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Amazing Grace Tombstones

[t] 082 679 4406
Stand: B14
Business Value: R0 – R50 000
Industry Category: Retail Speciality

We specialise in tombstones but added a new concept of plastic grave markers replacing the iron markers. If is more durable and anti-theft. The product is more effective making it affordable for the client. It makes a high income potential.

My Mobi Car Wash

[T] 011 476 3223
Stand: B15
Business Value: TBC
Industry Category: Automotive

My Mobi Car Wash is an autonomous mobile car wash system that offers convenient services to the consumer & corporate, whilst being Eco-Friendly using just 5lt of water.  A proudly South African product, we offer affordable & flexible solutions to entrepreneurs wishing to start their own lucrative cash in hand business.


Innovating for entrepreneurial success


Innovating for entrepreneurial success

Getting a foothold on the ladder to business success can take little more than a smartphone and the right attitude, as a growing ecosystem of auto spares resellers is proving.

With Jonathan Ngwenya’s chain of auto salvage yards at its hub, a network of panelbeaters, mechanics and middlemen is thriving across Johannesburg’s East Rand. Some of the entrepreneurs in this ecosystem are youths armed with little more than a smartphone. One enterprising reseller was able to resell used spares so successfully that he earned in the region of R16,000 a month for up to a year after his retrenchment, so managing to pay his debts and keep his home, explains Ngwenya’s wife, Sandy.

At the heart of this system is Choc’s Auto Salvage Centre, which opened its first salvage yard in Vosloorus in 2009. The business bought written-off vehicles for scrap, and stripped them down to resell genuine used auto spares. With genuine parts priced out of the range of many, the salvage yard thrived and expanded to Spruitview and Brakpan; and was named the Gauteng Department of Economic Development’s Township Entrepreneur Awards 2016 winner in the Transport, Automotive and Components category.

The company’s flexible and innovative approach to business partnerships has seen it tapping in to an extended distribution network via a WhatsApp group, website and digital newsletters, whereby it advertises what vehicles it has available, and any enterprising reseller with a market can mark up and sell on the available spares. “We have up to 3,000 small businesses buying spares from us; some of them actively looking for end customers,” says Sandy Ngwenya. “We even have informal recyclers coming to pick up small scraps and plastic for recycling.”

The Choc’s success story underlines the view of leading business experts that entrepreneurial success is more about mindset and motivation than significant investment and a formalised business plan. “Some of the small resellers don’t even have a salvage yard or a business premises,” says Sandy Ngwenya. “They just move about buying and selling, using their phones to link up to opportunities.”

Choc’s Auto Salvage Centre is set to participate in the upcoming #BuyaBusiness Expo and the Small Business Expo at the Ticketpro Dome in Northriding, Johannesburg, where the Ngwenyas will be on hand to discuss partnering opportunities for entrepreneurial resellers.

The #BuyaBusiness expo and Small Business Expo now also play an active role in relationship brokering and matchmaking – connecting entrepreneurs, investors and service providers. Included in this year’s expos are opportunities in automotive & manufacturing; construction & related services; agriculture, education & training, FMCG retail; food & beverage; services; property; recruitment and renewable energy.

#BuyaBusiness Expo and the Small Business Expo offer one-stop franchise and business opportunities, business tools, information and networking for anyone considering starting their own business, and for those already in business and looking to expand. The expos will be staged at the Ticketpro Dome in Northriding Johannesburg from the 8th -10th September 2016. The Small Business Expo is proudly supported by Eskom. Entrance is free if you register online’. Visit #Buyabusiness Expo



Issued by ITP Communications on behalf of Reed Exhibitions. For further information please contact Leigh Angelo at Tel: (011) 869 9153; email:

Reed Exhibitions uncovers SA’s most entrepreneurial sectors


Reed Exhibitions uncovers SA’s most entrepreneurial sectors

Local entrepreneurs see agriculture, services and the automotive industry as some of the sectors with the most growth potential, according to research by Reed Exhibitions.

In research conducted among 2,000 visitors pre-registering for the upcoming #BuyaBusiness expo and Small Business Expo taking place at the TicketPro Dome in September, Reed Exhibitions found the largest proportions of respondents were looking for new business opportunities in these sectors.

Among those pre-registering for the Small Business Expo 2016, 33% were interested in investing in services industries, 24% were interested in investing in agriculture businesses and 11% were seeking manufacturing opportunities. Among those registering for the #BuyaBusiness expo, the largest proportion (17.8%) was interested in automotive sector opportunities, followed by fast food and restaurants (13.3%).  Construction and computer and cellular opportunities were also in demand.

Of the would-be entrepreneurs polled, 29% already have capital to invest in a business and 71% would be interested in talking to a financial institution. The majority of entrepreneurs registering to attend the expos already own their own businesses, with 24% in business for three years or more.

Carol Weaving, MD of Reed Exhibitions, says these findings illustrate the fact that business opportunities exist in sectors across the board. “It is also clear from the research that information sharing and networking are crucial for small business,” she says. “We found that 85% of survey respondents were both looking for business opportunities and planning to attend workshops and networking opportunities at these events.”

Weaving notes that this growing need for information, mentoring and networking opportunities has prompted Reed Exhibitions to evolve its small business expo model over the years, to step up information sharing and workshops designed to improve small business sustainability and success. The #BuyaBusiness expo and Small Business Expo now also play an active role in relationship brokering and matchmaking – connecting entrepreneurs, investors and service providers.

“We have also taken into account the potential high growth sectors for franchises and small business opportunities, and included in this year’s expos of opportunities in automotive & manufacturing; construction & related services; education & training, FMCG retail; food & beverage; services; property; recruitment and renewable energy,” says Weaving.

#BuyaBusiness Expo offers one-stop business opportunities, franchise opportunities, business tools, information and networking for anyone considering starting their own business or franchise, and for those already in business and looking to expand.

The Small Business Expo, proudly supported by Eskom is devoted to the development and growth of small and medium enterprises by providing an opportunity for them to market themselves and interact with corporates, investors and buyers. The expos will be staged at the Ticketpro Dome in Northriding Johannesburg from the 8th -10th September 2016. Entrance is free if you register online. Visit #BuyaBusiness Expo


Issued by ITP Communication on behalf of Reed Exhibitions

For further information please contact Leigh Angelo or Carol Tinline at ITP Communications

Tel: (011) 869 9153; email:


Five steps you must take before buying a franchise

When you’re buying into a franchise you’re heading into a long-term business relationship. That’s why you need to find out everything you can about the people you are going into business with.


Before you buy a franchise, there are important steps you need to take to ensure that the franchise is right for you.  The franchise needs to be in good shape, offer the right level of assistance to you and align with your personal and professional goals.


So, before you rush out and buy into a franchise, take the following steps first.


Step 1 – Find out everything you can about the industry the franchise is in


To achieve real success in a franchise, make sure that you understand the industry in which the franchise operates. Find out how many similar franchises there are in the industry and if it is right for you.


It is also a good idea to choose a franchise in an industry that you understand or that you are passionate about. If you enjoy education, look at opportunities in that industry. If not turn your sights to franchises in an industry that plays to your personal and professional strengths.


Step 2 – Research the franchisor before you sign


There’s no point in buying into a franchise if you don’t like the people or if identify with the brand. The best way to find out if the franchisor treats its franchisees with respect is to call up some franchise owners and gauge their satisfaction of the franchisor. Ask the franchisees if the franchisor keeps to its promises and how much support and assistance they offer.


It is also a good idea to extend you research into the media. Check for any news on the franchise in the business and financial media. You might be surprised at what you find. Finally, make sure the franchisor is a member of the Franchise Association of South Africa.


Step 3 – Find the right franchise at the right price


One of the most important things you need to check is whether you can afford the franchise. There is no point in applying for a franchise, if you don’t have enough money for it. This will only waste your time and lead to disappointment. Make sure you understand all the costs involved in buying the franchise.


Now that you understand all the costs involved, you need to assess whether you’re getting what you paid for. Do your due diligence and market research. Speak to an accountant to confirm your calculations.


Step 4 – Find a lawyer you can trust


Remember, this is a business deal. You must ensure that you get the best deal possible. You’re entering into a legal contract. You will need a lawyer to check that you are getting the fairest deal possible. The franchise agreement given to you buy the franchisor must be fair to you and the franchisor. It is also a good idea to brush up on your rights in terms of the Consumer Protection Act.


Step 5 – Don’t be afraid to say no the franchise agreement

If at any point in the process you feel uncomfortable or unfairly treated by the franchisor, don’t be afraid to voice your opinion and even say no. Buying into a franchise is a decision that you can’t take lightly. You have a right to negotiate terms. If the franchisor rushes you to make a decision, this should raise a red flag.


Remember, you want to give yourself the best chance at success. So when you are looking into the viability of a franchise, take these steps and make sure that you get the best deal possible.


By Aiden Sookdin, Chief Communicator, BizWrite


Get In The Ring Johannesburg City Finals 2016 to be hosted at the #BuyaBusiness Expo


Get In The Ring Johannesburg City Finals 2016 to be hosted at the #BuyaBusiness and Small Busines Expo


01 August 2016 – Johannesburg, South Africa –The global platform that collides incredible ideas, the entrepreneurs who own them and a cross section of fans who include investors, Get In The Ring, will be hosting its Johannesburg City finals on 8th September 2016 at the #Buy a Business Expo. #Buy a Business Expo will be at the Ticketpro Dome in Northriding, alongside #BuyABusiness Expo from 8th – 10th September 2016.


Get In The Ring was brought to South Africa by the Real Success Network, an entrepreneurship hub owned and run by successful entrepreneur, Brian Walsh. This is the second season of the competition in South Africa and the stakes continue to increase as the small business landscape expands. The contest is modelled after a 1-on-1 boxing match, where two entrepreneurs at a time battle it out in a series of elevator pitches of 30-second rounds each. The winner of the battle moves on to the next round.


“This is the olympics for start-ups and getting the right energy during battles is very important. The cheering audiences also listen attentively for business opportunities with contestants. This aspect, of profiling one’s business through every step of the contest truly differentiates Get In The Ring,” said Brian Walsh, founder and MD of Real Success Network, and Small Business Expo Advisory Panel member.


“The dynamic Small Business Expo and #BuyABusiness Expo are the perfect platforms for Get In The Ring Johannesburg city finals. There will be an audience of exhibitors and visitors who are small business owners, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate leaders and captains of industry which is key for the hyper-targeted networking we anticipate throughout the expos. This will be absolutely exciting and we will be cheering on the start-up olympians!” said Carol Weaving, MD of Reed Exhibitions.


Get In The Ring complements the Small Business Expo and the #BuyaBusiness Expo perfectly. It connects promising startups to opportunities related to capital, talent and expertise and adds value through capacity building, 1-on-1 meetings and networking opportunities.


From the 3rd – 4th of September, the contestants will go through a pitching and training boot camp, in preparation for the finals on the 8th September 2016. After the Johannesburg City finals, the winners will battle for global dominance in the finals in March 2017. The host country is yet to be announced.


To learn more about and apply to Get In The Ring please go to  


For further information on Get In The Ring, the Small Business Expo and the #BuyABusiness Expo, visit and or contact Rene Staack at Reed Exhibitions at Tel: +27 (0) 11 549 8300 or



Investors to get VIP treatment at #BuyaBusiness expo


Business investors and key franchise players are set to enjoy VIP treatment as members of #THEClub at the upcoming #BuyaBusiness expo in Johannesburg.

#BuyaBusiness expo, presented by Reed Exhibitions from 8 – 10 September 2016 at the Ticketpro Dome at Northgate, will showcase leading franchises and a broad range of business opportunities, bringing franchise operators, investors and would-be entrepreneurs together for knowledge-sharing and networking.

#THEClub, an exclusive community open to selected investors, multi-unit franchisees, master franchisees or entrepreneurs motivated to develop a franchise or business opportunity, offers members multiple benefits at the expo and ongoing exclusive business and networking opportunities. #THECub is affiliated with similar investor clubs in France, Indonesia and South Korea.

Carol Weaving, Managing Director at Reed Exhibitions, says #THEClub is the latest in a series of innovations to keep Reed Exhibitions’ and franchising expos in line with global trends. “It is no longer enough to simply showcase opportunities: now, business expo participants expect real business deliverables. In line with this, #THEClub is designed to maximise the value investors and key franchisors gain from #BuyaBusiness expos.”

#THEClub members will benefit from the following services before, during and after the #BuyaBusiness Expo:

  • Access to the event online diary to schedule appointments at the expo.
  • Invitations to all investor club networking cocktails throughout the year.
  • Tickets to concerts at the Ticketpro Dome as well as tickets to sport suites hosted by Reed Exhibitions throughout the year.
  • Priority Access and VIP Parking at the #BuyaBusiness Expo.
  • Access to the Investors Club Lounge throughout the event with catering and complimentary drinks. (Lounge includes a Cloakroom, internet, and concierge services).
  • Access to business ‘speed dating’.
  • Investors will be reimbursed for any of the paid seminars attended at the expo.
  • Shuttle service to and from the airport.

“Being a member of the #THEClub enhances the expo experience and introduces business investors and franchise key players to an exclusive community where they can develop valuable new business networks,” says Weaving.

Applications for membership of #THEClub close on 5 August 2016. For more information and to apply for membership, click here.

#BuyaBusiness Expo and the Small Business Expo connects entrepreneurs and investors who are looking to grow, diversify or enter into business ownership.The expos present franchise and business opportunities, business tools, services, information and prospective partnership and procurement opportunities. The expos will showcase businesses across a wide range of sectors. Entrance is free if you register online. For more information about the #BuyaBusiness expo and the co-located Small Business Expo, go to and

About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions is a joint venture agreement between Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading events organiser and part of RELX Group, and Reed Exhibitions Tourism Group Pty Limited, South Africa’s oldest black-empowered tourism group. Reed Exhibitions brings over 50 years’ experience in developing, marketing, selling and organising exhibitions, events, conferences and meetings.