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Intimate conversations with some of the most exciting decision-makers in the world of franchising, to keep you and your business ahead of curve

The Global Franchise Podcast DC Thomson

    • Economía y empresa

Intimate conversations with some of the most exciting decision-makers in the world of franchising, to keep you and your business ahead of curve

    From a legendary California pizza to a global brand, with Giorgio Minardi of California Pizza Kitchen

    From a legendary California pizza to a global brand, with Giorgio Minardi of California Pizza Kitchen

    If there is one thing the world can agree on, it’s our love for pizza. The overall market size of the pizza restaurant industry in the U.S. topped over $55bn in 2021, making pizza franchises a lucrative business opportunity. But how do you ensure that you stand out from the crowd when the pizza market is only getting further saturated? 
    Combining unexpected flavors and high-quality ingredients, as well as doing things differently certainly helps. At least that’s the stance for California Pizza Kitchen (CPK). Having launched in Beverly Hills in 1985, CPK offers California-style pizza with a passion for combining fresh, seasonal ingredients with flavor inspirations from across the globe. CPK operates nearly 200 restaurants worldwide and at the end of 2021, the company even launched its first domestic franchising program. 
    To learn more about the growth of CPK, we wanted to catch up with Giorgio Minardi, executive VP of global development and franchise operations at the company. Having occupied executive roles at a number of international brands, Giorgio brings more than 35 years of business experience to CPK. 
    Join us as we learn more about the origins of CPK, its values, and how Giorgio is leading the charge when it comes to CPK’s domestic expansion. 
    To keep your finger on the beating pulse of franchising, sign up for our newsletter at global-franchise.com, subscribe to our definitive magazine, and join the conversation with our experts today on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
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    This episode of the Global Franchise Podcast is brought to you by Unleashed Brands, the world’s first youth enrichment franchise platform helping kids learn, play, and grow. For more information about the platform and franchise opportunities under Unleashed, head over to www.unleashedbrands.com. 

    • 18 min
    Franchising as a force for good, with Dave Keil of Franworth

    Franchising as a force for good, with Dave Keil of Franworth

    Our guest this week is something of a franchising veteran, having been CEO for a number of large international brands such as Haagen-Dazs, Pure Barre, and The Lash Lounge. Dave Keil is now the president of franchise consultancy Franworth and uses his decades of experience in assisting franchise brands with their growth and development.  
    In recent years, however, Dave has also turned his talents to the charitable world of non-profits. Having founded Franchise for Good in 2020 – the official non-profit division of Franworth – he now works directly with companies who are seeking guidance to achieve sustainable growth. And with a strong understanding of how to do so on the franchise side of things, Dave has been able to translate these learnings elsewhere.  
    Join us as we learn more about the origins of Franchise for Good, what the organization is doing to promote ethical causes, and what challenges could impact the business model as we continue through 2023. 
    To keep your finger on the beating pulse of franchising, sign up for our newsletter at global-franchise.com, subscribe to our definitive magazine, and join the conversation with our experts today on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
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    This episode of The Global Franchise Podcast is brought to you by Location Bank. Are customers struggling to find you? Is the competition getting the first-found advantage? Tired of being beaten to the punch? Good news! Location Bank can help. Create one version of the digital truth, engage with customers, track key digital performance metrics and boost digital visibility across your whole franchise network from one platform. Be found with https://locationbank.co. 

    • 24 min
    Essential advice for prospective franchisees, with David Weaver of Franchise Your Freedom

    Essential advice for prospective franchisees, with David Weaver of Franchise Your Freedom

    This week we’re joined by David Weaver, an accomplished consultant for FranChoice and the president of Franchise Your Freedom. As the name of his organization would suggest, David is a lifelong advocate for the power of franchising and the independence that the business model can bring.  
    Over his career, he has helped over 150 business owners spread their entrepreneurial dreams through over 200 individual franchise locations and continues to work with entrepreneurs in realizing their franchising potential.  
    We wanted to speak with David about what’s hot in franchising right now. That means the kinds of questions that new franchisees should be asking their franchisor, what kind of risks can be associated with the business model, and how the pandemic has elevated the opportunity found within specific segments. 
    To keep your finger on the beating pulse of franchising, sign up for our newsletter at global-franchise.com, subscribe to our definitive magazine, and join the conversation with our experts today on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
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    This episode of The Global Franchise Podcast is brought to you by Location Bank. Are customers struggling to find you? Is the competition getting the first-found advantage? Tired of being beaten to the punch? Good news! Location Bank can help. Create one version of the digital truth, engage with customers, track key digital performance metrics and boost digital visibility across your whole franchise network from one platform. Be found with Location Bank. 

    • 21 min
    Three lessons for growth-focused franchisors, with Michael Browning of Unleashed Brands

    Three lessons for growth-focused franchisors, with Michael Browning of Unleashed Brands

    This week’s guest is perhaps one of our most in-demand yet, with Michael O. Browning Jr. being a hot commodity within the North American franchising scene. Having launched Unleashed Brands in 2021, Michael has continued with impressive momentum and was recently appointed to the IFA’s board of directors, giving him a direct line into the American franchising community.  
    Michael’s history with franchising goes back over a decade when he founded and ran Urban Air Adventure Parks back in 2010. This has now become a part of the Unleashed Brands portfolio, which also includes concepts like Class 101, Premier Martial Arts, Snapology, Little Gym, and most recently, XP League.  
    Join us as we catch up with Michael about the future plans for Unleashed Brands, as well as his learnings and experiences having become a key figure within the international franchising landscape. 
    To keep your finger on the beating pulse of franchising, sign up for our newsletter at global-franchise.com, subscribe to our definitive magazine, and join the conversation with our experts today on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
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    ⓕ https://www.facebook.com/globalfranchisemag/
     
    This episode of The Global Franchise Podcast is brought to you by Location Bank. Are customers struggling to find you? Is the competition getting the first-found advantage? Tired of being beaten to the punch? Good news! Location Bank can help. Create one version of the digital truth, engage with customers, track key digital performance metrics and boost digital visibility across your whole franchise network from one platform. Be found with https://locationbank.co. 
     

    • 13 min
    How competition can drive franchising success, with Chris and Jenny McCuiston of Goldfish Swim School

    How competition can drive franchising success, with Chris and Jenny McCuiston of Goldfish Swim School

    While many franchise brands are built around making as much money as possible for all involved, some concepts strive to put more back into the world than just financial gains. One such example is Goldfish Swim School, which co-founders Chris and Jenny McCuiston created in order to make children as safe as possible around water.  
    This commitment to compassion has benefitted the brand’s expansion, and since its 2006 creation, Goldfish has now grown to have more than 250 schools either open or in development across the U.S.  
    Join us as we sit down with Chris and Jenny to learn more about the journey they’ve gone on in the 16 years since Goldfish was created, and what kind of partners they’re looking for when curating the franchise’s future. 
    To keep your finger on the beating pulse of franchising, sign up for our newsletter at global-franchise.com, subscribe to our definitive magazine, and join the conversation with our experts today on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
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    • 16 min
    Why experiences are crucial in franchising, with Vanessa Yakobson of Blo Blow Dry Bar

    Why experiences are crucial in franchising, with Vanessa Yakobson of Blo Blow Dry Bar

    Sometimes, franchise brands can ride the line between multiple industries to ultimately create something completely new and fresh. One such example is Blo Blow Dry Bar, which positions itself in both the wellness and beauty markets to deliver blowdrys and other beauty services to its customers; with a focus put on the experience that its guests receive.  
    The brand’s CEO, Vanessa Yakobson, knows a thing or two about delivering exceptional customer service. She has grown the brand since acquiring it with her partners in 2009, and over the next 13 years, Vanessa and her team developed Blo from a humble Canadian concept into an international powerhouse.  
    This year, Blo is celebrating its 15th anniversary, so what better time to catch up with Vanessa to reflect on the brand’s successful past, and look toward its ambitious future. 
    To keep your finger on the beating pulse of franchising, sign up for our newsletter at global-franchise.com, subscribe to our definitive magazine, and join the conversation with our experts today on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
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    • 19 min

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