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Top experts from franchisors ‘Plan Ahead Events’, ‘Signarama’ and ‘SFC’ to speak at ‘Entrepreneurship Summit’ of 4th Franchise UAE show

United Arab Emirates: Thursday, November 29 - 2012 @ 13:38

Mr. Tipton, who is responsible for the overall global growth and development of the Plan Ahead Events franchise brand, is due to speak on “The Start-up Mandate: Starting on Your Own v/s Taking a Franchise”. The UFG is a $500m franchising giant, with more than 1400 franchise locations in over 50 countries.

Andrew Withers, Managing Director and owner of Southern Fried Chicken (SFC), the global fastfood chain with 700 outlets in 70 countries, will address the summit on “Building an Overseas Brand: Sustaining, Supporting it and Making it a Success.”

Mr. Withers, who took over the SFC empire in 1998 founded by his father in 1979, is now overseeing the brand’s rapid expansion into international markets – the latest being its entry into the Indian market. SFC already has 24 outlets in the UAE.

Among the local speakers, Jassem Mohammed Hassan AlBloushi, Chairman of Sharjah Tatweer Forum, will shed light on the growing importance of SMEs and the way forward for entrepreneurs who want to make it big in business. Mr. Al Bloushi is the Senior Vice President, Head of the Retail Banking Group of Sharjah Islamic Bank (SIB) and Board Member of Sharjah Islamic Financial Services.

The Entrepreneurship Summit will also be addressed by Plamena Kostova from Linguaphone Group, Greece; Naveed Dowlatshahi, Managing Director of Kash Global Consultancy; Sary Hamway, CEO, FranExcel; Humaid Al Attar, Vice President, United Arab Bank; Sunil Bhari, CEO, Kaizensox Consulting FZE and Kamal Puri from Skyline College.

“The presence of leading international franchisors at the Entrepreneurship Summit once again reflects the growing interest among world’s franchisors in the Middle East market, where small businesses are the real drivers of economy,” said Gaurav Marya, Managing Director of Franchise Middle East.

“We are delighted to host speakers from Signarama, Plan Ahead Events and SFC, brands that have created a splash in the world of franchising with their success stories.”

The two-day show will offer huge opportunities in exploring all facets of franchising, retailing and licensing. It will feature over 100 international and local brands, unique business and financial solutions companies, and participation of over 5000 business buyers.

Franchise UAE will see the presence of high-profile exhibitors such as Second Cup, Japengo, Charley’s Grilled Sub, Enny Monaco, Medicine Shoppe, Beebay, London Fish & Chips, The Frozen Yogurt Factory, The Chocomelt, Esperanza India, Halwa Gahwa, Colori –Woman’s Clothes Shop of Greece, Tsagarakis, FFS Brands Group UK, EDO Café, Linguaphone group UK, New York Fries, Yogurberry, The SPUD, Tealand, Burger World, Fun City, Atishya, ADHI, Donut Factory, Tea Time, Kimchikin, Heritage for Henna and many more international brands.

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