franchising and funding.
  • Daily talks and seminars.

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