Bakers Delight franchisee Ryan Kirkham
Bakers Delight franchisee Ryan Kirkham Brett Wortman / SCN150411HOTCROS

Maroochydore baker wins franchisee award

A MAROOCHYDORE Bakers Delight franchisee was among those recognised in the Franchise Council of Australia's awards ceremony this week.

The important contributions that franchising makes to local communities and the opportunities the sector provides to foster business success were on show at the Franchise Council of Australia's 2016 Queensland and Northern Territory Excellence in Franchising Awards presentations in Brisbane on Monday night.

Winners at the event included Ryan Kirkham, Maroochydore Bakers Delight franchisee, who took out the Franchisee Community Contribution and Responsibility award. Franchising provided Ryan with a career path and opportunity to become a small business owner.

Starting out as a Bakers Delight apprentice as a teenager, Ryan has recently purchased his third Bakers Delight franchise.

As a local business owner on the Sunshine Coast, Ryan believes in the importance of putting back into the community and supports a range of charity groups and initiatives including supporting Wishlist, a Sunshine Coast charity that raises money for the improvement of local public health services and through Life Church makes weekly bread donations that go to help homeless people and struggling families within the community.

"The Bakers Delight network are really fantastic with supporting charitable organisations and helping groups out," Ryan said.

"As a network, we have several large charity events every year that we donate to. Having that platform from a network perspective makes it a lot easier to go out and do something in our local community. It just gives you the right place to start from."

Supporting franchisees to become successful small business owners is a driving motivation for 2016 QLD/NT Field Manager of the Year, Stephen Halls, who is himself a former franchisee.

"Most people who join a franchise are on a journey," said Stephen. "They are either looking for a job or looking to go into business for the first time, so seeing them become successful in their own right, whether it be financially or time-wise, for me is the most rewarding aspect of the role."

For Brazilian Beauty CEO and Founder, Francesca Webster, winning the 2016 QLD/NT Franchise Woman of the Year Award was especially important given the strong focus the franchise has on providing opportunities for women.

"My personal philosophy and our philosophy at Brazilian Beauty centres around empowering women to be the best that they can be and also empowering women to own their own style of beautiful," says Francesca. "Last year we serviced over 150,000 clients and 97 per cent of those were female; 100 per cent of team members at a salon level are female; and at a head office level predominantly we're an all-female team. Winning this award is about all the amazing women that we have within the Brazilian Beauty brand."

Following their success, all winners have qualified as finalists for the MYOB FCA National Excellence in Franchising Awards. The Gala Awards Dinner will be held in Canberra on Tuesday 11 October at the culmination of the 2016 National Franchise Convention.


QLD/NT Single Unit Franchisee of the Year, two or more staff

Drew Sherwin and Amanda Monaghan, Specsavers, Australia Fair

QLD/NT Franchise Woman of the Year

Francesca Webster, Brazilian Beauty

QLD/NT Field Manager of the Year

Stephen Halls, Poolwerx

QLD/NT Franchisee Community Contribution and Responsibility

Ryan Kirkham, Bakers Delight, Kawana & Maroochydore