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SA’s leading franchising and business opportunities event signs up millions in new deals

Reed Exhibitions #BuyaBusiness Expo sponsored by Absa brought in millions of rands in deals for a number of exhibitors this year.

The event focused on franchising and business opportunities was staged at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg during September. Built on over 20 years’ experience in running leading small business development events, the new-format #BuyaBusiness expo refreshed its approach to business development, business opportunities and franchising this year.

Reed Exhibitions MD Carol Weaving says the new event name heralded a new approach to business expos, with a stepped up focus on networking opportunities and knowledge sharing. “Our research over the past few years has shown a growing need for practical business advice, in-depth knowledge sharing and the active facilitation of business networking opportunities to help exhibitors and visitors get more out of these events,” she says.

The results were impressive. Approximately 7100 participants attended the event, a large proportion of them already business owners and investors seeking to grow their portfolios. A significant number of orders valued between R51 000 – R5 million were taken during the #BuyABusiness Expo, with the majority of the deals expected to convert within 3 – 12 months. 87.5% of exhibitors reported they were ‘very to completely satisfied’ with the show, 81% said they were likely to rebook for 2017, and 50% of exhibitors rebooked either at the show or directly after the show.

Visitors benefited from in-depth workshops, entrepreneurial master classes and the popular Full on Franchising Theatre, presented by SA Franchise Warehouse, with opportunities on show across a broad range of industry verticals from education and food through to auto spare, and requiring investments from as little as a few thousand rand to millions of rand.

Visitors polled during the event were extremely positive about their experience, with 75.5% of visitors saying they were ‘very likely’ to ‘extremely likely’ to visit the expo again and 68% saying the fact that the Small Business Expo and #BuyaBusiness expo were co-located were beneficial to them.

The #BuyaBusiness Expo is co-located with the Small Business expo, which is hosted in partnership with Eskom. The expos introduced business speed dating and investor networking opportunities, and enhanced the workshop programmes to deliver immense value add. Exhibitors and visitors also benefited from networking circles, online business matchmaking and a networking lounge.

Exhibitors commented:

  • “There were lots of good quality people who understood what the show was all about.” – Sarah Demian, Masscash/Saverite
  • “It was our first time here and we’ve already booked a spot for next year. We must have received two hundred and fifty leads in the first two days!” – Henriette Papenfus, Mathzone Express
  • “We’ve had an exceptional show! We had to bring more people onto our stand to help manage all the visitors to our stand.” – Big Boy Scooters
  • “We were surprised at how many positive responses and quality enquires we’ve received about our product. It was very worthwhile.” – Tiana Conradie, Professional Photo Booths
  • “We’ve been consistently busy and the quality of visitors has been better than at any other show.” – Genevieve Allen, Sherpa Kids

“The success of this year’s event is an indication that times have changed and that exhibitors and visitors alike expect an interactive event experience that delivers measurable business results. Reed Exhibitions will build on this to further enhance these events and deliver even greater value next year,” says Weaving.

#BuyaBusiness Expo and Small Business Expo 2017 will be staged from 31 August – 2 September 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome. For more information and to secure exhibition space, go to www.BuyABusinessExpo.co.za.

Start your own business for under R50,000

Turn your annual bonus into a business!

Getting started in business need not cost a fortune. At the #BuyaBusiness and Small Business Expo at the Ticketpro Dome in Northriding this week, business opportunities will be on show priced from as little as R1,5000 to R50,000, allowing entrepreneurs to take their first steps towards business ownership for the price of their annual bonus.

Over 100 franchises and business opportunities across a variety of sectors will be on show at the #BuyaBusiness and Small Business Expos, where aspirant business owners can discover opportunities, attend workshops on business ownership, and speak to business support services and financers about how to go about getting a new business up and running.
Among the lower cost opportunities to be showcased at the expos are:

My Mobi Car Wash is a mobile car wash system using just 5 litres of water. A range of affordable and flexible solutions will be on show at the expo.

Blue Label Telecoms, also host of the Blue Label Business Theatre at the expo, will showcase its opportunities for the virtual distribution of secure electronic tokens including prepaid airtime, starter packs, data and electricity tokens, as well as transactional services such as ticketing and financial services.

Wicked Waffles and Toppings, a range of delicious waffles, waffles on sticks and savoury snacks, are proving hugely popular at parties, festivals and other events. Low cost franchise opportunities are available.

Zhauns Business Opportunity and Engineering Group sells a wide range of manufacturing machines that allow buyers to set up factories in their home towns. From toilet paper manufacturing and brick making through to key cutting machines, ice cream makers, candy floss and juice machines, Zhauns industrial machines are of a high quality, offering low operating costs and potentially high returns.

Specialised Tyre Technology self sealing tyre technology minimises the risk of tyre blowouts for light vehicles through to industrial vehicles. SSTT offers reseller and distributor opportunities both locally and internationally.

Autoscreenz provides opportunities for businesses to offer windscreen repairs and headlight restoration.

JK Bending Machines offers would-be business owners an opportunity to start their own ventures doing decorative metal work, gates, furniture and other wrought iron products, with no experience required.

MiniChess, an award-winning educational programme, offers great opportunities for former teachers, stay at home moms and community workers looking for flexible work hours.

MathZone Express develops and markets a range of educational software and education support materials for use by tuition centres.

Lifestyle Galaxy offers an opportunity to start your own digital business marketing technology products.

Bitcoin Mining offers opportunities to participate in the cryptocurrency economy.

Amazing Grace Tombstones, specialising in tombstones, has also introduced a new range of affordable plastic grave markers, which eliminate the risk of theft of iron markers. This business opportunity with a high income potential will be on show at the expo.

Flash third party vending machines allow businesses to sell electricity, airtime, and data, accepts DStv payments and more.
Staged by Reed Exhibitions, The Small Business Expo and the #BuyaBusiness Expo at the Ticketpro Dome in Northriding Johannesburg from the 8th -10th September 2016.

With different focus areas, the co-located expos will serve as a hub for all businesses, partners, investors and customers. Small Business Expo, in partnership with the Eskom Development Foundation, 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 and investors.

#BuyaBusiness expo will connect entrepreneurs and investors who are looking to grow, diversify or enter business partnerships with one of the many business and franchise opportunities to be showcased. Valuable information sessions, workshops and business networking opportunities will run throughout both expos.

For more information, go to www.buyabusinessexpo.co.za and www.smallbizexpo.co.za

Supporting SMEs a win-win for everyone

If South Africa is to achieve the goal of 90% of employment opportunities being created by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) by 2030, marginalised communities must be empowered and big business needs to open the door to partnerships with emerging business, say local business experts.

Speaking ahead of the upcoming #BuyaBusiness expo and Small Business Expo, business experts say the SME sector presents strong growth opportunities, but that support is needed to ensure these new businesses are sustainable.

Xhanti Payi, head of research at Nascence Advisory and Research, who works with the Eskom Development Foundation to develop entrepreneurs, says it is in the interests of SMEs, big business and communities to support fledgling entrepreneurs. “In a thriving economy, everyone wins. And helping small businesses to their feet is key to developing a thriving economy.” Helping address unemployment and develop new small business should not be seen as a charitable or CSI move, however, but rather as a win-win proposition that helps diversify the big business supplier base and build the economy to the benefit of all. “For example, if the large retailer was prepared to give the potato farmer a chance, and help fund his ability to delivery by paying a percentage of the purchase price upfront; the retailer would both empower the farmer and be in a position to negotiate a discount on the stock it buys.”

He points out that in addition to the hurdle of securing funding, rural and township entrepreneurs who lack conventional ‘business polish’ are at a major disadvantage in negotiations with big business. “Say for example, that a rural potato farmer wants to become a supplier to a retailer – how does he access the right networks of people, how does he negotiate?”

Payi says the Eskom Development Foundation, through its various small business development programmes and Business Investment Competition, makes a significant contribution towards stimulating economic development and job creation.

“We see many young people with great ideas and high levels of enthusiasm – we aim to help them turn this into bankable business plans they can execute. By helping young entrepreneurs learn vital business, communications and marketing skills and access valuable business networks, we are making a visible difference to communities,” Payi explains.

Finalists of Eskom’s Business Investment Competition have the opportunity to exhibit their businesses at the Small Business Expo at the TicketPro Dome next month.

Franchising – big opportunities for the right investors

Big brand franchises, particularly in FMCG retail and fuel, offer a lower-risk and potentially lucrative entry to business for many, says Kobus Oosthuizen, CEO of the SA Franchise Warehouse.

However, he notes that relevant experience is crucial for the entrepreneur considering buying a franchise: “You have to have hands-on experience in the sector you want to operate in. With the right experience and attitude, securing funding to buy a franchise and approval from the franchisor becomes much easier.”

Oosthuizen says the SA Franchise Warehouse works with many would-be franchise owners to help them assess their suitability for franchise ownership and prepare them for the realities of life as a franchise owner. “This is not an opportunity for someone who is already in a well-paid job and simply looking to escape from the 9 to 5 grind.” Although becoming a franchisee, provides a useful start to any aspirant business owner, true entrepreneurs are not ultimately suited to franchise ownership either, he says. “True entrepreneurs want to do their own thing. Within a franchise, there are rules and procedures laid out in order to help the business to succeed. The price you pay for this lower-risk entry to business ownership is that there is little room to innovate.” Franchise ownership is, however, ideal for those who have extensive bottom-up experience in the chosen sector,  who are prepared to work long hours, and who accept that they will be last in the salary payment chain.

The SA Franchise Warehouse will unpack the facts around franchise ownership and help would-be franchise owners determine if franchises are suited to them, during a series of full-day workshops at the upcoming #BuyaBusiness expo at the TicketPro Dome in Johannesburg. For more information about the Full On Franchising Theatre Workshops, go to http://www.reedexpoafrica.co.za/buyabusinessexpo/full-on-franchising-2/

The #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 www.buyabusinessexpo.co.za

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 www.buyabusinessexpo.co.za

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 www.buyabusinessexpo.co.za and www.smallbizexpo.co.za